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July 2014

EVENTS
Prof. John Esposito


John Esposito Speaks at IIIT on the Legacy of Ismail Al Faruqi
On July 9th 2014, IIIT held its annual Iftar dinner at IIIT headquarters, with participation of over seventy community leaders, scholars, politicians and IIIT leaders and staff. The program, that started at 7:00 and ended at 10:00 PM, featured several components including Al Faruqii Memorial Lecture which was delivered by Professor John Esposito.

 د. زغلول النجار يقدم محاضرة رمضانية شيقة في إفطار مكتب الأردن    

د. زغلول النجار ود. فتحي ملكاوي 
قدم الأستاذ الدكتور زغلول النجار؛ المتخصص بالإعجاز العلمي، محاضرة قيمة بعنوان: "السموات السبع والأرضون السبع في القرآن الكريم والسنة النبوية/ قراءة منهجية" في المعهد العالمي للفكر الإسلامي، مكتب الأردن مساء الأربعاء 25 رمضان 1435ھ الموافق 23 يوليو 2014م في حفل الإفطار السنوي لزملاء المعهد العالمي للفكر الإسلامي، مكتب الأردن

التفاصيل 

IIIT RESEARCH GRANTS
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FEATURED ARTICLE

 

رمضان وأخلاق الصبر والصفح والهجر 

 

مقالة للدكتور طه جابر العلواني

 

شهر رمضان المبارك لعام 1435هـ على الأبواب، وخير ما يُوصف به هذا الشهر الكريم أنَّه شهر القرآن، فهو يذكِّرنا، بل يحملنا على تلاوة القرآن وترتيل القرآن وتدبُّر القرآن ومُدَارسة القرآن، وفهم معاني القرآن ومقاصده ورسالته العالميّة وخطابه الكونيِّ، والتحلِّي بأخلاق القرآن؛ فحين سُئلتْ أم المؤمنين عائشة عن خلق رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وآله وسلَّم- قالت: كان خلقه القرآن، والصيام موسم الصبر الجميل والصفح الجميل والهجر الجميل، فالصبر الجميل تعبير عن تحمُّل سائر ما يصادف الإنسان من مصاعب ومصائب دون شكوى إلا للقادر على رفع الضُّرِّ ودرء الشر؛ ولذلك قال سيدنا يعقوب: ﴿قَالَ إِنَّمَا أَشْكُو بَثِّي وَحُزْنِي إِلَى اللَّهِ وَأَعْلَمُ مِنَ اللَّهِ مَا لا تَعْلَمُونَ (يوسف:86)، مقرنًا ذلك بالصبر الجميل، حيث قال -عليه السلام- كما ورد في القرآن: ﴿فَصَبْرٌ جَمِيلٌ وَاللَّهُ الْمُسْتَعَانُ عَلَى مَا تَصِفُونَ﴾ (يوسف:18)، فالشكوى إلى الله لا إلى سواه؛ لأنَّنا في الصبر الجميل؛ ولأنَّ شكوى الإنسان لربه دليل إقراره لعبوديَّته له، ولجوئه إليه، وافتقاره له سبحانه بالاستعانة: ﴿إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ﴾ (الفاتحة:5)، وقد ذكر القرآن المجيد كثيرًا من شكاوى الأنبياء إليه -سبحانه وتعالى- وثناء الله -سبحانه- عليهم؛ لأنَّهم لم يشتكوا لغيره -تبارك وتعالى- وقد أُثِر عن موسى -عليه السلام- أنَّه كان يُكثر من ترديد قوله: اللهم لك الحمد وإليك الشكر وأنت المستعان، وبك المستغاث وعليك التكلان، وعندما ردَّ أهل الطائف رسولَ الله صلى الله عليه وسلم... المزيد 

 

   
IIIT VISITORS
Dr. Abubaker Alshingieti
Dr. Abubaker Alshingieti, Executive Director of IIIT (US) and Dr. Yaqub Mirza, President and CEO of Sterling Management participated in the Global Donors Forum 2014 - a biennial convening of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists - on April 14-16 near Washington, DC.  

Dr. Yaqub Mirza
FEATURED SCHOLAR
Jacquelene Brinton received both her M.A. and her Ph.D. in Religious Studies, with a specialty in Islamic Studies, from the University of Virginia. She is currently revising her dissertation as a monograph, which will be entitled: "Preaching Islamic Renewal: Shaykh Muhammad Mitwallī Sha'rāwī Scholar of the People." Her main areas of interest within the discipline of Islamic Studies are: the role of the 'ulamā' in contemporary Islam, preaching, popular religion, and media and religion. Her research is focused on the role authoritative discourse plays in ensuring the continuity of religious traditions. Specifically, how television preaching has helped Egyptian 'ulamā' communicate religion as socially and historically relevant, and how technology aids this process. In her future research, Dr. Brinton plans to further examine the media transmission of religion, bringing together perspectives of production and reception. Dr. Brinton has published, or currently has articles forthcoming or under review, on the topics of: preaching and authority, visual piety and television preaching, and television reception and its effects on religious discourse. 
FEATURED BOOK
Health and Well-Being in Islamic Societies: Background, Research, and Applications

by Harold G. Koenig and Saad Al Shohaib

From the first hospitals to pioneering pharmacy techniques, the early history of medicine reflects the groundbreaking contributions of Islamic physicians and scientists. Less recognized, however, is the impact of Islam on the health and daily health practices of modern day Muslims.

 

Meticulously documented with current research sources and relevant religious texts, Health and Well-Being in Islamic Societies sheds light on the relationships between Muslim beliefs and physical, psychological, and social health. Background chapters trace Muslim thought on health and healing as it has evolved over the centuries to the present. The authors provide even-handed comparisons with Christianity as the two traditions approach medical and ethical questions, and with Christian populations in terms of health outcomes, assuring coverage that is not only objective but also empirically sound and clinically useful. And as the concluding chapters show, understanding of these similarities and differences can lead to better care for clients, cost-effective services for communities, and healthier Muslim populations in general. Included among the book's topics:

  • Muslim beliefs about health, healing, and healthcare
  • Similarities and differences between Muslim and Christian health beliefs
  • Impact of religion on physical, mental, and community health in Muslims
  • Understanding how Islam influences health
  • Applications for clinical practice
  • Implications for public health

Cultural awareness is critical to improving both individual client health and public health on a global scale. Health and Well-Being in Islamic Societies is essential reading for clinical and health psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and nurses, and will be informative for the general reader as well.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

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

  
September 1 - December 12, 2014    
IIIT PUBLICATIONS

Upcoming IIIT Spanish and German Translations 
 
  1. Apostates, Islam & Freedom Of Faith: Change Of Conviction Vs Change
    of Allegiance by AbdulHamid AbuSulayman (Spanish) - Occasional Paper No. 22, 2013

  2. The Essence of Islamic Civilization by Isma'il Raji al Faruqi (German) - Occasional Paper No. 21  

  3. Islam: Religion, Practice, Culture and World Order by Isma'il Raji al Faruqi(Spanish) 

  4. Authentication of Hadith: Redefining the Criteria by Israr Ahmad Khan (Spanish) (Books-in-Brief)  
     

Upcoming English Titles - September 2014 

 
  1. The Qur'an and Normative Religious Pluralism: A Thematic Study of The Qur'an  by Arif Abdullah

  2. The Qur'an and Sunnah by Ismail al Faruqi and Lois Lamya al Faruqi

  3. Neighbors by Paul Findley
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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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