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Sherman Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture at USC Dornsife. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Jackson Discusses American Muslims with President Obama

March 3, 2015

Sherman Jackson was driving his daughter home after a debate tournament when he got the call. The White House had summoned him along with 14 other Muslim-American leaders in education, health, religion, policy, advocacy and…

The USC School of Religion at USC Dornsife will launch a doctoral degree with three tracks combining research with contemporary relevance.

Earn a Ph.D. in Religion

October 10, 2014

In 1879, Judge Robert Maclay Widney managed to secure 308 lots of land and assemble a board of trustees in order to establish a university in Los Angeles. The University of Southern California was founded the following year…

Halim Dhanidina, the first American Muslim judge ever appointed in California, shared his experiences in public service at the recent conference “American Muslims in Public Service.” Photos courtesy of the Center for Islamic Thought, Culture and Practice.

Embracing the Muslim American Identity

September 12, 2014

Addressing the audience at the recent “American Muslims in Public Service” conference, Halim Dhanidina recalled selecting a jury for a court case while he was Los Angeles County deputy district attorney. It was…

Introduction to Islam: Professor Sherman Jackson

Sherman Jackson Named among the World's 500 Most Influential Muslims

April 2, 2012

Sherman Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture, and professor of religion and American studies and ethnicity in USC Dornsife, has been named for the second time among the world’s 500 most influential…

A view of the textbook museum in Salt, Jordan. Photo credit Laurie Brand.

A Brand of Complex Research

September 10, 2009

Traveling 7,600 miles to Jordan, Laurie Brand began her massive research project that will also take her to Algeria, Egypt and Lebanon before the end of 2010. Salt, Jordan, the first leg of Brand's travels, is an ancient…

International Relations Professor Named Carnegie Scholar

International Relations Professor Named Carnegie Scholar

April 1, 2008

The Carnegie Corporation of New York announced April 4 that Laurie Brand, director of the USC School of International Relations, has been named a 2008 Carnegie Scholar. One of only 20 academics to receive the Carnegie award,…

God’s Biographer Takes On Islamic Extremism

God’s Biographer Takes On Islamic Extremism

October 1, 2007

Opening a USC conference on religion and international relations, author Jack Miles lamented mass confusion about America’s role in Islamic politics and said that, in fact, for the past four decades American presidents…

Conversation With Timur Kuran

Conversation With Timur Kuran

December 18, 2006

Timur Kuran is a professor of economics and law in USC College and the King Faisal Professor of Islamic Thought and Culture. More than 20 years ago, he wrote an influential paper explaining how the long history of Islam…