The Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE)

Launched in 2012, the Research Centre for Islamic Legislation and Ethics is a member of the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies at Hamad Bin Khalifa University; both Centre and University are funded by the Qatar Foundation.

The Center aims to lead the reform and renewal of contemporary Islamic legal and ethical thought by creating a sustainable ethical framework to apply to all areas of life, and to find long-term solutions to contemporary global challenges. The goals of the Center are to reconcile spirituality and science, legislation and ethics, laws and objectives through the adoption of the maqasid al-sharia approach. They aim to provide a holistic outlook by engaging with scholars from diverse Islamic traditions and from various natural and human sciences.

In order to achieve these goals, the Centre promotes research into the different understandings and interpretations of key Islamic texts: the study of methodology (manhajiyya). It also engages scholars of context and focuses on Islamic applied ethics (al akhlaqiyyat) across a range of fields. Dissemination of the Centre’s findings, to Muslims and non-Muslims alike, is crucial and the Centre’s website is a key mechanism for this, in addition to a growing programme of conferences and retreats. Professor Tariq Ramadan is also linked to the Center.