Dr Emad El-Din Shahin is the Acting Director of CILE and the Dean of the College of Islamic Studies (CIS), Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation. Before joining CIS, he was the Hasib Sabbagh Distinguished Visiting Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies and a visiting professor of Political Science at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Shahin holds a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, M.A. and BA from the American University in Cairo. He has taught in leading universities including Harvard, Notre Dame, George Washington, and Boston University. Shahin was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and public policy scholar at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has authored, co-authored and co-edited six books and has more than 50 scholarly publications including journal articles, book chapters and encyclopedia entries. He is the editor-in-chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics and co-editor with John L. Esposito of The Oxford Handbook of Islam and Politics.
Dr Chauki Lazhar is the Deputy Director of the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Qatar. He is also lecturer at the College of Islamic Studies (CIS) at the same university. Chauki Lazhar holds a Ph.D. in Islamic Law and Theology from the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom, a M.A. in Islamic Law and Jurisprudence from the European Institute of Human Sciences in Paris and a B.A in Islamic Law and Theology from the European Institute of Human Sciences in Château Chinon, where he also memorized the entire Qurʾan. He was Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Group T, International University College Leuven, Belgium. Dr Lazhar has taught a wide range of courses in Dutch, Arabic, English and French, including; Islamic law, theology, Qurʾanic exegeses (tafsīr), principles of Islamic law and jurisprudence (uṣūl al-fiqh), the purposes of Islamic law (maqāṣid al Sharīʿa) and Qurʾan and Hadith studies. His research interests in the field of Islamic studies include Islamic meta-ethics and metaphysics, the epistemology of Islamic sciences, Islamic worldview studies and the methodology of contemporary ethico-religious reasoning (ijtihād). The College of Islamic Studies (CIS) recently awarded him a grant to lead a research project on contemporary trends in the development of “Islamic Religious Philosophy”. Chauki Lazhar is the author of four books and ten peer-reviewed articles. He is currently working on two manuscripts of two books, which are to be published soon: 1. Vicegerency (Istikhlāf) in Islamic Thought and Scripture: Towards a Qurʾanic Theory of Human Existential Function, and 2. The Contemporary Critique of Religio-Ethical Reasoning (Ijtihād) and Islamic Sciences: Towards a Benchmark.
Mawahib Abubakr’s research interests are ethics and gender, nationalism, transnationalism and feminism. She holds a PhD in Women’s, Gender and Feminist Studies from York University, Toronto; an MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands; and a BA (Hons) in political science from University of Khartoum, Republic of Sudan. She has also studied community development and community capacity building at the Institute in Management and Community Development at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. During her studies she was successful in winning several academic awards and grants, such as the African Fellowship at the American University in Cairo; the Ethel Armstrong Award in Women’s Studies, York University; and a grant from Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). Mawahib has worked as teaching and research staff at the Department of Political Science, University of Khartoum and York University and with extensive experience of administration and community development in Khartoum, Toronto and Doha she joined CILE in 2013 as Business Support Manager responsible for administrative and financial operations. As a Research Associate, she conducts the field of Islam, Gender and Ethics.
Dr. Mohammed Ghaly is professor of Islam and Biomedical Ethics at the Research Center for Islamic Legislation & Ethics (CILE) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Doha, Qatar. He has a B.A. in Islamic Studies from Al-Azhar University (Egypt) and M.A. and PhD in the same specialization from Leiden University (the Netherlands). During the period 2007-2013, Ghaly was a faculty member at Leiden University. Since 2011, Ghaly has been a faculty member at the Erasmus Mundus Program; the European Master of Bioethics, jointly organized by a number of European universities. Ghaly is the founding editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of Islamic Ethics (published by Brill). Since September 2019, He is the founding Program Coordinator of the newly established M.A. in Applied Islamic Ethics at Hamad Bin Khalifa University. Ghaly also chaired the committee that was responsible for establishing this pioneer program.
Islamic Ethics and its intersection with biomedical sciences is Ghaly’s main research interest. Besides his book Islam and Disability: Perspectives in Theology and Jurisprudence (Routledge, 2010) and the edited volumes Islamic Perspectives on the Principles of Biomedical Ethics (Imperial College & World Scientific, 2016) and Islamic Ethics and the Genome Question (Brill, 2019), Ghaly is the editor of a number of thematic issues, the single author of more than thirty peer-reviewed publications, and editorial board member of a number of academic journals. He is also the Lead Principal Investigator (LPI) and research consultant of a number of funded research projects related to the field of Islamic Ethics. The overall budget of his funded projects during the last couple of years goes beyond 2 million USD. His publications can be accessed via https://cilecenter.academia.edu/MohammedGhaly. Ghaly lectured on Islamic (bio)ethics at many universities, including Imperial College London, Oxford University, University of Oslo, University of Chicago and Georgetown University. Ghaly was affiliated as Visiting Scholar/Researcher with a number of universities worldwide, including the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, USA (academic year 2014-2015), School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford (academic year 2017-2018) and School of Philosophy at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (academic year 2018-2019).
Dr Ray Jureidini joined CILE in August, 2014. From 1975-1986 at the Flinders University of South Australia, he received his BA in Psychology and Sociology, First Class Honours in Sociology and PhD in Economic Sociology. After teaching Sociology in several universities in Australia, he spent 6 years at the American University of Beirut from 1999 where he began researching and publishing on human rights issues concerning migrant domestic workers and conducted the first survey of domestic workers in the region. At the American University in Cairo from 2005-2011, he became director of the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies and conducted a number of research projects on migrant and refugee issues, including household domestic workers, child domestic workers, Egyptian families of migrant workers abroad and a large survey of 1000 interviews, analyzing the trajectories of Somali and Ethiopian asylum seekers in Yemen, Syria and Turkey. In 2012, Dr. Jureidini spent a year as research consultant for the Center of Design Innovation at Qatar Foundation in Doha. He was one of the authors of the Qatar Foundation’s 2013 Mandatory Standards for Migrant Worker Welfare and the author of a 2014 report, Migrant Labour Recruitment to Qatar for the Qatar Foundation. In 2016, he authored the ILO White Paper publication, Ways Forward in Fair Recruitment of Low-skilled Migrant Workers in the Asia-Arab States Corridor. In 2017 he published papers on the wage protection systems in the GCC, the transnational culture of corruption in migrant labour recruitment, and Muslim perspectives on migrants and refugees. He is currently co-editing a book with Dr. Said Hassan on migration and Islam as part of CILE’s book series with Brill. Dr. Jureidini is also a consultant and advisor on refugee issues, labour recruitment, labour supply chain evaluations and migrant labour reform advocacy. To see his podcast videos, click here.
Mutaz al-Khatib is Associate Professor of Methodology and Ethics at Hamad Bin Khalifa University and an editorial board member of Studies in Islamic Ethics and Journal of Islamic Ethics both published by Brill. His research interests include ethics and moral philosophy, Islamic law (fiqh); Ḥadīth criticism; the higher objectives of Sharīʿa (maqāṣid al-Sharīʿa) and Islamic intellectual history. Al-Khatib was a Visiting Fellow at ZMO in Berlin (2006), and a Visiting Scholar at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin (2012-2013). Previously, he was a Visiting Lecturer at the Islamic University of Beirut, Qatar University and the American University of Beirut.
Al-Khatib has given lectures at various universities such as the University of California-Berkeley, Princeton University, Cambridge University, Oxford University and the University of Tübingen. He authored and edited several books and over 30 academic articles. His books include: Radd al-Ḥadīth min Jihat al-Matn: Dirāsa fī Manāhij al-Muḥaddithīn wa-l Uṣūliyyīn (Matn Criticism: a study of the methods of traditionists and jurists) (2011), Ma’ziq al-Dawla bayna al-Islāmiyyīn wa-l ‘Almāniyyīn (The dilemma of the state between Islamists and secularists) (2016), al-‘Unf al-Mustabāḥ: al-Sharia fī Muwājahat al-Umma wa-l Dawla (Violence Made Permissible: ‘Sharia’ versus the people and the state) (2017) Qabūl al- Ḥadīth (The Reception of Hadith) (2017), Islamic Ethics and the Trusteeship Paradigm (co-editor) (2020).
Graduated from Northwestern University in Qatar on 2014, with a bachelor of science in Communications and Media Studies. Rawan has also obtained a certificate in Public Relations. She has always worked in academic places such as Northwestern University, Doha institute for Graduate Studies and has been working for CILE since July 2017.
Graduated from College of the North Atlantic-Qatar on June 2010 as an Internet Applications Developer. She worked at Qatar Foundation’s Board Management Office between May 2011 until October 2013 as a System Support Officer. Mona Joined CILE as an Events coordinator on November 2013.
As Programme Manager at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, UK Mrs Caroline Davis oversees the academic office of Professor Tariq Ramadan and it is through this role that she became a member of the CILE Advisory Board. Graduating from the University of Bristol with a BSc (Hons) in Geography, Caroline also holds a graduate diploma in business administration from Oxford. Caroline has over 15 years’ experience working in academic administration with an international focus, starting her career at the London office of CAB International - a not-for-profit environmental research organisation which works with specific member countries to improve people’s lives by providing information, training and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. Caroline went on to work in the Chief Executive’s office of the UK Government’s science and technology facility Research Council (STFC), as PA to the CEO and latterly as Programme Manager for the international programme. In this varied role Caroline was responsible for managing a UK national research grant funding programme; writing and editorial work on behalf of the international team; preparing briefings for the Chief Executive, administering international research workshops; and working with two international advisory boards. Caroline is also committed to contributing to her local community, juggling her part-time role at the University with raising her young family and volunteering at the village primary school amongst other local initiatives. All of which has prepared Caroline well for her role within the Advisory Board.
Yamin Makri is 48 years, married and father of 4 children. He was born in France and it is in France where he studied. In 1987, he gained his dental surgeon's diploma (dentist). In 1988, he founded a local organization the “Union of the young muslims”. This organization aimed at expressing that Islam is now a French religion. In 2004, we launched an Islamic training center : the Ash-Shatibi training center. (http://www.ujm.fr/ and http://www.shatibi.fr/). In 1989, we founded the publishing house “Tawhid”, it is a publishing house specialized in the islamic culture in French language. Today this islamic publishing house is one the most important of the French-speaking world and we sell its books in all the muslim french-speaking area (France, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec, western Africa). I am at present the Chief Executive Officer of this structure. (http://www.edition-tawhid.com/ and http://www.islam-france.com/)
In 1992, we launch a national structure which has the same objectives as the UJM (union of the young muslims) but its activities extend throughout France. It is the “Collectif des musulmans de France” (http://www.lecmf.org/). In 1996, on the initiative of Pr. Tariq Ramadan, we set up “Presence Musulmane” which acts on all the french-speaking area. The objective is to develop an understanding faithful and conceptualized of our Texts (Qur’ân and Sunna). We also encourage all the organizations members to multiply concerted actions with the not-muslim organizations. (http://presencemusulmane.com/). In 2002, I participate in the creation of the “Collective 69 of solidarity with the Palestinian people”, this organization groups together not-muslim organizations (politics organizations, syndicates, civil society) (http://collectif69palestine.free.fr/). During summer, 2011, I participate in the second international flotilla to break the blockade on Gaza. About fifteen western countries is represented. We are arrested in international waters, near Gaza, by the Israeli strengths. Imprisoned and questioned for two days, we are finally expelled each in the country of origin. A journalist and a cameraman of Al Jazeera accompanied us and were also expelled. (http://collectif69palestine.free.fr/spip.php?article359). Today, with others brothers and sisters, we set up a national organization : “French union of muslim consumers”. Because the reflections around alternative economy, around ecology and subject of the ethics in the consumption become major questions. We have this day 3500 members. (http://www.ufcm.fr/)
Sharif Hasan al-Banna is Director of the Islamic Institute for Development & Research (IIDR), a pioneering knowledge provider and research organization. He is a Board Member of the British Academy of Quranic Studies (BAQS) and Chair of the European Foundation for Muslim Philanthropy (EFMP). Sharif is also a successful entrepreneur and the CEO of a global award winning publishing and media company specializing in value-driven and faith-inspired content. He is one of the youngest recipients of a royal award (MBE) from Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to faith and society. Sharif read Law at the University of London and Arabic Language & Literature at the University of Alexandria in Egypt and has received classical training in Islamic scholarship under the tutelage of some of the world's leading Muslim scholars and jurists. He is currently a doctoral candidate researching jurisprudence and legal theory at Al-Azhar University (Egypt). Sharif has authored and translated several works on Islamic law, spirituality and contemporary Islamic thought. His forthcoming publications include: Sacred Law in Secular Spaces and Entrepreneurship: An Islamic Imperative.
holds a PhD in Philosophy and Civilization Studies from University Putra Malaysia (2004) and MA in Comparative religions and Islamic Thought from the International Islamic University Malaysia (1998) and a BA in Comparative Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Islamic and Social sciences, Batna University, Algeria (1994). He 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. His research interests include; 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 is a member of the Committee of Academic Affairs, QFIS, since October 27, 2015, AB Committee member, CILE, QFIS, since January 2015.
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 editorial 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 participated in over 25 national and international conferences, published two books, and over 12 academic articles, and many articles in newspapers and websites.
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