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The Duke Islamic Studies Center is a vibrant, diverse community of scholars and students engaged in interdisciplinary teaching, interactive learning, and cutting-edge research about Islam and Muslims. One of the leading institutions in North America for the study of Islam and Muslims, we are educating today's students to become tomorrow's leaders. Read full mission and history.

As of May 2013, the Islamic Studies Certificate is under review and is not accepting new students until further notice. Students who are currently enrolled in the certificate program will receive a certificate if they fulfill existing requirements. 

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Return of the Public Square: Failure or Not, the Arab Spring ‘Made People More Politically Active & Aware’

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 1, 2015: In the postscript to his 2011 book Cairo: Histories of a City (reproduced by… Read More...
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Rethinking Global Cities: Why Istanbul Is A Success For Some, ‘Urban Plunder’ For Others

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 4, 2015: In the past decade, Istanbul has undergone an immense political and economic transformation, making… Read More...
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Radical Justice, Gentle Spirit: Malcolm X’s Message for America 50 Years Later

BY OMID SAFI (@OSTADJAAN), WEEKLY COLUMNIST “Who taught you to hate yourself?” I was 18 years old when I first read The Autobiography of… Read More...
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This Week: Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill to Host National Conference on Legacy of Malcolm X

PRESS RELEASE (DUKE UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF NEWS & COMMUNICATONS/JULIE POUCHER HARBIN), FEBRUARY 16, 2015: DURHAM, N.C. — Local and visiting scholars from a variety… Read More...
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Unwavering Pluralism and the Beloved Community in the Face of Duke's Decision

BY OMID SAFI (@OSTADJAAN), WEEKLY COLUMNIST A lot of people have asked me about my response to the Duke decision to “reconsider” having the… Read More...
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