CIS News - March 2023

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Center for Islamic Studies

CIS News for March 2023

Congratulations to Nosizwe Breaux-Abdur-Rahman, GTU doctoral student and Newhall fellow, who will be presenting a paper at the AAR Western Region, titled, “The Life of the Prophet Muhammad as a Role Model for the Role of Religion in Contemporary Civil and Human Rights Discourses,” UC Davis, March 25.

Congratulations to Faisal Azar, CIS MA student, who will be presenting a paper at the AAR Western Region, titled, “Prophet Muhammad’s Madina Pact as a Civil Rights Document,” UC Davis, March 25.

For program and registration info for the 2023 AARWR at UC Davis, please see the website.

Congratulations to Jibreel Delgado, GTU doctoral student and current CARe research scholar, for being accepted to the Center of Study and Investigation for Decolonial Dialogues Summer Program, Critical Muslim Studies: Decolonial Struggles and Liberation Theologies. Granada Spain, June 2023.

Congratulations to Dr. David Coolidge for his publication in the journal, Religions, “One Out of Many: The Civic and Religious in American Muslim Life.”

Congratulations to Dr. Mahjabeen Dhala, Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and Director of the Madrasa-Midrasha Program, for her work with the 2023 Wabash cohort for Early Career Faculty in theological education, for presenting (virtually) at the Qur’an Study session organized by the Muslim chaplain at MIT, and co-chairing the Ethics Unit at the upcoming AAR Western Region conference, UC Davis March 24-26.

Congratulations to CIS research scholar Carol Bier who has submitted her research slides on Persian velvets to the Danish Royal Collections where they will be made available for research. We are also grateful to Carol for leading a monthly interdisciplinary global Zoom seminar on Persian velvets bringing together museum curators, conservators, art and fashion historians, and an engineer.

CIS is delighted to share that Dr. Ahmed Khater, CIS/GTU scholar, is offering public engagement classes on the Islamic Sciences at UC Berkeley as well as presentations and events throughout Ramadan, cosponsored by the CIS. Dr. For more information, please visit:

CIS is delighted to welcome Dr. Eby Shabudin as a GTU visiting scholar for 2023-2024. Dr. Shabudin will be working on developing courses and completing his manuscript on Leadership from an Islamic Perspective.

Ramadan Mubarak (~March 23-April 21) to all those observing the holy month. For various resources and online programs, please visit CIS/GTU webpages for details.