With extensive academic and administrative experience, Mirza most recently served as lead faculty for the Notre Dame Madrasa Discourses project.
Today, as we mark World Refugee Day, the Keough School of Global Affairs stands in solidarity with the 70.8 million persons forcibly displaced around the world.
Maydan, an online publication of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, published this piece about the Notre Dame South Asia Conference in Washington, DC, in May 2019.
Rahul Oka The Notre Dame South Asia Group, a multidisciplinary working group of the Liu Institute, brought together scholars and practitioners at its first conference on May 14 and 15 at the Washington, DC, office of the Keough School of Global Affairs. The theme was “Religion, Public Policy, and Development.”…
In new research, Kathleen Sprows Cummings chronicles how canonization, or the intricate process of naming someone a saint, prompted a minority religious group to define, defend and celebrate its American identity.
As we pause to remember the fallen and stand in solidarity with victims, we call on devotees of all faiths and philosophies to change the conversation about religion.
A flash panel on April 17 examined the root causes of the shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand in March.
Words of comfort, unity and peace were woven into the prayers, reflections and hymns at an interfaith prayer service for victims of the recent shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The Ansari Institute condemns the attack on Friday worshipers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday March 15, 2019. We offer our condolences to all those affected directly and indirectly, in the Pacific and around the world. We cannot allow the shock of this horrific act of violence, which aims to divide us, slow our efforts to come together. At this historical moment when voices that promote hate and violence instantly cross the globe, we cannot hesitate to counter divisive voices and, with deep sadness but renewed resolve, rededicate ourselves to fostering peaceful and just communities that derive strength from diversity.…
A prayer service in remembrance of victims of the shootings at two mosques Friday (March 15) in Christchurch, New Zealand, will be held at 12:15 p.m. Thursday (March 21) in the rotunda of University of Notre Dame’s Main Building.
The Madrasa Discourses project is an effort to equip Islamic religious leaders with the tools necessary to confidently engage pluralism, modern science and new philosophies.
The University of Notre Dame will host two public events related to ecumenism and the relationships among Christians in the world.
Groody, an Ansari Institute affiliate, is an award-winning author and filmmaker on international migration and refugee issues.
Daniel Philpott, professor of political science and Ansari Institute affiliate, recently spoke to Zenit’s Deborah Castellano Lubov about Pope Francis' visit to the United Arab Emirates.
In his newest research, Daniel Philpott, professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, examines conditions in 47 Muslim-majority countries and considers a question at the center of intense public debate: Is Islam hostile to religious freedom?
Christian Smith, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology at Notre Dame, has won the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion’s 2018 Distinguished Book Award. The honor, conferred upon the most outstanding book published by an SSSR member in the past two years, lauded the “impressive accomplishment” of Smith’s Religion: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It Matters…
The Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion launched with inaugural events on Oct. 25 and 26.
The Ansari Institute condemns the October 27 shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue. We mourn with friends and relatives of the eleven worshippers killed by gunfire, and stand in solidarity with all Jews in Pittsburgh, across the nation, and around the world. At a historical moment when ethno-religious nationalism is rising, and we see more and more anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim rhetoric, it is tragic but not surprising that the gunman, who “wanted all Jews to die,” also was outraged that HIAS, the global Jewish non-profit that protects refugees, had aided displaced Muslims and migrants of other faiths. Evidence suggests the assailant shot the worshippers because HIAS is resettling “invaders” that “kill our people.” But, for us, all …
The new Rafat and Zoreen Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion at the University of Notre Dame will officially launch with private and public events this month. On Oct. 25, religion historian Thomas Tweed, founding director of the Ansari Institute, will deliver the inaugural keynote address titled “Engaging Religion” at 5 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.…
Thomas Tweed, a historian committed to improving public understanding of religions, has been appointed founding director of the Rafat and Zoreen Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, effective July 1. Tweed came to Notre Dame in 2013 as the Harold and Martha Welch Professor of American Studies and professor of history, roles he will retain. He is the former president of the American Academy of Religion, the largest society for scholars of religion in the world, and has also served on the international advisory board for Notre Dame’s Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem.…