August 2013

IIIT Hospitality Suite
ISNA Annual Convention
(Venue 101)
(August 31-September 1)

The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is pleased to invite you to attend and participate in IIIT Hospitality at ISNA Annual Convention at Venue 101 of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. The Hospitality Suite will include six intellectual panels and Distinguished Scholar Award Ceremony. The details are below and a program flyer is enclosed. Each panel is developed around a recent publication by IIIT or other publishers. The panel will include book presentation by the author/speaker, remarks by 2 discussants, Q&A section, and some panels will include a book signing event.

Saturday Aug. 31
  • Striving in the Way of God, Oxford University Press, Asma Afsaruddin, 10:00 - 11:15 am
  • Parent-Child Relations: A Guide to Raising Children, Hisham Altlalib, 11:30 - 12:45 pm
  • Apostasy in Islam: A Historical and Scriptural Analysis, Author: Taha J. Al-Alwani, Speaker: Jamal Badawi, 3:00 - 4:15 pm
  • IIIT Distinguished Scholar Award to Prof. Sulayman Nyang, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Sunday Sept. 1
  • Islam and the Arab Awakening, Oxford University Press, Author: Tariq Ramadan, Speaker: Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, 10:00 - 11:15 am
  • The Astronomical Calculations and Ramadan, Zulfiqar Ali Shah, 11:30 - 12:45 pm
  • Al-Shura: The Qur'anic Principle of Consultation, Author: Ahmad Al-Raysuni, Speaker: Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, 3:00 - 4:15 pm
The discussants and moderators at these panels and events include Sulayman Nyang, Hamza Yusuf*, Daoud Nassimi, Anwar Haddam, Abubaker Al-Shingieti, Mohamed Rida Beshir, Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Zulfiqar Ali Shah, Tariq Ramadan*, Ihsan Bagby, Jimmy Jones, Abdallah AlShaikh Sidahmed, Zahid Bukhari, Abdool Rahman Khan, and Wael Al-Khairo. (Asterisk *: invited).
There will be book exhibitions and sales of IIIT publications at the bazaar at booths 113 & 212. In addition, the Hospitality Suite will include IIIT book exhibition. Refreshments are available during the Hospitality Suite.
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Contemplation as Worship


...if Muslims wish to ascend the spiritual path of devoted worshippers in their transcendental journey to the stage of spiritual enlightenment and insightful cognition (shuhud), they will find no substitute for deep meditative contemplation. Indeed, as they gradually refine their contemplative endowment from mere sense perception to actual insightful cognition, they will reach the blessed stage in which their heart and mind become overwhelmed with the love and glorification of the Almighty, and will see with both their physical sight and spiritual insight that everything in this universe totally submits to God, subservient to His will and tendered by His mercy and compassion. As many Muslim scholars and sages have testified, worshippers who attain this level are the happiest of people. They secure the pleasure of God as well as tranquility, blissfulness and beatitude in this world.


(Contemplation: An Islamic Psychospiritual Study -IIIT- Malik Badri)
europeansummerschoolFirst IIIT European Summer School

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

(August 24 - September 7, 2013)

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Asma Afsaruddin is Chair and Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and an Adjunct Professor, Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington. She was an associate professor in Arabic and Islamic studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. She has previously taught at Harvard University and the Johns Hopkins University, from which she received her PhD in 1993.Her fields of specialization include the religious and political thought of Islam, study of the primary Islamic texts (Qur'an and hadith), as well as gender studies.


Afsaruddin is an editorial board member for the Bulletin of the Middle East Studies Association, published by Cambridge University Press. She was an editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Medieval Islamic Civilization and a consultant for the Oxford Dictionary of Islam (2002).


Asfaruddin chairs the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy board of directors. She also sits on advisory committees for the Muslim World Initiative of the United States Institute of Peace and the human rights organization Karamah. 

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Striving in the Path of God: Jihad and Martyrdom in Islamic Thought


Author:  Asma Afsarudin 

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


In popular and academic literature, jihad is predominantly assumed to refer exclusively to armed combat, and martyrdom in the Islamic context is understood to be invariably of the military kind. This perspective, derived mainly from legal texts, has led to discussions of jihad and martyrdom as concepts with fixed, universal meanings divorced from the socio-political circumstances in which they have been deployed through the centuries. Asma Afsaruddin studies in a more holistic manner the range of significations that can be ascribed to the term jihad from the earliest period to the present and historically contextualizes the competing discourses that developed over time. Many assumptions about the military jihad and martyrdom in Islam are thereby challenged and deconstructed. More...

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 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
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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   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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