Global Islamic Studies is a trans-disciplinary program that includes faculty from eight departments: Art and Architectural History, Classics, English, German Studies, Government, History, Religious Studies and Sociology.

At a time when Islam is widely misunderstood — and often thought of narrowly in terms of Arabs and the Middle East — our program offers student majors and minors a framework for studying Islam and the world’s Muslim communities in deep historical, comparative and global contexts. Our faculty have specialized experience in Western Europe, Russia, Turkey, Bosnia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, North Africa and the Middle East.

GIS in the news

This Muslim-American Life, in the Age of Donald Trump: a talk by award-winning author Moustafa Bayoumi, who writes about Arabs and Muslims in post-9/11 America. (Sept. 15, 2015)

Associate Professor of Modern European and Russian History Eileen Kane publishes "Russian Hajj: Empire and the Pilgrimage to Mecca." (December, 2015)

Connecticut College announces new Global Islamic Studies major. (March 4, 2015)

Eileen Kane, associate professor of modern European and Russian history, wins grant to study Muslim migration, Russia-Middle East connections. (June 6, 2016)