annual Summer Students Program began on Monday June 11, 2012. The students were welcomed by Dr. Jamal Barzinji, Vice President - IIIT, Dr. Hisham Altalib, VP Finance - IIIT, Prof. Mahmoud Ayoub, Professor - Temple University, and Dr. Emad-ad-Dean Ahmad, President - Minaret of Freedom.
The program is comprised of three main activities: a) core courses, b) directed research, and c) seminars. The core courses include Quran and Sunna, Islamic Jurisprudence, Contemporary Islamic thought, Muslim world affairs, and Islamic history and civilization.
This year, there are 15 graduate and undergraduate students, with academic backgrounds ranging from Islamic Studies, Islam and Muslim-Christian understanding, Islamic law, and Islamic history and civilization, to journalism, anthropology, English language and literature, history, political science, political philosophy, and international studies. The students also come from diverse backgrounds: USA, Egypt, Ecuador, India, and Britain.
The 6-week long program will end on July 18th with a graduation ceremony for all students, in addition to awarding top performing students with a one year non-resident research fellowship.