The website of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) announced that in July of this year, a group of Muslim women from around the world attend a seminar on Islamic jurisprudence give by Dr. Jamal Barzinji, the Vice-President of IIIT:
A group of 25 Muslim women leaders from around the world attended a seminar on ‘Islamic Jurisprudence for Minorities and the Revival of the Higher Objectives of Sharia’ by IIIT vice president Dr. Jamal Barzinji at IIIT on July 13. These women leaders, from several countries as diverse as Syria, and Belgium, were in Washington, D.C. to participate in a three-week Summer Program on law and leadership organzied by KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, headed by Dr. Azizah al Hibri.
IIIT was founded in 1980 by important members of the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) including Dr. Barzinji and is associated with the SAAR Foundation, a network of Islamic organizations located in Northern Virginia that was raided by the Federal government in 2003 and which is the subject of an ongoing investigation. Previous posts have reported that the U.S. government in the past has funded IIIT exchange programs. It is not known if there was any government involvement in this IIIT program.