Ben Ale-Ebrahim graduated from KU summa cum laude with a BA in Anthropology and Middle East Studies in spring 2015. He didn't wait long to start his graduate work, coming in to KU Religious Studies' MA program in fall of 2015. Interested in religion for as long as he can remember, Ben wanted to focus on studying Islam, religions of the Middle East, and the influence of the Internet on practices and discussions of religion. Ben finds meaning in the concept of "tawhid" in Islam -- an Arabic term meaning 'unity' or 'oneness'. As Ben says, "I find it fascinating that tawhid means many different things to many different people across the Islamic world, yet all Muslims recognize its importance; there is multiplicity in unity, and unity in multiplicity. Recognizing the commonalities we all share as humans, as well as respecting our differences, is a valuable lesson [from which] I think everyone can learn."
Ben also has found wonderful opportunities at KU -- he studied abroad in Mexico, Tajikistan, and Morocco, worked as a graduate assistant in the Office of Study Abroad, served on the board of the Persian Club, and co-founded the Central Asia Student Association. He has also served as a GTA in the Department of Religious Studies. He is pictured, above, at the first Uyghur calligraphy workshop in the US -- which Ben helped organize here at KU.