The Hillside Club Fireside meetings, held on the first Monday of most months* are a good way to see the club and get to know the members. The meetings begin with Club business at 7:00pm, followed by a speaker at 7:30pm. Club members, our neighbors, and the general public are encouraged to attend.
We hope to see you there.
*(January, February, March, April, June, October, November)
F I R E S I D E M E E T I N G
Monday, June 1st • 7:30 pm
open to the public - admission is free
“The Month of Ramadan in Islam: A Season of Spiritual Renewal"
Dr. Mahan Mirza, Dean of Faculty,
Zaytuna College, Berkeley, California
The Hillside Club welcomes our new neighbor, Dr. Mahan Mirza, Dean of Faculty at the first Muslim college in the U.S., Zaytuna College located on Hillegass Street in Berkeley. Speaking about Ramadan, the month-long observance, you will hear about the Muslim calendar, the Qur’an verses that speak about fasting, and the month of spiritual renewal that it brings. Dr. Mirza, who grew up in Pakistan, will contrast how Ramadan is observed in the American Muslim community as compared to Pakistan. Lastly, he will turn to Muslim culture and share how Ramadan is practiced and experienced through a slideshow of images and photographs.
Dr. Mahan Mirza is the Dean of Faculty at Zaytuna College and a visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union with the Center for Islamic Studies in Berkeley, CA. He earned his PhD in religious studies from Yale University (2010), and an MA in the study of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations from Hartford Seminary (2003). Having studied in traditional Muslim, interfaith, and secular academic settings, Dr. Mirza engages in the study of Islam from multiple perspectives. He has taught a range of courses over the years, including Arabic, Islamic history, western religious traditions, the life of the Prophet Muhammad, history of science in Islamic societies, Hadith, Qur’an, logic, rhetoric, law, and ethics at Yale, CSU-Chico, Notre Dame, and Zaytuna. Selected publications include two special issues of the Muslim World, the Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought (assistant editor) and an article on “al-Biruni’s thought and legacy” which was based on his doctoral work.