Muhammad Shafiq, Ph.D.
Professor and Executive Director,
Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue (CISD),
4245 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14618
United States of America
5 Maywood Circle
Rochester, NY 14618
United States of America
THROUGHOUT FIRST DIVISION WITH DISTINCTIONS
IN BOARD AND UNIVERSITY EXAMINATIONS
GOLD MEDAL AND PRESIDENTIAL AWARD
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
1988 Post Doctoral Fulbright Fellowship
1982 Ph.D., Religion
Dissertation Title: State Islamicity in the 20th Century: A Case Study of Pakistan (Analysis of the Constitutional History of Pakistan)
Dissertation Committee: Dr. Ismail R. Al Faruqi (Advisor),
Other Members: Dr. R. Hinry, Dr. Leonard E. Barrett, Dr. Shirin Tahir Kheli
1979 M.A., Religion
University of Peshawar, Pakistan
1974 M.A. in Islamic Studies, 1974
1973 Honors in Arabic (with distinction), Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education
1972 B.A. English, Arabic and Islamic Studies
1970 F.A. Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education
34 Years Teaching, Research and Administrative Experience
Nazareth College, Rochester, NY, USA
2008- Professor, Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue
2006-7 Visiting Professor, Dept of Religious Studies
2000-2006 Adjunct Lecturer, Dept of Religious Studies
1994 Adjunct Lecturer
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, NY, USA
2006-present Adjunct Professor
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA
2006 Adjunct Professor
St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY, USA
1997-2007 Adjunct Professor, Dept of Religious Studies
University of Peshawar, Pakistan
1994-1998 Professor, Dept of Islamic Studies
1990-1994 Associate Professor, Dept of Islamic Studies
1982-1990 Assistant Professor, Dept of Islamic Studies
1974-1976 Lecturer, Theology Madrassah, Islamia College
Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, USA
1979-1981 Lecturer, Dept of Religion
2005-present Executive Director, Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY, USA
1997-present Imam and Executive Director, Islamic Center of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA
1996-1997 Chairperson, Department of Islamic Studies, University of Peshawar, Pakistan
1996-1998 Member, University Syndicate, Department of Engineering, University of Peshawar, Pakistan
1994-1997 Member, University Senate, University of Peshawar, Pakistan
1994-1997 Member of the University Disciplinary Committee, University of Peshawar, Pakistan
1994-1996 Director of M.Phil and Ph.D. program, University of Peshawar, NY, USA
1994 Member, Commission on Islamization of Education, Pakistan
1991-1994 Imam and Executive Director, Islamic Center of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA
1991-1992 Member, Seventh Five-Year Planning Committee, North-West Frontier Province, Government of Pakistan
1990-present Member, National Committee on Curriculum, UGC Islamabad, Pakistan
1987-1988 Vice President, University of Pakistan Teachers Association, Pakistan
1982-1983 General Secretary, University of Pakistan Teachers Association, Islamic College, Pakistan
1979-1981 Secretary General, Islamic Council, Delaware Valley, USA
1978-1981 President, Muslim Students Association, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
1977-1978 Member of Temple University Disciplinary Committee, Philadelphia, PA, USA
1975-1976 Supervisor, Students' Hostel, University of Peshawar, Pakistan
1973-1974 President, Islamic Cultural Society, Dept of Islamic Studies, University of Peshawar, Pakistan
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Islamic Studies; Interfaith Studies, Muslim History and Civilization; and Pakistani studies
Related Areas of Study
World religions; religion and society; history of religions; religion and politics; and South Asian studies
Areas of Teaching Competence:
Primary: Islamic studies; Islamic history, culture, and civilization; interfaith relations, Islamic law; Islam and politics; and Pakistani studies
Secondary: Major world religions; religion and society;; religion and ethics; South Asian studies
Undergraduate: Introduction to Islam, Introduction to Religion, Introduction to Interfaith Studies, World Religions, Islamic Culture and Civilization, Islamic Law, Islamic History, Qur’an Studies, Martin and Malcolm, Interfaith Relations
Graduate: Tafsir, Hadith, World Religions, Islamic Philosophy, Islamic Jurisprudence, Islamic History, Islam and Muslims in Contemporary World
COLLEGE SPECIAL PROJECTS
Nazareth College, Rochester, NY, USA
2008 Worked with Dr. George Eisen, Center for International Education on a project proposal to the State Department for international students program
2008 Ambassador of Bahrain consultant for educational collaboration and support for CISD. The College President led the delegation.
2008 Meeting with International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) for educational improvement and coordination. The College President led the delegation.
2008 Member, CISD Communication Committee, having a great deal of emphasis on interfaith dialogue and fundraising opportunities. Brian Hickey coordinates the Committee.
2008 Submission of grant application to National Endowment for the Humanities for 2009 summer school for social and global studies teachers
2008 Submission of grant proposal to Rochester Area Community Foundation (May)
2008 Submission of grant proposal to Kingdom Foundation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the International Institute for Islamic Thought, Herndon, VA, USA (April 08)
( In US )
2008 Special assignment to join group of international scholar for the month of July to interpret the Qur’an for better understanding in the contemporary world
2008 Member, special committee on race and gender relations in Rochester, NY; invitation extended by the President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
2005-2007 “Evangelical Christians and Muslim Dialogue,” a federally funded project, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, USA.
2008 Madrassah Evaluation Project in Pakistan in conjunction with the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy and Salam Institute for Peace and Justice, Washington, D.C.
COLLEGE ACADEMIC SERVICE AND SUPPORT
2008-present Co-reader for capstone projects and theses relating to Islam and interfaith issues, Dept of Religion
2008 Expanded the CISD vision by meeting with the Dean of the School of Education to discuss an October conference between area superintendents, a 2009 interfaith calendar, and a proposed course on world religions
2008 Collaboration with the Center for Teaching Excellence to create seminars of mutual interest
2007-present Participates in the Department of Religious Studies assessment of students learning outcomes for P-1 core course, Exploring Religion”.
2007 Collaboration with Dept of Music for CISD anniversary celebrations
2007 Collaboration with the Depts. of History and Political Science to create a Religion and History cross-listed course, “Martin and Malcolm”.
2007 Joining of forces with several departments and faith communities to create the 2008 interfaith calendar
2006 Member, Advisory Committee, Center for Spirituality
2006 Faculty advisor, Muslim Students Association
2006- present Presents seminars and workshops for regional nurses on various topics in conjunction with Dept of Nursing every year. The next one is in November 2008, titled: living healthy physically and spiritually
In addition to these activities, I also served as a mentor and counselor for some students who have sought guidance or advice in the past two semesters regarding their personal issues.
2008 Advisor for M.A. thesis student
(“The Rose Garden: Song and Recitation in the Creation of Muslim Identity in
Islamic Center of Rochester”) at the Eastman School
of Music, Rochester, NY, USA
2007 Advisor to an undergraduate student in a capstone project on Islam at St. John Fisher College
2002-2006 Advisor and co-advisor to students in M.A. thesis , Dept of International Relations, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY, USA
2006 PhD thesis external examiner, Karachi University, Pakistan
2006 PhD thesis external examiner, Sind University, Jamshoro, Pakistan
2006 PhD thesis external examiner, University of Peshawar, Pakistan
2006 PhD thesis external examiner, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
1994-1996 Director, M.Phil and PhD programs, Dept. of Islamic Studies, University of Peshawar, Pakistan
1989-1992, Advisor to five M.Phil students and 4 PhD research students
RESEARCH, PUBLICATIONS, AND PRESENTATIONS
Research in progress
2008-present “Interfaith Dialogue: Origin, Growth, and Impact” with a focus on the greater Rochester area. Seeking a grant to complete the project.
2007-present Guiding RES 101 Exploring Religion students at Nazareth College in visiting faith communities and interviewing religious leaders on contemporary issues (including gay and lesbian issues, interfaith dialogue, intrafaith dialogue, teaching religion in public schools, and prayer in public places). Extensive data garnered from this hands-on field research that will result in perspective articles and additional interviews.
Special emphasis on Fazlur Rahman in the growth of Islamic thought in North America
August, 2008, Interfaith Dialogue at Las Vegas, “Interfaith Dialogue: Scope and Limitations” and another one on, “Why Some Muslims object to Interfaith Dialogue”. August 22, 24, 08
Jul. 2008 International Institute of Islamic Thought, Herndon, VA, USA. “The Qur’an and Interfaith Dialogue” (analysis of Qur’anic verses and their relation to Jews and Christians).
Mar. 2008 Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA, USA. Conference on South Asia. “Hindu-Muslim Interfaith Dialogue: Issues and Prospects.”
Nov. 2007 Salam Institute of Peace and Justice, Washington DC, USA. Annual Conference. “Interfaith Dialogue: Rules and Limitations.”
Nov. 2007 Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, NY, USA. Panel discussion on Islamic law. “Shari'ah, Law, and Grace in Islam.”
Oct.2007 University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, USA. Annual Conference of Association of Muslim Social Scientists. “Islamic Perspectives of Interfaith Dialogue: Problems and Issues.”
Oct. 2007 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA. Children of Abraham: A Trialogue of Civilization. “Teaching Interfaith Initiatives: Jews and Christians in Muslim Educational Institutions.”
Feb. 2006 School of Law, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, USA. Conference on Lawyers, Faith, and Peacemaking. “Just Peace Making: The Salam Model.”
Nov. 2005 Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, CA, USA. “Interfaith Dialogue: Scope and Limitations.”
Jul. 1999 Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA. Conference on Islam in America. “Muslims in America: The Generation Gap.”
1998 State University of New York at Brockport, Brockport, NY, USA. Annual Conference of Association of Muslim Social Scientists. “Impact of Modern Science on Muslim Society.”
Oct. 1991 Detroit, MI, USA. Twentieth Annual Conference of Association of Muslim Social Scientists. “Islamization of Knowledge: Philosophy and Methodology.”
Oct. 1988 Iowa State University, Ames, IO, USA. Seventeenth Annual Conference of Association of Muslim Social Scientists. “The System of Government in Islam: Parliament v. al-Shura.”
May 1981 Annual Meeting, American Academy of Religion. USA. “Significance of History from the Standpoint of Muslim Modernists.” Rutgers University, NJ
Jun. 1980 Northwest Interfaith Movement, Philadelphia, PA, USA. “People of the Book: A Dialogue.”
Mar. 1980 St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Newark, DE, USA. Linton Lecture Series. “Search for Unity in the '80s.”
Sept. 2007 World Religions: A Global Congress in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. “Islam and Forgiveness.”
March 1994 University of Guiana, Guiana. “Islam and Other Religions.”
Aug. 1991 International Leadership Training Regional Camp (sponsored jointly by the Islamic Society of North American and the Da'wah Academy of Islamabad, Pakistan), Indianapolis, IN, USA. “Series of Lectures on Islam and Other Religions.”
Mar. 1988 Discussions on Islam in the International Conference on Islamic Unity, Islamabad, Pakistan, Sponsored by the Islamic Council of United Kingdom.
Jun. 1985 Institute of Islamic Studies, London, United Kingdom. International Conference. “The Muslim League and the Creation of Pakistan.”
May 1984 International Conference on Islamic Civilization, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “Islam: Sovereignty of the Law.”
Conference Panels and Seminars
Nov. 08, Presented a paper on “Islam and Interfaith Dialogue” at St. Louis Church, Pittsford, NY on November 4, 08
Oct. 08 Presented a paper on “Understanding Islam” at Richmond-Memorial- library, Batavia, NY on October 29,08
May 2008 Pittsford Library, Pittsford, NY, USA (sponsored by the Pittsford Rotary Club). “Islam: The Misunderstood Religion.”
Apr. 2008 University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA. Panel discussion. “Interfaith Dialogue: Language and Sensitivity.”
Apr. 2008 Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY, USA (sponsored by the Muslim Students Association). Panel discussion. “Islam and Images of Violence and Terrorism.”
Mar. 2008 Temple Beth El, Rochester, NY, USA. Panel discussion.
Mar. 2008 Virginia Catholic-Muslim Dialogue, Herndon, VA, USA. Panel discussion.
Jan. 2008 Chatter Club, Rochester, NY, USA. Panel discussion. “Abrahamic Religions: Similarities and Differences.”
2008 Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY, USA. Main library presentation. “Understanding Islam.”
Oct. 2007 University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, USA. Annual Conference of Association of Muslim Social Scientists. Panel chairperson.
May 2007 Monroe County National Day of Prayer.
Mar. 2007 Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA. Breaking Apart the Monolith conference. Panel chairperson. “Adding Muslims to the Idea of Secular Liberal Pluralism.”
Jan. 2007 University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA. Guest speaker for Dean Jody Asbury's Leader to Leader course. “Islam and Other Abrahamic Faiths.”
Jun. 2006 Northern Virginia Catholic-Muslim Agreement of Cooperation, Virginia, USA. Signer.
Sept. 2006 Midwest Catholic Muslim Dialogue, Detroit, MI, USA.
Jan. 2006 St. John's Church, Clyde, NY, USA. Speaker. “Islam.”
Nov. 1988 Annual Meeting, American Academy of Religion. Chicago, IL, USA.
July 2008 King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia's interfaith dialogue conference. Received an invitation to take part in this delegation of about 200 individuals representing the five major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism) with a special emphasis on Abrahamic traditions to build better relations and take specific steps in that direction. Conference inaugurated by King Abdullah and King Juan Carlos II of Spain. Jul. 16-18, 2008.
Nov. 2005 Belgium-US Dialogue, Brussels, Belgium. “Muslim Communities Participating in Civil Society.”
2008, TV Ch.13, “Many Voices and Many Visions” on Nov.2, 08
2008, WXXI with Bob Smith on “What is wrong to be a Muslim” August 18, 2008
2008 Quoted in Democrat and Chronicle in reference to CISD 'Training of the Trainers program.” June 2008.
2008 Interviewed by NBC and ABC local news regarding the Pope's visit to the United States.
2008 Interviewed by Voice of America in Pashto for Afghanistan on the Pope's visit to the United States and interfaith relation. Aired on Mar. 23, 2008.
2008 Quoted in Democrat and Chronicle on the Pope's visit to the United States and interfaith dialogue.
2008 Appeared on NBC local news on Many Voices and Many Visions.
2008 Appeared on interfaith dialogue and Islam special on Bridges TV.
2007 Quoted in Democrat and Chronicle on Muslim New Year in connection to “Area diverse cultures mark new year.” Dec. 30, 2007.
2007 Quoted in the Houston Chronicle regarding the cartoon issue of the depiction of the Prophet Muhammad. Nov. 1, 2007.
2007 Interviewed by NBC, ABC, WXXI, R News, and Fox local news stations regarding the cartoon issue involving the depiction of the Prophet Muhammad.
HONORS AND DISTINCTIONS
2005 Mayor Renaissance Award, City of Rochester, NY, USA
2004 Interfaith Award, Greater Rochester Council of Churches, Rochester, NY, USA
2003 Peace Making Award, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY, USA
2002 Recognized as a peace maker by United States NY Senators Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer in Rochester in town hall meeting,
1991 Seerat Award
1988-1989 Fulbright Fellowship awarded to study in the United States
1979-1982 Research and Teaching Assistantship, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
1976-1981 Quaid-I-Azam Merit Scholarship for higher studies abroad, government of Pakistan.
1974 Presidential Award, University of Peshawar, Pakistan.
2008 Regional Advisor to the Muslim chaplains working in NY Correctional Facilities
2008 Chair, Rochester Muslim Catholic Alliance
2007 Founding member, Virginia Catholic Muslim Dialogue
2007 Co-Chair of the Commission on Christian and Muslim Relations, Rochester, NY, USA
2003 Founding member, Catholic Muslim Alliance
1999 Founding member, Jewish-Muslim Commission
1997 Member, Interfaith Forum, Rochester, NY, USA
1992 Founding member, Commission on Muslim Christian Relations, Rochester, NY, USA
Interfaith Dialogue: A Guide for Muslims. (Co-Author) International Institute of Islamic Thought, Herndon, VA. Jul. 2007.
Islamic Da'wah. Islamic Press, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. 1996.
Growth of Islamic Thought in North America (Focs on Al Faruqi). International Graphics, Maryland, USA. 1993.
Islamic Concept of Modern State (A Case Study of Pakistan. The Center of Islamic Research, The Zamindar Educational Association, Gujrat. Nov. 1987. (Also published by the Islamic Book Fundation in Lahore, Pakistan. Nov. 1987.)
Books Translated for Publication
Islamic Way of Life. (By Mawlana Mawdudi.) Translated into Pashto. Published by I.I.F.S. Kuwait. 1986.
Al Mustaqbil Lihaza Al Din. (By S. Qutb.) Translated into Pashto. Published by I.I.F.S. Kuwait. 1984.
“Teaching of Interfaith Initiatives in Muslims Educational Institutions: Focus on Pakistan.” Harvard University publication as part of conference proceedings. To be printed Sept. 2008.
“Islamization of Knowledge: Analytical Study of Al Faruqi, Nasr, and Fazlur Rahman.” Hamdard Islamicus. Hamdard Foundation, Karachi, Pakistan. Summer 1995.
“Trialogue of the Abrahamic Faiths: Guidelines for Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Dialogue Analysis of the Views of Isma'il R. Al Faruqi.” Hamdard Islamicus. Vol. XI. No. 1. Hamdard Foundation, Karachi, Pakistan. 1992.
“Islamic World Order: Analytical Study of Dr. Isma'il R. Al Faruqi's Ideas.” Da'wah Highlights. No. 28. Da'wah Academy, IIV, Islamabad, Pakistan. Apr. 1992.
“Analysis of the Political Steps Taken by the Prophet Muhammad Soon after His Arrival in Madina.” Da'wah Highlights. No. 26. Da'wah Academy, IIV, Islamabad, Pakistan. Feb. 1992.
“Founding of Islamic State Madinah.” Yaqeen International. Vol. 38. No. 20. Darut Tasnif. Karachi, Pakistan. Feb. 1990.
“Christian Missions in Historical Perspective.” Da'wah Highlights. No. 14. Da'wah Academy, IIV, Islamabad, Pakistan. Mar. 1990.
“Life, Thought, and Works of Isma'il R. Al Faruqi.” Wudan. Book Series 1. Academy of Islamic Research and Publication, Peshawar, Pakistan. 146-171. 1988.
“Da'wah to Buddhists.” Da'wah Highlights. Da'wah Academy, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan. 1988.
“The System of Government in the Constitution of Pakistan.” Islamic Culture. Vol. LX. No. 4. Hyderabad, India. 1985. Republished in Law and Society. Vol. 6. No. 8. Legal Research Center of the Faculty of Law, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan. 1987.
“The Reformation of Society by the Prophet Muhammad (SAWA).” Maoalati Seerat. Eleventh Seerat Conference, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Islamabad, Pakistan. 1987.
“Islam: Its Methods and Techniques for the Protection of Human Rights from Violation.” Law and Society. Vol. 5. No. 7. Legal Research Center of the Faculty of Law, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan. 1986.
“The Role of Shura in Islamic Polity.” Islamic Studies. Vol. 13. No. 4. Islamic Research Institute, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan. 1984.
“The Meaning of Ra'y and the Nature of its Usage.” Islamic Studies. Vol. XXIII. No. 1. Islamic Research Institute, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan. 1984.
“Basic Principles of Islamic Government.” Islamic Studies. Vol. XXXII. No. 1. Islamic Resarch Institute, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
“Islamic Principles in the Constitution of Pakistan (Objective Resolution).” Pakistan Journal of History and Culture. Vol. 4. No. 2. Islamabad, Pakistan. Jul.-Dec. 1983.
“The Muslim League: Its Islamic Nationalism and the Creation of Pakistan.” Pakistan. Vol 2. No. 12. Journal of Pakistan Study Center, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan. 1985.
“History of Fundamental Rights in the West.” Law and Society. Vol. III. No 3. Legal Research Center of the Faculty of Law, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan. Jul. 1983.
“Sovereignty: Western and Islamic.” Law and Society. Vol. III. No. 4. Legal Research Center of the Faculty of Law, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan. 1983.
“Mawlana Madudi on Islamic Revolution.” Law and Society. Vol III. No. 4. Legal Research Center of the Faculty of Law, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan. 1983.
“Lisani our giruhi ikhtilafat ka khatimah: Sirat-i-nabaawiyyah ki rushni may (Jahiliyyat bamuqabila `ilm).” Maqalat-i-Seerat. Ministry of Religious and Minority Affairs. 1990 / 1411H.
“Iqtidari-a'laka islami tasawur.” Al Haq. Vol 19. No. 2. Akora Khattak, Peshawar, Pakistan. Nov. 1983.
“Mawlana mufti mahmud ki mukhta-dar sawanih hayat.” Albayan. Vol. 1. No. 2. Sulayman Academy, Peshawar, Pakistan. 1983.
“Islahi hakumat our majlis shura.” Albayan. Vol. 1. No. 1. Sulayman Academy, Peshawar, Pakistan. 1983.
“Mazdy i najuk zunadaru o haqquni.” Abasin. Press Information Dept, Peshawar, Pakistan. Mar. 1988.
“Qur'an pak ke tha zund maqsad.” Pashton Monthly Journal. Vol. 16. No. 1. Pashto Academy, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan. 1985.
2008 “Bridges of Love Stands as Imam Mohammad’s Legacy” at Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, NY, USA. Sept. 24, 08
2008 “Build interfaith bridges; raze any misconceptions about Muslims.” (Co- author with Jessica Gambacurta) Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY, USA. Jul. 10, 2008.
2007 “Embrace Muslim Americans as partners in quest for justice.” Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, NY, USA. Oct. 10, 2007.
2007 “Treat all people as God's family in new US immigration policy.” (Co-author with Roman Catholic Bishop Matthew Clark) Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY, USA. May 21, 2007.
2007 “Let people of different faiths dialogue to open door to respect, acceptance.” Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY, USA. Mar. 1, 2007.
2006 “Education, sensitivity can bridge cultural gaps.” Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY, USA. Feb. 8, 2006.
English, Urdu, Arabic, Pashto
BIRTHDATE: November 1, 1951
STATUS: Married with six children
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