In 2012 we launched a Transcultural Islam Project to deepen understanding of and inform public discourse and policy about Islam and Muslim communities — from a variety of perspectives. It also furthers Islamic studies (broadly defined) scholarship and research through individual and institutional partnerships between these founding partners, their faculty, and other scholars and partners across the globe.

This multi-year initiative is managed out of the Duke Islamic Studies Center in partnership with the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations (UNC-Chapel Hill), and supported by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.

ISLAMiCommentary, a key component of the initiative, is a public scholarship forum that engages scholars, journalists, policymakers, advocates and artists in their fields of expertise.

ISLAMiCommentary publishes original content under the i-Comment umbrella, and also aggregates and promotes content from other sources.

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The Transcultural Islam Research network (TIRN) — the other component of the Project — connects international scholars of Islamic studies (broadly defined) who are interested in exchanging research findings with each other and sharing their research with the public as well. Click here to view the TIRN site.

We recently launched a Database of Scholars and Experts on Islam and Muslim communities. Interested scholars and experts can enter their own information into this database and to search it for others who share their interests. The database is accessible to the public.  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. The statements made and views expressed are solely the responsibility of the author (s). 


Welcome to our forum!  (2012 ISLAMiCommentary launch press release)

Interview with Julie Poucher Harbin, Editor, ISLAMiCommentary, on “State of Belief Radio” about ISLAMiCommentary

Laurie Patton, Dean of Duke’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, discusses the importance of public scholarship at an event at Duke hosted by the Forum for Scholars and Publics in October 2013:

It’s Not Just Academic—Writing Public Scholarship in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (by UNC-Chapel Hill Islamic Studies Professor Carl Ernst)

Why Professors Should Disseminate their Knowledge and Share Opinions to Public Audiences (interview with African American Studies Professor at Duke, Mark Anthony Neal)

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We welcome and accept on a rolling basis original contributions (analyses, thought pieces, op-eds) from scholars and experts.  Inquiries regarding contributions, and questions regarding editorial policy and terms of use should be directed to the editor. Submissions should typically be between 700 and 1200 words, but this is negotiable.

For tips, see this helpful advice to academics on op-ed writing from David Jarmul, associate vice president for news and communications at Duke University.

Transcultural Islam Project Staff

Julie Poucher Harbin,  Project Manager & Communications Specialist for theTranscultural Islam Project; Editor and Writer (ISLAMiCommentary and TIRN)

Omid Safi, Duke Islamic Studies Center Director and PI,  Transcultural Islam Project