Summer and Winter Programs

The Summer and Winter programs are designed for students interested in developing their knowledge and expertise. The programs will also provide an opportunity for participants to present and discuss their particular research in workshops. During the course of the programs, participants will complete direct research, instruction, and will receive a certificate of attendance from the organizers.

The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), and its school, The Fairfax Institute, hold an annual Winter Student Program (WSP) in Islamic Studies during winter break. The WSP is designed for currently enrolled undergraduate students at universities and colleges in the US and Canada, regardless of their major or program of study. The program provides an intensive study of major topics in Islamic studies, including: History and Interpretations of the Qur’an, The Qur’anic Worldview, Sunnah and Its Relevance, History of Islamic Thought, Muslim History and Civilization, Islam in America, Fiqh (Jurisprudence) and Maqasid al-Shari’ah (Objectives of Islamic Law), Revival and Reform in Islam, and Contemporary Islamic Thought, among others. Students are expected to cover their transportation costs and provide evidence of health insurance. The program will be held at IIIT offices in Herndon, Virginia.

The Summer Student Program (SSP) is designed for graduate students and exceptional senior undergraduates – regardless of the field of study – who have a particular interest in developing their knowledge and research skills in the core areas of Islamic studies such as methods in the study of Islam, the Qur’an, the Sunnah, Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) and Maqasid al-Shari‘ah (Objectives of Islamic Law and Ethics), Foundations of Belief, Knowledge, and Science, Muslim History and Civilization, and Contemporary Islamic Thought. The program also provides analysis and discussions on subjects related to Islamophobia, Islam in America, Muslim female scholarship, Muslim spirituality, Maqasid and public policy, and Islam and Peacemaking. A distinguishing feature of the program is that it combines faith-based normativity with best academic practices and approaches. The program is characterized by pedagogical innovativeness and academic rigor, while welcoming religious expressions and spirituality.

Our faculty come from top academic institutions in the United States and abroad. In previous years, they included Zainab Alwani, Jasser Auda, Younus Mirza, Jonathan Brown, Ovamir Anjum, Feryal Salem, and other leading scholars of Islam.

Admissions Policy: IIIT/TFI admits students of any race, faith, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, faith, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.​

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European Programs (Bosnia)

South Africa Programs

Turkey Programs


South Africa Programs


Bosnia Programs


Turkey Programs