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 Our team of 37 researchers from across the globe is looking at these questions and weighing in on religious issues in Canada and abroad from a variety of perspectives including: religion, law, communication, sociology, history, political science, education and philosophy. If you want to challenge the way you think, keep on browsing to find out about exciting events taking place on and off campus, to read thought-provoking research findings and learn more about current news events. Open your mind and be daring.

  • Political Legitimacy in the Islamic West
    • This 2-year project is investigating the strategies of legitimation used by Muslim rulers in Islamic Spain and the western Maghrib during the medieval and early modern periods to analyse how they justified and presented their rule to their subjects and to visitors from the Islamic east and Christian Europe. It aims to explore issues of religio-political identity and regional unities and divisions of both historical and contemporary relevance to shed light on an understudied period of this crucial Mediterranean regions' history.


  • SNAP
    • The Spain-North Africa Project (SNAP) is a scholarly initiative to encourage the study of the Iberian Peninsula and the Maghrib as a unified region. For the most part focused on the period spanning from the seventh to the eighteenth century, SNAP brings together scholars from multiple disciplines – including history, art history, literature, philosophy and religious studies – in the belief that the crucial questions in the study of this western Mediterranean region are best addressed in an interdisciplinary fashion treating it as a coherent whole.


  • EGO 
    • European History Online is a transcultural history of Europe on the Internet. The project investigates processes of intercultural exchange in European history whose impact extended beyond state, national and cultural borders. EGO describes Europe as a constantly changing communicative space which witnessed extremely varied processes of interaction, circulation, overlapping and entanglement, of exchange and transfer, but also confrontation, resistance and demarcation.


  • Cyclopes
    • Encyclopédies comme images du monde et comme vecteurs d'échanges intellectuels dans l'Islam et l'Occident au Moyen-Age : Encyclopédies comme images du monde et comme vecteurs d'échanges intellectuels dans l'Islam et l'Occident au Moyen Age.
      Projet FSR de l'Université catholique de Louvain





  • Dynamics in the History of Religions
    • The Käte Hamburger Collegium for Research in the Humanities "Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe" is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It is a joint venture between the following disciplines at the Ruhr University, Bochum: Classical Philology, Protestant and Catholic Theology, South Asian Studies, Jewish Studies, Islamic Studies, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Studies, History, Comparative Religion, and Philosophy, and brings toghether scholars from Ruhr University, international fellows, postdoctoral researchers und postgraduates.


  • Projet ANR - Maghribadite : Kharijisme et ibadisme dans l'Islam et le Maghreb pré-ottomans
    • Maghribadite explore l'histoire des minorités ibadites dans l'Islam pré-ottoman, plus particulièrement au Maghreb. Croisant ressources textuelles, éditées ou manuscrites, et données de la culture matérielle, l'enquête porte sur les modèles constitutifs de cette mouvance oubliée de l'islam, et tente de recomposer ses ancrages territoriaux, son évolution, ses modes d'organisation politique et territoriale, et son insertion dans des champs d'interaction économique et sociale plus larges.


    • Ce projet vise à étudier les symboles religieux, les productions artistiques culturelles et les figures publiques qui mettent le politique au défi et qui façonnent la discorde culturelle. Il vise à reconceptualiser la place de l'islam dans le devenir de l'Europe. Une méthodologie innovatrice est élaborée pour étudier « les constellations », « les assemblages » qui confrontent les différences culturelles dans les sphères publiques nationales, selon une dynamique transnationale.


  • Projet ERC - Intellectual History of the Islamicate World - Freie Universität Berlin
    • In the medieval, late medieval and pre-modern world of Islam, Muslims, Jews and Christians constituted a unique cultural and intellectual commonality. They shared a language, Arabic (and at times Persian), which they spoke in daily life and which they also used for their theological, philosophical, legal and scientific writings. Moreover, they often read the same books, so that a continuous, multi-dimensional exchange of ideas, texts, and forms of discourse was the norm rather than the exception.
      While this has been amply demonstrated for some selected periods and regions, scholars usually opt for a one-dimensional approach with an (often exclusive) focus on either Muslim, Jewish or Christian authors and their writings. In all three fields and for a variety of reasons, the scholarly investigation of the so-called rational sciences (theology, legal methodology, philosophy and related disciplines) beyond denominational borders is still in the beginning phase. This calls for an entirely new framework for innovative research that systematically crosses the boundaries between three major disciplines of academia and research, viz. Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies and the study of Eastern Christianity. This approach characterizes the work carried out at the Research Unit Intellectual History of the Islamicate World.
      The following four major research areas have been pursued since 2003:
      - Post-Avicennan Philosophy (1/2/3)
      - Rationalism and Rational Theology in the Islamicate World and Counterreactions (4/5)
      - Interreligious Controversies (6)
      - Digitization of Yemeni manuscripts (7)



  •  Projet ERC - "The Formation of Islam : the view from below"
    • The FOI project is to write a history of the formation of Islam using the vastly important but largely neglected papyri from Egypt. Until the introduction of paper in the 10th c., papyrus was the Mediterranean world's primary writing material. Thousands of papyrus documents survive, preserving a minutely detailed transcription of daily life, as well as the only contemporary records of Islam's rise and first wave of conquests.


  • Projet ERC - Social cohesion, identity and religion in Europe, 400-1200
    • In the early Middle Ages the ethnic and political landscape of Europe was established, while at the same time concepts of religious identification gained in importance. Christianity provided with the Bible a 'repertoire' of patterns for order and orientation that contributed significantly to the shaping of ethnic identity. SCIRE examines the way in which religious and ethnic identities interacted as forms of discourse and practice and thus established a social and cultural matrix for specific ethnic processes. University of Vienna is host institution, the Austrian Academy of Sciences is second beneficiary.


  •  Research team - Ciencia y Cultura Escrita
    • Multidisciplinary team comprised of: researchers from the field of material science; professionals dedicated to the safekeeping of documentary and bibliographic heritage; conservators; and restorers. From the outset, the work has been based on a commitment to the practical application of new technologies in the study of documentary heritage and related interventions.


  • Research team - Materiality in Islam Research Initiative (MIRI)
    • Copenhagen University’s Materiality in Islam Research Initiative (MIRI) is a research-oriented focus group comprising Danish-based and international scholars who, through a modern appreciation of Islamic art and archaeology, seek to forge cultural and social understanding with the contemporary Muslim world. MIRI is based in the Department of Cross Cultural and Regional Studies (ToRS, the Danish acronym), the Faculty of Humanities, The University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


  • TAU's Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center
    • The Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center is dedicated to the research of the History of the Jewish people and its culture in all diasporas and eras. The Center is an integral part of the Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of Humanities in Tel Aviv University.



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