The Centre for the Study of Islam (CSI)
Director: Professor Robert Gleave
The Centre for the Study of Islam, based in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, brings together the core teaching staff in Islamic Studies, other staff who have an interest in Islamic culture and civilisation, and all interested postgraduate students (at MA and PhD level).
We sponsor visiting speakers in Islamic Studies, hold regular seminars and conferences, and convene the Islamic Arabic Texts group. All are welcome to our events, though those aiming to attend the Text group's session should be aware that competence in reading classical Arabic and Islamic texts in Arabic is assumed. To join the group and be on the mailing list, you should email Rob Gleave. Attendees receive a copy of the Arabic text one week in advance of the class (by pdf email attachment). Participants are expected to have read the text before attending.
Professor Robert Gleave
(Specialisms: Islamic law and legal theory, Shīʿī jurisprudence and exegesis, violence and its justification in Islamic thought)
Core Islamic Studies Teaching Staff
Dr Istvan Kristo-Nagy
(Specialisms: late antiquity and early Islam, the role of the intellectual in Islamic civilisation, violence and heresy in early Islam)
Dr Leonard Lewisohn
(Specialisms: the history and doctrines of Sufism, Persian literature and civilisations, Persian mystical poetry)
Professor Ian Netton
(Specialisms: history of Islamic philosophy and theology, ritual and Muslim practice, literature, orientalism and Islam)
Professor Sajjad Rizvi
(Specialisms: Islamic philosophy and theology, Quranic exegesis, Shīʿī thought and theories of authority in Shīʿī Islam)
Dr Suha Taji-Farouki
(Specialisms: Modern Islamic thought, political Islam and modern Muslim movements, Islamic mysticism in contemporary Islam).
The CSI brings together existing research projects including:
- Islamic Reformulations project: Belief, Violence, Governance
- The Sharia Project
- LIVIT on violence in Islamic thought
- Contextualising Islam in Britain (a joint project with Cambridge and Westminster universities)
- Executive Summary Part I
- Executive Summary Part II
- Full Report
- The Hawza project on culture and learning in Shi’ite Islam
Information about the Centre’s activities can be found here.