Christine Cox | July 4, 2019
Mahan Mirza, an Islamic studies scholar and expert on religious literacy, has been named executive director for the Rafat and Zoreen Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. His appointment begins Monday (July 1).
Mirza’s extensive pedagogical and leadership experience includes serving as dean of faculty at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California, America’s first accredited Muslim liberal arts college. Most recently, he served as the lead faculty member for Notre Dame’s Madrasa Discourses project, which equips Islamic religious leaders in India and Pakistan with the tools to confidently engage with pluralism, modern science and new philosophies. The project is funded by a John Templeton Foundation grant.
“Professor Mirza brings impressive academic and administrative abilities to this critical leadership role, as well as important experience as a participant in interfaith dialogue and community engagement,” said Scott Appleby, the Marilyn Keough Dean of the Keough School. “His expertise in Islamic education and philosophy is complemented by his knowledge and appreciation of the humanities more generally. I am pleased that Mahan has accepted my invitation to help the Ansari Institute fulfill its ambitious and timely mission.”
Mirza joined Notre Dame in 2016 as professor of the practice for the Keough School’s Contending Modernities research initiative, a flagship program of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.
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