In the classical age of Muslim civilisation, libraries and institutions of research and learning abounded. The great cities across the Muslim World had universities, observatories, Houses of Wisdom. From this context emerged the learned societies, known as futawwah that emphasised thought, learning and the pursuit of excellence as key Islamic ideals. Members met frequently to discuss relevant issues and prided themselves on their ethical standards. Membership was open to all, including non-Muslims.
The Muslim Institute is consciously modelled on the institution of the futwwwah. It aims to continue this tradition of debate and critical thinking by providing an intellectual space where Fellows can discuss issues in an atmosphere of mutual respect. By becoming a Fellow of the Institute you join a community of thinkers, scholars, academics, activists, students and laypersons devoted to promoting thought and new knowledge, from a variety of different perspectives, through debate, discussion and open inquiry.
Keeping Fellows informed:
- Critical Muslim – four times a year (value £60). Receive the Institute’s highly acclaimed Critical Muslim, which seeks new readings of religion, culture and politics with the potential to transform Muslim societies and the world beyond. Publishing ground-breaking and thought-provoking articles, it is the only journal of its kind.
- Complimentary books and publications. Receive publications authored by Fellows as well as other pioneering scholarly works. Examples include Reading the Qur’an by Ziauddin Sardar, Defending Multiculturalism by Hassan Mahamdallie and Muhammad and the Believers by Fred M Donner.
Stay informed with the monthly MI update:
- Latest news and events in the monthly MI Update
- Receive the monthly MI Update direct to your inbox. Stay up-to-date with MI news, blogs and activities. Be the first to hear about special offers and events for Fellows.
Engage with us on social media:
- Visit our social media sites on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with MI activities and to interact with Fellows and friend.
- Watch the Muslim Institute 'Sofa Chats' on our Youtube channel where special guests are invited to discuss everything from critical thinking to climate collapse.
Bringing Fellows together:
- Fellowship includes free attendance at key events
- Three-day residential conference (value £250). Attend the Winter Gathering, which takes place at Sarum College in the historic city of Salisbury. The Institute’s annual conference is renowned for its lively debate and discussion. Fellows attend absolutely free (including accommodation and meals).
- Annual Ibn Rushd Lecture and Supper held in honour of one of the greatest philosophers of Islam, the lectures explore the contemporary relevance of the intellectual history of Islam. Delivered by notable academics and thinkers the event is held in opulent surroundings followed by a sumptuous buffet supper.
- A programme of exclusive regular events. Attend special regular events where renowned thinkers explain their latest ideas.
Fellowship offers incredible value
All of the above benefits and more are available to Fellows of the Muslim Institute
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