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PROF Abdullah Saeed


  • Contemporary Islamic Thought
  • Islam and Human Rights
  • Islam and the West
  • Islamic Finance
  • Muslim Communities in Australia
  • Promotion of inter-religious initiatives



  • Professor Saeed is an active researcher, focusing on one of the most important issues in Islamic thought: the negotiation of text and context, ijtihad and interpretation. He is a strong advocate of reform of Islamic thought and is frequently asked to present at events both nationally and internationally. He also participates in training courses on Islamic issues to community leaders and government agencies in Australia and abroad. Of particular interest, given the current climate, is the promotion of inter-religious initiatives. He regularly engages with the Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities at national and international symposia to enhance community understandings of Islam, Islamic thought and Muslim societies. He has authored and edited numerous works. His recent publications include The Qur'an: an introduction, Routledge 2008, Islamic Thought: an introduction, Routledge, 2006; Interpreting the Qur’an: Towards a Contemporary Approach, Routledge, 2006; Approaches to the Qur’an in Contemporary Indonesia (editor), Oxford University Press, 2005; Freedom of Religion, Apostasy and Islam (co-author), Ashgate, 2004.; Islam in Australia, Allen & Unwin, 2003. In addition to his strong research focus, Professor Saeed continues to teach Islamic studies at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and supervise postgraduate students.

    Professor Saeed is the Foundation Chair of the Sultan of Oman Endowed Chair in Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne. He is Director of the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne and Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies (in conjunction with Griffith University and the University of Western Sydney).

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Member of

  • American Academy of Religion. Member, American Academy of Religion 1999 - 2007


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Education and training

  • BA, Islamic University of Medina
  • MA, University of Melbourne 1994
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1992

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2010
  • Sultan of Oman Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies, Sultanate of Oman, 2003



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