Graduate Theological Union

Center for Islamic Studies

"The Center for Islamic Studies has emerged as a valuable institution, not only for the scholarly study of Islam, but also for ethical and cultural engagement with the Islamic heritage.  Its academic programs and activities are making a significant contribtuion to interreligious understanding in America.”
— Carl W. Ernst, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Welcome to the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union.

Established in 2007, the Center for Islamic Studies (CIS) is integral to the cooperative ethos and interreligious engagement of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU). The GTU is the largest and most diverse partnership of theological school in the United States. Since its founding by ecumenical pioneers in 1962, the GTU has expanded to include centers for Jewish Studies, Buddhist Studies, the natural sciences, and the arts.

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The Center for Islamic Studies generates innovative research and scholarship on Islamic texts and traditions in contemporary contexts. The Center offers a Certificate and Master's degree, supports Islamic studies in various doctoral departments, and provides graduate level courses on Islam for students throughout the GTU consortium and UC Berkeley. In addition, events sponsored by the CIS attract more than 7500 attendees from local and international communities each year. The CIS has offered more than 700 educational programs, forums, and public events since its founding.

The Center for Islamic Studies works collaboratively with a wide range of partners, including many departments and centers at the University of California, Berkeley, expanding the resources available for classes, research, and public programs. A recent study estimated that 250,000 Muslims across a variety of ethnicities and countries of origin, live in the San Francisco Bay Area, within an hour's drive of the GTU campus, making the GTU the perfect platform for deepening engagement with Islam in an interreligious context.

The Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union is uniquely positioned to build bridges of understanding and dialogue within and across religious traditions, through informed scholarship that fosters balanced perspectives and invites deeper conversation. The CIS promotes the positive impact of religion on society and the role of Islam and Muslims in building the greater good throughout the Bay Area, across the nation, and around the world.



Mailing Address: Center for Islamic Studies, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709.
Offices are located at 2452 Virginia Street, Berkeley.