Dr. Aisha Yousef Al Mannai
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,