Imam Granted Doctorate in Bridge-Building at United Theological Seminary

December 10, 2005

Source: Charleston Gazette

On December 10, 2005 the Charleston Gazette reported, "Imam Mohammad Jamal Daoudi isn’t an engineer, but he has been studying bridge-building lately. The spiritual leader of the South Charleston-based Islamic Center of West Virginia recently earned a doctor of ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary, a Dayton, Ohio institution more accustomed to granting degrees to Christian clergy. He and 15 other clergy — all the others Christian, almost all from West Virginia — will receive their degrees at a graduation ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Christ Church United Methodist. He’ll be wearing his traditional Islamic robes and a doctoral hood. Daoudi’s doctoral project/thesis was on 'Bridge-Building Between Islam and Christianity: A Case Study Between the Islamic Center of West Virginia and St. John’s Episcopal Church'... Daoudi has been building bridges since he came to West Virginia in February 2002 from California, where he led the Islamic Center of North Valley, 70 miles north of Los Angeles. 'This is my project for my whole life,' he said. 'Wherever I am, I try to open up communication between the Muslim and Christian communities.'”