Dr Asghar Ali Engineer www.csss-isla.com
Dr Asghar Ali Engineer was born in Rajasthan in 1939. He graduated in civil engineering from Indore, Madhya Pradesh and also took training in Hadith, tawil, fiqh and Qur’anic tafsir. An internationally renowned scholar of Islam, he has published over 50 books on Islam including Rights of Women in Islam, Liberation Theology in Islam, Communalism and Communal Violence.
He is a peace activist and is currently leading a reform movement in Bohra Muslim Community to which he belongs. He was presented the National Communal Harmony Award by Government of India in 1998 and the Right Livelihood Award, also known as Alternate Nobel Award by Swedish Academy, in 2004. He was conferred Honorary Doctorate by Calcutta University in 1993 and Hamdard Islamic University, Delhi in 2005. He is Founding Chairman of Centre for Study of Society and Secularism and Institute of Islamic Studies.