In cooperation with several GTU member schools and the University of California, Berkeley, the CIS offers introductory and advanced courses in Islamic Studies in a range of academic disciplines, including interdisciplinary approaches, theories, and methods. The Center offers a Certificate in Islamic Studies, and a Master of Arts with a primary focus on the study of contemporary Islam in its theological, historical and cultural contexts. CIS also supports Islamic Studies in various GTU doctoral departments and concentrations.
August 23, 2010
Ethics and Religious Institutions of Higher Education: Beginning the Journey
James A. Donahue, Ph.D.
President and Professor of Ethics
Graduate Theological Union
Inaugural Convocation of Zaytuna College, Berkeley, CA
May 11, 2006
Taking a Long ... a Very Long View
Hodges-Haynes Professor of LiturgicsChurch Divinity School of the Pacific
GTU 2006 commencement address by Louis Weil, GTU core doctoral faculty member and Hodges-Haynes Professor of Liturgics at Church Divinity School of the Pacific...
Each November, the GTU faculty honors a distinguished professor who embodies the scholarly standards, teaching excellence, and commitment to ecumenism and interreligious dialogue that define the GTU. Nominations are considered annually by the Council of Deans, who then select the year’s Distinguished Faculty Lecturer.
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Below is a list of faculty publications, arranged alphabetically by last name.
Jerome Baggett (GTU/JST), The Varieties of Nonreligious Experience: Atheism in American Culture (NYU Press, 2019).
Kathryn Barush (GTU/JST), Imaging Pilgrimage: Art as Embodied Experience (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020); Art and the Sacred Journey in Britain, 1790-1850 (Routledge, 2016).
Purushottama Bilimoria (GTU/CDS), History of Indian Philosophy (Routledge History of World Philosophies, 2018); Emotions in Indian Thought-Systems (Routledge India, 2015);...
"The students who come to the GTU for Islamic studies are interested in serious academic study of the Islamic tradition within its theological, historical, and cultural contexts, and they want to do so in an interdisciplinary, intercultural, interreligious and intra-religous environment, where practice of faith matters. Students at the Center for Islamic Studies come from diverse backgrounds and traditions, and value the environment here at the GTU where that diversity is respected."
--Munir Jiwa, Director, Center for Islamic Studies
Most students live "off-campus" in apartments and homes in Berkeley and neighboring communities.
Several GTU member schools own apartment buildings and dormitories in Berkeley and elsewhere. Member schools house their MDiv students first and then rent to MA and PhD/ThD students depending on the availability of space. Most likely, you will need to wait until mid-summer to receive definite notice from a school regarding its housing availability. Some schools give preference to students who have affiliated* with them. Single students (without pets) may wish to consider applying for dormitory...
GTU students range in age from mid-twenties to early seventies, and have families and/or obligations within their communities, denominations, and/or professional networks. Not all live in Berkeley, and many find it necessary to work to support their studies. Therefore, to have a sense of belonging to the GTU community is essential for a meaningful time at the GTU. Community is something that is built intentionally by committed individuals. Student groups provide avenues for building communities of shared interests and experiences.
Students are encouraged to organize support groups and the...
Dr. Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History and Director, Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas, Austin, presented the GTU's annual Singh Lecture in Comparative Religious Thought. Dr. Cañizares-Esguerra's lecture is titled “The Virgin Mary as Warrior: Marian models of women’s religious experience in colonial Latin America.” View the preview video below, or watch the full lecture here.
GTU Student Travel Grant: Doctoral students who have papers accepted for the program of the Annual Meeting of the AAR, SBL, or other comparable national meeting or conference may compete in the GTU's Student Travel Grant competition. Winner are given cash awards to support the costs of attending the meeting. The Dean and Core Doctoral Faculty Awards Committee select recipients for this award. Applications are usually due September 15 (or the following Monday, if September 15 falls on a weekend) for the first cycle and February 15 for the second cycle (or the following Monday if February 15...
On May 12, fifty-seven graduates were honored at the GTU's 2016 Commencement Ceremony at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary's Chapel of the Cross in Berkeley, California. Graduates are listed below by degree and include their thesis title, area of study or school of affiliation, committee members, and thesis abstract; language specialization is noted for MABL graduates in lieu of thesis information.
Master of ArtsIneda P. AdesanyaThe Necessity of Spiritual Care for American Protestant Clergy: Living and Serving via the Fruits of God’s Grace
San Francisco Theological Seminary
If you are a GTU faculty member or alum and have been recently published or have an upcoming publication which is not listed here, send your bibliographic information to the communications staff. Due to the volume and frequency of journal articles, they are not listed here.