The Duke Islamic Studies Center (Duke University), in partnership with the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations (UNC Chapel Hill) and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (a Recognized Independent Centre of at University of Oxford), has launched a Transcultural Islam Project to deepen understanding of Islam and the Muslim world.
This multi-year project will further Islamic studies scholarship and research through individual and institutional partnerships between these founding partners, their faculty, and other scholars and partners across the globe.
This site houses one component of the Transcultural Islam Project — ISLAMiCommentary — a public scholarship forum that aims to inform public discourse and policy about Islam and the Muslim experience. It features expert analysis and commentary on Islam and the Muslim experience from a multitude of perspectives. In addition to aggregating and promoting content from other sources, we publish original content under the i-Comment umbrella.
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The Transcultural Islam Project’s research network (TIRN) — the other component of the Project — connects international scholars interested in exchanging research findings and engaging in thematic working groups on issues of importance in the Islamic world. Click here to view the TIRN site.
The Transcultural Islam Project (ISLAMiCommentary and TIRN) launched a Database of Scholars and Experts on Islam and the Muslim world on May 8, 2013. The primary purpose of this database is to provide a way to locate university- based scholars and researchers.We recognize that not all experts have university affiliations, and therefore we do consider applications from experts outside the academy. Search the site by area of expertise or name or keyword, and/or create your own entry.
The Transcultural Islam Project is funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
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Transcultural Islam Project Staff
Julie Poucher Harbin, Writer and Editor, ISLAMiCommentary and TIRN; Communications Specialist, Transcultural Islam Project at Duke Islamic Studies Center
Marianna Jordan, Communications Fellow with the Duke Islamic Studies Center-managed Transcultural Islam Project, which includes the ISLAMiCommentary web site.
Professor Gilbert Merkx, Principal Investigator, Transcultural Islam Project; Director, Duke Islamic Studies Center
Dr. Kelly Jarrett, Project Administrator, Transcultural Islam Project; Associate Director, Duke Islamic Studies Center