Professor Abdel Haleem is the Founding Director of the Centre of Islamic Studies at SOAS, University of London. He moved to the School of Oriental and African Studies as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Arabic. Previously, he was a Lector in Arabic at the Faculty of Oriental Studies in Cambridge.
In 2008 he was awarded the OBE for his contribution to Arabic Literature and Culture and Interfaith Relations.
Professor Haleem grew up in an Egyptian village where he learned the Qur’an by heart. He had his Primary and Secondary education in Al-Azhar School. Then he attended the University of Cairo where he obtained a BA in Arabic and Islamic Studies. He obtained his PhD from Cambridge.
Professor Haleem is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Qur’anic Studies (published by Edinburgh University Press). He is an active participant in the Building Bridges Programme and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Foundation for Inter-Religious/Inter-Cultural Research/Dialogue, University of Geneva.
Professor Haleem’s publications include The Qur’an: a New Translation, OUP, 2004, and (with Elsaid Badawi) an Arabic-English Dictionary of Qur’anic Usage Brill 2007; “Islam, Religion of the Environment” in Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (2003/4), Understanding the Qur’an: Themes and Style, IB Tauris 2001 and ‘Human Rights in Islam and the United Nations Instruments’ in Democracy, the Rule of Law and Islam, eds. Eugene Cotran and Adel Omar Sherif, Kluwer Law International (1999).