At its core, the Initiative in Islamic Studies is cross-disciplinary. It aims to foster research and training in the field of Islamic Studies that will incorporate the traditional philological, historical, and developmental approach to Islam into suitable theoretical frameworks and perspectives drawn from allied disciplines (such as ethnography, literary criticism, sociology, and anthropology). This innovative approach to the field will lead research and teaching in the textual traditions that are fundamental to virtually every aspect of Islamic Studies, while bringing such work to bear on contemporary topics of global and transregional concern.
Asad Q. Ahmed
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
University of California, Berkeley
340 Stephens Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-2314