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Islamic Civilization & Societies: Establishing a New Major with a U.S. Department of Education Grant

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Further Reading


Reithinking Islamic Studies: From Orientalism to Cosmpopolitanism. Edited by Carl W. Ernst and Richard C. Martin (University of South Carolina Press, 2011). A collection of works that maps the trajectory of the study of islam and offers approaches to the theoretical and methodological frameworks that have traditionally dominated the field.

Hurewitz, J. C. Undergraduate Instruction on the Middle East in American Colleges and Universities: Provisional Draft. (American Association for Middle East Studies).

Knott, Garland. "Undergraduate Teaching of Religious Education: Laying the Foundations". (Religious Education, 1990). Maintains that undergraduate religious education is responsible for the development of professional religious educators and proposes a plan for analyzing the relationship between praxis, philosophy, theology, and education.

Stein, Kenneth. "The Study of Middle Eastern History in the United States". (The Jerusalem Quarterly, 1988).

"The State of Islamic Studies in American Universities" and "Policy Recommendations". (The International Institute for Islamic Thought).



The Guardian on "Why Islamic Studies is Important". March 2009.

Reis, Mariana. "The Good Fight: Combating Misconceptions of Islamic Studies". (Baraza Ijtihad, April 2012).


Other Resources

Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies Project on International Approaches to Islamic Studies in Higher Education


U.S. Department of Education Undergraduate International Studies and Foriegn Language Program Application Information