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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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New postdoc appointed with project on contemporary Sufism

2021.01.21 | Arts

Ricarda Stegmann investigates contemporary Sufi spirituality of the middle classes.

New project on Rethinking Islamisms

2020.12.06 | Business and Social Sciences

Morten Valbjørn has received a DKK 770,000 grant from the Carlsberg Foundation for “Rethinking Islamisms: The transformation of Islamist scenes in a new Middle East”.

New project on love in Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam

2020.09.03 | Arts

Christian Suhr (Anthropology) has been awarded €1.5m by the European Research Council for his project on "Heart Openings: The Experience and Cultivation of Love in Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam."


Thu 20 May
12:00-16:00 | Zoom
ICSRU PhD workshop day 1
PhD workshop on Zoom
Fri 21 May
12:00-16:00 | Zoom
ICSRU PhD workshop day 2
PhD workshop on Zoom