Institute of Islamic Studies
Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of McGill's Institute of Islamic Studies
In its academic programmes, the Institute of Islamic Studies focuses on the religion of Islam, on the history and civilization of the Islamic world, and on the dynamics of contemporary Muslim societies.
Founded in 1952, the Institute has striven to understand the societies and cultures of Islam in an unbiased way, taking into account the scholarship of Muslims (both recent and traditional) and that of non-Muslims. This has been done not only in the abstract but through active engagement, both here in Montreal and in various Islamic countries, and is reflected in our research, our teaching and our outreach efforts, in which our professors and students from many backgrounds have interacted in meaningful ways with Islamic scholars, institutions, and communities throughout the world. This multiculturalism is one of our defining strengths, having made the IIS one of the preeminent institutions of Islamic studies in the world.
L'Institut d'études islamiques de l'Université McGill déplore et condamne la montée récente au Québec (ou ailleurs) d'attaques et de propos racistes contre les personnes musulmanes ou perçues comme telles. En tant qu'éducatrices et éducateurs nous consacrant à l'étude de l'Islam dans toutes ses facettes et ses manifestions, nous sommes déterminés à continuer de travailler à l'élaboration et au maintien d'un programme d'études - et d'une société - où toutes et tous, musulmanEs comme non-musulmanEs, sont traités avec dignité et respect.
The Institute of Islamic Studies deplores and condemns the recent rise in racist statements and attacks in Quebec—and elsewhere--against Muslims and people perceived to be Muslims. As educators in a university location dedicated to the study of Islam in its many facets and manifestations, we are strongly committed to building and maintaining a program and society in which we all—Muslims and non-Muslims alike—are afforded dignity and respect.