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Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies

Interim Director: Vincent Barletta

Office: Encina Hall West, Room 211

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The mission of the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies is to serve as a forum for interdisciplinary research and teaching in Islamic studies, complemented by seminars, colloquia and public lectures. The program seeks to illuminate Islamic history from its beginnings to the 21st century, the religion of Islam in its many aspects, and the diversity of Muslim cultures and societies, past and present, not only in the Middle East but also including South and Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe, and America. In addition to geographical breadth, the program promotes the use of scholarly resources from both the humanities and the social sciences. Participating faculty and students bring perspectives and methods from academic fields including anthropology, art, economics, history, international relations, languages, law, literature, philosophy, political science, and religious studies.

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