Woodrow Wilson Center Teams Up with Brotherhood Front

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The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Middle East Program planned to hold an event on December 9 with the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity, about "Reform of Higher Education in Muslim Societies."

The Center’s website says the event was cancelled “due to the federal government’s delayed opening.”

If you want an idea of what IIIT considers “reform of higher education,” look at the caption underneath the photo of IIIT leaders meeting with Egyptian President Morsi on September 24, 2012. It says Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, “welcomed the participation of IIIT in the reform of higher education in Egypt.”

By “reform of higher education,” IIIT means the type of Islamist-friendly “reform” approved by the Muslim Brotherhood. IIIT has sought to influence the education systems of the U.S. and the Muslim world since its founding in 1980.

The FBI was told by a confidential informant in 1988 that IIIT was a creation of the Muslim Brotherhood and that its leaders had a six-phase plan to “institute the Islamic Revolution in the United States.” Its immediate goal was to “peacefully get inside the United States government and also American universities.”

A 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo confirmed that IIIT is one of “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.” It explicitly says the U.S. Brotherhood is waging “a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within…”

In 2002, IIIT’s offices were raided by the U.S. government as part of a terrorism-financing investigation named Operation Green Quest. In January 2011, an IIIT official argued that the U.S. military and government qualify as “terrorists.” The entire history of IIIT can be read in our profile of the organization.

One of the speakers at the Woodrow Wilson event is Anwar Ibrahim, a former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia and a hardcore Islamist. He promotes “Islamic democracy,” which sounds pleasant until you learn what he really means by that term. In 2006, he said he is a follower of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, Brotherhood preacher Sayyid Qutb and Jamaat-e-Islami founder Maulana Maududi.

Another speaker is the President of Hartford Seminary, Heidi Hadsell, a top ally of IIIT. The Seminary began a Chair in Islamic Chaplaincy with $1 million from IIIT in March. The Seminary’s Professor Mahmoud Ayoub teaches students as part of an IIIT summer program.

Hadsell was a guest speaker at an IIIT fundraiser in July 2012. She thanked the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity for its help “particularly in the area of Imam training and education, and the study of Christian-Muslim relations in general.”

Hartford Seminary also received a $17,500 donation in 2008 from the Alavi Foundation, an Iranian regime front.

We encourage readers to send this article to the Woodrow Wilson Center along with a polite note asking if the Center will continue working with IIIT and, if so, how that honors President Woodrow Wilson. The press contact is Joe Brinley and he can be reached at press@wilsoncenter.org.

Editor’s note: The Woodrow Wilson Center and the IIIT were both contact for comment on this article. Neither organization responded.


Ryan Mauro is the ClarionProject.org’s National Security Analyst, a fellow with the Clarion Project and is frequently interviewed on top-tier TV stations as an expert on counterterrorism and Islamic extremism.

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