The Fairfax Institute, a School of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), held a course "From Ataturk to Erdogan: The Transformation of Turkey" taught by Dr. Mustafa Gökçek. Dr. Gökçek is a IIIT Resident Fellow and Associate Professor of History at Niagara University. Dr. Gökçek received his Ph.D in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His dissertation focused on Muslim intellectuals from Russia who migrated to Istanbul in early twentieth century and actively engaged in the intellectual discussions on Islam and Turkish nationalism.
Prof. Jonathan Brown delivered a talk about his latest book, “Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy,” and engaged the audience in a very lively discussion about various issues covered in the book. The talk was held on Monday, November 3, 2014, and attended by close to fifty people.
On October 28, 2014, Dr. Jerusha Tanner Lamptey (assistant professor of Islam and ministry, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York) presented the main question behind her latest book Never Wholly Other: A Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism (Oxford University Press: 2014): “How does Islam depict the religious ‘other’?”
On October 16, 2014, Dr. Mucahit Bilici (assistant professor of sociology, John Jay College, City University of New York) reflected upon his latest book: Finding Mecca in America: How Islam Is Becoming an American Religion (University of Chicago Press: 2012). He began by recounting his fieldwork in Dearborn, which contains more than fifty mosques as well as the country’s largest Arab-American community.
It is with great sadness that IIIT mourns the passing away of our beloved brother, Professor Ali Mazrui on Sunday October 12, 2014 at his home in Binghamton, New York. After a long struggle with illness, he died peacefully surrounded by family and friends.
May Allah (SWT) shower him with mercy and forgiveness, reward him amply for his good deeds and enter him Paradise. Our deep condolences go to his beloved wife Pauline, to his children and grandchildren and to his colleagues and students all over the world.
The First IIIT Istanbul Summer School 2014, jointly organised with the Civilisation Studies Centre at Bahcesehir University, took place on 6‐20 September. The School is designed for Turkish and Central Asian graduate students majoring in Islamic studies, humanities and the social sciences with speakers including Turkish academics as well as scholars from across the world.
The first session of the IIIT Intellectual Panels at this year’s 51st annual ISNA convention, titled Reform of Education, was led by Dr. Abubaker Al-Shingieti’s introductory remarks on the need for reform in light of the difficult realities facing educational institutions in the Muslim world.
The IIIT Hospitality Suite at the ISNA Annual Convention was held on Saturday and Sunday August 30-31, 2014. There were a total of six sessions, four on Saturday and two on Sunday. The first session was on Reform of Education. Speakers included Prof. Ebrahim Moosa, Imam Zaid Shakir, Dr. Mahan Mirza, Dr. Ingrid Mattson and Dr. Ermin Sinanovic. The second session focused on the post Arab Spring Developments with Prof. Emad Shahin as speaker and Dr. Sinanovic as discussant.
The Fairfax Institute held a half-day seminar, “Campus Life and Muslim College Students,” on August 18, 2014. Featured lecturers included Professor Omid Safi (Duke University), Professor Jonathan Brown (Georgetown University) and Dr. Ermin Sinanovic (IIIT). The student panel included Omar Nassimi (George Mason University - GMU), Omama Altaleb, a student of GMU and founder of Layali Magazine, and Abrar Omeish (Yale University). Twenty-one students from freshman to seniors attended the seminar.
The AMSS UK organized a scholastic module for a group of IIUM High Achievers and SRC Members in London as part of the IIUM Global Leadership Training for students. The event took place 24‐25th august 2014 at Malaysia Hall in London.
The 3rd MACCPAC-TFI Youth took place at the International Institute of Islamic Thought from August 4-8. The opening ceremony was held at the IIIT Library. The program started with welcoming remarks by Dr. Emin Sinanovic, Director Research & Academics at the IIIT and by Br. Aktar Hossain from the Muslim American Citizens Coalition and Public Affairs Council (MACCPAC). This was followed by two short videos introducing the mission and objectives of MACCPAC and IIIT.
On July 9th 2014, IIIT held its annual Iftar dinner at IIIT headquarters, with participation of over seventy community leaders, scholars, politicians and IIIT leaders and staff. The program, that started at 7:00 and ended at 10:00 PM, featured several components including Al Faruqii Memorial Lecture which was delivered by Professor John Esposito.
The 8th IIIT Summer Students Program for 2014 came to an end on Tuesday, June 24th with a graduation ceremony that brought together students, scholars and senior IIIT executives and staff. The Summer Students Program started on May 19th, 2014 with fourteen senior undergraduate and graduate students participating from different countries and diverse academic backgrounds.
On June 16th, the 7th annual Summer Institute for Scholars opened at the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), focusing on the theme of “Islamic Law and Ethics.” Opening proceedings were held in the IIIT Library beginning with welcoming remarks from Dr. Ermin Sinanović, the Director of the Summer Institute for Scholars, Dr. Abubakr Al-Shingieti, Executive Director of IIIT, Prof. Abdulaziz Sachedina, IIIT Chair in Islamic Studies, George Mason University, and Dr. Jamal Barzinji, President IIIT, USA. This was followed by a video presentation giving an overview of IIIT work and mission.