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Professor Emeritus

Akhtarul Wasey
Born (1951-09-01) 1 September 1951 (age 70)
NationalityIndian
CitizenshipIndia
OccupationProfessor
Years active1977-present
Known forContribution to Islamic studies
TitleProfessor emeritus
AwardsHonorary D. Litt., Henry Martyn Inst., Hyderabad (2020)
Padma Shri (2013)
Sir Syed Ahmad Khan Award for Interfaith Understanding
Maulana Mohd. Ali Jauhar Award (1996)
Urdu Academy, Delhi and UP (1985)
Fulbright Fellowship (2008)
Academic background
EducationB. A. (Aligarh), 1971
B. Th. (Aligarh), 1975
M. Th. (Aligarh), 1976
M. A. (Aligarh), 1977
Diploma in Turkish Language, (Istanbul), 1983
Alma materAligarh Muslim University]
Istanbul University
ThesisEducation of Indian Muslims: A study of the All-India Muslim Educational Conference, 1886-1947 (1977[1])
Academic work
DisciplineIslamic studies
InstitutionsJamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi
National Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities in India[2][3][4]

Akhtarul Wasey (born September 1, 1951) is the president of Maulana Azad University, Jodhpur, India, and a former professor of Islamic Studies. He taught at Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University) in New Delhi, where he remains professor emeritus in the Department of Islamic Studies.

Early life and education

Wasey was born on September 1, 1951, in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh to Hairat bin Wahid and Shahida Hairat. He is the oldest of six children. Wasey attended Primary School No. 16, the City High School of Aligarh Muslim University, and Aligarh Muslim University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Islamic studies in 1971, a Bachelor of Theology in 1975, a Master of Theology in 1976, and an Master of Arts in Islamic studies in 1977. He also completed a short-term course in the Turkish language from Istanbul University in 1983.[5][6][2]

Career

On August 1, 1980 he joined Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi as lecturer and worked there till 31 August 2016.Wasey was a lecturer, reader and professor at Jamia Milia Islamia University in New Delhi from 1980-2016,[7] serving as the director of Zakir Husain Institute of Islamic Studies and later becoming head of the Department of Islamic Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Languages. He is currently the president of Maulana Azad University in Jodhpur and remains a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Islamic Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia.[8]

In March 2014, Wasey was appointed by Indian President Shri Pranab Mukherjee to a three-year term as Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities in India, and became the first Urdu-speaking commissioner since 1957.[8]

Wasey is the editor of four Islamic journals: Islam Aur Asr-e-Jadeed; Islam and the Modern Age; Risala Jamia; and Islam Aur Adhunik Yug.[8]

Awards and honors


References

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  3. ^ Khan, Ali (6 April 2013). "Padma Shri Prof. Akhtarul Wasey". The Siasat Daily. Archived from the original on 15 March 2021. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Department of Islamic Studies Faculty Members: Prof. Akhtarul Wasey". Jamia Millia Islamia: A Central University. Archived from the original on 15 March 2021. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  5. ^ Zaidi, Mehek Shabih (16 August 2013). "A new turn". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 22 April 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  6. ^ a b Kawaja, Kaleem. "Prof. Akhtarul Wasey is among the Recipient of Padamshree Awards 2013". HalalinIndia. Archived from the original on 15 March 2021. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  7. ^ Hashmi, Rasia (25 June 2019). "Prof Akhtarul Wasey talks about Islam & politics". The Siasat Daily. Archived from the original on 15 March 2021. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  8. ^ a b c d "Padma Shri Prof. Akhtarul Wasey, President". Maulana Azad University, Jodhpur. Archived from the original on 15 March 2021. Retrieved 15 March 2021.