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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 (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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Mark Sedgwick elected Chair of the NSMES

2019.09.01 | Arts

Mark Sedgwick has been elected Chair of the Nordic Association for Middle Eastern Studies

Martin Riexinger elected vice-president of FIFO

2019.06.30 | Arts

Martin Riexinger has been elected vice-president of FIFO, Forum for Islamforskning, the Danish Association for the Study of Islam

New project on Shia and Sunni Islamism(s)

2019.05.20 | Society and politics

Headed by Morten Valbjørn and funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark


Mon 28 Oct
14:15-16:00 | 1451-515
ICSRU workshop
The first workshop of the semester: Morten Valbjørn on "Bringing in the Other Islamists"
Mon 02 Dec
14:15-16:00 | 1451-515
ICSRU PhD workshop
PhD students present their work
Wed 11 Dec
10:00-12:00 | Building 1580, Room 249 (School of Communication and Culture)
The Future of the Networked Image: Digital Archives and Cultural Practices in a “Post Truth” Age
A lecture by Professor Anthony Downey