A 25 May 2021 virtual conference organized by Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan has brought together a British Global Muslim Brotherhood leader, former high-level politicians, a Western academic, and the Chief Advisor to the Turkish President. According to a Facebook invitation to the event:
A groundbreaking event of a series initiated by the forum. We bring together an amazing panel, which is a diverse blend of eminent academics and political analysts, from the East and West.
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The webinar, titled “Islam and the West: Navigating the Way Forward, “was hosted by Global Dialogue for Peace (GDP), an educational research center headed by Jamaat-e-Islami (JEI) Pakistan leader Asif Luqman Qazi. JEI, Pakistan’s oldest and most influential Islamic party, had its origins in the thoughts of Syed Maududi, the most important Islamist intellectual in the history of Southeast Asia. Maududi was also a major influence on the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB), with whom the JEI has enjoyed close relations. Among other topics, the conferrees were said to have discussed Muslim perceptions of the relations between Islam and the West in a local and global context and identified “key practical steps on the way forward.’
Participants included Dr. John Esposito, a long-time supporter of the GMB and a professor of International Affairs and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, where he acts as founding director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (CMCU). Esposito, who has also acted as a former US State Department advisor, has at least a dozen past and/or present affiliations with GMB and Hamas organizations and is known to have espoused views consistent with Brotherhood doctrine. According to its website, the following individuals, some of whom are tied to the GMB or other Islamist movements, also participated in the event:
- Anwar Ibrahim, former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.
- Asif Luqman Qazi, Director of Foreign Affairs at JEI Pakistan and Executive Director of GDP.
- Kurshid Ahmad, Chairman of the Islamic Foundation UK, close to both JEI and the GMB.
- Yasin Aktay, Chief Advisor to Turkish President Erdogan and Deputy Chairman of his ruling AK Party
- Ebrahim Rasool, former South African Ambassador to the United States
- Mushahid Hussain Syed, former Senator of Islamabad