THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC THOUGHT (IIIT) http://www.iiit.org/
500 Grove Street, Herndon, Virginia 20170 USA
Herndon, VA 22070, U.S.A.Phone (703) 471-1133
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The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is a private, non-profit, academic, and cultural institution, concerned with general issues of Islamic thought. The Institute was established in the United States of America in 1981 (1401 AH). It is independent of local politics, party orientations, and ideological biases.
The headquarters of the Institute are situated in Herndon, Virginia, in the suburbs of Washington DC. Branches and offices have also been established in a number of capitals world-wide in order to carry out the Institute’s activities and programs. The Institute is governed by a Board of Trustees that meets regularly and periodically elects one of its members to serve as President.The Institute aims to:
-To serve as a think tank in the field of Islamic culture and knowledge;
-Formulate a comprehensive Islamic vision and methodology that will help Muslim scholars in their critical analysis of contemporary knowledge;
-Develop an appropriate methodology for understanding the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet and firmly establish them as sources of guidance, knowledge, and civilization;
-Develop an appropriate methodology for dealing with Islamic legacy and contemporary knowledge, in order to draw on the experiences of both past and present, to build a better future for the Ummah and humanity at large;
-Develop an appropriate methodology for understanding and dealing with the present situation of both the Ummah and the world in general, in view of contemporary challenges and opportunities.The Institute seeks to achieve its objectives by:
-Directing research and studies to develop Islamic thought and the Islamisation of knowledge;
-Holding specialized scholarly, intellectual, and cultural conferences, seminars and study circles;
-Supporting researchers and scholars in universities and research centers, and publishing selected scholarly, cultural and intellectual works, in English, Arabic and several other languages;
-Signing agreements of cooperation with various universities, research centers and academic institutions throughout the world to carry out activities of mutual interest.
The Institute has played an essential role in recognizing and responding to a need felt by the Ummah to increase the awareness of Muslims in the intellectual dimensions of their faith. It also developed the concept of the "Islamisation of knowledge," hoping that this would help to integrate various aspects of reform in the life of Muslims.
The Institute has also drawn attention to the current "crisis of the Muslim mind," and emphasized the need to build an Islamic system of knowledge. It further called for the development of specific and competitive methodologies to deal effectively and efficiently with the Qur’an, the Sunnah, the Islamic heritage, and contemporary issues.
These achievements were made possible through the conducting of Conferences and Seminars at international, regional and local levels, during which thousands of scholars from various disciplines have had a chance to meet to discuss and debate issues. Since the seminar on "Islamic thought" in Lugano, Switzerland, in July 1977, in which the decision was made to establish the International Institute of Islamic Thought, the Institute has conducted more than 150 conferences, seminars and training courses.Publications
The Institute publishes works produced by its own research programs along with scholarly contributions from around the world. The Institute publishes works in Arabic, English, and other major languages.