This year, the Summer Programme will take education and Muslim communities as its theme. Co-sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures (Simon Fraser University) and AKU-ISMC and held at ISMC’s central-London location at 210 Euston Road, the programme will run from 6-11 July 2015.

The course will be suitable for a wide range of professionals, including those in education, public sector, NGOs and charities who have an interest in Muslim cultures.

The week will be devoted to introduc​ing some key aspects of the historical and contemporary experience of Muslim communities and cultures in different contexts worldwide, both where Muslims are a majority and in a minority and will feature content carefully designed to support and develop professionals and those with an interest in Muslim societies.

Speakers will include:

  • Dr Derryl Maclean (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver)

  • Dr Mike Diboll (IIS)

  • Professor Anna Contadini (SOAS)

  • Dr Farid Panjwani (Institute of Education)

  • Dr Stephane Pradines (AKU-ISMC)

  • Dr Sarah Savant (AKU-ISMC)

  • Dr Kathryn Spellman Poots (AKU-ISMC)

  • Dr David Taylor (AKU-ISMC)​​



​Monday July 6, 2015​


Comparing Muslim Contexts across Societies and Cultures

​Pluralism, diversity and unity within Islam​

​Tuesday July 7, 2015

The history of the Qur'an: text and context

Diaspora communities as sites of cultural change​

​​Wednesday July 8, 2015


Mystical traditio​​ns in Islam

Field trip to a London Museum

Thursday July 9, 2015

Artistic traditions in Muslim cultures

Muslims and modernity: the educational context​


Friday July 10, 2015

Reform Movements in the Muslim world

Cairo and the Indian ocean

​Saturday Ju​ly 11, 2015

Outing to Oxford (opti​onal)​


The fee for  the week  is £450.  A day rate of  £100 is also available on selected days. 

Click here​ to apply.

For more information please contact:

Alexandra Khan: alexandra.khan@aku.edu​

Silvia Schiavinato: silvia.schiavinato@aku.edu​