Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford (Oriental Institute, St Antony's College) and also teaches at the Oxford Faculty of Theology. He is Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, (Qatar); Senior Research Fellow at Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan) and Director of the Research Centre of Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) (Doha, Qatar). He holds an MA in Philosophy and French literature and PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Geneva. In Cairo, Egypt he received one-on-one intensive training in classic Islamic scholarship from Al-Azhar University scholars (ijazat – authorization to teach - in seven disciplines). Through his writings and lectures Tariq Ramadan has contributed to the debate on the issues of Muslims in the West and Islamic revival in the Muslim majority countries. He is active at academic and grassroots levels, lecturing extensively throughout the world on theology, ethics, social justice, ecology and interfaith as well intercultural dialogue. He is President of the European think tank: European Muslim Network (EMN) in Brussels. Latest books: “Au péril des idées “ (French) with Edgar Morin, Presses du Châtelet (March 2014); “Islam and the Arab Awakening” OUP (September 2012); “The Arab Awakening: Islam and the New Middle East” Penguin (April 2012); “The Quest for Meaning, Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism” Penguin (2010); “What I believe” OUP USA (2009); “Radical Reform, Islamic Ethics and Liberation” OUP USA (2008).
Chauki Lazhar, originally from Belgium, is Deputy Director of CILE. He is a member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) and Lecturer in Applied Islamic Sciences at CIET Institute in Gent, Belgium. He read Islamic Studies at the European Institute of Human Science in Chateau Chinon and Paris, France (2003-2010) where he also memorized the entire Qur’an. He holds a BA cum laude (with honours) in Sharia and Theology and a MA summa cum laude (with highest honours) in Fiqh and Usul al-Fiqh, and is currently a doctoral researcher in Islamic Law at the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom. Chauki has presented lectures at several institutes in Belgium and France since 2007. In 2012 he was Lecturer in Islamic Sciences at Group T, international University College Leuven, Belgium. Chauki has taught a wide range of courses including Islamic Law, Theology, Quranic Exegeses (Tafsir), Principles of Islamic Law and Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh), Maqasid al Sharia, Quran and Hadith studies. His research interests in the field of Islamic Studies include Islamic Theology, Spirituality, Law and Thought. Latest publications: “The need for reform of Usûl al Fiqh in Modern Times” Arab Network for Research and Publishing (2016); “Gender Differentiation in Islamic Rulings, A Thorough Review of the Concept of Femininity in Islam”, co-authored, al Mudawwanah, Issue 15 (2018); “Women’s Prayer in the Mosque, the Specificities of Femininity that Prevent from the Benefit of Praying in the Mosque, Between Truth and Illusion”, Journal of Islamic Studies and Thought for Specialized Researches, Volume 4, (2018); “The Development of Contemporary Theorizations of Sharia Objectives”, Journal of Islamization of Knowledge, Issue 90 (2018).
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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.
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Mamoun Mobayed is currently consultant psychiatrist and director of the Program Department at Qatar Foundation for Protection and Social Rehabilitation. He has published many papers and nine books on psychiatry, parenting, and emotional intelligence. He is the former chairman of the Northern Ireland Interfaith Forum.
Researcher from Iraqi Kurdistan region. He holds a bachelor's, master's and doctorate in Islamic sciences with specialization in Islamic doctrine and philosophy. He also He also holds a Diploma and a Masters degree in political science and international relations.. He is working as a lecturer of Islamic Creed and Philosophy at the University of Sulaymaniyah in Iraq since 2010. He is a consultant for women's issues in the International Islamic Committee for Women and Children of the Islamic Supreme Council for Da'wa and Relief in Cairo, which has consultative status at the United Nations since 2002 and until 2005. He also was a member of many scientific and political bodies; member of the Political Science Association in the Kurdish region since 2006, member of the Constituent Assembly of the World Federation of Muslim Scholars, and a member of the leadership of the Kurdistan Islamic Union since 2005. He is an outstanding researcher interested in political thought, philosophy and gender issues. He presented a number of training courses in the various countries of the world and participated in many conferences around the world. Dr. Muthanna published a collection of books and researches including: the rights of citizens, non-Muslim in the Islamic state, women's liberation movements, gender equality: Islamic critical study, gender: meaning, origin, impact, female: women's issues between Islamic thought and Western thought .
Rev. Dr Serene Jones is the 16th President of the historic Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and President-elect of the American Academy of Religion. The first woman to head the 178-year-old interdenominational seminary, Dr Jones occupies the Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy and has formed Union's Institute for Women, Religion and Globalization as well as the Institute for Art, Religion and Social Justice. Dr Jones came to Union after seventeen years at Yale University, where she was the Titus Street Professor of Theology at the Divinity School, and chair of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Dr Jones is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. She is a leading theologian and the author of several books, including Calvin and the Rhetoric of Piety and Trauma and Grace.
Dr Terrell Carver is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Bristol, UK. He is a graduate of Columbia University (BA) and Oxford University (BPhil, DPhil), and has held appointments at the University of Liverpool and the University of Bristol, the latter since 1980. His visiting professorships and sabbatical appointments include appointments at Virginia Commonwealth University; the Australian National University; Seikei University and Senshu University, Tokyo; Lingnan University, Hong Kong; the Claremont Colleges in California; and he teaches a summer school course in Discourse Analysis at the National University of Singapore. He is on the Executive Committees of the International Political Science Association, the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom, and the European Consortium of Political Science Associations. Dr Carver has published extensively on Marx, Engels and Marxism, and Sex, Gender and Sexuality. As a Marxist scholar he has published texts, translations, commentaries and numerous philosophical articles, book chapters and edited volumes. His latest publications are a two-volume study of the "German Ideology Manuscripts" for Palgrave Macmillan, New York (2014), and the Cambridge Companion to the Communist Manifesto (Cambridge University Press, New York, in press). In gender studies he is the author of numerous reference book articles; co-author of Judith Butler and Political Theory (Routledge, 2008); co-editor of Judith Butler's Precarious Politics (Routledge, 2008); and most recently author of 'Men and Masculinities in International Relations Research' for the Brown Journal of World Affairs (December 2014).
Dr Mohamed El-Tahir El-Mesawi is a Tunisian who gained his doctorate on Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Heritage, from the International Islamic University Malaysia in 2003 and is currently a lecturer at the Department of Fiqh and Usul al-Fiqh, International Islamic University, Malaysia. Dr E-Mesawi is Editor of at-Tajdid and managing editor of Islāmiyat al-Ma‛rifah, both refereed scholarly Arabic journals. He has published numerous scholarly papers on Islamic Studies and philosophy and has won awards for translation and academic excellence. He is editor of a forthcoming book, The Question of Minorities in Islam: Theoretical Perspectives and Case Studies.
Dr Ziba Mir-Hosseini is a legal anthropologist, specializing in Islamic law, gender and development. Currently a Professorial Research Associate at the Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, University of London, she has held numerous research fellowships and visiting professorships, including Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2004-5), and Hauser Global Law Visiting Professor at New York University (2002-8). She is a founding member of the Musawah Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family. Her publications include Marriage on Trial: A Study of Islamic Family Law in Iran and Morocco (I. B. Tauris, 1993, 2002), Islam and Gender: The Religious Debate in Contemporary Iran (Princeton University Press, 1999), Islam and Democracy in Iran: Eshkevari and the Quest for Reform (with Richard Tapper; I. B. Tauris, 2006), Control and Sexuality: the Revival of Zina Laws in Muslim Contexts (with Vanja Hamzic; Women Living Under Muslim Laws, 2010); Gender and Equality in Muslim Family Law: Justice and Ethics in the Islamic Legal Tradition, edited with Lena Larsen, Christian Moe and Kari Vogt (I. B. Tauris, 2013); and Men in charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition, edited with Mulki Al-Sharmani and Jana Rumminger (Oneworld, in press 2015). She has also directed (with Kim Longinotto) two award-winning feature-length documentary films on contemporary issues in Iran: Divorce Iranian Style (1998) and Runaway (2001).
Dr. Ruqaia Al-Alwani has a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Bahrain. Her special interest is in the field of Comparative Religion that she has taught in both Arabic and English. In addition, she has delivered training courses in a number of areas including Human development, Social Networking, Academic & Educational Performance Improvement, Positive Values and Contemplation of the Quran. Dr. Ruqaia has also written and published books that deal with a variety of topics including reflections on the verses of the Quran, management studies for women, family and youth development projects, and areas of e-learning. She has been awarded many prizes for her work.