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Q&A with Alumnus Sheik Dr. Ibrahim Kazerooni, Imam of the Islamic Center of America

Dr. Sheik Ibrahim Kazerooni (PhD '13, MGS '08)DENVER—April 5, 2016—Sheik Dr. Ibrahim Kazerooni, an alumnus of the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology, was recently appointed Imam of the largest Islamic Center in the United States. Kazerooni, who earned a joint PhD in 2013 from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and Iliff School of Theology, leads the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan.

His dissertation was entitled "Islam and International Relations: Towards an Alternative Conception of Universality." Kazerooni previously earned master's degrees at the Korbel School (Global Studies and International Relations) and Iliff School (Theological Studies).

As Imam at the Islamic Center of America, Kazerooni is often called upon to be a spokesperson for Muslims in the U.S. and regularly meets with national and international leaders.

We asked Kazerooni to share his perspectives on interreligious dialogue, Islamophobia, sectarianism and the idea (offered by him in his dissertation) of an Islamic international relations theory as an alternative to western-dominated theory. Read the interview here.

Founded in 1964, the Josef Korbel School of International Studies is one of the world's leading schools for the study of international relations. The School offers degree programs in international affairs and is named in honor of its founder and first dean, Josef Korbel. Follow the Korbel School on Facebook and Twitter.

Since 1892, the Iliff School of Theology has been on the forefront of graduate theological education. Related to the United Methodist Church, Iliff serves more than 30 denominations and faith traditions. The school is an important place for dialogue and understanding about many of the most important issues that face the world today. Follow Iliff on Facebook and Twitter.

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