Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants (UEAI) is a prestigious association of European scholars working in Arabic and Islamic Studies. The UEAI was founded in 1962, and it has become a preeminent academic network for Arabic and Islamic Studies across Europe. Currently, the organisation has more than 200 members representing most 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 Arab-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 congress of the UEAI, held in a European country, is characterised by a broad spectrum of thematic papers and discussions in Arabic and Islamic Studies.
Members of the UEAI are primarily senior scholars 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 scholars from all over Europe.
The Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants is administered by an Executive Committee, headed by the organisation’s President and Vice-President. Individual countries are represented in the Council of a National Representatives.