Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Duke Receives $3 Million for Islamic Studies Chair

Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Duke Receives $3 Million for Islamic Studies Chair

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BETTYE MARTIN MUSHAM (NURSing '54) donated $3 million to fund the William and Bettye Martin Musham director of Islamic studies post, according to a Duke University news release. The new director will oversee the Duke Islamic Studies Center, established in 2006 and facilitates the university's teaching and research about Muslim and Islamic communities.

"We're grateful to Bettye Musham for her generosity," President Richard Brodhead said in the release. "In our increasingly interconnected world, it is vital that non-Muslims and Muslims are educated in each other's cultures, beliefs, practices and contributions to the world. This gift will help keep Duke and our scholars at the forefront of crosscultural learning and understanding."

The first William and Bettye Martin Musham Director of Islamic studies will be Omid Safi (Trinity '92 and Ph.D. '98), who will come to Duke from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. …

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