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Ingrid Mattson

Thursday, August 13, 2020
02:00pm

Location Hall of Philosophy

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Dr. Ingrid Mattson is a Muslim religious leader, a scholar of Islamic Studies, and an expert in interfaith relations.  Since 2012 she has held the London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies at Huron University College at Western University in London, Canada.  Dr. Mattson was born and raised in Canada, then moved to the United States to study at the University of Chicago, earning a PhD in 1999. 

From 1998 to 2012 she was Professor of Islamic Studies at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut where she developed and directed the first accredited graduate program for Muslim chaplains in America and served as Director of the Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations.

From 2001-2010 Dr. Mattson served as vice-president, then as president of the Indiana-based Islamic Society of North America, the first woman to serve in either position. In that position she established an Office of Interfaith and Community Engagement in Washington, DC, and facilitated new partnerships with religious and civic organizations.

Her writings, both academic and public, focus primarily on Qur’an interpretation, Islamic theological ethics, and interfaith relations. Her book, The Story of the Qur’an, is an academic best-seller and was distributed to libraries across the United States by the US National Endowment for the Humanities. Some of her writings can be found on her website: ingridmattson.org.

In 2018, Dr. Mattson founded a major project to uphold the sacred inviolability (hurma) of those who enter Muslim spaces from exploitation and abuse by those holding religious power and authority. The Hurma Project is conducting research, training, and protocols for professional oversight for imams, chaplains, mosque boards, and others.

Dr. Mattson is a Senior Fellow of the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Amman, Jordan, is on the Board of Advisors of the Luce Foundation Theology Program, and was a member of the President Obama’s Interfaith Taskforce of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She is the recipient of numerous awards as well as honorary doctorates from Trinity College (Hartford), the Chicago Theological Seminary, and the University of Waterloo. 

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