About Us 

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The Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations was founded in 2002.  Part of the Aga Khan University, the Institute shares the university’s commitment to academic excellence and social development.   ISMC’s ambitious remit is to carry out excellent research and  enable future leaders to address the complex challenges facing the world.

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At ISMC we work to shine a light on historical and contemporary aspects of Muslim societies and to create fresh platforms for thinking about the future through education, research and outreach​.  


We run a three-semester Master of Arts in Muslim Cultures which attracts post-graduate students from around the world.  The institute also offers a range of short courses which aim to offer professionals the knowledge and depth of understanding to address complex issues and challenges faced by Muslim societies both globally and in the UK. 


Research at ISMC concentrates on issues critical to contemporary societies, including those that may be controversial relatively unexplored within Muslim contexts. 


We are based in the iconic Aga Khan Centre, a brand-new building in the heart of London’s King’s Cross, home to three organisations; Aga Khan Foundation UK, Aga Khan Univeristy Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and The Institute of Ismili Studies.  The building incorporates a collection of g which provide an insight into the diversity and influence of Islamic design.  


London offers the ideal location for the Institute as a city in which freedom of thought and expression have a long tradition of being encouraged and protected.


ISMC is committed to widening participation and promoting scholarship that opens up new perspectives on the diversity of the Muslim world.  Through its outreach programme, the Institute runs a wide range of conferences, seminars, lectures, events and talks.



The Aga Khan University (International) in the United Kingdom

Incorporated in England as a company limited by guarantee no. 4448389 | Registered Charity Number 1179136

Registered office: Aga Khan Centre, 10 Handyside Street, London N1C 4DN​