Last updated on: 9/17/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, PhD Biography

Title:
Sheikh (community elder and Islamic scholar)
Position:
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“No one is allowed to give up any part of Palestine… Palestine was never Jewish… Palestine is Arab and Muslim and will remain Arab and Muslim, and Islam will prevail.”

Elad Benari, “Radical Muslim Cleric in Gaza: ‘Palestine’ Was Never Jewish,” Arutz Sheva, www.israelnationalnews.com, May 10, 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and part owner of the website www.IslamOnline.net
  • Makes weekly appearance on the religious phone-in programme Al-Shariaa wa Al-Haya (Islamic Law and Life) on Al-Jazeera television
  • Written extensively on Islam and is regarded as a respected scholar
  • Former Dean of the Islamic Department at the Faculties of Shariah and Education in Qatar
  • Served as Chairman of the Islamic Scientific Councils of Algerian Universities and Institutions
  • Lives and works in the Gulf State Qatar since 1963 where he now heads an Islamic research center
  • Is known for his controversial stance supporting suicide bombings by Palestinian militants against Israeli civilian targets, but has made statements against suicide bombings against targets outside of Israel and against targets from the “West”
  • Worked in the Egyptian Ministry of Religious Endowments
  • Former involvement with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood resulted in his imprisonment in Egypt four times
Education:
  • PhD, Islamic Theology, school unknown
  • BA, Islamic Theology, Al-Azhar University in Cairo, 1953
Other:
  • Born in a small village in the Nile Delta, Saft Turab, Egypt, 1926
Quoted in:
  1. Is Islam Compatible with Democracy?