The University of Michigan’s International Institute has established the Global Islamic Studies Center, a new center focused on the study of global Islamic culture and the study of Muslim societies worldwide.
The center has received funding from the Office of the Provost, the International Institute, and LSA. It is directed by Karla Mallette, professor of Italian and Middle East studies.
The center carries on the work of the former Islamic Studies Program, and consists of several existing centers and initiatives: the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum, the student-led Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies Seminar, Islamic Peace Initiative, and the new Michigan Islamic Studies Hub.
The GISC brings together a broad and interdisciplinary intellectual community across campus, and embraces comparative and trans-regional perspectives.
“The Global Islamic Studies Center will provide a platform for the large, diverse population of scholars — both faculty and students — working in the field of Islamic studies at U-M,” Mallette said. “It will consolidate our position as the leading program in Islamic studies in southeast Michigan, which boasts the oldest, largest, and most diverse Muslim population in the U.S.
“We invite our campus partners and allies in the community to join us on this next, exciting stage in our institutional history.”