North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (NAAIMS)


North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (NAAIMS)

The North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (NAAIMS) is an organization whose mission is to provide a forum for the production and dissemination of academic research on Islam and the diverse lived experience of Muslims. Its conferences, lectures, award programs, research activities and publications promote reflective and analytical studies about Islam and Muslim societies through the disciplines of the social sciences and humanities. NAAIMS pursues scholarship in an academic setting to provide a deeper and greater understanding of Islam and Muslims.

The goals and objectives include, but are not limited to:

• Providing an interdisciplinary forum for excellence in research and publications relating to the study of Islam and Muslim societies;
• Encouraging the study of gender issues and alternative perspectives in the Muslim experience;
• Providing critical, reflective and rigorous scholarship;
• Approaching the understanding of Islam as a diverse and global phenomenon;
• Providing a platform for academic studies to encourage discussion and debate about Islam and the experience of Muslims from an interdisciplinary perspective; and
• Encouraging the study of Muslim identities and their relationship to Islamic traditions.

The North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (NAAIMS), formerly the Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North America (AMSS), is an independent non-profit 501.c.3 tax-exempt membership-based academic organization run by a board of directors elected every two years.

The organization encompasses the United States and Canada, and is open to all scholars dedicated to promoting the study of Islam, the diverse lived experience of Muslims, and Muslim societies. It was established in 1972 by North American Muslim scholars as an academic forum to debate social issues relating to the study of Islam and Muslim experiences from an Islamic perspective. It developed a unique space for academics in the interdisciplinary subject areas within Islamic and Muslim studies. Through its conferences cosponsored solely by universities, it created a unique niche in academia encouraging the study of Islam and Islamic studies, which was unrivaled by other Muslim organizations.

It organized and instituted university cosponsored conferences and a lecture series in the United States and Canada, and an academic awards program beginning with the Best Graduate Paper Awards Competition in 2001.

Annual Conferences

The following is a list of annual themes presented at its annual conferences since 2000:

– 2020: “Diverse Approaches to Qur’anic Studies in the Western Academy” Cosponsored by George Washington University, Washington, DC, and Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH

– 2019: “Muslim Communities in Europe and North America: Contemporary Developments and Challenges” Cosponsored By: Boston University, Boston, MA

– 2018: “Impact of Emerging Digital Technology and Social Media on Muslim Communities” Cosponsored By: City University of New York (CUNY), New York, NY

– 2017: “Muslims and the City” Cosponsored By: Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA


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