Islamic Institute for Development & Research (IIDR)


Islamic Institute for Development & Research (IIDR)

The vision

To enhance the human living experience through a deep, dynamic and relevant understanding and articulation of the Islamic faith for the 21st Century.

The aim is to bridge the gap between the intellectual tradition of Islam and modernity; activist and intellectual strands of civil society and foster a more contextualized and nuanced understanding of Islam amongst Muslims as well as mainstream audiences.


At IIDR people engage with Islamic knowledge disciplines through a holistic, contextualized and multi-disciplinary approach where the worlds of Quranic Studies and Islamic Jurisprudence converge with Philosophy and History and where Prophetic Traditions and Sufism are explored through the lens of Psychology and Leadership Studies. It is our contention that a dynamic synthesis between Islamic sciences and human knowledge provides the most effective articulation of faith relevant to its time and space.

The audience

Students, professionals and institutions who want to enhance their understanding of Islam.

The people

IIDR strives for academic excellence. In pursuit of this objective, our lecturers and instructors hail from prestigious academies of learning and many are the world’s leading experts in their respective fields of specialization. Broadly speaking, the lecturers delivering our courses or contributing in other ways fall into one of four categories – traditional scholars, university academics, specialists and experts and we also provide a unique platform for young Western Muslim scholars and teachers.

Being familiar with teachers:


IIDR organizes educational courses on a broad range of Islamic disciplines including:

  • Arabic
  • Quranic studies
  • Hadith studies
  • Theology
  • Jurisprudence
  • Sufism
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Self-Development
  • Islamic Art
  • Islamic Finance

Many of the academic courses are integrated with human sciences to provide a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to Islamic knowledge.

Since inception, IIDR courses and events have been attended by over 10,000 students and participants. The aim is to empower students with essential Islamic knowledge in order to enhance the shared human living experience.

Most of our courses are held at university campuses. IIDR has held courses and events across different universities.


IIDR organizes seminars and lectures with renowned scholars, experts and academics on a range of disciplines and subjects. These seminars provide expert insights.

Academic tours

IIDR plans and executes a nationwide university tour engaging with students and teaching staff. These academic tours host international scholars and provide a unique opportunity for a range of audiences to engage with leading scholars.


Academic conferences are organized by IIDR on a periodic basis. Our conferences gather together students, researchers, scholars and academics to share, discuss and debate ideas.

Book launches

Ideas shape our world and our perceptions. IIDR works closely with renowned authors, intellectuals and scholars to facilitate book launches to bring share and discuss these ideas with a wider audience.


IIDR provides training programs in two fields – teacher training and leadership training.


Under the publications strand of IIDR, we aim to provide the Islamic education and knowledge sector with standardized textbooks, syllabuses and creative resources.

IIDR also produces periodic research papers, newspapers and journals to enhance understanding of Islamic sciences and its relevance in the modern world.

Syllabi development

IIDR is developing syllabus, content and textbooks in English on a range of Islamic sciences. This is a three-year project and is supervised by an Academic Editorial Board composed of scholars from a diverse range of renowned educational institutions including Al-Azhar University (Egypt), Oxford University (UK), SOAS (UK), University of Sorbonne (France) and Nadwatul Ulama (India).

The syllabus and resources developed by IIDR will be available for individual, academic institutions and knowledge providers. It is envisioned that a significant will be adopted as standard textbooks by many educational bodies both in the UK and internationally.


IIDR events including courses, seminars, debates and conferences are recorded to provide content for IIDR’s multimedia strategy. The content is available online in both audio and visual formats.

An online knowledge archive will be developed as educational resources

Visit IIDR’s online multimedia section here.


Islamic Institute for Development & Research (IIDR) has initiated four educational and research grants:

  • Tanmiya Fund for social sciences
  • Azhar Fund for Arabic & Islamic sciences
  • Ibtikar Fund for creativity and communication
  • Ibda Fund for independent and postgraduate research

These grants are provided on a discretionary basis and aim to provide financial support for pursuing the designated fields of study as outlined.


IIDR creates online e-learning platforms to engage wider audiences.


As an integral part of its strategic growth plan, IIDR has established specialist academic subsidiaries. These subsidiaries are managed independently by a board of directors and advisors in close co-ordination with IIDR.

British Academy for Quranic Studies (BAQS)

In 2008, the first academic subsidiary of IIDR was established – the British Academy for Quranic Studies (BAQS).

IIDR Ideas

In 2012, IIDR Ideas was established to focus on thought leadership and research.


In pursuit of realizing the vision and objectives of IIDR, we form strategic partnerships with academic and professional institutions.


IIDR provides consultancy services to third parties in the following areas:

  • Tailor-made courses and seminars
  • Commissioned research
  • Syllabus development
  • Academic briefing papers
  • Academic advisory


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