Basit Kareem Iqbal
Muhammad Isa Waley
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. Most of his published work is related to Islam and Islamic intellectual tradition. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, he has held academic and research positions at University of Saskatchewan (1979-84), University of Wisconsin-Madison (1984-85), and McGill University (1986). During 1990-99, he lived and worked in Pakistan, 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. His publications include 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 Tafhim al-Qur'an (Islamic Foundation, 2001). He has recently finished a detailed study of the Western approaches to the Noble Qur'an. He is also the editor of Ashgate's forthcoming four-volume Islam and Science: Historic and Contemporary Perspectives.
Okvath 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 Riyad al-Salihin into Hungarian (A Kegyes Koran ertelmi es tartalmi forditasa and Az istenfelo kegyesek kertjei, respectively). His research interests focus on the Qur'an and its sciences including its translations, Prophetic biography, and the sciences of hadith.
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 obtained his BA (Hons.) from the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIIU) in 2008. He is a Hafiz of the Qur’an and a graduate of Jamiatul ulum al-Islamia, Allama Muhammad Yusuf Banori Town, Karachi, Pakistan, and Wafaq al-Madaris al-Arabia, Multan Pakistan. He obtained his shahadat al-Alamia fil ulum al-Arabia wal-Islamia, the equivalent of a Master’s, in 1424/2003. He studied sarf, nahv, rhetoric, and a major part of mantiq with Mawlana Hafiz al-Rahman, Mir Zahid Mulla jalal, the first part of Hidaya, and Hashia sharh Jami with Qari Ashraf at Anni, Mandi Baha-uddin, Punjab, Pakistan. He read Sahih Bukhari with Mufti Nizam uddin Shamszai and Dr. Abdul al-Razzaq Sikandar and Sahih Muslim, Taftazani’s Sharh al-talwih ‘ala al-tawdih li-matn al-tanqih, and tafsir with Muhammad Anwar al-Badkhashani. His MPhil thesis (International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIU), is on 150 narrators who appear in the “Book of Adab” of al-Haythami's Majma` al-zawaid (in nine chapters, from bab al-ikram al-muslim to bab ma ja'a fil haya wal naha al-mulaha).