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Inaugural Hub Foundation Scholarship Banquet
One Ummah: Embracing Sunnis, Shi‘ah & Sufis

Nov 30, 2018 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: 5341 Owens Court, Pleasanton, CA 94588

Hub Talks by Jihad Turk and Dr. Hamid Mavani Spoken Word Poetry by Baraka Blue. General Admission $20

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Scholarship Banquet

We are pleased to honor our seven 2018-19 Hub Foundation scholarship recipients in Islamic Studies and related fields, who each received $20,000. Our 2018-19 scholarship recipients or “Hub Scholars” are Sarah Aziz, Izzet Coban, Imran Ghani, Adiba Hasan, Logan Siler, Samuel Bendeck Sotillos and Silvia Truini. We will invite our guests to join us with matching funds so that together we can provide as many as 14 scholarships next year. We will also be giving away a free trip to one of our guests to Malaysia and Singapore led by Jihad Turk, the President of Bayan Claremont. All proceeds from this event will benefit our 2019-20 Hub Foundation scholarship recipients. Please join us for a special evening and support our future leaders, scholars and teachers.

Hub Talks

One Ummah: Embracing Sunnis, Shi‘ah & Sufis

Can we express solidarity with Muslims who have different perspectives while remaining true to our own understanding of faith? Is it possible for us to learn from one another and create community centers, mosques and academic institutions that welcome differences and diversity? We maintain that the Arabic word ummah or community can embrace all Muslims across denominations and cultures, as well as people of other faiths and ultimately all of creation. Jihad Turk and Dr. Hamid Mavani from Bayan Claremont will discuss Muslim intrafaith fellowship from Sunni and Shi‘i perspectives. The celebrated American Muslim Sufi poet Baraka Blue will also be performing spoken word poetry. Come listen to scholars and luminaries who, in a world that seeks to divide us, are helping to create and embody beloved community.


Dinner will be served at 6:30pm. For every meal served at our events, we donate a meal to someone in need.

Children’s Event

Children ages 2-12 are welcome for storytime, games and a movie from 6:30-9:00pm. Space is limited. Please RSVP to [email protected].


Jihad Turk is the founding President of Bayan Claremont, the nation’s first Muslim graduate school to offer accredited Master’s degrees in the fields of Islamic Studies, Education, Chaplaincy and Leadership. Jihad previously served as the Imam at the Islamic Center of Southern California. He is a sought-after national speaker on issues related to Islam, Muslims in America, Muslim Reform Movements, Ethical Leadership, and Spiritual and Identity Formation of Youth. Additionally, Jihad has committed himself to building bridges across faith communities to collaboratively address the issues of homelessness and poverty. He spent time in both the Islamic University of Medina where he studied Arabic and Islamic Studies and in Iran where he studied Persian at the University of Tehran and in Qum. He completed his BA in History and Arabic at the University of California, Berkeley, his Master’s degree in Islamic law and jurisprudence at the University of Texas, Austin, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Islamic Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he has also taught as an adjunct faculty member for many years.

Dr. Hamid Mavani is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Bayan Claremont in California. His expertise in Islamic Studies stems from both academic training at universities and specialized theological training at traditional seminaries in the Muslim world. His primary fields of interest include Islamic legal theory, women and Shi‘i law, Islamic theology and political thought, Islam and secularity, intra-Muslim discourse, and environmental ethics. Dr. Mavani is the author of numerous books and articles, including Religious Authority and Political Thought in Twelver Shi‘ism: From Ali to Post-Khomeini (2013). His scholarship also includes translations of Islamic texts from Arabic and Persian into English. Dr. Mavani serves on the Hub Foundation Scholarship Advisory Board.

Baraka Blue is a highly-acclaimed rapper and poet hailing from Seattle and based in Oakland, California. He has performed across North America, as well as the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. He is highly decorated within the global artist community for his original synthesis of spoken word poetry with the tradition of mystical poets such as Rumi and Hafiz. His most recent book of poetry is entitled Reedbed Diaspora (2014). In addition to performances, he has taught classes and led creative writing workshops internationally. His sophomore album, Majnun’s Lost Memoirs (2011) can be heard in cafes and concert halls all around the globe.

Purchase tickets

A limited number of tickets will be provided for free for guests who otherwise could not attend. Hub925 members can also receive a discount code. Please contact us at [email protected].

Hub Scholars

Hub Scholars are distinguished recipients of our annual Hub Foundation scholarships. All of our Hub Scholars have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and community service.


Photo of Sarah Aziz
Sarah Aziz
MA student, Islamic Studies
University of Chicago Divinity School
Photo of Izzet Coban
Izzet Coban
PhD student, Islamic Studies
University of Chicago Divinity School
Photo of Imran Ghani
Imran Ghani
MA student, Islamic Studies
Graduate Theological Union
Photo of Adiba Hasan
Adiba Hasan
MA student, Political Science
University of Toronto
Photo of Logan Siler
Logan Siler
PhD student, Comparative Religious Studies
Claremont School of Theology
Photo of Samuel Bendeck Sotillos
Samuel Bendeck Sotillos
PsyD student, Psychology
California Southern University
Photo of Silvia Truini
Silvia Truini
PhD candidate, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
Exeter University

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