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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.

The GTU would like to acknowledge and thank The Walter and Elise Haas Fund for making this event possible. 

First Annual CIS Student Symposium

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

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9:00-9:30 AM Coffee and Welcome

Dr. Riess Potterveld, President, GTU    

Dr. Uriah Y. Kim, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, GTU

Resources on Islam

Resources offering background on Islam, Muslims, Islamophobia, and Islamic Art as selected by the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA


Islam the Straight Path by John Esposito
(A basic comprehensive overview of Islam)

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.




CIS Students and Alumni

"The students who come to the GTU for Islamic studies are interested in serious academic study of the Islamic tradition within its theological, historical, and cultural contexts, and they want to do so in an interdisciplinary, intercultural, interreligious and intra-religous environment, where practice of faith matters. Students at the Center for Islamic Studies come from diverse backgrounds and traditions, and value the environment here at the GTU where that diversity is respected."

--Munir Jiwa, Director, Center for Islamic Studies 

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.


CIS News for April 2017

News and Events from the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union 

"Reverberating Echoes" Continues

Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art, curated by Carol Bier (Visiting Scholar, Center for Islamic Studies), presents work by seven artists of diverse backgrounds, who share a common source of inspiration in Islamic visual culture. The exhibition continues through May 26 at the Doug Adams Gallery. 

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.

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