Dr Usama Hasan, a London-based Islamic scholar, scientist and a leading voice in reconciling Islam and modernity, has joined Quilliam; the world’s first counter-extremism organisation, dedicated to promoting civic interventions in the fields of extremism, integration, citizenship, identity and disenfranchisement.
Taking on the role of Senior Researcher, Dr Usama will be supported by Quilliam to continue his ongoing reform, outreach and media work, addressing key questions on gender rights, minority rights, personal freedoms, penal codes and modern science among others.
Maajid Nawaz, Quilliam Co-Founder & Chairman, said:
“Quilliam aims to support Dr Usama in developing and popularising his religious reform agenda, without prejudice. Key to reforming the way Muslims and non-Muslims think about Islam is to encourage debate and promote alternative views. Dr Usama will join an ever growing team of experts at Quilliam, including former Libyan Islamic Fighting Group commander and counter-terrorism expert Noman Benotman.”
Dr Usama Hasan, Senior Researcher at Quilliam, said:
“I was honoured to be one of Quilliam’s Founding Advisors in 2008, and to join them now, full-time. At Quilliam, I hope to continue my previous work of harmonising tradition and reason, faith and science, and developing Sharia, in keeping with the original Prophetic spirit of mercy, away from rigid ritualism”.
Biography: Dr Usama Hasan
Usama completed memorizing the entire Qur’an aged 11, and has served as a part-time imam since his teens. He is a certified transmitter of the Qur’an and Hadith scriptures and has translated a number of Islamic texts into English. Usama holds MA, MSc & PhD degrees from the universities of Cambridge and London in Physics and Artificial Intelligence, and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
As a teenager, Usama became a radical salafi activist. Whilst a Cambridge undergraduate, he briefly took part (1990-1) in the Jihad against Communist forces in Afghanistan. However following the 7/7 bombings, Usama took it upon himself to start campaigning for religious reform within Muslim circles.
Usama is regularly featured on international television channels, including BBC Hardtalk, CNN, ITN, Sky News, Channel 4, MBC, ARY, Al-Jazeera and has also written various columns for The Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph and the Washington Post.
Follow Usama’s reform agenda on Twitter @drusamahasan