Edited and revised from a paper originally presented at the Perspectives in Islamic Studies conference, held at The Institute of Ismaili Studies in the summer of 1998, Dr Tazim R. Kassam examines the ways in which Islam is presented in Religious Studies curricula.

She questions the prevalent representations of religions as structural identities that can be easily categorised and essentialised, proposing a model such as Marshall Hodgson's The Venture of Islam to complement contemporary conversations in Religious Studies departments.

Dr. Tazim R. Kassam

Tazim R Kassam obtained her PhD in the History of Religions at McGill University in Canada. Currently Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Syracuse University, her research and teaching interests include gender, ritual, devotional literature, syncretism and the cultural heritage of Muslims, particularly in South Asia. 


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