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Islam & World Affairs

Middle East & World Affairs Program participants visit Istanbul's Hagia Sophia, which features ancient Christian and Islamic art and architecture

Quote from our student

"The Islam & World Affairs Program allowed me to focus on my greatest interests.  The combination of the seminar, guest speakers, overseas trip, and internship gave me a valuable and comprehensive experience I could not have found anywhere else." Sara Vakulskas, Santa Clara University

Sample Seminar Topics

  • The impacts of 9/11 and 7/7 on western discourses on Islam
  • Mainstream vs. extremist Islamic politics
  • The prospects of Islamic democracy 
  • Muslim immigrants and citizenship in Western countries
  • The global war on terror
  • The Ground-Zero Mosque controversy
  • Muslim perceptions of the U.S. 
  • The ban on Islamic headscarves in France 
  • Islamic approaches to peace and conflict resolution
  • Islamic movements and U.S. policy
  • The emerging western Islamic culture and the role of the youth
  • Engaging U.S. policy critics
  • Reinterpretation of Islamic Law on women’s rights