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The mission of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies is to advance a sound and nuanced understanding of Muslim societies and the Islamic faith, its role in world history, and its current patterns of globalization. The center recognizes that Islam is a universal faith and a world civilization with a global community. Thus, the center provides a global, rather than regional, framework for exploring Islam.


Recent Submissions

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    Beyond Golden Age and Decline: The Legacy of Muslim Societies in Global Modernity, 1300-1900
    (Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies, 2017-04-13) Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies
    Beyond Golden Age and Decline is a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Bridging Cultures Initiative on the Muslim World and the Humanities. This website facilitates exchange of ideas, reading and information in preparation for the Scholars Forum and Program Development Workshop, from March 14-17, 2011.
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    Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean
    (Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies, 2017-03-28) Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies
    Our Shared Past is a collaborative grants program to encourage new approaches to world history curriculum and curricular content design in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and North America. Our Shared Past is premised on the notion that many of the categories used to frame and teach world history—civilizations, nations, religions, and regions—occlude as much as they reveal. Although there have been successful attempts at incorporating recent historical scholarship in world history writing, the core of world history instruction continues to be shaped by civilizational, national, and regional narratives that emphasize discrete civilizations and traditions frequently set at odds with one another at the expense of historical and material connections. Our Shared Past seeks to promote the development of international scholarly communities committed to analyzing history curriculum and reframing the teaching of world history through the identification of new scholarship and the development of new curricular content that illustrate shared cultural, economic, military, religious, social, and scientific networks and practices as well as shared global norms and values that inform world history and society. The project encourages both the synthesis of existing scholarship on these topics and the exploration of concrete ways that this reframing can be successfully introduced into teaching curriculum in European, Middle Eastern, North African, or North American contexts.
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    Bridging Cultures Bookshelf - Muslim Journeys
    (National Endowment for the Humanities, 2017-03-28) Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies
    The Muslim Journeys project presents to the American public resources representing diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. Elements of the project include: The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys collection Distribution, free of charge, of the complete Muslim Journeys Bookshelf to 953 libraries nationwide Distribution, free of charge, of the complete Muslim Journeys Bookshelf to 36 state humanities councils Library programs for the public in every state, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands This website (the Muslim Journeys website) The cornerstone of the project is the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys, a carefully curated collection of resources recommended and reviewed by distinguished scholars in the fields of anthropology, world history, religious studies, interfaith dialogue, the history of art and architecture, and world literature, as well as interdisciplinary fields such as Middle East studies, Southeast Asian studies, African studies, and Islamic studies. Six public libraries hosted focus groups to review many of the titles, and all titles were reviewed by librarians and other humanities practitioners with extensive programming experience.