We express our deep gratitude for our donors’ foresight in ensuring a solid foundation for the study of Islam and Muslim societies at Stanford University, and invite you to explore ways to support our activities.
Sohaib and Sara Abbasi
Stanford University’s School of Humanities and Sciences announced in September 2003 a gift of $2.5 million from Sohaib and Sara Abbasi to establish and endow a new Program in Islamic Studies. With matching funds from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s gift to the school, the program’s core endowment totalled $5 million.
Stanford University is recognized as one of the premier institutions of higher learning in the world. By significantly expanding the university’s existing curriculum, the university plans to create a center of excellence in Islamic studies that will provide both a core understanding of Islam – its tenets, culture and history – and an understanding of the relationship of Islam to contemporary politics and society.
Lysbeth Warren Anderson
The Lysbeth Warren Anderson professorship in Islamic Studies has been established with a gift from Lysbeth Warren Anderson (Lysbeth Warren Anderson is also known, since her 2002 marriage to John Working, as Lysbeth Working; she retains her previous name in Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences communications) and with matching funds from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The chair holder will be a faculty member specializing in Islam in the Department of Religious Studies and a leader in the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies within the School of Humanities and Sciences.
Lysbeth has been a long-time supporter and volunteer for Stanford. Her past gifts include the school’s endowed deanship, the Vernon R. and Lysbeth Warren Anderson Dean of Humanities and Sciences.
For questions, please contact Associate Director Dr. Burcak Keskin-Kozat at firstname.lastname@example.org or (650) 736 8169.