Mohammad Hashim Kamali

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Mohammad Hashim Kamali
Born 7 February 1944 (1944-02-07) (age 80)
Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan
Occupation Islamic scholar
Relatives Yusof Mutahar (nephew)

Mohammad Hashim Kamali (born 7 February 1944) is an Afghan Islamic scholar and former professor of law at the International Islamic University of Malaysia. He taught Islamic law and jurisprudence between 1985 and 2004.[1] He has been called "the most widely read living author on Islamic law in the English language."[2]


Kamali studied his BA at University of Kabul and completed his LLM. in comparative law from The London School of Economics and Political Science, and a PhD in Islamic and Middle Eastern law at the University of London, 1969–1976.[1]

Academic career

Mohammad Hashim Kamali served as Professor of Islamic law and jurisprudence at the International Islamic University Malaysia, and also as Dean of the International Institute of Islamic Thought & Civilisation (ISTAC) from 1985 to 2007.[3]


  • Freedom of Expression in Islam (1994)
  • Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Reprint, Petaling Jaya, 1999)
  • Islamic Commercial Law (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 2000)
  • A Textbook of Hadith Studies (Islamic Foundation, UK, 2005)
  • An Introduction to Shari’ah (Oneworld Publications, Oxford 2008)
  • Shari'ah Law: An Introduction (Viva Books 2009)
  • “Constitutionalism in Islamic Countries: A Contemporary Perspective of Islamic Law,” in: Constitutionalism in Islamic Countries: Between Upheaval and Continuity (eds. Rainer Grote and Tilmann Röder, Oxford University Press, Oxford/New York 2011)
  • Moderation and balance in Islam: The Qurʼānic Principle of Wasatiyyah (Oxford University Press, Oxford/New York, 2010)
  • The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam: The Qurʼānic Principle of Wasatiyyah (Oxford University Press, Oxford/New York, 2015)


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  2. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Defining Islamic Statehood: Measuring and Indexing Contemporary Muslim States, Springer (2015), p. xiv
  3. Marcinkowski, Christoph (2009). The Islamic World and the West: Managing Religious and Cultural Identities in the Age of Globalisation. LIT Verlag Münster. p. 312. ISBN 978-3-643-80001-5. Retrieved 27 July 2010.