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                                                   March 2016


With immense grief, we announce the passing of Dr. Taha Jabir Al-Alwani, one of IIIT founders, past presidents, and great leaders. May Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala, forgive him and grant him a place in Paradise. Ameen.
Sheikh Taha's demise is an enormous loss not only for his immediate family but for the larger IIIT family around the world, for the American Muslim community, and the Muslim Ummah.

His remarkable intellectual contributions to the reform and revival of Islamic Thought are an enduring legacy he leaves behind in the form of many books that he wrote, including Islamic Thought: An Approach to Reform, Source Methodology in Islamic Jurisprudence, The Ethics of Disagreement in Islam, and The Qur'an and the Sunnah: The Time-Space Factor.

His intellectual contributions will continue to guide our work at IIIT and that of generations of Muslim scholars and intellectuals throughout the world.

We ask Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala, for sabr and strength in this time of grief for his family, friends, and his IIIT colleagues. Please remember him in your du'as. 

The IIIT family is deeply saddened with the passing away of Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed. He was the Executive Director of Iqbal International Institute for Research & Dialogue, associated with the International Islamic University Islamabad, since 2007. He was a Professor of Political Science at Hampton University, VA, USA. He received an M.A in Political Science from Karachi University, an M.A. in Development Administration from the American University of Beirut, and Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Chicago. 

He has served as: member of "Islam and Social Change Project" of the University of Chicago; Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C; Senior Fulbright Fellow in Bangladesh and Pakistan; Fellow of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Sudan, Pakistan and Malaysia; American Institute of Bangladesh Studies Fellow; American Institute of Pakistan Studies Fellow; member of the "Fundamentalism Project" of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences/University of Chicago; and Senior Consultant for the "Muslims in American Public Square" Project of Georgetown University. He is currently President of the South Asian Muslim Studies Association (SAMSA), an affiliate of the Association of Asian Studies (AAS) and Vice-President of Centre for Islam and Public Policy (CIPP), Washington, D.C.

In 2009, Dr. Ahmed, together with Dr. Sulayman Nyang and Dr. Zahid Bukhari, completed a project commissioned by IIIT on " The State of Islamic Studies in American Universities."

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The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) invited Dr. Ellen McLarney on Mar. 10, 2016, to discuss her book Soft Force: Women in Egypt's Islamic Awakening, which was inspired by Heba Raouf Ezzat's al-Mar'a wa-l- 'Amal al-Siyasi: Ru'ya Islamiyya [Woman and Political Work: An Islamic Vision], published by IIIT in 1995. Dr. McLarney highlighted this connection and expressed her happiness at the opportunity to visit IIIT. More... 

IIIT Offices

The Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) - Kolkata Chapter - organized a lecture on "The Role of Muslim Youth in the 21st century" by Dr. Mohammed Manzoor Alam, Chairman of the IOS on 12th March, 2016. The lecture was presented before a number of guests including representatives of youth from different fields. More... 
 International Workshop on Curriculum Reform on Islamic Economics Course (Prof. Dr. Norma Md. Saad)
Co-organized by Universitas Islam Darussalam Gontor (UNIDA) and International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)

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 @ IIIT

  1. Dr. Paul Shore: The Cleric, the Cardinal, and the Qur'an: Early Christian Engagement with Islam- April 6, 2016 @ 6pm
  2. Dr. Mahmoud Ayoub: Major Themes in the Bible and the Qur'an- April 8-10, 2016 

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

  4. Spring 2016 Schedule of Events
  5. Spring  2016 Lecture Series 
  7. IIIT Islamic Studies Junior Faculty Workshop-May 25-26, 2016

IIIT Publications

by Jasser Auda
Books in Brief (Swahili Translation)

Title: The Socio-Intellectual Foundations of Malek Bennabi's Approach to Civilization
Author: Badrane Benlahcene
Title: Ibn Ashur: Treatise on Maqasid al-Shariah
Author: Muhammad Al-Tahir ibn Ashour
Title: Studies in Islamic Civilization: The Muslim Contribution to the Renaissance
Author: Ahmed Essa and Othman Ali

IIIT Research Grants


Standing Up for Justice: Muslim Women in Action at Union Theological Seminary - March 30, 2016

New Titles @ Al Alwani Library

Al-Muhaddithat: The Women Scholars in Islam by
Mohammad Akram Nadwi
Hadith Nomenclature Primers by
Ibn Hajar (Author), Ibn Mulaqqin (Translator)
Ibn Rajab's Refutation of Those Who Do Not Follow The Four Schools by
Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali & Musa Furber
Understanding Muslim Chaplaincy by
Sophie Gilliat-Ray
Cultural Competence in Caring for Muslim Patients by G.Hussein Rassool
Muslim Medical Ethics: From Theory to Practice by Jonathan E. Brockopp and Thomas Eich
Organ Transplant in Islamic Perspectives: The Case of Kidney Transplant by
Adam Adebayo Sirajudeen
Organ Donation by Margaret Haerens
Islamic Biomedical Ethics: Principles and Application by
Abdulaziz Sachedina
Bioethics and Organ Transplantation in a Muslim Society: A Study in Culture, Ethnography, and Religion by
Farhat Moazam
The Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists by Charles Kurzman
Imam Shafi'i: Scholar and Saint by Kecia Ali

Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by
The Qur'an - with References to the Bible: A Contemporary Understanding by Safi Kaskas and David Hungerford

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