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The Institute of Islamic Studies is celebrating 60 years of excellence (1952-2012). Please scroll down for more information about upcoming events to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Institute in 1952.

The Institute of Islamic Studies gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the State of Qatar for these events.

For further details on any upcoming event, or to be added to our email distribution list, please contact:
Karen Moore, Outreach Administrator, at 514-398-6044 or by email.

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Upcoming Events:

A FREE Evening of Sufi Music Qawwali with Fareed Ayaz & Abu Muhammad  

Friday, September 26th, 2014
Pollack Hall
555 Sherbrooke St. West

Seats are limited. In order to gain admission you must bring a printed copy of your reserved seating assignment. To reserve a seat, please RSVP to pasha.m.khan@mcgill.ca

A 14th Century Revision of the Greco-Arabic and Indian Theories of the Humours: The Hybrid Model by Šihāb al-Dīn Nāgawrī.

A lecture by Dr. Fabrizio Speziale, Université Sorbonne nouvelle-Paris 3 – CNRS

Thursday, October 28, 2014
Morrice Hall, Room 328
3485 McTavish Street
17h30 Free Admission

Iranian Studies Conference
August 6-9, 2014
Hilton Bonaventure Hotel

This event is proudly supported by the Institute of Islamic Studies.

An evening lecture by 

Ziba Mir-Hosseini, SOAS, University of London

On Understanding Shari‘a: The Challenge of Equality 

In the course of the twentieth century, established interpretations of Shari‘a encountered the ideals of universal human rights, equality and personal freedom. In this encounter, some Shari‘a-based legal rulings came to be seen as unjust and discriminatory, and as based on hypocritical, or at best contradictory, interpretations of the textual sources. In this lecture I trace the shifts in understandings of Shari‘a and relations between Muslim legal tradition, the state and social practice, with particular reference to the Islamic Republic of Iran, ruled 1979 by custodians of the Shari‘a, and to Musawah, a global movement for equality and justice in Muslim family laws launched in 2009.

Friday, August 8, 2014
Hilton Bonaventure Hotel
900 de la Gauchitiere West

Prof. Prashant Keshavmurthy is awarded SSHRC Grant

Congratulations to IIS Professor Prashant Keshavmurthy on being awarded an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for his project on ideas of the ethical and political in 17th and 18th century Mughal commentaries on Sa‘di's Gulistān (Rose Garden, 1258).

Prof. Ahmed Ibrahim receives two Grants

Congratulations to IIS Professor Ahmed Ibrahim on being awarded a grant from the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et Culture (FRQSC), as well as an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for his upcoming monograph-length study of custody in Islamic law.

Michelle Hartman's new book, Native Tongue, Stranger Talk, now published

Can a reality lived in Arabic be expressed in French? Can a French-language literary work speak Arabic? In Native Tongue, Stranger Talk Hartman shows how Lebanese women authors use spoken Arabic to disrupt literary French, with sometimes surprising results. Challenging the common claim that these writers express a Francophile or "colonized" consciousness, this book demonstrates how they actively question the political and cultural meaning of writing in French in Lebanon. Hartman argues that their innovative language inscribes messages about society into their novels by disrupting class-status hierarchies, narrow ethno-religious identities, and rigid gender roles. Because the languages of these texts reflect the crucial issues of their time, Native Tongue, Stranger Talk guides the reader through three key periods of Lebanese history: the French mandate and early independence, the Lebanese civil war, and the postwar period. Three novels are discussed in each time period, exposing the contours of how the authors “write Arabic in French” to invent new literary languages.


Congratulations to our most recent PhD Graduates!

The Institute would like to extend our congratulations to our most recent PhD and MA graduates, who convocated on June 3rd, 2014: Fariduddin Attar, MA, Dr. Faika Celik, Leila El-Murr, MA, Dr. Mohammad Hannan Hassan, Dr. Kamran Karimullah, Dr. Junaid Quadri, and Dr. Fatima Seedat.

Mohammad Hannan Hassan and Nasser Dumairieh

Dr. Fatima Seedat, Leila El-Murr, MA, and Dr. Junaid Quadri


Congratulations to Professor Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim on being awarded a FQRSC and appearing before the senate

Professor Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim appeared in a senate hearing before the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights (SSCHR) on April 28, 2014. The SSCHR held hearings to discuss the impact of Islamic law on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The SSCHR was authorized to study "international mechanisms toward improving cooperation in the settlement of cross-border family disputes, including Canada's actions to encourage universal adherence to and compliance with the Hague Abductions Convention, and to strengthen cooperation with non-Hague State Parties with the purpose of upholding children's best interests."

For a video of the hearing:


Professor Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim won the FRQSC (Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture) for his new book project.


Congratulations to Professor Laila Parsons, who has been awarded the H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Excellence in Teaching.

This award is designed to recognize outstanding teaching in the Faculty of Arts, and will be presented to Prof. Parsons at Convocation in June 2014.

Please join us in congratulating Professor Parsons.

Congratulations to PhD candidate Mohammad Hannan Hassan on his successful oral defense

Oral Defense of Mohammad Hannan Hassan

Dr. Mohammad Hannan Hassan successfully defended his thesis, entitled “Islamic Legal Thought and Practices of Seventeenth Century Aceh: Treating the Others” on March 17th.

Congratulations to Institute Faculty Lecturer Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi on her recent publication

"Processing Compound Verbs in Persian" (A Psycholinguistic Approach to Complex Predicates) has been distributed for Leiden University Press and will publish September 2014.