• Members of the audience listen to Angelika Neuwirth on "The Qur'an & the Discovery of writing: An Epistemic Turn in Late Antiquity."

Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative

The Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative is a three-year project, designed to support the expansion and enhancement of the study of Islam at the University of Chicago. Administered by the Divinity School, the initiative is a cross-divisional collaboration, intended to create a sustained campus conversation about the future of Islamic studies.

Please visit the MISI page for up-to-date info on visiting professors, workshops and lectures.

Funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the initiative will bring to the University distinguished visiting scholars representing a wide range of topics in Islamic Studies. Each visitor will bring to the community a unique area of expertise, which they will share with the campus by giving a public lecture, teaching a class, and organizing a conference or symposium on their topic of study.

With one visitor per quarter over the next three years, the result will be a substantive, sustained discussion about both specific topics in Islamic studies and the wider field of study. Our campus-wide program of visitors is a bold attempt to create a more seamlessly interdivisional and interdisciplinary context for Islamic Studies at the University of Chicago and, in so doing, to establish a model for academia more broadly.