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Mission: The Comparative Muslim Societies Program seeks to encourage comparison internally within the world of Islam and externally between the Muslim and non-Muslim world.

Background: The Comparative Muslim Societies Program (CMS) was created in the spring of 2001 to promote the comparative study of Muslims and Muslim societies between and across the boundaries of traditional area studies programs. The Program serves as a forum for faculty and students on campus who are engaged in the study of various aspects of Muslim culture, society, and history categorized in two ways. One group studied is Muslim majority communities found in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia. The other Muslim communities are those to be found in the United States, Europe, China and elsewhere in the rest of the world where Muslims are a minority. There are a number of seminars and other events every term, as well as a fellowship competition at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for students going off into the world to do research.

Director: Eric Tagliacozzo, Director, Comparative Muslim Societies Program

Eric Tagliacozzo is a Professor of History at Cornell University, where he primarily teaches Southeast Asian Studies. Much of Tagliacozzo’s work has centered on the history of people, ideas, and material in motion in and around Southeast Asia, especially in the late colonial age.

Executive Committee:

Iftikhar Dadi, History of Art (South Asia)

Shelley Feldman, Development Sociology and Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies (South Asia)

David Powers, Near Eastern Studies (North Africa and Middle East)

Eric Tagliacozzo, History (Southeast Asia)



Eric Tagliacozzo, Program Director

346 McGraw Hall | Cornell University | Ithaca, NY 14853

Phone: 1 (607) 254-6564 | Fax: 1 (607) 255-0469


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