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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 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."

New book on The Arab Lefts by Laure Guiguis

2020.09.03 | Arts

The Arab Lefts: Histories and Legacies, 1950s-1970s, edited by Laure Guirguis, explores the entangled histories of Left-wing trends and surveys radical Left traditions in the Arab world.

New project on policing and urban governance

2020.04.29 | Arts

Aarhus researcher participates in project on preventive partnership policing and the transformation of urban governance


Fri 02 Oct
14:15-16:00 | 1451-515
Ageing Muslims, civil society and the state
Fall 2020 ICSRU workshop with Mikkel Rytter
Fri 27 Nov
14:00-16:00 | 1451-516
Fall 2020 PhD workshop
The Fall 2020 PhD workshop will hear presentations from two ICSRU PhD students.