TAS Seminars

#4 Islam, World Religions, and Interfaith Dialogue

February 5 and 19, 2014

Sohaib Sultan, Coordinator of Muslim Life and Chaplain

Vineet Chander, Coordinator for Hindu Life

Matthew Weiner, Associate Dean of Religious Life

Office of the Dean of Religious Life

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Today we live in an increasingly religiously diverse America and because of globalization and other factors we are encountering religious diversity more than ever before. As such, the educated global citizen must have basic literacy about the major world religions, their similarities and differences, and the place that religion plays in different parts of the world. In an age where a clash of civilizations is threatening our mutual existence, it is also essential to think and learn about models of religious dialogue, coexistence, and pluralism. 


This seminar will be divided into two sessions. The first will be with Princeton University Muslim Chaplain, Sohaib Sultan, on Islam and the modern world. Sultan will focus on the origins and history of Islam, major beliefs and practices, and major schools of thought. The second seminar will include Princeton University Hindu Chaplain, Vineet Chander as well as Princeton University Associate Dean of Religious Life, Matt Weiner. In this second session we will explore broad similarities and differences among world religions, challenges of religious intolerance, and models for healthy religious coexistence.

Sohaib Sultan is the Muslim Life Coordinator and Chaplain in the Princeton University Office of Religious Life.  Sultan is a graduate of the Hartford Theological Seminary earning a Masters in Islamic Studies & Christian-Muslim Relations, and a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy. His research and academic interests are in Islamic spirituality and psychology, as well as the development of practical skills in religious leadership. He has traveled all around the U.S., the Middle East, and Europe to promote mutual respect and understanding.


Vineet Chander is the Coordinator for Hindu Life at Princeton University, a Religious Life Leader at the Lawrenceville School, and Adjunct Professor at Farleigh Dickinson University. An attorney and communications consultant, he previously served as the North American Communications Director for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). His areas of specialty include the Bhakti movement, models of pastoral counseling, and the Hindu-American diaspora community. His writing has appeared in publications ranging from the Journal of Vaishnava Studies to the George Washington University International Law Review, and he has also served as a regular columnist for Beliefnet.com.


Matthew Weiner, Ph.D. is Associate Dean of Religious Life at Princeton University. Weiner served for ten years as Program Director for the Interfaith Center of New York, where he developed a methodology for engaging religiously diverse communities through civil society, working with over 500 grassroots religious leaders and the New York State Court System, the New York Public Library, Catholic Charities, the New York Board of Rabbis, and the United Nations. He earned a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary, an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from New York University. He writes about public religion, interfaith and civil society, and engaged Buddhism.  

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