Introduction to the Study of Islam and Muslims; online short course

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June 9, 2021 to June 25, 2021
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Islamic History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, South Asian History / Studies

Part of AKU-ISMC's Muslim Culture and Societies 2021 online short course series

About this Event

Running on consecutive Wednesdays and Fridays at 15:00-17:00 from Wednesday 9 June to Friday 25 June 2021, the course provides an introduction to the development of Islamic thought and institutions from the seventh century to the present day. It surveys basic sources and terminologies as well as providing an introduction to major trends in scholarship. It asks when, and on what basis, different actors seek to make generalisations about Muslims (and, by implication, non-Muslims), and whether such generalisations can ever be valid.

Class Learning Objectives

  • To understand the development and variety of Islamic thought 
  • To analyse why different actors have been able to define Islam successfully for Muslims
  • To evaluate the agendas that underlie scholarship on Islam and Muslims

Professor Philip Wood is a historian of the Middle East. He has written on the histories of religious minorities in the caliphate and on the experience of Muslims as minorities in Britain. Together with Leif Stenberg, he is currently editing a volume on the Politics of Islamic Studies and he is also editing a second volume on Muslim and non-Muslim religious minorities in the Abbasid caliphate. His third monograph, on the Abbasid-era intellectual Dionysius of Tel-Mahre, is forthcoming with Princeton University Press in 2021.

Dates and Times

Wednesday 9, 16 and 23 June Friday 11, 18 and 25 June 2021 between 15:00 and 17:00 London time.


The course will be delivered via zoom and will not be recorded. Log in details and reading lists will be shared after registration.


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