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Short Bio (edit as necessary): Shaykh Dr Hisham, a noted scholar and academic of politics & religion internationally, has studied the Islamic intellectual tradition with classically trained scholars in the UK, the Arab world, the Gambia, southeast Asia, and elsewhere. Dr Hisham’s academic career has involved positions with Cambridge and Harvard Universities, Brookings and the Carnegie Endowment, while his teachers in the Islamic tradition included the Malaysian polymath, Tan Sri Sayyid M. Naquib al-Attas, and the senior representative of the Makkan sage Sayyid Muhammad b. Alawi al-Maliki, the late Shaykh Seraj Hendricks. Shaykh Seraj designated Shaykh Hisham as the first and only senior scholar of the renowned Azzawia Institute in South Africa. Appointed as the first professorial fellow in Islamic Studies at Cambridge Muslim College of Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, Dr Hisham is also a Council Member of the British Board of Scholars and Imams. Born to an English father and to an Egyptian mother of ʿAbbāsī-Sudanese & Ḥasanī-Moroccan heritage, he was raised between the West and the Arab world.
Long Bio (edit as necessary): Born to an English father and to an Egyptian mother of ʿAbbāsī-Sudanese & Ḥasanī-Moroccan heritage, he was raised between London, Cairo and Abu Dhabi, before becoming educated at Sheffield and Warwick universities to post-doctoral levels in law and the social sciences. He studied – and studies – the Islamic intellectual tradition in the UK, Egypt, South Africa, the Gambia, Malaysia, Singapore, and elsewhere, keeping the company of traditionally trained-scholars, receiving different licences (ijazat) from them.
He began teaching privately some years ago works in fiqh, ‘aqida, and tasawwuf, after his shaykhs and teachers encouraged him to do so, alongside his professional academic career.
This was particularly following the directives of his shaykh and teacher, al-allama, al-marhum, Shaykh Seraj Hassan Hendricks of Azzawia Institute. These classes also included the works of the Malaysian polymath, Tan Sri Professor Sayyid M. Naquib al-Attas, who mentored him in Malaysia in private one-to-one sessions over several years, encouraging him to teach.
Shaykh Seraj Hendricks and Shaykh Ahmad Hendricks, the khulafa’ of the Makkan sage and scholar’s scholar, al-allama, al-marhum, Sayyid Muhammad b. Alawi al-Maliki, accorded him with the traditional licensure (ijaza) in January 2009. Sayyid Muhammad b. Alawi al-Maliki, a monumental polymath of Islam in the 20th century, was a master of the tariqa ‘ulama Makka (the Sufi path of the Makkan sages); he was authorised in the same and appointed muqaddam in 2016.
A visiting fellow of the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge, he was appointed as the first – and hitherto, only – professorial fellow in Islamic Studies at Cambridge Muslim College of Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad/ Dr. T.J. Winter. He also serves as a member of the Council of the British Board of Scholars and Imams; and is a visiting fellow at the UTM RZS Centre for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science and Civilisation [RZS-CASIS]. He was appointed by Shaykh Seraj Hendricks as the only senior scholar of Azzawia Institute in its century-long history, and is regularly included in the scholarly section of the annual global list of ‘The 500 Most Influential Muslims’ in the world (‘The Muslim 500’).