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Islamic Studies

The Islamic Studies Program of the Department of Near East Studies provides its majors with a profound and nuanced understanding of the role of Islamic religion in the politics and culture of societies of the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia with predominantly Muslim populations. The program also illuminates the challenges faced by Muslim minorities in non-Muslim countries, including Europe, North America, Europe and Russia. The expertise provided by the Islamic Studies Program will serve its majors in good stead in a variety of professional careers, such as international politics, NGOs, diplomatic service, domestic public policy and community service, economics and development. Understanding Islam as a motivating and mobilizing force and the source of a distinctive religious and ethnic identity and culture is particularly vital in this day and age as the recent events across the globe have eloquently and often dramatically demonstrated.