Welcome to the official web site of the Muslim Societies, Global Perspectives (MSGP) initiative at Queen's! MSGP is an interdisciplinary initiative dedicated to connecting the cosmopolitan and pluralist legacy of Islamic communities past with contemporary experiences of Muslims in multicultural societies and across transnational diasporas. Our initiative embraces the study of Muslim cultures that span the globe.
Typically these are associated with Muslim majority countries in central Islamic lands of the Middle East and North Africa, although they actually extend as far as Senegal in West Africa to Indonesia in Southeast Asia. Our project, however, also understands Muslim societies as those where an indigenous minority has existed for many hundreds of years, like India and China, or where they form newer minority communities through immigration in a transnational, globalized world. This project thus takes a global perspective to encompass these diverse but interrelated experiences, rather than a regionally bounded approach.
It is not founded narrowly around the study of theology and scriptural texts alone, but also wider questions of how this living religious tradition has informed various expressions of Islam and social experience from the vantages of sociology, literature, history, politics, economics, media and arts, and other scholarly disciplines.