Interfaith Studies

The interfaith studies program demonstrates Nazareth's commitment to globalization, pluralism, inclusiveness and spiritual values.  As we live together in a “small village” or in a “ship in the vast ocean,” we need to build relations and understanding for peaceful coexistence, better living and work environment.

Courses in the program are:

  • Experiential: Emphasizing active and engaged learning
  • Dialogical: Accentuating the tools of conversation, reasoning and mediation
  • Empathetic: Building appreciation for the spiritual beliefs and practices of diverse cultures
  • Critical and Interdisciplinary: Integrating the methods and insights of diverse disciplines to enhance analysis and understanding, challenging students to assess positions and evaluate strategies
  • Constructive: Enhancing positive strategies for religious and cultural understanding as well as cooperation among diverse peoples

Program Requirements and Course Descriptions

Interfaith Studies (minor)

Contact Information

Muhammad Shafiq

Muhammad Shafiq

Executive Director in Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue
Professor in Religious Studies
Golisano Academic Center 353

Education: B.A. and M.A., University of Peshawar; M.A. and Ph.D., Temple University

Teaching and Research Interests: He teaches comparative religion, theory, and methods in religious studies, Islamic studies, interfaith studies, and Malcolm and Martin. He directs the interdisciplinary minor in interfaith studies. His research interests are mainly in the area of Islam and Interfaith Studies.

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