Dar al Islam has been invested in the development of curriculum for Islamic education in North America since the late 1990s.
The focus of a 2001 conference at the University of Toronto entitled, “Beyond Schooling: Building Communities where Learning really matters,” was on just that. Over 1700 people gathered to participate in discussion on various topics including: the spiritual and moral development of children, the development of Islamic Curriculum, and methods used by elite private schools to educate those who go on to become great leaders.
A new vision of Islamic Education in North America began to emerge. The vision was new in the sense that it was very different from the then existing models of Islamic Schools.
The vision reinforced roots in Islamic classical tradition, which emphasized knowledge of grammar, rhetoric, and prosody in language arts, and of mathematics and astronomy in the sciences.