Vice President and Director of Education, Maqasid Institute
Hijri Unknown–Present (AH);
Common Era Unknown–Present (CE)
Dr. Basma Abdelgafar is an Associate Professor of Public Policy. She consults and provides training internationally on policy, governance and Muslim affairs. Dr. Abdelgafar has worked in the Canadian federal government, academia and the third sector. She has contributed to the development of graduate studies in public policy at the American University in Cairo, Qatar Foundation and the International Peace College of South Africa. She was founding head of the Public Policy in Islam Masters Program at the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University.
She has a keen interest in research and teaching in public policy and governance in Islam as well as in Muslim history, thought, institutions and communities. Her Ph.D. in Public Policy from Carleton University, Ottawa, focused on intellectual property, pharmaceuticals and the international trade regime. Her book publications include: Public Policy Beyond Traditional Jurisprudence, Thriving in a Plural World, M.A. Draz’s Morality in the Quran and the Greater Good of Humanity, and The Illusive Tradeoff. Dr. Abdelgafar is currently authoring a book on the Quranic Theory of Invention and Innovation. She serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Islam and Society.