ISJIE | Mission & Vision
The Islam, Social Justice, and Interreligious Engagement Program (ISJIE) promotes academic and public education aimed at cultivating diverse Islamic responses to pressing social justice issues.
Recognizing that social justice issues require cooperative reflection and action, ISJIE affirms the value of dialogical exchange and generates innovative and informed discourse on topics, such as climate change, racism, religious pluralism, violence, poverty and economic inequality, incarceration, and gender and sexuality.
ISJIE activities are undertaken in a deliberately interreligious fashion, and the program actively seeks to engage a broad range of religious and non-religious voices.
ISJIE | Public Programs
ISJIE offers two major public events related directly to Islam, social justice, and interreligious engagement each year. These events take the form of panels with multiple participants, one-day colloquia, artistic performances, or invited lectures by prominent voices in the fields.
2017 – 2018 Lecture Series
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6pm
Cultivating Ethical Responses to Hate & Islamophobia: The Autobiography of a Sikh American Activist
with Dr. Simran Jeet Singh
More Info | RSVP
ISJIE | Academic Offerings
The newly-launched Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in Islam & Interreligious Engagement (IIE) is a specific degree pathway for students seeking preparation for diverse leadership roles working with and in Muslim communities. These roles include: religious and spiritual leadership, chaplaincy at universities, hospitals, or prisons; professional counseling; teaching; and careers in interreligious cooperation, policy making, social justice advocacy, journalism, nonprofits, and government.
The M.Div. IIE incorporates foundational coursework in Islamic tradition, Muslim practice, and interreligious engagement and provides students with sustained and probing study of sacred texts, history, systematic theology and Islamic religious sciences, practical theology, and field education. In keeping with Union’s broader curricula, this degree concentration emphasizes social disparities based on gender, race, class, sexuality and other marginalizing forces, and cultivates students’ abilities to respond to these disparities with analytic rigor, historical consciousness, sensitivity to tradition, and spiritual compassion.
In addition, students in all Union degree programs (M.A., M.Div., S.T.M., & Ph.D.) can focus their coursework on Islam, Social Justice, and Interreligious Engagement through the Interreligious Engagement field. Students are able to take courses at Union and at other neighboring institutions with which Union has existing cross-registration agreements, which includes: the Graduate School of Columbia University (including the Middle East Institute), Jewish Theological Seminary, and Fordham University. Students can also enhance their experience through thesis projects, guided reading courses, internships, and field and CPE placements at relevant sites.
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Islam in the Public Square Scholar Workshops
ISJIE organizes workshops that bring together a small, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational cohort of New York-based scholars who are interested in engaging questions of Islam, academic, and public scholarship, and activism. These workshops aim to establish ongoing conversations and networks across NYC academic institutions. Participating scholars commit to one year of workshops and receive an honorarium.
ISJIE Graduation Award
Each May, ISJIE grants a graduation award (with monetary value) to a Union student who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to Islam, social justice, and interreligious engagement both within and outside of the classroom.
Muslim Women Leaders Program (MWLP)
(Application is open and closes November 1st)
Are you a Muslim woman who serves in a religious, scholarly, community, or social leadership role? Are you interested in networking and dialoging with a group of diverse Muslim women leaders? Are you interested in exploring your leadership role in relation to the Islamic tradition, public engagement, and inter-community solidarity?
This winter, from January 20-22, 2018, the Islam, Social Justice, and Interreligious Engagement Program (ISJIE) at Union Theological Seminary will host the second annual Muslim Women Leaders Program (MWLP).
The Muslim Women Leaders Program (MWLP) aims to nurture a community of dialogue among diverse Muslim women leaders. The program seeks to provide opportunities for networking; examination of relevant aspects of Islamic thought and practice; and development of practical skills in public engagement and communication. The program includes content sessions, practical trainings, dialogues with visiting Muslim women leaders, and group activities and discussions that draw upon the expertise and experiences of participants. Muslim women (18 years and older), who currently serve as leaders, are encouraged to apply.
- Every participant must identify as a Muslim woman, and must be 18 years of age or older.
- Applications (including references) must be submitted by 11:59 PM on November 1st.
- Applicants will be notified about admission by early December.
- Each participant will receive $500 stipend.
- A limited amount of travel stipends, in the maximum amount of $200, are available for accepted applicants traveling long distance to New York City.
- The quality of the MWLP depends on the full participation of all attendees. In order to build community and best insure a productive time, attendees are required to be present at and participate fully in all program activities.
- MWLP strives to create as diverse of a cohort as possible.
ISJIE | Governance
Union Theological Seminary
Attn: Islam, Social Justice, & Interreligious Engagement Program (ISJIE)
3041 Broadway, AD 418
New York, NY 10027
All ISJIE events, programs and activities are planned in consultation with the members of its Advisory Council, who are selected based upon academic expertise, experience with social justice activism, and experience in interreligious engagement. Click here to see the current members of the Advisory Council.
Please Note: New ISJIE Advisory Council members are added on an ongoing basis. For an up-to-date listing, contact the Program Coordinator.