January 24, 2006

The Middle East Center partnered with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2005 to help develop and support a unique course on “Contemporary Manifestations of Islam” for rabbinical students and seminarians from the nearby Lutheran Theological Seminary in Spring 2006.  Adnan Zulfiqar, a joint Ph.D./J.D. student in the Department of Near East Languages and Civilizations and the Law School, was recruited by the Center to lead this innovative course, which included a service learning component for Rabbinical students and Muslim students from Penn to go to Muslim and Jewish middle schools in Philadelphia to teach students about interfaith commonalities.