Graduate Theological Union
The Center for Islamic Studies (CIS) is building an academic platform to help scholars and students of many faiths learn about the richness of the Islamic tradition and the diversity of Muslims. It emphasizes study and dialogue among Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities, where pluralism, interreligious understanding, and civic engagement are the basis of scholarship and service.
Core Doctoral Faculty
MUNIR JIWA • GTU (Islamic Studies) • Islam and Muslims in the West; aesthetics, media, and cultural production; religious pluralism and interfaith dialogue.
MARIANNE FARINA, C.S.C. • DSPT (Philosophy and Theology) • Ethics; Islam; social justice; human rights; interreligious dialogue; human sexuality; philosophical ethics of East and West.
Certificate in Islamic Studies
The Center for Islamic Studies and the GTU offer a six course certificate program for individuals who want to have some systematic graduate training in Islamic Studies but are not prepared to undertake the M.A. or Ph.D. The program is also designed for current GTU students who wish to demonstrate a basic command of Islamic Studies; interested students should register their intention with the Office Manager of the Center for Islamic Studies as early as possible in their course of their studies. Applicants not already enrolled in a GTU program may apply by submitting the Certificate Application form, a statement of purpose, and official transcripts showing completion of a bachelor’s degree. Letters of recommendation may be requested.
A specialized program offered by the faculty of GTU's Center for Islamic Studies
The primary focus of this area is on the study of contemporary Islam within its theological, historical, and cultural contexts. In addition to the core courses in classical Islamic scholarship, students have the opportunity to develop expertise in specific topics such as Muslim Cultures (especially Muslims in America), Islamic Education, or Islam and Media. Interdisciplinary and interreligious approaches to the study of Islam in which Muslims are understood in their diversity and in dialogue with other religious traditions are an implicit part of the program, fostered by the unique environment of the GTU.
Islamic Studies is one of three tracks offered within Cultural and Historical Studies of Religion Ph.D. program.