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Islam: Religion and Society

Islam, as a religion and a cultural practice, is a worldwide phenomenon that is formed both in a local context – culturally, socially, politically, and economically – and in transnational, interactive, fluid networks. Islam takes on a diversity of forms, some of them contradictory. This has always been the case, and it is becoming increasingly apparent in the modern world through migration, globalisation and the digital media.

Globalism, localism, diversity and interaction: these are the central themes of Islam teaching at Leiden University. This minor of 30 EC offers students a broad perspective on Islam. Students not only learn about the most important teachings of Islam, but they also acquire an understanding of the current forms Islam takes across the world. The minor goes on to address in greater depth a number of themes that are central to the study of Islam in Leiden: Law, Modern trends, Society & Politics, and Culture and Daily Life.

Maximum number of participants: 50

Prospectus number: 5000MIRSN

Class number: 1040

Language of instruction: English


LEI students 2 May to 15 July 2022

TUD and EUR students 2 May to 31 May 2022


Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Introduction to the Study of Islam 5
Islamic Law 5
Islam and Society 5
Modern Thinkers and Trends in Islam 5
Political Islam 5
The World of Shi’i Islam: History, Art and Culture 5

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Follow-on master’s programme

Master Middle Eastern Studies


Students can also opt for a 15 EC package of courses. This will consist of the three regular courses of the first semester. It is not possible to opt for this package in the second semester.