The Institute for Religious and Socio-Political Studies (I-RSS) usesinter-disciplinary academic research to actively shape and contribute to the discourse about Muslims and Islam in North America, especially Canada.
As a non-profit research institute, the I-RSS mission is to produce original and relevant research, filling the gaps in North American academic policy circles. I-RSS does this by creating much-needed space for research, outreach, advocacy, and discussion.
I-RSS acknowledges that Muslims and Islam have a long history in Canada and North America. We recognize that despite the vast impact of Muslims on all aspects of society, negative perceptions have continued to increase, especially since 9/11. These perceptions have been fueled by the Islamophobia “industry," global events, and an overall lack of awareness about the religion’s tenets and the rich diversity of Muslim communities.
I-RSS affirms that changing a culture of misunderstanding and misinformation requires intentional, collaborative effort to develop research-based knowledge and anti-oppressive frameworks for critical analysis about Islam and Muslims.
We develop original research publicationsandhost forums at I-RSS which facilitate discussion around our research, bringing together academics, Islamic organizations, community leaders, activists, and experts.
I-RSS believes in the practical application of research findings, producing policy analyses and providing recommendations on issues concerning Muslims to Islamic organizations. I-RSS research also informs all levels of government for better engagement with North American Muslims.