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Professor who left evangelical college in Islam flap gets Islamic scholar position

Larycia Hawkins isn’t exactly challenging her reputation as a professor who sees a lot of common ground between Islam and Christianity.

The Wheaton College professor who left the evangelical school after it started termination proceedings against her – for allegedly violating its statement of faith regarding Muslim and Christian worship – is going to the University of Virginia, The Chronicle of Higher Education reports:

She will conduct research on the relationship between religions and race at the university’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture as the Abd el-Kader Visiting Faculty Fellow, which is named for the 19th-century Islamic scholar and leader. The position is renewable for up to three years.

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Here’s how UVA describes the program:

Named after Emir Abd el-Kader (1808–1883), the principal aims of this fellowship are academic, yet in keeping with both Abd el-Kader’s own commitment to intercultural dialogue and the Institute’s commitment to foster the common good across deep differences, the Abd el-Kader Fellowship is awarded to applicants whose scholarship seeks to contribute directly to transdisciplinary and intercultural dialogue. Applicants’ research does not have to focus on Abd el-Kader directly but must show the relevance to his or her research of Abd el-Kader’s example as a touchstone of moral leadership, lifelong commitment to learning, and open spirit, fostering reconciliation.

Count on Hawkins walking around Charlottesville in a hijab regularly.


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