Welcome to Michigan State University’s Muslim Studies Program (MSP)! One of the newer programs within MSU’s International Studies and Programs, MSP supports teaching and research about Muslims around the globe from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Established at MSU in 2006, MSP coordinates research, teaching, and outreach about Muslim societies and states. Additionally, it organizes speakers, workshops, and conferences on a wide range of topics that reflect the rich diversity of Muslim communities around the world. The MSP is unique in the sense that instead of a regional focus, it has a global view of Muslim societies and states. It is an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary center whose faculty has appointments in various disciplines of social sciences and humanities at MSU.
As an Assistant Professor in Anthropology and the Global Urban Studies Program, Najib Hourani's expertise on Arab world has been in high demand. With a PhD in Political Science (NYU, 2005), Dr. Hourani's historically-anchored research addresses the larger questions anthropologists ask concerning violence, war, the transformation of cities, nations, states and economies in post-colonial settings.