Shaykh S.M. Hasan al-Banna
(Principal instructor)

Shaykh SM Hasan al-Banna is the founding director of the Islamic Institute for Development & Research (IIDR) and an Advisory Board Member of the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (Faculty of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation). In addition to pursuing his postgraduate research at Al-Azhar University in Islamic Jurisprudence, he is a successful entrepreneur and CEO of a global publishing and media company. Shaykh Hasan al-Banna has authored and translated over ten works on Islamic history, law, thought and spirituality. His preliminarily studies of the classical Islamic sciences were with his father Shaykh Muhammad Abdul Qadir, a renowned scholar specialising in Quranic exegesis (tafsir) and later with other scholars. He holds a BA (Hons) in Arabic & Law (SOAS, University of London) and also studied at the Institute Européen des Sciences Humanities (France) and the University of Alexandria (Egypt). He is the principal instructor of the Journey Through Islamic Knowledge Series organised and delivered by IIDR.

Prof. MAS Abdel Haleem
(Guest lecturer)

Professor Abdel Haleem was born in Egypt, and learned the Quran by heart from childhood. Educated at Al-Azhar, Cairo, and Cambridge Universities, he has taught Arabic at Cambridge and London Universities for many years, including courses in advanced translation and the Quran. Since 1995 he has been Professor of Islamic Studies at the school of Oriental Studies and African Studies, University of London. His most recent publications are Understanding the Quran: Themes and Style (2001) and An Arabic-English Dictionary of Quranic Usage, with E. Badawi (2007). He is the Editor of the Journal of Quranic Studies and the London Quran Studies series.  In 2004, Oxford University Press published Professor Muhammad Abdul Haleem's translation of the Quran which is considered by many as one of the most authoritative Quran translations in the English language. He was awarded an OBE in 2008 in recognition for his services to Arabic culture and literature.

Dr Hesham al-Awadi
(Guest lecturer)

Dr Hesham Al-Awadi was born in Kuwait and educated in the United Kingdom. He completed his BA, MA, MPhil and PhD in the fields of History, Politics, International Relations and Communication at various British universities including the University of Cambridge and Exeter. He is currently the Associate Professor of History and International Relations, American University of Kuwait.