Dr Shahrul Hussain

Dr. Shahrul Hussain
Director & Head of Research

Email: s.hussain@ibnrushdcentre.org


Dr Shahrul Hussain is a graduate of a traditional private Islamic seminary. In 1997, after graduating from the Seminary, he won a full scholarship to study at the University of Al-Azhar, and in 2001 graduated from the Faculty of Islamic Jurisprudence and Law. In 2009, he completed his PhD at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

During his career Shahrul Hussain has held many posts in the field of education. In 2010, he started his academic career with an institute affiliated to the University of Gloucestershire and Newman University Birmingham. He was a lecturer in Islamic Studies and the BA Islamic Studies Course Leader. Shahrul Hussain has travelled to many parts of the world attending academic conferences and seminars. He is passionate at teaching as well as research, and he is happy to hear from research scholars with ideas for research collaboration or PhD student requiring help and support with their research.

Shahrul Hussain’s primary research focus is applied jurisprudence, Islamic legal theories and contemporary jurisprudence. He also has a keen interest in Hadith studies and Qur’anic studies. He feels passionately that good quality research and teaching will provide a space for detailed and nuanced understanding of religion and the changing nature of religious society, traditions and practices in the modern world.

Ph.D. in Islamic Studies. Area of study: Islamic Jurisprudence, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK;
B.A. Islamic Jurisprudence, University of Al-Azhar, Cairo, Egypt;
B.A. Islamic and Cultural Studies with Arabic (Fadil), Darul Uloom Islamic College, Birmingham, UK.
B.A. Islamic Studies, Correspondence Course, Accrediting body: Rabitah Madaris al-Islamiyyah

Journal articles
2016 Hussain, Shahrul, Ribā Based Mortgages in Dār al-Harb: An Issue of Modernist Application of
Fiqh al-Aqalliyāt for Muslim Minorities. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 36:3, 364-382.
2015 Hussain, Shahrul, The Ethico-legal Principals of Arms Trade and Arms Embargo in Early Sunni
Jurisprudence: Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law, 11:1, 26-48.
2014 Hussain, Shahrul, The Theories of Coercion and the Influence of Social Class on the Rules
Regarding Coercion in Contracts in Early Sunni Jurisprudence The Islamic Law and Culture Journal,
Routlegde, DePaul University, USA :http://media.law.uark.edu/jilc/ Issue: Volume 2014, Number 1

2019 Forthcoming The Contractual Capacity of Women: Legal Discourse in the Formative Period of
Islamic Jurisprudence, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).
2012 Hussain, Shahrul, Islamic Commercial Contractual Law Between Muslims and Non-
Muslims: A classical and contemporary comparative analysis: (Cambridge: Lambert Publishing, 2012).

Public-facing publications
2016 A Treasury of Sacred Maxim, (Markfield: Kube Publishing, 2016)
2016 What the Living can do to Help the Dead, (London: Whitethread Publishing, 2016).
2012 Dār al-Islām and Dār al-Ĥarb: An Analytical Study of its Historical Inception, Its Classical
Definition and its Applicability in the Contemporary, (Birmingham: Al-Hikma Publications, 2012)

Current Research Projects
1. Tamlīk-proper to Quasi-tamlīk: Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) of Zakat Money,
Empowering the Poor and Contemporary Modes of Distributing Zakat Money with Special
Reference to British Muslim Charities (
2. Khalifah, the Environment and Recycling Copies of the Holy Qur’an: A Symbiotic Sematic

Future Research Projects
1-  Neo-traditionalist Muslim Scholars and Gender-Reassignment Surgery: Contemporary
Development in Sunni and Shia Legal Thought with Particular Reference to British Muslim
2- Essentialism and Islamic Theology of Beauty Enhancement Surgery: A Critical Reflection on an
Essentialist Epistemology toward Bio-medical Ethics

Published Book Reviews

Current published book reviews 2018 – 2019


Islamic Law in the Modern World: Reformation and Legal Theories

UNDERSTANDING SHARIA: ISLAMIC LAW IN THE GLOBALISED WORLD. By Raficq S. Abdulla and Mohamed M. Keshavjee. London: I.B. Tauris and the Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2018. Pp.321. ISBN: 978-1-78831-319-3.

COERCION AND RESPONSIBILITY IN ISLAM: A STUDY IN ETHICS AND LAW. By Mairaj U. Syed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. 259. ISBN: 978-0-19-878877-5

THE PROVINCE OF SHARI‘AH DETERMINED: FUNDAMENTAL RETHINKING OF THE SHARI‘AH. By Faiz Abdullah. Selangor: I.B. The Others Press, 2017. Pp. 340403. ISBN: 978-967-0957-09-8

THE LEGAL THOUGHT OF JALAL AL-DIN AL-SUYUTI: AUTHORITY AND LEGACY. By Rebecca Skreslet Hernandez: Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. 238. ISBN: 978-0-19-80593-9


GENDER HIERARCHY IN THE QUR’AN: MEDIEVAL INTERPRETATIONS, MODERN RESPONSES. Karen Bauer, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Pp. 308. ISBN: 978-1-107-61393-5

1. The Creation of Saudi Arabia: Ibn Saud and British Imperial Policy, 1914-1927, Askar H. al-
Enazy, Routledge; 2010, published by The Muslim World Book Review: vol. 32, Issue 1, Autum
2. Islamic Law and the Law of Armed Conflict: The armed conflict in Pakistan, Niaz A. Shah,
Routledge; 2011, published by The Muslim World Book Review: vol. 32, Issue 1, Autum 2011
3. Shari’a in the West, edited by Rex Ahdar & Nicholas Aroney, Oxford University Press: 2010, by
The Muslim World Book Review: vol. 32, Issue 3, Spring 2012
4. Youth Work and Islam: A Leap of Faith for Young People, Edited by Brian Belton and Sadek
Hamid. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2011. by The Muslim World Book Review: vol. 32, Issue
3, Winter 2012
5. Theological Approaches to Qur’anic Exegesis: A practical comparative-contrastive analysis. By
Hussein Abdul-Raof. Oxon: Routledge, 2012. The Muslim World Book Review: vol. 33, Issue 3,
Spring 2013
6. Non-Muslims in the early Islamic Empire: From Surrender to Coexistence, Milka Levy-Rubin,
Camabrigde University Press, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. The Muslim
World Book Review: vol. 33, Issue 3, Spring 2013
7. Economic Problems and the Teaching(s) of the Qur’an. Edited by Ausaf Ahmad and Abdul
Azim Islahi. Aligarh. The Muslim World Book Review: vol. 34, Issue 3, Spring 2014
8. Mālik and Medina: Islamic Legal Reasoning in the Formative Period. Umar F. Abd-Allah
Wymann-Landgraf: Leiden: Brill, 2013. The Muslim World Book Review: vol. 34, Issue 3,
Spring 2014
9. The History of the Qur’ān. Theodor Noldeke, Friedrich Schwally, Gotthelf Bergstraser and Otto
Pretzl. Edited and translated by Wolfgang H. Behn: Leiden: Brill, 2013. Pp. 666. ISBN: 978-90-
04-21234-3, The Muslim World Book Review: vol. 35, Issue 3, Spring 2014
10. The Transmission of the Variant Readings of the Qur’ān. By Shady Hekmat Nasser.: Leiden:
Brill, 2013. Pp. 252. ISBN: 978-90-04-24081-0, The Muslim World Book Review: vol. 35, Issue
3, Spring 2014
11. Encyclopedia of Hadith Forgeries. By Mulla ‘Ali al-Qari Translated by Gibril Fouad Haddad:
Rochdale: Beacon Books, 2013. Pp. 723. ISBN: 978-0-9926335-0-9, The Muslim World Book
Review: vol. 35, Issue 1, Autumn 2014
12. Henry Stubbe and the Beginning of Islam: The Originall & Progress of Mohometanism. Edited
and Introduced by Nabil Matar: New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. Pp. 274. ISBN:
978-0-231-15664-6, The Muslim World Book Review: vol. 36, Issue 1, Autumn 2015
13. Muslim Family Law in Western Courts, Edited by Elisa Giunchi: Oxon, Routledge, 2014. Pp.
196. ISBN: 978-0-415-81977-0, The Muslim World Book Review: vol. 36, Issue 1, Autumn

14. Performing Salah Using the Prophetic Example: Based on Authentic Hadiths From the Six
Most Authentic Books. By M. Mushfiqur Rahman: USA: Fitrah Press, 2015. Pp. 274549. ISBN:
978-1-943108-00-8, The Muslim World Book Review: vol. 36, Issue 2, Winter 2016
15. Politics of the Islamic Tradition: The Thought of Muhammad al-Ghazali. Mohammed Moussa,
Oxon: Routledge, 2016. Pp. 186. ISBN: 978-1-138-84121-5
16. Women and Shari‘a Law. Elham Manea, Norwich: I.B. Tauris, 2016. Pp. 301. ISBN: 978-1-

1. The Ethico-legal Principals of Arms Trade and Arms Embargo in Early Sunni
Jurisprudence: Fortcoming Friday 7 th July 2017, Al-Mahdi Institute, Birmingham
2. Fiqh al-Aqalliyat, al-Qardawi’s Reformation to Fiqh: A study of Riba Based
Mortgages in Dar al-Harb. University of Exeter, 25 th November 2014
3. Constitutionism and the Dār Issue: Understanding Non-Muslim Loyalty and
Citizenship a Study of their Rights in Arms Trade: Thursday 7 th January 2016,
presented paper at University of Exeter

 Contemporary Islamic jurisprudence
 Islamic International Law (Siyar)
 Muslims in Britain and Europe, Muslims as Minorities
 Theology
 Qur’anic studies
 Hadith Studies
 Contemporary Muslim Political Movements, Thoughts and Groups

 Theology,
 the Sciences of the Qur’an,
 Sciences of Hadith,
 Islamic Law,
 Usūl al-Fiqh,
 and Sufism

1- British Association of Islamic Studies (BRAIS),
2- Muslims in Britain Research Network (MBRN),
3- British Association of Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES