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Reform of Islamic Thought


October, 2013
Where East Meets West

Given today's "global village," where a century's technological accomplishments have dissipated the physical distances between communities and cultures, the East/ West encounter has become doubly imperative: not just to avoid the consequences of such potentially explosive misunderstandings, but also to deliberate together and to redefine the bounds of rationality and the meaning of community. This is a task which challenges a common endeavor to bring together values and good will as well as the power to give them substance.

(Mona Abul-Fadl, Where East Meets West: Appropriating the Islamic Encounter for a Spiritual-Cultural Revival, IIIT, p. 77-78)  

Kadi Iyad Zahalka

Dr. Rabbi Ron Kornish
Faith Based Peacemaking
Rabbi Ron Kronish and Kadi Iyad Zahalka and their peace building role in Israel

At a panel discussion hosted by the International Institute of Islamic Thought on Friday, October 11, 2013, Rabbi Ron Kronish and Kadi Iyad Zahalka discussed their role as peace builders in Israel. Entitled "Faith Based Peacemaking," the panel explored how these two Israeli citizens used their respective fields for peace building.

John O. Voll is professor of Islamic history and associate director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. He taught Middle Eastern, Islamic, and world history at the University of New Hampshire for thirty years before moving to Georgetown in 1995. He graduated from Dartmouth College and received his Ph.D. degree from Harvard University. He has lived in Cairo, Beirut, and Sudan and has traveled widely in the Muslim world. The second edition of his book Islam: Continuity and Change in the Modern World appeared in 1994. He is co-author, with John L. Esposito, of Islam and Democracy and Makers of Contemporary Islam and is editor, author, or co-author of six additional books. He is a past president of the Middle East Studies Association and also of the New England Historical Association. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the American Council of Learned Societies, the New Hampshire Humanities Council, the New Hampshire Council on World Affairs, and the Sudan Studies Association. He was the chair of the program committee for the 1999 annual meeting of the American Historical Association. In 1991 he received an Egyptian Presidential Medal in recognition for scholarship on Islam. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on modern Islamic and Sudanese history.

African Scholars Speak at IIIT on Islamic Universities in Africa

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Contemporary Scholarship on Islam: The Legacy of Ismail Raji al Faruqi
The 2nd International Conference was held on 22-23 October at  ...


  نظمتْ جمعية "سينيرجي" بليل، فرنسا بالتعاون مع هيئة تجمع المؤسسات الفرنسية"باري أوروبلاس" ومعهد الدراسات الأبستمولوجية ببروكسيل مؤتمرا عن "معرفة أسس المالية الإسلامية" وذلك
Visiting Scholar Coming to IIIT
IIIT will be hosting a visiting scholar, Dr. Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied of the National University of Singapore, between November 4 and November 8. Dr. Aljunied will conduct research for his book project on Muslim Cosmopolitanism in Southeast Asia by utilizing the IIIT Library and other resources at the IIIT. He will also present a paper on Muslim cosmopolitanism on Friday, November 8.
About the project

The project on Muslim cosmopolitanism aims to provide a counterpoint to the growing perception of Islam and other religions as divisive forces and powerful engines of dissension in society. Through a study of Muslim cosmopolitanism in Southeast Asia, the researcher hopes to add to the emerging scholarship that decenters the prevailing thesis that the practitioners of religions are especially prone to conflict to achieve their essentially absolutist, divisive and insufficiently rational aims. The book hopes to show how informed dialogue and engagement within and between religious and non-religious groups can more easily or more effectively occur through the agency of individuals and collectives wedded to cosmopolitan values. In this analysis, the focus will be on how dualistic categories such as "traditionalist vs modernist", "political vs cultural", "fundamentalist vs liberal" that ground many studies of Islam and Muslims are not always useful in any analysis of Muslim cosmopolitanism. He attempts to show that a whole variety of groups, from liberal to conservative, in Muslim societies, are open to cosmopolitan visions and outlook. These groups share the same concerns about the need to bridge the gaps between Muslims and non-Muslims even though their approaches and vocabularies of reform may differ.



Why Muslim Studies At Emmanuel College in Toronto?


November 1, 2013    

Towards a Healthy Youth Culture: The Role of Islamic Family and Educational Values 


November 6, 2013    

Muslim Cosmopolitanism: Recovering a Forgotten Stream in the History of Islam


November 8, 2013 

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 الإعلام المعاصر في الرؤية  الحضارية: مؤتمر علمي دولي ينظمه المعهد العالمي للفكر الإسلامي بالتعاون مع جامعة اليرموك


November 13-14, 2013





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The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is an intellectual forum that:
  • Examines educational, academic, and societal issues from an Islamic perspective,
  • Introduces intellectual and methodological reforms in education, classical knowledge, and societal science,
  • Formulates a comprehensive Islamic vision and methodology for critical analysis of contemporary knowledge, and
  • Promotes and supports research projects, organizes intellectual and cultural meetings, publishes scholarly works, and engages in teaching and training

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