The CCI was founded in 1995 to bring attention to the scholarly study of Islam and Muslim societies and communities in Africa and beyond. Since then, it has completed a number of research projects and cooperated with researchers and institutes across the globe. The subjects of the projects have varied from Islamic Law in Africa to Religion, Culture and Identity in post-apartheid South Africa. New projects are currently underway that place an emphasis on Muslim Publics in Africa, on religious values, and on gender and sexuality.
Through its projects, the CCI provides a place for researchers, both senior and up and coming, to share ideas and develop insights about Islam and Muslim societies. It creates a space where students are inspired and supported to embark upon a systematic study and reflection on issues of great interest to scholars and the general public.
The publications of the CCI are a testimony to its achievements. The Journal for Islamic Studies, a peer-reviewed publication accredited by the Department of Education (South Africa), is making a mark in the study of religion in general, and in Islam in particular. The Annual Review of Islam in Africa provides a forum for young and established researchers to publish their findings in an accessible format.