On Monday, March 19, 2018, IIIT’s Director of Research, Ermin Sinanovic, visited Universiti Sains Malaysia (University of Science Malaysia) in Penang. During the visit, he met with the leadership of two Research Centres of Excellence: National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN) and Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV).
IIIT’s Director of Research, Ermin Sinanovic, visited Malaysia in the month of March, 2018. The purpose of the visit was to initiate IIIT’s research on evaluating the performance and experience of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), with which the IIIT has a long-standing relationship.
On April 5, 2017, Dr. Hisham Altalib and Dr. Ahmed Alwani -president and vice president respectively- attended the 1789 Society at Georgetown University on behalf of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). The 1789 Society is the University’s most prestigious fellowship which recognizes those benefactors –individuals or organizations- who contributed $1 million or more to the University.
IIIT displayed a variety of its publications at the ICNA - MAS convention bazar in Baltimore, MD from March 30-April 1, 2018.
The Third Futures Workshop in London focused on Education and Community Development. Held at the offices of the Aziz Foundation in central London, the workshop was structured around the Three Tomorrows framework of the postnormal times theory.
On Thursday March 16, 2018, Dr. Mualla Selçuk visited IIIT and gave a presentation entitled, “Religious Education in a Diverse Society: Ta’aruf and Co-Existence.”
On Thursday, March 1, 2018, The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) invited Dr. Amna Afreen to deliver a talk titled, “Pakistan’s Educational Trends”. Dr. Amna has been conducting research on the topic as a Resident Fellow at IIIT since July 2017.
IIIT, in collaboration with MAHYA, conducted its second Winter Student program in Turkey for BA, MA and PhD students.
IIIT also conducted a roundtable session on "Developing an Islamic and Economic Finance Curriculum" for undergraduate levels with Istanbul 29 Mayis University.
Bangladesh Institute of Islamic Thought (BIIT) -in collaboration with the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), East and Southeast Asia- organized its 2018 Summer Student Camp (SSC) on January 21- 25, 2018. This residential program was designed for graduate students and exceptional senior undergraduates. It was a meeting place between young Muslim scholars and prominent Islamic thinkers.
Friday January 12th was an exciting day for the students at the IIIT Winter Student Program (WSP)! They shared their thoughts about the program, received the graduation certificates and headed off to begin a new journey with all the knowledge they acquired in the 10 days of intensive learning.
The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) held a roundtable to commence its planned initiative on Promising (Best) Practices in Education in the Muslim World. The roundtable brought together an expert on Promising Practices projects (Dr. David Anderson) and experts on education in Muslim societies (Dr. Amaarah DeCuir, Dr. Ilham Nasser, and Ms. Afeefa Syeed), and was attended by educationalists in the community and IIIT staff.
The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) hosted a Colloquium on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, with the objective to review the IIIT publication, Observing the Observer: The State of Islamic Studies in American Universities.
The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) organized a panel, titled “Citizenship and Minorities in Contemporary Islam” at the 2017 American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting. The panel was held at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston on Sunday, November 19, 2017.
On 16th October 2017, after the conclusion of the IIIT Cape Town Summer School, a roundtable discussion was hosted by the University of the Western Cape in collaboration with the IIIT South Africa Chapter. Local academics from the University of the Western Cape and the University of Stellenbosch were invited to attend and contribute to the discussion on the Crisis of Higher Education. Dr. Anas Al-Shaikh-Ali, Dr. Beddy Ebnou and Prof Muhsin Abul Fadl represented IIIT. Fourteen individuals attended the roundtable, with notable academics such as Dr. Nuraan Davids, Prof Yasien Mohamed, Dr. Saidi, Dr. Badat. Dr. Anas gave a PowerPoint presentation on the global Crisis in Higher Education, the IIIT Advancing Reform of Higher Education in Muslim Societies project, and the work done so far. This stimulated a robust discussion on the South African experience to education. The discussion concluded at 13:00 with lunch and informal discussions taking place after. Dr. Nuraan Davids of the University of Stellenbosch showed keen interest to collaborate with IIIT for future endeavors and programs.
Nora Zaki, a graduate of the University of Chicago's Master of Divinity in Islamic Studies and Arabic, wrote an article in the Nov-Dec issue of Islamic Horizon, where she highlighted her experience at the 2017 IIIT Summer School.
The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) hosted its fourth annual Ismail Al Faruqi Memorial Lecture at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) in Boston on Sunday, November 19, 2017. Dr. Kecia Ali (Boston University, Department of Religion) delivered the keynote lecture, titled “Muslim Scholars, Islamic Studies, and the Gendered Academy.” In her speech, Dr. Ali situated ongoing and gendered contestations in Islamic Studies within a number of broader contexts: the history of the AAR (currently the largest American organization dedicated to the study of religion), contemporary crises in higher education, and our shifting national climate.
The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) invited Dr. Darakhshan Khan to deliver a lecture titled, “In Good Company: Piety and Conjugality in Colonial North India,” on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Dr. Khan completed her Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at IIIT.
On October 30, the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) held a seminar on a topic of global concern: how to teach children to read with comprehension and critically so they can help their societies develop. IIIT, which is currently devoting itself to “Advancing Education Reform in Muslim Societies” as its central focus, held the roundtable to discuss reading as a foundational skill that all students at various levels, especially elementary ones, must acquire so they can continue to grow their existing knowledge base.