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The Experiences of Muslim and Christian African Americans in Today’s United States

March 07, 2023 @ 6:30 PM CT - March 07, 2023 @ 8:00 PM CT



Aminah Beverly McCloud Al-Deen, PhD is a Professor Emeritus, Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University. 


Tia Noelle Pratt, PhD is an Assistant Vice president for Mission Engagement and Strategic Initiatives, Courtesy Assistant Professor of Sociology at Villanova University. 

Join us for part two of a two-part series that explores the roles of Christianity and Islam in Black American communities.

Co-sponsored by

C. Vanessa White, PhD, Associate Professor of Spirituality and Ministry @ CTU


C. Vanessa White, D. Min. is tenured Associate Professor of Spirituality and Ministry at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and Director of the Certificate in Black Theology and Ministry.


She has a Master of Theological Studies with emphasis in Mission and Cross-Cultural Studies (1991). and a Doctor of Ministry with a concentration in Spirituality (2005) from Catholic Theological Union. She pursued further post graduate studies at Loyola University Chicago and Xavier University of Louisiana.

Syed Atif Rizwan, PhD, Director of the Catholic-Muslim Studies Program @ CTU


Syed Atif Rizwan grew up in New Jersey and completed his undergraduate studies at Rutgers University, where he majored in Economics and minored in Chemistry. After graduation, he spent 8 years in the financial services industry, during which time he worked in New Jersey, New York, and Los Angeles. In 2009, he matriculated in Claremont Graduate School’s Master’s in Islamic Studies program and in 2011 he enrolled in the Islamic studies doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles. Syed joined the CTU faculty in 2018 and became director of the Catholic-Muslim Studies Program in 2020. His research interests include history of Islamic law; hadith studies; medieval and post-modern theories of punishment; and interreligious dialogue and studies.


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