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The mission of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies is to advance a sound and nuanced understanding of Muslim societies and the Islamic faith, its role in world history, and its current patterns of globalization.

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Center partners with Univ. of Denver for NEH Summer Institute on Mediterranean history

Next month, 30 educators from around the United States will convene at the University of Denver for an NEH Summer Institute on “Teaching Connected Histories of the Mediterranean”, co-directed by Professor Andrea Stanton of the University of Denver and Susan Douglass, a Ph.D. candidate at George Mason University and former Senior Research Associate in Mason’s Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies.

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Daromir Rudnyckyj Presents Research on Islamic Banking in Malaysia

The Ali Vural Ak Center hosted Daromir Rudnyckyj (University of Victoria) as part of the Spring 2015 Lecture Series for a lecture on the ethical debates surrounding Islamic banking in Malaysia, which in many ways parallel similar questions regarding the issue of halal food and the "Islamicity" of arguments in favor of either practice.

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Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen Discusses "Islam on TV in the Arab World"

As part of the AVACGIS Spring 2015 Lecture Series, Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen (University of Copenhagen) presented a general overview of religious television programming in the Middle East, detailing the trends that have prevailed in drama serials and Islamic talk shows since the emergence of regional satellite channels in the 1990s.

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MEIS Students Launch New Campus Organization and Website

Masters students in the Middle East and Islamic Studies program have organized the first club of its kind at Mason, the GMU Middle East Studies Students Association, and have now launched its website featuring the students' original articles and book reviews as well as faculty news and MESSA event announcements.

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