The Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC) is an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded initiative that provides Big Ten Academic Alliance students with access to a robust curriculum that investigates Islam as a global religion, civilization, cultural and historical tradition, and basis in some settings for political ideology through the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) CourseShare program. DISC is housed at the University of Michigan’s Global Islamic Studies Center, a member of the International Institute.
The Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum combines the expertise in Islamic Studies across the Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions to provide students with a truly global perspective on Islam and the Muslim world via blended and synchronous learning environments.
The Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum brings together distinguished and diverse faculty from over a dozen Big Ten Academic Alliance member universities with deeply rooted expertise on Islam and the Muslim world to have a transformative impact on Islamic Studies. Through academic recognition of the diversity within Islam and the expansiveness of the Islamic world, DISC strives to enrich the intellectual environment at Big Ten Academic Alliance member universities, build a scholarly community across these universities based on collaboration, and provide these universities with courses and programming that give their students’ access to a robust Global Islamic Studies curriculum.