Council of Dutch Research Schools in the Humanities

Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies (NISIS)

The Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies (NISIS) is a collaboration between nine Dutch universities with a substantive scholarship on Islam and Muslim societies. Participating universities are the University of Amsterdam, VU University Amsterdam, Utrecht University, University of Groningen, Tilburg University, Radboud University Nijmegen, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Maastricht University and Leiden University. As national research school NISIS covers the field in its broadest dimension, by acknowledging that Islam can only be properly studied from different disciplinary angles and with a multidisciplinary sensitivity, without ignoring its doctrinal, cultural and historical specificities. Students and researchers participating in NISIS activities have disciplinary backgrounds in law, history, religious studies, theology, anthropology, sociology, political studies, media studies, security studies and philology. NISIS covers a wide range of regional expertise, as geographically, NISIS members work on the Middle East, Turkey, Iran, Africa, Indonesia, Western Europe, Central Asian, India, Russia and China.

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