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The UCLA Islamic Studies program, founded in the late 1950’s, is among the oldest of such programs in the country. The program is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of Islam and global Muslim communities. Students work with affiliated faculty whose regional specializations include North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia and whose interests span the rise of Islam up to the modern period. Islamic Studies courses are offered across academic fields and disciplines including history, law, Arabic, comparative literature, anthropology, sociology, study of religion, philosophy, and art and art history. The Ph.D. program in Islamic Studies is...

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Faculty Publications

  1. Al Ma’mun book cover
    Al Ma’mun
    Oxford: OneWorld Books, 2005
    Michael Cooperson
  2. Classical Arabic Biography book cover
    Classical Arabic Biography
    Cambridge University Press, 2000
    Michael Cooperson
  3. Law and Tradition in Classical Islamic Thought book cover
    Law and Tradition in Classical Islamic Thought
    Palgrave, 2013
    Asma Sayeed
  4. Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa book cover
    Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa
    Indiana University Press, 2013
    Susan Slyomovics
  5. How to Accept German Reparations book cover
    How to Accept German Reparations
    University of Pennsylvania Press , 2014
    Susan Slyomovics
  6. The Edinburgh Companion to the Arab Novel in English book cover
    The Edinburgh Companion to the Arab Novel in English
    Edinburgh University Press, May 2015
    Nouri Gana
  7. Reasoning with God book cover
    Reasoning with God
    Rowan and Littlefield , 2014
    Khaled M. Abou El Fadl
  8. The Search for Beauty in Islam book cover
    The Search for Beauty in Islam
    Rowman and Littlefield , 2005
    Khaled M. Abou El Fadl