Past Conferences & Workshops


April 2016 - "Sectarianism, Identity and Conflict in Islamic Contexts: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives"
- In partnership with the Arab Studies Institute

April 2015 - "The Qur'an and the Reading of History" Conference - In partnership with Howard Divinity School

October 2013 - "Islam, Mobilization, and Social Change" Conference

March 2013 - "Islam in Africa" Conference - In partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies

March 2013 - "Contemplating the Qur'an" Conference-In partnership with Howard Divinity School, Georgetown University, and the International Institute of Islamic Thought

May 2011 - "Teaching the Middle East" ConferenceIn partnership with the Middle East Studies Program and Arab Studies Institute

March 2011 - "Beyond Golden Age and Decline" Forum Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

October 2010 - "New Approaches to Qur'an and Exegesis" Conference

April 2010 - "US Relations with the Muslim World" Conference In partnership with the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, the USIP Muslim World Initiative, and the Islamic Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization

Watch videos from past conferences here


In the same vein of fulfilling its research mission, the center has sponsored and hosted several workshops, bringing together distinguished international scholars with the center's faculty and graduate students. These sessions provide for intellectual exchanges on a smaller and more intense basis than what occurs at larger conferences.

February 2013 - Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean

May 2011 - Global Connections and South Asian Islam Workshop

March 2011 - Islam in/and America Workshop

October 2010 - Constructing Muslim 'Feminist' Ethics Workshop

June 2010 - Confucian-Islamic Dialogue

May 2010 - Qur'anic Reading and Reasoning Workshop