ISTHMUS (Islamic Thought and Muslim Societies) is an interdisciplinary colloquium for faculty and graduate students, designed to showcase research that engages the lives, thoughts, embodied practices, and cultural productions of Muslims globally, as well as the diverse communities living in Muslim majority societies from North Africa and the Middle East to Central Asia and Southeast Asia.

We welcome papers and participants from across Duke University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. In addition to providing scholars a friendly forum to workshop projects-in-progress, such as conference papers, journal articles, dissertation prospectuses and chapters, ISTHMUS strives to foster relationships between scholars trained in diverse disciplines who share common research interests.

The format is simple and informal: we gather together at each meeting over a meal followed by an engaged discussion on the featured author’s work, providing valuable feedback for the pre-circulated writing project.