Al Qalam Institute for Islamic Identities and Dialogue in Southeast Asia is a resource center of the Ateneo de Davao University. It aims to provide materials for enhancing the curriculum of values education among the Muslim students of the university. The institute is also a research centre. It aims to come up with a research agenda regarding Islamic identities in Mindanao in line with intra and inter faith dialogue for nation/nations building. Also, it aims to support the university in conducting community outreach programs in building relationships towards the Muslim communities in Southern Mindanao.
The Institute will also conduct innovative local and international research, focusing on social and cultural issues affecting Muslim communities in Mindanao. Among other things it differentiates itself from other research institutes through its Board of Advisors: a group of leading Muslim and Christian anthropologist, social scientists, historians, and specialists with different academic backgrounds.
Starting 2011, Al Qalam Institute organized intrafaith dialogue as well as intercultural and interreligious (interfaith) dialogue, public discussions and deliberations on social and theological issues, inter-civilizational dialogue and peace-building, and Islamic knowledge production, preservation and research.