The Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture provides the University of Arizona with a research and outreach center that addresses the renewed role of religion in international politics and in societies across the globe and situates that role in historical perspective. It is essential for the land-grant mission of the University of Arizona to engage the fundamental question of religion's impact on all human societies and cultures. As a public university, the University of Arizona recognizes that a non-sectarian understanding of religion and its role in culture is central to its educational mission, and the Institute provides an opportunity to align this aspect of the UA mission with the pressing realities of our day.
Jews, Christians and Muslims are referred to as members of the Abrahamic family of faith since Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all claim descent from the family of Abraham, Hagar, and Sarah. Yet despite their common origins, they have gone their separate ways, not always in ways that are respectful of one another. In January of 2015 Dr. Peter Foley and Rabbi Sanford Seltzer initiated the Abrahamic Family Reunion series as an invitation to the University of Arizona and the greater Tucson communities to engage in conversation on topics of mutual scholarly and personal interest. View series events
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Since its inception, the ISRC has been a member of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes. This membership has afforded the ISRC the opportunity to participate in international conferences on a variety of topics, ranging from politics to medical humanities.