Madrasa-Midrasha, a joint program sponsored by the GTU's Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies and the GTU's Center for Islamic Studies, seeks to advance study, dialogue, and understanding on Jewish and Islamic texts and contexts within academia and the larger public sphere by offering workshops, lectures, panels, and courses, exploring the richness, diversity, differences, and commonalities of the Jewish and Islamic traditions. Participants study and learn about the two traditions through texts and as they are lived and practiced.
Since the program’s inception in 2008, a range of themes and topics have been explored, such as understanding of sacred space through mosque and synagogue visits, museum visits, holidays in both traditions, the lunar calendar, dietary laws, circumcision, pilgrimage, ritual, Israel, Palestine, Gaza, Jerusalem, art and architecture, environment/ecology, identity and belonging, women and gender, Hagar, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, media depictions of Jews and Muslims in US media/film, religion and the elections, and what is means to think about scholarship across disciplines and boundaries. Over the years, thousands have attended various Madrasa-Midrasha programs, providing rich and valuable opportunities for mutual engagement and learning,
The terms Madrasa-Midrasha (Arabic/Hebrew cognates, literally meaning “a place of study/learning”) refer to the traditional pedagogical settings and educational methods and practices of the study of the classical Islamic and Jewish sources. In our program, these closely related practices are mobilized for the purposes of contemporary Jewish-Muslim study and dialogue.
Student Research Grants February 2017
Mahjabeen Dhala (CIS), "Exploring the Role of Female Activism in Islamic and Jewish Tradition," Ahmed Ibrahim Moss (CIS), "Imagining an Islamic Liberation Theology in a Post-Truth World," and group grant recipients Bat Shiva Miller (CJS), Mahajabeen Dhala (CIS) and Jonathan Homrighausen (JST/SCU/GTU), "Abrahamic Hevruta: Developing Pedagogies of Interfaith Education."
Madrasa-Midrasha Public Program Events for 2017
The Story of Joseph in Biblical and Qur'anic Narrative
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 5:30pm | GTU Library Dinner Boardroom 3rd Floor 2400 Ridge Road
Orthodoxies and Heterodoxies in Judaism & Islam
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 1:15pm | GTU Library Dinner Boardroom 3rd Floor 2400 Ridge Road
Perspectives on Antisemitism and Islamophobia
Monday, April 24, 2017 - 12:30pm | GTU Library Dinner Boardroom 3rd Floor 2400 Ridge Road
Aesthetics & the Divine
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 5:00pm | GTU Library Dinner Boardroom 3rd Floor 2400 Ridge Road
Scriptures and Revelation in the Abrahamic Traditions
Monday, February 13, 2017 - 12:00pm | GTU Library Dinner Boardroom 3rd Floor 2400 Ridge Road