Dr. Ermin presented an overview of the program for the week and a half. Twelve outstanding papers were selected from among submissions in response to the call for papers for the program. These were presented during panel sessions throughout the week, which were designed to offer more time for in depth discussion than is typically found in conferences. Additionally, the Summer Institute for Scholars highlighted a series of lectures by scholars that supplemented the debate and conversation. These included a panel on “Ethics in Maqasid al-Shariʿah, Politics and Policy” featuring presentations by Prof. Jasser Auda and Prof. Jonathan Brown, and separate lectures by Prof. Sachedina on “Law and Ethics in Islamic Jurisprudence,” and by Prof. Carl Ernst on “Pluralism in Islamic Ethics.” There was also a special panel on “Reform of Higher Education in the Muslim World.”
The program further provided the capstone experience for the IIIT Summer Students program. These students who have been intensively engaging in daily studies and research in the weeks leading up to the Summer Institute for Scholars participated in the full proceedings of the conference and will be presenting their own research to their peers and attending scholars in the second week of the program.
Paper sessions included: