Jamal Badawi

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This article is for the Egyptian-Canadian professor. For other uses of the name see Al-Badawi.
Jamal Badawi
OccupationPreacher, public speaker, writer
WebsiteArchived SMU faculty page

Jamal A. Badawi (Arabic: جمال بدوي‎) is an Egyptian-born Muslim Canadian former professor in the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is an author, preacher and speaker on Islam.

He completed his undergraduate studies at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. He left for the US in the 1960s and completed his Masters and doctorate, both in the department of Business Administration, at Indiana University Bloomington.[1] He has been serving as a volunteer imam of the local Muslim community in the Halifax Regional Municipality since 1970. He cites Hassan al-Banna and Muslim Brotherhood as his source for inspiration.[2]

In addition to his participation in lectures, seminars and interfaith dialogues in North America, Badawi was invited as a guest speaker in various functions throughout the world. He is also active in several Islamic organizations, including the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA), the Muslim American Society (MAS), and the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR).[3] He is also a member of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the founder and chairman of the Islamic Information Foundation, a non-profit foundation seeking to promote a better understanding of Islam and Muslims towards non-Muslims. He has lectured extensively in North America and abroad, and speaks on a variety of topics including Islam and Christianity and is a guest scholar at The American Learning Institute for Muslims.[4] In 1997, he debated Christian apologist William Lane Craig over the concept of God in Christianity and Islam.[5]

According to a 26 September 2005 diplomatic cable from the American Embassy in Ottawa, Canada's capital, Jamal Badawi is someone who has "broad influence among Muslim youth" and is "involved in countering extremism" and "promoting tolerance."[6] According to Gofran Sawalha of Middle East Eye he is among "the best contributors to Islamic knowledge in America".[7]

Badawi has authored several books and articles on Islam. He also researched, designed and presented a 352-segment television series on Islam, aired in Canada, the US and other countries.[8] Audio and video copies of this series are widely available.

Badawi is married and the father of 5 children, and grandfather of 23.


  • 1,000 Questions on Islam Islamic Book Services,
  • Selected prayers Oscar Publications, Dehi 2007; ISBN 81-7435-533-2
  • Gender Equity in Islam: Basic Principles American Trust Publications, 1995; ISBN 978-0-89259-159-6
  • Leadership: An Islamic Perspective (jointly with Beekun Rafiq Issa) Amana Publications, 1999; ISBN 0-915957-94-9
  • Muhammad in the Bible Small pamphlet, 1982
  • Status of Women in Islam Small pamphlet, 1976
  • Muslim Woman’s Dress According to the Qur'an and the Sunnah and Islamic Ethics Small pamphlet, 1980
  • Polygamy in Islamic Law Small pamphlet
  • Islam: A Brief Look Small pamphlet


  1. ^ "Dr. Jamal Badawi - Institute Al Islam". Institute Al Islam. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  2. ^ "On Mount Nur With Dr Jamal Badawi | Feature Articles | Features | Mar / Apr 2004 | emel - the muslim lifestyle magazine". www.emel.com. Archived from the original on 15 December 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Who Is Behind The Islamic School Being Planned For West Edmonton? - Point de Bascule Canada". Point de Bascule Canada. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  4. ^ "The American Learning Institute for Muslims". Archived from the original on 8 February 2007. Retrieved 31 January 2007. Archived 8 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "William Lane Craig vs. Jamal Badawi". Hot News International. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  6. ^ Embassy Ottawa. "Combating Extremism in Canada". Wikileaks. Archived from the original on 18 May 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  7. ^ Sawalha, Gofran (19 October 2016). "Fadel Soliman: Tackling radical misconceptions about Islam". Middle East Eye. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Islamic Society of North America". Archived from the original on 18 January 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012. Archived 18 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine

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