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Research Clusters

Advanced research and the production of new knowledge on Global Islam is one of the Center’s most important focuses. The Center aims to facilitate research among the university’s faculty, to enhance research synergies among faculty and units, and to contribute to academic discourses both nationally and internationally. Research conducted through the Center is of an inter-disciplinary character, and is organized under the following research clusters:

Islam and Africa

This cluster pays attention to the inherent complexity of Islam in Africa; its multifaceted historical trajectories, its geographical differences, its ideological variations, and contemporary dynamics.

Islam, World Politics, and Democracy

This cluster seeks to provide an interface between conceptual and theoretical explorations of the idea of democracy and concrete practices and policies of democracy promotion within the politics of Islam in the contemporary world wherein religion and secularism coexist in every corner of the world.

Islam and Environmentalism

This cluster examines the environmental impact of Muslims around the globe, including their relationships with certain animal species and perceptions of non-human life.

Islam and Transnationalism

The cluster examines both the historical and contemporary transnational connections between Muslims across national and cultural boundaries. This research pays a particular attention to the Muslim transnational networks around particular Islamic traditions, ideas, and ideologies by exploring their attempts to embody the principles of a universal Islam.

Islam and Ottoman-Turkish Studies

This research cluster explores Islam and the Turkish world by addressing Ottoman and Turkish encounters with Western and Eastern civilizations. It aims to enhance awareness and knowledge about the development of cultural, political, social, and religious identities from the 12th century to the present.