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Sachedina: The Need for Intra-Muslim Dialog

Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedina On December 17, 2014, Professor Abdulaziz Sachedina, IIIT Chair in Islamic Studies at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) presented “The Need for Intra-Muslim Dialogue” at the IIIT headquarters. He prefaced his remarks by stating that this undertaking represents a “critical challenge” that must be based on certain presumptions: all participants should are entitled to equal respect and should not be judged, for only God knows a person’s inner life. Moreover, since no one alive today was an eye-witness to the events discussed in this centuries-long “historical debate,” all participants are obliged to approach it with “utter humility.”

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Professor Ali Al’Amin Mazrui Honored and Celebrated at the Library of Congress

Ms. Bernadette Paolo, Dr. Alshingeiti, Dr. Mary Jane Deeb, Her Excellency Jean Kamau On Thursday, December 4, 2014, the International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT) partnered with the Africa and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress, Howard University and The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa for a special commemoration entitled, “Ali A. Mazrui, The Man and His Works: A Tribute to the Legend.” The program, sponsored by IIIT, showcased the scholarship of Dr. Mazrui in addition to presenting an overview of his many achievements. It was held in the Library of Congress’ Mumford Room and began at 1:30 p.m., concluded at 5:15 p.m. and was followed by a reception.

Dr. Mustafa Gökçek and the Late Ottoman Discourses on Nationalism and Islam

Dr. Mustafa Gökçek On December 3, 2014, Dr. Mustafa Gökçek of Niagara University and IIIT Resident Fellow spoke on “Late Ottoman Discourses on Nationalism and Islam” at the IIIT headquarters in Herndon, VA. Opening with the line that “difficult times produce an excellent environment for providing new ideas,” he explained how the Young Turks sought to “legitimize nationalism within an Islamic discourse” to counteract Europe’s and Russia’s encouragement of ethnic- and religion-based nationalism.


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Prof. Abdullah Saeed (center) with Dr. Abubaker Alshingieti, Dr. Jamal Barzinji,
Dr Hisham Altalib, and Dr. Ermin Sinaonvic during his visit to IIIT on December 16, 2014

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