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Summary of MFI Activities in 2011

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December 2011
  • Voice of Russia interviewed Minaret of Freedom Institute President Dr. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad on Leon Panetta's threats against Iran.
  • We posted a preprint of the final draft of Dr. Ahmad's paper "Shuratic Iftaa: the Challenge of Fatwa Collaboration" on our articles page.
  • Dr. Ahmad was interviewed by Voice of Russia on the U.S. Senate passed $662 billion defense bill that would allow the military to hold suspected terrorists (including American citizens) for an indefinite amount of time without a trial.

November 2011
  • Dr. Ahmad represented the Minaret of Freedom Institute at a roundtable discussion of “the rapid transition to a multi-polar world and the role of the Muslim intelligentsia” with Prof. Jonathan Galtung at the International Institute of Islamic Thought.
  • Dr. Ahmad represented the Minaret of Freedom Institute at a special forum on “Islam, Democracy and the Arab Spring” featuring Dr. Rachid Ghannouchi.
  • Dr. Ahmad represented the Minaret of Freedom Institute at an International Institute of Islamic Thought lecture by Moktader Khan on “Why Islamic Revivalism Has Failed.”
  • Dr. Ahmad represented the Minaret of Freedom Institute at an Exhibition, Reception, Award Ceremony and ASA Roundtables honoring Ali Mazrui.
  • Dr. Ahmad participated in an interfaith dialogue on “Ten Years Since 9/11” in Annandale.
  • Dr. Ahmad represented the Minaret of Freedom Institute at an American Muslim Alliance Forum on Kashmir.
  • Dr. Ahmad represented the Minaret of Freedom Institute at the annual Middle East Institute conference.
  • Dr Ahmad represented the Minaret of Freedom Institute at the grand opening of the American Task Force for Palestine art gallery.
  • Dr. Ahmad gave a lecture on Islam and Science at Wesley Theological Seminary.

October 2011
  • Dr. Ahmad participated in a panel discussion on how to fight Islamophobia at the CAIR Leadership Conference.
  • Dr. Ahmad represented the Minaret of Freedom Institute at Kashmiri American Council dinner.
  • Dr. Ahmad met with Imam Mohammad al-Asi to discuss collaboration on interfaith activity.
  • Dr. Ahmad met twice with Turkish journalist Mustafa Akyol to discuss our common objectives.
  • Dr. Ahmad was interviewed by Zak Dresher for an American University student documentary on his work for the Minaret of Freedom Institute.
  • Dr. Ahmad represented the Minaret of Freedom Institute at an International Institute of Islamic Thought lecture by Joseph Montville on the Jews of Medina.

September 2011
  • Dr. Ahmad represented the Minaret of Freedom Institute at a policy forum on Syria at the US Congress.
  • Dr. Ahmad spoke at a panel discussion on “Is Islam Compatible with the US Constitution” before a Tea Party meeting in New Jersey.
  • Dr. Ahmad was discussant on a panel discussion on “Moving Beyond Global Terror” at the annual AMSS meeting in NYC.
  • Dr. Ahmad attended an AAI briefing on the Palestinian statehood bid at the U.S. Congress. 
  • Dr. Ahmad attended a “Dialog on Religious Freedom” Islam with Keith Ellison and Irshad Munji at the Library of Congress.

August 2011
  • Dr. Ahmad was interviewed by Voice of Russia on the situation in Syria. And we posted a blog on the subject.
  • Dr. Ahmad published  a’ Ramadan Reflection: A Lesson from an Interfaith Friendship’ on our blog.
  • Dr. Ahmad represented the Minaret of Freedom Institute at an iftar at the Iranian Interests section of the Pakistan Embassy.
  • Dr. Ahmad represented the Minaret of Freedom Institute at an iftar at the International Institute of Islamic Thought.
  • Dr. Ahmad represented the Minaret of Freedom Institute at an iftar at the offices of MARTI in Rockville.
  • Dr. Ahmad represented the Minaret of Freedom Institute at an iftar at the Islamic Information Center.
  • Dr. Ahmad met with Unsul Cetin of ALT (Turkey).
  • We published six blogs summarizing presentations and discussions at the IIIT Institute on Iftaa.

July 2011
  • Dr. Ahmad participated in the IIIT Summer Institute on Approaches to Qur’an and Sunnah and presented a paper on “Shuratic Iftaa: The Challenge of Fatwa Collectivization.”
  • Dr. Ahmad was interviewed by Global Freedom Report on “Religion and the Evolution of a Free Society.”
  • Dr. Ahmad was interviewed by the Voice of Russia on military funding for Afghanistan.
  • Dr. Ahmad led a discussion of Asma Afsaruddin's THE FIRST MUSLIMS: HISTORY AND MEMORY at a meeting of the “Abraham and Aristotle: All Their Children” book salon.
  • We published six blogs summarizing presentations and discussions at the IIIT Institute on Iftaa.

June 2011
  • Dr. Ahmad participated in a panel discussion for the Global Freedom Forum with Constance Cumbey and Tanya Smith on the proper role of religion in a free society. "Is a belief in God necessary to the acquisition of Rights?" 

May 2011

April 2011
  • Minaret of Freedom Institute president Dr. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad gave a presentation on “the History of Muslims in the United States” at the University of Maryland.
  • Dr. Ahmad moderated an American Muslim Alliance debate on the intervention into Libya. 
  • Dr. Ahmad's interview with Fars News on the U.S. and the Middle East has been published on our blog.
  • Dr. Ahmad participated in two panels on "Western Religion Dialogue: How have the Western faiths impacted the Eastern ones, and vice versa" at Frederick Community College.
  • Dr. Ahmad participated in a panel discussion on same-sex marriage at the First Seventh Day Adventist Church in Washington, DC.
  • Dr. Ahmad was interviewed by AU Ph.D. student Muhammad Loutfi on interfaith dialogue.

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February 2011

January 2011


 
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