The Islamic World Studies Program grounds students in the study of Islam as a worldview, civilization, and living reality. Students investigate Islam from a variety of perspectives.
The program engages students in exploring primary texts, history, cultural traditions, global communities, and regional issues. Three assumptions undergird the philosophy of this program: 1) that Islamic civilization is both a historical and a living reality; 2) that Islam has interacted with all known cultures and is thus expressed in a wide range of ways; 3) that the religious core ties all of these cultural expressions together. While studying the Islamic World historically and also learning about specific cultural manifestations, students develop a critical understanding of the unique worldview engendered by Islam in its global contexts.