Abdel-Rahman Yousri Ahmad holds a PhD in Economics (1968) from St. Andrews University, Scotland. He is a Professor of Economics. Previously, he was professor and ex-chair of the Department of Economics at Alexandria University. He is a former director general of the International Institute of Islamic Economics at the International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan. He is a member of the Economic Research Council and the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Egypt, and is a deputy and visiting professor to many universities and institutes in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. Professor Yousri Ahmad is the author of nine textbooks and of 30 articles, mostly on Islamic economics and Islamic finance.
Specialization: Theology, Philosophy and Religions
Prof Dheen Mohamed comes from Sri Lanka. Received his Ph.D in Comparative religion from al-Azhar University (Faculty of Theology, department of Creed and philosophy) in 1988. Worked at the Eastern University of Sri Lanka and from 1990 to 2004 at International university, Islamabad ,Pakistan as Head of the department of comparative religion, Director Academics, Dean student Affairs and Dean, Faculty of Islamic studies. In 2004 he joined Qatar university as Head of the Department of Dawa and Islamic culture, and then in 2007 was appointed as the Associate Dean for Academic affairs in the College of Sharia and Islamic studies. He has to his credit many books and tens of research articles published in Arabic and English. Some of his works have been translated to, and published in Chinese and Turkey.
In 2013 he joined Muhammad bin Hamad al Thani Centre for Muslim contribution to civilization at Qatar faculty of Islamic studies, Hamad bin Khalifa University. During his carrear, he supervised more than 30 MA and Ph.D thesis in the area of comparative religion and philosophy and participated in many international conferences in Asia, Europe, Arab world and the USA.
Dr. Louay Safi Received his B.Sc. in civil engineering, and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Safi serves on the board of Muslim organizations, including the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS). He is a fellow with the Institute of Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) and serves on the steering committee of the Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger (MCI). Dr. Safi served as Executive Director of ISNA Leadership Development Center (ILDC) (2004–2008), and Director of Communications and Leadership (2009) and has served as Executive Director and Director of Research for the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), editor of the Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, and President of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (1999–2003).
Dr. Safi has served as the Common Word Fellow at Alwaleed Center for Muslim Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Associate faculty with Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), fellow with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), and Visiting Professor at George Washington University (2001). He has also served as an Associate Professor of Political Science (1994-99), Dean of Research (1998-99), and Senate Member at the International Islamic University, Malaysia (1995-99).
Dr. Safi has published extensively on such issues as socio-political development, modernization, democracy, human rights, and Islamic resurgence, including eleven books and numerous academic papers. His most recent books include: Author of eleven books, including: Palestine: Prophetic Principles Over Prophecies (Outskirts Press 2009), The Qur'anic Narrative (Praeger 2008), Leading with Compassion (Outskirts Press 2008), and Tensions and Transitions in the Muslim World (University Press of America 2003).
Dr. Monzer Kahf holds a doctorate in Economics from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA. He completed his undergraduate studies in business at the University of Damascus, followed by a graduate degree in Social and Economic Planning at the UN Institute of Planning in Damascus. Dr. Kahf is the recipient of the prestigious Islamic Development Bank Prize for Islamic Economics (2001). He acts as an international consultant, trainer and lecturer on Islamic economics, finance and Islamic financial laws and regulations. Before joining QFIS, Dr. Kahf was Professor of Islamic Economics and Banking at Yarmouk University, Jordan. He was also Senior Research Economist and head of the Research Division at the Islamic Research and Training Institute of the Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah. Dr. Kahf has authored 29 books and more than 100 articles on Awqaf, Zakah, Islamic finance and banking and other areas of Islamic economics. For a list of his publications, please visit: This page
Dr. Khalifa received his Doctorate (1976) and MA (1972) in Comparative Religion from Temple University in Philadelphia in USA. He is a Professor of Comparative Religion, and Director of Al Qaradawi Center for Islamic Moderation and Renewal, Faculty of Islamic studies, Qatar Foundation.
Dr. Khalifa is fluent in Arabic and English and is a specialist in Semitic languages. He received the scholarship of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 1989. He shared in preparing The Dictionary of Arabic Proper Names, and The Master Dictionary. Dr. Khalifa contributed to the establishment of several centers for Oriental Studies. He has supervised more than 70 Masters and Ph.D. Theses in Linguistics, Literature, Oriental Studies, and Religious Studies. He is the author of more than 20 books and 50 research papers/articles. He received several international awards from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt. His previous work experiences include: Vice President at International Islamic University (IIU), Islamabad (2006 - 2009), Dean of Faculty of Islamic Studies, IIU, Islamabad (2008 - 2009), Vice Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University (1999–2002), Director of Center for Oriental Studies, Cairo University (1997 - 2004), Chairman of Dept. of Oriental Languages and Literatures, Cairo University (1997 – 1999), Director of Center for Orientalistic and Civilization Studies, Al - Imam University, K.S.A. (1992 - 1995), Chairman of Depart. of Orientalism, Al-Imam University, K.S.A. (1992 – 1995), Vice Director, Center for Oriental Studies, Cairo University (1989 – 1991), Chairman Dept. of History, Al - Imam University, K.S.A. (1984 – 1985), and President of the Academic Committee for the Promotion of Professors and Associate Professors in the field of Oriental Studies in the Egyptian Universities, the Higher Council of Egyptian Universities.
Dr. Khalifa is a member of the editorial board of the following academic journals: Journal of Comparative Literature, Cairo, Adyan (Religions) DICID, Contemporary Islamic Studies (Bloomsbury, Qatar Foundation), Journal of the Faculty of Shariah, Qatar University, QScience journals management Committee, Center for Translation and Interpreting Advisory Committee, Qatar Foundation, Journal of Islamic Studies, Islamabad, Insights Journal, Islamabad. He is also Editor in Chief of the following journals: Journal of Oriental Studies, Cairo, Journal of Risalat Al-Masriq, Cairo University, and the Annual Journal of International Islamic University, Islamabad.
Dr. S. Nazim Ali joined Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies in September 2014 as Full Research Professor and Director of the Center for Islamic Economics and Finance.
Prior to this he was the Executive Director (Acting) of the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School and Director of the Islamic Finance Project (IFP) at Harvard Law School since it was established in 1995.
For the last thirty years, he has focused his research efforts exclusively on the field of Islamic finance, giving particular attention to lines of inquiry that seek to examine and interrogate the frontiers of the Islamic finance sector, facilitate research within the sector itself and encourage dialogue among the sectors stakeholders as well as between the sector and various external discussants.
Dr. Ali has played a lead role in organizing several conferences, workshops and symposia in the field during his nearly two decades at Harvard, including the internationally renowned, biennial Harvard University Forum on Islamic Finance, the proceedings of which are serially compiled and published under his supervision; and the annual workshop at the London School of Economics which brings together the sector’s leading economists, shari‘a experts and practitioners in order to address key issues confronting the Islamic Finance sector.
He led the effort that resulted in the publication the world first academic software database covering the Islamic finance sector, the IFP DataBank (originally published on CD-ROM in 1997 and available online since 2003). Dr. Ali’s most recent publications include: Islamic Finance and Development, Building Bridges across Financial Communities: the Global Financial Crisis, Social Responsibility (Harvard Law School, 2014, 2012 respectively), and Shari‘a Compliant Microfinance (Routledge, 2012). He received his PhD from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K.
Dr. Tariqullah Khan is a Professor in the Islamic Finance Program. Before joining the Faculty in August 2009, he worked as the Division Chief of Islamic Banking and Finance at the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Jeddah. At IRTI, he also officiated as Division Chief for Islamic Economics and Development Cooperation, and worked as Editor of the Islamic Economic Studies Journal.
He was the Technical Anchor of the Ten-Year Framework and Strategies for the Development of Islamic Financial Services Industry - a joint IDB and Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) initiative - and Co-Leader of the IDB Islamic Financial Services Development program and a member of the IFSB Working Group on Risk Management. Dr. Khan worked as a member of the International Advisory Committee of QFIS for establishing the M.Sc. Islamic Finance Program and worked on behalf of the Dean of QFIS as a member of the Visiting Certification Commission, Ministry of Higher Education, UAE. He has contributed several research papers in the areas of risk management, regulation, supervision, financial stability, and Islamic financial sector development, developed a number of international flagship conferences in these areas, presented papers and lectures, and edited conference proceedings. He served as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School in the summer of 2011. Dr. Khan holds BA and MA degrees in Economics from Karachi University, Pakistan and a Ph.D. degree from Loughborough University, United Kingdom.
Dr. Abdelhak Hamiche holds a PhD in Islamic Jurisprudence (Fiqh) and its fundamental principles from Umm Al Qura University in Makkah, KSA on authentication of a book titled “Aid the understanding of the Doctrine of Al Madina Savant Scholar” by judge Abdul Wahab Al Baghdadi”.
He possesses diversified and rich experience of teaching in prestigious universities like Al Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (Washington Branch, USA), American Open University, Washington USA and The University of Sharjah, UAE.
He has worked most recently as Chairman of the Department of Jurisprudence and its principles at the college of Islamic Studies, University of Sharjah, UAE from 2010 to 2012.
He has authored many books, such as:
He also authored many refereed researches published in scientific journals, and research papers delivered at conferences and symposia.
Dr. Abdulazeem Abozaid holds PhD and Master in Islamic financial law, three BAs in Islamic law, Arabic language and English Literature; two higher studies diplomas in Islamic law and Human sciences. He worked as a lecturer at Damascus University and the International Islamic University Malaysia, then as Sharia expert and trainer at Emirates Islamic bank and a Shariah board member and consultant for Islamic financial institutions, including RHB Islamic bank in Malaysia, Mithaq Takaful Abu Dhabi and Five Pillars Associates, Singapore. In 2012 he headed the Shariah department of Oman Arab Bank in Muscat, Oman. Currently he is holding the position of Associate Professor at Qatar Foundation, Islamic Finance Program. He conducted many workshops and trainings and contributed to the writing of new Shariah standards. His expertise in Islamic Finance is demonstrated by his release of four books and many articles. Fiqh Al-Riba published in 2005 in 632 pages is his master work.
Dr. Badrane Benlahcene holds a PhD in Philosophy and Civilization Studies from University Putra Malaysia and Ma in Comparative religions and Islamic Thought from the International Islamic University Malaysia.
Dr. Badrane Benlahcene is currently an associate professor of Comparative and Philosophy of Religions, Department of Comparative religion, at QFIS, Qatar. He worked previously at the international Islamic University as an assistant researcher, head of research at the Islamic arts Museum Malaysia, associate Professor of Philosophy at Batna University Algeria, and an associate professor of Islamic studies (Islamic Creed, ethics, culture, civilization, and orientalism studies) at the faculty of arts, King Faisal University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
He obtained his first degree in Comparative Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Islamic and Social sciences, Batna University, Algeria 1994 and Master’s Degree from the department of Usuladdin and Comparative Religion, Faculty of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia in 1998 and Ph.D, in Philosophy and Civilization studies, from the University Putra Malaysia 2004.
Benlahcene's areas of interest are: Philosophy and Comparative Religions, Culture and Civilization, History of ideas, Philosophy of history and Islamic philosophy.He received the Lamia al-Faruqi Award for academic excellence 1997.
He was the president of the Scientific Committee of the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Batna, Algeria, 2008-2009.
Member of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Arts, University of Batna, Algeria, since 2008-2009.
Member of the Scientific Committee of the Social and Human Sciences Review, Batna University, Algeria, since January 2008.
Member of the editors committee of the Review of The Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Batna University, since June 2008.
Founder and Director of Master's project in "the philosophy of civilization", Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Batna, Algeria: the first specialized graduate program in the philosophy of civilization in the Algerian universities, 2009.
Dr. Badrane has supervised research theses at the levels of masters and Phd, and has addressed over 25 national and international conferences, published two books, and over 12 academic articles, and many articles in newspapers and websites.
Dr. Yousef holds a PhD in Economic Development and Public Policy from Boston University, and a PhD in International Economics from Charles University (Prague, Czechoslovakia). He is currently an Associate Professor at QFIS, and is extensively involved in the executive training department which trains businesses across Qatar. Dr. Yousef has been a professor at Boston University, Lesley College, and King Saud University. His recent work experience was as economic advisor to the Ministry of Business and Trade in Qatar. He was also the Managing Director and a founder of Global Management Associates in Boston USA. He has also worked as a senior executive and manager in the Middle East, serving as a senior Economic Consultant for the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, and manager and senior economist for the Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF).
Dr. Yousef is currently working on a research publication on Small-Medium Enterprises in the GCC.
Dr. Tarek Swelim obtained his PhD in Islamic Art and Architecture from Harvard University in 1994. He also has an MA in Islamic Arts from the American University in Cairo in 1986, and a BSc in Egyptology from Helwan University in 1979.
Dr. Swelim’s specialty is the Islamic Architecture of Cairo, most particularly it’s Mamluk period. In addition, through his extensive travels he managed to study Roman architecture. Dr. Swelim has taught for many years, at the American University in Cairo, and briefly, at Ain Shams University in Cairo. He has lectured all over the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and the United States.
He has also published on diverse subjects such as the history and architecture of the early Islamic period of Egypt, as well as, the Mamluk and Ottoman periods. In addition, he has published on Roman architecture. His major publication will be on the Mosque of Ibn Tulun in Cairo, which will be published by the AUC Press (due in May, 2015).
Dr. El Gammal obtained his doctorate in Islamic Thought and Economics with high honours and recommendation for publication from the College of Shariah and Law, Al Azhar University, Cairo. He also obtained his master's degree with high honours and a bachelor degree with honours from Al Azhar. Prior to joining QFIS, Dr. El Gammal was Assistant Professor in the College of Shariah and Law, Al Azhar University. He was also a member of the Quality Assurance Committee. He has contributed to several renowned volumes in Islamic studies including the Fikr El Islamy (Gamal Abdel Nasser) Volume, and the Ma'lamat Al Qawa'id Al Fiqhiya Project of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
Dr. El Gammal spent several years as a research consultant to Harf, and Dar El Ta'sil while studying in Egypt. He has several Arabic publications including The Application of Customs in Contemporary Financial Transactions (2007), The Economic Value of Time in Contemporary Financial Transactions (upcoming), and several research papers.
Dr. Alexandre Caeiro holds a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. His dissertation was entitled "Fatwas for European Muslims: The Minority Fiqh Project and the Integration of Islam in Europe".
Dr. Caeiro is originally trained as a social scientist. He graduated in sociology from Trinity College Dublin and the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris. He previously taught at Utrecht University, Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet in Erlangen, and Cairo University.
His research interests include the relation between religion and politics in Europe and in the Arab World; Islamic Law in the modern world; and transformations of religious authority.
Since January 2012, Dr. Evren Tok has been affiliated as an Assistant Professor at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Public Policy in Islam Program, Faculty of Islamic Studies, Doha/Qatar. Since September 2012, he has also been acting as the program coordinator. Evren Tok obtained his collaborative Ph.D degree from the School of Public Policy and Administration and Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University, Ottawa/Canada. He previously obtained his MA degree from the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University.
He worked as a research assistant under the supervision of Hany Besada at the North South Institute. He was designated as a distinguished research associate for the NSI in February 2012. He worked as a sessional instructor in the Department of Political Science and Department of Social Work at Carleton University. His recent publications include Innovating South South Cooperation: Policies, Modalities and Challenges. University of Ottawa Press. Forthcoming 2014, with Hany Besada and Leah McMillan; Political Economy of New State Spaces in Turkey: 2002-2012. Edward Elgar Publishing. [Proposal Accepted, Collecting Chapters, Expected Publication November 2014, with Fuat Keyman and Nihan Akyelken;
“Civil Society Organizations in the South: Responses to the Global Crisis” in Rachel Laforest, Recession and Beyond: Taking Stock of Government-Non-Profit Relationships. McGill University Press, Montreal. 2012with Barbara Levine, “South Africa and the BRICS” Africa Insight, Africa Institute of South Africa. Forthcoming 2013, Does Embeddedness Create Miracles? The Case of Anatolian Tigers in Turkey, Submitted to the Economy and Society with Nihan Akyelken. Evren Tok speaks Turkish, English, French fluently and Arabic intermediately. He is involved in many project grants in the area of governance of natural resources especially in Africa.
Dr. Gharib received his PhD in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Nottingham, where he developed his knowledge of revitalization and management of historic quarters. His research focuses on the aspects of public policy formulation and Implementation. Prior to receiving his PhD, he earned his Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from the University of Nottingham, with a focus on the management of historic conservation cities. He received his Bachelor in Architectural Engineering from Misr International University in Cairo.
Since joining in August 2011, Dr. Gharib has been coordinating the Urban Design and Architecture in Muslim Societies programme, and teaching four courses at the Masters level. He contributed to the visibility of QFIS by coordinating the 1st International Symposium at QFIS: Shaping the Future of Architecture and Urbanism in Islamic Societies, where he also presented. He also published in two refereed journals, international peer-reviewed conferences, and is a collaborating editor for the International Journal of Architectural Research-Archnet.
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