Graduate Theological Union

Munir Jiwa

Munir JiwaGraduate Theological Union
Founding Director, Center for Islamic Studies
Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Anthropology

Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 2007

PhD, MPhil, Columbia University
MTS, Harvard Divinity School
BA Honors, Simon Fraser University

Phone: 510/649-2562

Current Research and Teaching Interests

  • Islam and Muslims in the West
  • Media and Islamophobia Studies
  • Art, Aesthetics, Cultural Production
  • Liberalism, Secular Modernity, Religious/Subject Formation
  • Anthropology, Ethnographic Methods, Critical Theory
  • Theological and Interreligious Education

Selected Publications

  • Politics of Exhibition: Artists and Muslim Identity in New York City, Cornell University Press, forthcoming.
  • "Challenges and Opportunities of Interreligious Seminary Studies," in AAR Spotlight on Theological Education, April 2016.
  • Artistic Landscapes: Muslim Artists in America," in Oxford Handbooks Online, 2014.
  • "Muslims and the Art of Interfaith Post-9/11," in Studying Islam in Practice, ed. Gabriele Marranci, 2013.
  • “Ghada Amer, Zarina Hashmi, Shirin Neshat, Shahzia Sikander,” in Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History,  Facts on File, Inc., 2010.
  • “Imaging, Imagining and Representation: Muslim Artists in NYC,” in Journal of Contemporary Islam, 2010.

Service on Academic Committees and Boards

  • AAR, Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession, Committee Member
  • AAR, Contemporary Islam Group, Steering Committee Member (2011-2015)
  • Graduate Theological Union, Center for the Arts & Religion, Board Member
  • Graduate Theological Union, Faculty Council (2011-2012, 2015-2017) 
  • Graduate Theological Union, Asia Project Board Member (2009-2011) 
  • UC Berkeley, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, Public Theology Inquiry Group
  • UC Berkeley, Center for Race and Gender, Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project Advisor, Journal Board Member
  • UC Berkeley, iGov Center for Institutions and Governance, Visiting Scholar, Religious Norms Project (2010-2015)
  • UC Berkeley, Religion, Politics, Globalization Program, Steering Committee
  • Stanford University Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Public Education Advisory Board
  • Islamic Scholarship Fund, Advisory Board Member