Global Islamic Studies (GIS)

The Global Islamic Studies (GIS) faculty working group is developing a program of study that focuses on Muslim communities all over the world.

We envision a program that is not confined to the Middle East, but takes seriously the major Muslim populations in Asia and other parts of the world, including Europe and the U.S.

Our program will also explore theories of globalization as they relate to majority and minority Muslim communities. This emphasis on globalization processes will challenge assumptions about the role of Islam in contemporary politics and push students to identify and question the knowledge that has shaped current understandings and approaches to Islam and Muslims.

The faculty working group was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation to further support efforts to create this program during the 2012-13 academic year. The grant provides funding for language and library resources, program development (bringing visiting scholars and consultants to campus) and resources for a visiting fellow who will teach in the program. Read the Nov. 2, 2012, news release "College awarded Mellon grant to establish global Islamic studies program."

For more information, contact:

Sufia Uddin, Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Chair of Global Islamic Studies Program