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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 cross-cultural understandings of Night and Belonging

2020.02.29 | Arts

Aarhus case study focuses on the areas surrounding City Vest, areas with high concentrations of Muslim Syrian and Palestinian refugees.

New PhD project on Palestinian memory

2020.02.17 | Arts

Asmaa Hassaneen is doing her PhD research on Palestinian memory, focusing on the relation between the saga genre and memory studies, and how both affect the construction and transmission of Palestinian memory.

New associate professor appointed in Arab and Islamic Studies

2019.11.29 | Arts

Thomas Fibiger, specialist in contemporary Shi‘i Islam in Bahrain and Kuwait, has been appointed to an associate professorship in the Department for the Study of Religion to teach in the Arab and Islamic Studies program.


Wed 13 May
14:15-16:00 | 1451-515
ICSRU PhD workshop
PhD students present their projects