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The mission of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies is to advance a sound and nuanced understanding of Muslim societies and the Islamic faith, its role in world history, and its current patterns of globalization.

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Prof. Mandaville Appointed to Head State Dept. Middle East Task Force

Peter Mandaville will be Senior Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of State, working out of a relatively new unit focused on the interface of religion and global affairs. “I’m looking forward to representing the university in this government service and sharing my experiences with students when I get back,” he says, estimating his term to be two years.

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Prof. Dakake to Offer Enrichment Course on Abrahamic Traditions

Prof. Maria Dakake, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Interim Co-Director of the Center for Global Islamic Studies, will team up with Prof. Randi Rashkover, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Judaic Studies, to offer an Enrichment Course on the three Abrahamic traditions in April 2015.

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