This course will examine the challenges Muslims in America face as they practice their faith in the midst of rising Islamophobia. In addition, Muslim prayer will serve as a case study to examine the role of religion in the secular arena. Throughout, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on how we can envision an interreligious future in America.

About the Instructor

Zeyneb Sayilgan, Ph.D., is the Muslim Scholar at ICJS, where her research centers around Islamic theology and spirituality, Christian-Muslim relations, and the intersection of religion and migration. Her personal experience of growing up in Germany as a child of Kurdish Muslim immigrants from Turkey informs her academic work and engagement in interreligious learning. 

Dr. Sayilgan has a Ph.D. in Theological and Religious Studies from Georgetown University, a Master’s degree from Hartford Seminary in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, and a B.A/M.A. in Islamic Studies and Public Law from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. She co-edited The Companion to Said Nursi Studies (2018) and Faithful Neighbors: Christian-Muslim Vision & Practice (2016)

COVID Protocol

Masks will be optional, subject to change depending on prevailing conditions.