World & Islam Studies Enterprise
Founded in: 1991;
Founder: Sami Al-Arian;
Sponsored events that featured radical Islamic speakers, including Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman.
Established in 1990 and formally incorporated in 1991, the World & Islam Studies Enterprise (WISE) was an “Islamic think tank” created to promote scholarly research and dialogue between Muslim and Western scholars. The organization was headquartered in Tampa, Florida, United States.
WISE was a sister organization to the Islamic Committee for Palestine (ICP), which Sami Al-Arian had established in 1988—ostensibly to alleviate the suffering of impoverished Palestinian widows and orphans, but in fact to promote the agendas of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). Both WISE and ICP were fronts for the purpose of fund-raising activities for the Islamic Jihad and Hamas.
Among WISE’s leading financial supporters were the Virginia-based International Institute of Islamic Thought and the SAAR Foundation.
Was shut down by the federal government in 1995.
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