Welcome to the Institute for Islamic World Studies (IIWS) , the center of excellence in education and research on Islam and Islamic societies. IIWS engages in undergraduate and graduate education, community development and scholarly works, with the goal of enabling the next generation to deal effectively with complex realities of the twenty-first century.
The primary tasks of IIWS are providing a distinguished and creative academic environment that promotes professional self-development of students, and preparing them for a changing society. IIWS offers programs compatible epistemologically and methodologically with the latest achievements in humanities and social sciences. Our faculty have a distinctive blend of social sciences, humanities, and Islamic Studies, and are well established in their fields and fully committed to educating the young generations. They teach the undergraduate Islamic Civilization courses at Zayed University, as well as the IIWS unique graduate programs.
IIWS has initiated, or in the process of initiating, the following programs: M.A. and PhD in Islamic Studies and in Islamic World Studies; M.A. in Judicial Studies, in Islamic Finance and wealth Management, in Endowment Studies, in Comparative Religions, in Islamic Chaplaincy, in Women Studies, and in Human Rights; and Graduate Diplomas in all the above mentioned areas. In addition, IIWS holds international conferences and conducts research and scholarly works. The Institute’s educational and research mission will assist the country and the region in providing appropriate responses to local, regional, and global conditions.
Looking forward to work with you as a student, a colleague, or a researcher
Dr. Nasr Mohamed Arif
Professor and Founding Executive Director