The Jāmi`ah al-`Ulūm al-Islāmiyyah South Africa was established by the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa (Council of Muslim Theologians South Africa – established in 1923 as Jamiatul Ulama, Transvaal).
Jāmi`ah al-`Ulūm al-Islāmiyyah South Africa can be translated into English as The Institution for Higher Islamic Education South Africa.
The Jamiatul Ulama (Council of Muslim Theologians) considered it of paramount importance to facilitate the establishment of an institution wherein Arabic, Islamic Studies and related disciplines could be taught in its pristine purity with focussed goals and objectives using advanced methods and technology.
The Jamiatul Ulama was of the opinion that the institution should provide such education that would rekindle a holistic scholarship within the disciplines of Arabic and Islamic Studies and provide sound leadership in the field. It was also envisaged that the Institution should be established with the aim of providing quality education within a context where Muslim scholars are challenged with understanding Islam in a world where rapid developments have brought about changes of varying types. It is in such an environment that scholars of Arabic and Islamic Studies are called upon to provide relevant and pertinent guidance.