His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi,
President of the University of Sharjah
Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Sharjah International Foundation for the History of Arab and Muslim Sciences
Prof.Hamid Al Naimiy
Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, Director of the Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences. Prof. Al Naimiy has published a prolific number of research articles, books and literature internationally and regionally. He is President of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences (AUASS) and Executive Chairman of the Sharjah International Foundation for the History of Arab and Muslim Sciences.
Prof. Mesut Idriz
Prof. Dr. Mesut Idriz, a native of Macedonia, received his graduate and doctoral degrees from the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). Currently he is Professor of Comparative History of Civilizations and Islamic Civilization courses and Chair of the Department of History and Islamic Civilization, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Sharjah, as well as Acting Director of Sharjah International Foundation for the History of Arab and Muslim Sciences (SIFHAMS). Prof. Idriz taught in various higher learning institutions including International University of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Sakarya University (Turkey), and the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) and International Islamic University Malaysia (Malaysia) respectively. He was Head of the Department of Political Science and International Relations and Founder-Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Education at Hasan Kalyoncu University (Formerly known as Gazikent University, Turkey). Besides educational institutions, he was Chief Editor (Academics) at MPH Group Publishing (Kuala Lumpur). He has been a regular Visiting Professor at the International Summer School (PISU) of Prishtina University (Kosovo), teaching a special course on "Public Diplomacy in the Balkans," Shanghai International Studies University (China), and University Brunei Darussalam (Brunei). He is Vice-President of Dituria Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in Macedonia that serves towards the studies on science and culture. He has published, edited and translated numerous academic books and articles concerning the Balkans, Ottoman and Muslim history, Islamic civilization, history of Islamic education (particularly the tradition of ijazah, diploma). His works have been published in English, Arabic, Turkish, Albanian, Persian, French and Malay languages. His most recent books are The Middle Eastern Jewellery Reflection of Islam on the Forms and Symbols (co-authored with Meri Ugrinovska, 2018) and Late Ottoman Educational System in the Balkans in the Light of the Ijazahs (2017).
Prof. Ahmed Djebbar
Professor of Mathematics at the University of Lille in France. Prof. Jaber is considered among the top 40 specialists across the world in the field of history of the sciences. He has published 10 valuable books and dozens of specialized scientific articles. He is an active member of international and regional institutes and authorities.
Prof. Dr. David A. King
Prof. King studied in England (Mathematics at Cambridge, Education at Oxford) and then worked for the Sudan Govt. Ministry of Education. PhD (Near Eastern Langs and Lits, Yale) with a dissertation on the leading Muslim astronomer ca. 1000, Ibn Yunus. Academic appointments: Director of the Smithsonian Institution Project in Medieval Islamic Astronomy, based at the American Research Center in Egypt; Prof of Near Eastern Langs & Lits at New York U; and Prof of History of Science at Frankfurt U. Many of his publications are repr. as Medieval Islamic Astronomy, Islamic Astronomical Instruments, Astronomy in the Service of Islam, Islamic Astronomy and Geography. He was the first to document the histories of the regional schools of astronomy in Egypt, Syria, Yemen and Maghrib. His magnum opus In Synchrony with the Heavens, based on over 500 previously-unstudied manuscripts, shows how Muslims determined their prayer-times and determined the direction of prayer (qibla) for over a millennium.
Prof. Ahmad Dallal
PhD in Islamic Studies from Columbia University (1990). Prof. Dallal held the positions of Provost at the American University in Beirut (2009-2015) and is currently Professor of History in the AUB Department of History and Archaeology. He worked at a number of U.S. universities, including Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he was Chairman of the Department of Arab and Islamic Studies, Stanford University (2000-2003), and Yale University (1994-2000). His focus of study is on the history of the sciences, Islamic reform movements, and Islamic law. His most recent publication is entitled, Islam, Science and the Challenge of History.
Prof. Roshdi Rashed
PhD in the History of Philosophy and Mathematics from the University of Paris. Prof. Rachid held several positions at the National French Center for Scientific Research in 1965. He held the positions of Director of Epistemology Research and the History of Science and Director of the Center of Medieval Science and Arab Philosophy at Denis Diderot University – Paris until the year 2001. He has published several books as well as research papers and articles in various periodicals on the contribution of the Islamic sciences and Arab scientists to the development and progress of science. He was also chief editor of the Arabic Sciences and Philosophy Journal at Cambridge University. He currently serves as the Honorary Director of a high-level department at the National Scientific Research Centre in France (CNRS). He has received a number of honorary degrees from the President of France for his scientific work of 1989 and was awarded the International Academy for the History of Science Medal in 1990. He received the Avicenna Gold Medal from the Director General of UNESCO in 1999.
Prof. Howayda Al Harithy
PhD in Art History and Architecture (Islamic Architecture), Harvard University, 1992. M.A. in Art History and Architecture, Harvard University, 1990. M.S. in Architecture Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1987, and Bachelor of Architecture, Oregon School of Design, 1985. Prof. Al Harthi has held the position of Professor of Architecture at the American University of Beirut since 1994. She was a visiting professor at Harvard University in 1994, at MIT in 1993 and 2000, and at Georgetown University in 2006. She served as Chairwoman of the Department of Architecture and Design for two terms (2003-2006 and 2009-2012). She has published a number of books and research articles in various periodicals on Islamic architecture with a particular focus on the architectural heritage and its relationship to the construction of identity and reconstruction. She is a member of many scientific boards and committees, including the Executive Advisory Board for IASTE (International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments) at the University of California, Berkeley and the Advisory Council for the top magazine, Lonaard, in London, United Kingdom. She is also the recipient of several awards, the most important being the Agha Khan Award, Division of Fine Arts, Harvard University, 1999.
Prof. Ahmed Fouad Basha
PhD in Physics from the University of Moscow in 1974. Founder of the "Islamic Science" theory. Recipient of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Award for Translation in the Natural Sciences from other languages into Arabic for the year 2007. Prof. Basha has held a number of positions at Cairo University. He is the rapporteur for the National Committee for History and Philosophy of Science at the Academy of Scientific Research in Egypt. He is a member of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO, member of the Advisory Board for the Institute of Arabic Manuscripts in Cairo, Vice President of the Center of Research and Studies on Heritage in the Natural Sciences at Cairo University, board member for the Center for Documentation and Islamic Studies and the Department of Education in Cairo, member of the Board of Directors for the Egyptian Society for the Arabization of Science, founding member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Scientific Heritage of Islamic Civilization Society, founding member and member of the Supreme Council of the Scientific Culture Committee, member of the Academy of Arabic Language for the protection of the Arabic language, and member of the Egyptian Academy for Scientific Miracles in the Quran and the Sunnah..
Prof. Bashar Marouf
PhD in Islamic History from the University of Baghdad in 1976. Prof. Al Athma is an expert from the Iraqi Academy of Sciences, member of the Jordan Academy of Arabic, member of the Arab Academy of Damascus, member of the Royal Society for Research and Islamic Civilization, "Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought,” member of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Cairo, member of the Board of Trustees for the Higher Islamic Institute of Islamic Graduate Studies in the United States (Columbia, Maryland), and general scientific supervisor for a major exegesis project.
Prof. Abdulla Yousef Al Gunaim
PhD in Geography in 1975, Dean of the College of Arts at the University of Kuwait (1980-1985), Minister of Education and Higher Education (1996-1998), Director of the Arabic Manuscripts/Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Science Institute (1989). Prof. Al Ghunaim is a geographer, Head of the Kuwaiti Research and Studies Center and author of the book, Arab Geographical Manuscripts and Research and Readings on Arab Geographical Heritage, in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.
Prof. Charles Falco
Professor of Optical Sciences; Physics and Director of the Ibn al-Haytham International Society for Light at the University of Arizona, US. Prof. Falco holds a PhD from the University of California (1974) and has published several international articles about the achievements of Ibn al-Haytham. He is also President of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Visual Devices.
Prof. Muzaffar Iqbal
PhD in Chemistry (1983) from the Pakistani University of Saskatchewan in Canada. Prof. Iqbal is is the founder-president of Center for Islamic Sciences, Canada, (previously called Center for Islam and Science); editor of Islamic Sciences, a semi-annual journal of Islamic perspectives on science and civilization, and General Editor of the seven-volume Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qur'an, the first English-language reference work on the Qur’an. Dr. Iqbal received his Ph.D. in chemistry (University of Saskatchewan, Canada, 1983). He has held academic and research positions at University of Saskatchewan (1979-1984), University of Wisconsin-Madison (1984-85), and McGill University (1986), as Director, Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) (1991-96) and Director, Pakistan Academy of Sciences (1998-99). He was Program Director for the Muslim World for the Science-Religion Course Program of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS), Berkeley, USA (1991-2001). Dr. Iqbal has written, translated, and edited twenty-one books and published nearly one hundred papers on various aspects of Islam, its spiritual and intellectual traditions and on the relationship between Islam and science, Islam and the West, the contemporary situation of Muslims, and the history of Islamic science.
Prof. Sherif Shaheen
PhD in Literature from the University of Cairo (1991). Prof. Shaheen is the former Chairman of the National Library and Archives of Egypt. He holds an M.A. from the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Leeds, England (1987) and the position of Director of the New Central Library of the University of Cairo (2007).