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CIS News for February 2017

Congratulations and our gratitude to Carol Bier, Islamic Art Historian and CIS Visiting Scholar, for her extraordinary work on curating the exhibition, Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art, at the Doug Adams Gallery, Center for the Arts & Religion, GTU, January 31 to May 26, 2017.

"Reverberating Echoes" Opens January 31, 2017, at the Doug Adams Gallery

The Doug Adams Gallery's Spring 2017 exhibition, “Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art,” highlights the work of seven American artists of diverse interests, backgrounds, and training.  Inspired by traditional Islamic art, their works echo historic aesthetic concerns, often advancing human knowledge and understanding by experimentation with new technologies. Traditional concerns focused on the spatial dimension and the effects of light on form, the association of Arabic language and script with revelation, and patterns in the plane, exploring the nature of two-dimensional space.

CIS News for December 2016

CIS-CJS joint Madrasa-Midrasha program is pleased to announce that Dr. Shahzad Bashir and Dr. Charlotte Fonrobert (both at Stanford University) will present, “Scholarship Across Divides: Jewish and Islamic Studies in Conversation,” to be held on December 1 at the GTU Library Dinner Board Room. Reception at 6:30 pm and lectures 7-8:30 pm.

CIS News for November 2016

News and Updates from the GTU Center for Islamic Studies

Congratulations to GTU PhD candidate Waqas Sajjad who will be presenting a paper, titled, “The Ulama in Pakistan: Manufacturing History and Identity in British India” at a conference on “Inhabiting the Past: Memory and Politics in Twentieth-Century South Asia,” to be held on Nov 4, at the University of Chicago.

CIS News for October 2016

News and Updates from the GTU Center for Islamic Studies

CIS News for September 2016

News and Updates from the Center for Islamic Studies 

Center for Islamic Studies welcomes our new and returning students, instructors, and visiting scholars for the academic year 2016-2017. We are honored and grateful to have Dr. Kei Takahashi from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, as a visiting scholar in Islamic Studies this academic year, and are deeply grateful to our continuing scholars, Islamic Art Historian Carol Bier and Dr. Nargis Virani, who add significantly to the academic and public programs of the CIS/GTU.

GTU Receives Funding for Madrasa-Midrasha Interreligious Programs

January 6, 2016

The Graduate Theological Union has received a grant of $35,000 from the Walter and Elise Haas Fund to support Madrasa-Midrasha: Interreligious Education Programming during 2016. Madrasa-Midrasha is a collaborative effort between the GTU’s Center for Islamic Studies and its Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies.

CIS Honors Fall 2015 MA Graduates

On behalf of the Center for Islamic Studies at the GTU, we are delighted to share with you that we have four more outstanding students who have completed their MA in Islamic Studies. Formal and official conferral of degrees will take place at the GTU graduation in May 2016.

Congratulations to the following students and their families:

From Mosques to Museums

Sarlo Award-winner Dr. Munir Jiwa reflects on art and Muslim identity, interreligious dialogue, and the growth of the GTU’s Center for Islamic Studies

From the Fall 2015 issue of Currents

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