Library’s Work in Qatar Recognized as Best-in-Class


Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q) faculty member Dr. Ayman Shabana received the Research Excellence Award in recognition of the Best Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Humanities and Islamic Studies Research Program of the Year during the award distribution ceremony of Qatar Foundation’s Annual Research Forum held at the Qatar National Convention Centre.

Dr. Shabana, visiting assistant professor and research director of the Islamic Bioethics Project at SFS-Q won the prestigious prize for his presentation entitled “Sustaining Islamic Bioethics Research.” The presentation highlighted the main features of the Islamic bioethics research project that he has led at SFS-Q for more than two years.

“I am incredibly proud of Dr. Shabana and his research at Georgetown SFS-Q. Research excellence is one of our core aims at Georgetown and this recognition by QNRF proves that we are conducting world-class work that is providing real, meaningful contributions for our society, in Qatar, the region and the world at large” said Dean Gerd Nonneman.

Commenting on receiving the award of best research program in the fourth track of the Annual Research Forum, Dr. Shabana noted: “The project has been a wonderful collaborative effort and this award recognizes all the hard work and dedication of the project’s team members. This is definitely a great honor and responsibility and we are determined to exert our best effort to sustain this exciting research venture and accomplish its goals.”

The project began with a successful three-year grant proposal (2009-2012), entitled Islamic Medical and Scientific Ethics (IMSE), which was submitted to the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) of Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) by Doris Goldstein (PI), former Director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics (KIE) Library at Georgetown University’s main campus, and Frieda Wiebe (Co-PI), Director of the SFS- Q Library. This proposal aimed to expand the scope of the reputable KIE Library collection of bioethics resources to include Islamic bioethical resources.

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