Partnerships​​ and Collaborations​


research-themes-and-projects.jpg​​Professor Stephen Lyon and Dr Jeff Tan​ with their research partners at Karakorum International University, Gilgit, Pakistan, 2020​.

Located at the Aga Khan Centre (AKC) in London's Knowledge Quarter in King's Cross, AKU-ISMC is an integral part of the Aga Khan University, and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and we are dedicated to improving quality of life. We contribute to the global impact of the Aga Khan University across our six campuses in Pakistan, East Africa, and the United Kingdom. The collaboration between AKU-ISMC and AKU's Faculty of Arts and Sciences is central to the University's mission of becoming a world-class liberal arts institution. 

Our community of international academics is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of social science and humanities, both within the United Kingdom and on a global scale. We proudly publish our research in collaboration with Edinburgh University Press, and we have been awarded with research grants from esteemed institutions such as the British Academy, the European Research Council, and the Mellon Foundation. Hosting prestigious conferences, including the 10th Islamic Legal Studies Conference (2022), Annual Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies (2023), and our own Arabic Pasts: Histories and Historiographies conferences, further demonstrates our commitment to scholarly excellence. We are proud to offer a graduate program on Muslim Cultures that is taught as a Dual Degree in collaboration with Columbia University, and we have successfully delivered various Short Courses, Summer, and Winter Schools with esteemed international partners to provide unique opportunities for knowledge exchange and the exploration of diverse perspectives.  

Alongside our academic pursuits, we strive to bridge the gap between academic excellence and the challenges faced by underdeveloped and culturally diverse societies. We actively engage with civil society organizations working in areas such as Religious Education, intercultural dialogue, policing, counterterrorism, and international diplomacy. Our work aims to challenge essentialist assumptions by demonstrating that broad generalizations about religions or geographies, such as Islam, the West, and the Global North and South, lack substantial evidence when examined closely.