Although the west hast studied Islam and West Asia for more than two hundred years now, substantial aspects of the subject remain poorly understood outside the region.

The Centre for Islamic and West Asian Studies at Royal Holloway University of London was established in October 2016 to provide an institutional focus for Royal Holloway scholars interested in Islamic and West Asian societies, including researchers in the departments of Hisotry, Music, Geography, Theatre, English, Economics, and in the School of Law and the School of Management.

Its mission is to foster an exchange of ideas and knowledge among those interested in Islam, Islamic societies, and West Asia, and to contribute to the conversation being carried on, in western academia and around the world, on the future of West Asian societies and on the role that Islam might play in the search for solutions to current problems faced by the peoples of the region.

Consistent with this aim, and with its commitment to facilitating constructive dialogue, CIWAS hopes to become a reference point in the UK for under-researched areas within the field of Islamic and West Asian studies.