Graduate Theological Union

CIS Appeal

Dear Friend,

Greetings of peace. I would like to extend my deep gratitude for your interest in the work of the Center for Islamic Studies. As the founding director of the Center, I am enthusiastic about our programs through which students and the general public learn about the richness and diversity of the Islamic tradition. I’m writing today to ask that you please consider supporting the Center for Islamic Studies with a gift of $10, 25, $50, $100 or more. Your gift will:

  • Support the CIS students who study areas as diverse as the works of Imam al-Ghazali, Islamic education in East Africa, mysticism and spirituality, race and gender, political mobilization of Islam, social media and aesthetics, interreligious and intra-religious dialogue. CIS offers an M.A. in Islamic Studies and a certificate program.
  • Support religious diversity in the course offerings at the GTU. Through CIS, students of all faiths can study Islam and Muslim cultures in a range of courses. Topics may include the study of the Foundations of the Islamic Tradition, Muslims in America, Islamic Spirituality, Islamic Art, Islam in the Public Sphere, Women and Gender in Islam, and forthcoming courses on Islam in Africa, and Islam and the Environment.
  • Provide opportunities for public education about Islam and Muslims. CIS sponsors events exploring the rich scholarly traditions of Islam and the diversity of Muslims. Examples include an annual conference on Islamophobia co-sponsored with the Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley, a lecture by best-selling author Karen Armstrong, and a Madrasa-Midrasha program held jointly with the Center for Jewish Studies.

Since our founding in 2007, more than 400 students have taken classes at the Center for Islamic Studies. CIS has hosted more than 300 events and established important partnerships with GTU member schools, U.C. Berkeley, Zaytuna College, Bay Area Muslim organizations, interfaith organizations, various museums, and the media.

The success of CIS is the result of your interest, participation and support. Your financial contribution is an investment in the work of our extraordinary students, and in our contribution to the GTU’s academic, interreligious, and public platform, where religion meets the world. Please consider giving today. To donate online, use the link at the bottom of this email or the giving options at For more information, including information about our monthly giving program, please contact the GTU Office for Institutional Advancement at 510-649-2531, or at

Thank you for considering a gift today to help us build this vital GTU program.

With my warmest regards, and with peace,

Dr. Munir Jiwa
Director, Center for Islamic Studies


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