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June 2014
Jibreel Delgado -  valedictorian

IIIT Summer Students Graduate: 4 Research Fellows Selected
The 8th IIIT Summer Students Program for 2014 came to an end on Tuesday, June 24th with a graduation ceremony that brought together students, scholars and senior IIIT executives and staff.
On June 16th, the 7th annual Summer Institute for Scholars opened at the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), focusing on the theme of "Islamic Law and Ethics." Opening proceedings were held in the IIIT Library beginning with welcoming remarks from Dr. Ermin Sinanović, the Director of the Summer Institute for Scholars, Dr. Abubakr Al-Shingieti, Executive Director of IIIT, Prof. Abdulaziz Sachedina, IIIT Chair in Islamic Studies, George Mason University, and Dr. Jamal Barzinji, President IIIT, USA. Details...



Ismail al Faruqi Books Launched in Turkey



Translations of two titles by Professor Ismail al Faruqi have been launched on 6 and 7th June in Turkey:The Cultural Atlas of Islam by Ismail al Faruqi and Lois Lamya al Faruqi (new, updated Turkish edition in full color) and Islam: Religion, Practice, Culture and World Order by Ismail al Faruqi (Kurdish edition). 

The first event took place in Urfa at the Ministry of Education Conference Hall on 6th June. It was attended by over 500 academics, scholars, politicians and students. During the event Dr. Anas al-Shaikh-Ali gave a presentation along with Dr. Othman Ali and Atasoy Muftuoglu a scholar and writer who met and traveled with Professor al Faruqi. The second event took place on 7th June in Istanbul at the Writers Union of Turkey, Istanbul Branch Office in Sultan Ahmet. Dr. Hisham Altalib gave a presentation and was joined by two speakers, Professor Mahmut Kaya and Professor Mevlut Uyanik. The event was attended by scholars and academics.


مركز الزهاوي يعقد مؤتمر "النظام السياسي في الفكر الإسلامي- تحديات الواقع وآفاق المسقبل"  


بدأت أعمال المؤتمر العلمي الثالث لمركز الزهاوي للدراسات الفكرية، في يوم الجمعة المصادف، لـ16/ 5/ 2014، في قاعة المناسبات بفندق (سليمانية بالاس) في مدينة السليمانية- كردستان العراق، تحت عنوان (النظام السياسي في الفكر الإسلامي- تحديات الواقع وآفاق المسقبل) بحضور جمع غفير من الأكادميين، والكتّاب، والمثقفين، والباحثين، وعلماء الدين، والضيوف من داخل وخارج كردستان.


Prof. Carl Ernstis William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor and Co-Director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Carl W. Ernst is a specialist in Islamic studies, with a focus on West and South Asia. His published research, based on the study of Arabic, Persian, and Urdu, has been mainly devoted to the study of three areas: general and critical issues of Islamic studies, pre-modern and contemporary Sufism, and Indo-Muslim culture. He has received research fellowships from the Fulbright program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and he has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His current research projects include an edited volume on Islamophobia in America (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013), studies of Muslim interpreters of Indian religions, and a translation of the Arabic poetry of al-Hallaj. His most recent book is How to Read the Qur'an: A New Guide, with Select Translations (UNC Press, 2011). He studied comparative religion at Stanford University (A.B. 1973) and Harvard University (Ph.D. 1981).
How to Read the Qur'an: A New Guide with Select Translations

by Carl Ernst

How to Read the Qur'an offers a compact introduction and reader's guide for anyone, non-Muslim or Muslim, who wants to know how to approach, read, and understand the text of the Qur'an.

Using a chronological reading of the text according to the conclusions of modern scholarship, Carl Ernst offers a nontheological approach that treats the Qur'an as a historical text that unfolded over time, in dialogue with its audience, during the career of the Prophet Muhammad. Ernst explores the history of the text and its development in the Meccan and Medinan periods; the Qur'an's important structural features, including symmetrical or ring composition; recent revisionist challenges to its textual integrity; and intertextual references in the Qur'an that relate to earlier works, such as the Bible. Featuring Ernst's illuminating new translations of 725 Qur'anic verses, close studies of numerous key passages, and appendices with tools to help readers work their way through the entire text, How to Read the Qur'an not only summarizes historical and literary issues but also engages with the religious and political context of understanding the Qur'an today.



The Five Pillars of Prosperity: Essentials of Faith-Based Wealth Building

by M. Yaqub Mirza

This book provides readers with a balanced and sensible approach to financial planning and security, it is unique in that it is written by a leading Muslim financial expert who draws on Islamic teachings while showing how these Islamic values are consistent with Jewish and Christian values. Though the primary audience may be American Muslims, anyone interested in financial security will find this practical guide helpful in making wise financial decisions.

Dr. Mirza presents a powerful and provocative case for arranging one's life - and the material pursuits - in ways that not only benefit the reader but also society at large. He shows how the attainment of wealth and prosperity can be achieved by following five key activities: Earning, Saving, Investing, Spending, and Giving.


The author closes with a discussion on wealth building strategies and wealth preservation. Additionally, he has provided a section of resources and an extensive bibliography for further reading. The book is rich in investment strategies and advice and though the topic is often complex Dr. Mirza's writings are clear and accessible to a general audience.


Dr. M. Yaqub Mirza is a president and chief executive officer of Sterling Management Group, Inc. and serves as the vice chairman of the board of trustees and chairman of the executive committee of Amana Mutual Funds. He lives in Herndon, Virginia. 



e-learning course: Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe: Modern Challenges

September 1 - December 12, 2014    

  IIIT New Turkish and Kurdish Publications

  1. Islam: Religion, Practice, Culture and World Order
    (Turkish) by Ismail al Faruqi

  2. Studies in Islamic Civilization: The Muslim Contribution to the Renaissance (Books-in-Brief)by Ahmed Essa and Othman Ali

  3. Islam: Religion, Practice, Culture and World Order (Kurdish)
    by Ismail al Faruqi  

American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS)
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