Journalistic summaries prepared by Sara Swetzoff and Ibrahim Kamal
The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) will convene its 6th Summer Institute for scholars between June 24 and July 3, 2013 at its headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, USA. The Summer Institute is an annual meeting dedicated to the study of contemporary approaches to Qur’an and Sunnah that brings together senior and young scholars to present papers and participate in panels and informal discussions focused on topics related to a particular theme.
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.