Stanford Institute on Islam


The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and Center to Support Excellence in Teaching at Stanford invite middle- and high-school instructors (teaching grades 6-12) and community college educators to participate in the Stanford Institute on Islam, a 3-day workshop that explores how the study of this global religion can be incorporated into the teaching of History, Social Studies, Current Affairs, the Arts, and related subjects.  This year, the Institute will explore the theme of Muslim Intersectionalities by examining questions of race, gender and identity in Islam in a variety of global contexts.

Join Stanford scholars in exploring how you can deepen your students’ understanding of Islam and Muslim societies. Establish a critical background on concepts, practices, traditions of Islam.  Explore strategies to expand your students’ appreciation of the diversity of Muslim societies and cultures, and develop ways to integrate the study of Islam into your curriculum.

Topics include

August 6 | Key Concepts in the Study of Islam
An introduction to the elementary beliefs, concepts, practices for a complex understanding of Islam in its historical and cultural diversity.
Speaker: Sughra Ahmed, Associate Dean for Religious Life, Stanford University

August 7 | Islam and Race in America
A historical examination of intersections between race, religion, and political life among Muslims of African descent in the contemporary Americas and the larger Atlantic world.
Speaker: Alaina Morgan, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Religious Studies and the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Stanford University

August 8 | Islam and Gender
A critical investigation of gender in Islam through a look at Muslim women’s experience and influence in religious life.
Speaker: Aziza Shanazarova, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University-Bloomington, and Visiting Student Researcher, Stanford University


If you have questions please contact Javier Heinz at [email protected]


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