Center for Islam in the Contemporary World (CICW) at Shenandoah University is an independent, privately funded, academic center engaged in research, teaching, training, and outreach on issues related to Islam and Muslims in contemporary contexts. CICW utilizes inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches from diverse academic specializations. It engages in inter-faith education and outreach, connecting Shenandoah University to local, national, and global Muslim communities.
There is an ever increasing need to understand the global interconnectedness of the world we share. As the second largest religion in the world, Islam occupies an important place in the global landscape of religions, cultures, and societies. CICW contributes to Shenandoah University by connecting SU’s global orientation to the rich tapestry of contemporary Muslim cultures and societies.
Mission & Vision
Engage in rigorous and innovative research, education, and outreach to advance a better understanding of Islam and Muslims in diverse, global, and contemporary contexts; facilitate collaborations between Shenandoah University and international universities; develop training programs for teachers and religious leaders in multi-faith contexts; host seminars and lectures on theological and cultural challenges facing Muslims today.
A globally-recognized center for research and education leading to an enriched understanding of Islamic values and perspectives in a multi-faith world.
Research seminars and workshops
CICW brings together leading scholars to discuss and debate various issues of importance to contemporary Islamic thought and practice
CICW offers research and post-doctoral fellowships to scholars at various stages in their career, to further research in contemporary Islam
These grants are available to SU and non-SU faculty to conduct research in the areas of CICW’s academic interest
Summer and winter student programs
Provide instruction by leading scholars in Islamic and interfaith studies
Teacher training workshops
Equip Islamic school and K-12 social studies teachers with pedagogical tools to enrich their educational outcomes
Course and curriculum development for SU faculty
Help faculty develop new courses and enrich existing courses in the areas of contemporary Islam and interfaith studies
Offering courses on contemporary Islam at SU
Teach courses on contemporary Islam and interfaith engagement
Global outreach and collaboration
Establish educational collaboration and faculty/student exchanges with universities around the world
Student recruitment and retention
Recruit students from Muslim societies and provide them a nurturing environment
Bring prominent scholars to speak on important issues in contemporary Islam
Faculty development workshops
Provide pedagogical skills for teaching contemporary Islam