The fifth IIIT Summer Institute for Scholars and the sixth Summer Students Program for 2012 came to an end on August 18, 2012 with a graduation ceremony that brought together students, scholars and senior IIIT executives and staff. The students and scholars expressed their gratitude and appreciation to IIIT for the experience, the hospitality, the rich conversations and the cordial environment during the program.
The Summer Students Program started on June 11, 2012 with fourteen students participating from seven different countries and diverse academic backgrounds. The program offered core courses in Islamic Studies such as Qur’an and Sunna, Islamic History and Civilization, Islamic Jurisprudence, Cotemporary Islamic Thought and Muslim World Affairs. In addition, three seminars in Islamic Reform Movements, Islamic Finance and Faith-Based Entrepreneurship were offered. Instructors of the courses and seminars included Prof. Mahmoud Ayoub, Dr. Muqtedar Khan, Dr. Louay safi, Dr. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Dr. Jasser Auda, Dr. Jamal Barzinji, Dr. Hisham Altalib, and Dr. Yaqub Mirza.
The students also engaged in research work that culminated in research papers in areas of their interest and which they presented at the end of the program. Six students were selected by a panel of judges from IIIT and offered a full year, non-resident research fellowship at IIIT starting August 1, 2012 and ending on July 31, 2013. The research fellowships will allow the students to pursue research at IIIT, attend selected academic conferences, seminars and panels and receive IIIT publications, besides a complimentary subscription to the American Journal of Islamic Social Science (AJISS).
The Summer Institute for Scholars started on July 9th and continued for until July 18th that encompassed twelve sessions of lectures, panels and paper presentations. The focus of discussions this year was on “Good Governance in Islam: Classical and Contemporary Approaches”. The program attracted eighteen scholars from various disciplines such as religion, Islamic studies, law and jurisprudence, Muslim world affairs, political science and economics (Full list of participating scholars here).
The Scholars Institute Program included an opening lecture by Professor Yahya Michot, entitled “Classical Approaches to Ethics and Governance: Ibn Taymiyya Against Extremism”. Professor Mahmoud Ayoub delivered a key lecture that contextualized the relationship between Fiqh and Sharia.
A special panel on “Challenges of Educational Reform in Muslim Societies” was organized during the program. Several prominent scholars participated in those panels, including Professor Ali Mazrui, Dr. Jamal Barzinji, Dr. Muqtedar Khan, and Dr. Abdalla al Sheikh Sidahmad.
Overall, twenty lectures, panels, and paper presentations were made on topics related to the theme of “Good Governance in Islam”. Some of the topics presented included:
- “Good Governance Between Fiqh and Sharia”
- “The Civil State and a New Fiqh of Citizenship”
- “Good Governance: An Overview of the Teachings of the Philosophers in the Golden Age of Islam with a Focus on Al Farabi and his Summary of Plato’s Divine Law Theory”
- “Re-engaging the State: The Muslim Brotherhood, the Sadat Regime, and the Quest for Islamic Government in 1970s Egypt”
- “Good Governance in Islam in the Light of Takhalluq Bi Asmaa Allah Al Husna: A Classical Approach to Human Rights and Governance”
- “Ihsan and Good Governance”
- “Good Governance and the Ethical Foundation of Politics”
- “Faith-Based Diplomacy & Peacemaking”
- “On Christian Zionism”
- “Global Governance & the Challenges to Good Governance”
- “Islamic Rules of Order: The Link between Classical and Contemporary Approaches to Good Governance”
- “Indonesia’s Pancasila: A Guiding Framework for Egypt’s Constitution?”
- “Clergy – State Relations in Iran: 1979 to Present”
- “Good Governance in the Thought of Ayatollah Salehi Najafabadi”