American Islamic College will host Cafe Finjan – the annual Jewish/Muslim performing arts event – on April 4th, 2013. Find out more about this vibrant community institution that combines academic learning, community engagement and Islamic spirituality.
by Max Harkavy
Communications Intern, JCUA
American Islamic College (AIC), located at 640 W Irving Park Road in Chicago, was founded, it was intended to serve as a college of liberal arts & sciences that is grounded in Islamic spirituality.
“The building that houses AIC was bought from Immaculata High School in the 1980s with the hopes of creating a liberal arts college that would operate within an Islamic framework,” said Romana Manzoor, the program coordinator for AIC. The first administration at AIC was able to work up to being fully accredited, but the institution has since seen their accreditation revoked.
“The new administration, that started in 2010, is working to revamp and revive the college,” said Manzoor. “We are starting the accreditation process all over again.”
Since taking over, the new administration has enhanced the mission of the college, going beyond the attempts of the previous administration, by creating a hotbed for both spiritual and secular learning. AIC seeks to be an institution that can offer classes that are academically rigorous, challenging, and thought provoking. Offering these types of courses is important but the college also seeks to remain rooted in spirituality, while being a place where students can feel comfortable with expanding their knowledge of both Islam and other, more secular topics.