Arun Kundnani - The Muslims Are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror
Dr. Arun Kundnani

The Muslims are Coming!
IIIT hosted Dr. Arun Kundnani for a lecture titled, "The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror" on Friday, Feb. 20th, 2015, where Dr. Kundnani shed light on the root causes of Islamophobia, radicalization, and surveillance of the American Muslim community. Details 
Two Great Muslim Leaders Depart this Life

Dr. Bahij Mullah Huwaish
Dr. Bahij Mullah Huwaish spent a life dedicated to the cause of God. Nationally and internationally known for his tireless campaigns on behalf of the community, he earned great affection and respect from all those who met him, tremendously improving the lot of others throughout a life which exuded the best of ethical standards.

After qualifying as a Medical Doctor Dr. Huwaish worked in hospitals in Spain, Algeria and Saudi Arabia. During his outstanding career he held a number of positions including: founding member and Secretary General of the Islamic Center in Spain, Secretary General of the European Council of Mosques, and member of the International Muslim Council of Mosques at the Muslim World League.


A man of great principles and astonishing intellect he leaves behind a legacy of intellectual, literary and medical writing which, among many others, includes: "Dictionary of Qur'anic Terminology" in several languages, "Spanish Translation of the Qur'an", "Medical Encyclopedia for Intellectuals" (30 volumes), "Contemporary Problems of the Muslim World", and "Muslim Communities in the West."


 May Allah (SWT) have mercy on his soul. Our sincere condolences to his family, and global friends and colleagues. 


Dr. Maher Hathout
Dr. Maher Hathout, the longtime chairman and chief spokesman of the Islamic Center of Southern California, died on January 2, 2015 at the age of 79. Hathout was born in Cairo in 1936 and after finishing medical school in Egypt he immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1970s. From New York, Hathout moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as a cardiologist and directed the small Islamic center at the time.


Dr. Maher Hathout became a leading advocate for peace between Islam and other religions. He became best known for trying to foster close ties between religious groups in Los Angeles. He expressed a gracious desire for communication with those who stood against him. Hathout teamed with some of the region's most powerful Jewish and Christian leaders on a variety of social justice campaigns, including protests against the spread of nuclear weapons and U.S.-led wars in Kuwait and Iraq. He spoke with presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush about improving relations with the Muslim world and authored books that undermined Islamic justification for terrorism.


In 2006, he was nominated for and was awarded the Los Angeles County's John Allen Buggs award for excellence in human relations.

He also founded the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), an advocacy group based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. which works to promote civil rights for American Muslims and helps foster relationships between Muslims and other faith communities in the United States, and he helped found New Horizon, one of the area's first Islamic-oriented private schools.

Dr. Hathout has written extensively on Islam, human rights, democracy, Middle East politics, and Bosnia. He is the author of three books: "Jihad vs. Terrorism" (2002), "In Pursuit of Justice: The Jurisprudence of Human Rights in Islam" (2006), and "Islam 2.0: Conversations with New Muslim Generations" (2009).

Hathout is survived by his wife Ragaa, his son Gasser, his daughter Samer, and four grandchildren.

IIIT Grant Recipients
Dr. Florian Pohl

Five Scholars Receive IIIT Research Grants

Dr. Madiha Tahseen
Dr. Nermeen Mouftah

Dr. Oliver Leaman

Dr. Nazila Isgandarova
IIIT Visitors
Dr. Serene Jones
Dr. Jerusha T. Lampety

Dr. Jerusha T. Lampety, Assistant Professor of Islam and Ministry,
Union Theological Seminary, New York and
Dr. Serene Jones, President, Union Theological Seminary,

visited IIIT on Thursday February 26, 2015.


IIIT Resident and Post-Doc Fellowships

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1. Between Salafism and Traditionalism: The Case of Nasir al-Din al-Albani and His Detractors - March 12, 2015

2. Narratives of Emancipation in Muslim Colonial India: The Case of the Deoband Madrasa - April 2, 2015

3. Muslim American Women on Campus - April 21, 2015     
Dr. Jocelyne Cesari is a senior fellow at Georgetown University's Berkley Center where she directs the Islam in World Politics Program. She teaches on contemporary Islam at the Harvard Divinity School and directs the Harvard interfaculty program "Islam in the West" which is hosted at the Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program.


Prof. Cesari's research focuses on Islam and globalization, Islam and secularism, immigration, and religious pluralism. Her most recent book, The Islamic Awakening: Religion, Democracy and  Modernity (Cambridge University Press, 2014), is based on three years research on state-Islam relations in Egypt, Turkey, Iraq, Pakistan and Tunisia, conducted when she was the Minerva Chair at the National War College (2011-2012).  She also recently published Why the West Fears Islam: An Exploration of Islam in Western Liberal Democracies (2013).


Her book, When Islam and Democracy Meet: Muslims in Europe and in the United States (2006) is a reference in the study of European Islam and integration of Muslim minorities in secular democracies.


Professor Cesari coordinates two major web resources on Islam and politics: Islamopedia Online and 

The Awakening of Muslim Democracy 
Religion, Modernity, and the State 

author: Jocelyne Cesari

Why and how did Islam become such a political force in so many Muslim-majority countries? In this book, Jocelyne Cesari investigates the relationship between modernization, politics, and Islam in Muslim-majority countries such as Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Tunisia, and Turkey - countries that were founded by secular rulers and have since undergone secularized politics. Cesari argues that nation-building processes in these states have not created liberal democracies in the Western mold, but have instead spurred the politicization of Islam by turning it into a modern national ideology. Looking closely at examples of Islamic dominance in political modernization - for example, nationalization of Islamic institutions and personnel under state ministries; reliance on Islamic references in political discourse, religiously motivated social unrest, or violence; and internationalization of Islam-aligned political movements or conflicts - this study provides a unique overview of the historical and political developments from the end of World War II to the Arab Spring that have made Islam the dominant force in the construction of the modern states, and discusses Islam's impact on emerging democracies in the contemporary Middle East.

حين يختصم المسلمون مع إسلامهم فيجادلونه


د. طه جابر العلواني  

هل يختصم المسلمون مع إسلامهم؟

نعم قد يحدث ذلك، حين يقدم الإسلام لبعض المسلمين بشكل خاطئ، ويجسد الدين أمامهم وكأنَّه بناء مصمت مرفوع على رؤوسهم، كأنَّما نتقه الله تعالى وصار يهددهم به: اسمعوا وأطيعوا، فإن لم تفعلوا فسأسقط هذا الجبل الذي هو الدين فوق رؤوسكم، وأقضي عليكم. وهل يمكن تصوير الدين بهذا الشكل؟


الجواب: نعم، وفي عصرنا هذا معظم الدعاة خلقوا خصومة بين الإسلام والمسلمين، وجعلوا من الدين جبلًا مرفوعًا فوق رؤوس الناس، يوشك أن يسقط عليهم كما تسقط الجبال أو الصخور بالانهيارات المختلفة، وكما تسقط الصواعق؛ وذلك حينما يعمد الداعية المغرض أو الجاهل أو المنافق أو المتملق أو المستغل إلى النظر إلى الدين على أنَّه شيء قابل للاستغلال وللاتجار به، وللحصول على المال أو الجاه أو السلطان بوساطته.0


حين نستمع إلى كثير من الفضائيَّات ووسائل الإعلام ونطالع بعض الصحف نجد أنَّ هناك معركة حامية الوطيس بين الإسلام والمسلمين، فهناك من يصرخ بأنَّ الإسلام قد ظلم المرأة في النظرة إليها، وهي نظرة دونيَّة، وفي مواريثها من أهلها، وفي حقها في اختيار الحياة التي تناسبها، فانتصروا أيُّها النشامى لها على هذا الدين الذي أوقع عليها كل هذه المظالم.0.


وهناك من يصرخ باسم حقوق الإنسان ليقول: إنَّ الشريعة ظلمت الإنسان، ومنعته من حريَّة التدين، فحكمت عليه بالردة إذا غيَّر دينه، وما يتبع الردة من انتهاك لحرماته وإهدار لدمه، وإباحة لسفكه، إلى غير ذلك. ومنهم من يرى في الدين أداة سهلة للاستغلال، وأنَّه حمَّال أوجه، يمكن أن يوجه لك وعليك، معك أو ضدك، وأنَّه ألعوبة بأيدي المتلاعبين، ولقمة سائغة في أفواه الآكلين المتبطلين، إلى آخر تلك القائمة.0


فما الذي حدث؟ ولم وصل المسلمون إلى هذا الحضيض أن تنظر فرق مختلفة منهم إلى الدين بتلك النظرة، وأن تدخل معه في كل تلك الخصومات؟ وما هي العوامل التي أدت إلى ذلك، أهي الجهل وسوء الفهم؟



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