Dr Mohammad Hashim Kamali is a professor and a Founding Chairman and CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS), Malaysia. He was Professor of Islamic Law and Jurisprudence at the International Islamic University Malaysia (1985-2004), and also Dean of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC) from 2004 to 2006. Dr Kamali was previously Assistant Professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University in Canada; a Visiting Professor at the Capital University, Ohio, and also at the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) of Berlin. He was a member and sometime Chairman of the Constitution Review Commission of Afghanistan (2003) and also served as a UN Advisor on constitutional reform in the Maldives (2004 and 2007). He advised on the new constitution of Iraq (2004-2005) and also acted as Senior UN Advisor on the new Constitution of Somalia. Professor Kamali is a member of the Shariah Advisory Council of the Securities Commission, Malaysia, and a member also of the UN Alliance of Civilisations Global Experts Panel. He serves on the boards of 13 local and international academic journals. He has addressed over 170 national and international conferences and has published 20 books and over 160 academic articles. His books Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence; A Textbook of Hadith Studies; Freedom of Expression in Islam; and Shariۦah Law: An Introduction are reference works in leading English speaking universities worldwide. He features in a book entitled, The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World.
CILE held a seminar on “Politics and Ethics” 8-10 June, 2013 at its headquarters. The participants focused on two questions:
o What is a civil state with Islamic reference?
o What are the ethical limits on freedom of expression in Islam?