WORDE Specialist, Mohammad Hashim Kamali’s areas of expertise include Islamic jurisprudence and legal theory, Islamic commercial law, and constitutional law of Afghanistan.He graduated from Kabul University and completed his LLM in Comparative Law, and Ph.D in Islamic and Middle Eastern Law at the University of London (1969 – 1976).
Mohamad Hashim Kamali was a Professor of Islamic Law and Jurisprudence at the International Islamic University Malaysia, and also Dean of the International Institute of Islamic Thought & Civilisation (ISTAC) from 1985 – 2007. He is currently Chairman & CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies, Malaysia. He graduated from Kabul University and then completed his LLM in Comparative Law, and Ph.D in Islamic and Middle Eastern Law at the University of London (1969 – 1976). Then he worked as a broadcasting support staff with the BBC in Reading, UK (1976 – 1979). Dr. Kamali was Assistant Professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University in Montreal, and then a Research Associate with Canada Council for Social Science and Humanities (1979 – 1985). He was a Visiting Professor at Capital University, Ohio in 1991 and Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study Berlin, Germany (2000 – 2001).
He is currently a Fellow of that Institute and also a member of the Royal Academy of Jordan. He was a member and Chairman of the Constitution Review Commission of Afghanistan (2003). He is on the International Advisory Board of eleven academic journals published in Malaysia, USA, Canada, Kuwait, India, Australia and Pakistan. Professor Kamali has served as a UN consultant on constitutional reforms in the Maldives, and as a Shariah expert on the constitution of Iraq (2005 – 2006).
He is currently a member of the Golbal Expert Finder Network of the UN Alliance of Civilisations, Chairman of the CIMB Shariah Committee and Chairman of Shariah Board, Stanlib Corporation of South Africa. Professor Kamali is a signatory to the “Common Word” between Muslims and Christians worldwide, has addressed over 120 national and international conferences, published 16 books and over 110 academic articles. He delivered the Prominent Scholars Lecture Series (Silsila Muhadarat Ulama’ al-Barizin) No. 20 at the Islamic Research and Training Institute of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 1996 and the Multaqa Sultan Ahmad Shah Lecture in Kuantan 2002.Professor Kamali has featured frequently on the print media, radio, TV and the internet. He featured a full page article in Berliner Zeitung just before the Taliban blew up the Bamian Statues and on the Iran Television network just before the US invasion of Afghanistan. He also appeared on RTM Malaysia, Afghanistan Ariana TV, TV Kuwait, Al Arabiya, The Maldives TV, and Al-Jazira, the last just before the Archbishop of Canterbury spoke on recognition of aspects of Shariah in Britain. He received the Isma’il al-Faruqi Award for Academic Excellence twice in 1995 and 1997, and he is listed in a number of leading Who’s Whos in the World.
“The Scope of Diversity and Ikhtilaf”
“The Islamic State: Origins, Definition and Salient Attributes”, in ed. K.S. Nathan & Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Islam in Southeast Asia: Political, Social and Strategic Challenges for the 21st Century, Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2005, pp. 278-298.
“Equity and Fairness in Islam”, Cambridge, Islam Texts Society, 2005, pp.143.
“Istihsan and the Renewal of Islamic Law,” Islamic Studies 43 (2004), pp. 561-581.
Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (third revised and expanded edition), Islamic Texts Society, Cambridge, UK, 2003, 553 pages.
The Dignity of Man: An Islamic Perspective, Islamic Texts Society, 2nd edition, 2002