On Sunday evening, March 17, 2013, the Hartford Seminary community and guests from across Connecticut and the nation celebrated the successful completion of funding for an endowed faculty Chair in Islamic Chaplaincy. The Chair is currently occupied by Dr. Timur Yuskaev, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Islam and Director of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program at the Seminary.
The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) in collaboration with the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies sponsored an Inaugural lecture of the IIIT Chair in Islamic Studies at George Mason University on February 20, 2013. Professor Abdulaziz Sachedina, who assumed the position in January 2013, delivered the lecture entitled “End of Life Decisions: Culture and Tradition in Islam.”
IIIT hosted Dr. Amr Abdalla, Professor of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution and Vice Rector at the University of Peace, the United Nations, on Friday, February 1, 2013. Dr. Abdalla made a compelling case for an Islamic perspective to conflict resolution and peacemaking based on an enlightened and Maqasid-based approach to understanding Qur’anic verses and hadiths of the Prophet dealing with conflict and issues of war and peace.
The opener of IIIT monthly lecture series for 2013 took place on Friday, January 4th. The event featured Dr. Younus Mirza, who recently defended his dissertation on Ibn Kathir at Georgetown University, and his wife, Rehenum Asmi, who completed her doctoral work in the Anthropology and Education program at Columbia University.
Monday, July 22, 2013
An International conference was organized by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Nigeria Office in Northwest University, Kano, from June 25th to 28th, 2013. The theme of the conference was Islamic Universities: Philosophy and Practice. Over 30 papers were presented on theoretical, empirical and practical issues concerning Islamic universities both in Nigeria and abroad.