Opportunities for research are wide and varied reflecting the interests of both the Faculty and students: Arabic Literatures; Arab American/Arab Canadian Literatures; Persian Literature; Urdu Literature; Islamic Theology; Islamic Philosophy; Science in Islamic Societies; Islamic History; Safavid History; History of the Modern Middle East; Islamic Law, South Asian Literature, Anthropology and History of Modern Iran; Islam and Politics; Islam in Africa.
Strokes and Hairlines, Elegant Writing and its Place in Muslim Book Culture
Among the rare books in the McGill University Library there are some 670 volumes of manuscripts written in the Arabic, Persian, Ottoman-Turkish, and Urdu languages. In addition, there are approximately 280 single or double-leaf fragments and pieces of calligraphy, including illustrations from Persian MSS and signed calligraphs. “Strokes and Hairlines, Elegant Writing and its Place in Muslim Book Culture,” which ran from February 11– June 30, 2013, was an exhibition in celebration of the 60th anniversary of The Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University. Images and texts from "Strokes and Hairlines" can be found in this descriptive booklet(PDF), put together by Mr. Adam Gacek, the exhibit's curator.