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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

Books

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

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 
 

Madrasa-Midrasha Joint Program

The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies & Center for Islamic Studies 

Graduate Theological Union

CIS visiting scholar, Carol Bier, to lecture at the Museum of Art and History

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 1:00pm-2:00pm.  
 
The lecture is titled:
 
Symmetry, Asymmetry, and Symmetry-Breaking in Oriental Carpets

Faculty

Munir Jiwa, Director

Ph.D., Columbia University
M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
B.A. Honors, Simon Fraser University

Courses in Islamic Studies

In cooperation with several GTU member schools, the Center for Islamic Studies offers introductory and advanced courses in Islamic history, theology, philosophy, culture, arts, and religious practice.

Center for Islamic Studies (CIS)

Center for Islamic Studies

The Center for Islamic Studies

The Center for Islamic Studies (CIS) provides graduate courses in Islamic history, theology, philosophy, culture, arts, and religious practice. Founded in 2007, CIS serves to foster dialogue and interaction among Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scholars and provides resources to local Muslim communities.

Supporting the Center for Islamic Studies

Dear Friends,

Greetings of peace. I would like to extend my deep gratitude for your interest in the work of the Center for Islamic Studies. As the founding director of the Center, I am enthusiastic about our programs through which students and the general public learn about the richness of the Islamic tradition and the diversity of Muslims. I’m writing today to ask that you please consider supporting the Center for Islamic Studies with a gift of $10, 25, $50, $100 or more. Your gift will:

Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars
  • Kei Takahashi, PhD (Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan 2016-2017)
  • Carol Bier (Islamic Art and Mathematics, 2010-present)
  • Ahmed Zildzic, PhD (Oriental Institute, Sarajevo, 2013-2015)
  • Berney Adeney-Risakotta, PhD (ICRS, Indonesia, 2009-2010)

Students

Center for Islamic Studies Students

 

Current Students

M.A. Students

Siddique Abdullah Gilchrist

Saad Akbar

Suheyla Cetin 

Mahjabeen Dhala

James Ford

Timothy Johnston

Kamran Khan

Hameem Rahman

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

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