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The graduate program in the study of Islam at Northwestern specializes in the study of early modern and modern Islam, with a geographic focus on South Asia, the Indian Ocean, and the larger Persianate world. Students interested in the study of Islamic modernity, law, politics, Sufism, social movements, publics, intellectual history, materiality, race, and/or embodiment are encouraged to apply. The department also encourages students interested in the study of Muslim religious discourse in Urdu. In addition to faculty in Religion, graduate students interested in the study of Islam in Asia will find interlocutors amongst faculty in History and Asian Languages and Cultures. In addition, Northwestern University also has particular strength in the study of Islam in Africa. Graduate students interested in Islam in Africa can benefit from the Program of African Studies (one of the oldest in the United States), the Herskovits Africana Library, the Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa (ISITA), and the Program in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Studies.

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