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Islamic Cultures and Societies Research Unit

Sharjah seafront 2006, by Kunal Mukherjee, used with thanks under a Creative Commons license.

About us

The ICSRU is a trans-disciplinary research unit for all those at Aarhus University who are interested in Islamic cultures and societies, both in the Islamic world and transregionally. This means that the ICSRU also covers Islam and Muslims in the West, notably Europe and Denmark.

The area of interest of the ICSRU is defined in terms of a religion (Islam), but this does not mean that the ICSRU is only interested in the study of religion. There is a focus on the study of Islam, but there is also interest in the study of phenomena unrelated to religion, especially from the perspective of political science.

As well as a focus on the study of Islam, there is a focus on modern and contemporary phenomena, and on those that are transregional, but again this is not exclusive.

The central mission of the ICSRU is to provide a stimulating research milieu for both senior and junior researchers by promoting discussion and exchange. In addition, the ICSRU provides a forum for generating and carrying through group research projects. Finally, the ICSRU backs Aarhus University’s teaching, notably in the degree programs in Arab and Islamic Studies, but also in other relevant programs.

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New project on Contagion, Purification, and Protection among Salafi Muslims in Egypt

2013.10.03 | Religion and theology

The Danish research council has funded a postdoctoral project on "Illnesses of the Muslim Heart: Contagion, Purification, and Protection among Salafi Muslims in Egypt," to be carried out by Christian Suhr Nielsen.

Leonardo Schiocchet

ICSRU welcomes Brazilian guest researcher

2013.09.27 | Research

The ICSRU welcomes Leonardo Schiocchet, who is working in Aarhus on "A Nation Without a Motherland: (Trans)nationalism, Refuge and Social Belonging among Palestinian Refugees in the Middle East, Brazil and Europe."

"Descending with Angels" completed

2013.08.02 | PhD defence

Christian Suhr's PhD dissertation "Descending with Angels: The Invisible in Danish Psychiatry and Islamic Exorcism" was successfully defended on July 3, 2013. Suhr now moves on to illnesses of the heart.


Fri 17 Jan
09:29-16:00 |
REQEM - vandringer i ørkenen
Antikmuseet viser i en seperatudstilling Inger Lise Rasmussens fotoserier fra oldtidens Petra. De er opkaldt efter byens oprindelige navn Reqem.
Wed 14 May
10:15-12:00 | 1467-316
Palestinian parents navigating Danish Welfare state interventions
ICSRU workshop presentation by Mette-Louise Johansen
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