Dr. Shabana Mir, Assoc. Professor of Anthropology at American Islamic College, spoke on March 12, 2019 at University of Illinois at Chicago on “Islamophobia and Intersectionality on Campus: Action Points.” The lecture was the inaugural endowed Triple C Lecture Series at the College of Education at UIC during Spring 2019. Triple C is a new initiative aimed at creating cultural competencies in teachers and educators who are working in increasingly diverse, and often fraught, contexts. This year’s theme is organized around countering anti-Muslim racism in schools and communities. Dr. Mir also conducted a Meet and Greet with PhD students at their Arab American Cultural Center. For more information on Dr. Mir and her scholarship, click here.
Last week American Islamic College hosted a delegation from the government of Singapore which included Members of Parliament, the Minister of Cultural Affairs and leadership within the Muslim Religious Council of Singapore, seeking to learn more about prison chaplaincy. Prof. Feryal Salem, director of the Muslim Chaplaincy Program, led a discussion regarding the role of prison chaplains in the US and the curriculum of study through which students train to become Muslim chaplains. She discussed the roles which various types of Muslim chaplains play in different institutions and the relationship they have within the context of the American Muslim community at large. AIC hosts were joined by DePaul University Chaplain, Abdul Malik Ryan, who presented on his own experience working as a university chaplain as well as his knowledge of the organized community efforts to reintegrate prisoners into society once they have completed their sentences.
Prof. Salem later traveled to New York where she made arrangements for the delegation from Singapore to visit two of the most well-known maximum-security prisons in the state. Dr. Salem and the Singapore delegation first visited Bedford Women’s Prison where they had the opportunity to speak with the different faith chaplains, inmates, and learn about the various programs offered in the facility. They later went to Sing Sing Maximum Security Male Prison where they joined the inmates for Friday prayer and were also given a tour of the facility.
Location: American Islamic College, Auditorium
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DOCUMENTARY FILM FROM DIRECTOR ERIKA COHN
When she was a young lawyer, Kholoud Al-Faqih walked into the office of Palestine’s Chief Justice and announced she wanted to join the bench. He laughed at her. But just a few years later, Kholoud became the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East’s Shari’a (Islamic law) courts. THE JUDGE offers a unique portrait of Judge Kholoud—her brave journey as a lawyer, her tireless fight for justice for women, and her drop-in visits with clients, friends, and family. With unparalleled access to the courts, THE JUDGE presents an unfolding vérité legal drama, with rare insight into both Islamic law and gendered justice. In the process, the film illuminates some of the universal conflicts in the domestic life of Palestine—custody of children, divorce, abuse—while offering an unvarnished look at life for women and Shari’a.
Shabana Mir is the author of the award-winning book Muslim American Women on Campus: Undergraduate Social Life and Identity, published by the University of North Carolina Press (2014). The book has received the Outstanding Book Award from the National Association for Ethnic Studies and the Critics’ Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association (2014).
Dr. Mir has over thirteen years’ diverse teaching experience. She taught Anthropology at Millikin University, IL (2012-2014) and graduate and undergraduate courses in Qualitative Research Methods, Education, Anthropology, and Literature at the University of Southern California online (2014-2015), Oklahoma State University (2008-2012), Indiana University (1999-2001), and Eastern Illinois University. She taught English at the International Islamic University, Islamabad (1991-1993).
Dr. Mir earned her Ph.D. in education policy studies and anthropology, with a concentration in comparative education, from Indiana University, Bloomington. She received the Outstanding Dissertation Award for her doctoral dissertation from the American Anthropological Association’s Council on Anthropology and Education (2006). She conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the Washington, DC area, as Visiting Researcher at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University. She also has an M.A. in English Literature from Punjab University, Pakistan and an M.Phil. in Education from Cambridge University (UK).
Dr. Mir has lived, studied, and taught in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Pakistan. She has worked as curriculum designer, residence hall director, retreat leader, feminist troublemaker, faculty development expert, and research consultant in a variety of settings.
Shabana has written academic chapters, journal articles, children’s literature, a blog, and, of course, her book. She is an International public speaker on gender, religion, education, and politics. She speaks English, Urdu and Punjabi, and some Arabic and Farsi, and is delighted to be part of the American Islamic College community.
On Saturday, October 20, 2018, AIC screened The Judge, a powerful film about a young Palestinian woman’s journey to becoming the first female judge in the Middle East’s Shariah courts. The film provoked a thoughtful discussion about a number of topics interspersed and interconnected in the film. The conversation was led by AIC’s Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dr. Shabana Mir, who teaches courses on Islam and Gender, and Muslims in Modernity, taking her students deep into critical issues and their relation to contemporary movements both in America and theMuslim world.
More information about the movie: https://www.thejudgefilm.com/
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WBEZ’s Curious City and American Islamic College are hosting an interactive workshop on building interracial relationships within the Chicago-area Muslim community.
The topic is “Race, Power, and Representation” and our guiding question is: How can Muslim organizations represent and give equal voice to the diversity of the Muslim community? The workshop — featuring a panel discussion and a series of facilitated small group conversations — will address issues of race, power, and representation in masjids, community organizations, educational institutions, and the media. Participants will have the opportunity to develop specific recommendations for how to create more inclusive Muslim institutions.
Tahera Ahmad is the associate chaplain and director of interfaith engagement at Northwestern University. She also serves as faculty at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on the Northwestern campus. Ahmad was recognized at the White House as a leading Muslim woman and in 2014, she became the first woman to represent the United States at the International Quran Competition in Indonesia, where she placed 6th place in the World.
Tariq El-Amin is one of the leaders of the Community of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed in Chicago. He is also the host of Radio Islam, a Muslim-run-and -produced daily call-in talk show, the resident imam of Masjid Al-Taqwa, and the founder and executive director of Bridging the Gap, Inc.
Abdullah Mitchell is the Executive Director of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, an organization that provides resources and guidance to local Masjids and Muslim community organizations. He is also a board member of Masjid Al-Taqwa, American Islamic College, and the Southland Ministerial Health Network.
Shabana Mir is Associate Professor of Anthropology and General Education Coordinator at American Islamic College. She is the author of the award-winning book Muslim American Women on Campus: Undergraduate Social Life and Identity.
WBEZ Curious City Editor Alexandra Salomon will moderate the panel discussion, which will be followed by facilitated small group conversations and a share-out. Halaal drinks and snacks will be served.
This workshop is co-hosted by American Islamic College and WBEZ’s Curious City. It was inspired by a Curious City feature about whether Chicago’s Arab and African-American Muslims share the same mosques.
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Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018
Where: Reception Hall, American Islamic College
WBEZ’s Curious City and American Islamic College hosted an interactive workshop on building interracial relationships within the Chicago-area Muslim community.
WBEZ Curious City Editor Alexandra Salomon moderated the panel discussion. Founder of Side Entrance, Hind Makki, coordinated the facilitation of small group conversations that addressed issues of race, power, and representation in masjids, community organizations, educational institutions, and the media. Participants had the opportunity to develop specific recommendations for how to create more inclusive Muslim institutions.
Featured panelists included AIC’s Associate Professor of Anthropology & Islamic Studies, Dr. Shabana Mir, AIC Board Member, Gregory Abdullah-Mitchell, Exec. Dir. of CIOGC, Tahera Ahmad, Assoc. Chaplain at NU, Tariq El-Amin, Imam at Masjid Al-Taqwa & Radio host at Radio Islam.
In addition to the panelists, Bashirah Mack of Sapelo Squared, Eman H. Aly, Founder of Collaborist, and AIC’s undergraduate students: Ahmet Sahin, and Linda Maryam Millan served as facilitators of the group discussions.
At the end of the collaboration, participants shared their commitments to solutions-based outcomes that build equity and trust for their fellow Muslims in the larger Chicago community.
This workshop was inspired by a Curious City feature about whether Chicago’s Arab and African-American Muslims share the same mosques.
On Friday, August 31st, AIC welcomed graduate students from The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) for a dialogue luncheon.
The students were welcomed by AIC President, Daoud S. Casewit and Dr. Feryal Salem, AIC’s Director of the Master of Divinity in Islamic Studies and Muslim Chaplaincy program. The students toured the campus and learned more about AIC’s fascinating history, as well as, its current role as an Islamic-oriented institution of higher learning.
During their visit, the students had the opportunity to observe Jumah prayer, which is the Muslim congregational prayer service held on Fridays, at the AIC Masjid on campus. The dialogue that followed was centered around Muslim and Christian prayer, as well as, chaplaincy and spiritual care.
This was organized by Sara Trumm, Interim Director of the School’s Center for Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace & Justice (CCME) as part of their new student orientation. Those that participated are training to be pastors through LSTC’s Master of Divinity degree program. AIC Participants included: AIC President, Daoud Casewit, Dr. Feryal Salem, Director of the Master of Divinity Program, Romana Manzoor, Interfaith Coordinator, and Mesut Mamaloglu, BA student.
American Islamic College is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Feryal Salem as Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies and Director of the Master of Divinity in Islamic Studies and Muslim Chaplaincy Program. Holding a doctoral degree in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago, Dr. Salem has also undergone traditional Islamic training in the Arab World in fields such as Qur’anic recitation, hadith studies, Islamic legal methodology, theology and logic, Fiqh and Prophetic biography.
She comes to AIC from Hartford Seminary where she previously taught Islamic Studies and ran the nationally-acclaimed Islamic Chaplaincy Program. Dr. Salem was recently recognized by CNN as one of twenty-five influential Muslim Americans for the work she has done training Muslim chaplains. AIC’s programs in Islamic Studies and our up and coming Muslim Chaplaincy Program will certainly be enriched by the academic expertise, and professional connections that Dr. Salem will bring to our institution.
Dr. Salem said, “I am excited to be able to build upon the work I have done over the years in teaching, scholarship, and directing an Islamic chaplaincy program. With around half a million Muslims centered in and around the Chicagoland area, I believe American Islamic College is strategically placed with access to important resources that would truly enable a Muslim chaplaincy program there to thrive. I also look forward to being a part of the vibrant cosmopolitan and intellectual environment that the city of Chicago offers in terms of scholarly engagement and community involvement.”
In the words of AIC President Daoud Casewit: “Dr. Salem is a welcome new presence at American Islamic College as she has many local and international connections which will facilitate in enhancing AIC’s role on both of these fronts. Among her responsibilities will be to help lay the institutional foundation of a relevant and rigorous training in Islamic Divinity/Chaplaincy. Dr. Salem will also work with the AIC administration to support the College in solidifying its goals in terms of outreach and the expansion of its student base.”
American Islamic College Welcomes Dr. Talaat Pasha as the Director of the New Arabic Language Institute
Dr. Talaat Pasha has been appointed as the Coordinator of American Islamic College’s newly launched Arabic Language Institute. American Islamic College is a Chicago-based institution of higher education that has the authority to confer the B.A. and M.A. in Islamic Studies and the Master of Islamic Divinity in Islamic Studies/Muslim Chaplaincy degrees from the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE).
Talaat Pasha holds a Ph.D. in Arabic and Linguistics from the University of Utah, a Masters in Linguistics from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), a BA in English and another BA in Islamic Studies from the renowned Al-Azhar University. He has taught Arabic and linguistics courses at several Egyptian Universities, the University of Illinois, Utah Iqra Academy, the University of Utah, Middlebury College, Henry Ford College, the University of Bahrain, and the University of Michigan Ann-Arbor. He is a sought-after trainer and coach in Personality Types and Success. He is an active community member, a public and motivational speaker, and an Educational Professional Development Consultant. His book, Islamism in the Headlines: A critical Discourse Analysis is being published by I.B. Tauris.
American Islamic College’s – Arabic Language Institute will be an integral component of AIC, designed to serve both our degree-seeking students, and non-degree external students. The institute is scheduled to begin this summer with intensive course offerings.
Pasha brings to AIC extensive experience in the study and teaching of the Arabic language, a deep grounding in traditional Islamic Studies including the recitation of the Qur’an (tajwid), and a profound grasp of Muslim cultures.
He shares our aspirations for American Islamic College to be an intellectual center for the study of Islam in America, a bridge between the United States and Muslim societies, and a resource for interfaith and intercultural understanding.
The mission of American Islamic College (AIC) is to provide students of all backgrounds with a solid liberal arts and sciences education that will include a rigorous academic formation in Islamic Studies, thereby conveying a broad understanding of the historical and global forces that have shaped intellectual debates and interpretations as well as the political and social structures of diverse contemporary Muslim societies.
Please help us in welcoming Dr. Talaat Pasha and celebrate with us as we officially launch AIC’s Arabic Language Institute.
American Islamic College, along with other sponsors, hosted speakers with unique perspectives into the life of M. Cherif Bassiouni. The presentations offered an insight into his life as a scholar and activist, alongside with legacy of his work. David Scheffer from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Mansa Bilal Mark King, Professor of Sociology from Morehouse College, and Louise Cainkar, Professor of Sociology and Social Justice from Marquette University gave presentations. The forum provided opportunities to directly interact with the speakers and with the audience to build a better understanding of what the work of Professor Bassiouni meant to the Muslim community and to the rights of the oppressed.
Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Where: Conference Hall, Main Bldg, American Islamic College
Address: 640 W. Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613
Additional Parking: 613 W. Bittersweet Place
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
David Scheffer, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
“Cherif Bassiouni: The Oracle of International Criminal Law”
Mansa Bilal Mark King, Sociology, Morehouse College
“Observations on the international decade for people of African descent”
Louise Cainkar, Sociology & Social Justice, Marquette University
“Seeking Justice for the Silenced: From the Middle East to the USA”
On Saturday, October 7, 2018 American Islamic College hosted a day of community building and art in partenership with One Chicago. Attendees enjoyed a day of artist workshops for the whole family and a special basketball clinic hosted by Muslim activist and basketball player Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir!
On the evening they enjoyed a jam packed performance of dance, music, storytelling, poetry, and much more. Thank you for helping us celebrate the richness and diversity within the Muslim artist community.
2pm – 3pm: Join Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, first hijabi to play at the collegiate basketball level, and recognized by former President, Barack Obama, as an inspiration to girls and young women around the globe as she leads a Basketball Clinic for ages 10 and up. She will be teaching fundamental skills and drills. All levels of experience welcome!
3pm-4pm: Join international dancer and educator, Haleem “Stringz” Rasul, as he teaches a movement workshop focused on the “Detroit Jit”. The Jit is a dance originating from Detroit, characterized by a combustion of intricate, high energy footwork, kicks, wiggles, shuffles, and arm syncopations that can be taken to the floor in order to create an even more dynamic aesthetic. Not only will you learn fundamentals such as foundation exercises, short footwork combinations and shuffle patterns, you will learn about the history of this energetic dance! Ages 10 and up. All levels of experience welcome.
4pm-5pm: Join Mary Mar, “B-Girl Mama”, a nationally recognized female, hijabi , break dancer, choreographer, and teacher hailing from Detroit, for an energetic workshop in the hip-hop dance form known as Breakin’. You will learn the elements of this exciting dance form including basic structure of a breakin’ set, including top rock, go downs, ground moves, and freezes. Ages 10 and up. All levels of experience welcome.
5pm-6pm: Join Amirah Sackett international dancer, choreographer, and teacher and creator of “We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic” as she teaches the funk of dance originating from the West Coast called Popping. Learn basic popping techniques including dime stopping, robot, and tutting, a dance based on creating geometric shapes and illusions with the arms and body. Ages 10 and up. All levels of experience welcome.
3:30 to 4 & 5:30 to 6 pm: Join Gulnaz is a Desi-American-Muslim nonfiction writer whose work has been published by the Georgia Review, Brain Mill Press Voices, and the Huffington Post. She co-found and writes for Mixed Company. She has a MS in Journalism, with a concentration in magazine writing, from Northwestern University.
4 pm – 5 pm – Join Alia Sharrief, female emcee from California, as she leads a workshop to create your own rap! She will share her techniques for creating rhythm and poetry to express yourself in one hour, culminating in you performing your rap to the class if you feel so inclined! All ages and experience welcome!
2-6 pm LIVE ART with Bazigha Tufail Khan in the main lobby! Bazigha Khan is an mixed media painter who utilizes vibrant colors and textures to give her work a modern take on the traditional art forms of calligraphy, Islamic geometric design and illumination. Inspired by her travels to different parts of the world, Khan has grown a special affinity for Islamic and Persian art styles and incorporates them into her work.Instagram: @dramabazi
Hisham Mahmoud has studied theology, hadith, legal theory, jurisprudence, ethics, Qur’anic recitation, and Arabic with scholars in Morocco, Mauritania, and Egypt.
His first forthcoming work will be entitled, “A Portrait of the Prophet,” which is a translation of one of the most important compilations of the personal qualities of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم. He has lectured internationally on the Islamic sciences and on world religions, and continues to read with scholars and students in the United States.
Hisham Mahmoud taught for more than a decade at Yale, Princeton, and Harvard Universities. More recently, he founded Lanturna, a national, non-profit educational institution that intends to establish learning collectives across the country to enhance personal lifestyle and enrich community living. Currently, he resides in Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.
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640 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, IL 60613
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