THE BERKELEY INSTITUTE FOR ISLAMIC STUDIES
The Berkeley Institute for Islamic Studies (BLIIS) is a non-profit organization that was established in 2017 and is based in Berkeley, California. It was founded with the goal of promoting scholarship on Islam and Islamic cultures both historical and contemporary. The institute’s academic research on Islam includes a broad range of academic disciplines from theology to law, and from anthropology to political science.
The institute encourages an interdisciplinary approach to the academic study of Islam. Within the Islamic tradition, the institute promotes research on those areas which have had relatively little attention devoted to them in Western academia to date. These include the intellectual and literary expressions of Islam in general, and Shīʿism (both Imāmī and Ismāʿīlī) in particular.
As a new kind of online academic institution, the Berkeley Institute for Islamic Studies is aimed at a high-visibility context and its digital platform makes the institute cost-effective for high-value content compared to traditional academic departments.
The institute collaborates with a wide-variety of non-profit institutions for learning, including the Interfaith Unity For Tolerance (IFUT) and the Husaini Foundation based in California, U.S.