PISAI - Pontificio Istituto di Studi Arabi e d'Islamistica
The Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI) is a study and research center founded by the Society of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) in 1926 in Tunisia and has been educating students in Rome for over fifty years. PISAI aims to train students from the intellectual and spiritual points of view, specifically in the theological and cultural aspects of Islam, so as to equip them to partake in informed dialogue with the Muslim community in academic, civil, and religious-pastoral settings. Academic training at PISAI leads to the degrees of a licentiate and/or doctorate in Arabic and Islamic studies and is based on the in-depth study of Arabic, a necessary tool in the study of the fundamental texts of Islam. Courses in Islamic sciences seek to present the history and philosophies of traditional Islam, both classical and modern, in an unbiased, scientific way.
The students at PISAI, both lay and religious, come from all over the world. At the end of their course of study at PISAI, many become actively involved with the Muslim community through their work.