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Profile: Zaki Badawi

Islamic leader Zaki Badawi

Zaki Badawi is currently the principal of the Muslim College in Britain, a postgraduate seminary responsible for the training of imams and Muslim leaders in the West that he founded in 1986, and he frequently publishes and broadcasts on Islamic affairs.

Badawi was educated at Al-Azhar University and the University of London, where he obtained his doctorate in the area of modern Muslim thought. His teaching posts have taken him to universities in Malaysia, Singapore, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom.

Previously, Badawi was director of the Islamic Cultural Centre and the chief imam of London Central Mosque in Regent's Park. He was also instrumental in establishing the Sharia Council as a facility to reconcile conflicts between Islamic law and the British civil code and was instrumental in negotiating with the Bank of England in establishing the first licensed Islamic financial institution in the U.K. In 1984, Badawi was elected chair of the Imams and Mosques Council of the United Kingdom, a post that he continues to occupy.

In addition to publishing numerous articles, Badawi co-edits "Encounter Magazine" with the archbishop of York and the chief rabbi and is also chairman of The Arabic Forum, the Islamic Religious Council, and the National Council for the Welfare of Muslim Prisoners. He is co-founder of the Three Faiths Forum, vice chairman of the World Congress of Faiths, and director and trustee of the Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism (FAIR).