After having successfully conducted three Summer School Programs, such as “Change in the Islamic World in the 21st century,’’, “State and Society in the Islamic World,”’ and ‘”Social Justice and Poverty in the Islamic World,” in the past years, the main theme of this year’s 4th ILEM International Summer School will be “Reproducing Thought in the Islamic World: Methodological Approaches.”

Muslims are living in an era of an intellectual crisis. In order to be freed from this crisis, the Muslim world is investigating the possibilities of reconnecting with the tradition of Islamic thought and science and the betterment of this tradition. This effort brings with itself the question of which methodology should be followed when putting the accumulation of Islamic thought into circulation.

In this framework, with the “Reproducing Thought in the Islamic World: Methodological Approaches’’ theme, topics of Islamic politics, economics, philosophy of Islam, and reconstruction of Islamic society will be addressed. Rather than approaching Islamic science merely as historic data, the possibility of reinterpreting Islamic tradition and its synthesis will be examined according to the economic, political and social conditions in which modern Muslims live.

Conferences, seminars, lectures, and workshops will be held in Istanbul July 3-9. With these workshops, the aim is to produce a common procedure and methodology for the process of reinterpreting Islamic thought, and a projection of how to assess current Islamic intellectual accumulation. The problems with reproduction of Islamic thought will be discussed by academics coming from disciplines of politics, economics, philosophy, law, theology, sociology, and so on.



The digital versions of our publications, studies and information products are available for download free-of-charge. The texts and presentations that were introduced during the programs will be compiled and later printed as international books.



Besides the lectures will be given by the experts of the field, within the frame of the main theme of the program, there will be three workshops which contain presentations and debates to provide the content and aim of the school.


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Previous Lecturers

Hamid DabahsiHamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He received a dual Ph.D. in Sociology of Culture and Islamic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. He wrote his dissertation on Max Weber’s theory of charismatic authority with Philip Rieff (1922-2006), the most distinguished Freudian cultural critic of his time. Professor Dabashi has taught and delivered lectures in many North American, European, Arab, and Iranian universities.

Abdelwahhab El-AffendiBorn in 1955, Dr. Abdul Wahab Al-Afandi got into journalism at an early age. He studied at Sudanese and British universities and worked in diplomacy. He also published several books in both English and Arabic on various political and intellectual issues in addition to many articles in several newspapers and magazines in both Arabic and English. Furthermore, he is research fellow at the Program on Global Change in the British Research Council.

Ozay MehmetMehmet was born in 1938 in Nicosia, Cyprus into a Turkish Cypriot family. He studied at the London School of Economics between 1959 and 1962. Subsequently, he received his MA and PhD in economics at the University of Toronto on a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship. He has taught at various Canadian universities including: the University of Windsor, York University, the University of Toronto, the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. Mehmet is a specialist in economic development, with special reference to Asian Tigers, Turkey and Cyprus.

Muqtedar KhanDr. Muqtedar Khan is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware. He earned his Ph.D. in International Relations, Political Philosophy, and Islamic Political Thought, from Georgetown University in May 2000. He founded the Islamic Studies Program at the University of Delaware and was its first Director from 2007-2010.