International Islamic University, Islamabad

Islamabad Saudi Arabia Pakistan

Coordinates: 33°39′24.23″N 73°1′29.14″E / 33.6567306°N 73.0247611°E / 33.6567306; 73.0247611

International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan
بين الاقوامی اسلامی يونيورسٹی اسلام آباد
University Logo
Arabic: "وفوق كل ذي علم عليم"
Motto in English
"All those endowed with knowledge is the All-Knowing"
Established1980 (1980)
ChancellorThe President of Pakistan
PresidentProf. Dr. Hathal Bin Hamoud
RectorProf. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai
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
CampusUrban area 704 acres (245 ha)
AffiliationsHigher Education Commission (Pakistan)
Pakistan Engineering Council
Pakistan Bar Council

The International Islamic University, Islamabad, or IIUI, (Arabic: الجامعة الإسلامية العالمية إسلام آباد‎, Urdu: بين الاقوامی اسلامی 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 remained a source for Higher Education in Pakistan. This university is listed among the recognised universities and degree awarding institutions of Pakistan by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.[1][4]


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

The university was founded in 1980 with funding from inside Pakistan and foreign donations from Saudi Arabia.[7] 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 4th in general universities category by the Higher Education Commission (Pakistan).[8] In February 2014, it awarded King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia an honorary doctorate in politics and international relations.[9] It offers undergraduate and post-graduate programs in law, science, engineering & technology, humanities, arts, religious studies, social and natural sciences.


New student accommodation
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IIUI female block

The university has two campuses.

Old campus

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.[10][11][12]

New campus

The new campus occupies Islamabad's Sector H-10.[13] 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 Arabic

The Faculty of Arabic teaches Arabic Language, literature, Linguistics, Translation and Interpretation.[14]

Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences

The Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences (founded in 2003) teaches computer science and software engineering, physics and nanotechnology, mathematics and statistics, environmental sciences, biotechnology and bioinformatics.[15]

Faculty of Engineering and Technology

The Faculty of Engineering and Technology (founded in 2007) offers degrees in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering.[16]

Iqra College of Technology

The Iqra College of Technology (ICT) is a constituent college of IIUI. It offers B.Tech (Hons) and Diploma of Associate Engineering (DAE) programs.[17]

Faculty of Languages and Literature

The faculty of languages and literature offers BS, MS and PhD degrees in English, Persian and Urdu.[18]

Faculty of Management Sciences

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.[19]

Faculty of Shariah and Law

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.[20]

Faculty of Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences offers degrees in Education, Politics and International Relations, Psychology, History and Pakistan Studies, Islamic Art and Architecture, Mass Communications and Sociology.[21]

Faculty of Islamic Studies

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.[22]

Constituent Units

Centre of Excellence for Modern Languages

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.[23]

International Institute of Islamic Economics

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.[24]

Islamic Research Institute

Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue

Institute of Professional Studies

Shariah Academy


Central library

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.

Islamic Research Institute library

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

Engineering and technology library

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

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

The Shariah Academy Library has a collection of 8,976 books and journals on the subjects of Qur'anic studies, Hadith studies, Sirah, 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).


The university infrastructure includes seven academic buildings. The university's student accommodation includes seven hostels for women and six for men.

Student life

The student body at IIUI come from a variety of countries. IIUI annually hosts a "cultural week" in which students set up stalls presenting the culture of their home countries.[2] Students present aspects of culture like cuisine, literature and wildlife. The event is sometimes attended by foreign diplomats in Pakistan.[2][25]

Research journals

Foreign collaboration

The university has academic ties with:



In March 2015, it was reported that IIUI shut down Barelvi masjid citing security concerns.[31]


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