NEH - Islam in Asia: Traditions and Transformations


Institute Dates:  June 12 - July 7, 2017                                  

Image of Qur'an Manuscript from the 15th-16th century from Turkey.
Qur'an Manuscript. 15th-16th century. Turkey. Photo credit:  Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Application Deadline:  March 1, 2017

Location:  East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

Project Co-Directors:  Dr. Peter Hershock (East-West Center) and Dr. Nelly van Doorn-Harder (Wake Forest University)


Islam in Asia: Traditions and Transformations will enable undergraduate educators to develop curricular content on Islam, including its origins in the Middle East, the history of its spread throughout South and Southeast Asia, and its place in contemporary Asia. Balancing the dual needs for breadth and depth in teaching and learning about traditions that are culturally and historically distant, this multidisciplinary four-week summer institute program will offer participants the context-rich engagement with key traditions, practices, and primary texts (in translation) needed to develop curricular materials applicable across a wide range of humanities disciplines, including religion, philosophy, history, art history and literature.

Islam in Asia has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.