Elective course in Islamic Studies (master's level)

Islam and muslims in the modern world, 30 ECTS

For the vast number of believing Muslim men and women in the Middle East, Europe, Southeast Asia and beyond, Islam stands not only for religious piety, but also for critical engagements in processes of continuation and change in the face of global, contemporary challenges. In this course, we journey through various Muslim societies to examine how Islam has been interpreted and adopted in diverse manners to influence domains of both the private and public realms. The mosaic of different national cultures, historical experiences and political trajectories has produced different cultures, perceptions and practices of Islam in the world.


The programme consists of two elements which can either be taken individually or togehter for a full semester of credits:

 Exams for each of these two courses are held in accordance with the study curriculum.

Weeks 36-42 Weeks 43-50
Islam in the 20th and 21st Century: New visions of a Muslim World Islam in the 20th and 21st Century: Method and History of Research in Islamic Studies (no classes in week 50)
Lived Islam: Thinking Islam Globally (no classes in week 42) Lived Islam: Global Muslim Practices

In addition to the weekly classes there will be seminars, study visits, visiting professors and guest lecturers as well as writing workshops during the semester.


This master's class builds on the MA electives "Islam in the 20th and 21st Century" and "Lived Islam" from the existing MA in Islamic Studies at University of Copenhagen. However, we break down the classes into four modules redesigned to tie together to draw parallels as well as comparative studies across both time and space of the modern Muslim World. Topical matters in this course include the relationship between Islam and the realms of politics and state, cultural pluralism, negotiation of ethnic identity, and gender dynamics. This course will also incorporate a general introduction to theories about ethnicity, nationalities, identity, religion and culture politics.

At the end of the course, students will have gained a thorough understanding of the challenges that face Islam and Muslims in the modern, global world, and will critically explore these challenges with the tools of a number of relevant disciplines.

For futher information please contact student guidance at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies.