Dr. Aisha Yousef Al Mannai

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Qatar Fac­ulty of Is­lamic Stud­ies (QFIS) Dean, Dr. Aisha Yousef Al Mannai speaks about the role of the­ol­ogy and re­li­gion in the mod­ern world, the ad­van­tages that QFIS en­joys as part of the Qatar Foun­da­tion and how a Is­lamic univer­sity can bridge the gap about per­cep­tion is­sues re­lated to re­li­gion on the global scale.

Dr. Aisha Yousef Al Mannai is the first woman in Qatar and pos­si­bly the en­tire Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil, to head an Is­lamic ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion. She leads a mul­ti­cul­tural col­lege un­der the Ha­mad Bin Khal­ifa Univer­sity (HBKU) which has been a mem­ber of the Fed­er­a­tion of Univer­si­ties in the Is­lamic World since 2010.

Dr. Al Mannai says, “My ed­u­ca­tional back­ground is rooted in re­li­gious stud­ies. I re­ceived my first bach­e­lor’s de­gree from the Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion at Qatar Univer­sity and I later pur­sued a sec­ond de­gree in Is­lamic Ju­rispru­dence, again at Qatar Univer­sity.”

Sub­se­quently, Dr. Al Mannai en­rolled at Al Azhar Univer­sity in Cairo to pur­sue a PhD in Faith and academies and then pro­gress­ing to Re­li­gions. Dr. Al Mannai says, “I one of the univer­si­ties at Ed­u­ca­tion be­lieve that my choice of study wasCity. stirred by my dream and pas­sionD for r. Al Mannai con­tin­ues, “One Is­lamic stud­ies as it en­riched me with of QF’s high­lights is the cre­ation greater knowl­edge and dis­cern­ment.“of HBKU, along­side its part­ner She adds, “I con­tin­ued to pur­sue univer­si­ties, which cre­ated a unique, and ad­vance my learn­ing un­til I was dy­namic and in­no­va­tive model hon­oured to serve as the dean of com­pris­ing sev­eral univer­si­ties Col­lege of Sharia and Is­lamic Stud­ies pro­vid­ing stu­dents with world-class at Qatar Univer­sity for nine years.” higher ed­u­ca­tion learn­ing. By en­gag­ing

Hav­ing been in a lead­er­ship role at with in­di­vid­u­als at ev­ery stage of their Qatar Univer­sity and now at QFIS, Dr. aca­demic lives, QF is able to un­lock Al Mannai be­lieves that the chal­lenges their po­ten­tial and en­hance the cul­ture that she faced dur­ing her ca­reer “are of in­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity.” also faced by men in the aca­demic Dis­cussing the role of QFIS in field.” un­lock­ing hu­man po­ten­tial, Dr. Al

QFIS is part of Qatar Foun­da­tion Mannai says, “QFIS rep­re­sents one of for Ed­u­ca­tion, Science and Com­mu­nity many in­sti­tu­tions con­tribut­ing to QF’s De­vel­op­ment (QF), which has com­pre­hen­sive ed­u­ca­tional cy­cle that an avowed mis­sion of un­lock­ing pro­vides qual­ity learn­ing to serve the hu­man po­ten­tial through su­pe­rior higher ed­u­ca­tion needs of Qatar and ed­u­ca­tional, re­search and de­vel­op­ment the wider Is­lamic so­ci­eties.” pro­grammes that are ac­tu­alised by “As a mem­ber of HBKU,” adds a bevy of ed­u­ca­tion cen­tres. Many Dr. Al Mannai, “QFIS has worked to stu­dents, ac­cord­ing to Dr. Al Mannai, ful­fil the vi­sion and mis­sion of QF by go through a com­pre­hen­sive ed­u­ca­tion pro­vid­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion to stu­dents cy­cle, start­ing with one of the Qatar and help­ing them re­alise their po­ten­tial,

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