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2010 QICF The Faculty of Islamic Studies. Welcome to The Faculty Of Islamic Studies. Dr. Hatem Al Karanshawy QFIS Founding Dean. Dr. Hatem El-Karanshawy is the Founding Dean of QFIS. He has come to QFIS with a long and distinguished career both in academia and policy.

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2010 QICF

The Faculty of Islamic Studies

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Welcome to

The Faculty Of Islamic Studies

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Dr. Hatem Al Karanshawy QFIS Founding Dean

Dr. Hatem El-Karanshawy is the Founding Dean of QFIS.

He has come to QFIS with a long and distinguished career both

in academia and policy.

Before joining QFIS, Dr. Hatem was Professor of Finance, and Director of the Public Administration Program at the AmericanUniversity in Cairo.

He was also Dean at the Faculty of Commerce in Al Azhar University.  

Dr. El-Karanshawy was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Egypt.

He has and continues to advise extensively on Islamic Finance and economic development.

In addition to advising the Prime Minister of Egypt and other senior Cabinet Members, he has contributed to negotiations with the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the US State Department. He is also member in the Arab-Japanese Dialogue Forum.

Dr. El Karanshawy regularly participates and presents at international events and is an active member of several academic committees.

Among, his numerous intellectual contributions are 30 articles and books related to economic development and Islamic Finance. Dr. El Karanshawy received his PhD in Economics from the University of Strathclyde, UK in 1976.

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Brief Overview about QFIS

The Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies a member of Qatar Foundation was established to achieve intellectual plurality that emphasizes the richness and diversity of the Islamic heritage. 

Our vision is to become a locus of thought and dialogue that leads research and debate in all that relates to Islam and Muslims, be that contemporary concerns or issues of heritage.

Based on the diversity and tolerance of the Islamic Jurisprudence, QFIS provides a structure of study that adapts and contributes to the modern changing world.

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QFIS Current Academic Programs


  • Master of Science in Islamic Finance

  • Master of Arts in Public Policy in Islam

  • Master of Arts in Islamic Studies with a Specialization in:

    • Contemporary Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

    • Religion and Contemporary Thought


  • Diploma in Islamic Finance

  • Diploma in Islamic Studies

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Master of Science in Islamic Finance

  • The Master of Science in Islamic Finance at QFIS offers students a detailed understanding of Shari'ah rules and the teachings of Islam that relate to finance and economics.

  • The program is designed to equip participants with a sound understanding of the finance literature and of modern financial transactions and instruments as well as the knowledge and skills required in the fields of both conventional finance and Islamic finance.

  • Graduates will be adept at interacting with the global financial system and at proposing viable alternatives to existing models and approaches.

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Master of Arts in Public Policy in Islam

  • The Masters programme in Public Policy in Islam is a multidisciplinary program that is designed to respond to contemporary social and economic challenges from an Islam-based perspective

  • Its primary aim is to contribute to the application of Islam to public policy and related issues including:

    • Democracy

    • Poverty

    • Finance

    • Human resources

    • Environment

    • Public management among other issues.

  • Our Faculty is committed to fostering a progressive cadre of leaders, capable to govern in accordance with the noble values and ethics of Islam; promoting social and economic development; and enhancing the quality of life of all citizens regardless of race or creed.

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Master of Arts in Islamic Studies with a Specialization in:Contemporary Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Through this programme, students will become intellectually, morally, and technically capable of relating the Islamic legacy with all its texts, methodologies and principles to modern problems and solutions.

Our scholars will be capable to use these skills to advance development goals with moderation, creativity, and civilized interaction.

They will be highly adept at performing world class research in the field of Islamic Studies, and at initiating and sustaining global collaborations.

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Future Academic Programs

  • Master of Science in Islamic Architecture and Urban Planning

  • Master of Arts in Contemporary Islamic Societies

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QFIS Specialized Centers

Research Centers

The Centers will promote research in the following key areas:

  • Islamic Economics and Finance

    • Develop Case studies

    • Develop new Islamic finance & Banking products

  • Governance and Public Policy

  • Contemporary Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

  • Contemporary Muslim Societies

    Al-Qaradawi Centre for Research in Moderate Thought


    The Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies Library is unique with its diverse sources that range between:

    Book Collection and electronic books


    Multi-media CD-ROM

    Databases and periodicals

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International cooperation is an important aspect of QFIS’ philosophy. While we are actively reaching out to diverse international partners in order to support the Faculty’s core values, we are also being approached by some of these actors.

QFIS is actively seeking membership in the prestigious League of Islamic Universities.

We have open dialogue and cooperation with:

  • Al Azhar University (Egypt)

  • We are active participants in the Global Public Policy Network.

  • Lee Kuan Yew School (Singapore) for Public Policy

  • The Islamic International Development Bank (Saudi Arabia)

  • Universities of Tokyo (Japan), Oxford ,and Durham (UK), Carleton, (Canada), Cairo University (Egypt)

  • The Judicial Research and Training Institute (Korea) for specialized


  • In addition, QFIS has arrangements with scholars from the US, Canada,

    UK, andEgypt with ongoing plans.