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November 2014
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

Anwar Ibrahim Reflects on  Aftermath of the Arab Spring
On November 18, 2014, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, founder and board member, IIIT; leader of the Malaysian opposition; and former deputy prime minister of Malaysia, shared his "Reflections on the Aftermath of the Arab Spring" with the general public at the IIIT headquarters in Herndon, VA.

Prof. Jonathan Brown delivered a talk about his latest book, "Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet's Legacy," and engaged the audience in a very lively discussion about various issues covered in the book. The talk...  Details  

Never Wholly Other: A Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism 
Dr. Jerusha Lamptey
Dr. Jerusha Tanner Lamptey (assistant professor of Islam and ministry, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York) presented the main question behind her latest book Never Wholly Other: A Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism (Oxford University Press: 2014): "How does Islam depict the religious 'other'?"... Details
"The Transformation of Turkey": TFI Course Ends
Dr. Mustafa Gökçek
The Fairfax Institute, a School of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), held a course "From Ataturk to Erdogan: The Transformation of Turkey" taught by Dr. Mustafa Gökçek. Dr. Gökçek is a IIIT Resident Fellow and Associate Professor of History at Niagara University. Dr. Gökçek received ...  Details
IOS Lecture on "Quran, Sunnah and Medicine"
Dr. Abdulaziz Abdullah Jifrey and Dr. Manzoor Alam
The Institute of Objective Studies (IOS), organised a lecture on "Quran, Sunnah and Medicine" in its Conference Hall on November 12, 2014. Dr. Abdulaziz Abdullah Jifrey, ENT specialist, noted that the Quran and Hadith had offered wonder drugs for treating "all diseases, except death". Referring to the early life of Muslims, he said that the Prophet... Details  

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November 2014

Dr. Jamal Barzinji, His Excellency Awang Adek Hussin (center), Ambassador of Malaysia to the US, Dr. Abubaker Alshingieti, and Dr. Yaqub Mirza with members of the Malaysian Delegation that visited IIIT on November 12, 2014.

October 2014
Zulkifl Hasan (second right), Senior Lecturer at Universitit Sains Islam Malaysia and currently Fulbright Scholar at Fortham University, New York visited IIIT on October 3, 2014.

From left: Saber Alkilany, Dr. Abubaker Alshingieti, Dr. Zulkifl Hasan, and Dr. Ermin Sinanovic  


Dr. Jerusha Lamptey
Professor Jerusha T. Lamptey earned her B.A. in Anthropology and Religion with a focus on traditional West African religious practices at American University in 1997. From 2000 to 2002, she researched interreligious interaction as a Fulbright Scholar in Ghana. She received an M.A. in Islamic Sciences at the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences in Leesburg, VA in 2004, and her Ph.D. in Theological and Religious Studies with a focus on Religious Pluralism at Georgetown University in 2011. Before joining the Union faculty in July of 2012, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University, where she taught courses on Islam, the Qur'an, feminist theology and philosophy of religion.


Dr. Lamptey's first book, Never Wholly Other: A Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013), explores the Qur'anic discourse on religious 'otherness'. In this book, she draws upon feminist theology and semantics to offer a novel re-interpretation of the Qur'anic discourse that challenges notions of clear and static religious boundaries by distinguishing between and illuminating the complexity of multiple forms of religious difference. Her other publications include "Embracing Relationality and Theological Tensions: Muslima Theology, Religious Diversity, and Fate" in Between Heaven and Hell: Islam, Salvation, and the Fate of Others (Oxford Univ. Press, 2013); "Lateral and Hierarchical Religious Difference in the Qur'an," in Understanding Religious Pluralism (forthcoming 2013); "John Paul II and Islam" in The Interfaith Theology of John Paul II (forthcoming 2013); "From Sexual Difference to Religious Difference: Toward a Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism" in Muslima Theology: The Voices of Muslim Women Theologians (Peter Lang, 2013); "'Mapping' the Religious Other: The Second Vatican Council's Approach to Protestantism," (Journal of Ecumenical Studies 45:4 [Fall 2010]); and "Mysticism in African Thought" in New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (Scribner & Sons, 2004).


Dr. Lamptey has presented papers at the American Academy of Religion, the Middle East Studies Association, the International Symposium on Islam, Salvation and the Fate of Others, and Georgetown University's Understanding Religious Pluralism Conference. She has taught numerous public classes on Islam, cross-cultural and religious diversity, and cultural arts at organizations including the Smithsonian Institution, the Kennedy Center, the American Association of University Women, and Migrant Head Start. Her research focuses on theologies of religious pluralism, comparative religion, and feminist theology. 


Never Wholly Other: A Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism


By: Jerusha Tanner Lamptey  


How does the Qur'an depict the religious Other? Historically, this question has provoked extensive debate among Islamic scholars about the identity, nature, and status of such religious Others. Today, this debate assumes great importance because of the widening experience of religious plurality, which prompts inquiry into convergences and divergences in belief and practice as well as controversy over the appropriate forms of interaction among different religions. The persistence of religious violence also gives rise to difficult questions about the relationship between the depiction of religious Others, and intolerance and oppression.

Scholars have traditionally accounted for the coexistence of religious similarity and difference by resorting either to models that depict religions as isolated entities or models that arrange religions in a static, evaluative hierarchy. In response to the limitations of this discourse, Jerusha Tanner Lamptey constructs an alternative conceptual and hermeneutical approach that draws insights from the work of Muslim women interpreters of the Qur'an, feminist theology, and semantic analysis. She employs this approach to reevaluate, reinterpret, and reenvision the Qur'anic discourse on religious difference. Through a close reading of the Qur'anic text, she distinguishes between two forms of religious difference: hierarchical and lateral. She goes on to explore the complex relationality that exists among Qur'anic concepts of hierarchical religious difference and to articulate a new, integrated model of religious pluralism.

Using an interdisciplinary approach to confront existing Islamic scholarship, Lamptey's Never Wholly Other offers a new genre of theology.

Late Ottoman Discourses on Nationalism and Islam      

December 3, 2014    

The Need for Intra-Muslim Dialogue  

Dr. Abdul Aziz Sachedina 

December 16, 2014
Apostacy in Islam:
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القرآن الكريم شاف كاف، يقول (جل شأنه):﴿أَوَلَمْ يَكْفِهِمْ أَنَّا أَنزَلْنَا عَلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ يُتْلَى عَلَيْهِمْ إِنَّ فِي ذَلِكَ لَرَحْمَةً وَذِكْرَى لِقَوْمٍ يُؤْمِنُونَ﴾ (العنكبوت:51)، بلى، والله إنَّ كتاب الله شاف كاف وحده بتلاوة وتعليم رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم، فإنَّه لا تنزل بأحد من أهل دين الله نازلة إلا ونجد سبيل الهدى فيها في هذا الكتاب الكريم:﴿وَلَا يَأْتُونَكَ بِمَثَلٍ إِلَّا جِئْنَاكَ بِالْحَقِّ وَأَحْسَنَ تَفْسِيرًا﴾ (الفرقان:33). لكن بعض الناس لم يكفهم كتاب الله جل شأنه وأساؤوا الظن به، فأضاف بعضهم من عقله ما شاء حتى بلغوا بأدلة الفقه اليوم خمسين دليلًا أو أصلًا، ولو اكتفوا بكتاب الله وبتلاوة رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم للكتاب، وتعليمه الكتاب كما أنزل؛ لأدركوا حكمته ولبلغوا به ما يريدون. المزيد 


عقد المعهد العالمي للفكر الإسلامي/مكتب الأردن حلقة دراسية في موضوع: نحو بناء معايير الجودة في المدرسة ضمن الرؤية الحضارية الإسلامية يوم السبت 22 محرم 1436 الموافق 15 نوفمبر/تشرين ثاني 2014م. المزيد


  نظم المعهد العالمي للفكر الإسلامي/مكتب الأردن محاضرة بعنوان: قواعد عملية لتأسيس علم الاستغراب.  يوم الخميس 6 محرم 1436 (30 أكتوبر 2014). ألقاها الأستاذ الدكتور مازن مطبقاني/ أستاذ الاستشراق في جامعة الملك سعود. وحضر المحاضرة جمع غفير من المهتمين بالموضوع من أساتذة الجامعات وطلبة الدراسات العليا. المزيد 

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