Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort) is an organization interested in the advancement of comparative research between International Relations and Islamic Studies. It is created by a group of researchers interested in developing and sustaining a body of knowledge that addresses the theories and practices of the Muslim civilization and of Muslim societies with regards to international affairs and to the discipline of International Relations.
IR as a field is not a unilateral project rather it is an intellectual platform. The aim of Co-IRIS is to explore Islamic contributions to the field. The inclusion of Muslim contributions is not meant to create an isolationist, judicious divide between what is Islamic and what is not. Co-IRIS is created to act on the inclusion of that knowledge as a building bloc in the IR field. Co-IRIS is premised on the idea that knowledge is fluid: peoples adopt and utilize thoughts and ideas regardless of faith, gender, nation, etc. The mainstream idea that all knowledge presented by the West is from an “Orientalist” perspective or that there is a “clash of civilizations” are both notions that are antithetical to our mission.
About the Logo
The (green) crescent moon usually symbolizes political (flags and emblems) and economical (coins) representations from pre-Islamic Arabia, Sassanid and Ottoman empires to contemporary Muslim-dominated nation-states. Its representation is commonly accompanied by a star, but we chose a blank circle with its latitude and longitude lines to represent the entire world (i.e. International Relations) sans geographical lines of continents and countries to avoid political misrepresentations.
About the Title Head
The title head is a combination of the logo, dash, and letters ‘I R I S’. The logo connotes the letters (capital ‘C’ being the green crescent moon and small ‘o’ being the blank world) and it is joined by the dash to connect with letters (IR for International Relations in colored blue and IS for Islamic Studies in colored green). While other letters/words such as ‘Research Cohort’ are in colored grey. This title head is use in every correspondence (as letter head) and other communicative and marketing tools in representing the organization.