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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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News

HC Korsholm Nielsen leaves Aarhus for Cairo

2015.01.17 | Arts

From 01.01.15, he is the new director of the Danish Egyptian Dialog Institute (DEDI).

Scholar of classical Islam joins AIS for six months

2014.12.08 | Staff

Thomas Würtz will be joining the Arab and Islamic Studies program for the first half of 2015.

Multi-Sited Sufism conference held in Istanbul

2014.10.24 | Conference

In late October 2014, a major conference on "Multi-Sited Sufism: Transmissions, Translations, Transcendence" was held in Istanbul.

Events

Thu 12 Feb
14:15-16:00 | Nobelparken, 1467-316
Sufi conversion
Francesco Piraino talks about conversion to Islam in the context of European Sufi movements.
Tue 10 Mar
15:15-17:00 | Nobelparken 1467-316
Iraqi women in Denmark
Marianne Holm Pedersen talks about her new book, Iraqi women in Denmark: Ritual performance and belonging in everyday life
Wed 11 Mar
14:15-16:00 | 1453-223
Under Construction: Logics of Urbanism in the Gulf Region
Book presentation by Katrin Bromber (Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin), Boris Brorman Jensen (Arkitektskolen Aarhus), Birgit Krawietz (Freie Universität Berlin), Steffen Wippel (Syddansk Universitet, Odense)
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