Welcome

The National Centre for Contemporary Islamic Studies was established to deliver world-class, multi-disciplinary programs.

Director's welcome

Professor Abdullah Saeed
Professor Abdullah Saeed

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