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PRESS RELEASE: 15TH JULY 2016:

The cold-blooded murder of innocent civilians in France and elsewhere, as well as all horrendous acts of terror by violent extremists espousing a rhetoric of hate, are strongly condemned. The murderous "ideals" of terrorists have no basis whatsoever in faith, and their twisted ideological delusions must be challenged strongly, intelligently, and decisively. Communities need to remain firmly united and to continue the quest for peace in a climate of shared values and pluralism, so that these inhuman attempts to spread fear and alienate communities are not allowed to succeed.

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TURKEY SUMMER SCHOOL: ISTANBUL, 7-23 AUGUST 2016:
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MUSLIM SOCIETIES: CONTEMPORARY & FUTURE CHALLENGES

The Turkey Summer School 2016 programme is designed primarily for graduate students from Turkey and neighbouring countries*who are
majoring in Islamic studies, humanities or the social sciences and who are interested in developing their knowledge and expertise in the listed topics. The programme will also provide an opportunity for participants
to present and discuss their particular research in workshops. During the course of the programme participants will receive instruction and interactive engagement. On completion they will receive a certificate of attendance from the organisers.

Organised by:
• IIIT London Office
Istanbul University, Theology Faculty
• MEDAR, International Foundation of Civilization Research, Turkey
MAHYA, Turkey
MEDIT, Alliance of Civilizations Institute, Turkey
• Center for Advanced Studies, Sarajevo
in cooperation with:
• Institute for Epistemological Studies Europe, Brussels
• The Fairfax Institute, USA

Venue: Demirkoy Farm, Kırklareli, (Thrace Region), Turkey.

Attendance by Registration only. Places are limited. The programme will be held in English. Those interested, and competent in English, should complete and submit the application form with an updated C.V. and a letter of reference from their department or supervisor no later than 17 June 2016.

Please send submissions to:
Hatice Nuriler • Email: turkeyss2016@gmail.com.

*Note: Students from Europe can apply to attend the IIIT European Summer School in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina, 10-24 August 2016 by writing to: projectmanager@cns.ba.

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TURKEY SUMMER SCHOOL: ISTANBUL, 1-14 AUGUST 2015:
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MUSLIM SOCIETIES: CONTEMPORARY & FUTURE CHALLENGES
The Second IIIT Turkey Summer School was officially launched at an Opening Ceremony held in the main hall of Kirklareli University on 1st August 2015. The Ceremony which marks the start of a 2-week conference scheduled from 1-14 August, drawing speakers from across the world, and postgraduate students from across Turkey and thirteen other countries, began with recitation of Qur’an (by Hüseyin Hatipoglu) followed by Welcome Remarks given by Prof. Dr. Mustafa Aykaç, Rector of Kirklareli University. A shor t paper on MAHYA entitled The Mountain and the Intellectual Spark was read by Rabia Çıtlak. Opening Remarks were then given by Prof. Dr. Bekir Karliaga, Senior Advisor to the Turkish Prime Minister on the Alliance of Civilisation, and Head, International Civilizations Research Centre, Turkey. Dr. Anas Al-Shaikh-Ali, CBE, Academic Advisor, IIIT London Office, gave a shor t presentation entitled IIIT Summer Schools: Education and Beyond. The First Deputy Chairman of the City Council, Istanbul Municipality, Ahmet Selamet, presented a short talk entitled Istanbul: A Bridge between Civilizations. This was followed by the first four sessions of the programme given by speakers Prof. Dr. Mustafa Aykaç, Prof. Dr. Teoman Duralı, Prof. Dr. Zeki Parlak and Prof. Recep Sentürk.

The subsequent Summer School programme from the second day onwards is taking place at the beautiful and rural setting of Demirkoy Farm. Demirkoy is a town and district of Kirklareli Province in the Thrace region of Turkey.

UPCOMING PUBLICATIONS:

 
bassam THE MIRACULOUS LANGUAGE OF THE QUR'AN: EVIDENCE OF DIVINE ORIGIN

by BASSAM SAEH


ISBN 978-1-56564-665-0

This study illustrates why the language of the Qur’an is miraculous, unique, and evidence of its divine authority. The author compares the language of the Qur’an with the language of pre-Islamic poetry, the Prophet’s words (Hadith), and the language of the Arabs both past and present, to demonstrate that although the Qur’an was revealed in Arabic it was at the same time an Arabic which was entirely new. Original and early Muslim audiences viewed this as miraculous and responded to the Qur’an’s words, sounds, rhythms etc. in a manner consistent with a deeper appreciation of its beauty and majesty which modern ears, trained by familiarity, and despite being surrounded by all manner of dictionaries and studies, are at a loss to capture. The author attempts to remove this veil and present the Qur’an to readers as if hearing it for the first time, to bring to life something of this wonder. In doing so he guides readers to appreciate the beauty of the Qur’an, to become more immersed in it, and have a clearer understanding of its structure and flow. Devoting special attention to Surah al-Muddaththir (chapter 74) to underpin his analysis, Saeh thus brings the Revelation to life, to demonstrate that each surah has distinct features and characteristics that make it stand out uniquely within the design and sweep of the whole.
   

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UNDERSTANDING MAQASID AL SHARI'AH:
A CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVE


by Dr Musfir Bin Ali al-Qahtani


Important quotes from the book:

"...short-sighted fatwas on jihad; and anomalous perceptions ... have brought destruction and carnage to many Muslim lands."

"...on this battlefield of ideological convictions and influences, the only weapons are sound thinking, irrefutable proofs, and moderate, fair-minded religious concepts marked by neither extremism nor laxity."

"...lack of correct understanding of Islamic legal texts, and ignorance of the objectives of the Shari'ah with respect to jihad."

"...same mistakes being repeated time and time again ... jihad endeavors are turned into instruments of terror and murder."

Synopsis:

Understanding Maqasid al-Shari'ah calls for the development of a juridical sense that is finely tuned to the higher objectives and purposes of Islamic rulings, the aims of which are the formulation of a new methodology in understanding the revealed texts and the reform of Muslim thought and its application. The author draws attention to the importance of understanding various levels of maqasid, including distinguishing between primary aims (al-maqasid al-asliyyah) and secondary aims (al-maqasid al-tabi'ah). Al-Qahtani asserts that a positive understanding of the objectives of the Shari'ah should produce affirmative human and cultural development in Muslim societies. The real strength of this work, however, is in the author’s application of higher objectives and aims to different areas of jurisprudence, such as in deriving and issuing religious rulings (ifta'), and to important social issues and problems present in Muslim societies, such as extremism, jihad, commanding right and forbidding wrong, social change, crisis of Muslim thought, countering religious excessiveness, the need for recreation and leisure, citizenship and nation-belonging, spreading beauty and harmony in Islam, and the role of Muslim women in society.

ISBN: 978-1-56564-666-7

   
arif THE QUR’AN AND NORMATIVE RELIGIOUS PLURALISM: A THEMATIC STUDY OF THE QUR’AN

by ARIF KEMIL ABDULLAH


ISBN: 978-1-56564-657-5
2015

In a mutli-faith world, Islam is widely regarded as dogmatic and exclusivist. Yet in the Qur’an we have a great and worthy example of how to live in diversity, of powerful scriptural tenets that lend themselves precisely to engagement with those of other faiths. As such Islam has much to add to the debate on Religious Pluralism. For Muslims the issue is a delicate one. Aside from being tolerant and respectful of other faiths, advocating freedom of faith, and peaceful coexistence for all humanity, Muslims have to intellectually engage on matters of religious truth whilst defending the validity of their own Islamic tenets. This study is focused on the Qur’anic text. It explores the Qur’anic conception of normative religious pluralism with a view to providing answers to questions such as whether the Qur’an itself regards normative religious pluralism as a value system or simply a method through which the Qur’anic world view can be actualised. In doing so the author corrects some highly controversial misquoted, mistranslated, and/or quoted out of context verses of the Qur’an, including the so-called verse of the sword and the perception of not taking non-Muslims as friends. In reality, the Qur’an calls for freedom of faith and peaceful coexistence, but condemns oppression, religious persecution, and those who initiate hostilities. In this way it not only invokes human dignity, but restores it when it is violated.
NEW PUBLICATIONS FOR 2013 & 2014

NEW BOOKS:
     
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NEW BOOKS-IN-BRIEF:
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NEW OCCASIONAL PAPERS:
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NEW TRANSLATIONS:
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Books-in-Brief: Apostasy (Spanish)
Books-in-Brief: Epistemological Bias (Spanish)
Books-in-Brief: Cognitive Mapping (Spanish)
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Books-in-Brief: Qur'anic World View (Arabic)
Books-in-Brief: Studies in Islamic Civilisation (Spanish)
Books-in-Brief: Apostasy (German)
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Books-in-Brief: Epistemological Bias (German)
Books-in-Brief: Qur'anic World View (Arabic)
Books-in-Brief: Apostasy (Turkish)
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Malik Bennabi's Approach to Civilisation (Turkish)
Authentication of Hadith (Turkish)
Books-in-Brief: Apostasy (Arabic)
 
AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENT - 24 DECEMBER 2013

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Two AMSS UK Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, Professor Bekir Karliaga (2011) and Professor Fuat Sezgin (2005) received the 2013 Turkish Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Awards at a ceremony in Ankara on 24 December 2013.

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'SILK ROAD' CONGRESS, TURKEY - OCTOBER 2013

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Dr. Anas Al-Shaikh-Ali, Europe Executive Director, attended The International Silk Road Congress and 10th ACTR Conference in Istanbul 27-29th October organised by The Presidency of the Republic of Turkey, Ankara Centre for Thought and Research (ADAM), Yildirim Beyazit University, Istanbul Commercial University, and Istanbul Medeniyet University. Dr Anas addressed the international audience on: Rethinking Education: Multicultural Education, Peace Building and Sustained Cooperation along the Silk Road and Beyond.”

'HALAL INDUSTRY' BOOK LAUNCH, LONDON - SEPTEMBER 2013

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Lecture and Book Launch by renowned scholar and specialist in Islamic Law and Jurisprudence, Professor M. Hashim Kamali

The subject of Halal and Haram, notably meat, and meat products, is of central importance to Muslims with growing focus on ethical aspects of meat production, food safety and cleanliness, and the welfare of animals demanding greater attention. But there is more to the Halal industry than simply meat. The issue of Halal touches many areas of Muslim life. Because the industry is driven by the market realities of supply and demand, better understanding of Islamic principles is vital.

Organised by The Cordoba Foundation, London, UK

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PUBLICATION ON PARENTING - SPRING 2013

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Parent-Child Relations - A Guide to Raising Children by Hisham Altalib, Abdulhamid Abusulayman & Omar Altalib is due for release in Spring 2013. This comprehensive guide contains what you need to know on how to parent with confidence. Packed with advice and powerful tips, using the latest research on child development and parenting techniques, it offers a mine of information on how to let children flourish, take the frustration out of parenting and develop happy family relations. Authors provide guidance on developing character, knowledge, values, and skills, as well as a faith-based outlook in children, benefitting parents with kids of all ages. The many strategies and techniques offered include: teaching children how to problem-solve, make decisions, and develop self-esteem. Raising God conscious, moral, successful children, with a sense of civic responsibility in today’s world is not easy. It is also not impossible. Effective parenting is the key. Click here for more information (pdf).

ISBN: 978-1-56564-582-0, 500 pp

AL FARUQI PUBLICATIONS

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Two books have recently been published on Professor Isma'il al Faruqi. Islam & Knowledge: Al Faruqi's Concept of Religion in Islamic Thought, published by I.B. Tauris in association with IIIT and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA, is a collection of essays written and presented in honour of al Faruqi's work. Islam: Religion, Practice, Culture & World Order is a reprint of the book originally written by al Faruqi, presented with a new introduction.

INTERVIEW


Dr Anas Al-Shaikh-Ali CBE, Academic Advisor to the IIIT in London UK, has been interviewed for the Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat. Click here to read the Arabic interview in full (external link to the Asharq Al-Awsat website).

IIIT LONDON OFFICE ACADEMIC ADVISOR
ON THE QUEEN'S HONOURS LIST


Dr Anas Dr. Anas Al-Shaikh-Ali, Director and Academic Advisor, IIIT London Office, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for June 2009 by being awarded a CBE (Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). The citation in The London Gazette reads as follows: Dr. Anas Al-Shaikh Ali, Academic Advisor, London Office, International Institute of Islamic Thought.  For Services to Community Relations.
According to Directgov website the “honours are given to people from all walks of life and all sections of society who have made a difference to their community. There are several different types of award, each one recognising a different type of contribution.” It adds that “the British honours system is one of the oldest in the world. It has evolved over 650 years as the country has found alternative means of recognising merit, gallantry and service”.

 

 

The IIIT London Office was established in 1987 as a branch of the main IIIT Head Office in the United States. An intellectual cultural foundation the Institute aims to provide a comprehensive Islamic outlook to relevant issues of contemporary thought.

The London office oversees the production of English Language titles as well as commissioning translations and promoting the objectives and work of the Institute both in the UK and Europe.

As well as producing publications in English the London Office has produced an Occasional Paper Series as well as audio and CD versions of a selection of the latter.

The London Office is also involved in the organisation of conferences seminars and workshops and to date has organised over ninety conferences, seminars and workshops, as well as management skills training programmes throughout the UK and Europe.


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Features
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Parent-Child Relations:
A Guide to Raising Children
by Hisham Altalib, Abdulhamid Abusulayman, and Omar Altalib.
978-1-56564-582-0 (hbk)

Endorsements:

"...the book proposes Islamic solutions to problematic issues in raising children."

"...most insightful and comprehensive books on effective parenting."


"
...well researched and thought provoking book...emphasis on
engaging the whole family in the challenging area of parenting."

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Ethics of Assisted Reproductive Medicine
by Sharmin Islam.
978-1-56564-561-5 (pbk)
978-1-56564-556-1 (hbk)

"...compares and contrasts Western and Islamic models of bioethics to make the case that the Islamic perspective...provides a viable and clear alternative..."



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