A panel of five scholars addressed the intellectual roots of Islamophobia and how Muslim scholars should address this phenomenon, at a panel discussion at IIIT on Wednesday October 17, 2007. The title of the discussion was “Islamophobia: The Intellectual's Response”. Moderated by Dr. Abubaker Al Shingeiti, IIIT, the panel included Dr. Louis Cantori, Dr. Sulayman Nyang (who was present by phone), Dr. Robert Crane, Dr. Muhammad Nimir, and Dr. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad.
A group of 25 Muslim women leaders from around the world attended a seminar on 'Islamic Jurisprudence for Minorities and the Revival of the Higher Objectives of Sharia' by IIIT vice president Dr. Jamal Barzinji at IIIT on July 13. These women leaders, from several countries as diverse as Syria, and Belgium, were in Washington, D.C. to participate in a three-week Summer Program on law and leadership organized by KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, headed by Dr. Azizah al Hibri.
IIIT’s new website was launched on August 11 to replace the 5-year old website that had served well over the years. Designed by a Northern California based company WSI, the new website features improved lay out and navigation, and a more advanced content management system.
The Fiqh Council of North America is engaged in a discussion of what role custom and customary practice in a society play in the formulation of Islamic jurisprudence. A full-day of presentations and discussion was hosted by IIIT at its headquarters in Herndon, Virginia on July 31. The Council is likely to issue a opinion paper following its next round of deliberation on this subject.
Egyptian Muslim scholar Dr. Ahmed Subhi Mansour presented the findings of his current research on "Hadd al rajm" (penalty of stoning) in Sharia to an invited audience at IIIT HQ on July 20. Dr. Mansour is working on a book based on his ongoing research in this subject.
Imam Tariq Oubrou, a leading Imam in the French Muslim community visited IIIT headquarters on July 20 as part of a State Department sponsored visitors program. Besides presenting and discussing the situation of Muslims in France, Imam Tariq also addressed a panel of IIIT interns who have been taking courses and doing research projects during their internship at IIIT.