The Center for Islamic Studies was founded on September 25th, 1992 with the goals of the mature growth of Korean missions to the Islamic world, research on issues of Christian-Muslim relations, and discovery of healthy methodologies for Islamic missions.
Beginning from an era in which the Arabian Nights and oil-rich countries were the only sources of knowledge on Islam, enduring through times of Islamophobia that hardened even the hearts of Christians, and experiencing the demand for change in missiological attitudes based on more objective knowledge, the Center for Islamic Studies has continued our diligent efforts in sustaining our identity as a research community for Islamic studies for the purpose of Islamic missions.
Although 20 years have passed since the establishment of the institute, missions in Islamic nations remain as a difficult challenge before us. Debates among Christians on how to define and approach Muslims and Islam are continuously polarized, while the unchanging exclusive and violent attitudes by certain Muslims remain as obstacles to missions. Moreover, the internal struggle between secular Islam and Islamism since the Arab Spring or the Jasmine Revolution continues to provide our institute with agendas and challenges to pursue in our concentrated research into healthy Christian-Muslim relations.
We sincerely hope, that despite our uneasy research environment, all researchers of the Center for Islamic Studies will be able to distinguish and expand God’s will toward the Muslims of our age through continuous research and reflective prayer in South Korea and the world beyond.