In their focus on Muslim societies, the Institute’s programmes take account of the diversity of cultures where Muslims were, and are, a significant constituency. The approach to the study of Muslim civilisations is within a framework of world cultures, allowing for a wider analytical and comparative perspective.
This approach will entail studying the context of cultural and intellectual history within which religious ideas and practices have meaning. It will require that cultural manifestations such as art, poetry and architecture be examined alongside doctrine, law and religious practice. The Institute will endeavour to understand the character of Muslim civilisations as they have evolved over time, and also to focus on the complex social, cultural and historical processes that they are undergoing in the contemporary world. AKU-ISMC will seek to address fundamental challenges to the human condition today, including, amongst others, the issues of poverty and governance.
This seamless integration of the study of history and current concerns is an enterprise with philosophical and educational significance and one that may help individuals and societies find meaning and purpose in the traditions that surround them and in the many different worlds they inhabit.