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Muslims Navigating American Space: A Question of Belonging

Dr. Mucahit BiliciOn October 16, 2014, Dr. Mucahit Bilici (assistant professor of sociology, John Jay College, City University of New York) reflected upon his latest book: Finding Mecca in America: How Islam Is Becoming an American Religion (University of Chicago Press: 2012). He began by recounting his fieldwork in Dearborn, which contains more than fifty mosques as well as the country’s largest Arab-American community.

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The First IIIT Istanbul Summer School

Dr Yaqub Mirza and Dr. Anas al-Shaikh-Ali-with-Summer-Students The First IIIT Istanbul Summer School 2014, jointly organised with the Civilisation Studies Centre at Bahcesehir University, took place on 6‐20 September. The School is designed for Turkish and Central Asian graduate students majoring in Islamic studies, humanities and the social sciences with speakers including Turkish academics as well as scholars from across the world.

Report on IIIT's Intellectual Panels at the ISNA 2014 Convention

Imam Zayd Shakir and PanelThe first session of the IIIT Intellectual Panels at this year’s 51st annual ISNA convention, titled Reform of Education, was led by Dr. Abubaker Al-Shingieti’s introductory remarks on the need for reform in light of the difficult realities facing educational institutions in the Muslim world. The first speaker, Dr. Ebrahim Moosa, provided passionate provocations that challenged Islamic institutions to move beyond the anxiety and fear of exploring secular sources of knowledge. In his view, a hyper-cautions fixation on questions of the ‘Islamic’ paradigm and methodology has kept such institutions from making mistakes and engaging in the innovative experimentation required to achieve the desired level of excellence (ihsan).


 Upcoming Events
Never Wholly Other: A Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism
Oct 28 2014 7:00PM
Location: International Institute of Islamic Thought

Dr. Jerusha Tanner Lamptey, Union Theological Seminary, New York will present a lecture "Never Wholly Other: A Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism", at IIIT on Tuesday,

Misquoting Muhammad: Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy
Nov 3 2014 6:30PM
Location: International Institute of Islamic Thought

IIIT will hold a lecture titled "Misquoting Muhammad: Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy" presented by Dr. Jonathan Brown, Georgetown University on Monday November

Fourth SOASCIS International Conference
Nov 3 2014 9:00AM
The Teaching of Islamic Civilisation In Today's Universities And Colleges: A Review For New Strategic Educational Goals

A number of distingui

Film Screening: Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World
Nov 5 2014 2:00PM

IIIT and Shenandoah University will present a film screening and discussion on the film: "Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World." Dr. Ermin Sinanovic, Director of Research at

Muslim Scholars and the Arab Uprisings: Voices of the Sharia or Spokesmen of the Regime?
Nov 10 2014 6:30PM
Location: International Institute of Islamic Thought

David Warren, Professor at the University of Manchester (UK), will present a lecture "Muslim Scholars and the Arab Uprisings: Voices of the Sharia or Spokesmen of the Regime?&qu

IIIT to Hold "Islamic Law and Ethics" Lecture at AAR
Nov 22 2014 12:00PM

IIIT will hold a special lecture on "Islamic Law and Ethics" at the American Academy of Religion's (AAR) annual meeting on Saturday, November 22, 2014 in San Diego

IIIT to hold a reception at MESA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC
Nov 23 2014 5:00PM
The IIIT will hold a reception at the Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA
Late Ottoman Discourses on Nationalism and Islam
Dec 3 2014 6:30PM
Location: International Institute of Islamic Thought

"Late Ottoman Discourses on Nationalism and Islam" is a lecture to be presented by Dr. Mustafa Gokcek, Niagara University and IIIT Resident Fellow, at the IIIT on Wednesday


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Fourth SOASCIS International Conference

3-4 November 2014


Professor Ali Mazrui Passes Away

Prof. Ali Mazrui

It is with great sadness that IIIT mourns the passing away of our beloved brother, Professor Ali Mazrui on Sunday October 12, 2014 at his home in Binghamton, New York. After a long struggle with illness, he died peacefully surrounded by family and friends.

May Allah (SWT) shower him with mercy and forgiveness, reward him amply for his good deeds and enter him Paradise.Our deep condolences go to his beloved wife Pauline, to his children and grandchildren and to his colleagues and students all over the world.

On Monday October 13, IIIT held a special service (Salatul Janaza) for Professor Mazrui. Dr. Sulayman Nyang, Professor of African and African American History at Howard University and longtime friend and scholar of Mazrui, spoke at the occasion, reminding those in attendance of Professor Mazrui’s exceptional qualities as a scholar, writer, and engaged public intellectual.

Family Obituary of Professor Ali Mazrui
Professor Ali Mazrui’s Relationship with IIIT


The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS)


Special Issue
Applying Wasatiyyah (Moderation) in Contemporary Muslim Societies

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Arabic Calligraphy Course

with Master Calligrapher Ustadh Abbas Baghdadi

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Calligraphy Nov 2014


The Art of Zukhruf (Arabesque) Course

with Master Calligrapher Ustadh Abbas Baghdadi

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Zukhruf NOV 2014


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September 2014

ISPU group


Dr. Abubaker Alshingieti, Dr. Hisham Altalib, and Dr. Jamal Barzinji met yesterday September 30 with Dalia Mogahid, Farhan Latif, and Meira Neggaz from the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU).

Latest IIIT Publications in Tamil

Apostacy in Islam in Tamil

Apostacy in Islam: A Historical and Scriptura Analysis by Taha Jabir Al Alwani

Parent-Child Relations in Tamil

 Parent-Child Relations: A Guide to Raising Children by Hisham Altalib, AbdulHamid AbuSulayman, Omar Altalib




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