August 2012

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eventsRecent Activities

The Fairfax Institute at IIIT hosts MACCPAC students 


The Fairfax Institute hosted the MACCPAC Youth Leadership Retreat, a six days hands-on workshop jointly organized by the Muslim American Citizens Coalition & Public Affairs Council (MACCPAC) and the Fairfax Institute (TFI) to promote peaceful civic engagement and facilitate quality career development among Muslim youth. Thirty two high school and university students from the East coast states of Virginia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Georgia participated in the retreat, which took place from August 5-10, 2012. Details


Six Students Awarded Research Fellowships at IIIT  

As part of its activities during the Summer 2012 Programs, IIIT awarded six students from the class of Summer 2012, one-year, non-resident Research Fellowships at IIIT. The Fellowships will allow the students to continue doing supervised research in an area of their interest, attend selected academic conferences and events during the year, and receive complementary books and subscriptions to AJISS (American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences), as well as membership in AMSS (American Muslim Social Scientists).  Details

featuredscholarFeatured Scholar
Zulfiqar Ali Shah holds a Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Wales, UK and an M.A. (Hons) in Islamic Studies with specialization in Comparative Religions from the International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan. He has taught at both the latter university as well as the University of Wales and the University of North Florida and is proficient in five languages including English, Arabic, and Urdu. Dr. Shah has been actively involved in interfaith and intra-faith dialogue for over 25 years and has served multiple Muslim communities in North America as their religious director and a number of Muslim organizations such as ICNA (Islamic Circle of North American) as their national president. Currently Secretary General of the Fiqh Council of North America and Religious Director of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dr. Shah is a renowned speaker invited internationally to speak on comparative religion, theology, Islam, the Qur'an, Hadith, comparative Fiqh (Law), mysticism, Islamic civilization, the Abrahamic religions and contemporary issues. He is the author of a number of scholarly articles and books including Astronomical Calculations and Ramadan: A Fiqhi Discourse and Anthropomorphic Depictions of God: The Concept of God in Judaic, Christian and Islamic Traditions Representing the Unrepresentable both published by IIIT.
bookFeatured Book

Muslim Women and Gobal Challenges: Seeking Change Through a Qur'anic Textual Approach and the Prophetic Model

Author: Zainab Alwani
Publisher: Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi
featuredreportFeatured Report

Summer Institute for Scholars


Good Governance in Islam: Classical and Contemporary Approaches


Report presented in

AJISS 29:4


upcomingeventUpcoming Events

IIIT Hospitality Suite


(September 1-2, 2012) 


102A Walter E. Washington Convention Center


at the 2012 ISNA Annual Convention

Washington, DC




Issues of Methodology in

the Study of Islamic Ethics 


Tariq Ramadan


(September 7, 2012)


Dr. Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Islamic Studies, Oxford University, will lead a roundtable discussion titled: "Issues of Methodology in the Study of Islamic Ethics" on Friday, September 7 at 10:00 am - 12:30pm. The event will take place at the IIIT Conference Room, 500 Grove St., 2nd Floor, Suite 200, Herndon, VA 20170.
Limited seating. RSVP Only.
Eisha Akhtar:
justreleasedJust Released
Islam and Knowledge: Al Faruqi's Concept of Religion in Islamic Thought

Essays in Honor of Ismai'l Al Faruqi


Editor: Imtiyaz Yusuf


Publisher: I.B. Tauris in association with the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding (ACMCU). Details 

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



Freelance Translators Required

Arabic - English - Arabic


The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is looking for professional freelance translators to translate manuscripts in classical and contemporary Islamic Thought, Social Sciences, and Humanities. Applicants must have good experience, and provide samples of their work. Details

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