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December 2014
Prof Abdulaziz Sachedina

Sachedina: The Need for Intra-Muslim Dialog
On December 17, 2014, Professor Abdulaziz Sachedina, IIIT Chair in Islamic Studies at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) presented "The Need for Intra-Muslim Dialogue" at the IIIT headquarters. He prefaced his remarks by stating that this undertaking represents a "critical challenge" that must be based on certain ....

On Thursday, December 4, 2014, the International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT) partnered with the Africa and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress, Howard University and The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa for a special  ...  Details  

On December 3, 2014, Dr. Mustafa Gökçek of Niagara University and IIIT Resident Fellow spoke on "Late Ottoman Discourses on Nationalism and Islam" at the IIIT headquarters in Herndon, VA. Opening with ...  Details  

Dr Ermin Sinanović
On November 23, 2014, IIIT hosted a reception at the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) annual meeting in Washington, DC. Dr. Ermin Sinanović, Director of ... Details
Prof Ebrahim Moosa
On November 22, 2014, IIIT held the inaugural IIIT Special Lecture at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) annual meeting in San Diego, California. The lecture, entitled "Negotiating the Ethical in Islamic Law: Practices, Politics and Tradition," was ... Details
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The Islamic Seminary Foundation in cooperation with The Fairfax Institute presented a certificate course on Foundations of Effective Organizational Leadership from December 15-19, 2014

IIIT Visitors

center: Prof. Abdullah Saeed
left to right: Dr. Abubaker Alshingieti, Dr. Jamal Barzinji, Dr Hisham Altalib, and Dr. Ermin Sinaonvic during his vist to IIIT on December 16, 2014


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Summer Students Program - 2015

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Prof Ebrahim Moosa
Ebrahim Moosa (Ph.D. University of Cape Town 1995) is the Professor of Islamic Studies in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and in Notre Dame's Department of History.

Moosa co-directs, with Scott Appleby, Contending Modernities, the global research and education initiative examining the interaction among Catholic, Muslim, and other religious and secular forces in the world. Moosa came to Notre Dame in the fall of 2014 from Duke University, where he taught in the Department of Religious Studies for 13 years. He previously taught in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town (1989-1998) and in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University (1998-2001).


Moosa's interests span both classical and modern Islamic thought with a special focus on Islamic law, history, ethics and theology. He is the author of Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination, winner of the American Academy of Religion's Best First Book in the History of Religions (2006) and editor of the last manuscript of the late Professor Fazlur Rahman, Revival and Reform in Islam: A Study of Islamic Fundamentalism.


In 2005 Moosa was named a Carnegie Scholar to pursue research on Islamic seminaries of South Asia. His next book, What Is a Madrasa? is forthcoming from the University of North Carolina Press.


His publications include the forthcoming co-edited book The African Renaissance and the Afro-Arab Spring (Georgetown University Press 2015); Islam in the Modern World (Routledge 2014) and, Muslim Family Law in Sub-Saharan Africa: Colonial Legacies and Post-Colonial Challenges, (Amsterdam University Press, Spring, 2010).


Born in South Africa, Moosa earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cape Town. Prior to that he earned a degree in Islamic and Arabic studies from Darul Ulum Nadwatul `Ulama in Lucknow, India. He also has a B.A. degree from Kanpur University and a postgraduate diploma in journalism from the City University in London. 


World Religions DeMYSTiFieD


By: Ebrahim Moosa 


Navigate the world's belief systems with this faith-filled resource! Want to learn more about Judaism? Confused about Confucianism? This book is the answer to your prayers! "World Religions DeMYSTiFieD" is filled with the knowledge you need to ace a religion exam or satisfy your own curiosity.

Written by a professor of religion, "World Religions DeMYSTiFieD" gives you a tour of belief systems found around the globe. You will learn about the world's major religions--Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Islam--as well as Earth-based religions and native traditions of Australia, Africa, and the Americas. After reading this book, you will have a healthy understanding of these faiths without being overwhelmed by mystifying jargon or concepts.

"This fast and easy guide features: " Step-by-step guidance through the fundamentals of world religions Major rituals, celebrations, traditions, sacred texts, and art from each faith Self-tests at the end of each chapter with complete answer explanations A comprehensive test at the end of the book to check your knowledge

"Perfect for religion majors and the just-curious alike, World Religions DeMYSTiFieD is your path to enlightenment on this subject."

Apostasy in Islam: A Historical & Scriptural Analysis (Turkish)

by Taha Jabir Al-Alwani

Inviting to Islam: Ethics of Engagement

by Hisham Altalib 


New Cataloging System Installed in the
 Al-Alwani & al Faruqi Libraries of the
International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) 

The Taha Jabir Al-Alwani and the Ismail al Faruqi Libraries of The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) provide students and faculty with a rich resource of over 100,000 volumes focused primarily around Islamic Studies, Comparative Religion, Islamic History, Arabic Language, and Social Sciences. The reference collection includes electronically-stored collections of Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Hadith, Islamic History, Quran, Tafsir and the Encyclopedia of Islam, as well as biographies, and encyclopedias.

Both libraries use the Library of Congress system of cataloging and database search and have the capacity to conduct searches for volumes in English and in Arabic transliteration using the Library of Congress Arabic Romanization Table. The Libraries are designed for research use at the graduate and post-graduate level. Library patrons visiting the Libraries can use the new cataloging system, which will search more than 1,000 library databases to locate a book in North America.   


For the catalog, click here.   


Computers and Wi-Fi are available.   


The library staff is available to assist all library users.   


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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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