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Dr. Abdul Hamid Ahmad AbuSulayman (born 1936) is an internationally renowned Islamic scholar, thinker, educationist and author of many books and articles on the subject of Islam and Islamic reform, especially in the fields of thought and education. He holds an M.A. from Cairo University and a Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania. He was the Founding President of International Islamic University Malaysia (1988–99) and is at present the Chairman of the Board and trustee of the International Institute of Islamic Thought, Washington DC.



AbuSulayman completed his BA in Commerce in 1959 and MA in Political Science in 1963 from the Cairo University. Later, he completed his PhD in International Relations from University of Pennsylvania in 1973. His doctoral dissertation was later published in the form of a book published by IIIT, 'Towards an Islamic Theory of International Relations: New Directions for Islamic Methodology and Thought'.


Before joining International Islamic University, Malaysia, as its Rector from 1988-1999, AbuSulayman was the Secretary of State Planning Committee, Saudi Arabia from 1963-1964 and Chairman of the Department of Political Science at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 1982-1984.

He is the former President and founding member of International Institute of Islamic Thought and presently Chairman of the Board and trustee of the institute.

He was also involved with many socio-cultural organisations related to the Muslim youth and the Muslim community at large. He is founding member of The Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) in 1972, and served as its President from 1985-1987. AbuSulayman was the Secretary General of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) from 1973-1979.


AbuSulayman is well published, with several books and many publications. His major publications include:

  • The Islamic Theory of International Relations (1973)
  • The Crisis of the Muslim Mind (1986)
  • The Crisis of Muslim Will and Spirit (2004).
  • Family

    Abdul Hamid AbuSulayman is married and is the father of influential media and Muslim personality Muna AbuSulayman.


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