Sheikh Dr. Yusuf Al Qaradawi was born in Egypt in 1926. He was awarded his PhD degree with First Merit from Al Azhar University in 1973, upon completion of his thesis entitled “Zakah and its effect on solving social problems”. He is Founder and President of the International Union for Muslim Scholars, head of the European Council for Fatwa and Research, the chairman of the Jerusalem International Foundation, and a member of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. He is also a trustee of the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, which is an independent research institution. Sheikh Qaradawi has published more than 120 books. He has also been awarded eight international prizes for his contribution to Islamic scholarship, and is considered one of the most influential of such scholars living today.
CILE held a seminar on “Politics and Ethics” 8-10 June, 2013 at its headquarters. The participants focused on two questions:
o What is a civil state with Islamic reference?
o What are the ethical limits on freedom of expression in Islam?