The National Centre for Contemporary Islamic Studies (NCCIS) aims to advance knowledge and understanding of the rich traditions and modern complexities of Islam. Its research, teaching and community engagement agenda aims to be at the forefront of responding to Australian and regional needs. Centre staff provide expertise to government, national and international organisations on matters related to contemporary Islam.
The NCCIS's activities focus on issues of significance and relevance to Islam and Muslims in the contemporary period, with a special focus on Australia. The Centre has strong links with Australian Muslim communities, which inform its program and activities.
The Centre's teaching and research activities promote harmony and cultural inclusiveness.
National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies
The National Centre for Contemporary Islamic Studies was originally established as the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies. It was established in 2007 as a collaborative arrangement between the University of Melbourne, Griffith University (QLD) and the University of Western Sydney (NSW). Since 2011, all three universities have gone on to establish their own independent Islamic studies programs or centres.
Arabic and Islamic studies at the University of Melbourne
The University of Melbourne has taught Arabic and Islamic studies for more than six decades. Research is currently conducted through the Asia Institute, in areas such as modern Islamic thought, philosophy, literature, politics, gender and law.
The National Centre for Contemporary Islamic Studies aims to meet the learning needs of aspiring and existing Muslim community leaders, as well as teachers, students and other professionals interested in Islam and Islamic culture.
Our staff are leading scholars with expertise in fields ranging from modern Islamic hermeneutics to economics and finance in Muslim societies.
The Centre's strategic links with government, leading institutions and professional networks will provide you with access to Australia's foremost Islamic studies scholars and exciting research projects.
A range of professional development programs are being designed in consultation with the community.
Enrolling in Islamic Studies
Undergraduate and graduate students can enrol in Islamic Studies through a number of ways.
Information on areas of staff research interest
Information on research projects undertaken by academic staff of the National Centre for Contemporary Islamic Studies
Academic staff make significant contributions to the understanding of contemporary Islamic studies, publishing widely on numerous topics
The National Centre for Contemporary Islamic Studies offers research supervision across a wide range of areas such as modern Islamic thought, philosophy, politics, literature and law.
Melbourne University Publishing Islamic Studies Series
In conjunction with the National Centre for Contemporary Islamic Studies, the Islamic Studies Series of Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) is a research publication series promoting scholarly studies on Islam.
Listed are links to various scholarship programs for candidates interested in pursuing graduate research in Australia.
The National Centre for Contemporary Islamic Studies is based at the University of Melbourne and is headed by the Centre Director, Professor Abdullah Saeed.
The Centre is advised on community needs by a National Consultative Committee comprising representatives of the Muslim community in Australia, academic staff from the Centre and an Australian Government representative. The Centre is keen to establish a register of interested community members and would be happy to receive your feedback and comments.State-based consultative committees also represent the Muslim community in each State and provide a forum for matters of importance to local communities.
Education with Muslims
A series of professional learning workshops for Australian teachers, focusing on Islam and Muslims in a school context
Learning from one another: bringing Muslim perspectives into Australian schools
Bringing Muslim perspectives into Australian schools
Practising Diversity: Engaging Muslims in Australian schools
This professional learning workshop broadens its scope to deal with wider interfaith and intercultural issues, using Islam and Muslims as a case study.
Understanding the Multifaith classroom in a secular society
Melbourne Qu'ran Seminars
Monthly seminar on the Qur'an and Qur'anic Studies
18th to 19th of December 2017News
Why 'Halal Tax' Conspiracy Theories are So Hard to Stomach
Shakira Hussein, McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Centre for Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Asia Institute at The University of Melbourne. The message of the campaign against halal certification is that Muslims are not welcome here. Their presence makes Australian society gag, and so they must be vomited from the body politic.News