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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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Martin Riexinger elected to Board of FIFO

2015.10.22 | Arts

Martin Riexinger has been elected to the Board of the Forum for Islamforskning, the Danish association for research on Islam.

New research project on sectarianism

2015.06.17 | Grant

Morten Valbjørn has received a major grant for a group research project, SWAR - Sectarianism in the Wake of the Arab Revolts – beyond primordialist and instrumentalist understandings of Shia/Sunni divisions in a new Middle East.

New book on sacred authority and transnational family networks in Shi'i Islam

2015.02.12 | Arts

Elvire Corboz has published "Guardians of Shi'ism: Sacred Authority and Transnational Family Networks" with Edinburgh University Press.


Mon 30 Nov
14:15-16:00 | 1482-105
The Caliphate and the Rise of the 'Islamic State': Back to the Future?
Public lecture by Professor James Piscatori
Tue 01 Dec
13:00-15:00 | Nobelparken
Second ICSRU workshop
Our second ICSRU workshop will host Professor James Piscatori, who will speak on "In Search of the Umma between Cosmopolitanism and Communitarianism."
Thu 03 Dec
09:00-13:00 | Moesgaard Museum
Muslims, Migration and Sacred Objects
International conference on ways in which sacred objects also travel when people migrate and how such sacred objects have an affect on religious practices, imaginaries and the constitution of Muslim migrant communities in different countries.
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