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.”
Dr. Peter Mandaville, Director of the Ali Vural Ak Center at George Mason University welcomed the full capacity audience and thanked IIIT for the endowment of the Chair and for sponsoring the event. Dr. Abubaker Alshingeiti, Executive Director of IIIT – USA, thanked GMU, the faculty, and staff of the Center, and particularly Professor Sachedina, whose reputation and knowledge represents a huge boost for Islamic Studies at GMU and beyond. He announced that IIIT donation of a large number of specialized books on Islam and Islamic Studies and support of the Center and to build its library.
Dr. Jack Sensor, Dean of the Faculty of the Humanities at GMU, introduced Prof. Sachedina and expressed their gratitude to him and to IIIT for supporting the Islamic Studies Program at GMU.
Dr. Sachedina, whose career spans over three decades of scholarly work, is a major figure in contemporary Islamic thought. His pioneering excavations of classical Islamic sources in relation to major contemporary themes such as democracy, human rights, and biomedical ethics have established him as a scholar of truly international standing.
He is author of several books including The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism, Islam and the Challenges of Human Rights, and Islamic Biomedical Ethics. He has also written numerous entries for the Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World and The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, and has published hundreds of articles, book chapters, and book reviews in several languages.
For a summary of Prof. Sachedina's lecture, click here