Sheikh Dr Ali Mohiuddin Ali Alqaradaghi was born in Qaradagh in Kurdistan-Iraq in 1949. He received his PhD with honours in Sharia and Law from Al Azhar University in the field contracts and financial transactions in 1980. He is currently a Professor of the Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence, Qatar University, and the Secretary General of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS). He holds several professional positions including: Vice-President of the European Council for Fatwa and Research, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Human Development in Iraqi Kurdistan, President and an Executive Member of the Fatwa and Shari’a Supervisory Board for a number of Islamic banks, insurance companies in the Pursian Gulf and the world. He has published more than 30 books and 100 academic papers. He was awarded the State Incentive Award in Islamic Comparative Jurisprudence by the state of Qatar, and received the Medal of pride by the religious administration and the Council of Muftis in Russia.
<p>Searching for guiding principles has always been central in the Islamic tradition and some distinct scholarly disciplines already bear the word "principles", or other synonyms, in their names such as Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh).