About the instructor
Julie Lowe has ijaza in the 10 variant recitations of the Qur’an (ashara kubra) from Shaykh Uthman Khan, under whom she studied Jazariyyah, Shatibiyya, Durrah and other classical tajweed texts. She has memorized the entire Qur’an in the recitations of Hafs and Shu’bah and is currently memorizing the recitation of Warsh. Sr. Julie has been teaching tajweed for eight years, including at the Islamic Institute of Toronto where she has been teaching since 2012.
Sr. Julie is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Toronto in Islamic law after completing a Master’s in this field at the University of London (U.K.). She also holds a degree in Canadian common law from Queen’s University and a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo. She has studied Arabic and some of the Islamic sciences in Amman, Jordan and continues to pursue further opportunities for Islamic studies locally and online.
The month of Ramadan, which is when Quranic revelation began, is sometimes called "the month of the Quran". In this course, students will meet once weekly with a teacher during Ramadan to recite the Quran. Students will take turns reciting individually so that they can obtain feedback on their recitation. This virtual recitation circle is open to adult students of all levels provided that they know how to read Arabic phonetically. Basic knowledge of the rules of tajweed is an asset but not required. Students will need a working microphone and webcam.