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. It seeks to generate innovative and informed discourse on topics, such as climate change, racism, religious pluralism, violence, poverty and economic inequality, incarceration, and gender and sexuality.
Affirming the value of dialogical exchange and recognizing that social justice issues require cooperative reflection and action, ISJIE activities are undertaken in a deliberately interreligious fashion. ISJIE seeks to engage a broad range of religious and non-religious voices.
Academic Offerings in Islam, Social Justice and Interreligious Engagement
Students in all Union degree programs (M.A., M.Div., S.T.M., and 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, including the Graduate School of Columbia University (including the Middle East Institute), the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Fordham University. In addition, students can enhance their experience through thesis projects, guided reading courses, internships, and field and CPE placements at relevant sites.
ISJIE Public Lecture Series
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.
“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
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Islam, Social Justice, and Interreligious Engagement Program (ISJIE)