July 2013

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Calculating Ramadan
The Qur'an, the eternal and literal Word of God, responds to peoples of all times. The phrase "whoever witnesses the month" permitted pre-modern Muslims to use the most reliable method of witnessing the month of Ramadan (viz., naked-eye sighting), and is flexible enough to resolve our current uncertainties and confusion. Should physical sighting be impossible, calculations based upon the "meticulously calculated" stages of the moon can be used. After all, the ultimate goal is certainty about the month, not its physical sighting.
(The Astronomical Calculations and Ramadan: A Fiqhi Discourse - IIIT - Zulfiqar Ali Shah)
eventsRecent Activities
Sachedina Speaks on Community, Sprituality, and the Scholars at Friends of IIIT Iftar/Dinner

On Wednesday, July 17, 2013, IIIT held its annual Iftar/Dinner for the Friends of IIIT at its headquarters in Herndon, VA. The event was attended by more than 100 guests and friends, including the IIIT staff. The guests included elected politicians, academicians, community leaders and activists, and business people. More

IIIT 2013 Summer Programs for Students and Scholars End

The 2013 IIIT Summer program for students and scholars came to an end during the first week of July with a graduation ceremony that brought together participating students, scholars, IIIT leadership, and staff. More


Dr. Anas Visit to Bosnia and Turkey  
Invited by Umraniye Municipality, Dr. Anas visited Bosnia on 25-28th May to take part in a panel discussion on "Forever Together" to celebrate the 500 anniversary of the edict issued in 1463 by Sultan Mehmet II to protect the basic rights of Bosnian people. The original edict is kept at the Franciscan monastery in Fojnica. Dr. Anas spoke on "Co-Existence, Tolerance and Multicultural Dialogue". More...

Fawakih Students Graduate July 13, 2013


europeansummerschoolFirst IIIT European Summer School

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

(August 24 - September 7, 2013)

Details and Application Form 


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featuredscholarFeatured Scholar
Professor Sulayman Nyang to Receive IIIT's Distinguished Scholar Award


In recognition of his life long contributions as an intellectual and an engaged community leader, IIIT has decided to present its Distinguished Scholar Award this year to Prof. Sulayman S. Nyang at the IIIT Hospitality Suite at the ISNA Convention, in Washington DC on August 31, 2013
Prof. Nyang is a Member of IIIT Council of Scholars and chairman of MACCPAC (Muslim American Citizens Coalition and Public Affairs Council). He is professor of African and Afro-American studies at Howard University. For many years, he served as head of the African Studies Department at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Before he joined the academia, he was a career diplomat for his native country Gambia. He served as deputy ambassador and head of chancery of the Gambia Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and in seven other North African and Middle Eastern countries. Dr.Nyang has served as consultant to several national and international agencies and on the boards of the African Studies Association, the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies, America's Islamic Heritage Museum, and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists. He holds a master's degree in public administration and a Ph.D. in government from the University of Virginia. Nyang was an advising scholar for the award-winning, PBS-broadcast documentaries Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet (2002) and Prince Among Slaves (2007), produced by Unity Productions Foundation. 


Dr. Nyang has written extensively on Islamic, African, and Middle Eastern affairs. Some of his best known written works are 'Islam, Christianity and African Identity,' 'Religious Plurality in Africa,' 'Line in the Sand,' 'Saudi Arabia in the Gulf War' and 'Islam in the USA.'  


featuredbookFeatured Book
The Astronomical Calculations and Ramadan 
Author : Zulfiqar Ali Shah
Paperback : ISBN: 978-1-56564-334-5 $16.95
Size/pages : (6x9) / 190 p.


This book shatters the myth that naked-eye sighting of the new moon and completing thirty days in the case of weather-related or other obscurities are the only two valid methods of determining the month of Ramadan. The author explains that certainty, not actual sighting, is the real objective of the Shariah and that the Qur'an does not mandate physical sighting. A careful analysis shows that those hadiths that seemingly require sighting actually require certainty. The assertion that all Muslim scholars prohibit the use of astronomical calculations, both in affirming or negating the month of Ramadan, is not correct. As calculation is now more accurate than naked-eye sighting, due to certain astronomical and scientific advancements, the use of calculation is the closest to the real objective of the Shari'ah and to the spirit of the hadiths.
upcomingeventUpcoming Events


August 11-16, 2013 

Six days hands on workshop in greater Washington DC area. Registration fee $300 (includes 5 nights hotel stay, meals and local transportation). Washington DC visit including Capitol Hill and White House. Internship opportunity for best performers/learners. Certificates for successful participants. More... 
 IIIT Hospitality Suite
at ISNA 50th Convention


 August 31-1, 2013

Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center

801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001


Venue: 101 

 4th International Conference on Islam and Higher Education (4th ICIHE) 2013


 October 2, 2013

The Conference is co-organized by Madinah Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship (MILE), Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), IAIS Malaysia, Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Pahang State Foundation, IKIP International College and International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) East Asia. More...
Socio-ethical dimensions of Islamic finance: Between the Ideals and Realities  
October 2, 2013
The International Shari'ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA) will be organizing a colloquium, "Socio-ethical dimensions of Islamic finance: Between the Ideals and Realities" on 2 October 2013, Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia. More...
Islamic Institutions of Higher Learning in Africa 
October 18-19, 2013
In recent years, there has been a proliferation of Islamic universities and Muslim institutions of higher learning across sub-Saharan Africa. Although there is a long tradition of formal Islamic learning in universities in some parts of ...More...
October 22, 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. 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/
الإعلام المعاصر في الرؤية الحضارية
مؤتمر علمي دولي ينظمه
المعهد العالمي للفكر الإسلامي بالتعاون مع جامعة اليرموك
نوفمبر 13-14، 2013
November 13-14, 2013
أصبح الاتصال والإعلام في الواقع المعاصر شأناً مهماً في حياة الناس أفراداً ومجتمعات. وتعددت مفاهيم الإعلام ووسائله وأساليبه ومضامينه، فلم يعد يملك الإنسان فكاكاً من وصولها إليه، وتأثيرها عليه. وأخذت المعلومة الصحيحة والخطأ،...للمزيد...
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الاستبداد والفساد في الفكر والتاريخ السياسي الإسلامي

نظم معهد الدراسات الابستمولوجية مساء الأحد الماضي ندوة عشائية حول كتاب "إشكالية الاستبداد والفساد في الفكر والتاريخ السياسي الإسلامي" للدكتور عبد الحميد أبو سليمان وذلك بمناسبة نشر ترجمة الكتاب بالفرنسية. وقد صدرت الترجمة بنشر مشترك بين معهد الدراسات الابستمولوجية في بروكسيل ودار الآرمتان في باريس. وترجمه إلى الفرنسية الدكتور بدي أبنو والأستاذ محمد الراوي المزيد




أي تقييم علمي لآفاق المالية الإسلامية والمالية البديلة؟

نظمَ معهد الدراسات الأبستمولوجية في بروكسيل طاولة مستديرة تحت عنوان أعلاه وشارك في الطاولة عدد من الباحثين كالدكتور ناظم علي مدير برنامج المالية الإسلامية في جامعة هارفارد الأمريكية، المزيد

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


9-11 سبتمبر 2013

استنطبول، تركيا


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