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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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State-building in fragile states: Strategies of embedment

2016.09.02 | PhD defence

Maria-Louise Clausen successfully defended her PhD dissertation, based on a Yemeni case study, at the Department of Political Science in September.

Raymond Hinnebusch in Aarhus

2016.02.10 | Society and politics

Professor Hinnebusch will spend March to May 2016 in Aarhus as part of Morten Valbjørn’s project on "Sectarianism in the Wake of the Arab Revolts."

Researcher into Danish Salafi Jihadism joins ICSRU

2016.01.14 | Arts

Sara Jul Jacobsen, a PhD fellow at Roskilde University, is now a guest researcher in Aarhus.


Tue 04 Oct
15:00-17:00 | 1451-515
Gülen’s Religious Mission: Educating the ‘Golden Generation’
David Tittensor (Deakin University, Australia) talks on the Gülen Movement and its educational network.
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Revised 07.09.2016