South Asian Muslim Studies Association (SAMSA) is a scholarly organization to promote and support the study and research of the Muslim communities and cultures of South Asia. Founded in 1972 and officially launched in 1974 at Villanova University to present research on the Muslims of the subcontinent, SAMSA sponsors panels and round table sessions at the Association for Asian Studies annual meeting and its regional conferences; the Annual Conference on South Asia at the Center for South Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, where it has also organized pre-conferences / symposia; the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies; and the South Asian Studies Association. SAMSA also organizes panels at the European Association for South Asian Studies Conference; the Association for Asian Studies in Asia Conference; and the International Convention of Asia Scholars.