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Colloquia Series

Madrasa-Midrasha Colloquia Series

Each semester, the Madrasa-Midrasha Program sponsors a Colloquia Series featuring conversations between faculty at the Graduate Theological Union and the University of California, Berkeley. These monthly gatherings cover many topics with areas of focus including pedagogy, Jewish education and Islamic education, spiritual care, health care and chaplaincy, Antisemitism and Islamophobia, and addressing questions of diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion.

The final MM Colloquia Series gathering in Spring 2022 will feature a Faculty Colloquia Public Forum. It will be held in May, and the conversation is free and open to the public.

Faculty Colloquia Participants

Asad Ahmed

Asad Q. Ahmed is Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Studies and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in early Islamic social history and pre-modern Islamic intellectual history, with a special focus on the rationalist disciplines, such as philosophy, logic, legal theories, and astronomy. Although he has worked extensively on Islamic intellectual history of the so-called classical period (ca. 800-1200 CE), his current focus is the period ca. 1200-1900 CE, especially with reference to the Indian subcontinent.  He is the author of The Religious Elite of the Early Islamic Hijaz (University of Oxford, 2011), Avicenna’s Deliverance:  Logic (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Palimpsests of Themselves:  Logic and Commentary in Muslim India (University of California Press, forthcoming, 2020).

Emily Gottreich

Emily Gottreich is an Adjunct Professor in Global Studies and the Department of History, and Academic Coordinator of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Between 2009-2013 she was the President of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS). She is also Founding Director (along with Aomar Baum, UCLA and Susan Miller, UC Davis) of the MENA-J (MENA Jewry) Program, a UC-systemwide initiative to study, document, and preserve Jewish history in the Middle East and North Africa. Prof. Gottreich received a Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University in 1999, an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University in 1992, and a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from UC Berkeley in 1989. Her research focuses on Moroccan Jewish history and Muslim-Jewish relations in broader Arab-Islamic contexts.

Ronit Stahl

Ronit Y. Stahl is Assistant Professor in the Department of History and a faculty affiliate of the religious diversity cluster of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. She is a historian of modern America and her work focuses on religious pluralism in American society by examining how politics, law, and religion interact in institutions. Her first book, Enlisting Faith: How the Military Chaplaincy Shaped Religion and State in Modern America (Harvard University Press, 2017) demonstrates how, despite the constitutional separation of church and state, the federal government authorized and managed religion in the military. Placing Jewish chaplains in this context reveals and highlights how Judaism came to stand for a mainstream, rather than minority, American religion. Her new book project turns to religious freedom and conscience rights in health care, examining how a variety of religious hospitals — Jewish and non-Jewish — pivoted between framing themselves as secular institutions and religious spaces over the twentieth century. She holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan, a M.A. in Social Sciences in Education from Stanford University, and a B.A. in English from Williams College.

Nargis Virani