Global Islam

Islam, the fastest-growing religion in the world, has a long and rich history, and it influences economic, political, social, and cultural arrangements across the world.

The Global Islam Initiative reflects an effort to understand fundamental tenets in Islam through an interdisciplinary lens even as we trace the global spread and evolution of faith practices and politics, attending to the incredible diversity of Muslim peoples, politics, cultures, and practices.


Please note: This site is still under construction.

Upcoming Global Islam Events

K-14 Teaching Materials

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Lesson Planning


Background information, lesson plans, teaching guides, films and videos, and books to teach about diversity within Islam

The Religious Studies Project

Exploring contemporary issues in the academic study of religion through podcasts

Curriculum: Teaching about MENA

Curriculum: Challenging Perceptions: Persepolis Beyond the American Lens


April 2021 

Escaping Wars and Waves: Encounters with Syrian Refugees

Guest Speaker:

Oliver Kugler, the German-British artist and illustrator on his award-winning graphic reportage (2018) on refugee camps Escaping Wars and Waves: Encounters with Syrian Refugees.

March 2021 

Islamophobia and the South Asian Community in Britain: Locating the Student Suspect

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Tania Saeed, an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan. Her research focuses on Comparative and International Education, exploring questions around education in relation to securitization, citizenship and social justice

April 2021 

Mosques and Islamist Activism: Spatial Evidence from Interwar Cairo

Guest Speaker:

Steven Brooke, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Faculty Fellow at the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS). He is also a non-resident fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative.