Sacred Spaces, Shared Visions
The Department of Religion observes Abrahamic week by focusing on the most iconic of sacred spaces — considered by the three Abrahamic Faiths as the most holy of sacred places — Jerusalem. Invited from Jerusalem to participate in the conversation are members of the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic faiths who can impart both their understandings of how this penultimate sacred space came to be so regarded, as well as their visions of how it might be shared in peace.
Azim Nanji – Azim Nanji joined the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies in 2008 at Stanford University, where he also lectures on Islam in the Department of Religious Studies. He was previously Director of the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London from 1998 to 2008, and before that was Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Florida. He also served as Head of Humanities and was Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Center for Global Studies during his tenure at Oklahoma State University. Born in Kenya, he studied at Makerere University in Uganda and completed his graduate studies at McGill University in Canada.