Mohammad Hashim Kamali

ProfHashimKamaliProfessor Dato' Dr. Mohammad Hashim Kamali is currently a Very Distinguished Fellow at the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia 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 Senior Fellow at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia, 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, and Iraq; and currently advises the UN on a new constitution for Somalia.

He 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); and a Research Associate with the Canada Council for Social Science and Humanities (1984–1985). He has been a Visiting Professor at Capital University, Ohio (1991), as well as Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, Germany for the academic year 2000–2001.

Professor Kamali has given presentations at over 230 national and international conferences, published 46 books and over 260 academic articles. Prof. Kamali has been member and chairman of the CIMB Shariah Committee, Sunlife Takaful Malaysia, and formerly Stanlib Corporation of South Africa. He was member of the Shariah Adviory Council of the Securities Commission Malaysia. He is an original signatory to, and active participant in, the ‘Common Word’ initiative between Muslims and Christians.

He delivered the 20th ‘Prominent Scholars Lecture Series’ (Silsila Muhadarat Ulama’ al-Barizin) in 1996 at the Islamic Research and Training Institute in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and the Multaqa Sultan Ahmad Shah Lecture of 2002 in Kuantan.

Professor Kamali has featured frequently in print media, radio, TV and the internet. He published an Open Letter and a full page article in the newspaper Berliner Zeitung just before the Taliban blew up the Bamian Statues, and appeared on the Iranian Republic’s Television network just before the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. He has been featured on RTM Malaysia, Al-Jazeera, Afghanistan Ariana TV, TV Kuwait, Al Arabiya, and The Maldives TV. He was twice awarded IIUM’s ‘Isma‘il al-Faruqi Award for Academic Excellence’ in 1995 & 1997. He is listed in a number of leading Who’s Who in the world. His books Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence; Freedom of Expression in Islam; A Textbook of Hadith Studies; and Shari‘ah Law: An Introduction are reference books in English speaking Universities worldwide. Professor Kamali’s scholarly studies are translated into Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia, Farsi, Pashto, Dari, Arabic, Bengali, Bosnian, German, Italian, Turkish, Japanese and Azari.

He features in the book The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World (2009, 2010, 2016, 2019 and 2020).  He is recipient of the King Abdullah II International Award 2010 in recognition of his intellectual contributions towards serving Islam and Muslims. He is recipient of the 24th Iran World Award for Book of the Year 2016, and also received the Special Award – Halal Global Award on Islamic Civilisation Studies, 2019.

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