“Things” can help us understand social identities, relationships, and practices in the medieval world, especially in situations where textual documentation is minimal or completely absent. In this lecture, Dr. Alicia Walker explores how pseudo-Arabic motifs on medieval Christian buildings and objects materialized social identities and spiritual authority among monastic communities across the eastern Mediterranean, thereby attesting to an interconnectedness that is only thinly documented in the written record.
Join “Reverberating Echoes” curator Carol Bier, Islamic Art Historian and CIS Visiting Scholar, as she engages in conversation with Dr. Munir Jiwa, Director, Center for Islamic Studies and Associate Professor of Islamic Studies.
The Hillside Club (2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley) is hosting this illustrated lecture by CIS Visiting Scholar Carol Bier, curator of the exhibition, Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art, on display at the Doug Adams Gallery from January 31-May 26, 2017. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies and the Hillside Club.
Join us at the Doug Adams Gallery for a special program! Tour the exhibition, Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art, with six of the featured artists, guided by curator Carol Bier. After the tour, stay to mingle with the artists and enjoy the show. In co-sponsorship with Center for the Arts & Religion at the Graduate Theological Union.
Join us on January 31 for the opening of our exhibition, Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art, curated by Carol Bier. This timely exhibition highlights the work of seven American artists of diverse backgrounds who draw inspiration from Islamic visual heritage. Through their artwork, these artists – Muslim and non-Muslim, women and men, residing in Blue states or Red states – remind us of the beauty and meaning that we can find by reaching across borders of religion and culture.
Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley. Street parking available.
Event time: 5-7pm. The opening reception will feature music by Dror Sinai and friends.
Please join CIS at BAMPFA to view works from Fernando Botero's Abu Gharib series, followed by reflections and discussions by Dr. Munir Jiwa.
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) | 2155 Center Street
Nov 11, 4-6 pm
The Lunar Calendar in Judaism and Islam Thursday, Oct 6 12:30-2:00 PM GTU Library Dinner Boardroom 3rd Floor 2400 Ridge Road Please join us to Celebrate Rosh Hashanah & the Islamic New Year. This event will be led by Prof. Deena Aranoff and Prof. Abdullah Ali, and will provide an overview of the Lunar Calendar in both traditions, the convergence of Rosh Hashanah and the Islamic new year, and Yom Kippur and Ashura.
The Center for Islamic Studies at the GTU cordially invites you to attend Dr. Todd Lawson's presentation, "The Qur'an as Epic." This event will be moderated by Dr. Mahan Mirza, and promises to be a wonderful experience!
When: May 4, 2016 12pm-2pm Where: Graduate Theological Union, Richard S. Dinner Boardroom, 3rd floor of Flora Lamson Hewlett Library 2400 Ridge Road Berkeley CA
In a climate of fear, misinformation, and generalization, how can we equip ourselves to speak and act in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters? Dr. Jiwa from Center of Islamic Studies, GTU, and President and Dean Mark Richardson of CDSP will meet in conversation at CDSP to discuss the reality of Islam. This event will be available via livestream.
When: Thursday, March 3rd, 7:45pm
Where: Tucson Common Room, CDSP Campus, 2451 Ridge Road Berkeley CA 94709
Friday, February 5, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, February 6, 2016 (All day)
The Center for Islamic Studies at Graduate Theological Union invites you to attend an important upcoming conference, Institutionalizing Islamophobia: Critiquing the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Framework and Emerging Programs.
Two, very different contemporary characters discover romance in a dramatic reading of best-selling novel The Forty Rules of Love by acclaimed Moroccan theater, voice, film, and TV performer and translator Hassan El Jai (recently performed at Form Mason in SF). Elif Shafak’s novel follows the lives of a Jewish-American housewife and a Sufi Muslim based in Amsterdam and the unlikely love they develop for each other. El Jai&r
Saturday, January 16, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, March 20, 2016 (All day)
From January 16th through March 20th, the San Francisco Library and the Islamic Art Exhibit will present Arabic: Language of the Quran. This exhibit and related programs are supported by many institutions, including GTU's Center for Islamic Studies.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 (All day) to Monday, January 11, 2016 (All day)
A GTU Intersession Public Engagement Course taught by Dr. Munir Jiwa, Director of the Center for Islamic Studies, and Dr. Hatem Baziam, director of the Islamophobia Research Documentation Project, Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley.
This panel discussion is organized by the iGov Program at UC Berkeley, in partnership with several co-sponsors including the GTU's Center for Islamic Studies. Speakers will include Prof. Saba Mahmood, Prof. Judith Butler, and many others.
Munir Jiwa, Director of the Center for Islamic Studies, is a panelist for this Theology and Religious Reflection Section co-organized by the International Institute of Islamic Thought at the American Academy of Religions Annual Meeting this month.
When: Saturday, November 21, 9:00-11:00am
Where: Marriott, Atlanta GA
Sunday, September 20th, 1:00pm. 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley CA 94709.
In 2015, the period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur almost precisely overlaps with the period of the Hajj, which culminates in Eid al-Adha on the day after Yom Kippur. This public program will explore many of the shared themes of this season, including repentance, pilgrimage, and sacrifice.
Join us at this unique illustrated presentation and hands-on workshop on the art and design of Islamic geometric patterns with Carol Bier, Visiting Scholar with the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union and former Curator at The Textile Museum in Washington, DC.
After a brief illustrated introduction to Islamic ornament in ceramic tile, carved woodwork, and illuminated manuscripts, we will explore the basic principles that underly geometric patterns in Islamic art through hands-on activities. Using paper-folding and coloring exercises you will learn to visualize circles and centers and the intersecting axes of grids that allow for the repetition of designs to create a pattern. Come to understand the organization of historical designs and find your own forms of expression through the use of color and symmetry.
A CARE brown bag lunch, featuring Dr. Munir Jiwa, CARE Fall 2014 Grant Recipient, who presents on the research he conducted on the representation and use of Islamic art/history in institutions from New York to Doha, the mobilization of aesthetic capital, and the cultivation of new museum subjects and publics. Institutions studied include the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha Qatar; Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; Metropolitan Museum of Islamic Art, New York; and Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada.
An illustrated lecture by CIS Visiting Scholar Carol Bier, one of many programs offered as part of the inaugural National Math Festival in Washington DC, sponsored by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (Berkeley) and the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton) in cooperation with Smithsonian Institution. The festival is “dedicated to discovering the delight and power of mathematics in everyday life.” 11AM (repeated at 1PM) Location: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
Lecture by Dr. Todd Lawson, Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto. Co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies. 12PM-2PM Location: Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA, 94709.
The Pacific School of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union will be hosting the second Tolson lecture of the semester by Dr. Hatem Bazian Monday, April 13, at the Badé Museum (Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709). There will be a reception at 6PM, followed by the lecture at 7PM. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies.
Lecture and discussion with CIS Visiting Scholar Carol Bier, inspired by her recent travels in western China (eastern Turkestan), addressing perplexities she encountered with regard to geography and the environment, ethnicity and identity, religion and the arts along ancient trade routes. Location: The Hillside Club, Berkeley CA (www.hillsideclub.org).
“Thinking Through De-Colonization: Un-Reforming Islam and Contesting Eurocentric Epistemic Structures.” Tolson Lecture by Dr. Hatem Bazian. Co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies. Location: Badé Museum, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709.
The Center for Islamic Studies invites colleagues, friends, supports, and community members to their Open House to meet fellow CIS students, professors, staff, and community members. Refreshments provided. 2452 Virginia Street, Berkeley CA 94709
Islam & Authors Book Reading with Dr. Ejaz Naqvi, “The Qur’an: With or Against the Bible?” Followed by Q&A. Suggested donation: $10 Adults, $5 Students. Co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies. Location: Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, 1433 Madison Street, Oakland, CA 94612
Carol Bier, visiting scholar at the GTU's Center for Islamic Studies, will be offering a lecture and discussion at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco as part of the museum's series on "The Arts of the Islamic World." Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Join us in person or via live stream this Saturday, April 5, 8:15 a.m.- 7:30 p.m. PT for the inaugural academic Zaytuna College conference on "Islamic Higher Education in the West: Challenges and Opportunities."
In recognition of Black History Month, Zaytuna College presents a lecture by Professor Fatimah Jackson, a distinguished American Muslim scholar at North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and researcher of African and African American populations, as well as the social and ethical ramifications of genetics.
7pm Thursday, February 27
Main Auditorium, Zaytuna College 2401 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley
The Center for Islamic Studies at the GTU is pleased to announce that visiting scholar, Carol Bier, will be giving the annual lecture at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, California on February 15, 2014 from 1-2pm. The lecture is titled:
Symmetry, Asymmetry, and Symmetry-Breaking in Oriental Carpets
Join in a Green Tea Conversation with Mohammad Waqas Sajjad. Mohammad is a PhD student a s a Fullbright scholar from Pakistanis at the Graduate Theological Union. His academic focus is institutionalized Sunni groups in Pakistan. Mohammad's presentation will be commented by Dr. Munir Jiwa, director of Center for Islamic Studies at the GTU.
Madrasa/Midrasha Day of Learning sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies
Rizwan Mawani, Educator and Scholar, MA Student, Center for Islamic Studies, GTU
Francesco Spagnolo, Curator at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
Carol Bier (moderator), Islamic Art Historian, Visiting Scholar, Center for Islamic Studies, GTU
Friday, September 20, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, September 21, 2013 (All day)
Presented by UC Berkeley's Institutions and Governance Program
How do American and European courts confront the problem of reconciling secular democratic principles with increasingly assertive faith identities? The aim of the workshop is to bring together a small group of distinguished judges, scholars and advocates to discuss the tensions between faith-based practices and secular ideals.
30th Annual American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies
"Christians and Muslim Minorities in Pakistan - The Missing Discourse," presentation by Muhammad Waqas Sajjad, Fulbright Scholar, Ph.D. Candidate, Cultural and Historical Studies in Religion - Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
Location: The Chancellor’s Suite, Student Center - Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey
With gratitude, the Center for Islamic Studies invites you to join us in celebrating the past five years of the Center for Islamic Studies and looking ahead to many more! Hear from our faculty and students about our academics, programs, and events, and join us for light refreshments. All are welcome.
Wednesday, December 5, 6:30-8:30 pm
Easton Hall, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley
A program designed for prospective master's degree students, this event is an opportunity to meet faculty, student, and staff representatives from the member schools and centers -- explore ways to understand the urgent issues of our time in an interreligious graduate study community in Berkeley.
The Center for Islamic Studies at the GTU wishes our Muslim colleagues, families and friends a blessed upcoming ‘Eid ul-Adha. As Muslims will be completing hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, next week, we commemorate our shared Abrahamic tradition and our common humanity. May this be a time of greater understanding, unity and peace.
We welcome you all to join us for an ‘Eid lunch from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm on Tuesday, October 30, in d’Autremont Dining Hall, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley.
We will explore the Christian, Mormon, Muslim and Jewish perspectives on the upcoming election and the role of religion in American politics, with attention to recent discussions around the separation of Church and State, on religious freedom and its role in public policy, and U.S. foreign policy.
Join in a Green Tea Conversation with Roma Ulinnuha. Roma is a Ph.D. student at Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS). He is a lecturer of Ushuluddin, Religious Studies, and Islamic Thoughts at the State Islamic University (UIN), Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta since 2006.
Bring your lunch. Tea & snack will be provided. Free and open to the public.
Mudd 101, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley
During this event Zaytuna College's co-founders, Hatem Bazian, Zaid Shakir, and Hamza Yusuf will speak about the recent wave of unrest in Libya, Egypt and other parts of the Muslim world that was set off due to the posting of the video maligning the Prophet Mohammad (SAW).
James A. Donahue (President, Graduate Theological Union) and Munir Jiwa (Assistant Professor, Graduate Theological Union) will also speak at this event.
Sandy Tolan, Associate Professor - Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC will be moderating this event.