News and Events

An Obituary:
The Passing of Ali A. Mazrui
To Read Obituary Click Here

Conference Announcement:
 To view Call for Papers for 44th Annual Conference scroll down to "Upcoming Conferences & Lectures" and click on Call for Papers link.

To view the 43rd Annual Conference Report please scroll down to "Upcoming Conferences & Lectures" and click on conference report link. 

Name Change: Welcome to our newly designed and updated website. After our name change to North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (NAAIMS), we began a restructuring phase which included a rebranded logo, updated literature, and this new website. Under our former name “AMSS,” only the social sciences and Muslim scholars were highlighted. Actually, the themes of our conferences and lectures went beyond the social sciences, while our membership, conference participants, and board of directors included non-Muslims. Our new name accurately reflects the organization’s broad appeal, and identifies and amplifies the true legacy of the organization’s interdisciplinary forum.

Board of Directors: The newly elected NAAIMS Board of Directors (Sept 28, 2013) includes the following scholars: Jon Mandaville, Ph.D. (President); Katherine Bullock, Ph.D. (Vice President); Maria Volpe, Ph.D. (Treasurer); Gavin Brockett, Ph.D. (Secretary); Maria Dakake, Ph.D. (Member at Large); Shabana Mir, Ph.D. (Member at Large); and Amaney Jamal, Ph.D. (Member at Large). This board represents the diversity of the organization in terms of discipline, geography, and scholarly works. For more information about our board click here.

Board Member Wins Outstanding Book Award of 2014:
Muslim American Women on Campus: Undergraduate Social Life and Identity by Dr. Shabana Mir was unanimously voted outstanding book of 2014 by the National Association for Ethnic Studies.

To Read Book Description Click Here.
To Read Washington Post Review Click Here.

Publications: NAAIMS is currently exploring and planning the development of its own peer-reviewed journal. Beginning with AJISS Vol. 30: Fall 2013 - Issue No. 4, NAAIMS no longer co-published the journal. Updates on the future development of our new journal, including its launch date, will be posted on this website.

A detailed overview of the journal’s history is highlighted by former AJISS Editor, Dr. Katherine Bullock, in her editorial commemorating its 25th anniversary (see AJISS Vol. 25: Winter 2008 – Issue No. 1).

Academic Awards Program: This program which includes an Annual Research Travel Grant, Annual Best Graduate Research Paper Awards Competition, and Doctoral Scholarship Program is contingent upon funding. Application forms for each award will be available and announced on this website when funding becomes available. For more information about these three awards click here.

NAAIMS: 501.c.3 Tax-Exempt Organization: Your donations help foster our interdisciplinary forum encouraging scholarship on Islam, and the study of Muslim societies and identities and their relationship to Islamic traditions.

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Upcoming Conferences & Lectures
NAAIMS 44th Annual Conference:

Saturday, September 19, 2015

“Sectarianism in Islam and Muslim Communities"

Cosponsored By:

Middle East Studies 
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Abstracts: May 8, 2015
Final Papers: August 31, 2015

Conference Venue:
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island 02912

To View Call for Papers Click Here


University Lecture Series: NAAIMS is currently planning the calendar of its quarterly lectures which will be held in universities in the US and/or Canada. Details of university venues will be posted on this website.

NAAIMS 43rd Annual Conference: The 43rd Annual Conference cosponsored and hosted by Columbia University’s Middle East Institute (held on September 20th) highlighted the “The Concept of Authority in Muslim Societies: Political, Religious, Social and Literary.”
 It was attended by public officials, professors and graduate students. It featured three panel sessions: New Media and Technologies of Authority; Beyond Conventional Authorities; and In the Shadow of Textual Authority. The presentations sparked animated discussions and commentaries after each panel session during the question and answer (Q & A) periods. The Keynote Speaker, Prof. Khaled Fahmy (Prof. of History, American University in Cairo, Egypt) addressed “Islamist Claims about the Authority of Shari’ah.” His address focused on Egypt and its two most significant Islamist players: the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis. He analyzes these two groups invocation of Shari’ah with respect to two thorny issues: criminal law and codification of Fiqh.  

Conference Report: To view conference report Click Here

Mission Statement

The North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (NAAIMS) is an organization whose mission is to provide a forum for the production and dissemination of academic research on Islam and the diverse lived experience of Muslims. Its conferences, lectures, award programs, research activities and publications promote reflective and analytical studies about Islam and Muslim societies through the disciplines of the social sciences and humanities. NAAIMS pursues scholarship in an academic setting to provide a deeper and greater understanding of Islam and Muslims.

Goals & Objectives

The goals and objectives include, but are not limited to:
  • Providing an interdisciplinary forum for excellence in research and publications relating to the study of Islam and Muslim societies;
  • Encouraging the study of gender issues and alternative perspectives in the Muslim experience;
  • Providing critical, reflective and rigorous scholarship;
  • Approaching the understanding of Islam as a diverse and global phenomenon;
  • Providing a platform for academic studies to encourage discussion and debate about Islam and the experience of Muslims from an interdisciplinary perspective; and
  • Encouraging the study of Muslim identities and their relationship to Islamic traditions.


The North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (NAAIMS), formerly the Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North America (AMSS), is an independent non-profit 501.c.3 tax-exempt membership-based academic organization run by a board of directors elected every two years. The organization encompasses the United States and Canada, and is open to all scholars dedicated to promoting the study of Islam, the diverse lived experience of Muslims, and Muslim societies. It was established in 1972 by North American Muslim scholars as an academic forum to debate social issues relating to the study of Islam and Muslim experiences from an Islamic perspective. It developed a unique space for academics in the interdisciplinary subject areas within Islamic and Muslim studies. Through its conferences cosponsored solely by universities, it created a unique niche in academia encouraging the study of Islam and Islamic studies, which was unrivaled by other Muslim organizations. It organized and instituted university cosponsored conferences and a lecture series in the United States and Canada, and an academic awards program beginning with the Best Graduate Paper Awards Competition in 2001. The following is a list of annual themes presented at its annual conferences since 2000:

2014: "The Concept of Authority in Muslim Societies: Political, Religious, Social and Literary" Cosponsored By: Columbia University, New York, NY

2013: “Constitutions and Islam” Cosponsored By: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

2012: “Religious Dimensions of Democratization Processes in Muslim-Majority Nations”
Cosponsored By: Yale Divinity School, & The MacMillan Center
Yale University, New Haven, CT

2011: “Looking Beyond 9/11: Islam in the West &Democratic Trends in the Middle East & North Africa”
Cosponsored By: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, & Binghamton University, NY

2010:“Cosmopolitan Islam: Globalization Transnationalism and Muslim Diasporas”
Cosponsored By: DePaul University, Chicago, Il

2009:“Islamic Traditions and Comparative Modernities”
Cosponsored By: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

2008: “Crossing Boundaries: Mobilizing Faith, Diversity and Dialogue”
Hosted By: Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA

2007: “Perils of Empire: Islamophobia, Religious Extremism and the New Imperialism”
Cosponsored By: University of Maryland, College Park, MD

2006: “Muslim Identities: Shifting Boundaries and Dialogues”
Cosponsored By: Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT

2005: “Muslims and Islam in the Chaotic Modern World: Relations of Muslims among Themselves and with Others”
Cosponsored By: Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

2004: “Revisioning Modernity: Challenges and Possibilities”
Cosponsored By: George Mason University – Arlington Campus, VA

2003: “East Meets West: Understanding the Muslim Presence in Europe and North America”
Cosponsored By: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

2002: “The Muslim World after September 11: Agenda for Change”
Cosponsored By: American University, Washington, DC

2001: “Religion and Society in the Global Epoch”
Cosponsored by University of Michigan – Dearborn Campus, MI

2000: “Islam and Society in the 21st Century”
Cosponsored by Georgetown University, Washington, DC
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