Mahan Mirza

Mahan Mirza

Executive Director, Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion

Affiliation: History and Philosophy of Science

Areas of expertise: Islamic studies in relation to science, scripture, education, history, and politics


Mahan Mirza serves as executive director of the Rafat and Zoreen Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion.

An Islamic studies scholar and expert on religious literacy, Mirza brings extensive pedagogical and administrative experience to his role, including serving as dean of faculty at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California, America’s first accredited Muslim liberal arts college.

Immediately before his appointment to the Ansari Institute, Mirza served as the lead faculty member for Notre Dame’s Madrasa Discourses project, which equips Islamic religious leaders in India and Pakistan with the tools to confidently engage with pluralism, modern science, and new philosophies.


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