Prof A R Kidwai continues as Director, Centre for Quranic Studies


Aligarh : Professor A R Kidwai will continue as the Director of the K A Nizami Centre for Quranic Studies, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) as his term has been extended by the Vice Chancellor.

Known for exploring new scholarly persectives in the study of the Holy Quran, Prof Kidwai’s prolific writing bridges the gap between the two traditions of Muslim and Western scholarship and his contextual-analytical study renews the acquaintance of readers with the latest developments in the field of Quranic Studies.

He has authored 23 books on Islam and Quran with Pearls of Wisdom: Anthology of the Quranic Passages (2021) and Gems from the Prophet’s Companions, Leicester, Kube, UK (2022) slated to release in the months to come. These two new books will help researchers and scholars to re-discover the wisdom of the Quran and fulfill the need for the English-speakers to learn more about that first generation of Muslims—the men who were contemporaries with the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

Prof Kidwai has authored and edited books include Essential Teachings of the Quran (Leicester, Islamic Foundation, UK. 2005.,Bibliography of the Translations of the Meaning of the Glorious Quran into English 1649-2002 (Madina, Saudi Arabia, King Fahad Quran Printing Complex, 2007), 365 Sayings of Prophet Muhammad (Jaico, Mumbai, 2008), BibliojarafiaTarjumat Ma‘ani al-Quran al-Karim, Daily Wisdom: Selections from the Hadith (Leicester, Islamic Foundation, UK. 2010), Daily Wisdom: Selections from the Quran (Leicester, Islamic Foundation, UK. 2011), Translating the Untranslatable: A Critical Guide to 60 English Translations of the Quran (New Delhi, Sarup Publishers, 2011), What is in the Quran? Message of the Quran in Simple English (New Delhi, Viva Books, 2013), Daily Wisdom: Selections from Prayers and Supplications (Leicester, Islamic Foundation, UK. 2013), and From Darkness into Faith: Like and Works of Mawlana Abdul Majid Daryabadi ( Springs, South Africa, Ahsan Publication, 2013), .Special Issue of Jamia Millia Islamia Urdu Journal, Islam awrAsrJadid, 45:1 (January – October 2013, of 128 pages contains a collection of Prof Kidwai’s articles in Urdu on the translations of the Quran), Mustashreqeen Aur Angrezi Tarajim-e-Quran (New Delhi. Al-Balagh Publication, 2015), Blessed Names and Attributes of Allah, (Leicester, UK, Kube Publication, 2016), Blessed Names and Characteristics of Prophet Muhammad (Leicester, UK, Kube Publication, 2016), Journey of Faith: Maulana Abdul Majid Daryabadi (Edited by Akhtarul Wasey and Prof Kidwai (New Delhi, Shipra Publication, 2016), God’s Word Man’s Interpretations: A Critical Study of the 21st Century English Translations of the Quran (New Delhi, Viva Books, 2018), The Crescent in the West: Image of the Orient in English Literature up to 1832 (Mauritius, Al Ilm Publishing).


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