Summer Institute for Scholars – 2008 Program Details​​

Contemporary Approaches to Qur’an and Sunna

The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is pleased to announce its first Summer Institute for scholars to be convened at IIIT headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, USA between July 15 and August 15, 2008. The purpose of the Summer Institute is to bring together and engage senior and young scholars with a particular interest or expertise in Qur’anic studies or Sunna in focused, organized discussions of topics related to a contemporary understanding and articulation of issues involving Qur’an and Sunna. The specific objectives of the seminar are:

To develop methods or approaches to understanding Qur’an and Sunna that are both authentic and relevant to contemporary realities and sensibilities in the West and the Muslim world.

To suggest means and instruments of engaging the scholarly community, the religious community, the media and the public at large in learning processes, debates or experiences that make intelligible the wisdom of the Qur’an and the Sunna and their relevance to contemporary human affairs.

To broaden the scope of conversations on issues pertaining to Qur’an and Sunna through the inclusion of social and physical scientists – Muslims and others – beside the scholars of the traditional Islamic disciplines.

IIIT will issue a “Call for Papers” on topics related to the above –mentioned objectives. The accepted research papers will be included for presentation and discussion during the seminar and will be considered for publication in an edited volume of its proceedings.

The four weeks program will be organized into two sessions: one focusing on the Qur’an and the other on the Sunna. The number of scholars in each of the two sessions will be fifteen. IIIT encourages all interested scholars to plan to participate in both sessions. For further information or suggestions, please contact Abubaker al Shingieti at: or call 703 471 1133 Ext 101.