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eventsRecent Activities


2012 Summer Student Program Begins


The International Institute of Islamic Thought's (IIIT) 6th annual Summer Students Program began on Monday June 11, 2012. The students were welcomed by Dr. Jamal Barzinji, Vice President - IIIT, Dr. Hisham Altalib, VP Finance - IIIT, Prof. Mahmoud Ayoub, Professor - Temple University, and Dr. Emad-ad-Dean Ahmad, President - Minaret of Freedom..More...

Beyond Dialogue to Interfaith Communion


IIIT hosted a roundtable with Jewish, Christian and Muslim scholars on June 8, 2012. The panelists included Rabbi Gerry Serotta, Clergy Beyond Borders; John Fairfeild, Eastern Menonnite University; and Imam Yahya Hendi, Clergy Beyond Borders.


John Fairfield's introductory remarks.


Summer In-Service and Training Institute for Imams/Chaplains Started This Month


June 9 - July 31, 2012


The Association of Muslim Chaplains (AMC), The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) and The Islamic Seminary Foundation (ISF) presented "A Summer In-service and Training Institute for Chaplains, Imams and other Professionals" (Muslim and other faith traditions) who serve the Muslim Community. CEUs will be awarded through the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences at no extra fee. 


The event, which is endorsed by the Association of Muslim Mental Health, will take place at the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), 500 Grove Street Herndon, VA 20170.


Workshops in the program include:

  • Prophetic Strategies for Working with Youth - Dr. Kiarash Jahed
  • Contemporary Readings of the Quran - Prof. Zainab Alwani
  • Islamic Communities in America - Prof. Sulayman Nyang
  • Counseling Muslims: The Basics - Prof. Jimmy Jones
  • Effective Chaplaincy in Various Settings - Chaplain Mumina Kowalski
  • Human Interaction: Understanding Covert Group Processes

featuredscholarFeatured Scholar
Dr. Taha J. Al-Alwani
Taha J. Al-Alwani, Ph.D., President of Cordoba
University, occupies the Imam Al-Shafi'i Chair in Islamic Legal Theory as a professor in his field within The Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences. He was President of the Fiqh Council of North America, and was President of the International Institute of Islamic Thought in Herndon, Virginia. He taught Islamic legal theory for numerous years at various universities in the Muslim world. Particularly interested in the social implications of Islamic law, he is a major participant in the activities of Muslim social scientists, publishing works such as Ethics of Disagreement and The Rights of the Accused in Islam. Since coming to the United States in 1984, Dr. Al-Alwani has been a regular contributor to the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences and a keen observer of intellectual trends throughout the Muslim world.


Following his early education in the classical Islamic disciplines, Professor Al-Alwani left his native country and received his M.A. and Ph.D. at Al-Azhar University in Cairo. Included among his works are the monumental edition of Razi's Al-Mahsul fi 'ilm Usul Al-Fiqh in six volumes, Towards a Fiqh for Minorities: Some Basic Reflections; Reform of Muslim Intellectual Discourse; The Contemporary Islamic Cultural Undertaking; The Horizons of Change and its Approaches; The Islamization of Knowledge: Yesterday and Today; Missing Dimensions in Contemporary Islamic Movements; The Quran and the Sunnah: The Time-Space Factor; Human Rights in Islam; The Position of Islamic Law; Crisis in Fiqh and the Methodology of Ijtihad; and Source Methodology in Islamic Jurisprudence. Other publications include: An Epistemological Perspective on the Political Dimensions to the Concept of Sovereignty; Taqlid and the Stagnation of the Muslim Mind; and The Testimony of Women in the Law of Islam. Dr. Alalwani also recently published several books in Arabic, including: al-Azmah al-Fikriyah wa Manhaj al-Taghyir; al-Tawhid wa al-Tazkiyah wa al-Imran; al-Khususiyah wa al-Ilamiyah fi al-Fikr al-Islami; and Tafseer surat Al Ana'am.


Visit his website at http://www.alwani.net/index.php

bookFeatured Book
تفسير سورة الأنعام
 بقلم: د. طه جابر العلواني
للتفسير أنواع كثيرة كما ذكرنا؛ فمنها التفسير بالآثار المنقولة عن السلف، والتفسير اللغويّ والبيانيّ، والتفسير الإشاريّ، والتفسير الفقهيّ، والتفسير العقليّ، والتفسير العلميّ، والموضوعيّ. لقد سنّ لنا رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وآله وسلّم- تفسير القرآن بالقرآن، فجلّ ما ورد في صحيح المنقول عنه -صلى الله عليه وآله وسلّم- في التفسير كان من نوع تفسير القرآن بالقرآن حين تظهر الحاجة إلى التفسير اللفظيّ؛ أمّا التفسير العمليّ والتطبيقيّ فسنّته وسيرته -كلّها- عبارة عن تفسير للقرآن المجيد، فسنّته هي القرآن، وسيرته هي القرآن، وخلقه هو القرآن -صلى الله عليه وآله وسلّم- وسائر أنواع التفسير التي ذكرناها تطرح تساؤلًا خطيرًا، هو: إنّ القرآن المجيد قد وُصف بأنّه بيان ومبين ونور وميسر للذكر... إلى غير ذلك، مما يدل على وضوحه وعدم حاجته إلى وسيط يقوم ببيانه وتوضيحه، بحيث يفترض ألاّ يحتاج هذا النور والكتاب المبين إلى مَنْ يفسره ليعرف الآخرون معانيه، والمراد به. فلم يُعتنى بهذا الوسيط: التفسير أيًّا كان نوعه؟! ما دامت غاياته في النهاية تقريب معاني القرآن إلى أفهام المخاطبين به الذين يفترض القرآن أنّهم مهيؤون للانفعال به والاهتداء بهدايته إذا تلوه حق تلاوته وتدبّروه، وتفكّروا فيه، وتعقّلوا آياته، وتذكّروا مضامينه وأهدافه ومقاصده، وأنّهم مطالبون باتباعه، وبناء حياتهم وعمرانهم وحضاراتهم وفقًا لما نزل به من هداية..
بيانات النشر: القاهرة_دار السلام للطباعة والنشر والتوزيع والترجمة.
Ibn Taymiyya: Against Extremisms


by Yahya Michot
Nearly seven hundred years after his death in prison in Damascus (728/ 1328), Ibn Taymiyya remains one of the most influential of the classical Islamic thinkers.
In this collection of rigorously translated and annotated texts, it is the voice of the Shaykh al-Islam himself that one hears. It vibrates with the feeling that animates the whole of his religious thought-whether he is explaining the worship of God or veneration of the Prophet, exploring the labyrinth of vain desires or that of true love, understanding the failings of the believers (collective and individual), or positioning himself in relation to the authorities and to others, Muslims and non-Muslims.

His abiding concern is to explain how to enliven our everyday life by making God for us 'more important than water for fish'. Having himself tasted this 'sweetness of faith', he testifies from experience: such an objective is not unattainable. He invites to the journey, signposts the way, and proffers a hand to whoever commits himself to it.

inthenewsIn the News
Hartford Seminary Celebrates Graduation 2012


Hartford Seminary held its 2012 graduation ceremony. Professor Ingrid Mattson delivered a moving graduation address
IIIT and Hartford Seminary signed a Memorandum of Understanding that formalized earlier agreements which defined and regulated the offering of courses in the pilot graduate certificate program. 


Dr. Ingrid Mattson, a member of the IIIT Advisory Council, has joined Huron University College, a part of the University of Western Ontario, as the inaugural London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies at its Faculty of Theology. Dr. Mattson begins her appointment on July 1, 2012, according to a press release by the College.

The London and Windsor Community Chair is supported by the IIIT Fund for Islamic Studies established by ...More...

upcomingeventsUpcoming Events 

scholarsSummer Institute for Scholars


Good Governance in Islam: Classical and Contemporary Approaches

July 9 - 18, 2012


IIIT's fifth Summer Institute for Scholars will convene July 9 -18, 2012. The purpose of the Summer Institute is to bring together and engage senior and young scholars with a particular interest or expertise in Qur'anic studies or Sunna in focused, organized discussions of topics related to a contemporary understanding and articulation of issues involving Qur'an and Sunna. The specific objectives of the seminar are ... More...


Lectures to Be Presented During

the Summer Institute for Scholars Program 

  • Classical Approaches to Ethics and Governance: Ibn Taymiyya Against Extremism? - Dr. Yahya Michot
  • Good Governance Between Fiqh and Sharia - Dr. Mahmound Ayoub
  • Ihsan and Good Governance - Dr. Muqtedar Khan
  • Good Governance: An Overview of the Teachings of hte Philosophers in the Golden Age of Islam with a Focus on Al Farabi and his Summary of Plato's Divine Law Theory - Dr. Charles Butterworth
  • Good Governance and the Ethical Foundation of Politics - Dr. Louay Safi
  • Good Governance in Islam in the Light of Takhalluq bi Asmaa Allah al Husna: A Classical Approach to Human Rights and Governance - Dr. Kenneth Honerkamp
  • The Civil State and a New Fiqh of Citizenship? - Dr. Jasser Auda and David Warren
  • Faith-Based Diplomacy and Peacemaking - Dr. Douglas Johnston and Abudl Aziz Abu Sarra
  • Challenges of Educational Reform in Muslim Societies - Prof. Ali Mazrui, Dr. Jamal Barzinji, Dr. Muqtedar Khan,
  • Global Governance and the Challenges to Good Governance - Prof. Ali Mazrui and Prof. Seifuddein Adem
  • Islamic Rules of Order: The Link between Classical and Contemporary Approaches to Good Governance - Dr. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmed
  • Indonesia's Pancasila: A Guiding Framework for Egypt's Constitution? - Marybeth Acac
  • Clergy-State Relations in Iran: 1979 to Present - Prof. Muhammad Faghfoory
  • Good Governance in the Thought of Ayatollah Salehi Najafabadi - Prof. Ahmad Kazemi Moussavi
justreleasedJust Released
Title: Maqasid Al-Shariah as Philosophy of Islamic Law

Author: Jasser Auda


Language: Bosnian





callforpapersCall for Papers

American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS)  


Call for Papers   


Islamist Spring? Islamists and the State: New Paradigms and Engagements


Submission Deadline: January 15, 2013  

Publication Date: July 2013


نظم المعهد العالمي للفكر الإسلامي بالتعاون مع وزارة الثقافة وكلية العمارة والفنون الإسلامية في جامعة العلوم الإسلامية العالمية/الأردن مؤتمراً علمياً بعنوان "الفن في الفكر الإسلامي". وقد عُقد المؤتمر في فندق الفنار في العاصمة الأردنية عمّان يومي 25-26 إبريل 2012م.
وهدف المؤتمر إلى إعمال المنظور الإسلامي في قضايا الفن وموضوعاته وممارساته، وإعادة الاعتبار لموقع الفن في...المزيد
مؤتمر بناء الشخصية المسلمة - القاهرة، مصر
عقد هذا المؤتمر بالتعاون مع مركز البحوث والدراسات الإسلامية بكلية دار العلوم - جامعة القاهرة ومركز الدراسات المعرفية بالقاهرة تحت رعاية الأستاذ الدكتور حسام كامل رئيس الجامعة وذلك يوم الثلاثاء والأربعاء 11-12 جمادى الأولى 1433هـ/3-4 إبريل 2012م. المزيد
الدورة التدريبية في منهجية التكامل المعرفي - تطوان، المغرب
بدعوة من المدرسة العليا للأساتذة بجامعة عبد المالك السعدي بتطوان، وتنفيذاً للاتفاق المبرم بين جامعة عبد المالك السعدي والمعهد العالمي للفكر الإسلامي، قام الدكتور فتحي حسن ملكاوي، بزيارة إلى المغرب لتأطير دورة تكوينية أكاديمية في موضوع "منهجية التكامل المعرفي لطلبة لبرنامج ماستر التربية والدراسات الإسلامية الذي تقدمه الجامعة بالتعاون مع المعهد، وذلك في المدة من 14-18 مايو (أيار) 2012م. المزيد 


The London Office of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) has produced an exhibition which provides useful information on the Institute and highlights some of its recent publications. The exhibition can be downloaded in both high resolution jpg and pdf formats. More ... 

Taha J. Al-Alwani Library


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(June 11 - July 18, 2012)


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Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm

Sunday: 2 pm - 6 pm


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