The Institute was established in 1973 by a group of academics and activists to revive the tradition of scholarship in Muslim society. The group was headed by Dr. Kalim Siddiqui marhum. He, together with a small preparatory committee, organised seminars and courses to highlight the need to counter stagnation and produce problem-solving research in the fields of political and economic organization and social engineering.
Amongst Muslim academics and intelligentsia the intellectual arena is changing as a result of changes in the global intellectual environment. Issues like democracy, interaction with the Other, religion and politics, gender equality and the role of the Shari'a are subjects of ongoing debate within the current intellectual climate in the Muslim world. 
- ↑ http://www.musliminstitute.org
- ↑ The Muslim Institute, London 1974-1998, Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, accessed August 20, 2007.