Is female genital mutilation a tradition in Islam?

Religious Authority: 
Yusuf al-Qaradawi
Fatwa Question or Essay Title: 
Is female genital mutilation a tradition in Islam?

[Introduction, followed by extended quotation attributed to Yusuf al-Qaradawi]

Introduction:
Circumcision for males is considered an important rite of initiation in Islam. It is a part of the legacy of the Prophet Ibrahim, whose role model we have been ordered to follow in the Quran. It is therefore a highly significant rite in Islam which distinguishes Muslim males from others.

When we come to the issue of Female circumcision