The Leuven Centre for the Study of Islam and Society (LCSICS) is based on the long-standing commitment of KU Leuven to the development of scholarship of Islam and Muslim societies as an interdisciplinary crossroad for scholars and researchers in various fields, including theology, religious studies, history, law, philosophy, philology, literature, anthropology, sociology, social and cultural psychology, cultural studies, and the arts. The new center will play a leading role in the interdisciplinary and comparative study of Muslims, Muslim Societies, Muslim Communities in the diaspora, and Islam between and across the boundaries of traditional area studies programs on national and international levels. 

In 2016 the Leuven Interdisciplinary Islam Seminar (LIIS) has been initiated in order to develop interdisciplinary collaboration between the faculties of Theology and Religious studies, Arts and Social Sciences and to create a platform for KU Leuven scholars (and beyond) who work from close or afar on Islam and Muslim societies in the historical and contemporary world. Recently the group of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Arts has joined the partnership of the Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies (NISIS). This membership is not limited to the Faculty of Arts, but will be open for all scholars interested in the study of Islam at KU Leuven. KU Leuven is the first Belgian university to take part in NISIS.

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