SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Professor Muhammad A S Abdel Haleem, OBE

BA (Cairo), PhD (Cantab), FCIL (London)
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Muhammad A S Abdel Haleem
Near and Middle East Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

King Fahd Professor of Islamic Studies

Centre of Islamic Studies (CIS)

Director, Centre of Islamic Studies

Centre for Translation Studies (CTS)

Steering Committee Member for Arabic

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Professor Muhammad A S Abdel Haleem, OBE
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Islam: beliefs, practice and culture; Islamic family law; Arab society and culture



The Qur'an: language, style and translations in English; Islamic family law


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Regional Expertise
  • Near and Middle East
Country Expertise
  • Algeria
  • Bahrain
  • Comoros
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Eritrea
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tunisia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Yemen


Authored Books

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2017) Exploring the Qur'an: Context and Impact. London: I. B. Taurus.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2010) The Qur'an: English translation with parallel Arabic text. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad and Badawi, Elsaid M. (2005) Dictionary of Qur'anic Usage. E.J. Brill.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2004) The Qur'an: a New Translation. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (1999) Understanding the Qur'an: themes and style. London: I B Tauris.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (1995) Chance or creation? God's design in the Universe, attributed to Jahiz, translated and introduced.. Reading, Berkshire: Garnet.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad and Kay, Ernest (1984) English-Arabic business dictionary. London: Graham & Trotman.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (1978) The Creed of Islam. London: World of Islam Festival Trust.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad and Smith, G. R. (1978) The Superiority of Dogs over Many of Those Who Wear Clothes (Edition, translation and introduction). Warminster: Aris & Phillips.


Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2020) 'البالغة في دراسات العربية في الغرب وأثرها في دراسة القرآن - تجربة من بريطانيا'. Journal of the Academy of the Arabic Language in Cairo. [Forthcoming]

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2019) 'Sūrat Maryam (Q. 19): Comforting Muḥammad'. Journal of Qur'anic Studies, (22) 1. [Forthcoming]

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2018) 'The Role of Context in Interpreting and Translating the Qur’an'. Journal of Qur'anic Studies, (20) 1, pp 44-66.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2017) 'Sūrat al-Fajr (Q. 89): A Study of Structure, Meaning, and the Value of Analysis'. Journal of Qur'anic Studies, (19) 2, pp 148-157.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2006) 'The Qur'anic Employment of the Story of Noah'. Journal of Qur’anic Studies, (8) 1, pp 38-57.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2002) 'The Prophet Muhammad as a Teacher: implications for Hadith literature'. Islamic Quarterly, (46) 2, pp 121-137.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (1997) 'Adam and Eve in the Bible and the Qur’an'. Islamic Quarterly, (41) 4, pp 255-269.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (1994) 'Qu'ranic Orthography: the written presentation of the recited text of the Qur'an'. Islamic Quarterly, (38) 3, pp 171-192.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (1992) 'Grammatical Shift for Rhetorical Purposes: Iltifāt and Related Features in the Qur'ān'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (55) 3, pp 407-432.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (1991) 'Early Islamic Theological and Juristic Terminology: "Kitāb al-Ḥudūd fi 'l-uṣūl" by Ibn Fūrak'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (54) 1, pp 5-41.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (1990) 'The story of Joseph in the Qur'an and the old testament'. Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, (1) 2, pp 171-191.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (1990) 'The Face in the Qur'an: Divine and Human'. Islamic Quarterly, (34) 2, pp 164-179.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (1989) 'Water in the Qur'an'. Islamic Quarterly, (33) 1, pp 34-50.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (1989) 'The Hereafter and the Here-and-Now in the Qur'an'. Islamic Quarterly, (33) 2, pp 118-131.

Edited Books or Journals

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad and Robinson, Danielle, (eds.), (2006) The Moral World of the Qur'an. London: IB Tauris.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad and Sherif, Adel Omar and Daniels, Kate, (eds.), (2003) Criminal Justice in Islam: Judicial Procedure in the Shari'a. London: I.B. Tauris.

Book Chapters

Abdel Haleem, Muhammad (2020) 'Structural Coherence in the Qur’an: How to See the Connections'. In: Klar, Marianna, (ed.), Structural Dividers in the Qur'an. UK: Routledge. [Forthcoming]

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2017) 'The 'Sword Verse' Myth'. Exploring the Qur'an: Context and Impact. London: I. B. Taurus, pp 7-29.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2017) 'Qur'anic Paradise'. Exploring the Qur'an: Context and Impact. London: I. B. Taurus, pp 69-87.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2017) 'Legal Style: Qur'anic Sharia - Avoiding the Application of the Ultimate Penalties'. Exploring the Qur'an: Context and Impact. London: I. B. Taurus, pp 89-110.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2017) 'Evidential Style: Divine Oaths in the Qur'an'. Exploring the Qur'an: Context and Impact. London: I. B. Taurus, pp 177-212.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2017) 'The Arabic Qur'an in the Muslim World'. Exploring the Qur'an: Context and Impact. London: I. B. Taurus, pp 237-248.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2017) 'English Translations of the Qur'an: The Making of an Image'. Exploring the Qur'an: Context and Impact. London: I. B. Taurus, pp 249-282.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2017) 'Translations of the Qur'an and Interfaith Relations'. Exploring the Qur'an: Context and Impact. London: I. B. Taurus, pp 283-298.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2016) 'Quranic Paradise: How to Get to Paradise and What to Expect There'. In: Günther, Sebastian and Lawson, Todd, (eds.), Roads to Paradise: Eschatology and Concepts of the Hereafter in Islam. Netherlands: Brill, pp 47-66.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2015) 'Qur’anic Arabic: its characteristics and its impact on Arabic language and literature, and the languages and literatures of other Islamic peoples'. In: Nasr, Seyyed Hossein and Dagli, Caner K. and Dakake, Maria Massi and Lumbard, Joseph E.B. and Rustom, Mohammed, (eds.), The Harper Collins Study Qur’an. London: Harper Collins, pp 1626-1643.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2009) 'Qur’an'. In: Versteegh, C., (ed.), Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Vol. IV (Q-Z). Leiden: Brill, pp 21-32.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2009) 'The Politics of Peace in Islam'. In: Hogan, Linda and Lehrke, Dylan Lee, (eds.), Religions and the Politics of Peace and Conflict. Eugene Oregon: Pickwick Publications.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2008) 'Qur'an and Hadith'. In: Winter, Tim, (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 19-32.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2008) 'The Sword Verse Myth [El mito del 'versiculo de la espada]'. In: Peña Marín, Salvador and de Larramendi, Miguel Hernando, (eds.), El Coran ayer y hoy [The Quran Yesterday and Today]. Cordoba: Berenice, pp 307-340.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2006) 'Islam, Religion of the Environment'. In: Cotran, E. and Lau, M., (eds.), Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law. Netherlands: E.J. Brill, pp 403-410.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2006) 'Arabic and Islam'. In: Brown, Keith, (ed.), Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. Oxford: Elsevier, pp 34-37.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2004) 'Islam, Religion of the Environment: the Need for Re-Education and Retraining'. In: Marie, Mamdouth and Sherif, Adel Omar, (eds.), The environment and judiciaries of the Arab world: proceedings of the Arab Chief Justices' Conference and Symposium on the Training of Judges and Other Legal Stakeholders in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development, Cairo, Egypt, May 29-31, 2004. Cairo: Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt, pp 68-83.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (2003) 'Compensation for Homicide in Islamic Shari'a’, in Criminal Justice in Islam: Judicial Procedure in the Shari'a'. In: Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad and Sherif, Adel Omar and Daniels, Kate, (eds.), The Crescent and the Cross: Muslim and Christian Approaches to War and Peace. London: IB Tauris, pp 97-108.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (1999) 'Human Rights in Islam and the United Nations Instruments'. In: Cotran, E and Sherif, A, (eds.), Democracy the rule of law and Islam. London: Kluwer Law International, pp 435-453.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (1998) 'War and Peace in Islam'. In: Abdel Haleem, Harfiyah, (ed.), The Crescent and the Cross: Muslim and Christian Approaches to War and Peace. Macmillan.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (1995) 'Early kalam'. In: Leaman, Oliver and Nasr, S.H., (eds.), The Routledge History of Islamic Philosophy. Routledge.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (1995) 'Life and Beyond in the Qur'an'. In: Lewis, Christopher and Cohn-Sherbok, Dan, (eds.), Beyond Death. London: Macmillan Publishing, pp 66-79.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (1993) 'Context and Internal Relationships: Keys to Qur'anic Exegesis'. In: Shereef, A. and Hawting, G., (eds.), Approaches to the Qur'an. London: Routledge, pp 71-98.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (1993) 'Medical Ethics in Islam'. In: Grubb, A., (ed.), Choices and Decisions in Health Care. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons, pp 1-20.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (1986) 'The Qur'an'. In: Hawting, G. R., (ed.), Sacred Writings in Oriental and African Religions. London: SOAS, pp 17-22.

Abdel-Haleem, Muhammad (1975) 'Al-Sayyab; a study of his poetry'. In: Ostle, R.C., (ed.), Studies in Modern Arabic Literature. Arris & Phillips, pp 69-85.


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