Fri 5 June 2015 | NISIS Islamic Studies Network Day | Leiden University

On Friday 5 June 2015, the third NISIS Islamic Studies Network Day was held. The Islamic Studies Network Day is part of the NISIS Training Programme. Time: 09.00-17.00 hrs. Venue: Matthias de Vrieshof 2 - room 002 (Witte Singel 25, Leiden). Application deadline for participation: 6 May 2015.

Format: keynote lectures, research projects and poster presentations

One of NISIS' primary targets is to provide a platform for a new generation of scholars in Islamic Studies, where they can present their research to colleagues and specialists in the field.

The Islamic Studies Network Day provides an excellent opportunity to PhD candidates and research master students to acquaint themselves with the newest developments in their field of study and to exchange information and experiences with colleagues and specialists.

To meet this target, keynote lectures were held, research projects were presented and NISIS junior members were given the opportunity to present their research on posters in the corridors. During the day, plenty of room for networking was offered.

Keynote lectures

Prof. dr. Karin van Nieuwkerk (Radboud University)
- "Agnostics and Atheists in Egypt."

Click here for a short description of the lecture. 

Dr. Pieter Nanninga (University of Groningen)
- "The meanings of 'senseless violence': Studying al-Qaeda and the Islamic State."

Click here for a short description of the lecture.

Research projects presentations

The following research projects were presented:

"Delicate Relations: Jews and Muslims in Amsterdam and London." (NWO - University of Amsterdam)

"Marital Captivity: Bridging the Gap between Religion and Law." (NWO - Maastricht University) 

"Neither visitors, nor colonial victims: Muslims in Interwar Europe and European Trans-cultural History." (ERC Starting Grant - Utrecht University)
(for the European Research Council webpage, click here)

"Making Islam work in the Netherlands. Islamic authority and Islamic law in the Netherlands among ordinary Muslims: Recent trends and developments." (NWO - VU University Amsterdam/Leiden University)

"More magical than Disneyland: Modern articulations of pilgrimage to Mecca." (NWO - University of Groningen/University of Amsterdam)

For short descriptions of the research projects, click here.


For the programme of the NISIS Islamic Studies Network Day, click here.


The application deadline for participation in the NISIS Islamic Studies Network Day 2015 was 6 May 2015. Please note that the number of available places was restricted.

NISIS junior members qualify automatically and do not need to apply for participation. However, they are required to register for the NISIS Islamic Studies Network Day via

Last Modified: 09-06-2015