A Gulf newspaper reported that during a recent convocation ceremony honoring the inaugural graduates of U.S. universities in Qatar, plans were announced to establish a research center called the El Qaradawi Centre for Research in Moderate Thought, named after Youssef Qaradawi, the most important leader of the global Muslim Brotherhood. According to the report:
…. Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS) dean Hatem al-Karanshawi spoke about the institution which was established in Education City in September 2007. “The vision of QFIS is to become a focus of thought and dialogue that leads research and debate in all that relates to Islam and Muslims, be that contemporary concerns, or issues of heritage,” he said. QFIS, which presently has 39 students from 16 nationalities in three academic programmes, is to establish research centres, the first of which will be named after Qatar-based Islamic scholar Sheikh Yousuf al-Qaradawi, the president of the International Association of Muslim Scholars, as designated by HH Sheikha Mozah. “The El Qaradawi Centre for Research in Moderate Thought will be followed by other centres that will work on areas of research such as the study of contemporary Muslim societies, Islamic urban planning and architecture, Islamic governance, Islamic financial product and environment issues,” al-Karanshawi added.
The report went on to identify the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar and Northwestern University in Qatar as being the two most recent additions to the Qatar Education City, the host for the Faculty of Islamic Studies. The report also noted that the event was led by the Emir of Qatar and his wife and included as guests South African President Thabo Mbeki, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.