Islamic studies refers to the academic study of Islam. Islamic studies can be seen under at least two perspectives:
From a secular perspective, Islamic studies is a field of academic research whose subject is Islam as religion and civilization.
From a traditional Islamic perspective, Islamic studies is an umbrella term for the "religious sciences" ('Ulum al-din, distinct from non-religious sciences such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, astronomy and philosophy), pursued by the ulama i.e. the Islamic scholarly class.