Ermin Sinanovic, IIIT's Director of Research, recently traveled to Turkey and Bosnia where he taught at IIIT's summer schools. IIIT summer school in Turkey brought together about 20 students from Turkey and neighboring countries. Sinanovic spoke to them about the need for intellectual renewal in contemporary Islamic thought.
On Wednesday July 11, 2018, IIIT held the first day of the annual Summer Institute for Scholars, welcoming around 10 scholars for the occasion. The Summer Institute was be held from July 11 to July 13, 2018 in contingency with the Summer Student Program. The Summer Institute is an event dedicated to studying contemporary approaches in Islamic thought. The Institute is meant to bring together scholarly contributions that update our understanding of various sub-fields, methodologies, and topics.
Dr. Ilham Nasser, senior researcher at IIIT, reports on the State of Education in the Arab World in an article posted on "Arab Center Washington DC" website.
On July 2, 2018 Dr. Ilham Nasser, Senior Researcher at IIIT on the Advancing Education in Muslim Societies project (AEMS) presented a paper at the Consortium on “Strengthening Families to Nurture Values and Spirituality: Evidence, Challenges and Opportunities convened by Arigatu International in Geneva, Switzerland. The event brought together civil society organizations and academia to collaborate on finding ways to engage various religious communities to end violence against children. The event included representatives from Permanent Missions to the UN in Geneva, social and religious leaders, academicians and other participants at the launch of the Consortium.
The Summer Student Program (SSP) has officially begun! Twenty-two graduate students with diverse academic backgrounds and from various universities in the US and Canada attended the opening session on Monday June 25th, 2018. The students, who were carefully selected from a pool of highly qualified applicants, were admitted into the intensive residential program in Islamic Studies, which was initiated in 2008.
On Tuesday, May 22, 2018 IIIT held its annual Friends of IIIT Iftar/Dinner. More than one hundred guests -including scholars, interfaith leaders, politicians, dignitaries, and community members, in addition to IIIT officials and staff- came together to break their fast at the IIIT headquarters in Herndon, VA.
On Tuesday May 9, 2018, Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss gave an informative presentation about the subject of her new book “The Extreme Gone Mainstream: Commercialization and Far Right Youth Culture in Germany” at the International Institute of Islamic Thought. She described how extremist, racist/ nationalist codes and symbols are used in various products -especially clothing- targeted at younger people in order to promote extremist ideologies into the mainstream German culture.
The AMSS UK 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award was formally presented to Professor Malik Badri in recognition for a distinguished career, scholarly achievements and exceptional intellectual works in the fields of Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Clinical Psychology.
On April 27, 2018 the Center for Higher Education Studies, Istanbul Sehir University, MAHYA, and IIIT UK organized a workshop in Istanbul Şehir University, Turkey on "Higher Education and Organization of Knowledge."
The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) hosted its annual Workshop in Islamic Studies Pedagogy on Saturday, April 28, 2018. For the third year in a row, IIIT has brought early career scholars of Islam and tenured faculty mentors for a candid, substantive, and meaningful conversation on various professional and pedagogical aspects during their academic journeys. The workshop is co-organized and co-facilitated by Dr. Ermin Sinanovic, Director of Research at IIIT, and Dr. SherAli Tareen, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Franklin and Marshall College.
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.