The Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI), founded by the Society of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers), is a study and research centre whose teaching and scientific activities provide the necessary preparation for an informed theological dialogue with Muslims. The training which PISAI has offered for over 50 years, leading to the degrees of the Licentiate and the Doctorate in Arabic and Islamic Studies, is based on the in depth study of the Arabic language, the necessary tool which enables access to the fundamental texts of Islam. Courses in Islamic sciences seek to present the history and thought of traditional Islam, both classical and modern, in an unbiased scientific way. The stages in the training take place within an educational programme which strives above all to recognize the right of each individual to be different.Teaching, publications and research are the primary tools for a serious, in depth preparation for human, theological, interreligious and intercultural dialogue. The students at PISAI, lay people and religious, come from every part of the world. At the end of their course of study at PISAI, many become actively involved through their work in direct or indirect contacts with the Muslim community. Among PISAI students can be found: religious, lawyers, business people, journalists, translators, researchers, members of the armed forces, members of the diplomatic corps and many others.
The course of History of Muslim-Christian Dialogue forms an essential part of the programme of study at PISAI