Abidullah Ghazi

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Abidullah al-Ansari Ghazi
Born (1936-07-06) 6 July 1936 (age 83)[1]
OccupationExecutive director, IQRA International Educational Foundation
Spouse(s)Dr. Tasneema Ghazi
  • Mawlāna Hamid Ghazi-ul-Ansari [2] (father)
RelativesMuhammad Mian Mansoor Ansari (paternal grandfather), Qari Muhammad Tayyib (maternal grandfather), Muhammad Qasim Nanautavi (great grandfather)[2]

Abidullah Ansari Ghazi (born 6 July 1936) is a prominent Indian American author, educator and poet. He has written more than 140 books of Islamic educational textbooks for children and the executive director of IQRA' International Educational Foundation.[3] His books have been translated into many languages and are part of the curriculum Islamic schools in more than 40 countries. He was named by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre as being among the "500 Most Influential Muslims in the World."[4]

Early life[edit]

Abidullah Ghazi was born in the northern Indian town of Ambehta Saharanpur district on 6 July 1936.[1]


Abidullah Ghazi received his M.A. (AMU Aligarh)-1959, M.Sc. from the London School of Economics 1967 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1973.

Social & Education Services[edit]

  1. Director, Iqra International Educational Foundation (http://www.iqrafoundation.com)
  2. Chairman Board of Trustees, 2005-06 The Federation of Aligarh Alumni Associations (www.aligs.org)
  3. President, National Council of University Students of India-1959
  4. President, AMU Students Union, 1959
  5. Honorary Secretary, AMU Students Union, 1954 [5]

Advisor to[edit]

  • Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru (Prime-Minister of India, 1947–64)
  • Dr. Rajendra Prasad (President of India, 1950–62)
  • Dr. Zakir Hussain (President of India, 1967–69)


  • Sanad-e-Imtiyaz for Seeratun-Nabi Program, Pakistan, 1983
  • Nishaan-e-Imtiyaz for Development of Educational Curriculum, Pakistan, 1988


  1. Sareer-e-Khama (Compilation of his personal articles)
  2. Maulana Abdullah Ansari, Ahwaal, Khidmat aur Ilmi Asaar

Dr. Abidullah Ghazi founded Iqra' International Educational Foundation, in Skokie, Illinois, US in 1983 as a community project to teach American Muslim children about their faith. Since then it has published nearly 100 textbooks and supplementary "enrichment" books of non-fiction, fiction and poetry and now operates a book club and a bookshop as well. The group linked with Iqra' Charitable Society in 1987 and is still headed by Dr. Abidullah Ghazi. He and his wife, Dr. Tasneema Ghazi, were born in India, came to the United States to earn advanced degrees, and then stayed on with their young children.

Immigration to United States[edit]

It was while working on a project dealing with the ulama of India that he was brought to the attention of Professor Wilfred Cantwell Smith, who was the founder and director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at the Harvard Divinity School. Smith offered Ghazi a scholarship to come and complete a PhD in the study of religion. While studying at Harvard University, Ghazi pursued an interdisciplinary program combining political science with religious studies. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1983. Ghazi has also taught and lectured in India and the United Kingdom.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Ghazi, Abidullah. "Bio". Profile of Dr Abidullah Ghazi. Shahrukh Hasan. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  2. ^ a b http://zahidrashdi.org/685
  3. ^ Khanam, Sadia (15 June 2009). "Interview: Abidullah Ghazi". The Eastern Post. Archived from the original on 12 February 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Drs. Abidullah and Tasneema Ghazi". The Muslim 500. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Dr. Abidullah Ghazi". Retrieved 4 December 2015.

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