Islamic Cultures and Societies Research Unit

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

About us

The ICSRU (Islamic Cultures and Societies Research Unit) is a trans-disciplinary network 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 network also covers Islam and Muslims in the West, notably Europe and Denmark.

The area of interest of the network is defined in terms of a region (the Arab world) and a religion (Islam), but this does not mean that the network is only interested in the the Arab world and 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 network is to provide a stimulating research milieu for both senior and junior researchers by promoting discussion and exchange. In addition, the network provides a forum for generating and carrying through group research projects. Finally, the network 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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The Mobilisation of the Recent Past in Struggles for Contemporary Egyptian Identities

2018.01.15 | Arts

A new PhD project with Katrine Mandrup Bach, "Using the Past to Build the Future," studies how Egypt’s more recent past(s) are being mobilised to redefine Egyptian identities.

Narrating the East: The Life and Works of Muḥammad Luṭfī Jumʿa

2018.01.14 | Arts

A new PhD project with Mattias Gori Olesen studies the life and works of the Muslim Egyptian anti-imperialist intellectual Muḥammad Luṭfī Jumʿa (1886-1953).

Exploring and qualifying care of aging immigrants

2017.09.15 | Arts

Anthropological perspectives on municipality interventions to support self-appointed helpers in ethnic minority families. New postdoc project with Sara Lei Sparre.


Tue 01 May
14:15-16:00 | 1451-331
Joyous are the Eyes that See You
Karen Waltorp (Anthropology) shows and discusses her film about young Muslim women in Copenhagen and beyond