The latest issue of "Peace Policy" by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies focuses on understanding the policy implications of the Madrasa Discourses project, an effort to engage recently graduated madrasa students in India and Pakistan. Ansari Institute Executive Director Mahan Mirza has been instrumental in establishing this important program.
Based at the University of Notre Dame, Madrasa Discourses engages with recently graduated madrasa students in India and Pakistan. Through a three-year online educational program—three hours a week over a period of two semesters per year, plus intensive face-to-face winter and summer programs totaling three weeks annually—participants are exposed to science, the philosophy of science, history, and a range of Islamic theological traditions and the humanities. Students participating in the program are taught skills that enhance their capacity and talents as theologians, and are introduced to a robust cross fertilization of sources from modern science, Islamic and western humanities, and varieties of Islamic theology.