The Research and Publications Department at The Islamic College promotes analysis of Islam and Muslims in both historical and contemporary contexts. Our research covers, but is not limited to, Qur’an and hadith studies, theology, philosophy, mysticism, jurisprudence, ethics, politics, and history. Through our publications division, ICAS Press, we have to date published approximately fifty scholarly works, and for the last twelve years we have also been publishing the Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies (JSIS), a quarterly refereed academic journal.
The main activities of the Research and Publications Department are as follows:
- translating classical Islamic texts into the English language;
- publishing works expressing the thought, faith, and practice of Shi‘i Islam;
- researching subjects relevant to modern Islamic society;
- publishing the Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies;
- organising research seminars, lectures, webinars, and conferences, including the annual International Conference on Shi‘i Studies.
The Research and Publications Department also manages the Library at the College. The Library has a focused collection of approximately 20,000 books, journals, and electronic resources. Specialising in Shi‘i Islam, the Library’s resources in this field are available in English, Arabic, and Persian.
ICAS Press was established in 1999 as the publication division of The Islamic College in order to promote Islamic scholarship. The books published by ICAS Press reflect the intellectual vitality of the lecturers at The Islamic College and other scholars around the world to whom ICAS Press commissions work. ICAS Press has published award-winning works on Qur’an and hadith studies, Islamic law, philosophy, mysticism, theology, ethics, history, and logic. Many of these works are used as core readings for specialised courses at academic institutions throughout the world.
Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies (JSIS)
The Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies (JSIS) is a refereed academic journal published by ICAS Press for The Islamic College. The journal conscientiously aims to provide a scholarly platform for critical and informed articles in all fields of Shi‘a studies, including Qur’an and hadith studies, theology, philosophy, mysticism, jurisprudence, and history.