The Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID) is a non-profit organization, based in Washington DC, dedicated to studying Islamic and democratic political thought and merging them into a modern Islamic democratic discourse.

The organization was founded in March 1999 by a diverse group of academicians, professionals, and activists–both Muslim and non-Muslim–from around the USA who agree on the need for the study of and dissemination of reliable information on this complex topic.

There is no narrow ideological or sectarian litmus test for involvement in CSID–the organization has no agenda other than the production and dissemination of rigorous research into Islam and democracy–but its members are united in the conviction that this subject has been widely misunderstood both in the West and the Muslim world, and that this fact has caused much fitnah (discord) among Muslims and continues to hamper attempts at cross-cultural dialogue today.