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“And let there be among you a community calling to virtue, and advocating righteousness, and deterring from evil. These are the successful.” (The Quran, verse 3:104)

The Hawramani Institute is an incubator for Muslim intellectuals. Our main efforts center around mentoring and advancing capable Muslim intellectuals through enabling them to benefit from the latest research produced by Western scholars of Islam (both Muslim and non-Muslim), in addition to the works of traditional Islamic scholars. Another goal of the Hawramani Institute is to familiarize Muslim intellectuals with the products of the Western literary and intellectual traditions in order to facilitate a synthesis of the best that Islamic civilization offers with the best of Western civilization.

Additionally, we work to promote and publish the works of our member intellectuals in academic journals and books published by respected publishers.

The Hawramani Institute is dedicated to openness. We welcome all capable writers and bloggers and work with them to develop their talents and knowledge. Join the Hawramani Institute.

Contributors

Ikram Hawramani | Founder and Managing Editor | contact@hawramani.com | Full Biography | Twitter | 🇺🇸 United States

Ikram is a US-based independent researcher, writer and blogger with a degree in Internet technologies and usability. He studies the Islamic scholarly tradition using Arabic, Farsi, Kurdish and Western academic sources. He also studies history, population genetics, cultural evolution and Western philosophy. He works as a cloud system administrator and LAMP software engineer with specialization in K-12 educational systems. He is the creator of Lisaan.net, (probably) the world’s largest Arabic dictionary. He comes from the Sunni Hawrami minority of Iran and his family are survivors of the Halabja chemical weapons attack.

Ikram lives with his wife and two daughters in Arizona. He is an admirer of al-Ghazālī (d. 1111 CE), Ibn al-Jawzī (d. 1201 CE), Said Nursī (d. 1960 CE) and many scholars from al-Azhar University, especially Shaykh Muḥammad ʿAbdallāh Drāz (d. 1958).

Junaid Qadir | Contributor | junaid.qadir@itu.edu.pk | Full Biography | Twitter | 🇵🇰 Pakistan

Junaid Qadir completed his Ph.D. at the University of New South Wales, Australia in 2008 and his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from UET, Lahore, Pakistan in 2000. He is an Associate Professor at the Information Technology University (ITU)—Punjab, Lahore since December 2015. He is the Director of the IHSAN (ICTD; Human Development; Systems; Big Data Analytics; Networks Lab) Research Lab at ITU (http://ihsanlab.itu.edu.pk/). Previously, he has served as an Assistant Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (SEECS), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), from 2008 to 2015. He has published a number of peer-reviewed papers in top quality journals and magazines—including publications in IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (CST), IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communication (JSAC), IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC), and IEEE Communication Magazine. He is an Associate Editor for IEEE Access, Springer Nature Big Data Analytics journal, Springer Human-Centric Computing and Information Sciences, and the IEEE Communications Magazine.

Dr. Qadir has also performed Islamic research and has published papers on Islamic economics, Islamic notions of development and the Islamic concept of excellence. His Islamic papers can be viewed here on the ResearchGate website.

Suraya Razak | Contributor | suraya0945@gmail.com | Facebook | 🇲🇾 Malaysia

Suraya Razak is an independent Islamic studies researcher with a master’s degree in engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. She is a graduate member of the Institutions of Engineers, Malaysia.



Andrea Cabrera | Contributor | raschel16@hotmail.com | Twitter | 🇪🇨 Ecuador

Andrea Cabrera embraced Islam in 2001. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from Punjab University in Pakistan. She also studied business administration at Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja in Loja, Ecuador. She is currently studying education specializing in Islamic Studies at the Islamic Online University.

Ahmad Fahoum | Contributor | a_fahoum_52@live.com | 🇨🇭 Switzerland

Ahmad Fahoum is a Palestinian from Jerusalem, currently based in Geneva. Ahmad started his PhD in history in 2018, working on water management and sanitary engineering in Greater Syria during the Mandate period. His master’s research was on the Ottoman Red Crescent Exhibition in Istanbul during World War I.

He works as research assistant and has the command of Arabic, English, Hebrew, French and Turkish, and also the ability to work with Ottoman Turkish sources. His interests range from Islamic thought to Islamic history, but also include contemporary issues in the Islamic world in particular and the world at large. Coming from the humanistic disciplines, he aims to incorporate Islamic principles in modern research.

A. Puspadewi | Contributor | azrwydh@gmail.com | 🇮🇩 Indonesia

A. Puspadewi is a university drop-out who continues to seek a proportional and ideal Islamic perspective independently. Her current topics of interest include art, culture, religion, psychology, science and technology.


Mikain Nashata Jamal | Contributor | mnashata23@gmail.com | Twitter | 🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates

Mikain is an Indian student of Islamic studies raised in Dubai from age one. She completed her IGCSE at the Oxford School Dubai. Afterwards she joined university to pursue her childhood dream of studying forensic science. She switched to Islamic studies after a year when a strong desire to study Islam and teach it grew in her. Her desire is to gain wide knowledge of the treasures of Islam and to convey Islamic teachings at her own home of India.

She is currently doing her third undergraduate year in Islamic studies at an Islamic academy in Dubai.