The College of Sharia and Islamic Studies at Qatar University (QU) proudly announced the launch of the International Conference, titled “Readings on Renewal and Rationalization Issues in the Thought of Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi.” This prestigious event will also mark the inauguration of the Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi Encyclopedia, a monumental work consisting of 105 volumes that encapsulate the life’s work of the revered Sheikh.
The conference will take place at QU on 15 October and last for three days, under the patronage of the QU president. In his conference speech, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Ansari, Dean of the College of Sharia and Islamic Studies at QU, emphasized the significance of the conference and the quality of the discussions to be held. He highlighted that the conference will launch with the unveiling of the complete works encyclopedia of Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a scholar whose influence reverberates throughout the Islamic world. The encyclopedia, consisting of 105 volumes that the Sheikh himself oversaw during his lifetime, is a comprehensive treasure trove of Islamic scholarship, offering invaluable insights into various aspects of Islamic thought. Dr. Al-Ansari also mentioned the distinguished scholars and researchers who will attend.
Dr. Al-Ansari further stressed the academic focus of the conference on various aspects of Islamic knowledge, including Islamic jurisprudence, Quranic studies, Hadith studies, jurisprudential fundamentals, and creed. He emphasized the conference’s importance in deepening Islamic thought and contributing to the academic advancement of the Muslim community.
Dr. Hamed Al-Marwani, Chairman of the Conference’s High Committee, spoke about the extensive preparations that have taken place over the past nine months, involving committees responsible for different aspects of the conference, including relations, academics, and media. He mentioned that out of over 320 abstract submissions, 185 were accepted, which were later condensed into 32 research papers. Dr. Al-Marwani expressed gratitude to all those who contributed to the conference’s success.
Dr. Abdulhamid Al–sis, Chairman of the Media Committee and spokesperson for the conference, highlighted the diversity of the researchers, who come from 14 different countries, including Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Sri Lanka, Senegal, Sudan, Iraq, Palestine, Qatar, Libya, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania, and Yemen. He mentioned that the conference would begin with the inauguration ceremony of the Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi Encyclopedia on the evening of 15 October, followed by three days of sessions during which the research papers will be presented and discussed.
Dr. Al-Sis also thanked all the administrators and individuals who went beyond in their efforts to support the conference’s organization, recognizing their contributions to the success of the college and the conference’s mission.
Dr. Al-Sis stated, “The conference committees have been actively engaged in coordinating various aspects of the upcoming academic event. They reached out to individuals and organizations, both within and outside Qatar, and extended invitations to distinguished scholars. Their efforts include organizing guest accommodations, hospitality, conference room bookings, material preparation, and the accompanying exhibition. The head of the media committee expressed readiness to welcome everyone, including university members and external guests.”
Dr. Ali Euchi, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Committee of the Conference, participated in the press conference. The conference includes eight scientific sessions over its three days, discussing issues such as renewal and its concept according to Al-Qaradawi, the axis of renewal in revelation studies, the axis of Islamic finance, renewal in jurisprudence and fatwa, the axis of women’s issues, civil jurisprudence, and addressing the challenges facing the nation. In each of these axes, several papers are being discussed.”
The conference features eight scientific sessions over three days, addressing topics such as renewal concepts, Islamic finance, jurisprudence, women’s issues, civil jurisprudence, and national challenges. Each topic involves discussions on several papers.