Saturday, January 24, 2009

Shocking loss: ISIM has closed down

Sad news. The International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM)has closed its doors. This may be an early omen of how the world economic collapse will affect scholarly activity. ISIM was one of the innovative centers for the study of Muslim society. For some of us it was especially useful because it was not Middle East or Arab- centered. This was a center that sought to track the affairs of Muslims outside the Arab world - who collectively number far more than those in the Arab world. We are thankful for all that they have contributed to knowledge about the Muslim peoples around the world.
For the moment, the only thing I know to say is, how much we will miss them. Thanks, guys.

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