IIIT was established in 1977 during the Islamist conference in Lugano, Switzerland. The organizers were member of the Egyptian Brotherhood such as Jamal Bazinji, Dr. Hisham Yahya Altalib, Dr. Abdul Hamid Ahmad Abu Sulayman.
Yousef al-Qaradawi participated at this meeting.
So did Youssef Nada, Muslim brotherhood banker.
The Institute was established in the United States of America in 1981. The headquarters of the Institute are situated in Herndon, Virginia, in the suburbs of Washington DC. The Institute is governed by a Board of Trustees that meets regularly and periodically elects one of its members to serve as President.
The organization publishes Islamist books such as those of Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi.
The Muslim Brotherhood confirmed that the International Institute of Islamic Thought was one of its organisations. Read : USA Muslim Brotherhood Organisations
International Institute of Islamic Thought figures
Jamal Barzinji served as the IIIT Vice President for Research and Publications. He is identified by the american authorities as one of the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in the US. In 2003 his home was raided because of his links with Palestinian Islamic Jihad and also with Hamas.
Tarik Hamdi, employed by IIIT gave cell phone supplies to Osama Bin Laden, according to a former U.S. Treasury Department official in 2002.
"Tarik Hamdi, an IIIT employee, personally provided bin Laden with the battery for the satellite phone prosecutors at the New York trial of the East Africa Embassy bombers described as "the phone bin Laden and other will use to carry out their war against the United States.""* (U.S. Senate committee )
IIIT employed Bashir Musa Nafi, founder of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. He was deported from the US in 1996 for immigration fraud and barred for 5 years.
"Both SAAR (Sheikh SuleimanAbdel Aziz al-Rajh) and IIIT are also suspected of financing HAMAS and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), including the World and Islamic Studies Enterprise (WISE) and the Islamic Committee for Palestine (ICP), PIJ fronts since closed in Florida." ** (U.S. Senate committee )
The co-founder and Finance Director Hisham Al-Talib worked for the Al-Taqwa Bank run by Muslim Brotherhood member Youssef Nada. He is an irakian Muslim Brother.
Ishaq Farhan member of the Islamic Action Front (Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood’s political party) was an IIIT official from 2005 to 2007.
International Institute of Islamic Thought visitors
• H.E. Pehin Dato Mohammad Yasmin Umar, Minister of Energy, Brunei visited IIIT on June 7th, 2014. He gave a short talk to the Summer Students.
• Rachid Ghannouchi, co-founder of the En-Nahda Movement, Tunisia, visited IIIT on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.
• Mr. Saadine El Othman, a former Foreign Minister of Morocco, currently President of Justice and Development Party, visited IIIT on Monday, February 3, 2014
• On September 24, 2012 Dr. Hisham Altalib and Dr. Abubaker Al Shingieti - IIIT, met with President Mohamad Mursi of Egypt in New York on in the context of an interfaith meeting. President Mursi welcomed the participation of IIIT in the reform of "higher education in Egypt".
International Institute of Islamic Thought network
• Branches and offices have also been established in a number of capitals world-wide in order to carry out the Institute's activities and programs. The International Institute of Islamic Thought has offices in France, Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Bosnia, Lebanon, Indonesia, Morocco, Nigeria, India, Bangladesh, Brunei and the United Kingdom.
• Georgetown University presents the IIIT as a regular center without mentioning its problematic links.
• Dr. Anas Al-Shaikh-Ali, Director and Academic Advisor, IIIT London Office, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for June 2009 by being awarded a CBE (Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). The citation in The London Gazette reads as follows: "Dr. Anas Al-Shaikh Ali, Academic Advisor, London Office, International Institute of Islamic Thought. For Services to Community Relations."