Train the Trainers

Summer 2023

Listening, Learning and Healing:Woman in Muslim Religion and Culture

Taliban's ban on women's education in Afghanistan and the veiling issue in Iran have raised doubts and confusion in the West and America about the rights of women in Islam and Muslim culture.

This Online non-credit certificate course aims to discuss the issue of women rights in both religious and cultural perspectives. Nazareth University, IIIT Chair and Hickey Center's mission and vision is to educate the public on critical issues for peaceful coexistence.

When: August 7-10,2023 (Monday-Thursday, both days are included)

Time : 7-8:30PM Via Zoom, Registration Fee: $49.00 ( Please write Checks to Nazareth University, IIIT Chair and Hickey Center and mail it to Muhammad Shafiq, Nazareth University, 4245 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14618)

Speakers and Topics for discussion:

August 7, - Women in the Qur'an, ( Dr. Muhammad Shafiq, Nazareth U. )

Aug.8, - Women and Veiling in Muslim Culture and religion (Dr. Etin Anwar, HWS College)

Aug. 9, - Women in Muslim History (Dr. Shalahudin Kafrawi, HWS College)

Aug. 10, - Western and Muslim Feminism (Dr. Etin Anwar, HWS College)

Recommended reading:

1. Making Gender in the Intersection of the Human and the Divine , Edited by Thomas Donlin-Smith and Muhammad Shafiq

2. A Genealogy of Islamic Feminism: Pattern and Change in Indonesia,  by Etin Anwar

Registration for the course ends on July 15, please register via email: and send us your registration.

Summer 2022

Train the Trainers: Understanding Islam's Relations with other Religions

Online non-credit certificate course for teachers, religious leaders, businesses, nurses, and other professionals including public interested in understanding Islam's relations with other religions for peaceful co-existence and professional services.

When:  August 15-19, 2022 (Monday-Friday, both days are included)

Time:   7-8:30PM via Zoom, Registration Fee: $39.00


  • Dr. Etin Anwar, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva
  • Dr. Shalahudin Kafrawi, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva
  • Dr. Muhammad Shafiq, Nazareth College


Islam is a misunderstood religion in America. Many do not know that the Qur'an recognized other religions, called them people of the holy scriptures especially the Jewish Bible and the Christian New Testament are mentioned as sources of light and guidance.


Monday, August 15,  The Qur'an Pluralistic Theology

Tuesday, Aug.16,      Prophets and Prophecy in the Qur'an

Wednesday, Aug. 17, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses in Islam

Thursday, Aug. 18,  Mary and Jesus and the concept of Messiah in Islam

Friday, Aug.19,      Freedom of Speech, Hateful Rhetoric and Morally Responsible Speech in Islam

Previous sessions

Summer 2020 Presentations

Summer 2020 Presentations

1. Understanding Diversity of Streams and Sects in Islam


The multiplicity of socio-cultural backgrounds of Muslims exhibits different traditional practices across diverse ethnicities and cultures. The approaches to the Qur’an and understanding the Prophetic tradition varied even when the Prophet was alive, but his presence and authority kept the centrality of Islam’s unity and uniformity. Soon after his death, differences over theological, devotional, legal, social and political issues emerged dividing the community into various streams and sects in all spheres of human life. In this weeklong course, some topics of contemporary significance where Americans are most confused will be discussed.


  • July 27, Monday: The emergence of Shi`a and Sunni in early Islam and its relevance today (Dr. Etin Anwar)
  • July 28, Tuesday: The Sunni divergence: The Sunni, the Salafi, the Wahhabi , Al Qa`ida, the ISIS and the Taliban (Dr. Shalahudin Kafrawi)
  • July 29, Wednesday: The Shi`a Divergence: The Twelvers, Isma`ili,  Agha Khanis, Zaidis and the Druze  (Dr. Muhammad Shafiq)
  • July 30, Thursday, Some Revivalist “Heretical” Movements: Baha’i,  Ahmadiyya, the Nation of Islam in America (Dr. Muhammad Shafiq)
  • July 31, Friday: Woman and Gender (Dr. Etin Anwar)

Time: 2:30-4:00PM

Delivery Method: distance Learning via Zoom

Registration: email: or

Registration fee: $29.00; scholarships are available.

Please write and mail your check to Nazareth College, Hickey Center & IIIT Chair, 4245 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14623


  • Dr. Etin Anwar is Professor of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY.  She mostly writes on issues of gender and Feminism in Islam.
  • Dr. Shalahudin Kafrawi is Chair and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY.  He teaches courses on Islam and is expert in Qur’anic exegesis.
  • Dr. Muhammad Shafiq is Professor & Executive Director of Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue and IIIT Interfaith Studies Chair, Nazareth College, Rochester NY.