Under the patronage of H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson, Qatar Foundation of Education, Science and Community Development (QF), Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS) officially opened its new building by holding its first Friday prayer at Education City Mosque, led by Sheikh Saleh Al Maghamsy.
Sheikha Moza toured the building, starting from the five columns representing the five pillars of Islam, the library and classrooms. She was accompanied by Engineer Saad Ibrahim Al Muhannadi, President, QF, Dr Ahmad Hasnah, Provost and Executive Vice-President, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Dr Aicha Al Mannai, Dean, QFIS, and architects.
As a college of HBKU, a member of QF, QFIS was set up in 2007. The opening of the new building demonstrates its continuous growth and development to serve the higher education needs of Qatar and wider Islamic societies.
Dr Hasnah said: “QFIS has worked to fulfil QF’s vision and mission by unlocking human potential. It strives to provide the best education, help students realise their potential and spread a culture of creativity and enlightenment that balances a commitment to traditions alongside innovation.”
QFIS has 114 students for the 2015-2016 academic year, from 47 countries, including 36 percent from Qatar. To date, some 198 students have graduated, including 64 last year.
QFIS programmes include Master’s courses in Islamic Studies in Contemporary Fiqh, Public Policy in Islam, Islamic Finance, Study of Contemporary Muslim Thought and Societies, Urban design and Architecture in Islamic societies, and Islamic Studies in Comparative Religions.
It also offers three diplomas, in Islamic Finance, Public Policy in Islam, and Islamic Studies.
Faculty includes the Centre for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) set up in 2011 to address Islamic legislation and ethics.
It specialises in methodology, arts, environment, economics, education, food, gender studies, media, medicine and bioethics, migration and human rights, politics and psychology.
The college has five research centres: Al Qaradawi Centre for Islamic Moderation and Renewal; Centre for Islamic Economics and Finance; Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies; and Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Thani Centre for Muslim Contribution to Civilization. Within the four-story building, the QF Community will experience an open and inviting campus-like atmosphere at the that includes a library and study facilities.
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