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Featuring Research

The NISIS ‘Featuring Research’ portal provides an overview of (recent) books and special edition journals in the field of Islam and Muslim societies written by our senior members. Please note that this is not a complete overview. If you are a NISIS member, feel free to contact us at in case you would like to feature your books and/or special edition journals on this portal.

List of books and special edition journals (by date):

European Muslims and the Qur’an: Practices of Translation, Interpretation, and Commodification

Editors: Gulnaz Sibgatullina and Gerard Wiegers (both affiliated with the University of Amsterdam)
Publisher: De Gruyter
Date: December, 2023
ISBN: 9783111140797

This new book, entitled European Muslims and the Qur’an: Practices of Translation, Interpretation, and Commodification’ is a result of the research of the UvA team within the ERC Synergy project “The European Qur’an” (]). The book contains ten contributions covering different regions and periods and shows how Muslims in Europe (including the Iberian Peninsula, but also areas in the European part of Russia, and Eastern and Southern European countries such as Poland and Bosnia) between the 15th and early 20th century translated and interpreted the Koran into Arabic, Turkish and the various other written languages of the European continent. It sheds light on the relationships between the groups, forms of cooperation, but also on the barriers, and on the agency of individual European Muslims.

New open access book: Making Islam Work: Islamic Authority among Muslims in Western Europe

Author: Prof. dr. Thijl Sunier
Copyright Year: 2024
E-Book (PDF) Availability: Published
ISBN: 978-90-04-68492-8
Publication: 16 Oct 2023
Hardback Availability: Published
ISBN: 978-90-04-52185-8
Publication: 24 Oct 2023
EUR  €107.91 EUR  €99.00 excl. VAT

New publication by NISIS’ chair of the board, Prof. dr. Thijl Sunier. The development of Islamic landscapes in Europe, is first and foremost related to Islamic authority. This study argues that Islamic authority-making among European Muslims is a social and relational practice that is much broader and versatile than theological proficiency and status. Also including one chapter written by PhD candidate Aleeha Zahra Ali.

The book can be downloaded here for free.

Sensory History of the Islamic World (Special Issue)

Editor: Christian Lange
Journal: The Senses & Society, Volume 17, Issue 1
Place, date: Taylor & Francis; online, 2022
Open Access.

Authoritative Landscapes: The Making of Islamic Authority among Muslims in Europe (Special Issue)

Editors: Thijl Sunier and Léon Buskens
Journal: Journal of Muslims in Europe, Volume 11, Issue 1
Place, date: Brill: Leiden, 2022
ISSN: 2211-792X
More information available on Brill.

The Orient in Utrecht: Adriaan Reland (1676-1718), Arabist, Cartographer, Antiquarian and Scholar of Comparative Religion

Editors: Bart Jaski, Christian Lange, Anna Pytlowany, and Henk J. van Rinsum
Series: The History of Oriental Studies, Volume 10
Place, date: Brill: Leiden; Boston, 2021
ISBN: 978-90-04-46216-8
More information available on Brill.

Manhood is not easy: Egyptian Masculinities through the Life of Musician Sayyid Henkish

Author: Karin van Nieuwkerk
Place, date: AUC Press: Cairo; New York, 2019
ISBN: 978-97-74-16889-5
More information.