Center for Islamic Studies News

Center for Islamic Studies News 

From the Spring 2019 edition of Skylight

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GTU PhD students David Coolidge (pictured), May Kosba, and Paula Thompson have all had their papers accepted for 10th Annual International Islamophobia Conference at the University of California, Berkeley, on April 15-21. CIS has long been a cosponsor of this annual event.Find more details at CIS will also be hosting a student symposium in coordination with the conference in April.

Presidential Scholar and PhD student Mahjabeen Dhala received an award for best student paper at the American Academy of Religion Western Region conference in March for her paper entitled “Fatima, Resisting Prejudice, Breaking Norms: Understanding Muslim Women’s Agency Through Religiosity.” Mahjabeen also presented a series of public lectures on Women in the Quran in India this February.

MA student Huzaifa Shahbaz has been a lead researcher on the project, “The Global Rise of Ethno-Nationalism and Demagoguery,” at the Haas Institute, UC Berkeley. The research findings are intended to be released in a publication this semester.

GTU alum Dr. Mohammad Waqas Sajjad (PhD, ’18) participated in the Yale Modern South Asia Workshop on February 1-2, 2019, where he presented a chapter of his dissertation titled “Social Media and the Deobandi-Barelvi Polemics.” CIS alum Sammy Aziz Rahmatti (MA, ’15, pictured) is serving as one of the Muslim Spiritual Care Volunteer Coordinators at Stanford Health Care. If you are interested in spiritual care volunteering or want to learn about Sammy’s experience in the CPE program, please contact him for more information:

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