According to translated media reports, on August 5 Al Jazeera carried a new episode of its weekly talk show “Life and Religion” . The episode hosted Dr Fathi Malkawi, executive director of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), for a discussion on “individual perceptions of the world from political and religious standpoints and the dangers posed by radical archaic perceptions of the world as one consisting of good and evil.”:
Malkawi explains that one’s perception of the world is but a response to questions about the creator, his existence, his creations, and the nature of his creations, particularly humans and the meaning of life, and says that this applies to philosophy and extends to a person’s perception of their place in the world and their relation to their surroundings. Malkawi goes on to explain how individuals perceptions are formed and the factors contributing to those perceptions, and speaks about the differences in perceptions, be they secular or religious, and the perception that the world consists of Muslims and infidels, explaining that it is not a perception of the world, but is a jurisprudence-based diagnosis of the circumstances experienced by a particular society at a particular period of time.
According to an online biography, Dr. Malkawi was born and educated in Jordan where he was a University science professor and educational specialist for the Ministry of Education in Jordan. In addition to being the executive director of IIIT, an important component of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, Dr. Malkawi is also a trustee of the International Board of Educational Research and Resources (IBERR), a less well known global Muslim Brotherhood organization founded by Yusuf Islam that distributes Islamic educational material around the world.
(source: OSC Weekly Roundup of Pan-Arab TVs Talk Shows 5-11 Aug Corrected version; replacing text; changing Subject Qatar — OSC Summary Thursday, August 16, 2007 T20:58:29Z)