Message from the Dean


Professor Leif Stenberg

Dean, Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations​


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The Institute's priority remains the safety of our staff and students, and AKU-ISMC will continue to flourish remotely until it safe to return to the Aga Khan Centre. Needless to say, I hope that 2021 will allow us the opportunity to teach our students face-to-face, to collaborate with colleagues in-person, and to share ideas with friends of the Institute at our many events.

A very warm welcome to the new students that have begun their studies at the Institute this January. The Institute is excited to support your scholarly progression through the MA i​n Muslim Cultures, and I have enjoyed meeting you all online. It was a great pleasure to also mark the celebration of the 2021 and 2020 Cohorts completion at AKU-ISMC in a social-distanced Completion Ceremony at the end of last year.

Faculty at the Institute have been actively preparing and producing research and publications. I invite you to view our Publications Catalogue. Or, perhaps consider reading the “UK Think-Tanks, the War on Terror and the Radicalisation Debate" by Hadi Enayat, which was partnered with an interesting online talk in December.

Professor Pradines launched the timely online exhibition “Black Monuments Matter" in collaboration with the Zamani Project at the University of Cape Town. This project highlights African contributions to world history and aims to annihilate feelings of racial superiority and inferiority by exhibiting World Heritage Monuments and other architectural treasures from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Following the success of the 2020 Short-Course Series, AKU-ISMC has launched an extensive 2021 short-course catalogue and an online Summer Programme. These courses will broadly be in the area of the Study of Islam through the fields of humanities and social sciences.​

The Institute's Governance Programme is continuing to develop the interactive platform “Governance and the Pandemic". This project has been exploring a series of questions on how public health is dealt with at various levels of local, national and international governance. I warmly invite you to navigate the various responses and compare them.

Ongoing financial donations and endowments have supported AKU-ISMC in providing student scholarships and financial aid, and have enabled faculty to produce a plethora of research programmes and publications. If you would like to learn how you can support AKU-ISMC, please contact resource.development@aku.edu .

A very Happy New Year to you all, and I wish you the best of health. Thank you for your ongoing support which will enable AKU-ISMC to have a successful 2021.