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.

Centre’s focus

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.

Centre’s history

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.