The University of Toronto is in a prime position to become one of the leading institutions in North America in the field of Islamic Studies. This Working Group is designed to increase integration and organization by means of two goals:
– identify the resources and strengths in Islamic studies at the University of Toronto
– chart a course for future development of Islamic studies among the faculty at the University of Toronto
To accomplish these goals, the Islamic Studies Workshop will meet monthly to feature the work of one scholar working in Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto by way of precirculated paper. The scholar will have 15 minutes to contextualize the work, followed by a ten-minute response by a graduate student. Subsequently, the floor will be opened to an in-depth discussion. In addition to addressing the content of each paper, the discussions will revolve around the following questions of connections within the field and its sub-disciplines.