The Maydan team presents its new resource database and heat map for academic centers based in the US, Canada, Europe and Middle East/North Africa that have a particular focus on Islamic Studies. The list includes both university affiliated and independent centers. We hope this database will aide researchers and academics identify institutions that may support their research or provide funding for projects. We are also inviting our readers to please use this Google Form to enter information on any omitted entries/ corrections. **We are working to create two additonal maps/databases specifically focused on Islamic Studies Centers in Africa and Central/South/Southeast Asia. Entries in the Google Form from these rich hubs are particularly welcome.
U.S. and Canada – Academic and Research Centers
Focus: Islam | About: The mission of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies is to advance a sound and nuanced understanding of Muslim societies and the Islamic faith, its role in world history, and its current patterns of globalization. The center recognizes that Islam is a universal faith and a world civilization with a global community. Thus, the center provides a global, rather than regional, framework for exploring Islam.
Focus: Islam | About: The establishment of the Center reflects Georgetown University’s Jesuit heritage and recognition of the importance of understanding the role of religion in contemporary international affairs. The global presence and impact of Islam is a fact of international life; understanding this and relating it to other dimensions of global affairs is a focal concern of the Center. ACMCU’s course offerings, programming, and community outreach have evolved over the years, and expanded in response to increasing challenges to interfaith understanding and pluralism overall.
Focus: Islam | About: DISC is one of the leading institutions in North America for the study of Islam and Muslims. Its comparative, cross-cultural approach to Islamic studies will foster fresh interpretations of Islam and encourage creative solutions to the economic, political and social challenges involving Muslims.
Focus: Islam | About:In order to spotlight Islam’s global, transnational and cross-cultural reach, CGIS aims to partner with a number of other interdisciplinary programs on campus. Cooperation with ongoing initiatives in Asian Studies, Africana Studies, American Studies, Jewish Studies, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Global Studies offers a wealth of expertise and resources that extends the Center’s activities across the campus and throughout the curriculum.
Focus: Islam | About:The Center for Global Islamic Studies’ mission is to deepen our understanding of the diversity of Muslim cultures and societies in the contemporary global context. The center is inter-disciplinary in nature and includes faculty from the departments of Religion, Anthropology, History, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and Political Science, as well as the Center for African Studies and the Center for European Studies.
Focus: Middle East | About: Today, international politics and economics are deeply affected by the dynamics in the Arab and Islamic world. Government officials, members of Congress, corporations, banks, the media and researchers stress the need for professionals who have the specialized knowledge essential for comprehending the geostrategic, socioeconomic, religious and intellectual dimensions of the region.
Focus:Middle East | About: CMES provides undergraduate and graduate students with information and support for UA and other study abroad programs and funding opportunities. UA has formal links to universities and programs in Afghanistan, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Syria, Turkey, the UAE, and Yemen. CMES regularly organizes scholarly conferences, workshops and a lecture series.
Focus: Islam | About: ISITA is the first research center in North America specifically devoted to the study of Islam in Africa. Its founders, John O. Hunwick and Rex Sèan O’Fahey, built upon their career-long efforts to document and study the Islamic intellectual tradition in Africa, and also on Northwestern University’s longstanding tradition of excellence in this area.
Focus: Middle East | About: The King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies is an academic and research unit in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, dedicated to the study of the modern Middle East and the geo-cultural area in which Islamic civilization prospered and continues to shape world history. An interdisciplinary and interdepartmental area studies center that offers diverse cultural, intellectual, and educational opportunities for the University of Arkansas community, it promotes research and teaching in interdisciplinary Middle East studies.
Focus: Middle East | About: The Middle East Studies degree is designed to provide students with language and cultural competence in the region of the Middle East that can become the foundation for careers in public affairs, public service, business, and many other fields. Students are strongly encouraged to combine the Middle East Studies Major with a major in another discipline so that upon graduation they have acquired a foundation of career-oriented skills as well as a high degree of global competency.
Focus: Islam | About: The Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID) is a non-profit organization, based in Washington DC, dedicated to studying Islamic and democratic political thought and merging them into a modern Islamic democratic discourse.
Focus: Middle East | About: The Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies promotes understanding of the Middle East through teaching, research, and community outreach. Our center is distinguished by its cross-regional approach to Middle East studies, one that breaks down area studies barriers in order to track global flows of ideas, commodities, and people.
Focus: Middle East | About: The Middle East Center’s (MEC) mission is to raise awareness about the unique circumstances of the Middle East and North Africa through implementing K-14 educational outreach programming, special events and academic lectures relating to the region.
Focus: Middle East | About: The study of the region extending from Morocco to Kazakhstan is coordinated, encouraged, and stimulated at the University of Chicago by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES). Established in 1965, the CMES has been supported by the Divisions of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago and by grants from the U.S. Department of Education and the Mellon Foundation for more than forty years.
Focus: Middle East | About: The interdisciplinary MENAS major and minor is designed to give students a broad background of the region. Faculty and courses are from departments within the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA), and it is the combination and coordination between them that provides a wide base of knowledge of the past and present issues involving the region.
Focus: Islam | About: Founded in 1952, the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill is a dynamic community devoted to research and teaching in a broad range of related fields and languages. Building on its origins as a place where Muslims and non-Muslims came together to study the multifaceted worlds of Islam and Muslim texts, peoples and cultures, the Institute has always maintained a mix of scholarly, community and other engagements in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and worldwide
Focus: Middle East | About: The Middle East Institute (MEI) at Columbia University, founded in 1954, promotes the interdisciplinary study of the Middle East and North Africa together with associated regions of Central Asia, South and Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and related global communities.
Focus: Middle East | About: After the tragedies of September 11, 2001, UNC established a Planning Group to bring together faculty, students, and administrators to review the University’s resources in Middle East Studies and to chart a course for future development. The Center grew out of this planning process and was founded in 2003. In 2019, the Center was renamed from the “Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations” to the “Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies.”
Focus: Middle East | About: Located on the Bloomington campus, the Center for the Study of the Middle East (CSME) is a Title VI National Resource Center funded by the Department of Education, which endeavors to promote scholarly and cultural understanding of the Middle East via outreach, financial and academic support, and campus events.
Focus: Middle East | About: The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, established in 1960, offers some 300 Middle East language and area studies courses each year. The Center provides a supportive environment for faculty researching and teaching on the Middle East throughout the University, which are carried out by 150 scholars with faculty appointments in 22 departments.
Focus: Middle East | About: The American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) is a private, non-profit educational organization that fosters research and the exchange of information among scholars and students from the United States and the Maghrib for the purpose of better understanding the region.
Focus: Islam | About: Inspired by the historical encounter between Francis of Assisi and the Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil in 1219, the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at St. Bonaventure University seeks to promote an understanding of Arab and Islamic cultures, an appreciation of both their historical and contemporary significance in the global community, and respectful relations between Muslim and Christian people.
Focus: Islam | About: The Center for Islam in the Contemporary World (CICW) at Shenandoah University is an academic center engaged in research, teaching, training, and outreach on issues related to Islam and Muslims in contemporary contexts. CICW utilizes interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches from diverse academic specializations. It is involved in education and outreach, connecting Shenandoah University to local, national, and global Muslim communities. CICW is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), tax-exempt private foundation.
Focus: Middle East | About: Founded in 1963, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies promotes the interdisciplinary study of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at the University of California, Berkeley, and beyond, raising public awareness of the region’s diverse peoples, languages, cultures and their connection to wider global contexts. A Title VI National Resource Center for more than three decades, UC Berkeley’s CMES is widely recognized as one of the country’s most important sources of knowledge about the Arab world, Iran, Israel, and Turkey.
Focus: Middle East | About: Our mission is to train undergraduate, graduate, and professional specialists on the Middle East, North Africa and the Islamic world. We promote Middle East conferences, graduate studies, and research projects by regional and international scholars across all of UCLA’s academic divisions.
Focus: Middle East | About: The Institute for Middle East Studies was founded in 2007 as part of a broad, University-wide initiative to support academic work on the Middle East. Institute for Middle East Studies faculty represent a breadth of disciplines from political science to media and public affairs to religion to international business. Our faculty are instrumental in coordinating major grant proposals, organizing research workshops and conferences for the Institute, and contributing original research to current academic and policy debates.
Focus: Middle East | About: The RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy (CMEPP) serves as a focal point for multidisciplinary research and programming related to Middle East policy issues. CMEPP brings together analytic excellence and regional expertise from across the RAND Corporation to address the most critical political, social, and economic challenges facing the region. The CMEPP advisory board provides critical strategic guidance and generous philanthropic support for RAND’s Middle East experts and research.
Focus: Middle East | About: Established in 1954, Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies supports research and teaching on a broad range of topics related to the region. At the core of the Center’s mandate is the pursuit of firsthand knowledge about the Middle East based on literacy in its languages and understanding of its diverse politics, cultures, and histories. Generations of scholars have graduated from our degree programs, bringing a deepened understanding of the Middle East to careers that include academia, government, business, journalism, and law.
Focus: Middle East | About: The first institution of its kind in Colorado, the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies (CMES) is dedicated to promoting and strengthening the study and understanding of the societies, political systems, and international relations of the Middle East and broader Islamic world, both at DU and throughout the Mountain West. Housed within the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, the Center seeks to generate scholarly research and foster public understanding of this critical and changing part of the world.
Focus: Middle East | About: The center is part of the Foreign Policy program at Brookings and upholds the Brookings Institution’s core values: quality, independence, and impact. The center is home to the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, which fosters frank dialogue and innovative partnerships between the United States and Muslim communities around the globe.
Focus: Middle East | About: It is our belief at TIMEP that local experts and advocates are the most well-positioned to understand developments, challenges, and opportunities on the ground. Their voices and experiences are instrumental in crafting solutions-oriented policy that responds to root causes–whether at the U.S., EU, or UN level, and ultimately in fostering accountable, transparent, and just societies in the Middle East and North Africa.
Focus: Middle East | About: The Center seeks to help make decision- and opinion-makers better informed about the region. The scope of the Center’s research includes the 22 members of the Arab League as well as Turkey, Iran, and Israel. The Crown Center’s approach is multi-disciplinary in its study of the politics, economics, history, security, sociology, and anthropology of the region’s states and societies.
Focus: Middle East/Islam | About: Islam and the Humanities is a research initiative housed within Middle East Studies at Brown University. It aims at forging deliberate connections between the study of Islam and Muslims and topics engaged by scholars in the humanities in general. This entails bringing philosophical concerns to bear on materials pertaining to Islam as well as encouraging the discussion of Islamic perspectives in contemporary theorizing in the academy. The initiative is multidisciplinary by definition and open to all regions and time periods relevant to the study of Islam.
Focus: Middle East| About: Over the past generation, the field of Palestine and Palestinian studies has grown rapidly, attracting some of the best and brightest scholars. Launched as a research initiative of Brown University’s Middle East Studies program in 2012, New Directions in Palestinian Studies (NDPS) has built an international community of scholars dedicated to decolonizing and globalizing this field of study.
Focus: Islam | About: The Center is responsible for the Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations component of the Seminary’s MA and Ph.D. programs, and the Islamic Chaplaincy Program. Named for one of the nation’s early, pre-eminent scholars of Islam, the Macdonald Center is the country’s oldest center for such study.
Focus: Islam | About: Building upon the foundations of the rich and nuanced Islamic jurisprudential tradition, we apply God’s timeless moral imperatives to our current world to advance human knowledge, challenge the status quo, and set a new standard for beauty, reasonableness and goodness in the world.
Focus: Islam | About: The creation of the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations at Boston University reflects the university’s long-standing commitment to the advancement of scholarship of the Muslim world. The Institute acts as an interdisciplinary meeting point for scholars and researchers in diverse fields – ranging from anthropology, history, religion, politics, literature, language, and the arts – across the regions in which Muslims live – from the Americas to Europe, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia.
Focus: Islam | About: Established in 2007, the GTU’s Center for Islamic Studies (CIS) educates scholars and students of Islam and other faiths about the richness of the Islamic tradition and the diversity of Muslims. The Center for Islamic Studies generates innovative research and scholarship on Islamic texts and traditions in contemporary contexts and emphasizes study and dialogue within and across religious traditions, where pluralism, interreligious understanding, and public engagement are the basis of scholarship and service.
Middle East – Academic and Research Centers
Focus: Islam | Country: Qatar | About: The Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) was created in 2012 as a center specializing in Islamic legislation and ethical thought with a focus on applied ethics. With a vision of reform and renewal guided by the fundamental principles of the Holy Qur’an, Sunna and the higher objectives of Islam, we aim to provide a methodological and theoretical framework that contributes to practical applications which transform reality to bring about a more just and ethical world.
Focus: Middle East | Country: Lebanon | About:CAMES is an interdepartmental, interdisciplinary unit which helps students to acquire a sound grounding in the study of the Middle East and the Islamic world through its two MA programs: the MA program in Middle Eastern Studies and the MA program in Islamic Studies. CAMES also places a strong emphasis on the Arabic language by offering, in conjunction with the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages, various opportunities for Arabic study: Arabic classes for international students during the fall and spring semesters, and intensive programs in Arabic Language and Culture and Colloquial Lebanese Arabic each summer.
Focus: Middle East | Country: Lebanon | About: The Asfari Institute has been conceived as a framework that will advance research and other initiatives to support the development of an informed citizenry engaged at all levels of Arab associational life and promote openness, transparency, and accountability in the region. Both the Foundation and AUB recognize that the Arab world is undergoing significant change, and they intend that the work of the Asfari Institute will make a unique and valuable contribution to progress in the region during this era of historic transition and beyond.
Focus: Islam | Country: Jordan | About: The Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS) was established in 1994 in Amman, Jordan, under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal. RIIFS is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides a venue for the interdisciplinary study of intercultural and interreligious issues with the aim of defusing tensions and promoting peace, regionally and globally.
Focus: Middle East | Country: Egypt | About: We aspire to be the premier School of Global Affairs and Public Policy in the Middle East and Africa, producing highly competent, knowledgeable professionals capable of quality decision making and execution on matters of public concern – domestically, regionally, and globally.
Focus: Middle East | Country: Qatar | About: our focus is in four primary areas: research and scholarship; faculty engagement; publications; community outreach; and student enrichment. In each of these areas, we are taking significant steps that, both individually and collectively, will greatly enrich the intellectual lives of Georgetown, Qatar, and beyond. In the area of research and scholarship, we sponsor a number of working groups, bringing together international teams of experts and practitioners for seminars on topics of contemporary significance. As always, our goal is to present diverse scholarly analyses regarding these important and timely topics.
Focus: Islam | Country: UAE | About: Tabah Foundation is a non-profit organization that offers suggestions and recommendations to opinion makers in order that they assume a wise approach that is beneficial to society. It also sets up practical projects that serve the exalted values of Islam and bring out its splendor as a civilization.
Focus: Middle East | Country: Israel | About: The Association holds annual conferences in various academic institutions throughout the country. these conferences are an attraction for hundreds of Orientalists and the general public wishing to acquire knowledge on Islam and the Middle East. convention used what the leading scholars in the country, as well as young researchers early in their careers, and they are devoted to topics of public interest special. conference gives the Association the Outstanding Member MEISAI senior researchers who have left their mark in the study of the Middle East and Islam Israel and award outstanding research work. In addition, meetings are held every year the Forum Bar which are made in-depth discussions of new research. Journal of the Association, the East nouvelle published annually, and is being published since 1949.
Focus: Islam | Country: UAE | About: The group will encourage serious specialist research studies in the area of Prophetic Hadith and the study of our noble heritage through joint research. This will be followed by the publication of such work in reference books, authoritative research and in research papers for international conferences. The group shall also benefit students from Higher Graduate Studies of the university, by offering them opportunities as research assistants, until the training in Research Methodology at the Master’s and Doctoral level is completed.
Focus: Middle East | Country: Qatar | About: The Centre’s research agenda spans a range of substantive areas of importance, including the Social Sciences, the Humanities, Area Studies, and Security and Strategic Studies. Its core mission and mandate is to bridge the gap between the theoretical studies and actual needs of Muslim-Arab societies in collaboration with leading institutions and researchers (locally, regionally and internationally) who share the Center’s intellectual concerns.
Focus: Islam | Country: Saudi Arabia | About: Supporting the University’s mission, caring of manuscripts and revival of Islamic heritage and its collection, indexing and verification, besides linking the university with the community.
Focus: Middle East | Country: South Africa | About: AMEC’s mission is to establish itself as the foremost institute and commentator in South Africa on Middle East issues and, thus, be regarded as a credible source of information and analysis that can influence public opinion and policy-making.
Focus: Middle East | Country: Israel | About: Founded in 1959 and incorporated into Tel Aviv University in 1966, the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies (MDC) is a non-partisan, interdisciplinary research center which was founded, in part, to bridge the gap between the Israeli intelligence apparatus and academia, and to provide research solutions to contemporary issues that the intelligence services did not have the time or capability to pursue. While it is no longer affiliated with the Directorate of Intelligence, the Moshe Dayan Center continues to play a crucial role in safeguarding Israel’s future.
Focus: Islam | Country: Saudi Arabia | About: Established in 1983, the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS) serves several functions that go in line with the King Faisal Foundation’s vision. The Center aims at supporting and developing research and studies that spread King Faisal’s vision and expand knowledge on topics such as Islamic studies, politics, sociology and heritage
Focus: Islam | Country: Saudi Arabia | About: A dedicated scientific institution to making knowledge and designing programs for researchers and experts in the field of Islamic economics taking into consideration the contemporary needs of the society.
Focus: Islam | Country: Israel | About: The Nehemia Levtzion Center for Islamic Studies was established at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2004. It aims to encourage and initiate research relating to Islam as a religion and civilization, from its advent in the 7th century C.E. until today, in the Arab world, elsewhere in the Middle East, in Asia and Africa, and in the West. To fulfill this goal, the Center organizes research groups, conferences, seminars, and lectures; supports individual and collaborative research; grants scholarships; and encourages dialogue between scholars of Islamic studies and related fields.
Focus: Middle East | Country: Lebanon | About: The Arab Institute for Women (AiW), previously known as the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW), was established in 1973, building upon the Lebanese American University’s rich history as a school for women. At that time, it was the first such institute in the Arab world and it remains the only one of its kind in Lebanon. It is also among the first globally. The Institute advances women’s empowerment and gender equality nationally, regionally and globally through research, education, development programs, and outreach. AiW works at the intersection of academia and activism.
Focus: Middle East | Country: Jordan | About: Located in Amman, Jordan, the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) promotes research and publication across disciplines with a special emphasis on archaeology in the region. ACOR’s main activities include archaeological excavation and restoration projects, a fellowship program for scholars, hosting public lectures, and other academic programs. ACOR has one of the best libraries for archaeology and Middle Eastern studies in Jordan, and also offers hostel accommodations for fellows, researchers and other interested parties.
Focus: Islam | Country: Iran | About: The root of the Institute of Islamic Studies (IIS) goes back to the establishment of the Institute of Islamic Studies at the University of McGill (Canada) in 1952. Professor Mehdi Mohaghegh who had taught at McGill University for over a decade, proposed the establishment of IIS, Tehran Branch, in collaboration with the University of Tehran. Consequently, it was officially inaugurated at University of Tehran on January 4, 1968.
Focus: Middle East | Country: Iran | About: International Center for Persian Studies (ICPS) was established in 1989, following a recommendation by Dr. Seyed-Ja’far Shahidi, the Director of Dehkhoda Lexicon Institute. The Center is aimed at teaching the Persian language to non-Persian speakers and bringing together Iranian and non-Iranian professors of Persian language and literature to facilitate their research cooperation. Since the Center’s establishment, over 11000 students from around the world have attended higher-level courses at the Center, learning about the Persian language, Iranian literature and the history of Iranian arts.
U.K. and Europe – Academic and Research Centers
Focus: Islam | Country: U.K. | About: The Centre is dedicated to the study, from a multi-disciplinary perspective, of all aspects of Islamic culture and civilization and of contemporary Muslim societies. The Centre’s Fellows are active in different departments, faculties and colleges across the University. Many students and senior academics have come to Oxford, over the years, through the Centre’s Scholarships and Visiting Fellowships programmes. The Centre arranges lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences, exhibitions and other academic events throughout the academic year.
Focus: Middle East | Country: U.K. | About: Since it’s establishment in 1957, the MEC has emerged as a premiere international institute for teaching, research and scholarly exchange on the modern Middle East in the University of Oxford, training over 1000 masters and doctoral students. Centre graduates have gone on to leadership positions in academia, diplomacy, public policy, journalism, finance and related fields.
Focus: Islam | Country: U.K. | About: Based in the University of Edinburgh’s School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures and affiliated to the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, the Centre is interdisciplinary, connecting different schools and departments across the University of Edinburgh through its focus on contemporary Islam.
Alongside its world-leading research and teaching, the Alwaleed Centre has developed a reputation for delivering high-impact outreach projects, promoting a better understanding of Islam locally, nationally and internationally.
Focus: Islam | Country: U.K. | About: The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies is at the forefront of research and public engagement on the role of Islam in wider society. Working with partners across the University of Cambridge and beyond, from academic institutes to civil society organisations and the government, the Centre strives to enrich public debate and knowledge through rigorous and innovative research projects about Islam in the current global age.
Focus: Islam | Country: U.K. | About: The Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK has a strong and positive relationship with the local Muslim community. Local Muslims form part of the Centre’s Advisory Group, and we are proud of this partnership. We envisage the Centre as an accessible, vibrant, and inclusive hub of learning about Islam in Cardiff and South Wales, for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
Focus: Middle East | Country: U.K. | About: The Middle East Centre works to enhance understanding and develop rigorous research on the societies, economies, politics and international relations of the region. The Centre promotes both specialized knowledge and public understanding and has outstanding strengths in interdisciplinary research and in regional expertise. As one of the world’s leading social science institutions, LSE comprises departments covering all branches of the social sciences. The Middle East Centre harnesses this expertise to promote innovative multidisciplinary research and understanding of the region.
Focus: Islam/Middle East | Country: U.K. | About: The Centre aims to provide a world-class research and learning experience, with critical understanding and appreciation of both Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. As a multi-disciplinary Centre, it offers a wide range of subject areas, including Islamic Texts, Islam in the Contemporary World, Islamic Spirituality, Classical and Modern thought, Women in Islam, Christian-Muslim Relations and the Politics, History and Culture of the Middle East.
Focus: Middle East | Country: U.K. | About: The Centre’s staff cover between them a wide range of fields and expertise in respect of both the history and the languages of the East Mediterranean region, including: late Roman and early, middle and late Byzantine history, culture and archaeology, Islamic history of the medieval and modern periods; Turkish and central Asian history from the early medieval to modern period; Balkan, particularly Greek, history up to the present day; international relations, particularly between the Great Powers and Balkan and Near Eastern States from the mid-nineteenth century; and modern Greek literature and culture.
Focus: Middle East | Country: U.K. | About: The Centre for Syrian Studies (CSS) aims to foster scholarship and dialogue about Syria and exchanges between Syrian and British scholars and others. It undertakes research on contemporary Syria, contributes to the training of Syrian scholars, and seeks to compile and disseminate information on Syria expressive of a plurality of viewpoints. Toward these ends, the CSS publishes books and reports; an online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal; Syria Blog where CSS affiliated scholars share regular analysis of the evolving situation in Syria; and an e-library where studies by our scholars are archived.
Focus: Middle East(Iran) | Country: U.K. | About: The Centre for Iranian Studies draws on the range of academic research and teaching across the disciplines of SOAS, including Languages and Literature, the Study of Religions, History, Economics, Politics, International Relations, Music, Art and Media and Film Studies.
Focus: Middle East(Palestine) | Country: U.K. | About: The CPS provides an institutional home for this work across the various disciplines represented at SOAS, including Politics, History, Development Studies, Economics, Anthropology, Gender Studies, Law, Media and Film Studies, Art, and Music.
Focus: Islam/Middle East | Country: U.K. | About: The Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law was established in 1990 at the School of Oriental and African Studies in recognition of the growing importance of law in both its Islamic and Middle Eastern dimensions. The analysis of the various systems of law at work in the Islamic and Middle Eastern world as well as an active interaction with Middle Eastern and Muslim lawmakers and scholars are crucial for the future of stability and for the rule of law in its various forms inside each jurisdiction. The rule of law will also determine the parameters of the relationship with Europe and the West generally. In an increasingly small and interdependent world, CIMEL operates as a scholarly legal bridge for research and practice at the crossroad of Islam, the Middle East and the West.
Focus: Islam | Country: U.K. |About: The Centre of Islamic Studies, SOAS was established in 1995, and aims to promote scholarship and research in all areas of Islamic Studies, past and present. The study of the Qur’an and Hadith from the Arabic texts, and the analysis and translation of Islamic texts from Arabic into English form the core activities of the Centre.
Focus: Islam | Country: U.K. | About: The Iqbal Centre seeks to promote and support the research and teaching of Critical Muslim Studies and related fields across the University of Leeds. It does so through its dynamic programme of teaching and research activity; supporting and enriching undergraduate and postgraduate study; and bringing Critical Muslim Studies to the wider public via a number of media, including conferences, seminar series, workshops and dynamic online resources.
Focus: Islam/Middle East | Country: U.K. | About: The Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies prides itself on its vibrant culture of research, nurtured by a thriving academic community of staff members, research students and visiting fellows. The recruitment of first-rate research students whose interests lie in one or more of the following sub-areas: Political Economy of the Middle East, Strategic and International Relations of the Middle East, Domestic Politics of the Middle East, Islamic Studies and whose chosen topics correlate with the research interests of staff members, remains one of the main priorities.
Focus: Islam/Middle East | Country: U.K. | About: The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies is one of the foremost academic institutions in the UK offering research and taught degree programmes in a wide range of areas within the field of Arab, Middle Eastern, and Islamic Studies. We offer Arabic and Middle East languages as well as comprehensive education in the literatures and cultures of the Arab world and Middle East, the history, politics, economies, societies, and anthropology of the region and almost every aspect of Islamic studies from medieval to modern Islam.
Focus: Islam/Middle East | Country: U.K. | About: We are an independent Christian-based study centre that brings together Christians and Muslims to learn from and about one another in the context of real relationships. CMCS focusses on research rather than dialogue, though dialogue naturally arises as people study or discuss together.
Focus: Islam| Country: Germany | About: Islamic Studies, according to the formal criteria defined by the German universities, is one of the ‘small subjects’ – in terms of subject area, however, it is up there with the largest. It would be comparable, if such a thing existed, with Occidental Studies. Its subject is Islamic religion and culture, or (to be more precise) the ways and forms in which this religion and culture develop within certain societies, not only defining the faith and religious practices of Muslims and being reflected in their philosophy, law, literature, art and architecture, but also influencing their social, economic and political conditions.
Focus: Islam| Country: Netherlands | About: By bringing together scholars from a range of disciplines and experts from diverse backgrounds – including journalists, policy-makers and opinion leaders – LUCIS stimulates new perspectives on the vibrant field of Islamic studies at Leiden University and enhances the quality of the debate in society at large.
Focus: Islam| Country: Netherlands | About: Within the Faculty of Religion and Theology high quality research is conducted into religion and faith. This involves a focus on sources and traditions and on the present meaning of religion for society and culture. The research is conducted in two Research Departments: Texts and Traditions, and Beliefs and Practices, which are brought together in the inter-faculty research institute VISOR, in which theologians, philosophers, historians, anthropologists and literary and religious scholars work alongside each other.
Focus: Islam/Middle East| Country: Norway | About: The Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at the University of Bergen (Senter for Midtausten- og islamske studiar, SMI) was created in 1988 to be an interdepartmental link between the staff and students at the University who worked on various aspects of the Islamic world within the humanities and social sciences; as well as to be gateway between the research groups in Bergen and the outside world.
Focus: Middle East| Country: France | About: The Arab World Institute is fully anchored in the present. It aims to reflect the Arab world’s current dynamics. It intends to make a distinctive contribution to the institutional cultural landscape. No other organization in the world offers such a wide range of events in connection with the Arab world. Debates, colloquia, seminars, conferences, dance shows, concerts, films, books, meetings, language and culture courses, large exhibitions all participate in raising awareness of this unique and vibrant world.
Focus: Islam/Middle East| Country: Switzerland | About: The Institute of Islamic Studies and Modern Oriental Philology at the University of Bern looks back on an eventful history that began in 1857 with the Austrian orientalist Aloys Sprenger as its first professor. Today, three professors and several academic assistants supervise nearly 200 students. Intensive counselling and assistance to students of all levels and continuous quality assessment in education and research are the pillars of our institute.
Focus: Middle East| Country: Sweden | About: The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) was founded in 2007 to support, coordinate and expand research at Lund University (LU) on the Middle East. These efforts will encourage and produce research with a more innovative, critical and multidisciplinary approach towards Middle Eastern studies. Research on the Middle East and Semitic languages has existed at Lund since it was founded in 1666. Over the last three decades, research on the region has developed significantly within the faculties of Social Science, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Engineering, and is now a priority of the university administration.
Focus: Islam/Middle East| Country: Norway | About: The Centre is an interdisciplinary collaboration working towards a greater understanding of the development in the Middle East and North Africa. Several disciplines at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages are involved in the Centre’s activities.
Focus: Islam| Country: Germany | About: The Center for Islamic Studies Frankfurt/Giessen is one of four university-based Centers for Islamic Theology in Germany funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The Center, co-funded by the Federal State of Hessen, dates back to an initiative taken jointly by Goethe University Frankfurt and Justus Liebig University Giessen. It coordinates the teaching and research of the Institute for the Study of Islamic Culture and Religion at Goethe University (professorships of Qurʾanic Exegesis, Islamic Intellectual History, and Culture and Society of Islam in Past and Present) with those of the professorships of Education with a focus on Islamic Religious Education and its Didactics in Frankfurt and for Islamic Theology and its Didactics in Giessen. Providing a framework for joint research activities, the Center aims at facilitating cooperation with neighboring disciplines such as the Christian theologies, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, Cultural Studies and other relevant disciplines of the humanities and social sciences.
Focus: Middle East | Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina | About:
Focus: Islam | Country: Germany | About: The Munich Center for Islamic Studies brings together academic and non-academic institutions. It comprises various disciplines, including Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Anthropology, and History of Islamic Art. In addition to the “core” regions of the Near East, it encompasses Africa and Central and Southeast Asia as well as the pertinent local languages. The Center’s public lecture series “Mosaic: Cultures of Islam” offers insights into the manifold aspects of Islamic societies.
Focus: Middle East | Country: Austria | About: As a center for the study of the Near and Middle East, including North Africa, the institute is not merely the only institution of its kind in Austria, but is also one of the largest such institutes in central Europe. Research includes funded projects, and teaching concentrates on Ancient Near Eastern Studies (Assyriology), Near Eastern Archaeology, Arabic Studies, Islamic Studies, and Turkish Studies with special emphasis on Ottoman Studies.
Focus: Islam | Country: Italy | About: The Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, founded by the Society of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers), is a study and research centre whose teaching and scientific activities provide the necessary preparation for an informed theological dialogue with Muslims.
Focus: Islam | Country: U.K. | About: The Centre for Islamic and West Asian Studies (CIWAS) Scholarships have been established to provide financial assistance to students on Royal Holloway’s MA in Islamic and West Asian Studies. Based in the Department of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy, the degree provides you with an understanding of the history and contemporary politics of Islam and West Asia and introduces you to a unique approach to exploring issues of contemporary significance.
Turkey: Academic and Research Centers
Focus: Middle East | About: The Foundation for Sciences and Arts (BİSAV), has been trying to provide a platform for independent and original research, teaching, and discussion for over a quarter of a century, in order to study and analyze science, philosophy, and art with a fresh perspective and new methods, and to use them in the service of humanity, to understand the underlying dynamics of the contemporary world and revisit Turkish society’s modernization process, to help find the Turkish people’s historical roots and contribute to the building of a bright future on the basis of these foundations.
Focus: Islam | About: The main objective of the Center for Islamic Studies (ISAM) is to contribute to a truthful and scientific investigation and accurate presentation of Turkish/Islamic history, culture, and civilization. In accordance with this objective, ISAM supports many national and international scholarly projects, and in order to communicate the resulting information to larger segments of society, organizes conferences and symposiums, and publishes books, journals, and encyclopedias. ISAM continues its academic work, especially concentrating on Islamic sciences, aspiring to make significant contributions to Turkish studies in particular and to Islamic studies in general through wide-ranging research projects involving the Middle East, Central Asia, the Balkans, and North Africa.
Focus: Middle East/Islam | About: Following this vision, our mission is to establish civilisation studies as an alternative discipline in its own right, with its particular level of analysis and distinct ontological, epistemological and methodological approach. Civilization studies will offer multidimensional and alternative approaches for conceiving regional and global issues, where conventional disciplinary approaches proved insufficient. By building on and critically engaging with the shared common heritage of humanity and by ensuring the diversity of our students and academic staff, the Institute aims to realize the full potential of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches that speak to one another under civilization studies.
Focus: Middle East/Islam / Scholarly Tradition | About:Based in Istanbul, ILEM seeks to train well versed scholars who can continue to contribute to the collective scholarly experience on Muslim thought and civilization.
Focus: Islam | About: Our foundation has been established in order to further researches in the field of the Islamic Sciences, as it is noted in the article of purpose of this charter. There are institutes founded for the same purpose in Pakistan and some countries of Islam. An increase in the number of these, along with improvements in the quality of their works, will guarantee the realisation of this purpose.
Focus: Islam and Arts | About: IRCICA started its activities in 1980 as the first subsidiary organ of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference ‘Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’ (OIC) concerned with culture. Five buildings from this complex were allocated to the Centre: the main historical building which includes the office of the Director General of IRCICA and the Exhibition Hall; the building with the main Research Departments at IRCICA; the building allocated to the Calligraphy Department and Publication Department; and building on the Administration and Financial Affairs. The building with the four floors; the first top three floors are allocated to the Library; whereas the first floor is allocated to the conference hall.
Focus: Islam | About: housed within Istanbul 29 Mayis University, the Center mainly aims to run, organize, and/or fund academic research to be performed for understanding the Qur’an based on scholarly studies and to share the resulting intellectual production with diverse audiences in various ways. “To designate research subjects and researchers in fields such as the History of the Qur’an and the mushaf, History, Philology, the History of Religions, Ḥadīth, Sīra (Prophetic Biography), Aqāid(creed), Qur’anic Translation, Tafseer (exegesis), Fiqh(Islamic jurisprudence), Philosophy of Kalām/Islam; preparing and conducting projects on these subjects. ”
Focus: Islam | About: ADAM organizes a host of academic programs, trainings and projects with the intent to train individuals who can contribute to social , academic and intellectual life.
Focus: Islam | About: The Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) is an independent, nonprofit, research and public policy institution based in Istanbul, Turkey, and affiliated with Istanbul Zaim University. Its mission is “To conduct high quality research and analysis, educate the public and policymakers, train experts, and propose novel ideas and policy recommendations regarding global policies and relations impacting the Islamic world, and the development and progress of Muslim societies.”
Focus: Islam | About: The purpose of the institute is to create an environment of science and art based on interdisciplinary works using Sufism’s holistic and in-depth view in order to serve humanity in reaching peace and happiness. With the programs that it will initiate as an institute of specialization, the institute aims to raise individuals who have internalized humanistic and ethical values, who are sensitive towards art, who think, research, create, and know the value of time, who are hard-working and of a great capacity for well-seeing. According to Sufism, the goal of science is to carry these values beyond simply knowing them and to actually apply them to one’s life and to use them for the happiness and advancement of humanity.
Focus: Islam | About: The Institute for Middle East Studies was established in 1992 at the Marmara University in İstanbul, Turkey. The Institute aims to enhance knowledge of the Middle Eastern and Islamic societies and cultures through cutting edge research and post-graduate education. The Institute offers a wide range of interdisciplinary MA and PhD courses to enable students and researchers interested in deepening their understanding of Middle Eastern history, politics, economics, social and cultural issues as well as contemporary challenges. The current programs at the Institute for Middle East Studies also addresses recent transformations in the region, foreign policy relations, ongoing conflicts and security challenges, economic and political integration. The Institute organizes conferences and seminars and welcomes students and researchers from other countries to foster academic and intellectual cooperation.
Focus: Islam | About: ILHAM is a research and trainings center that seeks to invest in intellectual and scholarly development of college students. its Islamic Thought School brings the scholarly tradition of Islam in conversation with the needs and realities of contemporary world.
Focus: Islam | About: Fatih Sahn-ı Semân is a research center focused on Islamic scholarly tradition and it seeks to further research projects and trainings versed in this traditions as well as its meaningful representation.
Focus: Islam | About: The main aim of the center is to develop the applications and products of Islamic economics and finance on national and international level, and increasing the awareness of the society in general, and among the academic circles in particulars.
Focus: Islam | About: The Centre advances studies on the history of and contemporary dynamics surrounding the city of Quds/Jerusalem.
Focus: Islam | About: Since the end of 2009, ISAR foundation has been conducting seminars and research activities in Üsküdar, İstanbul. The purpose of ISAR foundation lies in the belief that the needs of the globalizing world require a new approach in education of Islamic scholars. The aim of this novel scholarly approach is to be able to produce solutions to the cultural, social intellectual problems of the contemporary world. The scholars’ ability to bring effective and radical solutions to the issues that they encounter depends on their competence in Islamic accumulation of history, thought and knowledge as well as in modern social sciences and humanities.