Graduate Theological Union

Previous Events

First Annual CIS Student Symposium

Thursday, May 4, 2017 -
9:00am to 8:00pm

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Story of the Prophet Joseph in Biblical and Qur’anic Narratives

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 5:30pm

Lectures by Dr. Todd Lawson, Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto and Dr. Robert Alter, Professor of Hebrew, Comparative Literature, and Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley. GTU Library Dinner Board Room, reception 5:30 pm and lecture 6:00-8:00 pm.

 

Orthodoxies and Heterodoxies in Judaism & Islam

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 1:15pm

An interreligious event featuring lectures by Dr. Deena Aranoff and Dr. Nargis Virani. Cosponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for Islamic Studies at the GTU, as part of the Madrasa-Midrasha program. GTU Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Rd., Berkeley.

Islamophobia & the End of Liberalism

Friday, April 21, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, April 23, 2017 (All day)

The 8th Annual Islamophobia Conference at UC Berkeley, cosponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies at the GTU.

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Muslim Youth and Islamophobia In An Age of Empire: A Canadian Perspective

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 6:00pm

Asian and Pacific Islander Program Initiative’s Annual Lecture Co-Sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies of Graduate Theological Union

Thursday, April 20, 2017 6:00 pm Reception; 6:30 - 8:00 pm Lecture Badè Museum Pacific School of Religion 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA
Speaker: Dr. Jasmin Zine, Professor of Sociology and the Muslim Studies at Wilfrid Luarier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Aesthetics & the Divine

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 5:00pm

Join the Center for Jewish Studies, Center for Islamic Studies, and Center for Religion & the Arts at the Graduate Theological Union for "Aesthetics and the Divine," featuring Francesco Spagnolo and Carol Bier. 

Tuesday, April 4, 5:00 pm
Doug Adams Gallery
2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley

Islam in China and Japan

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 12:00pm

A joint lecture by Dr. Kei Takahashi and UC Berkeley visiting scholar and sociologist, Dr. Yuting Wang from the American University of Sharjah in UAE. Co-sponsored by the Asia Project.

Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Rd., Berkeley

"Borders and Identity": Earl and Boswell Lectures at PSR

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 10:00am to Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 5:00pm

Pacific School of Religion and the Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion are hosting the 2017 Earl and Boswell Lectures March 17-18 in Berkeley, California. The goal of Borders and Identity is to equip leaders to stand for justice with all those on the borders and margins.

Dillenberger Lecture Series: Pseudo-Arabic as a Marker of Christian Identity in Middle Byzantine Art and Architecture

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 5:00pm

​“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. 

Sunday Gallery Dialogues: Dr. Munir Jiwa

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 2:00pm

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.

 

Scriptures and Revelation in the Abrahamic Traditions

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 12:00pm

In celebration of Interfaith Harmony week, please join CIS and CJS for an enlightening talk by Dr. Mahmoud Ayoub. 
GTU Library Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Road Berkeley, CA 94709

Solidarity in a Divided Time: A GTU Community Conversation

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 11:30am

All GTU Students, Faculty, and Staff are invited to participate in a community conversation on the theme of "Solidarity in a Divided Time." 

11:30am – 1:00pm, GTU Student Lounge, 2465 Le Conte Ave, 1st Floor

Light refreshments will be provided.


Solidarity in a Divided Time

Illustrated Lecture with Carol Bier

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 7:30pm

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.

Community Forum: Meet the Artists

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 3:00pm

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.

 

Opening Reception: Reverberating Echoes

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 5:00pm

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. 

 

RSVP on Eventbrite- space is limited!

Scholarship Across Divides: Jewish and Islamic Studies in Conversation

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 6:30pm

Thursday, Dec 1 Reception 6:30 pm, Lecture 7:00-8:30 pm, GTU Library Dinner Boardroom, 2400 Ridge Road 

Perspectives on Jewish Art & Islamic Art

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 12:45pm

Magnes Museum, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94720


 

Art for Human Rights at BAMPFA

Friday, November 11, 2016 - 4:00pm

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 

 

 

Sojourner Truth, Photography, and the Fight Against Slavery

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 4:00pm

Please join CIS at BAMPFA to view the exhibit, followed by informal reflections and discussion by Dr. Munir Jiwa.

The Lunar Calendar in Judaism and Islam: 10.6.16 12:30pm

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 12:30pm

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.

Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and New Muslim Youth Culture

Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 2:00pm

Center for Islamic Studies at GTU would like to invite you to attend a book reading with Hisham Aidi, author of Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and New Muslim Youth Culture.

The Qur'an as Epic with Todd Lawson

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 12:00pm

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

 

Containing the Rising Ride of Islamophobia: OPEN Silicon Valley Forum

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 1:00pm

Anti-Islamic rhetoric is spreading across America like wildfire as fear-mongering tactics and crass statements by politicians continue to create an ominous climate at home for Muslim-Americans.

Unpacking Islamophobia: What Christians Should Know About Islam

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 7:45pm

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

Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts

Sunday, February 28, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, May 8, 2016 (All day)

The Center for Islamic Studies would like to encourage you to attend an exciting exhibit at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco February 25- May 8 entitled, Pearls on a String: Artists Patrons and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts.

Institutionalizing Islamophobia: Critiquing the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Framework and Emerging Programs

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.

The Forty Rules of Love: A Dramatic Reading by Hassan El Jai

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 7:00pm

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

Arabic: Language of the Quran, An Exhibit

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. 

Exhibit:
When: January 16-March 20th, 2016

Understanding and Countering Islamophobia

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.

When: January 5-8, and 11, 2016, 10 am - 5 pm

Where: GTU Library, Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Rd., Berkeley

In Solidarity Against Islamophobia

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 3:00pm

Challenging recent Islamophobic rhetoric, leaders from Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, and Muslim traditions unite for illuminating dialogue and action in solidarity with Muslim communities.

WHEN: Thursday, December 17th

WHERE: "Holy Hill," intersection of Le Conte and Scenic Avenues, Berkeley, CA

WHAT:

Panel on the Paris Attacks

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 5:00pm

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.

Location: Booth Auditorium at UC Berkeley

December 2, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

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Opportunities and Challenges of Teaching Islamic Studies in Theological Seminaries

Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 9:00am

 

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

 

Sacred Seasons: Pilgrimage, Piety, and Personal Transformation in Judaism and Islam

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 1:00pm

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.
Introduction: 1pm
Panel: 1:15pm

Art and Design: Islamic Geometric Patterns

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 5:00pm

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.

 

Aesthetics and Politics of Exhibitions: Museums, Muslims, Memory

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 12:00pm

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.

Islamic Identity in the West

Monday, April 27, 2015 - 7:00pm

Featuring Som Pourfarzaneh, associate director of the GTU's Center for Islamic Studies, with Muhammad Umar Faruque, Naweed Mohabbat, and Furyal Maymood of UC Berkeley.

Location: Evans 87, University of California, Berkeley

 

 

Sixth Annual International Conference on the Study of Islamophobia

Thursday, April 23, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, April 26, 2015 (All day)

Hosted by the Center for Race and Gender at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union.

Location: UC Berkeley Law School

Schedule to be announced. For more information, visit the Center for Race and Gender's Islamophobia website.  

“Geometric Patterns in Islamic Art.”

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 11:00am

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.

Roads to Paradise: Eschatology and Concepts of the Hereafter in Islam

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 12:00pm

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.

Thinking Through De-Colonization: Un-Reforming Islam and Contesting Eurocentric Epistemic Structures

Monday, April 13, 2015 - 7:00pm

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.

Aesthetics and Politics of Exhibiting Muslim Artists in New York City

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 6:30pm

Lecture by Dr. Munir Jiwa, director of the Center for Islamic Studies 

Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford, CA 94305

“Encountering the Silk Road in Western China: Then and Now.”

Monday, April 6, 2015 - 7:30pm

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).

“Forging Islamic Authority: Navigating Text and Context in the Modern World.”

Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 8:00am

Second Annual Zaytuna College Conference on Higher Education. Co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies. 8AM-7PM Location: Zaytuna College, 2401 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709 (http://zaytuna.org/static/2nd_annual_zaytuna_college_conference_on_higher_education).

“Thinking Through De-Colonization: Un-Reforming Islam and Contesting Eurocentric Epistemic Structures.”

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 7:00pm

Monday, April 13, 6PM Reception, 7PM Lecture

“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.

CIS Open House

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 11:30am

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

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“The Qur’an: With or Against the Bible?”

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 5:00pm

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

Jazz and the Geopolitics of Malcolm X

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 6:00pm

Lecture by Hisham Aidi, author of Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture. Sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies.

Richard S. Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Rd., Berkeley

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CIS Spring 2015 Events Calendar

Friday, January 30, 2015 (All day) to Wednesday, May 6, 2015 (All day)

Islam and Belief: At Home with Religious Freedom

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 3:00pm
A lecture by Abdullah Saeed, co-sponsored by the Zephyr Institute, Zaytuna College, and the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union.

Zaytuna College, 2401 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley

Reading the Qu'ran in the 21st Century

Monday, December 8, 2014 - 6:00pm
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, 1433 Madison St., Oakland, CA 94612

Abraham: An Interfaith Panel

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 7:30pm

Featuring Omid Safi, Ali Ataie and John Kaltner. Event co-sponsors include the Center for Islamic Studies and American Baptist Seminary of the West. Zaytuna College, 2401 Le Conte, Berkeley.

Symbols of Transformation: Jesus & Mary in the Teachings of Ibn 'Arabi

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 6:45pm to Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 5:00pm

Zaytuna College, 2401 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley

Ex Oriente Lux: Luxury Textiles and Oriental Carpets

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:30am

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

Critical Muslim Studies - Granada, Spain

Monday, June 9, 2014 (All day) to Friday, June 20, 2014 (All day)
Critical Muslim Studies: Decolonial Struggles, Theology of Liberation, and Islamic Revival  
Granada, Spain
 

Faculty include, CIS Director, Munir Jiwa.

Click here for more information.

 

Celebrating Our CIS Graduates

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 -
3:30pm to 4:30pm
Center for Islamic Studies Reception
Join us in celebrating this year's CIS graduates!
 
Location
Center for Islamic Studies
2452 Virginia Street Berkeley, CA 94709
 

Songs for the Spirit Benefit Concert

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 7:30pm
Songs for the Spirit: Benefit Concert for Islamophobia Research and Documentation at UC Berkeley
Featuring the Aswat Sacred Music Ensemble 
 
Location
Zaytuna College
2401 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709
 
More info at Zawaya.org: http://zawaya.org/site/?p=3350

5th Annual International Islamophobia Conference

Monday, April 14, 2014 (All day) to Saturday, April 19, 2014 (All day)
5th Annual International Islamophobia Conference
Latent and Manifest Islamophobia: Multimodal Engagements with the Production of Knowledge
 
Location 
UC Berkeley Boalt School of Law (Booth Auditorium)
2778 Bancroft Way/College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710
 
for more information visit islamophobiacon.com
 

Islamic Higher Education in the West: Challenges and Opportunities

Saturday, April 5, 2014 (All day)

 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." 

When Opposites Attract: The Fusion Calligraphy of Haji Noor Deen

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 4:00pm
When Opposites Attract: The Fusion Calligraphy of Haji Noor Deen

CIS Spring Open House

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
SPRING OPEN HOUSE RECEPTION
at the Center for Islamic Studies

 

Meet our students, scholars, learn about our programs, and get involved!

Cultural Equity: Ways of Looking at Islamic Art

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 11:15am

Cultural Equity: Ways of Looking at Islamic Art, presentation by Carol Bier

Carol Bier, Islamic Art Historian & Visiting Scholar at the Center for Islamic Studies (GTU)
presentation to be held in Professor Munir Jiwa's Islam in the Public Sphere class

 

Location: Pacific School of Religion (PSR), Mudd 103 

Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 6:00pm
Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys
NEH and ALA Bridging Cultures: Muslim Bookshelf Collection
 
Date & Time
January 14, February 11, March 4, April 8, and May 6, 2014,  6:00pm - 7:30pm
 
Location
Pleasant Hill Senior Center
233 Gregory Lane Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
 

Between Racial Chauvinism and Counterproductive Universalism

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 7:00pm
Between Racial Chauvinism and Counterproductive Universalism 
Searching for a Meaningful African American Muslim Discourse
 
Featuring Dr. Fatimah Jackson
 

Dr. Fatmiah Jackson, Between Racial Chauvinism and Counterproductive Universalism: Searching for a Meaningful African American Muslim Discourse

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 7:00pm

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

Free admission. 

Main Auditorium, Zaytuna College 2401 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley

Islam as a Template for Jewish Self-Understanding presentation by Dr. Susannah Heschel

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 12:30pm

"Islam as a Template for Jewish Self-Understanding: Theology, Scholarship, and Politics in European Jewish Imagination, 1833 to 1933" presentation by Dr. Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College. 

 

Location:

GTU Library Dinner Board Room

2400 Ridge Road Berkeley, CA 94709 

 

Film Screening, By The Dawn's Early Light: Chris Jackson's Journey to Islam

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 11:00am

Black History Month

Film Screening, By Dawn's Early Light: Chris Jackson's Journey to Islam

Symmetry, Asymmetry, and Symmetry-Breaking in Oriental Carpets

Saturday, February 15, 2014 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm
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

Media Influence on the Perception of Religion

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 5:30pm

Media Influence on Public Perception of Religion, "Encountering the Other: Examining the Issues That Blind or Divide Us" presented by the San Francisco Interfaith Council.

 

Featured Presenters

Munir Jiwa, Ph.D.

Director and Assoicate Professor, Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union

 

Rabbi Douglas Kahn

Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council

 

International Islamophobia Conference - Paris, France

Friday, December 13, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, December 14, 2013 (All day)

International Islamophobia Conference : The Epistemic, Racial, Cultural and Structural Exclusionary Measures in France and Europe

Location: Paris, France - further details TBA

Co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley IRDP (Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project) and CADIS (Centre d'Analyse et d'Intervention Sociologiques), Paris

Asia Project Green Tea Conversation: Christians in Pakistan-The Missing Discourse

Thursday, December 5, 2013 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Asia Project presents,

Green Tea Conversation

Christians in Pakistan - The Missing Discourse

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.

Recuperations of Andalusi Music

Thursday, November 14, 2013 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Recuperations of Andalusi Music presentation by Charles Hirschkind - Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology Director, Program in Religious Studies, University of California, Berkeley hosted by the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education (CARE)

Baptist-Muslim Dialogue

Friday, November 8, 2013 -
7:00pm to 9:06pm

Join the ABSW community for their second Baptist-Muslim Dialogue event, featuring leaders from our neighboring Muslim communities of education in Berkeley, including:

Panel Discussion: A Common Thread: Spiritual Narrative and the Textile Medium

Thursday, November 7, 2013 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Visting scholar, Carol Bier, to present at Panel Discussion: A Common Thread: Spiritual Narrative and the Textile Medium hosted by the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education (CARE).

Encountering Islam: Ministry in the Church and the Dominican Tradition

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 7:30pm

Encountering Islam: Ministry in the Church and the Dominican Tradition

"The Qur'an in Muslim Faith and Practice", lecture by Dr. Mahan Mirza, Zaytuna College

The Qur'an in Muslim Faith and Practice, lecture by Dr.Mahan Mirza (Zaytuna College)

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 7:30pm
Encountering Islam: Ministry in the Church and the Dominican Tradition 
 
The Qur’an in Muslim Faith and Practice
Dr. Mahan Mirza, Zaytuna College
 
Location: DSPT, 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley. Click here for directions. 
 

"Aesthetics of Sacred Space" - Madrasa/Midrasha Day of Learning

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 5:30pm

Madrasa/Midrasha Day of Learning sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies

Speakers:

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
 

Location: GTU Library, Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

Approaches to the Qur'an Series - Art Exhibit Opening

Sunday, September 29, 2013 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Celebrating Vatican II and Nostra AetateApproaching the Qur’an Through Art Series, Art Exhibit Opening 
 

Judging Faith Workshop: An International Dialogue on the Jurisprudence on Religion in Courts

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.

Geometry and Islamic Art: Explorations of Number, Shape, and the Nature of Space

Friday, July 12, 2013 -
9:00am to 11:00am

Islamic Workshop Art, "Geometry and Islamic Art: Explorations of Number, Shape, and the Nature of Space", a presentation by the Center for Islamic Studies (GTU) visiting scholar, Carol Bier.

Critical Muslim Studies 2013 Summer School in Grenada, Spain

Monday, June 10, 2013 (All day) to Friday, June 21, 2013 (All day)

Critical Muslim Studies: Decolonial Struggles, Theology of Liberation and Islamic Revival  in Granada, Spain

Reading the Qur'an Workshop

Sunday, May 5, 2013 -
12:00pm to 6:00pm

Workshop on Reading the Qur'an by Carl Ernst, UNC - Chapel Hill

Keynote: The Theological Implications of Bracketing Faith in the Academic Study of the Qur'an

In Search of the Lost Heart: Explorations in Islamic Thought

Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 5:00pm

In Search of the Lost HeartIslam & Authors series at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), conversation with author Dr. William Chittick. 

Co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies. 

Ibn ‘Arabi and Rumi Symposium

Friday, May 3, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, May 4, 2013 (All day)

Keynote: “Being Fully Human”, Dr. William Chittick, Stony Brook University

4th Annual International Conference on the Study of Islamophobia

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 9:00am to Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 5:30pm

Critical Discourses on Islamophobia: Symbols, Images and Representations

Sponsored by the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project of the Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley; co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies

Location: UC Berkeley - Booth Auditorium, Boalt Law School

Muslim Zion: Pakistan as a Political Idea

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 5:00pm
"Muslim Zion: Pakistan as a Political Idea," lecture by Dr.Faisal Devji, Oxford University
Location: Dinner Boardroom (3rd Floor), GTU Library 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA.

Islamophobia: Making Muslims the Enemy

Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 5:00pm

Islam & Authors series at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), conversation with author Peter Gottschalk. 

Co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies. 

GTU Fulbright PhD student, Waqas Sajjad, to present at 30th Annual ACSIS Conference

Friday, April 5, 2013 -
10:30am to 12:15pm
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
Please visit, http://www.acsis.us/ for more information.

A History of Islamic-Inspired Buildings in America

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 -
12:30pm to 2:00pm

"Domes, Arches, and Minarets" a book presentation by Phil Pasquini

MUDD 102, Pacific School of Religion

Islam in the Public Sphere Class - Center for Islamic Studies

Black Star, Crescent Moon: Islam and Muslims in the Black Radical Imagination

Monday, March 4, 2013 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm

black star cresent moon flyerSohail Daulatzai, Associate Professor, Film and Media Studies and African American Studies School of Humanities, UC Irvine

277 Cory UC Berkeley

Green Deen: What Islam Teaches about Protecting the Planet

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 5:00pm

Green DeenIslam & Authors series at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), conversation with author Ibrahim Abdul-Matin. 

Co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies. 

ICCNC, 1433 Madison Street, Oakland 94612. 

Origins of Catholic-Muslim Dialogue in the United States

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 7:30pm

Encountering Islam: 2013 Lectures and Workshops, Inaugural Lecture by Archbishop Alex J. Brunett. 

Co-sponsored by the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT), Center for Islamic Studies, and the Oakland Diocesan Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.

Lecture and Reception at DSPT, 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley. 

Reel Muslims and Jews: Representations of Muslims & Jews in American Media: The Annual Madrasa/ Midrasha Day of Learning

Sunday, February 10, 2013 -
2:00pm to 8:15pm

We will explore the various images of Muslims and Jews in television and film.

Workshops 2pm-5:45pm

Reception 5:45pm-6:15pm

Film Screening of Arranged with Q&A 6:15pm-8:15pm

Sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies.

Easton Hall, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley

Contact cis@gtu.edu or cjs@gtu.edu for more information.

CIS 5th Anniversary Celebration Reception

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

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

Questions? Contact cis@gtu.edu or 510/649-2563.

Why Study at the GTU?

Sunday, November 11, 2012 -
2:00pm to 4:30pm

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.

Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709

To reserve a place, email or call the GTU Admissions Office, 800/826-4488

Doorway to Islamic Civilization

Friday, November 9, 2012 (All day) to Sunday, November 11, 2012 (All day)

Doorway to Islamic Civilization: Hands-on Islamic Art and Culture Workshops

ICCNC, 1433 Madison Street, Oakland

More information: http://zawaya.org/site/?p=1923

'Eid Lunch

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 -
11:00am to 3:00pm

‘Eid Mubarak!

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.

God in the White House: Religion and the 2012 Election

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 7:00pm

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.

Speakers:

American Muslims Redefining Religion and Identity: A Critical Discourse Analysis on 9/11 Uproar

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 12:00pm

Asia Project Green Tea Conversation

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

Empowering Muslim Voices in American Politics

Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 5:30pm

Islamic Scholarship Fund presents:

Empowering Muslim Voices in American Politics

Join ISF as we discuss the significance of education and the Muslim vote in civic engagement and community leadership in this election year.

 

Speakers:

  • Congressman Keith Ellison – U.S. House of Rep., Minnesota
  • Dr. Farid Senzai - Professor, Santa Clara University

 

Tickets:

Exploring Gender Identities: Films from Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore

Monday, September 24, 2012 (All day) to Monday, October 1, 2012 (All day)

UC Berkeley - Center for Southeast Asia Studies' Parts of the Heart series, co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies

Institute of East Asian Studies (2223 Fulton, 6th Floor), Conference Room

Mini-film festival showing a selection of feature films and documentaries from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia that look at LGBT issues from different perspectives.

cseas@berkeley.edu, 510-642-3609

Between Militarism and Extremism: The Excluded Middle

Monday, September 17, 2012 - 7:30pm

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.

Tonight, September 17