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New book in Quranic Studies Series
Sub-Saharan Africa’s engagement with Muslims, the Qur’an and Islam stretches back over several millennia. In fact to 616 CE, when a number of the Prophet Muhammad’s followers, who were fleeing persecution in Mecca, sought refuge in the lands of...
New GPISH and STEP cohorts join IIS
The beginning of a new academic year is always an exciting time in the IIS calendar, particularly when our new intake of students arrive. We recently welcomed new students onto the Secondary Teacher Education Programme (STEP) and the Graduate...
Applications now open for GPISH - closing date 10 January 2020
The Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH) encourages a perspective which is not confined to the theological and religious heritage of Islam, but seeks to explore the relationship of religious ideas to broader dimensions of...
The second publication in the Institute’s new World of Islam series, Beyond the Mosque: Diverse Spaces of Muslim Worship , is a first person exploration of sacred spaces across the breadth of the Muslim world. The author, Rizwan Mawani , describes...
To mark the advancement of Ismaili studies in the Russian Federation, an exhibition in memory of the great Russian scholar of modern Ismaili studies, Wladimir A. Ivanow, was held in St. Petersburg, Russia, on 11 October 2019. Dr Farhad Daftary , Co-...
Mosques are the central house of worship for a majority of Muslims around the world, yet many communities have developed their own distinctive religious spaces. These reflect the different cultures, geographies and interpretations that enrich Islam...
Muslim Spaces of Worship and Gathering
Eplore a photo album featuring diverse historical and contemporary Muslim Spaces of Worship and Gathering that reflect the rich intellectual, cultural, spiritual and institutional pluralism of the worldwide Muslim community, Umma . Share your...
A Selection of Our Publications is Now Available in eBook Formats
We are delighted to launch a selection of free ebooks, which can now be read online or downloaded. Watch this space for new additions!

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