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Dr Idris El-Hareir (Chairman)

Professor of History at the Faculty of Arts in Benghazi, Libya. He holds a B. A. in History 1969 University of Libya, M. A. in History 1972 University of Indiana, USA. and PhD. in History 1976 University of Utah, USA.  He was Member of the Faculty of Arts Committee 1977-1979,  Member of the University of Garyounis Higher Committee 1977-1979, Chairman of the Research Board of the Faculty of Arts 1977-1980, Member of the Research Board Centre, University of Garyounis 1977-1980, Editor of the Bulletin of Faculty of Arts, 1976, Member of the Editorial Board of Majallat Al-Buhut Al-Tarikhiya, published by Libyan Studies Centre Tripoli, Director of the Project of rewriting the Libyan History during the Italian Occupation since 1976, Member of Board of Governors of the Institute for Studies of Humanistic Values, Accra, Ghana, Member of the International Scientific Committee for Drafting a General History of Africa, Chairman of the International Scientific Committee for the Project of  Different Aspects of Islamic Culture, Member of the Arabian Plan sponsored by UNESCO.

Author of about 25 studies in History.  Since 1998, he is the Delegate of the World Islamic Call Society to UNESCO.

World Islamic Call Society

Professor A. Bouhdiba

Professor of Law at De Paul College, Chicago. Secretary-general of the International Association of Penal Law. President of the International Institute of Criminal Science. Author of numerous publications, including The Islamic Criminal Justice System.

De Paul College, Chicago

Professor A.Y. al-Hassan

Educated in Jerusalem, Cairo and London, with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.

He was Dean of Engineering, President of the University of Aleppo, and Minister of Petroleum, Electricity and Mineral Resources in Damascus. He established in 1974 the Institute for the History of Arabic Science at the University of Aleppo, and was its first Director. He was for some years Visiting Professor at the Department for the History and Philosophy of Science, University College, London, and Visiting Professor at the Department of Middle East and Islamic Studies, University of Toronto. He is an Associate of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. He is an editor of the Journal for the History of Arabic Science, a past member of the Advisory Committee of the United Nations University, Tokyo, a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur, France, a Corresponding Member of the International Academy for the History of Science, and a Corresponding Member of the Iraqi Academy. He has written, edited and published several books and monograms.

Selective bibliography:

Taqi al-din and Arabic Mechanical Engineering, Aleppo, 1976.

A Compendium of the Theory and Practice of the Mechanical Arts by al-Jazari, Aleppo, 1979.

Kitab al-hiyal (The Book of Ingenious Devices) by the Banu Musa, Aleppo, 1980.

Islamic Technology, A Short History (with Donald Hill), C.U.P. and UNESCO, 1986.

Kitab al Furusiyyah wa al Manasib al Harbiyya of Hasan Al Rammah, (on gunpowder and incendiary weapons), Aleppo, 1998.

Professor Albert Zaki Iskandar (resigned)

Educated at the Cairo University (B.S.Agr., 1938); University of Oxford (D.Phil., 1959). 
Career : Senior Science Master (Victoria College Cairo), Inspector of Science (Ministry of Education, Cairo), British Council Fellowship to study at the University of Oxford, Research Fellow (Wellcome Trust), Lecturer in Medical History (UCLA, School of Medicine), Cataloguer of Arabic Medical and Scientific Manuscripts (UCLA, Near Eastern Centre), Medical Historian (Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine), Honorary Research Fellow (University College London)
His publications on the history of Arabic and Islamic science and technology include:

Selective bibliography:

Galen: On examinations by which the best physicians are recognized (De optimo medico cognoscendo), 1988
Edition of the Arabic version, with English translation and commentary, Berlin, 1988: Akademie der Wissenschaften der DDR, Akademie-Verlag, Corpus Medicorum Graecorum.

A descriptive list of Arabic manuscripts on medicine and science at the University of California, Los Angeles, 1984
Leiden, 1984, E.J. Brill.

A catalogue of Arabic manuscripts on medicine and science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library, 1967
London, 1967.

"Rhazes" K. al-Murshid aw al-Fusul (The Guide or Aphorisms), with texts selected from his medical writings, 1961
Revue de l'Institut des Manuscrits Arabes (Numéro spécial consacré au livre de Rhazès: "Le guide ou Aphorismes", 1961, vol.VII.

A study of al-Razi's medical writings, with selected texts and English translations, a thesis submitted for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the University of Oxford, Trinity Term, 1959
Two parts, Part 1. pp. 561 (English translations), Part 2. pp. 181 (Arabic texts).

"Al-Razi", in M.J.L. Young et. al. (eds), 1990
Religion, Learning and Science in the Abbasid Period
, the Cambridge History of Arabic Literature, 1990, pp. 370-377, CUP.

Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Non-western Cultures, 1997
Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Boston, London, 1997, Helaine Selin, ed, papers on Ibn al-Nafis (pp.409-410), Hunayn Ibn Ishaq (pp. 399-400), Ibn Ridwan (pp. 429-431), Ibn Rushd (pp. 431-432), and al-Razi (pp. 850-852).

El Hadj Ravane M'Baye

Education: Doctorate of Literature at Sorbonne University (June 1993, France), Doctorate of literature (3rd Cycle) at Dakar University (1976, Dakar), Master in Teaching (1973), Bachelor degree in Modern and Contemporary History, Bachelor degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies (1972, Dakar), General Certificate in Education specialized in literature and Philosophy.

Professor at Dakar University, General Inspector of Minister of Education since 1991, General commissioner to Senegalese Mission of Mecca Pilgrimage since 1974, Managing Director of the Islamic Institute of Dakar since 1974, President of Jury of examination at the National and Higher School of Administration and Magistrature of Senegal, Member of Senegalese Association of Studies and Juridical Researches (ASERJ), President of the office of Islamic Law Academy.

Chevalier of the National Order of Merit since 1980 (Senegal), Chevalier of the Legion of Honour – 1986 (France), Chevalier of the National Order of Lion 1992 (Senegal),  Chevalier of the Academic Palms.

University of Sheikh Anta Diop

Professor I.I. Nawwab

Ismail Ibrahim Nawwab’s career has spanned the academic and corporate worlds.  He studied in his birthplace, Makkah, and in England and Scotland, where he graduated from the University of Edinburgh and pursued postgraduate studies in education. Subsequently he taught at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He then joined ARAMCO, a petroleum corporation, where he rose to the position of a general manager and founded a state-of-the art oil and gas museum with a unique interactive section on the Arabic-Islamic technical heritage. In 1999, he co-edited The Nance Museum : A Traditional Journey into Saudi Arabia.

Professor Zafar Ishaq Ansari

Zafar Ishaq Ansari is presently the Director General of the Islamic Research Institute and the International Islamic University, Islamabad.  He holds a Masters and Ph.D. degrees from McGill University, Montreal Canada. He taught at the University of Karachi, Princeton University, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and International Islamic University, Islamabad.

He edits Islamic Studies and is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Islamic Studies, American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Journal of Qur’anic Studies and Studies in Contemporary Islam.

He is also a member of the international scientific committee appointed by UNESCO for the academic supervision of its 6-volume series on various aspects of Islamic Culture, and is one of two editors of its first volume, The Foundations of Islam.

He has contributed a number of research articles to journals of international repute and to Encyclopaedia Britannica and Encyclopaedia of Religions.

He has also edited and translated Sayyid Abul Ala Mawdudi’s Tafhim al-Quran under the title "Towards Understanding of the Qur’an".

International Islamic University, Islamabad

Professor H.A. Mukti Ali

Former Minister of Religious Affairs of the  Republic of Indonesia and Former Member of  the  Supreme Advisory Council of the Republic of Indonesia, Professor Mukti Ali is currently , Professor of Comparative Religion, State Institute of Islamic Studies in I.A.I.N. He is a member of the Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, the National Research Council of Indonesia, the Academy of Jakarta, the International Scientific Committee of the Work on the Different Aspects of Islamic Culture, UNESCO and member of the Advisory Board to the Hijra Council, to write 100 books on Islam.

 International Islamic University, Islamabad

Selective bibliography:

Comparative Religion, Its Method and System

Comparative Religion in Indonesia

The Spread of Islam in Indonesia

Modern Islamic Thought in Indonesia

Religion and Development in Indonesia, 9 volumes

Various Religious Problems in Indonesia

The Muslim Muhajir and Muslim Bilali in the United States of America

The Method of Understanding Islam

Professor Halil Inalcik (resigned)

Professor Ahmed Saleh Taieb