Mission statement

The Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS) promotes high-quality research on Islam and Muslim societies and communicates the insights and findings of that research to the larger public. By bringing together scholars from a range of disciplines, LUCIS stimulates new perspectives on the vibrant field of Islamic studies at Leiden University.


Leiden University has a long tradition in the study of Islam as a religion and a cultural practice in its many historical manifestations across the world. Our expertise in the languages, cultures, religions, legal systems and histories of Muslim societies provides a uniquely fruitful platform from which to understand Islam as a dynamic, global phenomenon and as reflective of its local context.


The university’s historical leadership in the field of Islamic studies has resulted in exceptional scholarly resources, including extensive and very important library holdings, as well as specialty expertise in each of the regions in which Islam plays a pivotal role, from the Arabian Peninsula and Maghrib, to Europe and Southeast Asia. Distinguishing features of Leiden’s broad expertise and rich resources are:

• global and comparative perspectives
• deep knowledge of regional and local diversity
• a thorough knowledge of relevant languages
• a deep understanding of Islamic theology
• a keen eye for historical depth
• a multidisciplinary approach.

LUCIS steering committee

The LUCIS steering committee advises on the policy of LUCIS and initiates its activities. It currently consists of Maurits Berger, Léon Buskens, Jan Michiel Otto, Petra Sijpesteijn (director) and Nico Kaptein. Read more about them here.

Laatst Gewijzigd: 10-12-2015