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Reform of Islamic Thought


November, 2013
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Monday, December 9, 2013
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
5th Floor Conference Room
The Wilson Center 
  The International Institute of Islamic Thought
The Wilson Center
Reform of Higher Education
in Muslim Societies
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Malaysia

Rosnani Hashim
Institute of Education, International Islamic University, Malaysia

Heidi Hadsell
President, Hartford Seminary, United States

Revitalizing Higher Education in the Muslim World


The most important question facing Muslims at this point in time and on this particular issue is: where does one begin? The answer is with self-reform. The beginning of Islamic reform lies in the reforming of every Muslim soul remedying the distortions in their ideological vision, cultural motivation, intellectual approach, and educational discourse.


Reformers are right when they mobilize themselves to improve education, regarding it as one of the most important and the strongest building blocks of a nation. Unfortunately, due to their quantitative orientation, as in all other things, reformative action has remained superficial. It addresses appearances and is based on duplication and the imitation of all types of capable people. Thus, it blindly follows others in darkness, stumbling as it goes and where the road forks out, it does not know where to turn.


(AbdulHamid AbuSulayman, Revitalizing Higher Education in the Muslim World: A Case Study of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), IIIT, p. 4 & 5)  

Dr. Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied
Muslim Cosmopolitanism:
Recovering a Forgotten Stream in the History of Islam
On Friday, November 8, 2013, Dr. Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied of the National University of Singapore delivered a talk, "Muslim Cosmopolitanism: Recovering a Forgotten Stream in the History of Islam" at the IIIT office in Herndon, VA.




IIIT Hosts A Reception At AAR


The IIIT hosted a reception in conjunction with American Academy of Religion's Annual Convention in Baltimore on Saturday, November 23, 2013 ...

American University Students Visit IIIT


On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, Dr. Mohamed Nimer and eight of his students who are attending a semester in Washington program came to the IIIT for ...

Muslim Studies at Emmanuel College, Canada


Professor Mark Toulouse of Emmanuel College, Victoria University at the University of Toronto, visited IIIT in Herndon, VA. The visit's objective was  ...
IIIT Program at Shenandoah University


IIIT, in cooperation with the Muslim Student Association and Student Life's Intercultural Programs at Shenandoah University, hosted a program on ...



Prof. Rosnani Hashim
Rosnani Hashim
PhD is Professor of Educational Foundations and Curriculum, and the Dean of the Institute of Education, International Islamic University, Malaysia. She founded the Centre for Philosophical Inquiry in Education (2006) which actively promotes the use of the Hikmah Pedagogy for critical thinking. She obtained her Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Florida (1994). Her areas of interest are Islamic Thought and Education, Comparative Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Mathematics Education and the Pedagogy of Philosophical Inquiry. She was a research scholar with the Japan Foundation (2006), a Visiting Specialist under the Fulbright Programme of Direct Access to the Muslim World where she taught at Montgomery County Community College (2007), and a Visiting Professor for Global Education in Nagoya University, Japan (2011). She was the editor of Jurnal Pendidikan Islam [Journal of Islamic Education], Malaysia (2001-2011). Among her major works are Educational Dualism in Malaysia: Implications for Theory and Practice (OUP,1996 2d ed., 2003);Teaching Thinking in Malaysia (2003); and Reclaiming the Conversation: Islamic Intellectual Tradition in the Malay Archipelago (2010). She has written extensively on Islamic education, Islamization of knowledge and the curriculum as chapters of books and as journal articles.
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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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