Background and Objectives The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is dedicated to initiating, fostering, and supporting research in various areas of Islamic thought, with the aims of promoting renewal of Islamic thought and integrating diverse approaches in Islamic epistemologies with contemporary humanities and social sciences. IIIT supports the development of original ideas and methodologies that will advance the cause of renewal of Islamic thought and reform of Muslim societies and communities. The Institute encourages scholars to integrate Islamic value framework with their analyses of various socio-religious phenomena, and to query how their findings will advance human civilization.
Eligibility IIIT invites grant applications from faculty, scholars, and researchers in the areas of Islamic studies and thought, arts and humanities, legal studies, and social sciences. The proposed projects should be creative and aligned with the intellectual orientation and objectives of the Institute. Grant applicants should fulfill the following criteria:
PhD/SJD/JDS holders in Islamic studies, law, arts, humanities, and/or social sciences
Based in the US or Canada
Excellent record of scholarly contributions
Active participation in academic/scholarly communities and life
If you do not fulfill the above criteria, please do not apply for a grant. No exceptions will be made.
Expectations and Outcomes IIIT expects the grant holders to produce a tangible outcome: a book, book chapter, publishable paper etc. Grant holders will be offered the opportunity to publish with the IIIT. In some cases, grant award may be contingent on the applicant’s agreement to publish research outcome with IIIT. Since 1981, the Institute has published more than 700 books in more than 20 languages. The Institute’s publications are distributed world-wide in many markets and are available at major online retailers. IIIT also publishes a peer-reviewed English-language journal, the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS), which is indexed in several major indices. For more information, see Publications section at IIIT’s website.
Research Areas and Priorities While the IIIT supports research in all areas of Islamic thought, the Institute has a special interest in following themes:
Epistemology and decolonization of knowledge – Methodologies of integrating revealed knowledge (al-wahy) and human/social sciences; Revelation as a source of knowledge; reason and revelation; decolonization of knowledge and its impact on education; integration of knowledge as decolonization; research methods in Islamic studies/thought.
Renewal of Islamic Thought – Theoretical/methodological studies that would bring new awareness of crucial issues related to the renewal of Islamic thought; developing theologies and methodologies to deal with major issues of our time (New Atheism, violence, gender and sexuality, environment, social and political organization, secularism); study of reform movements, their successes and failures; Qur’anic and Prophetic methodologies of societal reform; legal and constitutional reforms in Muslim societies: new directions in Islamic social, political, and/or economic thought.
New Methodologies in the Study of the Qur’an and Sunnah (‘Ulum al-Qur’an and ‘Ulum al-Hadith) – Studies in modern logic, linguistics, and other areas that may yield new insights into the approaches to the Qur’an and Sunnah; textual criticism in hadith (naqd mutun al-hadith); new approaches to the tafsir; objectives (Maqasid) of the Qur’an; new directions in the study of the Qur’an and Hadith.
Maqasid al-Shari‘ah, Ethics and Public Policy – The maqasidi discourse and its relationship with usul al-fiqh; how can the maqasidi approaches inform ethical considerations, public policy making and/or implementation?; what new insights into public policy making could be obtained by using the maqasidi theories and approaches?; uses and limits of the maqasidi discourses.
Islamic philosophy, spirituality and literary criticism – Rethinking and reappropriation of Islamic philosophy; tazkiyah al-nafs; psychospiritual studies; technologies of the self; literature, literary criticism, and cultural production.
Reform of Education – Theoretical works, case studies, ‘success’ stories, and other issues related to reform of all levels of education in Muslim states and societies; case studies on lessons learned from reform of education in non-Muslim states and societies; reform of curriculum and pedagogical practices.
Social science studies – Priority is given to studies that integrate Islamic epistemologies with contemporary social sciences, or social studies that improve our understanding of various issues related to Muslim communities in the US and abroad.
Evaluation Criteria Grant applications are evaluated internally by IIIT Research Grant Committee and by external reviewers who are experts in areas in which grant applications are made. Main evaluation criteria include the following:
the proposal’s academic strength, integrity, originality, and creativity
use of appropriate and relevant methodologies and methods
the applicant’s qualification to address the proposed topic
the potential for generating excellent research
the proposal’s relevance to the Institute’s aims and objectives
competitive strength of the proposal in relation to other submitted proposals
the applicant’s potential to contribute to collaborative work and projects.
Types of Grants IIIT awards several types of grants: residential fellowships, long-term grants (6-12 months, or longer in exceptional cases), short-term grants (2-4 months), collaborative grants, and doctoral research grants. Not all grants may be available at all times. Unsolicited grant applications will not be considered. Please refer to open call for grant applications to learn which grants are available at any given time. Grant application announcements are usually made three times a year: in Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters.
Equipment, Books, Audio-Visuals, and Other Scholarly Aids By accepting grant award from the IIIT, the grant holder agrees that the IIIT owns all permanent equipment, books, audio-visuals, and other scholarly aids purchased by grant money during the course of research.
Human Subjects IIIT is committed to ethical principles for the protection of human subjects in research. If proposed research involves human subjects, the applicant is strongly recommended to obtain IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval from the home institution. IIIT will not be held liable for any misconduct or unethical treatment of human subjects by grant holders.
Intellectual Property and Copyright By accepting grant or fellowship award, the recipient acknowledges that IIIT reserves first right of refusal to publish, but an exception to this requirement could be made by a mutual agreement. Written permission is needed to publish the results of research outside the IIIT. Such permission will not be withheld unreasonably.