February 2013

A New Methodology for Ijtihad


...we are calling for a new type of ijtihad. Rather than the ijtihad specified by the scholars of usul, we speak of an ijtihad that is more of a methodology for thought. Such an understanding would allow the Muslim mind to participate in an intellectual jihad, a jihad launched to generate ideas and build a new Muslim identity, mentality, and personality. This jihad would apply to all fields of knowledge; seek to make the Ummah qualified to shoulder its responsibi1ities as regards vicegerency (khilafah), and enable it to serve as a median nation (wasatiyyah).While such an ijtihad would apply to legalistic, juridical, and jurisprudential fiqh, it would also apply to such new forms of fiqh as the fiqh of religiosity (fiqhal-tadayyun) and dialogue (da'wah), as well as to all fields requiring the Ummah's attention and creative thinking. 

     (Issues in Contemporary Islamic ThoughtTaha Jabir Al-Alwani, IIIT, p.66)  
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Prof. Sachedina on End of Life Decision


The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) in collaboration with the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies sponsored an Inaugural lecture of the IIIT Chair in Islamic Studies at George Mason University on February 20, 2013. Professor Abdulaziz Sachedina, who assumed the position in January 2013, delivered the lecture entitled "End of Life Decisions: Culture and Tradition in Islam."...More...  

amr abdallaConflict Resolution within the Islamic Context


IIIT hosted Dr. Amr Abdalla, Professor of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution and Vice Rector at the University of Peace, the United Nations, on Friday, February 1, 2013. Dr. Abdalla made a compelling case for an Islamic perspective to conflict resolution and peacemaking based on an ...More...  
summerstudentsSummer Students Program

Monday, May 27 -Wednesday, July 3, 2013


The Summer Students Program for 2013 is designed for senior undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in the humanities or social science disciplines and who have... More...


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summerscholarsSummer Institute for Scholars

Islamic Reform Movements

After the Arab Spring

June 24-July 3, 2013 


The Summer Institute is an annual meeting dedicated to the study of contemporary approaches to Qur'an and Sunnah that brings together senior and young scholars to present papers and participate in panels and informal discussions focused on topics related to a particular theme. More...

europeansummerschoolFirst IIIT European Summer School

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

(August 27 - September 7, 2013)

Details and Application Form 


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د. عبد المجيد النجار


الدكتور عبد المجيد النجار من مواليد تونس، وهو علم من أعلام تونس والعالم الإسلامي في مجال الشريعة الإسلامية. وهو خريج كلية الزيتونة وحاصل على الدكتوراه في العقيدة والفلسفة من جامعة الأزهر سنة 1981م. د. النجار عضو هيئة التدريس بالجامعة الزيتونية من سنة 1975م. تولّى التدريس بالعديد من الجامعات العربية والأجنبية، وله...للمزيد


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التطبيق المقاصدي للأحكام الشرعية
أ.د. عبد الرحمن الكيلاني / كلية الشريعة - الجامعة الأردنية
يتناول هذا البحث دراسة موضوع تطبيق الأحكام الشرعية على مواقعها ومحالها بما يتوافق مع مقاصد التشريع وحِكمه ومصالحه.
 ويظهر الباحث أن التطبيق المقاصدي للأحكام الشرعية منهج اجتهادي أصيل قررته آيات الكتاب الكريم وأحاديث الرسول صلى الله عليه وسلم، والتزمه علماء الأمة رضوان الله عنهم في فتاواهم واجتهاداتهم. للمزيد
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Celebration of the Establishment of the

Islamic Chaplaincy Chair

at Hartford Seminary


March 17, 2013


Hartford Seminary will celebrate the establishment of the Islamic Chaplaincy Chair at Hartford Seminary on Sunday, March 17th. The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) made a generous donation towards the establishment of this Chair.

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... 

Reconciling Reason and Revelation in the Writings of Ibn Taymiyya 


March 22, 2013 


Shaykh Yasir Qadhi, lecturer at the Dept. of Religious Studies, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN will present a lecture at IIIT on Friday, March 22 by titled: "Reconciling Reason and Revelation in the Writings of Ibn Taymiyya". 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. More...

ما هي طرق تصميم برامج تعليم اللغة العربية

في ضوء الإطار المرجعي الأوربي المشترك للغات؟   



June 7-8, 2013



لقد أصبحت اللغة العربية كلغة حية في بلدان الاتحاد الأوروبي تحتل مكانة جيدة مهمة وإستراتيجية لدى دول ومنظمات الاتحاد الأوربي، وذلك راجع إلى ... المزيد

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...

The Eighth SOAS Conference on the Qur'an
University of London
November 7-9, 2013
A call for papers will be sent out in late February, at which time the conference website will also be updated. Information on previous conferences in the series can be found at http://www.soas.ac.uk/islamicstudies/conferences/
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Brussels: Ethics in Islam: Ethics with al Ghazali 


India: India and Muslim World in the 21st Century 


callforpapersCall for Papers

   The Ninth International Conference


Islamic Economics and Finance (ICIEF) Growth, Equity and Stability: An Islamic Perspective


September 9-11, 2013, Istanbul, TURKEY 



دعوة لتقديم أوراق بحثية للمشاركة في المؤتمر

المؤتمر العالمي التاسع للاقتصاد والتمويل الإسلامي
النمو والعدالة والاستقرار من منظور إسلامي

9-11 سبتمبر 2013

استنطبول، تركيا


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