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Islam: Religion and Society

Islam is a religion as well as a cultural practice that takes on a diversity of forms, some of them contradictory. This has always been the case, and it is becoming increasingly apparant in the modern world through migration, globalisation and the digitial 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 tot the study of Islam in Leiden: religion, law, modern trends, society, politics, culture and daily life.

Maximum number of participants: 50

Prospectus number: 5000MIRSN

Class number: 7843

Language of instruction: English

Registration: via EduXchange

LEI students 8 May to 15 July 2023

TUD and EUR students 8 May to 31 May 2023


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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  • Extent: 30 EC (spread over 2 semesters)

  • Intended for: students of all disciplines

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Website: Islam and Society

  • Coordinator: Prof. dr. M.S. Berger

  • Information: Contact Education Administration Office.

  • Board of Examiners: Middle Eastern Studies

  • Registration:
    LEI students 8 May to 15 July 2023
    TUD and EUR students 8 May to 31 May 2023
    Register for the minor activity via EduXchange (applies to all students)
    From July, register separately for the courses via MyStudymap (only applies to LEI students).

Follow-on master’s programme

Master Middle Eastern Studies

Master Religious 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.