Centre for Islamic Theology

Founded in 2005, the Centre for Islamic Theology (CIT) is a relatively new department of the Faculty of Religion and Theology and as such constantly evolving. The Centre focuses on the study of Islam as a praxis and scientific discipline. CIT seeks to be a centre for expertise, education and academic research in the field of Islam. This includes hermeneutics, religious transmission, ethics, philosophy, tradition, and Islam in context. Particular attention is paid to the position and role of Islam in the Netherlands and Europe. The three main areas of focus are: 1) deepen knowledge and understanding of the (historic) Islam, 2) reflections on Islam in the modern world, and 3) the context in which Muslims live in the Netherlands.

Coordinator: dr. Yaser Ellethy


The research programme of the Centre for Islamic Theology

The CIT Research programme focuses on the description of texts, opinions and facts with the propose of developing the Islamic tradition our contemporary context. Our research is academically challenging, innovative and socially relevant.

Academic chairs

The Centre has established two academic chairs: an ordinary chair Arabic and Islam Studies which is held by Prof. F.C.W. Doufikar-Aerts, and an endowed chair Muslim/Christian Dialogue which is held by Prof. P.A. van Doorn-Harder.


The Centre has established strong contacts with several institutions in Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Indonesia and other institutions within and outside the islamic world which, among others, makes it possible for students to follow an internship abroad. A prominent cooperation partner is Al-Qarawiyyin in Fez (Morocco), the distinguished and oldest Islamic university. Moreover, the Centre is a member and cooperation partner of the League of Islamic Universities (also known as Union of Islamic Universities).


During this academic year (2012/2013), the Centre will enter a new phase of strengthening its research and education programme. For instance, the Centre is developing a Post-Master’s programme (60 ects) which allows students to strengthen their academic skills and knowledge of the Islamic Theology and Arabic language and become an imam in a mosque.