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The Groningen Islamic Studies group

Contact Person: Clare Wilde (c.e.wilde
Founding Director: Dr. Anne-Sylvie Boisliveau.

Interdisciplinary cooperation
Al-Merjeh square, Damascus
Al-Merjeh square, Damascus

This research group aims at gathering scholars from different faculties of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen who are involved in research that relates to Islam and the Muslim world. The variety of peoples and cultures who have shaped, and been shaped by, Islam is reflected in the range of disciplines and interests of the various researchers at RUG who are experts in fields related to Islamic culture .

Some study Islam as a religion. Others are specialists of specific aspects of Islamic societies or of particular Muslim communities. And, again reflecting the multivalent nature of Islam, the research at RUG that is related to Islamic Studies comes from a range of disciplines (e.g. anthropology, archaeology, area studies, art history, education, history, human geography, international relations, languages, law, literature, philosophy, political science, sociology, theology, etc.).

Groningen-ISG is meant to be a space for sharing knowledge and information, both between scholars in different faculties, and among individuals (students, researchers, the larger Groningen community) who are interested in discussing, and learning more about, Islam. Groningen-ISG also aims to counter, at a scholarly level, the sometimes hurtful, and often simplistic, narratives about Islam that dominate the media of many contemporary societies.

Lecture series

Groningen-ISG gathers once a month. These gatherings are conceived as lecture series or research series open for all to attend. The sessions vary from presentations of scholarly papers, or works-in-progress, to workshops on a particular article or source. Occasionally, an external scholar is invited and delivers a lecture on a topic related to Islam. The first meeting of the Groningen Islamic Studies Group took place on Friday, 14 September 2012.
See the faculty agenda for forthcoming meetings.

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Last modified:09 December 2019 1.55 p.m.