Our Mission

The Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies is the central forum for interdisciplinary research and teaching in Islamic Studies at Stanford University. It facilitates and promotes the study of Islamic cultures and societies, including the history of Islam from its beginnings to the twenty-first century, systematic study of Islamic social contexts, the religion of Islam in all its internal complexity, and the diversity of human experience as seen in literature and the arts originating in societies affected by Islamic civilizations.

The Program coordinates and promotes the offering of undergraduate courses and graduate work leading to a Ph.D. in several departments in the School of Humanities and Sciences. It administers student grants for research and advanced language training. The Program also complements Stanford inter-departmental offerings in Islamic Studies by a rich variety of academic conferences, workshops, and public events.

With endowment gifts from Sohaib and Sara Abbasi and from Lysbeth Warren Anderson and matching funds from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the program is a priority at Stanford and integral to the university’s initiative in international studies.

The Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford will make a significant contribution to Stanford and beyond. Despite its growing importance in the world, Islam is poorly and inadequately understood in our country. To serve our educational mission into the 21st century, we must expand our program in Islamic studies, and these wonderful gifts will help us do exactly that. — John Hennessy, President of Stanford University

The global extent of Islam and the growth of its diasporas require that the program cover large geographical regions such as the Middle East, Central, Southern, and Southeast Asia, many parts of Africa and southeastern Europe, and minority communities spread throughout Western Europe and the Americas. In addition to geographical breadth, Islamic Studies at Stanford promotes the use of varied scholarly resources from the humanities and the social sciences. Participating faculty and students bring perspectives and methods from numerous academic fields, including anthropology, art history, economics, history, international relations, languages, law, literature, philosophy, political science, religious studies, and the study of women and gender.

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