Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

Dr Mohommad Akram Nadwi – a former research fellow at Oxford University – is most reputed for his ground-breaking research on the female scholars of Islam in the field of Hadith. This research spanned a period of 15 years and resulted in the 57-volume work detailing and analysing the biographies of over 9000 female scholars from the time of Prophet Muhammad until today. This work is hailed as a unique masterpiece in the history of Islam.

Dr Nadwi started his Islamic education in Madrasah al-Islah, a madrasah that was started by the great Indian scholar and thinker, Moulana Hamiduddin Al-Farahi. After completing his initial studies there, he went on to join the prestigious seminary, Nadwatul ‘Ulama. He completed his BA ‘Alimiyyah Degree and MA in Hadith Studies with first class honours and top of his class. He was directly appointed to teach at the Institute by the then director, Shaykh Abul Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi. While teaching at Nadwatul ‘Ulama, Dr Nadwi pursued further studies at Lucknow University in the field of economics (BA) and he then completed a PhD programme in Arabic Literature.

Dr Nadwi, at the request of Shaykh Abul Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi, joined the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford, as a research fellow in 1989. In addition to numerous research papers, he has authored and translated over 30 titles on Language, Jurisprudence, Qur’an and Hadith. In 2013, he relinquished his post at University of Oxford to focus on his own writings which include a comprehensive explanation on the classical hadith masterpiece Sahih Muslim.

Dr Nadwi’s authoring and teaching experience spans over 30 years. His introductory books on Arabic Grammar (Al-Nahw), Morphology (Al-Sarf) and Principles (Usul) of Tafsir, Hadith and Fiqh are used all over the world in madrasahs, Islamic institutes and colleges teaching ‘Alimiyyah (Islamic scholarship degree) students. He has also assisted many of the Islamic colleges with curriculum development.

Dr Nadwi’s passion for learning and teaching made him travel around the world to visit and study under many of the renowned scholars of our time. He is widely recognised as one of Western Europe’s leading Islamic scholars and thinkers.


Teacher & Academic Coordinator Online Programmes

Dr Zoulaikha Toufik

Dr Zoulaikha Taoufik holds a Ph.D. in Islamic studies from Mohammed V University (Rabat,

Morocco). She has more than 20 years’ experience teaching Arabic language to native and non-native speakers. Her expertise in teaching Arabic has been strengthened and deepened, not only by teaching the language, but also by teaching various related subjects, which requires a high level of mastery of Arabic, such as Ulum Al Hadith (with all its branches), Asserah N’nabawiyyah (Biography of the Prophet, SAW), and Quran Recitation according to the proper rules of Tajweed, Memorization and Explanatory meanings (Tafseer).

She has, consistently, met high standards in teaching Arabic grammar by implementing new methods that have been developed based on scientific / linguistic strategies. She has successfully, implemented a modified version of “TPRS” or “Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Story-telling” in teaching Arabic as a foreign language. She has also Written Arabic poems, Anaasheed and plays to make both learning and teaching Arabic enjoyable and effective.