In which sense is Islamic Studies an academic field of study? What does it cover? Does it fall under the umbrella of “area studies" and hence does it overlap with Middle Eastern or Near Eastern Studies? How is its scope of study defined and organized against the background of the individual and autonomous disciplines of Humanities and Social sciences like History, Philosophy, Literature, Sociology, and so on? How are such disciplines represented in Islamic Studies and how does the interdisciplinarity impact the production of scholarship in Islamic Studies against the theoretical and methodological criteria of the different disciplines at stake?
Such questions and others will be addressed in a round table discussion with:
Emma Gannagé, Department of Philosophy, AUB
Sari Hanafi, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies - Center for Arab and Middle-Eastern Studies, AUB
Enass Khansa, Department of Arabic and Near-Eastern Languages, AUB
Pauline Koetschet, Département des études arabes médiévales et modernes, IFPO