Since its founding in 1985, the Centre has brought many leading figures to Oxford to speak on matters related to the Islamic world. In its new premises, the Centre has a number of dedicated lecture spaces (including the Malaysia auditorium and the Jerusalem Room) allowing the further development of its programmes. Broadly, the Centre categorises its activities as follows:

Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Programme: The Centre's Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Programme brings leading figures to Oxford to speak on major issues of contemporary importance. Speakers have included the Centre's Patron (His Majesty King Charles III) in 1993, 2004 and 2010, current and former Heads of State (e.g. Mr Nelson Mandela), Prime Ministers, heads and leading figures from international organisations (the UN, UNESCO, ISESCO, academic foundations), national and international politicians, academics and thinkers. Details on a selection of Distinguished Visiting Lectures can be accessed by clicking the link in the side-menu. Many of the lectures are subsequently published by the Centre and can be found listed under Publications

Lectures: The Centre regularly hosts lectures by academics, politicians, and diplomats working in fields relevant to the Centre's interests. These lectures are advertised in the University Gazette and are open to students and staff at the University of Oxford and, where appropriate, more widely around the local Oxford community. Details on a selection of Lectures can be accessed by clicking the link in the side-menu. Further information is also found in past Newsletters.

The Centre occasionally hosts Panel discussions (recently with The Elders and the Director General of UNESCO); these are usually listed under Conferences.