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.
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.
IIIT honored one of its late founders, Shaykh Dr. Taha Jabir Al-Alwani (d. 2016), with an October 23-24 international conference on the renewal of Islamic thought, a topic that he engaged with and pursued throughout his entire adult life. Held at the IIIT headquarters in Herndon, VA, this event celebrated his original and sometimes intellectually provocative contributions to Islamic jurisprudence, in which he had earned a PhD from al-Azhar (1973), most notably his establishment of a new discipline: a jurisprudence for minorities (fiqh al-aqalliyyat).
The Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) organized a two-day international conference on the “The Role of Women in Making a Humane Society” on September 23-24, 2017 at Calicut (Kerala), India. The conference was a big success where women, who were in the focus, registered in large numbers. Women delegates came from several parts of India and abroad and accounted for three-fourths of the attendees.
The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) invited Dr. Ronald Lukens-Bull on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, to deliver a talk titled, “Indonesian Islamic Education in a Globalizing Era.” Dr. Ronald Lukens-Bull is currently a Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Florida. His areas of expertise are Anthropology of Religion; Island Southeast Asia (Indonesia); Islamic Education and Leadership; Qualitative Methods; Southeast Asian Religious Experience, and Comparative Muslim Cultures.
“The International Conference on Green Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Sustainable Development in Islamic Perspective" was held at the University of Muhammadiyah Gresik (UMG) in Indonesia from August 28 - 29, 2017. The conference was attended by 22 Rectors and Deputy Rectors from various universities in Indonesia, in addition to about 200 participants, locally, nationally and internationally.
The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) held its 10th annual Summer Institute for Scholars, July 26-29, 2017. The Summer Institute is an annual meeting dedicated to the study of contemporary approaches in Islamic thought, that brings together senior and emerging scholars in order to present papers and participate in panels and in-depth discussions focused on themes pertinent to the Institute’s mission.
On Friday, July 14, 2017, Dr. Abubaker al-Shingieti, IIIT Executive Director, and Ermin Sinanovic, Director of Research and Academic Programs, attended the official opening ceremony of the US office of Ibn Haldun University (IHU). The ceremony was held at the Diyanet Center of America in Lanham, Maryland.
On Tuesday, June 6, over a hundred Muslim and non-Muslim guests gathered at IIIT for its annual Friends of IIIT Iftar and Memorial Lecture which was dedicated this year to the late Dr. Jamal al-Barzinji, who passed away in September 2015.
The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) invited Dr. Zahra Rafie to present her research titled, “Youth Empowerment, Ethics, and Islamic Curriculum for Ages 11+,” on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Dr. Rafie’s research was supported by a IIIT grant.
KURAMER (Qur’anic Research Center at 29 May University) and IIIT-UK, in cooperation with MAHYA and IESE organized a symposium on April 29, 2017. Participants included the last four presidents of Diyanet (Turkey’s Religious Affairs directorate) along with several important scholars of Islamic theology.
The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) and Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) held a Fiqh Forum on the timely topic of “Orphan Care from Islamic Perspective: Kafala, Adoption, Foster Care and Beyond” on Thursday, April 13th, 2017.