The primary objective of the Institute's research activities is to establish itself as an important centre of Islamic studies in general and Shi'i and Ismaili studies in particular. The Institute's Department of Academic Research and Publications (DARP) favours civilisation-based and interdisciplinary approaches and avoids narrow sectarian perspectives in all its research. The Institute aims to serve a number of audiences through its research programme, including the Ismaili community, the academic community and the interested general public. As part of this programme, seminars, conferences and public lectures are also organised by the Institute. Thus, IIS serves as a forum for scholars, particularly in the field of Ismaili studies. The Institute publishes a range of publications intended for specialists; such as occasional papers, monographs, editions, translations, conference proceedings and bibliographical works. The IIS also produces works aimed at general adult audiences and Ta'lim Curriculum materials for young people.