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MESA and AAR 2018

MESA and AAR 2018

The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) was represented at MESA and AAR this past weekend.

MESA (November 16-18, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas)

Since 1967, MESA has held an annual meeting in the fall where members gather to share research. MESA has been the hub for scholarly exchange from its first meeting at The University of Chicago in 1967 where a small group gathered for eight sessions to MESA’s 50th anniversary meeting in Boston in 2016 where 312 sessions delighted more than 2,000 attendees. The meeting features panels and special sessions on a variety of topics related to Middle East studies. It is complemented by meetings of MESA’s affiliated groups, an exciting 4-day film festival, a comprehensive book bazaar featuring the latest books and software in the field, and other informal events. The meeting provides an opportunity for friends and colleagues from a variety of disciplines to gather to share their common bond: the study of this important region of the world. https://mesana.org/annual-meeting 

AAR (November 17-18, 2018 in Denver, Colorado)

The American Academy of Religion brings thousands of professors and students, authors and publishers, religious leaders and interested laypersons to its Annual Meeting each year. Co-hosted with the Society of Biblical Literature, the Annual Meetings are the largest events of the year in the fields of religious studies and theology. https://www.aarweb.org/annual-meeting/2018-annual-meeting-nov-17-20

Additional photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmtYjhR8

Al -Faruqi Memorial Lecture

IIIT’s annual “Al -Faruqi Memorial lecture” was held on Sunday, November 18, 2018 in Denver, Colorado at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting. This meeting brings together around 10,000 people who are interested in the fields of religious studies and theology, and holds more than 1000 academic sessions and other meetings. Dr. Ermin Sinanovic gave a brief introduction of IIIT’s history, its policy, strategy and new programs and introduced the keynote speaker, Dr. Mohammad Hassan Khalil, whose presentation was on “Islam and new Atheism”. In addition to the lecture, the IIIT booth was frequented quite often for book sales and even more often for engaging discussions. One of the most repeated comments was “Thank you for being there representing an Islamic Institution.”


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