Professors Leif Stenberg and Philip Wood discuss their new book What is Islamic Studies?, examining the state of the discipline and demonstrating why the essays in the book are essential reading for the non-essentialist scholar of Islamic studies.
Leif Stenberg is Dean and Professor of Islamic Studies at the Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC). Between 2010 and 2019 Stenberg was President of the Nordic Society of Middle Eastern Studies and he is currently a member of the World Congress of Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) Council and vice-president of the European Association for Middle Eastern Studies (EURAMES).
Philip Wood is Professor of History at AKU-ISMC. His research focuses on Christians and Muslims in the Middle East c500-1000 and he is particularly interested the role of history-writing and hagiography in reflecting and asserting social boundaries.