Dr Chauki Lazhar
Deputy Director

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.