About Us

The Islamic Studies Network brings together those working in Islamic Studies from a wide range of disciplines to enhance teaching and learning in UK higher education.  The Network is a project of the Higher Education Academy, and was established in 2009 in response to recommendations from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

 Islamic Studies is an umbrella term for the academic study of Islam, Muslim cultures and societies and Islamic knowledge through a variety of subject areas and perspectives. This includes, but is not limited to, those working in Religious Studies, Theology, Language Studies and Linguistics, International Relations, Law, Finance, Management and Business Studies, History, Literature and Textual Studies, Security Studies, Economics, Education, Science, Philosophy, Art, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Politics, Anthropology and Sociology, and interdisciplinary Area Studies programmes, for example those associated with Middle East or South Asian Studies.

The Network’s aims are:

  • to support academics working in different disciplines and institutions by facilitating networking;
  • to provide opportunities to share good practice through events, project grants and publications;
  • to encourage the development and sharing of teaching and learning resources;
  • to support the early career development of PhD students in Islamic Studies;
  • to increase access to digital resources by working with the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC);
  • to develop a sustainable network of Islamic Studies practitioners.

The Network is coordinated by a project team drawn from across the Higher Education Academy and discipline-focused Academic Associates, overseen by the advisory board.  The Network is funded by HEFCE.