Leiden prides itself on a longstanding tradition of scholarship and publishing in the study of Islam and Muslim cultures in Western academia. From the very beginning both philological and historical approaches have been prominent in this endeavor, later extending to anthropological studies of Muslim societies. This new peer-reviewed series,
Leiden Studies in Islam and Society (LSIS), a co-operation between Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS) and Brill, publishes the results of contemporary research on Islam and Muslim cultures by specialists in their own field. In addition to building on this Leiden tradition of combining textual and practice oriented approaches, the series also offers a platform for authors looking for new directions in Islamic studies.