International Islamic University, Islamabad

Coordinates: 33°39′24.23″N 73°1′29.14″E / 33.6567306°N 73.0247611°E / 33.6567306; 73.0247611
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International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan
الجامعة الإسلامية العالمية بإسلام آباد
Other name
Arabic: "وفوق كل ذي علم عليم"
Motto in English
"All those endowed with knowledge have the All-Knowing above them"
Established1980 (1980)
ChancellorThe President of Pakistan
PresidentProf. Dr. Hathal Homoud Alotaibi
RectorSamina Malik
Academic staff
2000 to 2,500
Administrative staff
1,800 to 2,300
Students28,000 to 30,000
Undergraduates16,000 to 18,000
Postgraduates10,000 to 12,000
400 to 500

33°39′24.23″N 73°1′29.14″E / 33.6567306°N 73.0247611°E / 33.6567306; 73.0247611
CampusUrban, 704 acres (285 ha)
Colors  Green

The International Islamic University, Islamabad, or IIUI, (Arabic: الجامعة الإسلامية العالمية بإسلام آباد, Urdu: بین الاقوامی اسلامى يونيورسٹی اسلام آباد) is a public research university located in Islamabad, Pakistan.[1][2][3] It was established in 1980 and restructured in 1985, and remains a valuable source for Higher Education in Pakistan. The university is regularly listed among the most recognized universities and prestigious degree awarding institutions of Pakistan by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.[1][4] The university ranks joint second in the 2022 top university rankings of Times Higher Education World University Rankings in Pakistan. It also constantly ranks among the best universities in the country for the general category by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.


The university is a centre of Islam, theology and the Islamic studies in a contemporary context .[5][6]

The university was founded in 1980 with funding from inside Pakistan and foreign donations from Saudi Arabia.[7][8] The university provides education and training in Islamic law for the professions of judicial officers, public prosecutors, teachers of madrassas, preachers of Friday sermons and imams.[7][6]

It attracts students domestically and from Central and Southeast Asia.[7]

In 2012, the university was ranked fourth in general universities category by the Higher Education Commission (Pakistan).[9] In February 2014, it awarded King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia an honorary doctorate in politics and international relations.[10] It offers undergraduate and post-graduate programs in law, science, engineering & technology, humanities, arts, religious studies, social and natural sciences.


New student accommodation
IIUI female block

The university has two campuses.

Old campus[edit]

The old campus lies about the Faisal Masjid. The masjid was designed by Vedat Dalokay, a Turkish architect. It was donated to the university by King Faisal of Saudi Arabia. The Masjid is one of the largest in the world and is able to accommodate tens of thousands of people in its prayer hall, women's gallery and courtyard.[11][12][13]

New campus[edit]

The new campus occupies Islamabad's Sector H-10.[14] The first phase of construction of the new campus was completed in 2013. Since then a campus area for women has been established. In 2006, the construction of the Central Library and the Lincoln Corner was completed.


The university consists of the following faculties:

Faculty of Computing[edit]

The Faculty of Computing (founded in 2016) teaches computer science and software engineering

Faculty of Arabic[edit]

The Faculty of Arabic teaches Arabic Language, literature, Linguistics, Translation and Interpretation.[15]

Faculty of Sciences[edit]

The Faculty of Sciences (founded in 2003) teaches physics and nanotechnology, Mathematics and Statistics, environmental sciences, biotechnology and bioinformatics.[16]

Faculty of Engineering and Technology[edit]

The Faculty of Engineering and Technology (founded in 2007) offers degrees in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering.[17] It has a lot of foreign qualified faculty.

Iqra College of Technology[edit]

The Iqra College of Technology (ICT) is a constituent college of IIUI. It offers B.Tech (Hons) and Diploma of Associate Engineering (DAE) programs. It has faculty duly recognized by PEC[18]

Faculty of Languages and Literature[edit]

The faculty of languages and literature offers BS, MS and PhD degrees in English, Persian and Urdu.[19]

University rankings
Global – Overall
QS World[20]1201-1400
QS Employability[21]7.3
THE World[citation needed]600–800
Regional – Overall
QS Asia[22]301-350
THE Asia[21]150-200
National – Overall
HEC National[citation needed]05

Faculty of Management Sciences[edit]

The faculty of management sciences was founded in 1995. In 1996, the Department of Business Administration offered Master of Business Administration program. The Department of Technology Management was founded in 1998. It is the largest faculty of the university with around 3,700 registered students.[23]

Faculty of Shariah and Law[edit]

The Faculty of Shariah and Law was first established in Quaid-i-Azam University in 1979. In 1980, it was incorporated into International Islamic University, Islamabad. Students enrolling in doctorate programs complete one year of compulsory coursework before commencing a thesis. More than 900 students have graduated from this faculty.[24]

Faculty of Social Sciences[edit]

The Faculty of Social Sciences offers degrees in Anthropology, Education, Politics and International Relations, Psychology, History and Pakistan Studies, Islamic Art and Architecture, Mass Communications and Sociology.[25]

Faculty of Islamic Studies[edit]

A Faculty of Islamic Studies (Usuluddin) was founded in 1981. It offers degrees in the Tafseer and Quranic sciences, Hadith, comparative religion, Da'wah and Islamic culture, Aqeedah and philosophy and Seerah and Islamic history. The Da'wah Academy was founded in March 1985. The Shari'ah Institute of Training was founded in 1981 and became an academy in 1985.[26]

Faculty of Usuluddin have different international faculty members. Such as Al-Azhar University[27] qualified professors.

Constituent Units[edit]

Centre of Excellence for Modern Languages[edit]

The Centre of Excellence for Modern Languages teaches English, Chinese and Urdu languages preparatory courses for students seeking to enroll in foreign and national universities (for example, HEC scholarships) or seeking employment. It also offers an English proficiency program.[28]

International Institute of Islamic Economics[edit]

The university's International Institute of Islamic Economics was founded in 1983. It offers degrees in Islamic banking and finance, econometric and rural development. Within the faculty, the Division of Research and Training promotes research and offers training for staff of public and private financial and academic institutions.[29]

Islamic Research Institute[edit]

Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue[edit]

Institute of Professional Studies[edit]

Shariah Academy[edit]


Central library[edit]

The central library is situated on the new campus. There is also the Muhammad Hamidullah and the International Institute of Islamic Economics library. It contains rare books on Islamic law relating to economics and Islamic governance. in this library you can read every department's books

Islamic Research Institute library[edit]

The Islamic Research Institute library is a source of knowledge about Islam.

Engineering and technology library[edit]

The engineering and technology library contains 25,000 books. Fifteen periodicals are subscribed and ten newspapers are purchased. The library can seat fifty users. There are 550 research reports and theses.

Da'wah Academy library[edit]

DA’WAH ACADEMY LIBRARIES Da’wah Academy has five types of libraries to fulfill the information needs of its research scholars, academicians, course participants, and the general public. These are Da’wah Research Library, Dr. Mehmood Ahmed Ghazi Library, Da’wah Centre for Women Library, Dawah Children Library Faisal Masjid Campus Islamabad and Regional Da’wah Centre (Sindh) Library, Karachi.

Shari'ah Academy Library[edit]

The Shariah Academy Library has a collection of 8,976 books and journals on the subjects of Qur'anic studies, Hadith studies, Prophet's Biography, Islamic law and Anglo-Saxon law. There are also a number of departmental libraries such as the Research Journals library, the Library of Islamic Studies, the Al-Dirassat Al-Islamyya, the Fikro Nazar, the Insights library and the Mayar library. The university publishes the Journal of Business and Management Sciences (JBMS).

Dr. Hamidullah Library[edit]

It is located in the basement of Faisal mosque and it has large volume of books on varieties of subjects.


The university infrastructure includes seven academic buildings. The university's student accommodation includes seven hostels for women and seven for men including Kuwait Hostel, located in the old campus adjacent to Faisal Masjid. Kuwait Hostel has seven sub-blocks in it.

Research journals[edit]

  • Islamic Studies [30]
  • Al-Dirassat Al-Islamyya [30]
  • Insights [31]
  • Mayar [32]
  • Islamabad Law Review [33]
  • Fikr o Nazar [30]
  • Journal of Business and Management Sciences [34]

Foreign collaboration[edit]

The university has academic ties with:


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b International Islamic University, Islamabad is listed on the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) most recognised and prestigious Degree Awarding Institutions Higher Education Commission of Pakistan website, Retrieved 1 September 2020
  2. ^ "Cultural week opens at IIUI". Dawn (newspaper). 18 April 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  3. ^ "International Islamic University location." Google Maps. Accessed 1 September 2020
  4. ^ Ahmed A. and Sonn T. (ed.) "The SAGE Handbook of Islamic Studies." SAGE, 2010 p124. ISBN 1446264521, 9781446264522.
  5. ^ Yusuf I. "Islam and Knowledge: Al Faruqi's Concept of Religion in Islamic Thought." I.B.Tauris 2012. ISBN 0857731262, 9780857731265.
  6. ^ a b Overview of International Islamic University on website Retrieved 1 September 2020
  7. ^ a b c John Esposito (ed.). The Oxford Dictionary of Islam. p. 139.
  8. ^ "A monument to fraternity | Shehr |".
  9. ^ ""Ranking of Universities in 2012"". Higher Education Commission of Pakistan website. 18 July 2012. Archived from the original on 25 May 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Pakistan's International Islamic University Awards Honorary Doctorate to the Custodian of the Two Holy Masjids." Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Saudi Arabia. 2 March 2014. Accessed 12 November 2015.
  11. ^ The Art and Architecture of Pakistan (Faisal Mosque) on GoogleBooks website Retrieved 1 September 2020
  12. ^ Rizvi K. "The Transnational Masjid: Architecture and Historical Memory in the Contemporary Middle East." UNC Press Books, 2015 p90. ISBN 1469621177, 9781469621173. Accessed at Google Books 1 September 2020
  13. ^ "Faisal Mosque". ArchNet Digital Library website. 21 October 2007. Archived from the original on 3 May 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  14. ^ "International Islamic University, Islamabad." Google Maps. Accessed 30 August 2020
  15. ^ "About Faculty of Arabic | International Islamic University".
  16. ^ "About Faculty of Sciences | International Islamic University".
  17. ^ "About FET | International Islamic University".
  18. ^ "About IQRA | International Islamic University".
  19. ^ "About FLL | International Islamic University".
  20. ^ "Top Universities QS World University Rankings 2023". Retrieved 22 October 2022.
  21. ^ a b "The World University Rankings: Quaid i Azam University". 1 October 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  22. ^ "QS Asia University Rankings 2022". Retrieved 22 October 2022.
  23. ^ "About Faculty of Management Sciences | International Islamic University".
  24. ^ "About Shria'h & Law | International Islamic University".
  25. ^ "About FSS | International Islamic University".
  26. ^ "About Faculty of Usuluddin (Islamic Studies) | International Islamic University".
  27. ^ "Al-Azhar University".
  28. ^ "Centre of Excellence for Modern Languages(CEML) | International Islamic University".
  29. ^ "About International Institutes of Islamic Economics | International Islamic University".
  30. ^ a b c "Journals – Islamic Research Institute".
  31. ^ "Insights – Research Journal | International Islamic University".
  32. ^ "| International Islamic University".
  33. ^ "Journal – Islamabad Law Review – Introduction | International Islamic University".
  34. ^ "Journal of Business and Management Sciences | International Islamic University".

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