The Summer Students program started on May 27, 2013 with seventeen students from eight different countries including: Indonesia, Malaysia, Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, Bosnia, France and the United States. Most of the students are enrolled in MA and PhD programs in the humanities and social sciences beside religious studies. The program offered core courses in Islamic studies such as the Qur’an and Sunnah, Islamic history and civilization, Islamic Jurisprudence, Contemporary Islamic thought, Muslim World Affairs, and Methods in the Academic Study of Islam. In addition, four seminars on Islam in America, Islamic reform movements, Islamic finance, and Faith-based entrepreneurship were offered. Instructors for the core courses and seminars included Professor Mahmoud Ayoub, Professor Abdul Aziz Sachedina, Professor Sulayman Nyang, Professor Ermin Sinanovic, Dr. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Dr. Jamal Barzinji, Dr. Hisham Altalib and Dr. Yaqub Mirza.
The students also engaged in research work in diverse areas ranging from the history of Islamic jurisprudence to interfaith studies, to sociology of religion and Islamic architecture. They made presentations of their research work toward the end of the program and four of them were selected by IIIT as non-resident Research Fellows for the year 2013/2014. The research fellowships will allow the students to pursue research in an area of their interest with IIIT appointed supervisors, with the objective of producing a quality research paper publishable in a refereed journal. Beside the research essay, the Fellows attend selected academic conferences, receive IIIT publications and a one year subscription to the American Journal of Islamic Social Science (AJISS). The four recipients of the 2013 Research Fellowships were: 1) Aamir Bashir, MA, Islamic Studies, Washington University, St. Louis, MO; 2) Mohammad Syifa Widigdo, PhD student, Islamic studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 3) Sara Swetzoff, MA student, SOAS, London University, and 4) Ibrahim Kamal, BA student, University of Chicago, IL.
The Summer Institute for Scholars started on Monday, June 24 and continued through July 1st. This year's theme was “Islamic Reform Movements after the Arab Spring”. The program consisted of twelve paper presentations, four lectures, including a keynote by Professor John Voll and special lectures by Professor Ali Mazrui, Professor Peter Mandaville and Professor Yahya Michot. Topics of lectures and paper presentations included:
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