Islam is an important religion in Southeast Asia. As the major faith in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei, but a minor faith in Thailand, the Philippines, and some other countries, Islam in the region exhibits a rich yet complicated interplay with diverse local cultures and political structures. Statistically the 240 million Muslims in the region are a very significant composition of total Muslim population throughout the world. Despite its significant quantity and long history, Muslims in Southeast Asia have much been underrepresented in both popular and scholarly inquiries.
The Institute of Southeast Asian Islam (ISAIs) was established to be a strategic hub for studying, researching, and promoting the richness and diversity of Islam in the region. The Institute is an umbrella organization for researchers and activists to undertake scholarly studies and other programs promoting peaceful Islam within the context of cultural and political diversity of Muslims in the region.
To strengthen popular and scholarly understanding of Islam in Southeast Asia through the exploration and dissemination of the multifaceted expressions of Islam in the diverse political, cultural, and economic context of Southeast Asian nations.
The ISAIs will pursue the enhancement of peaceful Islam in the region through studies, researches, seminars, conferences, workshops and trainings, and publications involving academics, Islamic scholars and activists. Cross-countries networking, exchanges and collaborations are the primary approach in all program deliveries.
- Public Lecture: delivered by distinguish experts or high profile community leaders
- Monthly Discussion: topics are related to the on-going researches by ISAIs or highly debated current issues related to Islam in the region
- Independent and Collaborative Research: ISAIs will conduct researches on particular important topics related to the dynamic of Islam in the region, such as Islam and citizenship, the role of Islam in development and welfare provision, Islam and security threats, as well as Islam and interreligious relations
- Workshop, Training, and Short Course: these are small forums for capacity development purposes involving staffs and targeted participants for the dissemination of the Institute’s core values
- Seminar and Conference: these are larger forums aimed to discuss and share intellectual endeavors, lessons learned, as well as best practices of Islam in the region
- Publication: ideas and research findings are disseminated through websites, modules, books, and academic journals
- Networking: strengthening and broadening collaborative works with universities, research centers, civil society organizations, governments, and multilateral organizations at the region and beyond