|George Mason University (GMU) announced yesterday the receipt of a $1.5 million gift from IIIT to establish an endowed Chair in Islamic Studies at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at GMU. According to a GMU press release, "the gift will allow Mason to build on the rich Islamic culture present in its diverse student body, faculty and surrounding communities and develop a full, multidisciplinary program that encompasses research, teaching and outreach."
Professor Jack Censer, dean of CHSS, thanked IIIT for the gift and said that the gift will "facilitate more teaching and scholarship in an area that the university has already identified as a spire of excellence."Professor Maria Dakake of the selection committee for the Chair expressed gratitude to IIIT for the gift and said that "it is coming at an important time in the life of our program."
Dr. Jamal Barzinji, Vice President of IIIT, signed the agreement on behalf of IIIT on September 18, 2008 at the headquarters of IIIT in Herndon, Virginia. AT the signing Dr. Barzinji said that "the study of Islam within the context of global human civilization is essential to an understanding of the critical issues of our time; and IIIT is proud to help Mason lead the way in studying Islam as a living phenomenon contributing to the advancement of ideas and ideals of our times."
It is noteworthy that George Mason University was named the #1 national university to watch by U.S. News & World Report.Full GMU press release Announcement for the Chair
For further information, please contact Dr. Abubaker al Shingieti, Regional Director for Europe and North America at IIIT at 703 471 1133 Ext 101 or by email: [email protected]