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Q&A with Alumnus Sheik Dr. Ibrahim Kazerooni, Imam of the Islamic Center of America

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Sheik Dr. Ibrahim Kazerooni, an alumnus of the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology, was recently appointed Imam of the largest Islamic Center in the United States. Kazerooni, who earned a joint PhD in 2013 from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and Iliff School of Theology, leads the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan.

His dissertation was entitled "Islam and International Relations: Towards an Alternative Conception of Universality." Kazerooni previously earned master's degrees at the Korbel School (Global Studies and International Relations) and Iliff School (Theological Studies).

As Imam at the Islamic Center of America, Kazerooni is often called upon to be a spokesperson for Muslims in the U.S. and regularly meets with national and international leaders.

We asked Kazerooni to share his perspectives on interreligious dialogue, Islamophobia, sectarianism and the idea (offered by him in his dissertation) of an Islamic international relations theory as an alternative to western-dominated theory. Read the interview here.