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Wheaton prof gets new post named for Muslim leader

(RNS) She will join the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia.

Larycia Hawkins speaks on Jan. 6, 2016, at First United Methodist Church in Chicago. Religion News Service photo by Emily McFarlan Miller


(RNS) Larycia Hawkins, who left Wheaton College in the wake of controversy over her statement that Christians and Muslims worship one God, has a new gig: a fellowship named for a Muslim military hero.

The University of Virginia announced Thursday (March 3) that she will join its Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture as the “Abd el-Kader Visiting Faculty Fellow,” named for a 19th-century Algerian leader who was committed to intercultural dialogue.

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“Professor Hawkins brings keen insights into the intersections of religion and race and will greatly enrich our scholarship in this area,” said James Davison Hunter, executive director and founder of the institute, in an announcement. “We’re fortunate to have the opportunity to welcome her here.”

Hawkins and Wheaton jointly announced in February that they had reached a mutual agreement to part ways after Hawkins had taught at the college for nine years.

“The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture provides a wonderfully vibrant, intellectual community and it is the perfect place for me to pursue my scholarship,” Hawkins said.

In 2007, Hawkins was a fellow at UVA’s Miller Center, which focuses on the presidency, policy and political history.

(Adelle M. Banks is production editor and a national reporter for RNS)