Madrasa-Midrasha | Preparing for Sacred Seasons

Monday, March 28th 2022, 12:00pm
Online Event, 2400 Ridge Rd Berkeley, CA 94709

Preparing for Sacred Seasons

Please join the GTU's Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies Program Director Dr. Deena Aranoff and Madrasa-Midrasha Program Director Dr. Mahjabeen Dhala in preparation for Passover and Ramadhan.

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Dr. Dhala’s talk “Planning a Sacred Make-over” will reflect on the different ways in which Muslims prepare their hearts, minds, and material possessions to enter the month of Ramadhan with the intention of manifesting positive changes for themselves and their communities.



Dr. 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.


Dr. Mahjabeen 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. In this talk, she draws on a marginalized classical Shia text known as the Khutbat Fadakiyya (Sermon of Fatima) to interrogate the undersupply of accounts of significant female contributions to Islamic doctrine, practice, social justice, and devotional piety. Her work focusses on exploring constructive methodologies towards a collaborative dialogical interreligious space which thrives at the GTU to explore narratives and contributions of female theologians across traditions and to provide a premise for addressing current concerns of women in religious, racial, and political minorities.



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