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Reform of Islamic Thought


January, 2014
... Muslim parents and families often neglect the importance of public-Ummatic duties and accountability, in favor of isolated personal advancement, giving little thought to moral responsibilities toward other members of society. As a result, children are not encouraged to participate in civic affairs, and as long as they have been taught the basics of prayers and reading the Qur'an, parents congratulate themselves on a duty well done. Children therefore grow up thinking that performing personal rituals is the central element of a moral life, and that if they perform these rituals, then they have performed all their religious and moral obligations in life. What this can amount to is an individualistic egotistical life style, one of mere survival and a negative public attitude. Unfortunately, this apathy has wider repercussions for ultimately it destroys public life and society, the result of which is that everybody is a loser.

(Parent-Child Relations: A Guide to Raising Children, Hisham Altalib, AbdulHamid AbuSulayman, Omar Altalib, IIIT, p. 85)

Dr. Md Dr. Mahmudul Hasan and Dr. Ermin Sinanovic
Dr. Md Mahmudul Hasan, Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), gave a talk, "English Literary Studies: Islamic Perspective and Method," at the IIIT on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. He highlighted important pedagogical issues in teaching English literature within ...




A group of about twenty students from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky -who are attending Prof. Matthew Pierce's course, "Islam in America" - visited the IIIT in Herndon, VA. The visit was a part of the field trip, aimed at...
Professor Bekir Karliga and Professor Fuat Sezgin are two AMSS UK Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients, who received their awards in 2011 and 2005 respectively. They ......
Professor Fuat Sezgin
Prof. Fuat Sezgin is a renowned scholar who has dedicated his entire life to the history of science in Islam and is the leading authority in this field. He is professor emeritus of the History of Natural Science at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt-Germany, and the founder and honorary director of the Institute of the History of the Arab Islamic Sciences there.

Prof. Sezgin is the author and editor of numerous publications. His best known publication is the 15-volume Geschichte des Arabischen Schrifttums (GAS), the cornerstone reference work on the history of science and technology in the Islamic world. The 5-volume "Science and Technology in Islam" documents the items in the Frankfurt Museum. Since 1984 he has been editing the Journal for the History of Arabic-Islamic Science.   


In 1983, Prof. Sezgin founded a unique museum within the Institute of the History of the Arab Islamic Sciences, Frankfurt, bringing together more than 800 replicas of historical scientific instruments, tools and maps, mostly belonging to the Golden Age of Islamic Science. He also founded a very similar museum on 25 May 2008 in Istanbul which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.   


Prof. Sezgin has received several awards, including the King Faisal Prize of Islamic Studies in 1978 and the Great Medal for Distinguished Service of the Federal Republic of Germany. He is member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences, the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco, and academies of the Arabic language in Cairo, Damascus and Baghdad. 



The Third Dimension 

Historian Reveals Incredible Contributions Of Muslim Cartographers   




Prof. Bekir Karliga 

Prof. Bekir Karliga is Professor of Islamic Philosophy at Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, and chairman of the National Coordination Committee of the Alliance of Civilizations. He received his doctorate degree of Philosophy from Istanbul University in 1980.  


Prof. Karliga was an Assistant of Philosophy and Logic in Istanbul Islamic Institute in 1977 and in 1983 he became an Assistant Professor of Islamic Philosophy. He then became the head of department of Kalam and Philosophy.  


For 30 years, Prof. Karliga taught Islamic Philosophy, Comparative East-West Philosophy, History of Civilizations and Intercultural Dialog courses in Marmara University, Faculty of Theology. In 2008 he established Bahcesehir University Civilization Studies Center. In the same year he was appointed as adviser to the Prime Minister and he became the head of United Nations Alliance of Civilizations National Coordination Committee.


Prof. Karliga published more than 50 books.  He also coordinated the planning of the documentary "The River Flowing Westward" produced by Bahcesehir University. The aim of the documentary film was to inform about the rich heritage in science, thought, art and civilization, which the East and the Islamic world transferred to the West.

Political Islam in the Age of Democratization


authors: Kamran Bokhari & Farid Senzai 


As a wave of popular unrest toppled autocratic rulers across the Middle East and North Africa, many in the West watched with growing concern as Islamists came to power. The continued prominence of Islam in the struggle for democracy in the Muslim world has confounded Western democracy theorists, who largely consider secularism a prerequisite for democratic transition. In Political Islam in the Age of Democratization, Kamran Bokhari and Farid Senzai offer a comprehensive view of the complex nature of contemporary political Islam and its relationship to democracy. With a useful theoretical framework, classification of Islamists, and rich historical context, this book is a compelling and insightful analysis of Islamism and the role that religion is likely to play in any future Muslim democracy. 

Networking to Understanding And Preserving America's Islamic History

February 7, 2014    

Foundation of Islamic Finance Conference (FIFC)

April 2-3, 2014    

Muslims in UK and Europe   

May 17-18, 2014    
Summer Students Program - 2014   
May 19- June 24, 2014    
Summer Institute for Scholars - 2014  
June 16-22, 2014    


On Tuesday, January 7, 2014 twenty university professors and scholars from Pakistan visited IIIT as part of a special program coordinated by Professor Mumtaz Ahmad, Vice President of Academic Affairs at the International Islamic University, Islamabad; and Dr. Tamara Sonn, Professor of Humanities at the department of Religious Studies at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.


The Witherspoon Institute Scholar Visits IIIT

Dr. Jennifer Bryson, Director, Islam and Civil Society Project, The Witherspoon Institute, Princeton, New Jersey, visited IIIT on Thursday January 23, 2014

  • The Qur'anic Worldview: A Springboard for Cultural Reform by AbdulHamid AbuSulayman (Arabic)
  • Epistemological Bias in the Physical and Social Sciences by A. M. Elmessiri (Turkish)
  • الفن في الفكر الإسلامي: رؤية معرفية ومنهجية  تحرير فتحي حسن ملكاوي 
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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