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President of Maulana Azad University

Prof. Akhtarul Wasey is recognized as a distinguished academic specializing in multidisciplinary study of Islam and Indian Muslims. He is an able administrator of many institutions concerned with socio-cultural affairs of the Indian Muslims;

He is one of the foremost Muslim faces in the contemporaneously relevant inter-faith dialogue; and above all, one of the best known faces advocating protection and promotion of identity of Indian Muslims as adherents of a tolerant, peace-friendly faith seeking justice and equity for Indian Muslims as equal claimants to the fruits of growth and development. He has provided pro-active leadership to the Indian Muslims in preserving and protecting their ethos in the perspective of secular Indian nation. The public bodies that he has headed or been associated with as member have made significant socio-cultural contributions and enriched our composite heritage


Prof. Akhtarul Wasey is a professor of Islamic studies who taught at Jamia Millia Islamia (National Islamic University) in New Delhi. Currently he is working as President of Maulana Azad University, Jodhpur, India. As a versatile personality he assumed many formal and informal designations. Like

  1. Formerly he worked as the director of Zakir Husain Institute of Islamic Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia,
  2. vice-chairman of the Urdu Academy Delhi and a member of the Executive Board of National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language; and president, vice president, / Foundation of SAARC Writers And Literature, India Interfaith Coalition on HIV/AIDS etc.
  3. he was also the President of Dargah Committee of the world-famous Chishti Sufi Shrine at Ajmer.
  4. Treasurer, Maulana Azad Education Foundation.
  5. General Secretary, South Asia Interreligious Council on HIV/AIDS, a body created by the UNICEF.
  6. Dean, head of the Department of Islamic Studies and Faculty of Humanities and Languages, Jamia Millia Islamia.
  7. He is one of the original signatories of The Common Word Document and was also part of the Makah Conference organized at the initiative of King Abdullah of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the need and role of Muslims in Interfaith Dialogue.


Prof. Akhtarul Wasey has been invited to 65 academic and semi-academic tours abroad including programmes organized/sponsored by
  1. UNICEF, (The United State Children’s Fund)
  2. UNDP, United Nations Development Programme
  3. UNAIDS, The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS
  4. UNFP
  5. UNHRC The United Nations Human Rights Council
  6. Organisation of Islamic Conference


Prof. Akhtarul Wasey is also the editor of four journals of Islamic Studies,
  1. Islam Aur Asr-e-Jadeed (an Urdu quarterly)
  2. Islam and the Modern Age (an English quarterly),
  3. Risala Jamia (an Urdu monthly),
  4. Islam Aur Adhunik Yug (Hindi)


Apart from his academic achievements he regularly appears on TV, debating on issues related to Islam and Muslims, and has delivered over 400 radio and 300 TV talks along with extensive and frequent writings in different news papers and magazines. He is considered to be a Muslim spokesperson among academicians.

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