by Maggie Roth '10
In continuing its tradition of interfaith dialogue and engagement with diverse perspectives, Gordon College hosted its first Fulbright scholar this fall. Dr. Is-haq Akintola, whose studies focus on the peaceful teachings of Islam, is associate professor of Islamic studies at Lagos State University in Nigeria.
“Dr. Akintola’s work—from his scholarship and lectures to his books and articles—reflects his vision for learning from and with others,” said Pamela Thuswaldner, adjunct professor of foreign language and Gordon’s Fulbright scholarship coordinator. “He is very interested in working toward common ground, and his strong commitment to hearing from people in the West in order to achieve that will be a great benefit for us."
“The Fulbright’s unique specialists program, Direct Access to the Muslim World, provided the Gordon community a rare opportunity to engage with a leading scholar in essential dialogue of mutual understanding,” said Dr. Cliff Hersey, director of global education and chair of Gordon’s Fulbright Scholars Committee.