Muhammad AS Abdel Haleem

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Muhammad AS Abdel-Haleem, OBE is Professor of Islamic Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, England, and Editor of the Journal of Qur'anic Studies. Born in Egypt, he learned the Qur'an by heart during childhood.

In 2010, Oxford University Press published his translation of the Qur'an into English with a parallel Arabic text. This translation has been praised for its precision and readability, and has been approved by Al-Azhar University, the oldest Muslim university and the world's leading institution for the study of Arabic and Islam. He has also published many other works on Islam, the Qur’an and Arabic translation.

Whilst maintaining his own Muslim faith, Abdel Haleem is a moderate arguing, for example that British Muslims fighting against British forces in the Afghanistan conflict are violating the instructions of the Qur'an.

He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours for his services to Arabic culture and literature and to inter-faith understanding.

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