Beyond the Binary | A Madrasa-Midrasha Faculty Colloquia Public Forum

Wednesday, May 11th 2022, 9:30am to 11:00am
Online Event, 2400 Ridge Rd Berkeley, CA 94709

Beyond the Binary | A Madrasa-Midrasha Faculty Colloquia Public Forum

Please join us for an exciting public program in which participants in a two-year Madrasa-Midrasha Faculty Colloquia will reflect upon the ways in which their scholarship takes them "beyond the binary:" beyond the binaries of Jew/Muslim, east/west, center/periphery, religious/secular, sacred/mundane. Participants include: Kamal Abu-Shamsieh, Deena Aranoff, Daniel Boyarin, Mahjabeen Dhala, Sam Shonkoff, and Nargis Virani.

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Kamal Abu-Shamsieh is Director of the Interreligious Chaplaincy Program (ICP) and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at the GTU. He founded Ziraya Muslim Spiritual Care and extensively traveled internationally to train chaplains in primarily Arab and Muslim countries. Since 2012, he has served as a chaplain at Stanford Hospital and Clinics.

Deena Aranoff is Faculty Director of the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. She teaches rabbinic literature, medieval patterns of Jewish thought, and the broader question of continuity and change in Jewish history. Her recent publications engage with the subject of childcare, maternity and the making of Jewish culture.

Daniel Boyarin is Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture and Rhetoric at the University of California Berkeley. He has been, among other things, an NEH Fellow (twice), a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem, a holder of the Berlin Prize at the American Academy in Berlin and a Ford Foundation Fellow. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2006.

Mahjabeen Dhala is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and Director of the Madrasa-Midrasha Program at the GTU. Dr. Dhala's interdisciplinary research features an integration of classical theological Islamic texts as well as the kaleidoscope of modern feminist theories to confront and contribute to the rapidly developing discourse between faith and feminism.

Sam S.B. Shonkoff is the Taube Family Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at the GTU, where he teaches on Jewish religious thought, modern Jewish cultures, and methods in theology, ethics, and the historical-cultural study of religions. His research focuses primarily on German-Jewish thought and Hasidism, as well as appropriations of Hasidic spirituality in relatively secular spheres.

Nargis Virani




We would like to thank the Walter & Elise Haas Fund for the generous support of the Madrasa-Midrasha Program at the GTU.

This event is online only