About

The Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC) coordinates an Islamic Studies curriculum across the Big Ten through the Big Ten Academic Alliance CourseShare program.  Our courses are taught by Islamic studies experts via synchronous videoconferencing technology and provide a unique opportunity to engage with students at other campuses. DISC is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is housed at the University of Michigan’s Global Islamic Studies Center, a member of the International Institute.

 

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Mission


The Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC) aims to develop a collaborative program of instruction in Global Islamic Studies across the institutions of the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) to provide students with a truly global perspective on Islam and the Muslim world.

 

Vision


The Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC) will bring together distinguished and diverse faculty from the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) member universities with expertise on Islam and the Muslim world to have a transformative impact on Islamic Studies. DISC will enrich the intellectual environment at BTAA universities through the academic recognition of the diversity within Islam and the expansiveness of the Muslim world, aggregate expertise from across BTAA institutions, build a scholarly community across these universities based on collaboration, and provide courses and programming that provide students with a robust Global Islamic Studies curriculum.

 

People


Faculty Liaisons

Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC) faculty liaisons serve as the primary contact for students at each Big Ten Academic Alliance institution. See the list below for your university’s faculty liaison.

 

Jyoti Gulati Balachandran : Pennsylvania State University

Jyoti Gulati Balachandran

Pennsylvania State University

jzb461@psu.edu
Jeanne H. Kilde : University of Minnesota

Jeanne H. Kilde

University of Minnesota

jkilde@umn.edu
Ron Sela : Indiana University

Ron Sela

Indiana University

rsela@indiana.edu
Mohammad Hassan Khalil : Michigan State University

Mohammad Hassan Khalil

Michigan State University

Professor of Religious Studies, Adjunct Professor of Law, and Director of the Muslim Studies Program

khalilmsu@gmail.com
Valerie J. Hoffman : University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Valerie J. Hoffman

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

vhoffman@illinois.edu
Peter Wien : University of Maryland

Peter Wien

University of Maryland

Professor for the History of the Modern Middle East

PC: Michael R. Barnes, Smithsonian Institution

pwien@umd.edu

Administration

DISC is an initiative of the University of Michigan’s Global Islamic Studies Center, a member of the International Institute.

 

Pauline Jones : University of Michigan

Pauline Jones

University of Michigan

Director of Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum, Professor of Political Science

pjluong@umich.edu
Evan Murphy : University of Michigan

Evan Murphy

University of Michigan

digital.islam@umich.edu
Nataša Gruden-Alajbegović : University of Michigan

Nataša Gruden-Alajbegović

University of Michigan

nalajbeg@umich.edu

Social Media and Communications Interns

DISC social media and communication interns assist the DISC administration in program promotion, development, and outreach at their campus.