2015 Summer Students Program Commences 


Animated chatter about university experiences, research interests, and future aspirations descended on the IIIT offices on the morning of May 18th, 2015. The excitement in the air was palpable as students began arriving and familiarizing themselves with one another. Details

IIIT Panels at the 2015 ICNA Conventions  


The annual Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) convention took place from May 23th through May 25th in Baltimore, MD, this year. The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) hosted two consecutive panel sessions at the convention on the morning of May 24. These programs were titled, "Imam & Community Education" and "Contemporary Approaches to Understanding the Sunnah," respectively. Details

Dr. Sinanovic Visits Sarajevo, Talks About "Islam in America"

On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, Dr. Ermin Sinanovic, IIIT's Director of Research, gave a talk, "Study of Islam in Academic and Theological Circles in the United States," which was held in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Center for Advanced Studies in Sarajevo hosted the talk which was attended by the Center's members and associates, as well as several professors from local universities - about twenty of them in total.. Details

 Kuala Lumpur: 2nd International Conference on Mental Health     

A 2nd International conference on mental health was organized as a joint collaborative endeavor of the Department of Psychology International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan (IIUI), the chair of Ibn Khaldun, Kulliyyah of IRKHS International Islamic University Malaysia, International Institute of Islamic Thought USA and International Association of Muslim Psychologists. Details

أقام المعهد العالمي للفكر الإسلامي حلقة نقاش حول "التحديات الراهنة للمصرفية الإسلامية" والتي قدمها الدكتور/ سليمان ناصر أستاذ الاقتصاد الإسلامي بجامعة ورقلة - الجزائر يوم الجمعة 15 مايو/ أيار 2015 بمقر المعهد بمدينة هرندن، بولاية فرجينيا. للمزيد من الصور اضغط هنا

Featured Scholar

Muddathir Abdel-Rahim is Professor and Head of the Human Rights Program at the Islamic University of Malaysia (UIM) since 2014. He was also professor of Islamic Studies and Political Science at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), Malaysia (1997 - 2013); professor of Political Science, University of Khartoum, Sudan (1985-1988); Vice Chancellor of Omdurman Islamic University, Sudan (1988-1991); and visiting professor, senior research fellow, senior lecturer at numerous universities and scholarly institutions.

Prof. Abdel-Rahim received his Ph.D. from Manchester University in Economic and Social Studies (Government) in 1964, and two Bachelor's degrees, one from Nottingham University in Politics, 1958 and the other from the University of London in Arabic, History and Economics in 1955.


Prof. Abdel-Rahim held several diplomatic and professional positions including Ambassador to the Nordic countries , UNESCO Senior expert, Founding member and Secretary General of the Sudanese National Committee on Human Rights. He is recipient of the Jordanian Royal Medal for Distinguished Contributions "Wisam Al-Husayn lil 'Ata' Al-Mutamayyiz" in 2013.


His published books include, but are not limited to: The Human Rights Tradition in Islam (Praeger, 2005); Al-Ghazali's Political Thought and Other Essays on Hujjatu'l Islam (IIUM, 2011), The Development of Fiqh in the Modern World (Cardiff, 1996). He contributed to many articles and book chapters including: "Humanity at the Crossroads: Quest for Wisdom and Survival" (UIM, 2015); "Islam and the Future of the World Community" (in Islam and International Law, Brill, 2013) ; "Patterns of Love in the Holy Qur'an" (in Proceedings of the Fourteenth Conference of the Jordanian Royal Academy, 2007). 


Featured Book
The Quest for Meaning
Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism

author: Tariq Ramadan

In The Quest for Meaning: Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism, Tariq Ramadan embarks on a journey to uncover the profound truths that bind us together. In a world so full of different beliefs and viewpoints, how can we find peace in our shared humanity? Acclaimed thinker and philosopher Tariq Ramadan explores universal ideas such as love, respect, truth, and tolerance, and examines questions such as how can men and women relate to each other? What is the true nature of equality? What does "civilization" really mean? In doing so, he opens our minds to a new view of humanity. Whether we are Christian or Buddhist, Jewish or Muslim, secularist or believer, he reveals that all traditions of thought spring from the same place, and guides us to see past what divides us and discover the beauty of what we have in common. This book has resonance for all of us, showing why, eventually, all different spiritual paths lead to the human heart.

Excerpt from the book.
IIIT Chairs & Supported Programs
  1. Prof. Abdel Aziz Sachedina, IIIT Chair of Global Islamic Studies, George Mason University, Virginia - Details 

  2. Dr. Muhammad Shafiq, IIIT Chair of Interfaith Study and Dialog, Nazareth College, Rochester - Details 

  3. Dr. Ingrid Mattson, London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies (funded by IIIT), Huron University College, Canada - Details 

  4. Dr. Timur Yuskaev and Dr. Feryal Salem, Co-Directors of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program (funded by IIIT), Hartford Seminary, Connecticut - Details 
Upcoming Events
1- Dissecting the Ethics of Organ Donation- June 5-7, 2015  
     (The University of Chicago)    

2- IIIT Summer Institute for Scholars - June 8 - 13, 2015

3- International Conference on Maqasid Al-Shari'ah in Public Policy and Governance - June 15-16, 2015

4- Turkey Summer School - August 1-14, 2015
TFI Courses
MACCPAC - TFI Youth Leadership Retreat  
IIIT Publications
Understanding Maqasid al-Shari'ah
A Contemporary Perspective  


author: Musfir bin Ali al-Qahtani

Dr. Musfir bin Ali al Qahtani's work contributes to the ever growing body of scholarly literature in the field of Maqasid al Shariah (higher objectives of Islamic law). Understanding Maqasid al-Shariah calls for the development of a juridical sense that is finely tuned to the higher objectives and purposes of Islamic rulings, the aims of which are the formulation of a new methodology in understanding the revealed texts and the reform of Muslim thought and its application. The author draws attention to the importance of understanding various levels of maqasid, including distinguishing between primary aims (al-maqasid al-asliyyah) and secondary aims (al-maqasid al-tabi'ah). Al-Qahtani asserts that a positive understanding of the objectives of the Shariah should produce affirmative human and cultural development in Muslim societies. The real strength of this work, however, is in the author's application of higher objectives and aims to different areas of jurisprudence, such as in deriving and issuing religious rulings (ifta'), and to important social issues and problems present in Muslim societies, such as extremism, jihad, commanding right and forbidding wrong, social change, crisis of Muslim thought, countering religious excessiveness, the need for recreation and leisure, citizenship and nation-belonging, spreading beauty and harmony in Islam, and the role of Muslim women in society.

Arabic Articles

القرآن كاف شاف وحده


د. طه جابر العلواني  


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 وسلمللكتاب، وتعليمه الكتاب كما أنزل لأدركوا حكمته ولبلغوا به ما يريدون. المزيد

يوم عرفة لتعارفوا 

د. عبد الحميد أبو سليمان 


التعارف في الإنسانية هو ضرورة روحية، يذوب معها جميع حواجز العنصرية، والألوان، والأنساب، واللغات. ب 

يقول تعالى: {ياأيها الناس إنا خلقناكم من ذكر وأنثى وجعلناكم شعوبا وقبائل لتعارفوا إن أكرمكم عند الله أتقاكم إن الله عليم خبير}  (الحجرات: 13) المزيد 


من الاستشراق إلى الاسلاموفوبيا

د. محمد بدي ابنو 


دفعتْ التّداعيات الْمَابَعْدَ اِسْتِعمارية أو النِّيُو استعماريّة إلى طفرات استشراقيّة متلاحقة، صبّتْ في اتجاه واحد، ووصلتْ ذروتَها غداة الحادي عشر من سبتمبر. هذا الاتجاه يترجمه أساساً التكريس المتصاعد للاستشراق الْمِدْيُولُوجِيّ  "على حساب" الاستشراق الأكاديميّ. أو لنقل بعبارة أخرى إنّه يمحو الفوارق بنسبة متزايدة بين المستويين. المزيد 
Links of Interest

1- "The Other Within Me"-Tariq Ramadan Details   


2- America's Islamic Heritage Museum Details   


3- KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights Details   

New Arrivals
Freedom of Speech and Islam Islamic Law and International Human Rights Law Sufism - A Global History

Khul' Divorce in Egypt

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