Research and Diffusion of Knowledge on all Aspects of Islam
The Center for Islamic Sciences (CIS) is dedicated to the promotion of research and diffusion of knowledge on all aspects of Islam.
- The creative exploration of natural and human sciences from the Islamic worldview
- The critical integration of contemporary disciplines into the framework of traditional Islamic sciences learning
- A renewed and rigorous link with the intellectual tradition of Islam
- Enhancing our religious and scientific understanding of nature and the human condition
Semi Annual Journal
- In 2003, CIS started to publish a semi-annual journal Islam and Science (JIS).
- JIS was renamed in 2013 as Islamic Sciences. JIS is a journal of Islamic perspectives on science, civilization and intellectual history. It is dedicated to a creative exploration of the natural and human sciences.
- The journal publishes articles which explore ways to renew rigorous and productive links with the intellectual tradition of Islam in order to enhance our understanding of God, life, the cosmos and the human condition.
Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qurʾān (IEQ)
In 2007, the Center initiated the Qur'an encyclopedia project. The seven-volume Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qurʾān (IEQ) is envisioned as a scholarly reference work, providing comprehensive and authoritative articles on all concepts, persons, events, things, and places mentioned in the Qurʾān.
IEQ draws on a wide range of traditional Muslim sources, including:
- Hadith collections and commentaries,
- classical lexicons,
- biographical dictionaries,
- universal histories,
- works of jurisprudence,
- Prophetic biographies,
- and treatises on spiritual and moral psychology—some of which have never before been presented in any encyclopedic work in a Western language.
Based entirely on primary sources and held to a high standard of academic rigor, IEQ integrates source material at several levels:
- its conceptual structure presents an integrated view of the overall message of the Qurʾān;
- it incorporates and integrates various strands of Islamic scholarly tradition on the Divine text;
- and presents a cohesive, cross-referenced text that is at once contemporary and classical.