About us

The Institute for Islamic Studies and Intercultural Cooperation is a new founded institute located in Mannheim. It is based on a civil initiative.
The opening ceremony took place simultaneously with the institute’s first international symposium “Spirituality in religion and culture” in June 2011.


The researches of the institute are focusing on the fields of Islamic studies, oriental studies and in particular the intercultural cooperation. There is still limited access to the fundamental works and sources describing Islam and its developments. The objective of the institute is therefore to enable the German and English-speaking world access to the literary and intellectual heritage of Islam.


The Institute’s work begins therefore with the translation and interpretation of the scriptures. From an internal perspective and with a modern and progressive approach, the institute seeks to bring Islam’s treasure of knowledge closer to the local community in Europe in order to contribute to better mutual understanding. The institute has established specially for this a multi – lingual and exclusive library with a collection of over 20,000 copies with the basic literatures of Islam in the languages of Arabic, German, English, Turkish and French (the library collection is constantly being expanded and updated). In addition the Institute offers several seminar rooms, a language lab, and a conference hall equipped with state of the art technology with up to 200 seats available.


Further projects of the Institute are:

  • education of Arabic and English language,
  • support for students and scholars in their academic work,
  • organization of symposia and lecture series.
    The Institute is a far comprehensive and independent initiative, which seeks in the long term, the training and education of excellently trained scientists and scholars.

Financing & support

Beyond private donations and membership fees the Institute receives support from the sponsoring association KUDEM e. V. (www.kudem.de)