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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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Duke receives $3 million gift to fund directorship for Islamic studies

Duke University has received a $3 million gift from alumna Bettye Martin Musham to establish a directorship for Islamic studies, President Richard H. Brodhead announced… Read More...
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Islamic State (formerly ISIS) Calls for Death of Comic Book Creator Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa

by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 14, 2014: In a series of posts to Twitter in early July, the Islamic extremist group… Read More...
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China to Uyghurs: Eat, Don’t Fast for Ramadan

by HAIYUN MA and I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 15, 2014: The common saying that “you are what you eat” suggests that… Read More...
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Pope Francis and the Holy Land: Is Religion the Pathway to Peace?

by SHALOM GOLDMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 10, 2014: “A Christian, a Muslim and a Jew walk into a… “ Sounds like the beginning… Read More...
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Redrawing Borders: Is the Tribal Governance Model Worth Considering in Iraq?

by miriam cooke for ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 18, 2014: During World War I the British representative to the Middle East Sir Mark Sykes and… Read More...
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About DISC

Gil Merkx, director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center, highlights the mission of his center and talk about DISC's current projects.

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