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Short Biography of Authors of Arabic Study Books

Below are few short biographies of Authors, Translators and Editors, who have contributed in the field of Islamic Knowledge and made Arabic language accessible and easy to learn and understand for the students of the Arabic worldwide.

Dr V. Abdur Rahim

  • Received the national award for ‘Outstanding Arabic Scholar’ in 1997 CE conferred by former president of India: Dr. S. D. Sharma;
  • Received the prestigious Madihur Rasool Sadaqatullah Appa Award 2012 CE for outstanding Arabic Scholar, from the Department of Arabic, Persian & Urdu, University of Madras, India (see ceremony and photos below);
  • Deeply learned in the Glorious Qur’an and Sunnah;
  • Majored in English Language and Literature (University of Madras, India);
  • Holds M.Phil. and Ph.D. Degrees in Arabic Philology from the University of Al-Azhar (Cairo);
  • Formerly Professor of Arabic Language for 30 years at the Islamic University of Madinah;
  • Personally taught the Arabic Language all over the world such as at Islamic University Madinah, Islamic University Omdurman, Sudan, Khartoum University Sudan, in Germany, Washington D.C. and British Guyana;
  • Has been teaching Arabic as a foreign language for more than 50 years;
  • An expert on European Languages: their etymology, phonetic change and semantic development;
  • Formerly the Director of the ‘Institute of Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language’, Islamic University, Madinah;
  • Currently the Director of the Translation Centre at the ‘King Fahd Glorious Qur’aan Printing Complex’ (Madinah, Saudi Arabia)

Ghassan Mahir (B.Sc., D.Nut., MHMF, MHF): after completing his BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Baghdad University in 1977, he worked in the engineering field for eight years in Iraq and Kuwait, only to see his engineering profession ending prematurely as a result of health problems, and moving as a result to the UK in 1985. 

His writing career started in 1984 and now he has some 40 published works - including translations - in Arabic language education, alternative medicine, socio-politics and Islamic studies. 

He has completed several diplomas in alternative medicine and has written books on that subject, in both Arabic and English, some of which are still in print. He is the author of many Arabic language educational books for GCSE and A-level students and teachers, published by M M Books, which include topic-based books, study resources, grammar and literary criticism, and he is also a co-author of books for pre-GCSE level. 

His books are used by schools all over the UK, as well as in many national and international schools abroad.


Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim H.I. Surty (b. 1941) studied for his M.A. at the University of Bombay on 1966 before migrating to the U.K. 

He obtained his Ph.D. for the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 1972. His thesis on the theme of Adab al-Qadi, the Administration of justice in Islam, is published in two volumes from Minna.

Dr. Surty taught fourteen years in Sokoto, Nigeria and worked for three years as Senior Research Fellow at the Islamic Foundation, Leicester before joining the Centre of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Selly Oak Colleges, University of Birmingham. His other works include Towards Understanding the Glorious Qur'an; Arabic the Language of the Glorious Qur'an and al-Shari'ah and A course in 'Ilm al-Tajwid, The Science of Reciting the Qur'an. He has contributed articles on Islam to international journals.


Muhammad S. Adly comes from the tribe of Juhayynah. He was born in Egypt in 1949. Adly holds two Ijazah degrees from Egypt & Saudi Arabia.

He used to teach in the Holy Mosque in Makkah. In 1975, he migrated to United States.

Held the position of Imam at the following Places:

Islamic Mission Of America, Brooklyn, NY. 1975
Masjid Al-Muslimiin, Brooklyn, NY. 1976 - 1977
Principal for Madrastul Ikhuah, Brooklyn, NY. 1978
Dar Al-Arqum, Brooklyn, NY. 1979
Representative of Muslim World League NY. 1977 - 1980
Chaplain & Consultant at SCDC Columbia, SC 1982
Director of the Islamic Center Of Columbia. (1981 - Present)
Guide For Hajj group 1995 - Present
Author of Thirty Seven (37) Books On Islam
Member of AMJA (American Muslim Jurists Association)
Vice Chairman - NAIF (North American Imam's Federation)
Manager of AdlyOnline.com.


Suhaib Sirajudin received his Degree in Islamic theology from the Islamic College of Holcombe, Bury. He then continued his studies for a Degree in Software Engineering at Blackburn College, an associate college of Lancaster University, and for his Masters in Computer Security from the University of Liverpool.

He further studied for a Diploma in Counselling for marriage issues, Drugs, Stress and Family Counselling. After completing his studies he travelled to Saudi Arabia and taught at the Jubail University in Jubail, Eastern Province. Currently, he is a speaker and a counsellor at SLMCC, Harrow, where his service for humanity has been appreciated by the people. He also hosts regular talks at SLMCC and maintains his website.


Edward William Lane (1801-76), English-Arabic Scholar

Few Western students of the Arab world are as well known as the 19th-century British scholar Edward William Lane (1801-76). During his long career, Lane produced a number of highly influential works: An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians (1836), his translation of The Thousand and One Nights (1839-41), Selections from the Qur'an (1843), and the Arabic-English Lexicon (1863-93). 

The Arabic-English Lexicon remains a pre-eminent work of its kind, and Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians is still a basic text for both Arab and Western students. Yet one of Lane's most important works was never published. This was his book-length manuscript, Description of Egypt. Son of Dr Theophilus Lane, prebendary of Hereford, born In 1801, educated at Bath and Hereford grammar schools.

A name known to almost everyone in all the many fields of Middle East studies, was the author of a number of highly influential works: An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians (1836), his translation of The Thousand and One Nights (1839-41), Selections from the Qur'an (1843), and the Arabic-English Lexicon (1863-93). In 2000, his long-forgotten manuscript description of Egypt was published for the first time by the AUC Press. 


J Milton Cowan (February 22, 1907 – December 20, 1993) was an American linguist was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cowan served as a missionary in Germany for some time during his youth. Back in the U.S., he earned a master's degree in German from the University of Utah in 1932, then a doctorate from the University of Iowa, with a thesis on the American dramatic speech, in 1935. 

He occupied a number of academic positions throughout his life, becoming the president of the Linguistic Society of America in 1966. From 1946 to the early 1970s, he was the director of the Division of Modern Languages (now the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) at Cornell University. In 1972, he and his wife co-founded the publishing house Spoken Language Services. He was the editor of the Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic.


Dr. Ahmad Bassam Saeh, is an accomplished storyteller, poet and academic who is also a specialist in Syrian folklore. He succeeds in captivating the reader through his use of impeccable Arabic rendered in a clear, easy-to-follow style.


Sabry Hafez is a distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at Qatar University. His publications include The Genesis of Arabic Discourse and The Quest for Identities (selected by Choice magazine as one of the outstanding academic titles of 2009), both by Saqi Books.


Catherine Cobham is a lecturer in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of St Andrews. She has translated the works of Adonis, Nagib Mahfuz, Mahmoud Darwish, Hanan al-Shaykh and Fu'ad Al-Takarli, amongst others.

 

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