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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. Islam exists in a continuous interaction with other communities, as defined by religion, culture, ethnicity or language. 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, Thinkers & Debates, Society & Politics, and Culture and Daily Life.

You can register for this minor in uSis between 3 May and 15 July 2021
Maximum number of participants: 50
Prospectus number: 5000MIRSN
Class number: 1022
Language of instruction: English


Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Introduction to the Study of Islam 5
Islamic Law 5
Islam and Society 5
Islam in the Modern World 5
Modern Thinkers and Trends in 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.