Professor Liyakat Takim is the Sharjah Chair in Global Islam at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. A native of Zanzibar, Tanzania, he has authored more than one hundred and twenty scholarly works on a wide range of topics such as the genesis and development of Islamic law, the Qur’an and hadith literature, reformation in Islam, the role of custom in shaping Islamic law, Islamic mystical tradition, Islamic biographical literature, Islam in post-9/11 America and many other topics.
Professor Takim has also spoken at more than ninety academic national and international conferences. He also teaches graduate and under-graduate courses on topics such as Islamic fundamentalism, Global Islam, Islam in America and Sunni-Shi’i encounters.
He has published three books and is now working on his fourth book, Ijtihad and Reformation in Islam. Professor Takim has taught at several universities and is actively engaged in dialogue with different faith communities.
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