The mission of the Abraham Center at The Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics is to provide training and research opportunities for students so that they can pursue scholarly, professional, and intercultural activities in Abrahamic faith communities.
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Meet the Director of the Abraham Center!
Dr. Mark Harlan has two decades of field experience ranging from higher education to humanitarian aid. He travels internationally to teach on Muslim-Christian encounter and cross-cultural service.
Abraham Center, Department Head: Ph.D., Fuller Graduate School of Intercultural Studies; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary; B.S., United States Air Force Academy. Dr. Harlan and his family worked in Northand East Africa and the Middle East.
MA in Abrahamic Studies
Do you have a heart for Jews, Orthodox Christians, and Muslims, but the differences between their faith systems and yours seem insurmountable? Through our MA in Abrahamic Studies (36 hr.), you will discover the histories, cultures, and beliefs of these global societies and will be equipped to serve within these communities with respect and understanding. Students study Arabic, Hebrew, or Greek in their preparation to serve cross-culturally with Abrahamic communities and organizations. Our program focuses on respectful understanding of their beliefs and practices, and promoting humanitarian contributions to local and global cultural goals.
Abraham Center Faculty
Our faculty in the Abraham Center bring a wealth of scholarly expertise and field experience to its academic programs.
The Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics. All questions not related to accreditation should be directed to GIAL.