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James Anthony Noel (1948-2016): Prophet, Pastor, Professor, and Painter

The Graduate Theological Union mourns the loss of the Rev. Dr. James Noel, a cherished member of the GTU community who died on Sunday, January 31, 2016. An alum of both SFTS (MDiv, 1975) and the GTU (PhD, 1999), Dr. Noel was the H. Eugene Farlough, Jr. Chair of African American Christianity and Professor of American Religion at San Francisco Theological Seminary, served on the GTU's core doctoral faculty, and was convener of the GTU's Black Church/Africana Studies Certificate Program.

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.

GTU Establishes First Center for Dharma Studies in U.S.

The Graduate Theological Union has announced a $4.4 million gift from Mira and Ajay Shingal to establish and endow the first Center for Dharma Studies in the United States. The Center will focus on leading edge, multidisciplinary, graduate research and teaching in Hindu Studies and Dharma 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:

GTU Honors 2015 Alumna of the Year: Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado

The Graduate Theological Union is pleased to announce that Dr. Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado (Michelle A. Gonzalez), Professor of Religious Studies and Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Education at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, has been named the GTU’s 2015 Alumna of the Year. Dr. Gonzalez, whose teaching specializations include Latino/a, Latin American, and Feminist Theologies as well as Afro-Caribbean Studies, received her PhD in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from the GTU in 2001.

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

CIS News: November 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Ahmed Zildzic who has just been named Associate Professor of Islamic Culture and Civilization in the Department for Oriental Philology (Arabic, Persian, Turkish) at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. We are very grateful to Dr. Zildzic for his service to the CIS as Visiting Scholar and Lecturer, and for directing the Islamic Manuscripts Project at the GTU library (2014-2015).

CIS News: October 2015

The Center for Islamic Studies is delighted to share that CIS visiting scholar Dr. Nargis Virani; CIS lecturer, Dr. Som Pourfarzaneh; and CIS Director, Dr. Munir Jiwa, will be attending the Parliament of the Worlds Religions fostering collaborations on Muslim leadership. Oct 15-19, 2015, Salt Lake City.

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