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International Union of Muslim Scholars

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  • The Inter­na­tion­al Union of Mus­lim Schol­ars (IUMS) is the most impor­tant the­o­log­i­cal umbrel­la body affil­i­at­ed with the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood (GMB). It was launched on July 11, 2004 in con­junc­tion with a vis­it by GMB leader Youssef Qaradawi to Lon­don for a meet­ing of the Euro­pean Coun­cil for Fat­wa and Research. In Novem­ber 2018, Qaradawi stepped down as Pres­i­dent of the IUMS, and was replaced by Moroc­can schol­ar Ahmed Al-Rais­souni, a found­ing mem­ber of the Glob­al Anti-Aggres­sion Cam­paign (GAAC) The GAAC, accord­ing to a report by the GIOR edi­tor, is a Salafi-led inter­na­tion­al umbrel­la orga­ni­za­tion that brings Salafi, Salafi-Jiha­di, GMB and Hamas lead­ers under its wings. Many promi­nent indi­vid­u­als tied to the GMB and/or Hamas con­tin­ue to serve as IUMS Trustees.