Munir Jiwa, Director of New Center for Islamic Studies

Munir Jiwa, director of the Center for Islamic Studies, and assistant professor of Islamic Studies, has a rich background in engaging difference. His research has addressed mass media portrayals of Islam and Muslims.

Jiwa was previously at the University of Toronto, where he was a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in the Department and Center for the Study of Religion. He holds a master’s degree in religion from Harvard and a doctorate in anthropology from Columbia University.

“Few theological schools and seminaries offer Islamic Studies,” says Jiwa. “With its distinguished faculty and students, world-class library, and its outreach to various religious communities, I can think of no better environment than the GTU to advance the study of Islam and the role of Islam and Muslims in public life.”