Conceived as an authoritative scholarly work based on fourteen centuries of Islamic scholarship, the seven-volume Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qurʾān (IEQ) is the first English language reference work on the Qurʾān based entirely on primary sources. Held to a high standard of academic rigor, IEQ draws on a wide range of traditional Muslim sources, including exegeses, Hadith collections and commentaries, classical lexicons, biographical dictionaries, universal histories, works of jurisprudence, Prophetic biographies, and treatises on spiritual and moral psychology--some of which have never before been presented in any encyclopedic work in a Western language. IEQ integrates source material at several levels: its conceptual structure presents an integrated view of the overall message of the Qur’an; it incorporates and integrates various strands of Islamic scholarly tradition on the Divine text; and it presents a cohesive, cross-referenced text that is at once contemporary and classical.
Muzaffar Iqbal is founder-president of the Center for Islamic Sciences (www.cis-ca.org), Canada, and editor of Islamic Sciences, a semi-annual journal of Islamic intellectual tradition. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry (University of Saskatchewan, Canada, 1983), but has been studying Islamic sciences for the past two decades. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, he has held academic and research positions at the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and McGill University. He then lived and worked in Pakistan (1990-99), first as Director (Scientific Information) for the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation and later as Director (International Cooperation), Pakistan Academy of Sciences. He has published papers and chapters in edited volumes on various aspects of Islam, the history of Islamic science, the relationship between Islam and science, and Islam and the West. He has written, edited, and translated twenty-three books and published nearly one hundred papers, including Islam and Science (Ashgate, 2002), God, Life and the Cosmos: Christian and Islamic Perspectives (co-ed., Ashgate, 2002), Science and Islam (Greenwood Press, 2007), Islam, Science, Muslims, and Technology: Seyyed Hossein Nasr in Conversation with Muzaffar Iqbal (Al-Qalam Publishing and Islamic Book Trust, 2007), and Dawn in Madinah: A Pilgrim's Passage(Islamic Book Trust, 2007). He is the co-translator of Volume VII of Abul-Ala al-Mawdudi's Tafhīm al-Qurʾān (Islamic Foundation, 2001) and editor of Ashgate's four-volume Islam and Science: Historic and Contemporary Perspectives (2012). He has recently completed a detailed study of the Western approaches to the Noble Qur'an.
Okváth Csaba (Ahmad Abdur-Rahman), whose Hungarian translation of the Glorious Qur'an (King Fahd Qur'an Complex, al-Madinah al-Munawwarah, 2012) was recently published, embraced Islam in 1985. He holds a PhD (2000) from University of Eotvos Lorand (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary, in Arabic Philology, for which his thesis was on the teachings of Ibn Taymiyya concerning the Beautiful Names of Allah. For more than 10 years he taught in different Hungarian Universities. He has travelled and worked in various Arab countries, including Egypt and Saudi Arabia, where he was a visiting research scholar at the King Faysal Research Center (Riyadh) in 2000. He has also worked as a visiting researcher at the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur'an in Madina. He translated the Qur'an and Riyāḍ al-Ṣāliḥīn into Hungarian (A Kegyes Korán értelmi és tartalmi fordítása and Az istenfélő kegyesek kertjei, respectively). His research interests focus on the Qur'an and its sciences including its translations, Prophetic biography, and the sciences of hadith.
Zacharia al-Khatib is a student of Islamic sciences currently based in Edmonton, Canada.
Aasim Ali Rashid is the Imam and the Dean of Faculty of Higher Islamic Studies, Surrey Jamea Mosque, BC Canada. He grew up in Edmonton, Alberta and studied shariah from 1992-1996 in Ajax, Ontario. He continued his education of higher Islamic Studies in India and then in Dewsbury, England. He specialized in fiqh. He served as a professor of hadith, tafseer, fiqh and Arabic sciences in Jaamiah Al Uloom Al Islamiyyah, Ajax Ontario and established an institute of higher Islamic education for men and women in Montreal in 2003, while being a visiting professor of hadith at Jaamiah Ajax and full time Imam at a major local masjid in Montreal. He has authored numerous books and articles on Arabic grammar, tafsir, hadith and fiqh. In 2008, he completed a specialization of fiqh and iftaa', as well as Islamic banking and finance from Jamiatul Uloom al-Islamiyyah (Binnori Town, Karachi, Pakistan) and Darul Uloom Karachi, Pakistan, respectively. He has recently established the BC Institute of Higher Islamic Learning at Surrey, BC.
Basit Kareem Iqbal is an editor based in Toronto, Canada. He holds a BA (critical theory/philosophy) from the University of Alberta, and an MA (religious studies) from the University of Toronto. He is Assistant Editor at the Center for Islamic Sciences.
Muhammad Isa Waley is Lead Curator of Persian at the British Library, London. He holds an M.A. in Oriental Studies from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in Persian Literature from the University of London. His main research interests are the bibliographic, palaeographic and codicological aspects of Islamic manuscripts, and the classical verse and prose literature of Islamic spirituality in Persian, Arabic and Turkish. He has extensive experience as an editor, having worked in this capacity for Dar al-Taqwa, Mountain of Light, Al-Furqan Foundation, Turath Publishing, and a number of eminent Muslim scholars.
Naseer Ahmad is a Hafiz of the Qur'an and a graduate of Jamiatul Ulum al-Islamiyya (Binnori Town, Karachi, Pakistan) and Wafaq al-Madaris al-Arabiyya (Multan, Pakistan). He obtained his shahadat al-alamiyya fi-l-ulum al-arabia wal-islamiyya, the equivalent of a Master's, in 1424/2003, and obtained a BA (Hons.) from the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIIU) in 2008. His MPhil thesis (IIIU) is on 150 narrators who appear in the "Book of Adab" of al-Haythami's Majmaʿ al-zawāʾid.