ROYAL HOLLOWAY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

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Our Vision

Welcome to Royal Holloway’s Centre for Islamic and West Asian Studies catalogue. Since its establishment in October 2016, CIWAS has grown at a dizzying pace. We first put in place an Advisory Board comprised of scholars whose intellectual and professional achievements represent the pluralist and wide-ranging inquiry that CIWAS is seeking to encourage. We then invited scholars from across Royal Holloway with research interests that engage aspects of Islam and West Asia to become Centre affiliates, and all of them – more than twenty scholars from the departments of History, Politics and International Relations, Music, Geography, Media Arts, Drama and Theatre, English, and School of Law – accepted enthusiastically. We began circulating to the Royal Holloway community a CIWAS Monthly Newsletter, and running series of events at Royal Holloway featuring established speakers and scholars, and screening movies about Islam and West Asia for students. Above all, and thanks to the generosity of our distinguished partners in Iran and Lebanon, we awarded studentships to stellar students who have either completed or are currently writing outstanding dissertations on a range of issues of contemporary significance. We are tremendously proud of what we have been able to achieve over the last fourteen months, and are excited about the plans we have put in place for the future. In this brochure, you will find information about the programmes we have created and one of the new developments that has come out of our forward planning. Thanks for your interest in CIWAS – and do watch this space!

Our Mission

Although the west has studied Islam and West Asia for more than two hundred years, substantial aspects of the subject remain poorly understood outside the region. The Centre for Islamic and West Asian Studies at Royal Holloway University of London was established in October 2016 to provide an institutional focus for Royal Holloway scholars interested in Islamic and West Asian societies, including researchers in the departments of History, Music, Geography, Theatre, English, and Economics, and in the School of Law and the School of Management. Its mission is to foster an exchange of ideas and knowledge about Islam, Islamic societies, and West Asia, and to contribute to the conversation being carried on, in western academia and around the world, on the future of West Asian societies and on the role that Islam might play in the search for solutions to current problems faced by the peoples of the region. Consistent with this aim, and with its commitment to facilitating constructive dialogue, CIWAS hopes to become a reference point in the UK for under-researched areas within the field of Islamic and West Asian studies.

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