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CIS News for September 2016

News and Updates from the Center for Islamic Studies 

Center for Islamic Studies welcomes our new and returning students, instructors, and visiting scholars for the academic year 2016-2017. We are honored and grateful to have Dr. Kei Takahashi from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, as a visiting scholar in Islamic Studies this academic year, and are deeply grateful to our continuing scholars, Islamic Art Historian Carol Bier and Dr. Nargis Virani, who add significantly to the academic and public programs of the CIS/GTU.

CIS is delighted to welcome Rania Shah as our Office Manager and Program Coordinator. Rania has been actively involved as a student and staff in the academic and public programs of the CIS/GTU and UC Berkeley, and we are grateful for the expertise she brings to this new position. Rania can be reached at

The joint CJS/CIS Madrasa-Midrasha program will be offering a course this fall, called, Texts and Contexts: Judaism and Islam, along with several public programs. We are grateful to the Walter and Elise Haas Fund for its generous support of this program. 

CIS wishes a blessed journey to all those making the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca. In anticipation of Eid al-Adha, we wish our Muslim colleagues, families and friends Eid Mubarak. May this be a time of greater understanding, unity, and peace.