The Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants (UEAI), the most prestigious association of European Arabists and Islamicists, was founded in 1962. It is has grown to become the preeminent academic network for Arabic and Islamic studies across Europe. Currently, the organisation has more than 300 members representing almost all European countries.
The UEAI is a non-political and non-profit association, committed to the idea of academic collaboration in Europe and beyond in the study and research of the languages, history and intellectual history, as well as the cultures and religions of the Arabic-Islamic world. The main focus of the UEAI is on the exchange of ideas among academics in the various fields of Arabic and Islamic studies in Europe. Furthermore, collaboration with individual scholars and academic institutions from the Arab world is of special importance to the UEAI. The biannual academic conferences of the UEAI, always held in a different European country, are characterised by a broad spectrum of thematic papers and discussions in the various fields of Arabic and Islamic studies.
Members of the UEAI are primarily senior scholars of Arabic and Islamic studies working at universities and other academic institutions in Europe. At the same time, the UEAI particularly welcomes at its meetings junior scholars who are not yet members of the UEAI but who wish to discuss their research findings with senior Arabists and Islamicists from all over Europe. Scholars from non-European countries are also very welcome to attend the UEAI conferences and to present their research.
The Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants is administered by an Executive Committee, headed by the organisation’s President and Vice-President, elected in an open vote by the members of the UEAI in the plenary sessions of the UAEI congresses for a term of four years. For more information on the Executive Committee, see:Executive Committee