The Institute of Islamic Studies was created on November 22, 1973 by Presidential Decree 342 as an integral part of the Philippine Center for Advance Studies (PCAS). With the abolition of PCAS by Executive Order No. 543 issued by the President of the Philippines on July 9, 1979, the institute was re-established as a separate unit of the university. It aims to provide university students both Muslims and non-Muslims an opportunity to participate more fully in national life and development. More specifically, it intends to create deeper understanding and more rapport between the Muslims of the Philippines and the rest of the University of the Philippines national community.