Muslim Brotherhood Inside American Colleges
Ryan Mauro, The Clarion Project
In 1988, an FBI
informant inside the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network warned that it had a front
called the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). The IIIT
leadership, the source reported, said they were in the first of six phases to
“institute the Islamic Revolution in the United States.” Their current objective
was to “peacefully get inside the United States government and also American
universities." And they have.
The source warned that the Muslim Brotherhood in America has “unlimited funds”
and has “set up political action front groups with no traceable ties to the IIIT
or its various Muslim groups.” The source’s identification of IIIT as a front is
verified in a 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo. The Brotherhood itself lists
IIIT as number 28 of “our organizations and the organizations of our friends,”
working toward the Brotherhood’s self-defined goal, which it says is a “grand
jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.”
IIT’s Director of Academic Outreach from 1984 to 1994 was Sayyid Syeed, a
founder and former secretary-general of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
Footage from 2006 shows him saying, “Our job is to change the Constitution of
America” (you can view it in The Grand Deception).
ISNA is also identified as a Muslim Brotherhood front group in the 1991 memo and
was labeled as a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity by federal prosecutors. It was
also designated an unindicted co-conspirator in the terrorism-financing trial of
the Holy Land Foundation. Syeed is now the director of ISNA’s Office for
Interfaith and Community Alliances.
In 2002, federal agents raided the Herndon, Virginia offices of IIIT as part of
a terrorism-financing investigation. The organization was the top donor to
another group run by Sami a-Arian, a Muslim Brotherhood member that was later
convicted of being a Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader. In a 1992 letter, Sami
al-Arian said that his organization and IIIT were essentially one.
However, IIIT lives on, with offices and affiliates in the U.K., Belgium, Egypt,
Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Bosnia, Bangladesh, Morocco, Nigeria,
Indonesia, India and Brunei.
Its website proudly hosts a picture of two IIIT leaders, Dr. Abubaker Al-Shingieti
and Dr. Hisham Altalib, meeting with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in New
York on September 24, 2012 as part of an “interfaith meeting.” Tellingly, the
website says Morsi “welcomed the participation of IIIT in the rerform [sic] of
higher education in Egypt.”
IIIT has "agreements" with:
George Mason University, who signed an agreement at IIIT headquarters on
September 18, 2008. The IIIT representative was its Vice President, Jamal
A 1988 FBI file states that Barzinji was “characterized as” a Muslim Brotherhood
leader. In 2003, his home was raided because, in the words of U.S. Customs
Service Special Agent David Kane, Barzinji “is not only closely associated with
PIJ [Palestinian Islamic Jihad] … but also with Hamas.” In 2011, it was reported
that the Justice Department stopped a planned indictment of Barzinji.
On November 5, 2008, George Mason University, a public university just outside
Fairfax, Virginia, announced that IIIT had donated $1.5 million to establish an
endowed Chair in Islamic Studies at its College of Humanities and Social
Sciences. On November 13, the president of the University held a dinner for the
George Mason University professor Dr. Andrea Bartelo spoke at a IIIT fundraiser
on August 26, 2011. IIIT sponsored a lecture at George Mason University by the
IIIT Chair on February 20, 2013.
The University’s 2008 press release boasts that it has been named as the #1
university in the nation to watch by U.S. News and World Report.
Located in Rochester, NY, Nazareth College’s Center for Interfaith Studies and
Dialogue signed a "Memorandum of Understanding" with IIIT in January 2006. On
December 7, 2011, IIIT endowed an academic Chair in Interfaith Studies and
The Dean of its College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Calvin Allen Jr., signed a
"Memorandum of Agreement" with IIIT, who was represented by Barzinji. The
website states, “IIIT’s instructional division, The Fairfax Institute, will
designate an instructor to co-teach with Dr. Allen a course on Islamic
civilization.” Dr. Calvin Allen spoke at a IIIT fundraiser on August 26, 2011.
Shenandoah university is located in Winchester, Virginia.
On March 17, 2013, the Connecticut theological college announced that it had
received the necessary funding for an endowed chair in Islamic Chaplaincy. The
largest donor was IIIT who had given the college $1 million.
The press release about the endowed chair says the Islamic Chaplaincy program
began in 2003 “to prepare Muslims for chaplaincy positions in hospitals,
prisons, universities and the military. It remains the only accredited such
program in the United States, and graduates have been named to positions in many
such institutions across the United States, most notably at Yale University,
Williams College, and Princeton University.”
The President of Hartford Seminary, Professor Heidi Hadsell, said it has
“established a productive, creative and effective relationship” with IIIT.
On July 25, 2012, Hadsell spoke at a IIIT fundraiser. She talked about “the
continued support that the seminary receives from IIIT, particularly in the area
of imam training and education, and the study of Christian-Muslim relations in
Huron University College (Canada):
In December 2010, the London, Ontario college began a "cooperative venture" with
IIIT to add an Islamic Studies program to its college. It states, “IIIT has
agreed to match funds raised by the Muslim Association of Canada and the London
Muslim Mosque, both based in London, Ontario, Canada.”
Ingrid Mattson, former ISNA President and a member of IIIT’s Advisory Council,
became the London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies on July 1,
According to the press release, Huron University College is affiliated with the
University of Western Ontario and is an affiliate member of the Toronto School
IIIT also has links to:
United States Naval Academy:
Dr. Ermin Sinanovic, Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department,
lectured at IIIT headquarters on December 7, 2012. The Global Muslim Brotherhood
Watch discovered that he is also teaching for IIIT’s 2013 Summer Students
On November 31, 2012, IIIT "partnered" with the school to host two lectures by
Professor Ali Mazrui on “The Study of Islam in African Universities: Is It a
In 2002, Mazrui said: “There is also suspicion that some members of the Bush
administration in collusion with Israel are more than ready to plunge the Middle
East into turmoil in the hope that the final outcome would be to the territorial
advantage of Israel and the strategic advantage of the United States. All this
is part of the emerging external sadism of the United States, a readiness to
hurt others abroad.”
On May 6, 2011, IIIT hosted a book launching event for Ricardo Rene Laremont,
Professor of Political Science and Sociology at Binghamton University.
Eastern Mennonite University:
On April 20, 2012, two of the school’s professors attended a seminar on
Muslim-Jewish relations at IIIT headquarters. Dr. Ed Martin, director of the
university’s Center for Interfaith Engagement, attended a IIIT fundraiser on
August 26, 2011.
University of Delaware:
On January 5, 2012, Dr. Muqtedar Khan, Professor of International Relations and
Islamic Studies, took part in a panel about Islamist political victories at IIIT
On January 5, 2012, Dr. Mohammad Nimer, Professor of International Relations,
took part in a panel about Islamist political victories at IIIT headquarters. He
suggested that the U.S. engage the Muslim Brotherhood, but criticized their “us
vs. them” politics.
University of Maryland:
On December 16, 2011, Dr. Ahmad Kazemi Moussavi, Professor of Political Science
and International Relations and a former Iranian diplomat, spoke for IIIT about
On August 24, 2011, Dr. Charles Butterworth, Professor Emeritus of Government
and Politics, spoke at a IIIT fundraiser. Former New Hampshire Governor John
Sununu, who was also Chief of Staff in the first Bush Administration, also spoke
at the event.
On June 10, 2011, James Jones, Professor of Religion and African Studies,
lectured at IIIT about victimhood and U.S. foreign policy.
On May 27, 2011, IIIT hosted Louay Safi, Common Word Fellow at the Saudi-funded
Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at
Georgetown University. Safi has strong Muslim Brotherhood ties. He spoke about
University of Virginia:
On April 29, 2011, Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedina, Professor of Islamic Studies,
spoke at IIIT. He talked about human rights and democratic pluralism in Islam.
On October 22, 2010, Adjunct Professor Rachel Mann spoke at IIIT about
Middle Tennessee State University:
On March 18, 2011, Dr. Ron Messier, Professor Emeritus of History, spoke at
IIIT about Muslim-Christian relations.
The Muslim Brotherhood President of Egypt values IIIT—and so does American
universities. The FBI source in 1988 warned that IIIT sought to advance the
Brotherhood agenda by doing exactly what it is doing now.
Ryan Mauro is the ClarionProject.org’s National
Security Analyst, a fellow with the Clarion Project. Please refer to original
article for important and relevant links and reference materials.