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                                                   February 2016

Past Events

Homeschooling in the Washington Metropolitan Area Muslim Community
The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) invited Dr. Zahra Seif-Amirhosseini Rafie, Associate Professor of Sociology at Northern Virginia Community College, to deliver a lecture titled, "Growing Trend of Homeschooling in the Washington Metropolitan Area Muslim Community," on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. More... 

Summer Programs @ IIIT

IIIT Summer Students Program - 2016
(July 11 - August 14, 2016)
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Summer Institute for Scholars - 2016
( August 8 - 13, 2016)
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Upcoming Events

  1. The Fairfax Institute Open House - March 5, 2016 

  2. Dr. Ellen McLarney: Soft Force: Women in Egypt's Islamic Awakening - March 10, 2016
  3. Dr. Mahmoud Ayoub: Major Themes in the Bible and the Qur'an- April 8-10, 2016 

  4. University of Chicago: Islamic Theology, Law, and Biomedicine - April 15-17, 2016

  5. Spring 2016 Schedule of Events
  6. Spring  2016 Lecture Series 

Resident Scholar 

Dr. Asaad Al-Saleh is Assistant Professor of Arabic Literature, Comparative Literature, and Cultural Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Indiana University. His research examines personal narratives in Arabic literature, particularly modern Palestinian autobiographies, dealing with issues related to identity and displacement. His interest in narratives demonstrating the intersection of Arabic literature and political culture resulted in the publication of his book, Voices of the Arab Spring: Personal Stories from the Arab Revolutions (Columbia University Press, 2015). He teaches Arabic Literature courses and classical Islamic texts in Arabic and English, with expertise in Arab Spring, Autobiography, and Literary Theory. In addition to scholarly writing, he contributes opinion pieces in Arabic on political, cultural and religious issues in war-torn Syria, where he was born and raised. 

Featured Book

The Study Quran: A New Translation and Commentary

Editors: Seyyed Hossein NasrMohammed Rustom, Joseph E. B. Lumbard, Maria Massi Dakake
Caner Karacay Dagli

An accessible and accurate translation of the Quran that offers a rigorous analysis of its theological, metaphysical, historical, and geographical teachings and backgrounds, and includes extensive study notes, special introductions by experts in the field, and is edited by a top modern Islamic scholar, respected in both the West and the Islamic world.

Drawn from a wide range of traditional Islamic commentaries, including Sunni and Shia sources, and from legal, theological, and mystical texts, The Study Quran conveys the enduring spiritual power of the Quran and offers a thorough scholarly understanding of this holy text.

Beautifully packaged with a rich, attractive two-color layout, this magnificent volume includes essays by 15 contributors, maps, useful notes and annotations in an easy-to-read two-column format, a timeline of historical events, and helpful indices. With The Study Quran, both scholars and lay readers can explore the deeper spiritual meaning of the Quran, examine the grammar of difficult sections, and explore legal and ritual teachings, ethics, theology, sacred history, and the importance of various passages in Muslim life.

With an introduction by its general editor, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, here is a nearly 2,000-page, continuous discussion of the entire Quran that provides a comprehensive picture of how this sacred work has been read by Muslims for over 1,400 years.   

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New Titles @ Al Alwani Library

The Family of Abraham: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Interpretations by
Carol Bakhos
The Psychology of Terrorism by
John Horgan
Women of the Nation: Between Black Protest and Sunni Islam by
Dawn-Marie Gibson
American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race, Class, and Gender within the Ummah  by
Jamillah Karim
A Social History of Education in the Muslim World: From the Prophetic Era to Ottoman Times by Amjad Hussain, Abdassamad Clarke, Abia Afsar Siddiqui
Ghazali: The Revival of Islam by
Eric Ormsby
Rebranding Islam: Piety, Prosperity, and a Self-Help Guru by
James Hoesterey
Producing Indonesia: The State of the Field of Indonesian Studies by Eric Tagliacozzo
Pious Practice and Secular Constraints: Women in the Islamic Revival in Europe by Jeanette Jouili

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