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August 2014

IIIT Hospitality Suite at the ISNA Convention

The IIIT Hospitality Suite at the ISNA Annual Convention was held on Saturday and Sunday August 30-31, 2014. There were a total of six sessions, four on Saturday and two on Sunday. The first session was on Reform of Education. Speakers included Prof. Ebrahim Moosa, Imam Zaid Shakir, Dr. Mahan Mirza, Dr. Ingrid Mattson and Dr. Ermin Sinanovic. The second ...

The 3rd MACCPAC-TFI Youth took place at the International Institute of Islamic Thought from August 4-8. The opening ceremony was held at the IIIT Library. The program started with...  




The AMSS UK organized a scholastic module for a group of IIUM High Achievers and SRC Members in London as part of the IIUM Global Leadership Training for students.  






Dr. Louay Safi is a scholar of Islam and the Middle East, and an advocate of Arab and Muslim American rights. He is a prolific author and frequent speaker on issues of human rights, Middle East, peace, leadership, and Islam and the West.  He received his B M.A. and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.  He is currently Professor of Political Science at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar. 


Dr. Safi served on the board of Muslim organizations, including the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) as well as the Common Word Fellow at Alwaleed Center for Muslim Christian Understanding, Georgetown University. Dr. Safi served as Executive Director of ISNA Leadership Development Center (ILDC) (2004-2008), and Director of Communications and Leadership (2009) and has served as Executive Director and Director of Research for the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), editor of the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, and President of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) (1999-2003). He was Visiting Professor at George Washington University (2001) and has also served as an Associate Professor of Political Science (1994-99), Dean of Research (1998-99), and Senate Member at the International Islamic University, Malaysia (1995-99).


Dr. Safi has published extensively on such issues as socio-political development, modernization, democracy, human rights, and Islamic resurgence, including eleven books and numerous academic papers and book chapters. He is author of eleven books, including: Palestine: Prophetic Principles Over Prophecies, (Outskirts Press 2009), The Qur'anic Narrative (Praeger 2008), Leading with Compassion (Outskirts Press 2008), Tensions and Transitions in the Muslim World, (University Press of America 2003), Peace and the Limits of War (International Institute of Islamic Thought, 2001),The Challenge of Modernity (University Press of America 1994), Truth and Reform (The Open Press 1998), The Foundation of Knowledge (International Islamic University of Malaysia 1996), Al-'Aqidah wa al-Syiasah (International Institute of Islamic Thought 1996), and I'mal al 'Aql (Dar al-Fikr 1998).


Dr. Safi participated in numerous international forums and conferences, and contributed articles to various academic journals, including the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, Islamic Studies, Intellectual Discourse, Middle East Affairs Journal, Journal of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, Islamiyyat al-Ma'rifa, al-Mustaqbal al-Arabi, Minbar al-Hiwar, al-Insan, and al-Muslim al-Mu'asir.


He appeared on numerous radio and TV programs, including CNN, BBC, Monte Carlo, Fox News, PBS, Middle East TV (MBC), Al-Jazeera TV, Voice of America, Malaysian Television, and others.  

States Do Not Go To Heaven: Towards a Theory of Islamic Agency in International Relations

by Meshari Alruwaih

This book compares and contrasts Islamic worldviews and Western theoretical perspectives on international relations to suggest that a combination of the two could lead to a mutually beneficial redefinition of contemporary international relations utilizing Western theoretical tools and incorporating an Islamic perspective. Particular focus is given to the Islamic concept of istikhlaaf as an ontological and normative foundation. The reasoning being that all man-made social arrangements on "earth", as well as international society, should be considered a realm of istikhlaaf.


This allows for return to an eternal and critical first principle, linking all social roles to this principle, which is that man as designated by the Qur'an, is God's khalifah or Vicegerent on earth. It's a statement of great magnitude. This radical approach has required serious engagement with some deeply held assumptions of Western International Relations theory including the subsequent distinction between the causal responsibility of the state on the one hand, and the moral responsibility of statesmen on the other. The result is an ontological terrain in which Islamic actors in international relations are theoretically re-linked to Allah as his Vicegerents, and the structure of modern international society assessed according to the normative foundations of istikhlaaf.


Meshari Alruwaih is an International Relations PhD candidate at Durham University. He holds a BA in International Relations from Florida International University, and an MA in Research Methods (Politics and International Relations) from Durham University. He is the founder of Islam and International Relations Theory, a web-based forum to share ideas, papers, and research on Islam and International Relations Theory. His Research interests include: Islam and International Relations Theory, Contemporary International Relations Theory, Philosophy of Social Science, Islamic norms and values of international relations, Islamic cooperation and regional integration. 


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

September 1 - December 12, 2014    

Fourth SOASCIS International Conference

November 3-4, 2014

محمد إقبال وجهوده في الإصلاح والتجديد الفكري- مؤتمر علمي دولي - المنظمة الإسلامية للتربية والعلوم والثقافة "إيسيسكو" والمعهد العالمي للفكر الإسلامي   


Just Released

  1. States Do Not Go To Heaven: Towards a Theory of Islamic Agency in International Relations by Meshari Alruwaih

  2. Ifta' and Fatwa in the Muslim World and the West  edited by Zulfiqar Ali Shah

  3. The Foundation of Knowledge: A Comparative Study in Islamic and Western Methods of Inquiry by Louay Safi

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Unity Productions Foundation (UPF

Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story
(National PBS Broadcast on September 9, 2014)

The film brings to life the story of a woman's extraordinary courage, tested in the crucible of Nazi-occupied Paris. A Muslim with an American mother and an Indian father, Noor Inayat Khan was an extremely unusual British agent, and her life spent growing up in her father's Sufi­ center of learning in Paris seemed an unlikely preparation for the dangerous work to come. Yet it was in this place of universal peace and contemplation that her remarkable courage was forged.

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