Graduate Theological Union

Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé

Ibrahim Abdurrahman FarajajéStarr King School for the Ministry
Director of the Starr King Luce Project for Multi-religious Theological Education
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty
Professor of Cultural Studies/Islamic Studies
Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 1995

Dr. Theol., University of Bern
M.Div., St. Vladimir's Eastern Orthodox Seminary
B.A., Vassar

Phone: 510/549-4716

To make an appointment with Dr. Farajajé, please email his assistant, Noach Dzmura at

Dr. Ibrahim Farajajé is in Berkeley at the beginning of the fall semester, and from the middle of spring semester until Commencement. When away from Berkeley, he is available for telephone and/or Skype appointments.

Current Research and Teaching Interests

  • Study of Islam; Shi'a Studies; Alevi Studies; History of Islam in Africa and in the African Diaspora; Hindu-Muslim Relations; Islam and Eastern Orthodoxy; Islam and Judaism; Islam in Bosnia; History of tasawwuf in Turkey
  • Islamic Cultural Studies and Critical Theory; Postcolonial/ Decolonial/ Transmodern Theory; Popular Culture and Islam
  • Intersectionality; Islamic Environmental Studies
  • Global HIV; Bodies, Genders and Space in Islam
  • Video technologies
  • Al-Andalus: Mizrahi and Sephardi Histories; Jewish/Christian/Muslim aesthetics and cultural products
  • New Media and Islam

Selected Publications

  • African Creative Expressions of the Divine, with Kortright Davis, ed. Washington, DC: Howard University Press, 1991.
  • Farajajé-Jones, Elias. In Search of Zion: The Spiritual Significance of Africa for Three Black Religious Movements. Bern: Peter Lang, 1990.
  • “Beyond the Borders of Duality,” in IVRI The Essence of Hebrew Spirituality: 21st Century Perspectives on an Ancient Tradition. Decatur: Yoga and Judaism Center, 2010.