About the Centre

The Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam aims to support the production and dissemination of superior scholarship on Islam and Muslims, actively engage with the broader community, and show leadership in innovative approaches to the study of Islam and issues facing Muslims today.

A Vital Resource
The Centre is located in the Religion program of Carleton University’s prestigious College of the Humanities, which offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion with a minor in Muslim Studies. The Centre promotes a deeper understanding of Islam in the wider community, conducting research and organizing conferences, workshops, public lectures, seminars, and special events. It works with academic partners as well as civil society and community institutions.

A Unique Opportunity
Carleton University is explicitly non-sectarian. This means that Carleton welcomes all traditions and embraces a multitude of scholarly approaches. This provides students and scholars with a unique opportunity to study Islam, produce ground-breaking research, and make meaningful contributions to society.

Director’s Message

Welcome to the Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam (CCSI). The Centre is a university institution of learning and research on Islam and Muslims in the capital of Canada. It was founded in 2008 with generous support from members from the community and Carleton University. Carleton’s Board of Governors, Administration, and staff members have been instrumental in establishing this unique institution in Ottawa. CCSI operates as an academic and non-denominational Centre engaged in the pursuit of knowledge and human advancement, in accordance with the constitution of Carleton University.  The Centre addresses the thought, practices, institutions, and civilizations shaped by Muslims in historical and contemporary times.

CCSI’s mandate includes the arrangement of seminars and public lectures as well as the development of a hub in Ottawa for scholars and students engaged in the study of Islam and Muslims, networking with similar academic institutions, and facilitating faculty exchanges. Members of the University and the public are welcome to participate in CCSI events. I invite you to sign up for our mailing list through the Contact page. The Centre looks forward to your ongoing feedback and to your support.

Professor Karim H. Karim

Director, Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam 

A Strong Start 

Work for the creation of the Centre has intensified since 2007. Since then, two new professors specializing in Islam have been hired. These appointments were made possible in part with the financial support of community members who clearly recognize the need for this Centre. An advisory committee consisting of community leaders and academics was formed in 2009 to help initiate, establish, and develop the Centre.

In January 2010, the Centre presented a public lecture by William C. Chittick, a world-class scholar and professor of religious studies at Stony Brook University. Professor Chittick’s lecture, “The Role of Love in the Qur’anic Worldview,” drew a large crowd from a broad cross-section of Canadian society, suggesting that there is substantial public interest in such events.