Abdal Hakim Murad (UK)
Born in 1960, Timothy John Winter (known as Abdal Hakim Murad in Muslim circles) is a British Muslim scholar and educator. Shaykh Abdal Hakim is currently the the Shaykh Zayed Lecturer of Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University, Director of Studies in Theology at Wolfson College, and a doctoral student at Oxford University, where he is examining the relationship between the state and Sufi tariqat in the Ottoman Empire.
Shaykh Abdal Hakim received his secondary education from Westminster School, and subsequently graduated with a double-first in Arabic from Cambridge University in 1983. He went on to study the traditional Islamic sciences at the University of al-Azhar in Egypt for several years, and also spent an equal number of years in Jeddah, where he administered a commercial translation office and maintained close contact with the Sufi Shaykh Habib Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad. Upon Shaykh Abdal Hakim’s return to England in 1989, he spent two years at the University of London where he studied Turkish and Persian.
Shaykh Abdal Hakim’s interests include: Muslim-Christian relations, Islamic ethics, Sufism, Islamic theology, Hadith studies, orthodox Muslim responses to extremism, sexuality in Islam, Islam and gender, Islam and the West, British Islam, religious life in Ottoman Turkey, and the Scriptural Reasoning project.
His written work in English includes numerous articles, translations of classical Islamic works (notably two treatises of Imam Abu Hamid al Ghazali published by the Islamic Texts Socieity) and Understanding Islam and the Muslims (co-authored with John A. Williams). He has also edited The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology and co-edited Abraham’s Children: Jews, Christians and Muslims in Conversation.
Shaykh Abdal Hakim serves as the secretary of the Muslim Academic Trust (London), Director of The Anglo-Muslim Fellowship for Eastern Europe, President of the UK Friends of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Director of the Sunna Project, which has published the foremost scholarly Arabic editions of the major Sunni Hadith collections.