Professor Jasser Auda
Professor Jasser Auda is a Professor and Al-Shatibi Chair of Maqasid Studies at the International Peace College South Africa, the Executive Director of the Maqasid Institute, a global think tank based in London, and a Visiting Professor of Islamic Law at Carleton University in Canada. He is a Founding and Board Member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Member of the European Council for Fatwa and Research, Fellow of the Islamic Fiqh Academy of India, and General Secretary of Yaqazat Feker, a popular youth organization in Egypt. He has a PhD in the philosophy of Islamic law from University of Wales in the UK, and a PhD in systems analysis from University of Waterloo in Canada. Early in his life, he memorized the Quran and studied Fiqh, Usul and Hadith in the halaqas of Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo. He also holds a degree in Islamic & Arabic Studies from the Islamic American University. He previously worked as: Founding Director of the Maqasid Center in the Philosophy of Islamic Law in London; Founding Deputy Director of the Center for Islamic Ethics in Doha; professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada, Alexandria University in Egypt, Islamic University of Novi Pazar in Iran, Ryerson University in Canada, University of Bahrain, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, and the American University of Sharjah. He has lectured and trained on Islam, its law, spirituality and ethics in dozens of other universities and organizations around the world. He has written over 25 books in Arabic and English, some of which were translated in over 25 different languages.
His book publications include Maqasid Al-Shariah as Philosophy of Islamic Law: A Systems Approach (International Institute of Islamic Thought, 2008), A Journey to God: Reflections on the Hikam of Ibn Ataillah (Awakening Publications, 2012) and Maqasid Al-Shariah: A Beginner's Guide (International Institute of Islamic Thought, 2008), amongst others.