Nashashibi Appointed Visiting Assistant Professor, Sociology of Religion & Muslim Studies

Posted: November 19th, 2013

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CHICAGO, IL (November 20, 2013) – Chicago Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Rami Nashashibi as Visiting Assistant Professor in Sociology of Religion and Muslim Studies beginning in August 2014. Nashashibi will also continue to serve as Executive Director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), a community organization he co-founded in 1997.

Dr. Nashashibi's appointment is part of the seminary’s ECOmmunity project, working with a cohort of Muslim, Jewish and Christian students at the vital intersections of theological education, sustainability, interreligious engagement and social justice. The initiative is funded in part by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. He joins Rabbi Dr. Rachel S. Mikva, director of the CTS Center for Jewish, Christian and Islamic Studies, and other faculty working to build bridges across religious difference.

“We are pleased and honored to have Dr. Nashashibi join our faculty,” said CTS Dean, Ken Stone.  “His scholarship on contemporary Muslim communities, his training as a sociologist of religion, and his experiences with community organizing will all extend some of the long-time commitments of CTS in very significant ways.”

Nashashibi holds a Ph.D. in sociology and M.A. in social sciences from the University of Chicago and earned a B.A. in English literature and international studies from DePaul University. He has been an adjunct professor at various colleges and universities across Chicago. He has worked with several leading scholars and published in the areas of African-American studies, globalization and urban sociology.

His work with IMAN has been featured in many national and international media outlets including the BBC, PBS, CBS, NPR and the New York Times. In 2007 Islamica Magazine profiled Nashashibi as one of the “10 Young Muslim Visionaries Shaping Islam in America,” and Chicago Public Radio selected Nashashibi as one of the city’s Top Ten Chicago Global Visionaries.

Nashashibi was named one of the “500 Most Influential Muslims in the World” by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in concert with Georgetown University’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. He was also invited by the governor of Illinois to serve on the Commission for the Elimination of Poverty. 

Dr. Nashashibi frequently lectures across the United States, Europe and the Middle East on a range of topics related to American Muslim identity, community activism and social justice issues; he is a recipient of several prestigious community service and organizing honors, including being named by the White House as a “Champion of Change” in 2011.

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