The Center for Islamic Civilization Studies is one of the research centers affiliated to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) and aspires to achieve the BA goals, including promoting the universality of Islam, its message of tolerance, and the Islamic civilization that has been a cornerstone in human history. The Center’s goals contribute to the dissemination of certain ideals, such as acceptance, fraternity and accepting the other, while rejecting bigotry. The Islamic Civilization, which spread from China in the east to Andalusia in the west, left behind a path of enlightenment and numerous achievements in the fields of science, art, and philosophy that collectively and harmoniously benefitted humanity in many ways. Spaces of freedom were created when translation and openness on different cultures flourished during the Islamic ages and led to diversity and creativity. The Islamic Civilization has had its unique characteristics and momentous achievements throughout history which have remained relevant and significant in our modern day and age.
The Center aims to contribute to the construction of a contemporary and systematic Islamic discourse, interwoven with reality, and create spaces for interaction between Islamic thought and the modern world we live in, with all its entanglements and complications. To this end, the Center presents the contemporary perspectives and thoughts sweeping our modern world in a scientific and cognitive way that introduces Islamic thought to new horizons. It also attempts to mobilize Islamic scholars and intellects to interact positively with global issues, and encourages them to engage in the areas of ijtihad (Islamic diligence), and contemporary social issues without fear or sensitivity.
- Encourage and train researchers to study and publish research about Islamic heritage by providing them with the relevant resources and helping them publish their work, as well as create opportunities for communication between students, researchers and organizations interested in specialized research on Islamic Civilization.
- Exchange expertise and organize regional and international conferences with universities and local and international research centers.
- Organize various scientific activities to connect with the community, such as temporary and permanent exhibitions, training courses and workshops, as well as multiple lectures within the framework of the cultural season organized by the Center.
- Prepare specialized studies and research in the fields of science, arts and literature pertaining to the Islamic Civilization.
- Prepare a specialized database on the Islamic heritage.
- Compile information and documents, and provide specialized consultations on Islamic heritage.