Online Meet & Greet with ICJS Muslim Scholar Zeyneb Sayilgan
Tuesday, September 15 at 4:00 p.m.
Join ICJS Executive Director Heather Miller Rubens in welcoming Muslim Scholar Zeyneb Sayilgan to ICJS’ academic and program staff. There will be ample time for Q&A with Dr. Sayilgan after an introduction to her research interests, and a bit about her journey to ICJS and how she’s looking forward to advancing interreligious dialogue and understanding through education, outreach, and scholarship.
About Zeyneb Sayilgan
Zeyneb Sayilgan was previously the Henry Luce Visiting Assistant Professor of Islamic Theology and Religious Pluralism at Virginia Theological Seminary. Prior to that, she taught at Catholic University of America and at Georgetown, where she also served as a residential chaplain for students from all backgrounds.
Sayilgan earned her doctorate in Theological and Religious Studies from Georgetown University with a focus on Islam and Christianity; a master’s of arts in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations from Hartford Seminary; and a master’s and bachelor’s of arts in Islamic Studies and Law from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.
A native of Germany, Sayilgan was born to Kurdish immigrants from Turkey. Her personal experience with religious diversity and Muslim immigration informs her academic work, with a research focus on the intersection of religion and immigration, particularly in relation to Muslims living in the West. Sayilgan is currently working on her book, Islam and Immigration: Theological Insights from the Qur’an (Baylor University Press). She is also the co-editor of The Companion to Said Nursi Studies (2017) and Faithful Neighbors: Christian-Muslim Vision & Practice (2016).