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Dr. Mohammad Hashim Kamali


Professor Mohammad Hashim Kamali is Founding Chairman and CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies, Malaysia (2007-continuing), and a world renowned scholar in his field of specialisation.


He served as Professor of Islamic Law and Jurisprudence at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM, 1985-2004); and was Dean of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC, 2004-2006). Currently he is a Senior Fellow of the Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan, and also Senior Fellow of the Royal Academy of Jordan. He serves on the International Advisory Board of thirteen academic journals published in Malaysia, USA, Canada, Kuwait, India, Australia and Pakistan. Professor Kamali has served as a member and sometime Chairman of the Constitution Review Commission of Afghanistan (2003); as a UN consultant on constitutional reforms in Afghanistan, the Maldives, Iraq and Somalia.

Professor Kamali graduated from Kabul University in Afghanistan with 1st Class Honours in Law and Political Science (1965), and served as Public Prosecutor with the Afghan Ministry of Justice for two years. He completed his LLM in Comparative Law, and Ph.D in Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, at the University of London (1969-1976); following which he was employed as a broadcasting support staff by the BBC in Reading, UK (1976-1979). Dr. Kamali was Assistant Professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University in Montreal (1979-84); a Research Associate with the Canada Council for Social Science and Humanities (1984-1985); a Visiting Professor at Capital University, Ohio (1991) and Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, Germany (2000-2001).

Professor Kamali has given presentations at over 130 national and international conferences, published 20 books and over 150 academic articles. He is a member of the Global Expert Finder Network of the UN Alliance of Civilisations; member of the Shariah Advisory Board of Securities Commission Malaysia; Chairman of the CIMB Shariah Committee (Malaysia); and Chairman of Shariah Board, Stanlib Corporation (South Africa). He is an original signatory to the ‘Common Word’ initiative between Muslims and Christians. He features in a book entitled, The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World, jointly published by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, Jordan and The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, 2009 then again in 2010.

He was twice awarded IIUM’s ‘Isma‘il al-Faruqi Award for Academic Excellence’ in 1995 & 1997 and King Abdullah I bin Hussein International Award in 2010. His books Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence, Freedom of Expression in Islam, A Textbook of Hadith Studies, and Shari'ah Law: An Introductionare reference books in English speaking Universities worldwide. Professor Kamali’s scholarly studies are translated into Bahasa Indonesia, Farsi, Pashto, Dari, Arabic, Bengali, Bosnian, Italian and Turkish. He is listed in a number of leading international Who’s Who.

For more information about Professor Kamali please visit; www.HashimKamali.com