Embodied within a research-driven university, the College of Islamic Studies (CIS), strives to advance a more nuanced understanding of Islam and its social dimensions in a rapidly changing world. To complement this, the research ecosystem at the College is designed to stimulate learning and collaborative research through its multifaceted infrastructure, which comprises the research division, research clusters, research centers, and value-driven projects.
Altogether, the research infrastructure facilitates the promotion of interdisciplinary research agendas and new contributions to the world of global Islamic scholarship. It streamlines the diverse research activities of CIS towards its key research areas of excellence and its research clusters.
The Research Division (RD) is a virtual entity formed to assess and support research and knowledge production within CIS. It facilitates research reporting and dissemination activities, including event organization and publications, to enhance the impact of the scholarly undertakings of its faculty, researchers, and students.
The research clusters are a faculty-driven substructure within CIS and its RD. The clusters help recalibrate the focus of research production and create new possibilities for outputs, engagement, and impact. The clusters encompass a broad range of topics and promote interdisciplinarity as a feature for research projects. Research conducted within these clusters brings together faculty from across different disciplines and engages students in the research process and production. It further encourages collaborative projects with national and international institutions, clearly demarcating deliverables for scholarly and community impact.
CIS comprises four research centers that complement its academic programs as well as its research areas of excellence. Each center monitors the trends and developments within its associated fields and encourages distinct inquiries to advance current scholarship. The centers further consolidate synergies amongst multidisciplinary scholars and engage specialized and novel approaches to current research debates.