Founded: 7 April 1999
Address: 11 Abdulla Qodiriy ko’chasi, Tashkent
Student nos Approx. 500
Founded by presidential decree, TIU is unique in the entire Central Asian region (and arguably, in the Islamic world as a whole). Its objective is to raise awareness of the vital role of religion and, in the context of Uzbekistan, Islam in particular, in contributing to the development of society. This requires a sound grasp of the essential tenets of the faith, but also a good knowledge of contemporary social issues and problems. Thus, TIU has pioneered an integrated approach that combines traditional Islamic scholarship (history, philosophy, jurisprudence, classical languages, textual exegesis and so on) along with modern subjects such as international relations, economics, natural sciences and information and communications technology. The students are encouraged to engage with current issues and to produce applied project work (e.g. the full text of the Holy Quran, beautifully recited in Arabic, with subtitles in Uzbek, Russian and English – available as a CD). TIU has collaborative ties with organizations, universities and research centres across the world. Prominent statesmen regularly visit TIU (Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, is an honorary student of TIU).
The UNESCO Chair on Religious Studies and the Comparative Study of World Religions was established in the context of the International Congress on Interreligious Dialogue and Culture of peace in Tashkent, 14-16 September, 2000, within the framework of TIU Faculty of History and Philosophy of Islam. In October 2016, at a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), President Mirziyoyev announced the launch of a Department for the Study of Islamic Civilization, also to be based at TIU; the following year, to head this department, the ISESCO (Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Chair was established.
TIU continues to expand. It now has branches in Bukhara and Termez. It also continues to strengthen its ties with Departments of Islamic studies in other Islamic countries. It has a rich Fund of rare manuscripts and lithographs, as well as a comprehensive library of more modern scholarly works on aspects Islamic science and civilisation. The most important work in its collection is the great Uthman Quran. Curating, studying, classifying and cataloguing this material is an on-going task, especially as the Fund continues to acquire important new items.