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''This is a sub-article to religious education, academic discipline, and Islam.
Islamic studies is an ambiguous term; in a non-Muslim context, it generally refers to the historical study of Muslim religion and culture. Academics from diverse disciplines participate and exchange ideas about predominantly Muslim societies, past and present. In spite of their non-religious approach, some non-Muslim scholars have written works which are widely read by Muslims. Before 1980, such non-Muslim scholars in this field have been called "Islamicists."

It is important to distinguish Islamicists from Islamists. The former generally are involved in the academic study of Islam and Islamic culture. The latter are, in Western usage of the term, individuals who seek to promulgate Islam as a political or governmental system.

In a Muslim context, Islamic Studies can be an umbrella term for all virtually all of academia as defined by the Islamization of knowledge. As such it includes all the traditional forms of religious thought, such as Islamic theology and Islamic jurisprudence. In addition, it assimilates fields generally considered to be secular in the West, such as Islamic science and Islamic economics. Many universities offer academic degrees in the subject.

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Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Islam in the Contemporary World - Information about courses, research programs, staffing, and publications, from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. Includes details of the Eurislam Bibliographical Network. (French and English)

Centre for Islam in Europe - Based at the University of Gent, Belgium. Multilingual site describing their activities, publications, and conferences.
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Centre for Islamic Studies - Housed at the University of Wales, Lampeter, the CIS offers undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities to study many aspects of Islam and Muslims in-depth - in both historical and contemporary contexts.
Meta Description: [ Centre for Islamic Studies Home Page - Department of Theology, Religious Studies & Islamic Studies, University of Wales, Lampeter ]

Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations (CSIC) - Describes courses offered and research undertaken at the University of Birmingham (UK). Includes a newsletter.

Cordoba University, Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences - Virginia based school of Islamic and Social Sciences offering graduate programs in Islamic studies and social sciences.
Meta Description: [ The Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences (GSISS) is a privately held, independent institution located in Ashburn, Virginia dedicated to teaching and research in Islamic Studies. ]

Essential Resources for Islamic Studies - A basic outline of a variety of introductory and comphrensive academic resources needed to embark on studying Islam and the Muslim world.

Institute of Islamic Studies - Information about degree courses and research opportunities offered, facilities and resources; McGill University, Quebec, Canada.
Meta Description: [ McGill University's Institute of Islamic Studies offers graduate degrees in the study of Islam offering research opportunities in languages, law, history, institutions, thought and modern developments. ]

International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) te Leiden - The International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) promotes and conducts interdisciplinary research on contemporary social and intellectual trends and movements in Muslim societies and communities.

Islamic History 600 - 1258 - Course outline for this Cornell subject which offers a survey of Islamic history from the lifetime of the Prophet to the Mongol conquest of Baghdad.

Islamic Studies Programme - Housed at the University of Melbourne, Australia, offering undergraduate and postgraduate Arabic and Islamic studies programmes as well as public seminars and conferences.
Meta Description: [ The Asia Institute was established in 1998 at the University of Melbourne as a major teaching and research initiative. Through coordinating and developing Asian studies across the University, Asia Institute aims to strengthen the University's role as a major international centre for Asian studies. ]

Islamic Studies Resources - A comprehensive, non-polemical, non-sectarian academic resource on Islam designed for students, scholars, and the general public.

Journal of Islamic Studies - A multi-disciplinary publication dedicated to the scholarly study of all aspects of Islam and of the Islamic world.

Middle East Studies Association of North America - Private, non-profit, non-political organization of scholars and other persons interested in the study of the Middle East, North Africa and the Islamic world.
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Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies - Information about OCIS academic programmes, fellowships, scholarships, seminars and public lectures as well as its Journal of Islamic Studies
Meta Description: [ The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies is a Recognised Independent Centre of the University of Oxford which through good scholarship and dialogue promotes a more informed understanding of Islam, its culture and civilisation. ]

Postgraduate Islamic Studies - Information on degree courses available at the University of Birmingham, and on the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations.

Study of Islam - The American Academy of Religion maintains listings of opportunities for graduate study and research into Islam.

The Institute of Ismaili Studies - The Institute of Ismaili Studies promotes scholarship and learning on Islam, with an emphasis on Shi'ism in general and its Ismaili Tariqah in particular. Includes information on research and teaching programs, publications and events.
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Virtual Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the Islamic World at the University of Georgia - A directory of faculty members interested in the countries of the Muslim world or Islamic Studies at the University of Georgia
Meta Description: [ The VCISIW is a network of all UGA faculty who have any research or teaching interests concerning the Islamic world or Muslims. ]

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