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GTU CENTER FOR ISLAMIC STUDIES FIRST ANNUAL STUDENT SYMPOSIUM- MAY 4, 2017

May 4, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

CIS STUDENT SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM

MAY 4, 2017 9:00 AM -8:00 PM   GTU LIBRARY BOARD ROOM, 3RD FLOOR

 

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

Dr. Munir Jiwa, Director of the Center for Islamic Studies and Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Anthropology, GTU

 

9:30-11:00 AM

Panel 1: Studying the Islamic Tradition in Academia              

Moderator: Dr. Marianne Farina, C.SC., Professor of Philosophy and Theology, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

 

Al-Ghazālī’s System of Ethics: A Guide on Investigation and Critical Analysis in Islamic Studies
Rania Shah, MA in Islamic Studies, GTU, 2016 and Student Advisor in Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley and Program Assistant in CIS, GTU

 

The Modernization of Islamic Law
Ahmed Khater, MA in Islamic Studies, GTU, 2015 and PhD Student in Cultural and Historical Studies of Religion, GTU and Lecturer in Arabic, Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley and Adjunct Lecturer in Islamic Studies, GTU

 

Shibli Nomani’s Contribution to Kalam
Saad Shaukat, MA in Islamic Studies, GTU, 2016 and PhD Student in Near Eastern Studies, UCLA

 

Deobandi and Barelvi Traditions in Pakistan – Debating Sunni Orthodoxy and History
Mohammad Waqas Sajjad, PhD Candidate in Cultural and Historical Studies of Religion, GTU

 

11:00-12:30 PM

Panel 2:  Researching Muslim Diversity and Identity      

Moderator Dr. Munir Jiwa, CIS Director and Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Anthropology

 

“Know Yourself and Do for Self”: Shaping Black Muslim Identity in Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam
Rasheeda Plenty, PhD Student in Cultural and Historical Studies of Religion, GTU

 

Mainstreaming Shia Scholarship Within Academia
Mahjabeen Dhala, MA in Islamic Studies, GTU, 2017 and PhD Student in Sacred Texts, GTU

 

Exploring Muslim Diversity in Context of Alevi Tradition in Turkey
Dr. Hatice Yildiz, PhD, Cultural and Historical Studies of Religion, GTU, 2017
Lecturer in Islamic Studies, St. Mary’s College

 

The Role of Islam in Kurdish Cultural Identity in America
Murat Bilici, MA in Islamic Studies, GTU, 2015 and PhD Student in Cultural and Historical Studies of Religion, GTU

 

12:30-2:00 pm Lunch

 

2:00-3:30 pm  

Panel 3: Teaching and Pedagogy in Islamic Studies  

Moderator Dr. Judith Berling, Professor of Chinese and Comparative Religions, GTU

 

Reflections on Course Design and Islamic Education
Reem Javed, PhD Candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies, GTU

 

The Qur’an’s Christology as Confirmation of New Testament Gospels
Dr. Ali Ataie, PhD, Cultural and Historical Studies in Religion, GTU, 2016
Adjunct Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Zaytuna College and GTU

 

Sira-Stories: A Gift to Everyone
Rev. Alexis Easton, Certificate in Islamic Studies, GTU, 2015
Retired United Methodist Pastor and Interfaith Facilitator

 

The Development of Islamic Chaplaincy in the US & Muslim World
Kamal Abu-Shamsieh, Ph.D. Candidate in Practical Theology, GTU
Community Outreach Liaison at Hinds Hospice and International Trainer in Islamic Chaplaincy

 

3:30-5:00 pm

Panel 4: Engaging the Public Sphere: The Scholar Activist   

Moderator Dr. Hatem Bazian, Senior Lecturer in Near Eastern Studies and Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley and co-Founder and Faculty of Zaytuna College

 

Engaging with Movements & Academia
Dr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali, PhD, Cultural and Historical Studies in Religion, GTU, 2016
Assistant Professor in Islamic Sciences, Zaytuna College and Founder of Lamppost Productions

 

Roles and Rules: Islamophobia, Securitization, and Navigating the Borders of Scholar-Activism
Paula Thompson, MA in Islamic Studies, GTU, 2016 and PhD Student in Cultural and Historical Studies of Religion
GTU and Coordinator of Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project Center for Race and Gender, University of California, Berkeley

 

From Ikhwanophobia to Islamophobia: Post-Colonial Cultural Nationalism in Post-Revolutionary Egypt
May Kosba, MA in Islamic Studies, GTU, 2016 and PhD Student in Cultural and Historical Studies of Religion, GTU

 

Seeing Islam Through the Lens of Social Justice
Sundiata Alrashid, MA in Islamic Studies, GTU, 2015
Social Worker in Oakland, CA

 

5:00-6:00 pm Reception 

 

6:00-7:30 PM

Panel 5: Expressing Faith: Creativity and the Arts         
Scholarly Strategies for Survival
Moderator and Talk by: Carol Bier, Visiting Scholar, Center for Islamic Studies, GTU and Curator for current exhibit, Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art, GTU, 2017

 

Entromancy: Faith and Fiction for Social Justice
Som Pourfarzaneh, PhD, Theology, Anthropology, and Media Studies at GTU, 2013
Digital Marketing Manager, Maximum Games & Novelist

Faith, Painting, Life: A Story of Interaction
Fatemeh Montazeri, MA in Islamic Studies, GTU, 2013 and PhD Student in Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

Love & Light (talk by video presentation)
James Whipple (Barakah Blue), MA in Islamic Studies, GTU, 2015
Acclaimed Poet, Rapper, and International Performer

 

7:30-8:00 PM

Keynote
Scholarship, Leadership, Activism, Aesthetics: Islamic Studies at the GTU and in the Public Sphere, Dr. Munir Jiwa, CIS Director

 

Maghrib Prayers, 8 pm

Details

Date:
May 4, 2017
Time:
9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Organizer

GTU CENTER FOR ISLAMIC STUDIES
Website:
http://gtu.edu/events/first-annual-student-symposium

Venue

GRADUATE THEOLOGICAL UNION LIBRARY