October 2012

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eventsRecent Activities

IIIT Hosts Producer Alex Kronemer 


On Friday, October 19th, IIIT hosted Producer Alex Kronemer for a screening of Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World. The film which aired previously on PBS covers more than 1,400 years of Islamic art from history through visits to nine counties. The themes of the Word, Space, Ornament, Color and Water were used to present viewers with insight and understanding into the culture and meanings behind much of the masterpieces highlighted in the film. More...

AMSS UK 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award


The prestigious Award was presented by AMSS UK Chair, Dr. Anas S. Al-Shaikh- Ali, CBE, FRSA on 4th October 2012 in recognition of long and distinguished service in the field of politics and economic thought, the promotion of the cause of good governance, and commitment to the principles of freedom, tolerance and justice.


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featuredscholarFeatured Scholar
Ali Mazrui is widely regarded as Africa's most independent political thinker. He has written over thirty books and hundreds of articles. His most famous book is The Africans: A Triple Heritage which interpreted Africa's history as a convergence of three civilizations - African, Islamic and Western. This was a companion book to a television series of the same title televised on the BBC and PBS in 1986, shown in multiple countries and translated into several languages, including Arabic.

          Ali Mazrui is Africa's most prolific Muslim author writing in the English language. In 1965 he became the first Muslim to be appointed a full professor at any university in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. In 1966 he became the first Muslim Dean in the history of East Africa's higher education.

          In 1986 he was appointed the first Black Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. In 1989 he became the first Black Muslim scholar to be appointed Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities within the state of New York. He helped to create and direct an Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University.

          Mazrui's career has included serving as President of the African Studies Association of the United States, President of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North America, Chairman of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy in Washington, DC, Vice-President of the International Political Science Association in Paris, France, and other leadership roles in the social sciences and Islamic studies. He also served as Ibn Khaldun Professor-at-Large in the experimental Graduate School of Islamic Studies and Social Sciences, Leesburg, Virginia, and Professor at the University of Jos, Nigeria.

          Ali Mazrui's American career technically began as a graduate student at Columbia University in the 1960s. This phase was followed by his years at the University of Oxford for his doctorate, and his ten years at Makerere University in Uganda as a lecturer and professor.

          He returned to the United States when the political situation in Uganda deteriorated under the dictatorship of General Idi Amin Dada. He spent two years in California at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Palo Alto, and at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.

          Ali Mazrui then moved to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as a Professor of Political Science, and Director of Afro-American and African Studies. He was at Michigan for about fifteen years. He won the Distinguished Professorship award. He moved to SUNY, Binghamton, in 1989.

          More recently Ali Mazrui served for six years as Chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya, and Senior Fellow of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

          In 2006 Mazrui was nominated by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the top 100 public intellectuals alive in the world. This nomination was supported by Prospectus magazine in London at the same time. An American University in Pennsylvania had earlier nominated Mazrui as "an Icon of the 20th century."

          Since the 1990s Ali Mazrui has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford, United Kingdom.

          He has also served on the Board of Advisors at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, regarding the Prince Alwaleed Professorships at Harvard. 

bookFeatured Book

The Human Rights Tradition in Islam


Author: Muddathir 'Abd Al-Rahim


This book is the third of a series produced by Praeger Publishers titled Human Rights and the World's Major Religions. The purpose of the series is to define the meaning of human rights in the specific religious tradition and survey its breadth and development across time and cultures. Each author has crafted analytical chapters and selected appropriate primary source materials that illustrate their analyses.


The author makes a case for the inherent link between Islam and human rights. His coverage of the religious meaning of Islam crosses centuries and is uniquely clear in its presentment. Other chapters analyze the rich and varied textual tradition in Islam relating to rights and responsibilities of Muslims to other Muslims and to non-Muslims as well, the particular questions arising from gender and political concerns for minority groups, and the tensions between Islamic law and national political states where Muslim faithful live. Readers will find especially interesting the history of Jews, Christians, and others under Islamic rule, indicating high levels of religious tolerance for minorities, as well as the impact of colonialism upon traditional Muslim societies.


The book is divided into 2 parts: i) Historical Development and Analysis, ii) Human Rights Resources in the Islamic Tradition. It addresses Some Distinctive Features of the Human Rights Tradition in Islam; Basic Teachings and Principles; The Interplay of Theory and Practice: Questions of Gender and Minorities; Decline, Colonial Domination, and the Quest for Revival and Reconstruction; Islam, Democracy, and Human Rights; Sources Illustrative of Human Rights in the Islamic Tradition; and Biographical Sketches of Human Rights Leaders in the Islamic Tradition.


 The author in brief:


Dr. Muddathir 'Abd Al-Rahim is professor of Political Science and Islamic Studies at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), IIUM - Malaysia. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Islamic Studies and Political Science with special reference to Islamic Civilization, Principles and Institutions of Governance in Islam; Peace, Conflict and Diplomacy; Comparative Political Systems; Islamic and Western Political Thought; International Relations; and Religion and Politics in the Middle East; and Modern Islamic Revivalist Movements at a number of universities in the Arab World, Africa, Europe and America.   


He has published a number of books and essays in English including: Al-Ghazzali's Political Thought and Other Essays on Hujjatu'l Islam; Islam and Non-Muslim Minorities; The Development of Fiqh in the Modern World; Changing Patterns of Civilian-Military Relations in the Sudan; Imperialism and Nationalism in the Sudan - A Study in Constitutional and Political Development 1899-1956; and The Sudan Since Independence. He also authored books in Arabic.




inthenewsIn the News
Dr. Jamal Barzinji receives CAIR Lifetime Achievement Award


Dr. Jamal Barzinji, founder, trustee and Vice President of IIIT received CAIR's highest Achievement Award on Saturday, September 29th, 2012 at CAIR's annual banquet held in Arlington, Virginia. Nihad Awad, founder and Executive Director of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), presented the Award to Dr. Jamal in the presence of more than a thousand Muslim community leaders, leading politicians and representatives of Jewish, Christian organizations, and interfaith groups. More...

upcomingeventUpcoming Events

Linking Muslim Giving to MDG's


November 2, 2012


A convening of leading Muslim grantmakers and non profit organizations to critically examine the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the Muslim countries as well as ... More...

IIIT and ASA Collaborate on "The Study of Islam at African Universities"


November 29, 2012


Under the auspices of the 55th annual meeting of the African Studies Association (ASA), IIIT -in collaboration with the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University- has initiated two panels on "The Study of Islam at African Universities." The ASA annual meeting takes place in Philadelphia from November 29 to December 1, 2012. The panelists are ... More...

Islamic Political Thought

after the Arab Spring 


 December 7, 2012


Professor Ermin Sinanovic, Department of Political Science, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD will present "Islamic Political Thought after the Arab Spring". More... 

The Legacy of Ismail Raji Al-Faruqi - 2nd International Conference at IIUM


March 19, 2013 


The Department of Usuluddin and Comparative Religion, Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge andHuman Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), will be organizing its 2nd International Conference on Contemporary Scholarship on "Islam: The Legacy of Ismail Raji al-Faruqi," on March 19 - 20, 2013. More... 

Global Africa, Triple Heritage And Pax Africana: Looking Back And Looking Forward Contexts  


April 5-6, 2013


The New York African Studies Association (NYASA) will hold its 38th Annual Meeting, April 5-6, 2013, at Binghamton University. The Local Organizing Committee takes special pride in announcing that this annual meeting also takes place on the occasion of the eightieth birthday of Professor Ali A. Mazrui and the fiftieth anniversary of his publishing career. More...

Sacred Texts and Human Contexts  


June 23-25, 2013


The Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue at Nazareth College will convene an international conference titled "Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: A Symposium on the Role of the Sacred Texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in Uniting and Dividing Humanity" on June 23-25, 2013. More...

visitorsIIIT Visitors

Dr. Hisham Altalib and Dr. Abubaker Al Shingieti Meet with Egyptian President   


 Dr. Hisham Altalib and Dr. Abubaker Al Shingieti - IIIT, met with President Mohamad Mursi of Egypt in New York on September 24, 2012 in the context of an interfaith meeting. President Mursi expressed familiarity and appreciation of IIIT work and welcomed the participation of IIIT in the rerform of higher education in Egypt.




Dr. Alton Pollard, Dean of Howard University, Visits IIIT

The Dean of Howard University School of Divinity, Dr. Alton Pollard, visited IIIT on Thursday, October 4th accompanied by Dr. Zainab Alwani, Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Howard University. The purpose of the visit was to further discuss the idea of an Imam and Muslim Chaplaincy Education and Training program at Howard University similar to the program that IIIT helped establish in collaboration with Hartford Seminary. More...

  •  Egypt

محاضرة أ.د. طه جابر العلواني بعنوان "الثقافة الدينية للأسرة" مركز الدراسات المعرفية، مصر - 9-10-2012 

  • India Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam of the Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) on the new development towards Islamic banking in India. For details click the following: Light at End of Tunnel, Finally


  •  UK

 سلمت جائزة بناء الجسور لعام 2010 لجمعية علماء الاجتماعيات المسلمين في المملكة المتحدة رسميا إلى البروفسور أحمد داود أوغلو، وزير الخارجية التركي، في احتفال بمقر الوزارة في العاصمة التركية أنقرة. وكانت الجمعية قد منحت الجائزة للبروفسور داود أوغلو عام 2010، ولكن نظرا... للمزيد


هل يمكن أن يصبح الربيع العربي ربيعاً إسلامياً، وبأي معنى؟ نظم مركز الدراسات والبحوث العليا ومعهد العلاقات الدولية والإستراتيجية بالتعاون مع جمعية علماء الاجتماعيات المسلمين ببريطانيا يوم 14 أكتوبر 2012 بباريس ندوة احتفاء بحصول الدكتور انور ابراهيم على الجائزة التقديرية لجمعية ...للمزيد

justreleasedJust Released

جزء 1: ظواهر التجديد في لغة القرآن الكريم

المؤلف: أحمد بسام الساعي


callforpapersCall for Papers

American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS)  


Call for Papers   


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


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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

Taha J. Al-Alwani Library


The T.J. Al-Alwani Library is a department of the International Institute of Islamic Thought. It is now open for use for researchers, students, academics and the public. The collection is specialized in the Islamic and Social Sciences and includes Arabic and English resources as well as titles in French, Italian, and ...More

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