Emory approves new Ph.D. in Islamic Civilizations Studies

May 2, 2012


Elaine Justice


A new Ph.D. program in Islamic Civilizations Studies has been approved by Emory University’s Board of Trustees for the university’s Laney Graduate School.

The program will offer an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the global impact of Islam, says Vincent Cornell, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Middle East and Islamic Studies and chair of the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies.

A comprehensive approach to research and scholarship

"Faculty have come together from several Emory schools and departments to establish a comprehensive approach to research and scholarship in this vital area, a pattern which is a hallmark of the Laney Graduate School," says Lisa Tedesco, dean of the Laney Graduate School and vice provost for academic affairs–graduate studies.

Demand is high

"Demand for specialists in the Islamic world and Islamic studies is high and is expected to remain so for the next decade at least," Cornell says. "The program in Islamic Civilizations Studies will be a place for graduate students who are interested in the interface between the histories, languages, literatures and societies of the Islamic world."

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