Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad
Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (T. J. Winter) is the Shaykh Zayed Lecturer in Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. He is also the Director of Studies in Theology at Wolfson College and Chair of Trustees at the Cambridge Muslim College.
Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad graduated from the University of Cambridge with a double-first in Arabic in 1983. He then lived in Cairo for three years, studying Islam under traditional teachers at the University of Al-Azhar, the leading university in the Muslim world. He went on to reside for three years in Jeddah, where he administered a commercial translation office and maintained close contact with Habib Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad and other notable scholars from Hadramaut, Yemen.
In 1989, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad returned to England and spent two years at the University of London learning Turkish and Farsi. Since 1992 he has been a doctoral student at Oxford University, specializing in the religious life of the early Ottoman Empire. He is currently Secretary of the Muslim Academic Trust (London) and Director of the Sunna Project at the Centre of Middle Eastern Studies at Cambridge University, which issues the first-ever scholarly Arabic editions of the major Hadith collections. He is also the Dean of the Cambridge Muslim College, an institution for education, training and research in subjects important to the British Muslim community which currently offers a one year diploma in Contextual Islamic Studies and Leadership, as well as currently heading the New Cambridge Mosque Project which is hoping to build the first purpose built mosque in the historic city of Cambridge.
Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad is the translator of a number of works, including two volumes from Imam al-Ghazali's Ihya Ulum al-Din. He gives durus and halaqas from time to time and taught the works of Imam al-Ghazali at the Winter 1995 Deen Intensive Program in New Haven, CT, USA. He appears frequently on BBC Radio and writes occasionally for a number of publications, including The Independent; The Times and Seasons, the semiacademic journal of Zaytuna Institute.
Information about the Cambridge Muslim College may be found on line at: www.cambridgemuslimcollege.org
Information about the new Cambridge mosque project may be found on line at: www.cambridgemosqueismoving.org.uk