The International Institute of Islamic Thought
London Office, UK


The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is a private, non-profit, academic and cultural institution, concerned with general issues of Islamic thought. The Institute was established in the United States of America in 1981 (1401 AH). It is independent of local politics, party orientations and ideological biases.

The headquarters of the Institute are situated in Herndon, Virginia, in the suburbs of Washington DC. Branches and offices have also been established in a number of capitals world-wide in order to carry out the Institute's activities and programs. The Institute is governed by a Board of Trustees that meets regularly and periodically elects one of its members to serve as President.

The Institute is an intellectual forum working from an Islamic perspective to promote and support research projects, organize intellectual and cultural meetings and publish scholarly works. It has established a distinct intellectual trend in Islamic thought which relates to the vivid legacy of Islam, and the continuous efforts of intellectual and methodological reform. This involves a large number of researchers and scholars from various parts of the world.


The International Institute of Islamic Thought is dedicated to the revival and reform of Islamic thought and its methodology in order to enable the Ummah to deal effectively with present challenges, and contribute to the progress of human civilization in ways that will give it a meaning and a direction derived from divine guidance. The realization of such a position will help Muslims regain their intellectual and cultural identity and re-affirm their presence as a dynamic, positive force.

The Institute promotes academic research on the methodology and philosophy of various disciplines, and gives special emphasis to the development of Islamic scholarship in contemporary social sciences.


The Institute aims to:

  1. To serve as a think tank in the field of Islamic culture and knowledge

  2. Formulate a comprehensive Islamic vision and methodology that will help Muslim scholars in their critical analysis of contemporary knowledge.

  3. Develop an appropriate methodology for understanding the Qur'an and the Sunnah of the Prophet and firmly establish them as sources of guidance, knowledge and civilization.

  4. Develop an appropriate methodology for dealing with Islamic legacy and contemporary knowledge, in order to draw on the experiences of both past and present, to build a better future for the Ummah and humanity at large.

  5. Develop an appropriate methodology for understanding and dealing with the present situation of both the Ummah and the world in general, in view of contemporary challenges and opportunities.

The Institute seeks to achieve its objectives by:

  1. Directing research and studies to develop Islamic thought and the Islamization of knowledge.

  2. Holding specialized scholarly, intellectual and cultural conferences, seminars and study circles.

  3. Supporting researchers and scholars in universities and research centers, and publishing selected scholarly, cultural and intellectual works, in English, Arabic and several other languages.

  4. Signing agreements of cooperation with various universities, research centers and academic institutions throughout the world to carry out activities of mutual interest.


The IIIT London Office was established in 1987 and oversees the production of English Language titles as well as commissioning translations and promoting the objectives and work of the Institute both in the UK and Europe.

As well as producing publications in English the London Office has produced an Occasional Paper Series as well as audio and CD versions of a selection of the latter.

The London Office is also involved in the organisation of conferences seminars and workshops and to date has organised over ninety conferences, seminars and workshops, as well as management skills training programmes throughout the UK and Europe.



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