The International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia was established in September 2007 in Kuala Lumpur as an independent non-profit research think-tank, with an initial grant from the government of Malaysia. On 9 October 2008, IAIS was formally launched by the then Prime Minister of Malaysia and its Founding Patron Tun Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi.
The Institute is dedicated to the rigorous pursuit of objective academic and policy research on Islam and contemporary challenges of concern to Malaysia, the global Ummah and Islam’s engagement with other civilisations. Our quest for renewal highlights the essential values and principles which resonate with the timeless significance of Islamic teachings.
The Islamic revivalist discourse of recent decades was largely ideologically driven, focused on legal issues, externalities of ritual or dress, and voiced primarily parochial and partisan concerns. IAIS Malaysia began with the challenging agenda to widen the scope of discourse through a fresh focus on Islam’s broader civilisational objectives representing the Ummah as a whole.
Firmly grounded in Islam’s authentic teachings, IAIS aspires to facilitate the regeneration and renewal (tajdid) of Islamic civilisation rooted in the Qur’an and Sunnah. Through research into Islamic source texts bearing on significant issues facing Muslim societies, the Institute provides policy recommendations to government entities, multinational organisations and NGOs. We support activities and projects contributing to the renewal of contemporary Islamic thought and raising the level of discourse in order to advance human wellbeing.