MI undertakes two levels of research foundational or basic and applied. Foundational research covers the relationship between maqasid and the primary sources of the Quranic and Sunnah. It considers historical and contemporary maqasid theories, as well as the scholars of past and present who contributed to this rich intellectual field. Applied research covers a number of disciplines including: Islamic law; development; public policy and governance; arts and entertainment; holistic education; women and minorities; food and health; social justice; environment; and, interfaith studies.


Led by Professor Jasser Auda, MI’s community of scholars is currently undertaking a major initiative in foundational maqasid research. Foundational research examines the relationship between the maqasid and the primary sources of the Quran and Sunnah. While acknowledging the history of this rich intellectual field and considering contemporary contributions, our team aims to develop a new methodology based on a Quranic paradigm.

As the core of our work, we approach the Quran as a sacred text that demands the recognition of a number of principles. These principles may be considered the heuristics with which we study the Quran.


Concurrent to our foundational research efforts, MI is actively engaged in applied research in a number of fields, which we aim to gradually expand over the coming years. Our experts are engaged in research related to interfaith studies, public policy and governance, sustainable development, women and minorities as well as Islamic law.

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