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2013 Intersession Courses in Islamic Studies: The Qur'an, Sunnah, and Islamic Law; Islam in Central Asia

The Center for Islamic Studies will be offering the following courses during Intersession 2013:

The Qur’an, Sunnah, and Islamic Law
Dr. Hatem Bazian
Jan 7-18, 2013
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Islam in Central Asia
Dr. Ahmed Zildzic
Jan 21-31, 2013
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New Islamophobia Studies Journal

The Islamophobia Studies Journal (ISJ), a bi-annual publication “that focuses on the critical analysis of Islamophobia and its multiple manifestations in our contemporary moment,” has published its first issue.

VIDEO: Black Religion in the Atlantic World During the Age of Revolution: Excavating the Sublime

Distinguished Faculty Lecture, November 8, 2012

James Noel, H. Eugene Farlough, Jr. Chair of African American Christianity and Professor of American Religion, San Francisco Theological School.

Respondent: Naomi Seidman, Koret Professor of Jewish Culture and Director of the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union.

Catholics and the Environment: A Student’s Address

As a recent article noted (“The ‘green’ pope: Benedict’s calls for creation earns notice”), Benedict XVI’s pro-active and public stance on the environment, both in writing and leadership, has earned him the moniker, the “green” pope.

GTU Presence at AAR/SBL 2012

As has been the case for a number of years, GTU alumni, faculty, and students will make a strong showing during the 2012 Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). GTU connected persons will serve as 30 presenters, 7 panelists, 2 respondents, and 1 presider during SBL and 55 presenters, 6 panelists, 5 respondents, and 18 presiders during AAR. AAR and SBL are the central professional organizations for those engaged in religion and scholarship of the Bible.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Moral Injury as a Wound of War

By Gabriella Lettini

Originally posted on Huffington Post for Veteran's Day

War does not end when peace is declared and the troops come home. It continues to affect the bodies, psyches, souls, lands and communities of everyone involved. War's tragic legacy passes on from generation to generation, more dangerously so when it is ignored and left unattended.

WATCH: God in the White House: Religion & the Upcoming Election

October 18, 2012

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LISTEN: American Muslims Redefining Religion and Identity

October 18, 2012

Asia Project Green Tea Conversation - American Muslims Redefining Religion and Identity: A Critical Discourse Analysis on 9/11 Uproar

Muslims and the Excluded Middle

At a September 17 event, GTU President James Donahue and CIS Director Munir Jiwa spoke against the violence perpetuated in Libya and Egypt, actions which spawned protests around the world, following the circulation of a 14-minute movie trailer maligning the Prophet Muhammad. They addressed a full-house alongside of Hatem Bazian, UC Berkeley and Zaytuna College; Zaid Shakir, Zaytuna College; and Hamza Yusuf Hanson, Zaytuna College. Hanson is also a doctoral student at the GTU. The panel was moderated by journalist Sandy Tolan.

Researching Religion and End-of-Life Decision Making

GTU received a $5,000 grant to conduct a research survey of religious thought related to end-of-life healthcare and, specifically, theological perspectives on withholding nutrients for terminally ill patients. The donor worked in retirement communities and faced these decisions on a daily basis. Lisa Fullam, Assistant Professor of Moral Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University directed the project and will make it available to the public in the Spring. Look for more information in the next issue of Currents.

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