You may have seen the announcement for this confernce that will be held at Columbia University in January.
These kinds of discussions about the changing nature of the academic study of Islam in North America and Europe could lead to fruitful insights on past and present methods of studying Islam. It would be great if someone attending the conference were able to capture and share the main points of the talks. On twitter perhaps?
Islam in the Columbia Curriculum, 1886-2012: From Oriental Languages to Area Studies and Religious Studies
The one-day conference will be held on Thursday, 31 January 2013, in the Faculty House of Columbia University, 400 West 117th Street, New York, N.Y. 10027
The conference will explore the history of Islamic Studies in North America in general, and at Columbia University in particular. Its starting point is the observation that Islamic Studies slipped into the Columbia curriculum when in the late 1880s Oriental languages were first added to the fledgling University’s course offerings.