In a ceremony on December 7, 2011, Nazareth College of Rochester became the beneficiary of a new academic chair endowed by IIIT. The chair appropriately named ‘International Institute of Islamic Thought Chair in Interfaith Studies and Dialogue’ is placed in the Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, which is now named after Brian and Jean Hickey who gifted funds to endow the Center. Mr. Brian Hickey is a trustee of the College. The IIIT donation was a challenge grant for which the Hickeys provided matching donation.
IIIT's publication, "Kayfa nata’amal ma’ al Qur’an al Kareem"
by Muhammad al Ghazali
has been translated into the Azeri language.
The following 5 new titles and 2 new editions of IIIT publications will appear in the US in January, 2012.
On Friday July 22nd, IIIT celebrated the completion of its 5th annual Summer Program in Islamic Studies with the graduation of fifteen students. The program, which ran for six weeks between June 13 and July 22, included instruction in core courses such as Qur’an and Sunna, Islamic History and Civilization, Islamic Jurisprudence, Contemporary Islamic Thought, and Muslim World Affairs.
IIIT organized the first of a series of on-day seminars on American Muslim identity on Saturday, May 7th, 2011. The seminar, entitled “American Muslim Identity: Contexts, Dynamics, challenges & Prospects”, brought together twenty five scholars, intellectuals, experts and community leaders from diverse academic backgrounds, professions and community organizations.
IIIT launched its 5th annual Summer Students Program in Islamic Studies for graduate and senior undergraduate students on June 13, 2011. This year’s program offers five core courses in Islamic studies including Quran and Sunna, Islamic History and Civilization, Contemporary Islamic Thought, Islamic Jurisprudence and Muslim World Affairs. In addition, four seminars covering Islamic Reform movements, Islamic Finance, Faith-Based Entrepreneurship and Muslim organizations will be offered.