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Research Report

International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT):: The Muslim Brotherhood’s Think Tank

Kyle Shideler
David Daoud
Copyright Date: Jul. 28, 2014
Pages: 14

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  1. (pp. 1-2)
  2. (pp. 3-3)
  3. (pp. 4-4)

    For many, IIIT’s position as a front or affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood and its role in the ongoing effort by the Muslim Brotherhood to conduct influence operations against American policy is not well understood. It would therefore be useful to review some of what is known about IIIT, its formation, purpose, and troubling ties. This document will attempt to highlight the more worrisome aspects of IIIT’s affiliations with foreign terrorist organizations and their domestic affiliates, as well as its funding of these organizations. Moreover, it will highlight aspects of IIIT’s ideology – particularly its emphasis on the “Islamization of...

  4. (pp. 4-5)

    IIIT was formed in 1981, and was incorporated in Pennsylvania before transferring its headquarters to Herndon, VA.¹ It has since established subsidiary branches and offices in a number of capitals and various countries.² The explicitly stated goal of these branches is to carry out IIIT’s ideals and recruit scholars in their respective countries³. The organization was founded following an international conference of major Muslim Brotherhood figures, including Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf Al Qaradawi,⁴ in Lugano, Switzerland in 1977.⁵ The conference was held under the auspices of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS),⁶ which was its self an outgrowth...

  5. (pp. 5-8)

    According to Muslim Brotherhood expert and journalist Ian Johnson, IIIT was created with the purpose of serving as an Islamic “think tank” in support of spreading political Islam.19 It can also be safely said that IIIT’s establishment in the USA was also part of the effort to create a channel to voice and spread the Islamist doctrine to Muslim audiences around the world, be they in North America, Europe or elsewhere.20 In order to make their purpose and method clear in 1989, IIIT published, “Islamization of Knowledge: General Principles and Work Plan,” which has been described as a “blueprint” for...

  6. (pp. 8-10)

    Federal investigations, based on voluminous evidence, have concluded that Safa Group maintained a strong financial and ideological relationship with PIJ and Hamas primarily through IIIT.44 In March of 2002, Federal authorities conducting an investigation under the name “Operation Greenquest,” carried out a raid on multiple properties with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and a group of for profit and nonprofit organizations collectively referred to as the “Safa Group”, which included IIIT. In particular federal authorities noted the transfer of large sums of money to WISE, the World Islamic Studies Enterprise45 run by now-convicted Palestinian Islamic Jihad [PIJ] organizer Sami Al-Arian.46...

  7. (pp. 10-11)

    Because of an unwillingness by many to examine the motivations and ideology of the International Institute of Islamic Thought, including its desire to wage “civilizational battle,” or it’s role as part of the effort at “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within,” few have taken its role as the premier Islamist think tank seriously. As a result, otherwise well meaning academic, theological, and diplomatic institutions continue to associate with IIIT, allowing its members to whitewash their early and influential founders and their ties to terrorism, burnish credentials, and acquire access and influence. They ignore the troubling affiliations and overt support...

  8. (pp. 12-14)