19 September 2016

New publication: Islamic Studies in the Twenty-first Century

Last month, the NISIS publication “Islamic Studies in the Twenty-first Century: Transformations and Continuities” was published by Amsterdam University Press. This volume provides an overview of important issues in the study of Islam. The former director of NISIS and actual director of the NIMAR, Professor Léon Buskens, is one of the editors. 

Islamic Studies in the Twenty-first Century: Transformations and Continuities

In recent decades, traditional methods of philology and intellectual history, applied to the study of Islam and Muslim societies, have been met with considerable criticism from rising generations of scholars who have turned to the social sciences, most notably anthropology and social history, for guidance. This change has been accompanied by the rise of new fields, studying, for example, Islam in Europe and Africa, and new topics, such as the role of gender. This collection surveys these transformations and others, taking stock of the field and showing new paths forward.

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This volume contains contributions by Jonathan P. Berkey, Léon Buskens, Marion Katz, Christian Lange, Muhammad Khalid Masud, Brinckley Messick, A. Kevin Reinhart, Dorothea E. Schulz, Abdulkader Tayob, Knut. S. Vikør and Pnina Werbner. 


Léon Buskens holds a chair for Law and Culture in Muslim societies at Leiden University and is director of the Netherlands Institute in Morocco (NIMAR). From its foundation in 2009 until the end of 2015 he was the first director of the Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies (NISIS). His research focuses on Islamic law and society, and the anthropology of Muslim societies, with a particular interest in Morocco and Indonesia.

Annemarie van Sandwijk holds a double master's degree in History and in Theology and Religious Studies (Leiden University). She worked as an editor at NISIS for several years.

Islamic Studies in the Twenty-first Century: Transformations and Continuities can be ordered via Amsterdam University Press.