Qatar launches new Islamic research center
Doha, January 16, 2012
Qatar Foundation (QF), an independent organization dedicated to building centers of excellence, has launched a new research center specializing in both Islamic legislation and ethical thought in Doha.
The launch of the Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) was held under the patronage of QF chairperson Sheikha Moza bint Nasser at a one-day conference on Islamic ethics.
It was attended by a number of the prominent scholars and thinkers including Dr Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars and Dr Aisha Al-Mannai, dean of Shariah College in Qatar University and vice-chair of QFIS board of trustees.
The conference discussed the application of Islamic ethics in environment, gender, economics, education, art and bioethics.
Various sessions saw input from an international panel that included Dr Mustafa Ceric, the Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina and winner of the Unesco Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize and world-famous musician Yusuf Islam, who discussed the topic of Islamic ethics and the arts.
Sheikha Moza said, “The message of this center must be one based on universal and established principles, ones which integrates values and principles as part of the learning and the formation of individuals who can be agents of change.”
According to her, Cile is the first center, on a global scale, to focus on Islamic legislation and ethical thought.
The center aims to gather the scholars of the text with the scholars of the context, and to reach out to a global and mixed audience of scholars, experts, students and the general public.
It is being set up in Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, a member of QF, under the guidance of its director Dr. Tariq Ramadan, renowned Muslim thinker, alongside Dr Jasser Auda, deputy director of Cile and founding member and member of the executive board of the International Union of Muslim Scholars.
Dr Tariq Ramadan said, "Islamic scholars and research centers can benefit greatly from engaging with the experts in modern fields that have been untouched by the parameters of traditional questioning."
"We aim to provide not only a theoretical framework, but also concrete contributions and practical applications in areas that are current and relevant to 21st Century communities, Muslim and non-Muslim alike," he added.
The participants also included representatives of Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS), Applied Ethics Center Kanazawa Institute of Technology in Japan and the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs.-TradeArabia News Service