Dr Mohamed M. Benotman
The Principal of the Muslim College
Mohamed M. Benotman is a lecturer at the English Department, Faculty of Arts, Sirte University in Sirte, Libya. He received his Bachelor degree in English from the University of Garyounis, Benghazi, Libya and Master degree in Translation and Interpretation Studies from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Dr Benotman obtained his PhD in Translation from The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom. He has worked as a Translator and Interpreter in several establishments in the UK specializing in Translation and Interpretation. He teaches Translation and Interpretation courses in the English Department, Sirte University.
Dr. Ahmad Achtar
Academic Adviser and Senior Lecturer
He is currently a lecturer in Islamic studies and programme convenor of the BA Study of Religions and MA in Abrahamic Religions at Heythrop College of London University. Before joining Heythrop, he taught on various courses in Islamic studies and Arabic language at the Muslim College, Leo Baeck College, Islamic College for Advanced Studies, Birkbeck College, SOAS and Open Theological College; University of Gloucestershire. Between (2005-2007) he worked as an academic advisor for Islamic Studies programme at Birkbeck London University.
He undertook his first degree at the University of Aleppo (Syria), gaining a BSc in physics. Following graduate studies in physics at Cambridge University he studied at the Muslim College (London) and received his MA and PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies of University of London specialising in Qur’anic Studies.
His publication includes: Challenging Al-Qa’ida’s justification of terror, in Just War on Terror, David Fisher and Brian Wicker (eds.), Ashgate, London, 2010., pp.25-36. Currently he is working on two books: Approaches to Anthropomrophism in the Qur’ān and Theory of figurative language (majāz) in Arabic/Islamic Thought.
He is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, London and a member of British Association of Islamic Studies (BRAIS). He is also involved in Scriptural Reasoning practice and is a member of SR University Group, Cambridge.
Dr. Sejad Mekic
Sejad Mekic holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). His PhD thesis was entitled: “Husein Djozo and Islamic modernism in Titoist Yugoslavia”. In June 2006, Sejad was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge. Prior to his postgraduate-studies, Sejad completed a BA with First Class Honours from the University of Wales in Lampeter.His research and teaching interests include the history of Islamic legal theory, the application of Islamic Law and Jurisprudence in the modern World, Islam and gender issues, Islam and Religious Pluralism, Inter-faith dialogue, Scriptural Reasoning, and the art of Qur’anic recitation and reading. Sejad has published a number of articles on various aspects of Islamic Law and Ethics and is currently preparing a monograph based on his PhD thesis.
Professor Shaikh Abdul Mabud
Professor Shaikh Abdul Mabud is the Director General of the Islamic Academy in Cambridge, United Kingdom where he has been based since 1983. Previously he taught at the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh and the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA. His main academic interests are in the area of education, religion and Islamic philosophy. At the Islamic Academy he has been involved with designing curricula, training teachers and advising on educational policies for many years. He has also been actively involved in exploring common educational grounds with people of different faiths. He is interested in the study of the impact of Western philosophy of education on the curriculum of Muslim countries. He is the editor of the Cambridge-based educational journal, Muslim Education Quarterly, which deals with the problems of Muslim education in various countries of the world. He has published many articles in scientific and educational journals, and is the author of several books. He holds a PhD and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, both from the University of Cambridge.
Dr Mosa Khalil Alblezi
Lecturer in Arabic and Head Librarian
Mosa K. Alblezi has a BA in Sharia Law from Al-Asmarya University, Zliten, Libya and a Masters in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Al-Zzawyah University, Zzawyah, Libya. He holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Wales.He studied at Zaweyat Al-Asmari where all the sacred sciences were taught including: jurisprudence, legal theory, syntax, language, rhetoric, Quranic exegesis and its auxiliary sciences, and the science of Prophetic tradition.He has certified Ijazah in Islamic disciplines including Maliki Fiqh and he memorized the Quran at an early age. He has taught at the ‘Shaykh ‘Abdus-Salam al-Asmar School, Zliten; and was a lecturer and the Head of Department of Shari’a Law, at Asmarya Islamic University, Zliten In addition he has completed a number of courses in Islamic Finance and Banking and attended workshops in the UK and internationally. He has been a member of a number of publishing projects in Quranic Studies and is the author of two books in Islamic Law.
Dr Alhagi Manta Drammeh
Alhagi is currently an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Islamic Theology and Philosophy at the Muslim College London. He is also Founder and Managing Director of Timbuktu International Research Centre Scotland. Previously, he taught at the International Islamic University Malaysia from 1996 to 1999, European Institute for Human Sciences Wales from 2002 to 2004 and at the Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education from 2004 to 2014 where he occupied senior positions, including the Head of the first Department of the Study of Islam and Muslims and a member of its Senior Management Team from 2007 to 2014. Alhagi was an honorary Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen from 2006 to 2012. He obtained a PhD at the Muslim College London affiliated with the University of Al-Azhar and completed a doctoral taught programme in International Relations at the American Graduate School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Earlier he obtained a BA in Political Science and an MA in Islamic Theology, Philosophy and Comparative Religion at the International Islamic University Malaysia. He completed a PGCerTHE at the University of Dundee and became a Fellow of Higher Education Academy in the UK (FHEA). Alhagi has a long experience of teaching, research and academic administration within Higher Education in the UK and Malaysia. He has supervised and examined a number of MA and research students in the UK. His publications include: ‘Reflecting on Democratic Values and Principles of Governance in Islam’ in International Journal of Muslim Unity, Kuala Lumpur, International Islamic University, Vol. 4, No. 1, August, 2006, pp. 11-44; The Fallacy of the Inevitability of Clash of Civilisations: A Common Ground for Mutual Understanding and Co-Existence, published by IIUM Press, International Islamic University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2009 (ISBN 978-983-3855-73-5) and ‘Methodological Approaches and Implications in Dealing with Qur’an’ in Al-Bayan, Brill, volume 12/Issue1/2014. Alhagi has interest in Islamic thought, approaches to exegesis, comparative politics and Islam in the contemporary world. He also works at the Islamic Cultural Centre London as editor and reviewer of the Islamic Quarterly. He writes and speaks fluently both Arabic and English. He has attended tens of academic conferences nationally and internationally. Alhagi is a commentator on Islam and contemporary society in a number of news outlets.
Dr. Harith Bin Ramli
Bin Ramli received his BA in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Durham in 2004, and MPhil in Medieval Arabic Thought from the University of Oxford in 2006. He then continued as a doctoral student at Oxford, receiving a DPhil in 2012 for his thesis on epistemology and theology in the fourth/tenth century text, Qūt al-qulūb, by Abū Ṭālib al-Makkī. He has taught courses on Islamic thought at SOAS and the University of Nottingham. He is currently also a research fellow at the Cambridge Muslim College, and lectures on Islamic theology and philosophy at SOAS, University of London.
Dr Faissal Hameed
Faissal Hameed is a Lecturer in Islamic and Middle Eastern History and Politics. He has a BA (Hons) in the History and Politics of the Near and Middle East and an MA in African/Asian History from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a PhD in the Politics of Islamic Revivalism in South Asia from the University of Birmingham. His specialization is in the fields of the modern history of the Middle East and Islamic societies and in contemporary Islam and its relations to politics in the Muslim world. He has lectured extensively within the field of Islam and politics and over a broad range of related subject areas as well as historical ‘time-periods’. Along with teaching, he has supervised postgraduate students for research-based dissertations. He is interviewed by the media on Muslim affairs and has offered seminars at various national fora and has taught at the University of Birmingham; Birkbeck College, University of London; the Foundation for International Education; and Richmond, the American International University in London. Faissal is presently Head of Academic Affairs and Senior Lecturer at the Muslim College, he has been teaching ‘Islamic History and Civilisation’ and ‘Research Methods’ in the college since 2004. His research interests include South Asian history with special reference to the politics of Islamic identity in Pakistan and, more broadly, debates in contemporary Islam and their relations to politics. Faissal is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Mr Salah al-Ansari
Salah al-Ansari is a Senior Researcher in Quilliam’s Theology and Outreach department and lecturer in Islamic studies Muslim College London. Salah worked as a visiting Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Heythrop College, University of London where he produced a PhD on Muhammad Abu Zahra and Islamic Modernism. He is a graduate in Classical and Modern Islamic Studies from Al-Azhar University, Cairo. Sheikh Salah was appointed an Imam and teacher at the Central London Mosque and then worked in a number of mosques in London, Margate, Woking and Basingstoke, where he has led extensive inter-faith activities on national and international levels. Salah is featured in Arabic and mainstream media outlets including BBC Arabic TV, Sky New Arabic, France 24, TRT, Aljazeera, al-Ghad al-Arabi, BBC Radio 4, the Independent and The Times.
Aisha Khan is a lecturer in Islamic History at Muslim College. She received her MA in Islamic Studies from Muslim College in 2015. Aisha is the Curriculum Coordinator at An-Nisa Society’s Supplementary Muslim School and teaches GCSE Islamic Studies. She also is the Chair of Brent Multi-Faith Forum and leads on its development. Aisha has delivered lectures and presentations on various aspects of Islamic studies and on contemporary issues and concerns of Muslims in the West to Muslim and non-Muslim audiences.