Annual Report 2013/14

The 2013/14 annual report is a comprehensive report on the Centre of Islamic Studies’ activities throughout the preceding year. The annual report provides information about the Centre’s research, events, visiting academics and partner organisations activities.

Download the CIS Annual Report 2013-14.

Among the many highlights of the year was the visit to Qatar by a Centre delegation to take part in the latest ‘Cambridge in …’ programme. ‘Cambridge in Qatar’ brought together scholars from
Cambridge, the University of Qatar and Northwestern University-Qatar in a symposium that dealt with anthropology, architecture and heritage studies, language, literature, politics and international relations and translation studies.

The Centre’s three year collaboration with Moroccan universities developed as planned. There were two joint conferences. The first was held in Rabat on economic policy in Morocco. The second on the politics of contemporary culture in Morocco was organised in collaboration with SOAS where it was hosted. The Moroccan Ambassador to the UK opened the conference and expressed her satisfaction at how the ‘Cambridge in Morocco’ programme had spawned a number of high calibre events between Cambridge and British scholars on the one hand, and Moroccan scholars on the other.

The Centre’s report Narratives of Conversion to Islam in Britain: Female perspectives was launched in Scotland at the universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

In Cambridge the Centre convened the first graduate student symposium on Islam and Muslims in the UK and Europe. This was another highlight of the year. Twenty four graduate students from across the UK, Europe and USA gave presentations on their research, followed by periods of discussion and debate. A volume containing selected papers from the symposium in the course will be published in the course of the next academic year.