AEMS Publications

The Advancing Education in Muslim Societies (AEMS) initiative has several publications currently available and others in progress. If you have any questions regarding the AEMS Publications, please reach out to: See below for more information.


Mapping the Terrain of Forgiveness: Attitudes in Muslim Societies

Advancing Education in Muslim Societies (AEMS) Explainer Video

Research Notes

IIIT, through its Advancing Education in Muslim Societies (AEMS) initiative, is engaging in research on both the theoretical as well as the empirical levels of advancing education in Muslim societies globally and in North America. The purpose of the “Research Notes” is to highlight the themes that the research teams are working on, including lessons learned, methodology, and contextual considerations. In addition, we will address the complexities of conducting empirical (quantitative and qualitative) research in multiple countries as we strive to advance education in Muslim societies.

In the process of sharing the research notes, we hope to inform and generate conversations on scholarship in educational research in Muslim societies. The research notes will be published once a month through the end of the year (2019).

Multiple authors will address the issues listed below as well as others from their own experiences and perspectives. If you are interested in contributing to the “Research Notes” please contact Dr. Ilham Nasser at


The International Institute of Islamic Thought finalized a partnership with Indiana University Press to launch a new Journal on Education in Muslim Societies (JEMS). The Journal was published as part of IIIT’s new initiative – Advancing Education in Muslim Societies (AEMS). The two issues a year include peer reviewed research articles, commentaries from the field and book reviews. All research articles are subject to double blind review. The Journal was launched in Fall 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Symposium on Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society at Indiana University. IIIT is pleased to announce that Dr Cynthia Miller-Idriss and Dr Shariq A. Siddiqui serve as inaugural editors for the period of 2018-2021.


The State of Education Report 2018-2019 discusses and analyzes the results of the 2018-2019 study from “Mapping the Terrain” which included over 25,000 participants from fifteen countries. It explored how secondary school and university students, parents, teachers, and administrators value skills such as empathy, forgiveness, moral reasoning, and community-mindedness. The report was presented on November 19, 2019 at the American University in partnership with the School of Education’s International Training and Education Program (ITEP). This event will generate a discussion on the implications for advancing education in Muslim societies.

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Once permission is granted in writing from the IIIT empirical research division for a specific use, it must be acknowledged that permission was expressly granted by the IIIT, United States Office in Herndon, Virginia  and “Mapping the Terrain” study’s writing team(s) must be cited as the original source and copyright holder, along with the title and year of publication followed by the words “Reprinted with permission.”


IIIT, through its initiative on Advancing Education in Muslim Societies (AEMS), has launched a book series focused on education topics in partnership with Indiana University Press (IUP). The first book in the series was reviewed and approved by both IIIT publishing department and IUP. The title of the book is Advancing Education in Muslim Societies: The Emerging Discourse of Hope.

This book will be the first title in the series and will focus on the investment in hope and reform attempts that have promise. It will highlight social aspects of education and aim to spread inspiring messages for future generations in Muslim societies. The book responds to the need to shift the educational discourse in Muslim societies from deficiency to a strength-based orientation. Learning from authentic experiences and innovations that are grounded in local realities may serve the Muslim world well and provide new knowledge to a larger audience of educational experts, policy makers, and government officials, among many others. It is critical to bring to the forefront the whole person approach by focusing on enriching the brain and the spirit, and instilling hope back into the teaching and learning spaces within the Muslim context.

A group of experts in education and Muslim education are contributing to the book chapters. Case studies from various countries will also be explored. The book is edited by Dr. Ilham Nasser, AEMS Senior Researcher and Director of Pedagogy.


AEMS Mapping the Terrain Research has released its first brief on policy and research implications which you can read now. This insightful brief prepared by Amina Derbi, Executive Analyst and Graphic Designer, and Dr. Ilham Nasser, Director of Mapping the Terrain Research, provides recommendations on utilizing the findings of the large scale and multisite Mapping the Terrain 2018-2019 study in education policy, curriculum, and pedagogy in the fourteen Muslim-majority societies where there was participation and beyond.

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