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AIC Lecture: Tradition and Progressive Power: Modernizing Islamic Education in Egypt

American Islamic College

Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CDT)

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Tradition and Progressive Power: Modernizing Islamic Education in Egypt

Speaker: Timothy Gutmann

Date: Thursday, October 26th
Time: 6pm Reception; 6:30pm Talk
Where: Conference Hall, Main Bldg, American Islamic College

Timothy Gutmann's talk has three parts: discussing modern social and political work that he is calling progressive power, exploring visions of universal education of 19th and 20th-century Egyptian ʿulamāʾ, and understanding the changes these made to older norms of knowledge and learning. The presentation asks to think beyond the opposition of old and new and about modernizing processes understand and use tradition.

BIOTimothy Gutmann is an advanced PhD candidate in religion at the University of Chicago. His dissertation is titled "Conscripting Tradition: Islam, Confucianism, Modernity" about how modernizing processes interpret and change older understandings. His research and teaching focus on East Asian and Islamic traditions. He teaches at St Francis College in Brooklyn, New York.

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American Islamic College
640 West Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60613

Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CDT)


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AIC is currently an independent and urban-based institution in Chicago that serves a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and socio-economically diverse student population. The College was established in 1981 as a private, not-for-profit, four-year institution offering programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies.

In March 1982, the college purchased its present landmark building on Lake Shore Drive, previously the Immaculata Sisters High School, designed in 1922 by Barry Byrne, who had been trained in the studio of Frank Lloyd Wright. It is the first of Byrne’s designs in Chicago. Anticipating the construction of Lake Shore Drive, the building was built facing south. The building features slate roofing, classical windows, fine molding, marble flooring, and stunning stained glass. It was inducted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

AIC began its first academic semester in September 1983 as the first Islamic institution of higher education in the United States and may have been an idea ahead of its time, as ultimately efforts to offer degree programs were suspended in the 1990s. In 2010 American Islamic College reopened under a new administration and is rapidly moving forward, having recently received Degree Granting Authority for both a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree in Islamic Studies. In addition, AIC offers a variety of non-degree classes that include: Islamic art (Arabic calligraphy and Ebru), music, and Arabic and Turkish languages. Numerous positive developments continue to enhance the campus. AIC has completely renovated its facility, including the auditorium, classrooms, offices, dormitory, and parking.

In Fall 2014 AIC welcomed its second cohort of BA and MA students after achieving both Operating & Degree Granting Authority from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. On December 1, 2014, AIC received Degree Granting Authority for its Master of Divinity in Islamic Studies (Islamic chaplaincy, Spirtual Formation, Muslim Leadership). The College is therefore now authorized to confer BA, MA, MDIS degrees.

 

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