AKU-ISMC, in collaboration with the Simon Fraser University – The Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures (SFU-CCSMSC), offered a two week Summer Programme, ‘Expressions of Diversity: A Contemporary Introduction to Muslim Cultures'. The course was held in London from July 20 – 31, 2009.
The Summer Programme aimed at providing participants a window into the diversity of cultural and social productions of Muslims, past and present. The programme structure included sessions on art, science, music and other topics exploring the various facets of the history, culture and contemporary challenges of Muslims. Classroom sessions were supplemented by a series of co-curricular activities (i.e. public talk, neighbourhood walk, cultural event, museum visit, film show) which were included in the programme to ensure participants were provided with a rich, vibrant and multicultural environment
The Programme was attended by 35 participants from Australia, Belgium, Canada, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, South Africa, UK, and USA. The faculty was drawn from AKU-ISMC, SFU-CCSMSC, the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), and the Institute of Ismaili Studies.
Participants found the programme to be a ‘wonderful, thought provoking course'. Many appreciated the ‘non-partisan' approach taken by the diverse and experienced faculty. The course was found to be ‘motivating and inspiring' and all participants felt it exceeded their expectations.
Following the success of the Summer Programme last year and this year, this Programme will now be offered in 2010 in Vancouver, Canada (hosted by the SFU-CCSMSC).
This Summer Programme is part of a series of Short Courses offered by the Professional Programmes Unit at AKU-ISMC.
Coordinator, Planning & Academic Development
Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations