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2012 American Political Science Association Islam Initiative $500,000
Date: 09/12/2012
Duration (months): 24
Description: For a program of annual workshops for social scientists from the Arab world, in partnership with the American University in Cairo
Link: www.apsanet.org
Abstract: Since 2011, civil society has mobilized in the Arab region. Going forward, the professionalization of political and social science in the region could generate research and analysis to benefit future policymaking. The American Political Science Association (APSA) aims to build a cohort of political scientists who have the capacity and intellectual networks to address contemporary political, economic, and security challenges. In order to build scholarly communities and standards of practice, improve training and generate research, APSA will host scholars mainly from the Arab region but with some American and European participants in two-week summer workshops. Participants will be networked online and as members of APSA, and also increase their web presence and peer-reviewed publications.
2012 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Islam Initiative $500,000
Date: 02/29/2012
Duration (months): 24
Description: For networks and research on political and economic transitions in the Arab region
Link: www.ceip.org
Abstract: Following the citizen uprisings of 2011, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (the Endowment) is moving to expand its program work in the Arab region, including the creation of satellite offices in Egypt, Morocco, and Qatar. Working with local universities, think tanks and foundations, Endowment experts based in the region will carry out research, analysis, and public communication on political transitions and governance, the economics of transitions, and reform of education. The overall aim is to advance policy grounded in research and oriented toward robust democratic civic participation. But a longer term aim remains building the next generation of expertise and spreading think tank models that facilitate transparency and accountability.
2011 University of Southern California Islam Initiative $100,000
Date: 09/21/2011
Duration (months): 21
Description: As a final grant for building the capacity of Muslim leadership in America through programs at the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute
Abstract: The American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI), based in the University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, has graduated sixty-four fellows to date. They hail from seventeen states and fifty-nine different organizations representing the diversity of American Muslim communities. Most fellows are leaders of organizations, civil rights lawyers, or government officials. Together they meet in three residential programs held over the course of nine months. In addition, fellows participate in instructional webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring and other learning activities that bridge the three residential sessions. Following a 2007 discretionary grant from the Corporation to support training and educational materials on civic engagement from an Islamic context, significant program successes recognized by the White House in 2011 prompt the Corporation to propose a final grant to support the fellowship program, its public events, and the deepening of AMCLI’s curriculum.
2011 American University of Beirut Islam Initiative $500,000
Date: 09/21/2011
Duration (months): 36
Description: For a think tank consortium and partnerships in policy research
Abstract: In light of current trends and the rising influence of public opinion within the Arab region, the Corporation worked with the Issam Fares Institute of the American University of Beirut (AUB)on a project plan to advance understanding of how policy is made and also build the capacity of regional policy institutes to create informed and engaged publics. Corporation funds would support a think tank consortium as well as partnering and twinning relationships for Arab regional think tanks with American and other international counterparts. Funds would support certain network and joint activities, research, analysis and advocacy; training and workshops; publishing and digital dissemination; and links with U.S. think tanks and universities including The Carnegie Middle East Center, the Maxwell School, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Fletcher School and Brookings Institution.
2011 American University in Cairo Islam Initiative $400,000
Date: 09/21/2011
Duration (months): 24
Description: For improving academic communication and the visibility of scholars, experts and research
Abstract: Grappling with the new opportunities and challenges in the era of change that began in the spring of 2011, the American University in Cairo (AUC) approached the Corporation to seek a partnership in building a bridge of communication for the scholarly research, public events and daily social media presence of the AUC community. The University wishes to begin utilizing the new information technologies to create a steady flow of academic content from the sciences, social sciences and humanities, together with information, analysis and debate on current issues. Raising the voice and virtual presence of AUC would connect it with new audiences and partners in Egypt, America and beyond. It would also allow AUC to begin offering academic course content on the Internet for the first time. While expanding access to scientific and scholarly work, it would also contribute to the national conversation now underway in Egypt with significant participation by AUC faculty, students and alumni.
2011 University of Chicago Islam Initiative $500,000
Date: 09/21/2011
Duration (months): 36
Description: For research and outreach by the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism
Abstract: In the fractious field of terrorism analysis, the Chicago school represents the use of applied social science and quantitative and qualitative methods of data analysis. Based at one of the premier social science institutions—the University of Chicago—the Chicago Project seeks to create new knowledge about vital international security challenges and to foster innovative foreign and defense policy initiatives for government and the public. The Corporation made a grant to launch the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism in 2008. Corporation funding was aimed at expanding the breadth of Chicago Project scholarship from a primary focus on suicide terrorism to additional components of terrorism and national security affairs. Following external evaluation, the project now aims to add scholarship dealing with U.S. economic decline, U.S. grand strategy, and humanitarian intervention to its research and publication agenda. It will also continue work on terrorism and its origins in the radicalization process.
2011 World Affairs Councils of America Islam Initiative $200,000
Date: 09/21/2011
Duration (months): 15
Description: For a speakers series on Muslim societies
Abstract: World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) is the country’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to fostering grassroots understanding and engagement in international affairs. There are currently some ninety-four Councils in over forty states, with programs that reach approximately 500,000 people per year including members of the wider public. Utilizing the Corporation’s extensive network of experts, WACA now aims to engage the American public on “Understanding Muslim Societies,” with a particular focus on the Middle East and Asia as part of its six-issue, non-partisan Engage America tours. It is hoped that some 3,500 Americans will directly participate in up to thirty-five Understanding Muslim Societies events all over the country featuring Carnegie Scholars and experts. The entire national council network will have the opportunity to participate in four online webcasts, which will be among the events archived permanently online.
2011 Bibliotheca Alexandrina Islam Initiative $1,000,000
Date: 09/21/2011
Duration (months): 36
Description: For publications and programming on history and science
Abstract: In 2009, the Corporation began support for the Alexandria Library’s project Reissuing Modernist Publications from Muslim Societies (19th to early 20th century works). Following the events of Spring 2011, in consultation with the Library and other partners, the Corporation developed a broader grant which may be considered an expansion of the single-project funding originated in 2009. Corporation support is sought for three related areas of work: Modernist publications, the wider publications program of the Library, and science programming. In order to promote scientific thought, Ismail Serageldin has begun producing a series of forty television episodes on the past, present and future of science in the region. Thirteen episodes have been produced so far in Arabic and English.
2011 Duke University Islam Initiative $500,000
Date: 06/08/2011
Duration (months): 36
Description: For an international scholars network in Islamic Studies with a U.S. outreach program
Abstract: While Muslims are highly aware of the debates surrounding Islam in Western societies, Americans know little about significant debates within Muslim societies. Rather than a sliding scale from “extremism” to “moderation,” most intra-Muslim conversations are about mediating difference and evolving norms, in a context of ever-present cultural diversity. To mobilize the wealth of scholarship hosted by Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center (DISC), the Center will create a network of overseas university centers specializing in transcultural Islam. A U.S. outreach network will connect U.S. civil society organizations with the findings of the network’s research. Duke faculty will serve as facilitators of historical and ongoing intra-Muslim discussions, and translate those discussions for American audiences.
2011 Yale University Press Islam Initiative $500,000
Date: 06/08/2011
Duration (months): 36
Description: For translating, digitizing and publishing works previously unavailable in the U.S.
Link: www.yale.edu
Abstract: The Yale University Press’s new World Thought in Translation series will make important works of political, legal, social and ethical thought available in high quality, low priced English translations. Marketing will focus on the creation of “crossover classics,” commonly recognized editions of significant works in authoritative translations for widespread academic and popular use in the United States. The Press will partner with the Library of Alexandria’s complementary publication project. Corporation support is concentrated on the first ten volumes in the Islamic component of the series, and the online platform offering worldwide accessibility and functionality for scholars and readers at all levels, on a sliding scale of cost.
2010 National Endowment for the Humanities Islam Initiative $1,200,000
Date: 09/15/2010
Duration (months): 36
Description: Toward distribution of books and other resources reflecting the diversity of Muslim cultures to U.S. libraries
Link: www.neh.gov
Abstract: For the first time, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will consult with experts to develop a set of primary and secondary source books illuminating diverse cultures of Muslim societies, and distribute the books to 1,000 libraries that will offer them together with educational programming to the public. As a partner in the NEH Bookshelf program, which has distributed books and programming on American themes over the past decade, the American Library Association will liaise with publishers and libraries to facilitate library participation. Corporation funds will support expert and focus group consultations, book purchase and distribution, and web platform and promotion.
2010 Friends of the British Council, USA Islam Initiative $500,000
Date: 06/02/2010
Duration (months): 24
Description: Toward an American and transnational network and public education campaign on Muslim relations, identity and historical coexistence
Abstract: In 2008, the British Council launched an intellectual, media and educational program in the Euro-Mediterranean region. It examines European and Muslim histories that shape individual and collective identities today. Friends of the British Council, USA, will now support a transatlantic partnership to bridge this work to institutions, experts and audiences across the Atlantic for the first time. Using scholars networks, films, publications, web tools and meetings, it aims to make academic research and historical complexity accessible to wider publics, to provide a broader and more accurate context and conceptualization of the issues. The project would mobilize scholars, institutions and public education partners around the central thrust of the Corporation’s work in this field: the internal diversity and longstanding coexistence of faiths and cultures.
2009 George Washington University Islam Initiative $475,000
Date: 12/03/2009
Duration (months): 36
Description: For a project building the field of political science and international relations of the broader Middle East
Link: www.gwu.edu
Abstract: The broader Middle East has been central to many significant issues of global politics, economics, and national security over the past decade. Yet, Middle East specialists are underrepresented in the fields of political science and international relations. In the context of this array of pressing issues, the academic underrepresentation of Middle East specialists has exerted a negative effect on both public discourse and U.S. foreign policy, and limited the quality and scope of relevant research and public scholarship. Compounding this problem is the divide between the academic and policy realms in political science–a divide that falsely sets up these two realms as competing, rather than mutually reinforcing and interconnected. In response to these challenges, the Institute of Middle East Studies, housed at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, will spearhead a project to build the fields of political science and international relations of the broader Middle East, integrating regional expertise and linking scholarship with policy and outreach.
2009 Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Islam Initiative $300,000
Date: 12/03/2009
Duration (months): 24
Description: As a challenge grant toward an historical atlas project
Link: www.oxcis.ac.uk
Abstract: The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies is compiling a comprehensive, multivolume Historical Atlas of the Islamic World, with a first volume tracking the diffusion of Muslim education, practice, sects and intellectual life through the Indian subcontinent. Many years have been spent on archival research and the preparation of 136 maps and their accompanying charts and tables illuminating ten centuries of developments in the region of the world where Muslim populations and traditions are most plentiful. In order to ensure that this unprecedented piece of scholarship reaches completion and reaches its intended publics, the Corporation is making a challenge grant for the finishing costs of the project over a designated final two years. The Corporation’s funds will principally support the on-staff researchers and visits by specialists to complete the volume. No indirect, overhead or consultancy costs are within the range of the grant.
2009 Council of American Overseas Research Centers Islam Initiative $300,000
Date: 09/10/2009
Duration (months): 36
Description: For a program developing international connections and outreach between US universities and overseas research centers
Abstract: This project seeks to extend benefits that Title VI-funded American overseas research Centers and National Resource Centers enjoy to smaller colleges and communities throughout the nation. It will bring information about the twenty-three overseas Centers and international research opportunities to colleges that currently do not participate in the Centers’ activities or have access to a Title VI National Resource Center. And in some participating colleges, it aims to increase capacity for teaching and public outreach on Islam and Muslim cultures through an activity grants program for faculty graduates of overseas professional development seminars. It will be carried out in partnership with a network of 600 colleges belonging to the Council of Independent Colleges.
2009 New York Public Library Islam Initiative $150,000
Date: 09/10/2009
Duration (months): 24
Description: Toward programming and outreach on the history of the Abrahamic faiths
Link: www.nypl.org
Abstract: The New York Public Library, in partnership with The British Library, is bringing the successful British exhibition Sacred: Discover What We Share to New York from October 2010 through February 2011. It will feature 140 items from the New York Public Library and 35 to 45 items on loan from The British Library, including rare rolls and codices, ancient manuscripts and objects, and audiovisual material. An array of arts performances, debates, lectures and children’s activities will illuminate the Abrahamic faiths. The Corporation will contribute toward printed materials, some costs of installation and promotion, public panels with scholars and writers, and an online archive. Our aim is to help the Library to reach a larger number of people and to disseminate material that will remain available after the close of the exhibition period.
2009 Social Science Research Council Islam Initiative $3,000,000
Date: 09/10/2009
Duration (months): 24
Description: For a small grants program supporting outreach by university centers on Muslim societies
Link: www.ssrc.org
Abstract: The second phase of this grants program will solicit applications from universities through a Request for Proposals open to non-teaching research centers on U.S. university campuses. The program will offer approximately $2.2 million over two years for outreach and public communication mobilizing academic expertise on Muslim regions and communities, with a special set of grants for policy-relevant work on Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Awards typically range from $50,000 to $100,000 to cover one year of activities, which will result in the funding of approximately 28-36 projects in total over both years. Communication training, training in new media, and networking are also given to winning institutions. The program will include a convening of university leaders to examine methods of institutional support for public scholarship.
2009 Bibliotheca Alexandrina Islam Initiative $1,000,000
Date: 06/11/2009
Duration (months): 36
Description: Toward the reissuing of Modernist publications from Muslim societies
Abstract: The Alexandria Library is undertaking print and electronic publication of one hundred books and selections from the history of modernist or reformist thought (up until the mid 20th century). Significant social movements, including the reform of educational and legal systems and changes in the status of women, were influenced by these writings, which ranged across topics including religion and nationalism, secularism and tradition, education and science, philosophy, law and constitutionalism. The majority of the works are from Arabic originals, and will receive translations and prefaces. The texts are currently in varying states of availability, translation, and copyright status, but will enter the public domain. The goal of the project is to broaden the public’s understanding of the diverse histories of Muslim societies and thought, for both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
2009 American University of Beirut Islam Initiative $25,000
Date: 03/20/2009
Duration (months): 10
Description: For research and writing on Lebanese Modernist thinkers
Abstract: One current program area aims at increasing awareness and understanding of the “modernist” period of thought in Muslim societies (19th to early 20th centuries). Corporation support will make possible a research and writing project on the historic family that compiled the first modern Arabic dictionary, the first Arab encyclopedia and the first weekly newspaper in the Arab region, which promoted secular schooling and gender equality. The evolution and fluctuating fortunes of these ideas over time will be traced. Funds will support research in Lebanon and the writing of a book aimed at American and international audiences.
2009 Roger Williams University Islam Initiative $25,000
Date: 02/09/2009
Duration (months): 12
Description: Toward an academic conference analyzing the different roles religion plays in the governance of Middle East countries and the West
Abstract: As it works to establish a Middle East and North African Studies Center and undergraduate concentration, and to increase international linkages for students and faculty, Roger Williams University will organize a public conference on religion and the state with particular attention to Muslim societies in April 2009. The conference continues earlier work on intellectual freedom and international understanding and will involve both academic specialists and leading public intellectuals. This large meeting is part of an annual series. It serves as the centerpiece of a week of events designed to educate students and the public, and particularly to build up the university’s global competencies and connections in the lead up to completion of a campus building to house the new international programs.
2009 University of California, Berkeley Islam Initiative $25,000
Date: 01/27/2009
Duration (months): 12
Description: Toward organizational meeting forming a scholars network on changing Muslim practice and identity in the West
Link: www.berkeley.edu
Abstract: With one third of Muslims living outside of Muslim-majority states, Islam and the West can no longer be understood as separate categories. Nor are single disciplines, such as religious or legal studies, able to capture the diverse manifestations of Muslim identity and values systems emerging today, resulting in some “perception gaps” between the disciplines. University of California, Berkeley will launch a network of international scholars, beginning with a conference in May 2009 on “Islamic Norms in the Public Sphere: Political problems, legal issues and social practices.” They aim to conduct and share rigorous research across the disciplines, to offer tools for understanding real practices and attitudes of Muslim citizens, and to maximize the policy impact of the research. Corporation support comes at the earliest stage, helping to bring the scholars network into existence.
2008 Hampshire College Islam Initiative $50,000
Date: 12/17/2008
Duration (months): 12
Description: For conference and dissemination on the reception of Darwin's ideas in Muslim societies
Abstract: Most Muslim societies encountered Darwinism in a context of contested Western cultural influence which colored 19th century debates on this topic. Today, forms of Qur’anic and faith-based science are proliferating, while views of evolutionary biology are extremely diverse and fluid. In the bicentennial year of Darwin (1809 -2009), a symposium will bring together leading historians, scientists and education specialists for public discussions on the evolution of Darwinism over the past 150 years in Muslim communities and its future in both education systems and public discourse. Conference proceedings will be televised in the Middle East and Pakistan (by GeoTV, Dubai), podcast, and electronically published in full on the internet in video and text form, with the possibility of a print publication.
2008 University of Arizona Islam Initiative $200,000
Date: 12/04/2008
Duration (months): 24
Description: For an on-line directory of academic programs, experts and resources on Muslim-majority regions
Link: www.arizona.edu
Abstract: A team of specialists working in consultation with the University of Arizona’s Department of Journalism and School of Information Resources and Library Science Studies will design, construct and maintain a comprehensive web-based interactive directory of U.S. academic programs in Middle East studies broadly defined to include the regions from North Africa to Central Asia. The directory database will be tailored to meet the needs of multiple publics seeking university programs, experts, or high caliber resources for teaching about the region including films and teaching materials. The directory will cover relevant programs in all disciplines, not limited to federally-funded National Resource Centers or to members of the Middle East Studies Association. No such directory currently exists, in a field undergoing rapid expansion and change.
2008 The Aspen Institute, Inc. Islam Initiative $720,000
Date: 12/04/2008
Duration (months): 11
Description: Toward the international activities of the Congressional Program
Link: www.aspeninstitute.org
Abstract: The Aspen Institute’s Congressional Program was launched in 1983 to offer opportunities to members of the United States Congress to become better informed on foreign and domestic policy issues. The program offers six annual conferences that bring together legislators from the House and the Senate with academic specialists. The conference series supported by this grant will focus on contemporary dynamics in Muslim states and networks, and is planned to take place in the Middle East. The conference will result in a published report. The grant will cover the conference and a series of breakfast meetings between lawmakers and experts on Islam and other topics of international concern.
2008 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Islam Initiative $50,000
Date: 10/31/2008
Duration (months): 9
Description: For a planning grant on the feasibility of and options for republishing modernist texts
Abstract: A research team headed by the leading American anthologist of the 19th century Muslim modernist movement, Professor Charles Kurzman, will survey and report on options for republication of significant works in contemporary contexts. This will include researching the translation history and availability of texts in Arabic, Farsi, English and other languages, as well as evaluating relevant digital collections and scholarly presses with a view to electronic and print distribution. Recommendations will be provided on text selection, editing and prefacing, digitization standards and platforms, text acquisition and copyright issues. This preliminary study will expose the current state of the modernists’ largely forgotten legacy both in print and on the internet, and take a first step toward the formation of a canon of universally accessible texts.