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                                            November 2015


Dr. Norbani: Female Muslim Preachers in Malaysia

CAIR's Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Hisham Altalib

During its 21st annual banquet on October 17, 2015, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) presented its Lifetime Achievement award to Dr. Hisham Altalib, a founder of IIIT and a Board of Trustees Member. Dr. Altalib commended CAIR for its tireless efforts to ensure civil rights for everyone in the Untied States and beyond. After explaining the "four landmarks in my life that made it possible for me to stand beside you tonight," Dr. Altalib thanked CAIR for honoring him with the award and concluded with: "The leader of the people is their servant."
2016 IIIT Winter Student Program 

The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is inviting applications from undergraduate students enrolled in colleges and universities in the United States and Canada to apply for 2016 IIIT Winter Student Program (WSP) in Islamic Studies. WSP is designed for currently enrolled undergraduate students, regardless of their major or program of study. The program provides a 5-day intensive study of major topics related to Islam, including: The Qur'anic Worldview, Sunnah and Its Relevance, Islam in America, Fiqh (Jurisprudence) and Maqasid al-Shari'ah (Objectives of Islamic Law), Contemporary Issues in Interpreting Islam, Revival and Reform in Islam, and Muslim Responses to Modernity, among others.
IIIT Research Grants


The Islamic Epistemology e-Newsletter  
(Volume 3, Issue 21, November 15, 2015)

Featured Scholar  

Dr. Irfan Ahmad  (Ph.D., cum laude, University of Amsterdam) is Associate Professor of Political Anthropology at the Institute for Religion and Critical Enquiry, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, ACU, Melbourne. Earlier, he was a senior lecturer in politics at Monash University, Australia where he taught for nearly five years. Before moving to Australia, he taught at Utrecht University and University of Amsterdam. He was a Rubicon Postdoctoral Fellow at Leiden University, The Netherlands.

Irfan is the author of Islamism and Democracy in India: The Transformation of the Jamaat-e-Islami (Princeton University Press, 2009) which was short-listed for the 2011 ICAS (International Convention of Asian Scholars) Book Prize for the best study in the field of Social Sciences. His numerous research articles have appeared in leading international/global journals such as Anthropological Theory, Citizenship Studies, Economic and Political Weekly, Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs, Journal of Royal Anthropological Institute, Modern Asian Studies, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Politics, Religion, Ideology, Seminar and The Annual of Urdu Studies. He is a contributor to the prestigious The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought. Irfan is on the Editorial Committee of South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies and Associate Editor of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. He has held visiting fellowship and other positions at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen, Germany and The Graduate Centre, CUNY, New York. Irfan contributes to debates in the media such as AL-Jazeera, BBC, The Times of India, Open Democracy and his interviews have appeared in Dutch, English, Hindi, Malayalam, Turkish and Urdu media.
(courtesy: https://corner.acu.edu.au/research_supervision/framework/browse.php?srperid=6420)

Dr. Ahmad's website  
Arabic Articles  
Understanding Maqasid al-Shariah: A Contemporary Perspective by Musfir binAli al Qahtani
Ethics of Assisted Reproductive Medicine: A Comparative Study of Western Secular and Islamic Bioethics by Sharmin Islam
Toward Our Reformation: From Legalism to Value-Oriented Islamic Law and Jurisprudence by Mohammad Omar Farooq
Epistemological Integration: Essentials of an Islamic Methodology by Fathi Malkawi
In Service of God and Humanity: The Legacy of Shaykh Muhammad al Ghazali 
by Benaouda Bensaid  
The Qur'anic Worldview: A Springboard for Cultural Reform by AbdulHamid AbuSulayman  
The Islamic Vision of Development in the Light of Maqasid al-Shariah by Muhammad Umer Chapra
Maqasid Al-Shariah: A Beginner's Guide by Jasser Auda
Maqasid Al-Shariah Made Simple by Mohammad Hashim Kamali
New Titles @ Al Alwani Library   
Islamic Law and the Challenges of Modernity by Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad and
The American Revolution as Affected by the Muslim World - Economically and Politically - A Historical Assessment by  Syed Mahmood
Mawlana Mawdudi and Political Islam: Authority and the Islamic state by Roy Jackson
Ibn Taymiyya and his Times (Studies in Islamic Philosophy) by  Yossef Rapoport
Women and the Transmission of Religious Knowledge in Islam (Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization) by Asma Sayeed  
God in the Tumult of the Global Square: Religion in Global Civil Society by   Mark Juergensmeyer, Dinah Griego, & John Soboslai
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan  
Islam and Democracy after the Arab Spring by John L. Esposito, Tamara Sonn, & John O. Voll  
How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom by Jacues Berlinerblau 
Muslims in the Western Imagination by Sophia Rose Arjana 
Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims by Stephen Sheehi 
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