The Role of the Study of Islam in the Western University

The University of Otago and Victoria University of Wellington are jointly establishing a Centre for the Study of Islam and Muslim Cultures. As part of this endeavour, we reflected at a Colloquium held at the University of Otago from 6-8 July 2009 on the aims and methods of this field of enquiry, in order to learn from those who have gone before us. We invited leading scholars of Islam to address two questions that lie at the heart of our endeavour.

  • What relation is there between the study of the religion of Islam and the study of those cultures that have shaped and been shaped by that religion?
  • What is the appropriate public role of a scholar of Islam?

The Colloquium was very successful and drew a range of participants from within New Zealand and internationally. The proceedings of the international colloquium will be published as a contribution to the wider scholarly debate.


Download a copy of the programme here (PDF 104 KB).

Keynote speakers

Dr Alia Imtoual (Flinders University, Australia)
Emeritus Professor Tony Johns (Australian National University, Australia)
Emeritus Professor Mohammad Hashim Kamali (International Islamic University, Malaysia)
Professor Andrew Rippin (University of Victoria, Canada)