Chair in Islamic Studies (University of Alberta)
Senior Editor of The Muslim World journal
Ph.D. in Islamic Studies – Temple University (Department of Religion)
Abu-Rabi joined Hartford Seminary. He became the first full-time Muslim faculty at an accredited Christian seminary. He also served as Co-Director of the Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam. (Hartford Seminary)
Reprint of Ibrahim Abu-Rabi’s Intellectual origins of Islamic resurgence in the modern Arab world (State University of New York Press, Albany – Foreword by Mahmoud Ayoub) Google Books
In his review of the book, Daniel Pipes writes that Abu-Rabi served as an “apostle” of Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966) to an English-speaking audience.
Interview with Ibrahim Abu-Rabi about Sayyid Qutb
Ibrahim Abu-Rabi gave a course in London (U.K.) that was advertised by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), a Muslim Brotherhood affiliate. (GMBDR)
June 14, 2007
Abu-Rabi became the first holder of the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities Chair in Islamic Studies affiliated with the University of Alberta. Abu-Rabi took up his appointment on July 1, 2008. The Chair in Islamic Studies was established through a generous donation from the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities (ECMC). (University of Alberta)
Although we do not know who made the “generous contribution” to the ECMC in the first place, it is frequent that petrodollars (not Albertan petrodollars!) are being transferred to colonize Western universities. Khalid Tarabain, an ECMC director, is also the head of the Arabian Muslim Association (AMA) in Edmonton. In 1981, AMA received $1.5 million from Muammar Gaddafi to set up the Canadian Islamic Centre jointly managed by AMA and Libya. The joint venture is officially involved in real estate and education in Edmonton. This donation occurred while Gaddafi’s Libya was actively involved in terrorism. It came to light when a legal disagreement between AMA and a former employee ended up in Court in 2004. (CanLII)
Point de Bascule: The Muslim Brotherhood and Gaddafi were partners not too long ago
Abu-Rabi wrote a very favourable comment about the Turkish Islamist leader Fethullah Gülen in an introduction to Contemporary Islamic Conversations (Nevval Sevindi, SUNY Press, 2008) Google Books. Abu-Rabi claimed that “Gülen defends a ‘progressive’ notion of Islam in which Muslims are able to totally engage the world without any fear or prejudice.”
Gülen has developed an approach similar to that advocated in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood memorandum (“eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within”) in order to Islamize Western societies:
The Gulen Movement paid homage to Abu-Rabi when he died.
January 3-6, 2008
Abu-Rabi took part in an interfaith meeting organized by Gaddafi’s WICS in Tripoli (Libya) with Evangelical Christians and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders: Mahmoud Ayoub (IIIT and WICS), Munir El-Kassem (MAC) and Nihad Awad (CAIR). The report of the event (including the list of participants) is archived on Point de Bascule.
January 4, 2008
In the Libya Talk (Archives PdeB) focusing on Muslim Identity that he gave at the interfaith meeting held in Tripoli (Libya), Abu-Rabi identified other organisations supporting pan-Islamism besides the Muslim Brotherhood: Jamaat-e-Islami (India and later Pakistan), Tablighi Jamaat (India), Muhammadiyah (Indonesia) and Nahdlatul Ulama(Indonesia).
July 2, 2011
In the Introduction of his book Priorities (1990), Youssef Qaradawi explains that the role of Muslim intellectuals involved with the Muslim Brotherhood, such as Ibrahim Abu-Rabi, consists of “lay(ing) down a mature, inspired understanding of the Islamic Movement (...) based on a legal foundation derived from the texts and goals of Sharia”. Qaradawi adds that Muslim intellectuals must target “the elite of educated and cultured Muslims who did not actually have a chance to know Islam in a right and proper way”.