European Council for Fatwas and Research, (Dublin, Ireland)

The European Council for Fatwa and Research, (ECFR) was established in 1997. It is constituted of self-selected clerics and scholars across Europe and is chaired by Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi. The headquarters of the Council are in Dublin, with branch offices in the Middle East. The goal of the council is to supply interpretations of Islamic law tailored to Muslim minorities, (Fiqh al Akhaliyyat); it is considered one of the most representative bodies within this area.