The study of Islam and Islamic societies and cultures brings together faculty and students from many departments and colleges at the University. With a growing Muslim population in Minnesota, this initiative seeks to address educational needs for Muslim and non-Muslim students alike. The initiative supports new courses, faculty positions, colloquia, and projects.
Students may declare an Islamic Studies Undergraduate Minor through the College of Liberal Arts. This new minor allows those in any major to participate in the critical study of Islam and Muslim societies and cultures.
The Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum is partnered with the University of Michigan and several other Big Ten Alliance universities in the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum to offer more courses in Islam and Islamic societies. Through this CourseShare system, “Islam in Africa” was offered for the first time during fall 2015. Future courses will be announced on News & Events.
In spring 2011, the Religious Studies Program hosted an international conference, titled a Shared Cultural Spaces: Islam and the West in the Arts and Sciences which was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Now, a decade later, we invite you to join us in revisiting that conference and enjoying the sessions anew.
Bridging Cultures: Islam and the West is a 30-minute television program that was produced as a co-production of the Religious Studies Program and TPT, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.