2016 International Summer Program

About the International Summer Program

The annual International Summer Programme (ISP), “Expressions of Diversity: An Introduction to Muslim Cultures,” was established in 2008 to provide a window into the rich historical and contemporary diversities within Muslim societies and cultures of the past and present.  The internationally renowned faculty provide a critical-historical understanding of Muslims within large frameworks that recognize the importance of interdisciplinary and comparative approaches across regions. The Programme is open to academics and non-academics who will benefit from an unbiased introduction to the heritage and contemporary experiences of Muslim peoples.  The topic and faculty vary each year, and previous participants are encouraged to return.

The ISP is co-sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures (Simon Fraser University) and the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (Aga Khan University in the United Kingdom) and alternates annually between London and Vancouver.  

This year's program on Muslim Diversity "Knowledge, Power, and Identity" was held July 11-16, 2016, at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Campus. 

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About the Sponsors

Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisation at the Aga Khan University  (AKU-ISMC)

The Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations at the Aga Khan University (AKU), established in London in 2002, aims to strengthen research and teaching on the heritages of Muslim societies as they have evolved over time, and on the challenges these societies face in today’s globalised world. The Institute studies systems of moral and ethical thought, structures of governance and public life, and artistic and creative expressions in all forms. It also seeks to create opportunities for interaction among academics, traditionally trained scholars and other professionals in an effort to deepen the understanding by Muslims and non-Muslims alike of issues affecting Muslim societies today. Please visit the AKU-ISMC website for more information.

The Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures at Simon Fraser University (SFU-CCSMSC)

The Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures has been established at Simon Fraser University (SFU) to encourage academic discussion and public understanding of the cultures and societies of Muslim peoples, past and present. Muslim societies and cultures have increasingly become the focus of public and academic attention, although much of the discussion has centred narrowly on contemporary issues of Islamic fundamentalism. The variability and flexibility of Muslim practices and perspectives have not featured in this discourse, leaving the public largely unaware of complexities, achievements and challenges. The Centre’s mission is to encourage the academic study of Muslim societies and cultures in their broad range of geographical and cultural diversity. Please visit our About Us page for more information about the CCSMSC.