11th – 18th August 2013
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

This eight-day residential programme on Islam is open to post-graduate students, entrepreneurs and professionals from the Jamat globally. All applicants must have proficiency in English and an undergraduate degree.

The programme aims to:

  1. Provide participants with the knowledge, perspectives and tools, which will enable them to develop a civilisational approach to the understanding of Islam and Muslim societies.
  2. Situate the Ismaili tariqah within the larger context of Islam.
  3. Raise questions, reflect upon and engage in discussion on contemporary issues facing Muslim societies and diasporic Muslim communities.
  4. Provide a forum in which participants and faculty can develop the appropriate frameworks and vocabulary to engage with the issues explored above.


Through a series of discussions on salient issues that impact Muslims today, this programme will seek to develop an informed understanding of the factors that have influenced the historical developments and contemporary expressions of Islam which continue to shape contemporary Muslim societies. Among the themes the programme will touch on are the following: Approaches to the study of Islam; the historical importance and contemporary relevance of the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad; situating Imamat as a model of authority and leadership in the Muslim tradition; law and its Muslim contexts; and contemporary landscape of the Muslimummah.


  • There are a limited number of places available for this programme.
  • All applicants must have proficiency in English and an undergraduate degree or equivalent.
  • IIS and ISMC graduates or those who have attended the Summer Programme previously are not eligible to apply.
  • Those who have completed either of the International Training Programmes (IWTP and PTEP) are also not eligible to apply.
  • Participants will be selected on the basis of their personal statements, academic and professional background, their Jamati and wider community activities as well as their command of the English Language.
  • Telephone interviews may be conducted with shortlisted candidates.
  • Participant contribution of £900 includes boarding and lodging in Cambridge as well as course materials for the duration of the programme.
  • Participants need to make their own travel arrangements to Cambridge, UK.
  • The online application is now over.
  • Handwritten and late applications will not be accepted.
  • Participant contribution to the programme is £900 (GBP).
  • Participants will be responsible for purchasing their own return airfares to London and travel to Cambridge. They will also be expected to obtain their UK visa and pay for any associated costs.
  • Limited financial assistance is available towards a portion of the contribution and will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please note that, due to budgetary constraints, the IIS may not be able to provide the level of financial assistance you request. Nonetheless, the selection of participants will be need-blind. If you would like to apply for financial assistance, please download the form here and email it back to dcr@iis.ac.uk.