Professor Jasser Auda is an Egyptian scholar of Islamic thought with a specific emphasis on the higher purposes (maqasid) of the Islamic jurisprudence. He carries a PhD in the philosophy of Islamic law from the University of Wales, UK, and a PhD in systems analysis from the University of Waterloo, Canada. Early in his life, he memorized the Quran and undertook traditional studies at the study circles of Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, Egypt.
As the President of Maqasid Institute Global, a think tank, registered in the USA, UK, Malaysia and Indonesia, his aim is to effect a paradigm shift in the understanding and practice of Islam. Dr. Ouda has had a global presence in the teaching of Islamic Studies and Sharia Law both as a professor and as a guest lecturer in dozens of countries around the world including Canada, Qatar, Serbia and South Africa.
He is a founding and board member of the International Union for Muslim Scholars, an executive member of the Fiqh Council of North America, a member of the European Council for Fatwa and Research, and a fellow at the Fiqh Academy of India. He is also Chair for Maqasid Studies at the International Peace University in South Africa.
Professor Auda lectured on Islam and the Quran in dozens of countries, and wrote 25 books in Arabic and English, some of which were Islamic best sellers and were translated to 25 languages. His most recent publication is titled ‘Reorganizing the Muslim Mind: Reflections in Light of Divine Universal Laws and Shariah Objectives.’