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Graduate Theological Union receives $330,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation in support of Islam in the Public Sphere Leadership Program at the Center for Islamic Studies

For Immediate Release

Contact: Christopher Cox, 510/649-2531,

December 19, 2013, Berkeley, CA – The Graduate Theological Union is pleased to announce that its Center for Islamic Studies (CIS) has been awarded a three-year grant of $330,000 from the New York-based Henry Luce Foundation. The purpose of the grant is to extend the Center’s outreach by recruiting and supporting students in Islamic Studies who are committed to career paths that encompass public roles and leadership positions that advance the positive impact of religion on society. The grant also provides funding to create programs focused on the use of media and communication technologies to engage diverse audiences.

“Through this generous grant the Graduate Theological Union will educate leaders who can positively contribute to the public discussion of Islam and Muslims in America and the world,” says Dr. Munir Jiwa, Director, CIS. “We are grateful that the Henry Luce Foundation has selected the Center for Islamic Studies to provide educational opportunities for students who intend to make public engagement and dialogue central to their work. This will build upon and expand the M.A. in Islamic Studies, also established through the generosity of the Luce Foundation.”

About CIS

The Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, established in 2007, offers a certificate, master’s degree, and doctoral track in Islamic Studies; serves as a center generating research and scholarship on Islamic texts and traditions in contemporary contexts; provides a meeting ground for diverse traditions within Islam; and produces educational and leadership resources for a wide range of faith communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

About the GTU

The Graduate Theological Union, located in Berkeley, CA, is a theological consortium offering education for academic and religious leadership within a unique ecumenical and interreligious context. Founded in 1962, the consortium is the largest and most diverse partnership of seminaries and graduate schools in the United States, dedicated to building bridges within and across different religious traditions by educating students for teaching, research, ministry and service. The GTU works collaboratively with the University of California, Berkeley, and is the home of the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, one of the largest theological libraries in the country.