Research Overview

We are committed to high quality and data-driven research and recommendations to Advance Education in Muslim Societies (AEMS). AEMS is the crown project of IIIT’s research initiative with focus on educational research in areas of curriculum, pedagogy, leadership, policy, and monitoring and evaluation. Its vision is to promote thriving Muslim societies in which individuals achieve their fullest potential through transformative learning, social development and personal growth. Its mission is to support and promote the advancement of education and political and economic well-being in Muslim societies, through cutting-edge research, compelling policy recommendations, and unique learning solutions to foster societal and individual development.

IIIT philosophical and conceptual research on Islamic thought which spans a period of more than 35 years is the foundation of AEMS research agenda and plans. The ground-breaking work on topics such as Islamization of knowledge and later Integration of Knowledge is available at the library of IIIT in Virginia which has more than 100,000 volumes.  To expand the publication legacy of IIIT, AEMS research results and recommendations will be disseminated through various avenues such as conference presentations, policy briefs, and publications. In collaboration with Indiana University Press two venues for publications are available: 1. a peer reviewed Journal on Education in Muslim Societies (JEMS) and 2. a book series on topics related to the research agenda.

Please see the sub menus to learn more about the conceptual framework of AEMS research, Research Notes, and the first study carried on by the research team on “Mapping the Terrain” of education in Muslim societies that is carried on in fifteen Muslim countries.

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The empirical research agenda of Advancing Education in Muslim Societies (AEMS) explores constructs that align with the universal Islamic values and their impact on the human development and value based education in Muslim societies and communities. “Mapping the Terrain” is the main annual study to learn more about the status of these constructs among adult learners and educators both in K-12 schools and higher education institutions. Below are the constructs (which are a combination of values and skills) examined in the 2019-2020 Annual Study.

AEMS will have several venues for dissemination including: