Graduate Theological Union


Center for Islamic Studies Students


Current Students

M.A. Students

Siddique Abdullah Gilchrist

Saad Akbar

Mahjabeen Dhala

James Ford

Kamran Khan

May Kosba

Reem Kosba

Hameem Rahman

Rania Shah

Saad Shaukat

Taqwa Surapati



Ph.D. Students in Islamic Studies

Kamal Abu-Shamsieh

Abdullah Ali

Ali Ataie

Uzma Husaini

Reem Javed

Rasheeda Plenty

Abdul Hamid Robinson-Royal

Mohammad Waqas Sajjad

Amin Tejpar

Hatice Yildiz

Hamza Yusuf


Graduates and Thesis Topics

Sundiata Al Rashid - From Bean Pie to Baklava: Islam in the San Francisco Bay Area

Farah El-Sharif - "Making light" of Islam: Representations of Sufism in American Religion and the Public Sphere

Sarah Heddon - The Madrasa Early Childhood Program: An Integrated Model of Islamic Education in Kenya

David Hiller - Breathe in Union: A Brief Look at Islamic Pluralism

Deenaz Kanji - Transformation in Contemporary Sufism: Contested Meanings and New Mediations of the Qawwali Tradition

Fateme Montazeri - Why Death?: An Inquiry into Text and Context in Persian Painting

Yahya Rhodus - Keys to the Revival: An Analytical Study of the Architecture of al-Ghazālī's Iḥyā' 'Ulūm al-Dīn

James Whipple - Reviving the Heart: The Heart, Knowledge, and Spiritual Transformation in al-Ghazālī's Revival of the Religious Sciences