Institute of Islamic Studies

Welcome to the Institute of Islamic Studies

McGill University's Institute of Islamic Studies was founded along with the Islamic Studies Library (ISL) in 1952, and since 1983 both have been housed on the main campus in Morrice Hall.

Public Declaration: 30 April 2019

The Institute of Islamic Studies condemns the tabling of Bill 21 at the Quebec National Assembly. The bill is discriminatory, divisive, and racist, and is counter to our values as a teaching and research institution. We pledge to work against this bill becoming law. Should Bill 21 become law and be interpreted as applying to the university, we will refuse to enforce it.

Undergraduate Programs

The undergraduate programs in World Islamic and Middle East Studies offer students language-based interdisciplinary training about the Islamic World.

Graduate Programs

The Institute of Islamic Studies offers two MA and two PhD programs in Islamic Studies, and in Islamic Studies – Gender and Women’s Studies Concentration.


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Discover the Arabic side of Montreal!

Come and learn one of the most important languages of the world in the heart of one of North America’s most culturally diverse cities, Montreal. Hosted by McGill University, the Arabic Summer Program is an intensive and immersive language experience that combines formal language training in Modern Standard and Colloquial Arabic with cultural and social activities.