The National Centre for Contemporary Islamic Studies was established to deliver world-class, multi-disciplinary programs.
The National Centre for Contemporary Islamic Studies is based at the Asia Institute, Faculty of Arts. Previously this centre was known as the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies (2007-2018) which was funded by the Australian Government for the period of 2007-2011. The name was changed in 2018 to reflect the current interests of the Centre.
The Centre aims to offer a range of academic programs to meet the learning needs of the Australian community in the area of Islamic Studies with a focus on contemporary Islam. It aims to achieve an international profile among scholars and students of Islam, and to deliver a multi-disciplinary teaching and research program of contemporary Islamic studies at national and international levels.
The Centre aims to bring together established expertise in teaching and research in Islam-related areas at different departments and schools at the University of Melbourne and to play an important leadership role in public debates on contemporary Islam, particularly in the Australian context.
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the National Centre for Contemporary Islamic Studies, Australia.
Professor Abdullah Saeed, FAHA
Director of the National Centre for Contemporary Islamic Studies
Sultan of Oman Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies
Victorian Imams Consultative Forum
The Victorian Imams Consultative Forum (VICF) is an initiative of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies (NCEIS) in cooperation with various Victorian Imams.More information
Community engagement projects
The Centre focuses on issues of significance and relevance to Islam and Muslims in the contemporary period, with a special focus on Australia and provides expert advice to all levels of government.More information
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 will be developed in consultation with the community and the National Consultative Committee.
Enrolling in Islamic Studies
Undergraduate and graduate students can enrol in Islamic Studies through a number of ways.
Research papers and studies series
Master of Arts (Research) and Doctor of Philosophy (Arts) supervision
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.
The Centre's three universities are well known for their substantial undergraduate and graduate programs as well as research excellence in Arabic and Islamic Studies. The Centre engages widely published teaching and research staff who are internationally renowned for their research expertise in their respective fields. Many are regularly awarded research grants by national and international agencies and hold joint appointments in a range of academic departments including medicine, political science, history and law.
Prospective candidates interested in pursuing graduate research in the Centre are advised to contact a potential supervisor and discuss their research proposals before submitting an application. The Centres research focus and interests can be found below.
Listed below are links to various scholarship programs for prospective candidates interested in pursuing graduate research in Australia.
Research Focus and Interests
- Negotiation of text and context, ijtihad and interpretation in Islamic thought
- Qur'anic hermeneutics
- Islamic law reform
- Islamic law and freedom of religion
- Islam and human rights
- Islamic thought in Indonesia
- Muslim communities in Australia
- Christian-Muslim relations
- Arabic poetry of West Africa/ West African Arabic literature
- Arabic poetry in Qur’anic narratives
- Modern and classical Arabic literature
- Arabic rhetoric and stylistics
- Modern Islamic thought
- Qur’anic exegesis
- Islam in West Africa
- Modern Islamic thought
- Philosophies of Hegel
- Western Existentialism
- Philosophies of Heidegger
- Mulla Sadra’s existential philosophy
- Modern political history
- History of North Africa, particularly Morocco and Libya
- History of criminal trials abroad and national identity
- History of armed jihad
18th to 19th of December 2017News
Why 'Halal Tax' Conspiracy Theories are So Hard to Stomach
By Shakira Hussein, McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Centre of Excellence for 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
The National Centre for Contemporary Islamic Studies aims to advance the knowledge and understanding of the rich traditions and modern complexities of Islam, and to profile Australia's strengths in the field of Islamic studies. The Centre will also assist in developing a national and regional response to needs in research, teaching and community engagement.
The National Centre for Contemporary Islamic Studies has provided access to academic expertise at The University of Melbourne, Griffith University and the University of Western Sydney since it’s initiation in 2007.
- The University of Melbourne has taught Arabic and Islamic studies for more than four decades. Research is conducted through the Asia Institute and the Centre for Islamic Law and Society in areas such as modern Islamic thought, philosophy, literature, gender and law
- The Griffith University Islamic Research Unit, established with substantial funding from the Queensland Muslim community, has developed a strong relationship and reputation with Australian government agencies and the Muslim community.
- The University of Western Sydney also has a substantial program of studies in Arabic at undergraduate and postgraduate level and research expertise in Arabic language, interpreting and translation, sociological and cultural studies
All three universities have been managing their own Centre independently since 2012.
- The Centre is a world-class centre of research educational excellence in Islamic studies
- The Centre'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 functions as a source of expert advice for government, national and international organisations on matters related to contemporary Islam
- The Centre's courses provide a knowledge and skill foundation for students aspiring to religious and community leadership roles in Australia and will provide opportunities for professional development in relevant areas
- The Centre's courses help prepare people for work with and in Australian Muslim communities, for instance schoolteachers, social workers, health professionals, business managers, community leaders and other professionals
- The Centre has established international connections and developed research programs that have advanced Australian and international understanding of Islam
- The Centre has an ongoing engagement with the Australian community, which informs its programs and activities
- The Centre's teaching and research activities promote harmony and cultural inclusiveness