News

This page contains a listing of news and announcements related to the IIS and its projects.

Statement on Taxpayers’ Ombudsperson’s update

Statement on Taxpayers’ Ombudsperson’s update

November 28, 2022

The Institute of Islamic Studies (IIS) centers the study of Islam and Muslims to better understand our society, including the scope (and breaches) of Canada’s democratic promises. The IIS’ 2021 report, “Under Layered Suspicion”, shed light on the scope and limits of Canadian democracy in relation to Canada’s civil society and the charitable sector. The report […]

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Job Opportunity: Digital Network Officer

Job Opportunity: Digital Network Officer

November 28, 2022

The Institute of Islamic Studies is hiring a Digital Network Officer to support the growing needs of its projects. Below is a copy of the job posting, but we encourage you to visit the original posting for all complete and latest details. Digital Network Officer Date Posted: 11/28/2022Req ID: 28685Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & ScienceDepartment: Institute of Islamic StudiesCampus: St. […]

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New MiCDI project & job opportunity for ‘Theorizing Islamophobia’

New MiCDI project & job opportunity for ‘Theorizing Islamophobia’

November 23, 2022

The Muslims in Canada Data Initiative (MiCDI) is pleased to announce a new research project funded by the Peel Social Lab: Theorizing Islamophobia. The new project also has a job posting for a Research Assistantship (more details below). Announcement: Theorizing Islamophobia Job Opportunity: Graduate Research Assistantship (50 hours) New Project – “Theorizing Islamophobia” – To […]

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New podcasts with Baljit Nagra & Anver Emon discussing their latest books

New podcasts with Baljit Nagra & Anver Emon discussing their latest books

November 22, 2022

We recently published two new podcasts on the Reading Muslims project website. Both podcasts are hosted by Reading Muslims co-principal investigator, Youcef Soufi. In the first one, Baljit Nagra, Associate Professor at OttawaU’s Department of Criminology, discusses her book Securitized Citizens: Canadian Muslims Experiences of Race Relations and Identity Formation Post 9/11. Dr. Nagra discusses […]

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Muslims in Canada Archives project shared at CRRF’s panel on storytelling

Muslims in Canada Archives project shared at CRRF’s panel on storytelling

November 16, 2022

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) was proud to host a hybrid event in honour of Islamic History Month. “Storytelling is Our Superpower”. Anver Emon and Moska Rokay were part of the panel and discussed the role that the Muslims in Canada Archives project plays in enabling storyrelling. You can now watch the recording from […]

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Master Class: The Muwatta’ Through the Ages

Master Class: The Muwatta’ Through the Ages

October 13, 2022

The master class is intended to introduce the students to how a text like the Muwatta’ has been read by Muslims and even non-Muslims over its long, 1,000+ year history.

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Shaping Muslim Futures: Narratives, Frameworks and Visions

Shaping Muslim Futures: Narratives, Frameworks and Visions

September 1, 2022

Situated at the nexus of critical Muslim studies and critical futures studies, this workshop invites students to contemplate and vision alternative futures.

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Report on CSIS and Discriminatory Practices – Call for Researcher

Report on CSIS and Discriminatory Practices – Call for Researcher

August 26, 2022

In a joint project, the University of Toronto’s Institute of Islamic Studies seeks a researcher to write a report on the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and allegations of its discriminatory practices against religious minorities and persons of colour with specific focus on access to and respect for legal counsel.

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New issue of Islam in the City: Homecoming

New issue of Islam in the City: Homecoming

August 22, 2022

About the Issue & Theme(s): This fifth issue of Islam in the City offered an outlet for reflections on a return after a period of change and instability. Through a theme of “homecoming”, how can one imagine a readjustment of their emotional routines? And how can the impact of the pause to normalcy be reconciled with the […]

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Community Engagement Policy

Community Engagement Policy

August 15, 2022

As we pursue innovative research projects collaboratively with others, we recognize these as important and timely engagements in which all parties to the project share a specific commitment consistent with the principles and priorities of all parties involved. The IIS does not expect community partners to alter their varied priorities and policies to align with those of the IIS or the University of Toronto, nor will the IIS alter its core mission and purpose.

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Job Posting: Graduate Research Assistantships

Job Posting: Graduate Research Assistantships

July 14, 2022

Graduate Research Assistantship: Islamophobia Index Development (400 hours) Area of Research The study of Islam and Muslims in Canada Description of Duties This Research Assistantship (RAship) will invite a graduate student to work closely with a MiCDI data team member to develop an index measuring Islamophobia. The role would include qualitative data analysis, conceptualization and operationalization […]

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Prof Emon Testimony at Senate of Canada

Prof Emon Testimony at Senate of Canada

July 12, 2022

On June 20th, 2022, Professor Anver Emon (Director, Institute of Islamic Studies) gave testimony to the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights on the topic if Islamophobia in Canada (link contains meeting minutes, transcript, and video). Professor Emon’s statement (click to read the full statement) shows how Islamophobia takes shape in the Federal Government’s bureaucratic workings across […]

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Learning Islamophobia: Prof Emon at SFU

Learning Islamophobia: Prof Emon at SFU

May 30, 2022

Recently Dr. Anver Emon, (Director of Institute of Islamic Studies ) visited Simon Fraser University to discuss the role of academia in countering the damaging legacy of stereotypes about Islam and Muslims. You can now watch a recording of the discussion between Dr. Emon and Dr. Amyn B. Sajoo as they discussed topics such as: […]

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Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA) included in Federal Budget 2022

Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA) included in Federal Budget 2022

April 7, 2022

The Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto, welcomes the inclusion in the proposed federal budget of the Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA) project. We thank the Government of Canada for its support, and the strong advocates for MiCA in the Government, such as MP Arif Virani (Parkdale -High Park). We look forward to working closely and […]

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Prof Anver Emon Appointed to Advisory Committee on Charitable Sector

Prof Anver Emon Appointed to Advisory Committee on Charitable Sector

April 6, 2022

We’re pleased to share that Professor Anver Emon (Director, Institute of Islamic Studies) has been appointed to the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector (ACCS). Prof Emon’s appointment comes as the Office of the Taxpayers’ Ombudsperson continues its systemic examination of the Charities Directorate’s audit process. The appointment of diverse members to the committee, which the Honourable Diane […]

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Islamic Studies Past, Present, and Futures Workshop

Islamic Studies Past, Present, and Futures Workshop

January 14, 2022

Winter 2022 Schedule *All Winter 2022 sessions will meet on Zoom at Noon. Please sign up here to join the mailing list to receive information for the sessions January 31Arafat Razzaque (Assistant Professor, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations)“Can Insulting Someone Break Your Wuḍūʾ? A Debate on Ritual in Early Islamic Law and Ethics” February 7Amira Mittermaier (Professor, Study of Religion)“God, […]

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Call for Submissions: Islam in the City Spring 2022

Call for Submissions: Islam in the City Spring 2022

January 5, 2022

The theme for the Spring 2022 edition of Islam in the City is regrowth and reclamation of autonomy in the city. As we enter spring, we begin to shift our habits to the new season. In this edition, we hope to spotlight your take on rebirth and reclamation of autonomy after two years of a drastically changed reality. How […]

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The Crisis in Afghanistan: Teaching to the Conflict

The Crisis in Afghanistan: Teaching to the Conflict

September 21, 2021

Watching the news of Afghanistan over the last few weeks has been heartbreaking for many of us who have a close connection to the country, its people, and its history.  For some Afghan-Canadians, they watch from the comfort of their homes, often with a sense of guilt as relatives still in the country scramble to escape. […]

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Call for Applications: Senior Fellow(s) & Editor

Call for Applications: Senior Fellow(s) & Editor

August 23, 2021

***Please note that only students enrolled at UofT are eligible to apply for the positions listed below. Please see the specific eligibility requirements for each position.***  A PDF version of this Call for Applications can be found here.  Islamic Art and Material Cultures Collaborative (IAMCC)Senior Fellow The Institute of Islamic Studies issues a call for applications for […]

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Untangling the “Systemic” Nature of Islamophobia

Untangling the “Systemic” Nature of Islamophobia

August 22, 2021

Last March, 2021, the Institute of Islamic Studies (IIS) was pleased to host the online platform for Under Layered Suspicion: A Review of CRA Audits of Muslim-led Charities. The report was the fruit of a collaborative research and engagement process led by Anver Emon, Director of the IIS, and Nadia Z. Hasan, Chief Operations Officer of the National […]

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Islam in the City: Crossroads

Islam in the City: Crossroads

August 19, 2021

The third volume of our student run publication, Islam in the City: Crossroads is out! The summer issue tells a myriad of stories, some personal — some borrowed. How does Vampire Weekend and Eid intersect? Where do the ethics of medical racism lie? How does the “modesty myth” impact the way assault and abuse is […]

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Reading Muslims: Reflections on #OurLondonFamily

Reading Muslims: Reflections on #OurLondonFamily

July 13, 2021

The IIS is deeply grateful to everyone who held space to process and grieve, in the wake of the tragic murders in London, ON last month. During that time, the Reading Muslims network compiled and posted a series of reflections in solidarity with #OurLondonFamily. The compilation is now made available as a publication below. We […]

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Statement on CAUT Censure and IIS Programming

Statement on CAUT Censure and IIS Programming

June 11, 2021

On April 22, 2021, the Council of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) unanimously voted (with one abstention) to censure the University of Toronto for violating academic freedom in the hiring process for the Faculty of Law’s International Human Rights Program Director. The Faculty of Law’s selection committee unanimously agreed on a single candidate, […]

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Acts of Erasure: the consequences of lethal policy, biases, and discrimination

Acts of Erasure: the consequences of lethal policy, biases, and discrimination

June 8, 2021

On the evening of June 6, 2021, 20-year old Nathanial Veltman decided to maim, murder, and erase from existence, a family of Muslims out on a daily walk, simply because they were Muslim.

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The Story of Our Stories – Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA) Storytelling Circle

The Story of Our Stories – Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA) Storytelling Circle

May 10, 2021

One of the many blessings of working as an archivist at MiCA is the chance to connect with a cornucopia of wonderful people that I may not have had the pleasure of meeting otherwise. Although we use different avenues to do our work, the brilliant ribbon that ties us all together is our shared passion, commitment, and drive to amplify the stories and lived experiences of Canadian Muslims […]

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Call for Senior Fellows: Islamic Art & Material Culture – 2021-2022

Call for Senior Fellows: Islamic Art & Material Culture – 2021-2022

April 29, 2021

The Institute of Islamic Studies (IIS) at the University of Toronto invites applications for an innovative Fellows Program in Islamic Art and Material Culture.  The Fellows Program is a joint project of the IIS, Aga Khan Museum (AKM), and Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), and is run collaboratively through the Islamic Art and Material Culture Collaborative (IAMCC).    The definition of Islamic art […]

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Response to Federal Budget’s proposed Anti-Terrorist Financing measures

Response to Federal Budget’s proposed Anti-Terrorist Financing measures

April 29, 2021

On April 19, 2021 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrysta Freeland presented to Parliament the 2021 Federal Budget. Not surprisingly, the budget narrative is framed around the need to respond to COVID19 and overcome the economic recession it has caused across Canada. But while the budget presents a considered impetus to Canada in […]

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Cataloguing an Archive in a Pandemic – The Progress and Development of the Esplin Arabic Manuscript Collection

Cataloguing an Archive in a Pandemic – The Progress and Development of the Esplin Arabic Manuscript Collection

April 13, 2021

After nearly 50 years of obscurity, a large collection of rare manuscripts in the basement of the Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library has found new life as the Institute of Islamic Studies (IIS) and the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) agreed upon and implemented a plan to catalogue this collection, thereby opening it up to […]

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Report launch: on structural biases and prejudicial policies in CRA audits of Muslim-led charities

Report launch: on structural biases and prejudicial policies in CRA audits of Muslim-led charities

March 30, 2021

We at the IIS are proud to launch a new research report, in partnership with National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), called “Under Layered Suspicion: A Review of CRA Audits of Muslim-led Charities”. The report can be found at: layeredsuspicion.ca The report finds potential biases and prejudicial policies that influence the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) […]

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Announcing the Muslims in Canada Data Initiative (MiCDI)

Announcing the Muslims in Canada Data Initiative (MiCDI)

February 15, 2021

The Institute of Islamic Studies (IIS) is excited to introduce you to a new and exciting venture: the Muslims in Canada Data Initiative (MiCDI). MiCDI examines and and develops large-scale data sets, that improve the visibility of Muslims across Canada. With a higher resolution understanding of Canada’s Muslims communities, MiCDI can enable more effective discussions […]

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Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA) project covered in Toronto Star

Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA) project covered in Toronto Star

January 26, 2021

The Muslims in Canada Archive (MiCA) project was recently featured in the Toronto Star. Moska Rokay (Research Fellow and Project Coordinator for MiCA), and Anver Emon (Director, Institute of Islamic Studies) share insights about the origins of the project and how it fits into a broader societal shift in empowering community members to tell their […]

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Reading Muslims: Launch webinar on Jan 21

Reading Muslims: Launch webinar on Jan 21

January 4, 2021

We’re very excited to share some updates from the Reading Muslims project, as we develop the project throughout the year ahead. About Reading Muslims Reading Muslims is an interdisciplinary conversation on the role of texts and textuality within Islamic studies. The project re-examines the methodological assumptions surrounding the history and use of texts across a […]

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IIS Occasional Paper Series: Canadian Muslim Health Exceptionalism

IIS Occasional Paper Series: Canadian Muslim Health Exceptionalism

December 16, 2020

A report was recently published by the Institute of Islamic Studies (IIS), led by Dr. Sarah Shah, on the status of health data and research on Canadian Muslims. The paper titled “Canadian Muslim Health Exceptionalism—Community Consultation” is available to the public here: https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/handle/1807/102879 Abstract:This report follows a recent scoping review on Canadian Muslim health. The […]

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Visiting Lecturer: Reflections from Khaled Fahmy’s lecture series

Visiting Lecturer: Reflections from Khaled Fahmy’s lecture series

November 27, 2020

Earlier this month we had the honour of hosting Khaled Fahmy – Professor of Arabic Studies, Cambridge University – for a week-long engagement at the Institute of Islamic Studies (IIS). Public LectureKhaled Fahmy’s visit contained a public lecture titled “History of Islamic Legal Practice: Some Insights from 19th Century Egypt”.  In this lecture, Professor Fahmy […]

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Muslims in Canada Archives: Webinar Series

Muslims in Canada Archives: Webinar Series

November 19, 2020

To introduce communities to the Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA), project lead – Moska Rokay – will be hosting three virtual sessions from December 2020 through January 2021. The sessions will be held on Zoom and will be recorded (in true archival fashion). The need for a Muslim community archiveThe chance to tell your story […]

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Reading Muslims podcast with Juliette Galonnier: “France’s Fears over ‘Islamic Separatism’ and Academic Freedom”

Reading Muslims podcast with Juliette Galonnier: “France’s Fears over ‘Islamic Separatism’ and Academic Freedom”

November 17, 2020

On Oct 16th, a French schoolteacher in the suburbs of Paris named Samuel Paty was murdered by a Muslim man for showing his classroom caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. The aftermath has placed Islam and Muslims under scrutiny with the government claiming that “Islamist separatism” is challenging the Republic’s values and unity. In this podcast, […]

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Press Release: MiCA partners Memorial University and MANAL receive grant to archive Muslim lives in Newfoundland and Labrador

Press Release: MiCA partners Memorial University and MANAL receive grant to archive Muslim lives in Newfoundland and Labrador

August 5, 2020

MiCA partners Memorial University and Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (MANAL) have been awarded an SSHRC grant to launch the Muslim Narratives and Lives in Newfoundland and Labrador Community Project (MNL in NL Community Project). Lead by co-PIs Jennifer Selby and Ayse Sule Akinturk, the project will both locate and create archival materials to […]

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Press Release: SSHRC Partnership Grant for Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA)

Press Release: SSHRC Partnership Grant for Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA)

August 5, 2020

The IIS is pleased to announce that Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council has awarded a Partnership Development Grant to support the development and growth of the Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA). MiCA is a project of the IIS in partnership with a number of national and local archival institutions, such as the University […]

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Press Release:  Connaught Global Challenge Grant for Reading Muslims

Press Release: Connaught Global Challenge Grant for Reading Muslims

August 5, 2020

The Institute of Islamic Studies will launch in Fall 2020 a new research collected entitled Reading Muslims. Supported with a recently awarded grant from UofT’s Connaught Global Challenge Fund, Reading Muslims will be lead by Co-PIs Anver M. Emon and IIS Post-Doctoral Fellow Youcef Soufi. Over the next two years, Reading Muslims will host a […]

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On Anti-Black Violence & Racism in the US and Canada

On Anti-Black Violence & Racism in the US and Canada

June 4, 2020

To the IIS community of faculty, staff, students, and community partners I’ve had the pleasure to talk to many of you over the last few days, as we struggle individually and collectively in the wake of horrific police violence against Black Americans such as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arberry, as well as the […]

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The Esplin Arabic Manuscript Projects: The History and the Future

The Esplin Arabic Manuscript Projects: The History and the Future

December 6, 2019

In 1973, David Esplin, then associate chief librarian of the Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library, purchased from Sulaiman’s Book Shop in Beirut, Lebanon, a collection of almost 1,200 manuscripts. These texts were primarily in Arabic and from the 19th century, although some go back as far as the 17th. This collection, in its astounding number […]

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BIPOC Femmes Fitness Collective

BIPOC Femmes Fitness Collective

November 27, 2019

An IIS-Hart House Joint Initiative In recent years, the world has witnessed an increase of Muslim women-identified athletes. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, of the 33 Muslim women athletes who competed, 14 won medals across a range of sports. Audiences were enthralled by these women’s physical abilities and impressive strength, yet public discourse centered on […]

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Launched: National Security Student Hotline

Launched: National Security Student Hotline

August 11, 2019

The IIS, in collaboration with the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), the Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association (CMLA) and Downtown Legal Services (DLS) has launched its support hotline for UofT students approached by CSIS or other Canadian national security agent seeking information or an interview. While CSIS and other national security agencies have an important […]

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10th Annual Ibadi Conference at the UofT

10th Annual Ibadi Conference at the UofT

June 20, 2019

For immediate release: From June 17-19, 2019, the Institute of Islamic Studies hosted the 10th annual Ibadi Conference at the University of Toronto. We were especially pleased to host His Excellency, Minister Abdullah Al Salimi of the Government of Oman, whose Ministry of Religious Endowments supported the conference and helped bring together a diverse and […]

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Press Release — On the Terror in New Zealand

Press Release — On the Terror in New Zealand

March 15, 2019

We are all saddened by the tragic terrorist acts in New Zealand directed at Muslims in prayer at their mosques. For Canadians, this heinous act hits especially hard, as we have only just commemorated on January 29th the Quebec City mosque massacre, in which 6 Canadian Muslims were killed while in prayer, by Canadian White-supremacist […]

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New Research Lab: Law and the Margins (CENTmar)

New Research Lab: Law and the Margins (CENTmar)

January 17, 2019

As stated in the inaugural director’s message in September 2019, the IIS is committed to advancing the scale and scope of advanced research.  This year, we began with two research labs, the Study of Islam and Muslims in Canada (SIMiC) and Between the Straits.  We are pleased to announce the formation of a third research […]

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Director’s Message

Director’s Message

December 17, 2018

And we’re off! Fall 2018 was a stellar term for the IIS. With faculty and graduate students from all three UofT campuses, a global cohort of faculty visiting Toronto, and community partners that now see the IIS as an institutional ally, the Institute’s seminar room was nothing short of lively. Faculty from across the UofT […]

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Brinkley Messick Master Class — Call for Applications

Brinkley Messick Master Class — Call for Applications

December 17, 2018

On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, the IIS is pleased to present a master class delivered by Professor Brinkley Messick (Columbia University).  Messick is the inaugural visiting lecturer at the IIS in 2019.  His master class, directed to graduate students,  post-doctoral fellows, and faculty, is a 3 hour seminar (with a one hour lunch break) scheduled […]

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Inaugural Visiting Lecturer: Brinkley Messick — Lecture Schedule

Inaugural Visiting Lecturer: Brinkley Messick — Lecture Schedule

December 17, 2018

For the week of March 4, 2019, the IIS is pleased to host inaugural visiting lecturer Professor Brinkley Messick (Columbia University).  Over a period of three days, Professor Messick will give a book talk on his recent book Sharia Scripts; a master class for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty; and a public lecture at UTM. Tuesday, […]

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IIS Welcomes Post Doctoral Fellow Catherine Larouche

IIS Welcomes Post Doctoral Fellow Catherine Larouche

December 10, 2018

The IIS is pleased to welcome Catherine Larouche, who will be part of our research community for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Catherine is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto. She completed her PhD in sociocultural anthropology at McGill University in 2018. Her research interests include the anthropology of philanthropy […]

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IIS Welcomes Dr. Albert Frolov Post-doctoral fellow and scholar at risk

IIS Welcomes Dr. Albert Frolov Post-doctoral fellow and scholar at risk

November 10, 2018

In November 2018, the IIS welcomed to its offices Dr. Albert Frolov, a post-doctoral fellow and scholar at risk. We asked Dr. Frolov to write a short introduction to his work and hope that our community of scholars and students will take part in the Arabic philosophy seminars he will be leading in the Spring. […]

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Inaugural Visiting Lecturer 2019: Brinkley Messick

Inaugural Visiting Lecturer 2019: Brinkley Messick

September 17, 2018

The IIS is pleased to announce that Brinkley Messick, Professor of Anthropology, at Columbia University is the inaugural 2019 IIS Visiting Lecturer.  Professor Messick specializes in the anthropology of law, legal history, written culture, and the circulation and interpretation of Islamic law.  He is the author of The Calligraphic State (1993), which was awarded the Albert Hourani […]

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Universite d’Montreal and the IIS@UofT: The Beginnings of Canada-wide research collaboration

Universite d’Montreal and the IIS@UofT: The Beginnings of Canada-wide research collaboration

September 5, 2018

Over the course of two weekends in the month of August 2018, a graduate research team from Université de Montréal conducted field work in Toronto out of the IIS offices. We were a team of about ten Masters and Doctoral students from UdM’s sociology department. Our project, entitled “Political Fictions : An analysis of fictional […]

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Director’s Message

Director’s Message

September 3, 2018

Welcome to the newly redesigned website of the Institute of Islamic Studies (IIS) at the University of Toronto. The IIS is devoted to supporting advanced research in the study of Islam and Muslims. As director of the IIS, it is a privilege to lead an advanced research institute in this historical moment. It’s often easy […]

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