Munawar Hasan

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Syed Munawwar Hasan
سید منور حسن
Emir of Jamaat-e-Islami
In office
29 March 2009 – 29 March 2014
Preceded byQazi Hussain Ahmad
Succeeded bySiraj-ul-Haq
Personal details
Born (1944-08-05) 5 August 1944 (age 75)
Dehli, British India
NationalityBritish Subject (1944–1947)
 Pakistan (1947–present)
Political partyJamaat-e-Islami
OccupationReligious Leader,
Foreign policy commentator

Syed Munawar Hasan (Urdu: سید منور حسن‎; born 5 August 1944 in Dehli) is a politician and the former Ameer (President) of Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Hasan was born in Dehli, British India in August 1944. At the time of the partition of India, he migrated with his family and settled in Karachi. He obtained a Master's degree in sociology in 1963, and in Islamic Studies in 1966 from the University of Karachi.


Hasan joined the National Students Federation – a Communist student group – and was elected its president in 1959. The real change appeared in his life when he came closer to the activists of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba Pakistan and studied the writings of Mawlana Syed Abul Ala Maududi and Maulana Naeem Siddiqui. As a result, he joined Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba in 1960 and was elected president of its University of Karachi unit, Karachi City Unit, and member of the Central Executive Council. He became its national president in 1964 and served in that capacity for three consecutive terms. During his tenure the Jamiat organised several campaigns mobilising public opinion regarding education issues.

He joined the Islamic Research Academy and later Islamic Jerusalem Studies, at Karachi as a research assistant in 1963. He became its secretary general in 1969. Under his supervision, the academy published 70 scholarly books. He also served as managing editor of The Criterion and The Universal Message, Karachi.

Hasan became a member of Jama'at-e-Islami Pakistan in 1967. He served the Karachi unit as Assistant Secretary, Secretary, Deputy Ameer and Ameer of the city. He was elected to the Central Shura and the Executive Council of the Jama'at. He represented the group at several platforms, including United Democratic Front and the Pakistan National Alliance. He ran for National Assembly in 1977 and secured the highest vote tally in Pakistan. He was Assistant Secretary General of Jama'at-e-Islami Pakistan in 1992–93 and became Secretary General in 1993.

Hasan speaks Urdu and English. Many of his speeches, mostly in Urdu, are available in cassette form. He heads a number of planning and research bodies within the Jamaat.

In late March 2014, Hasan became the first sitting emir in the history of JI to be voted out of office when Siraj-ul-Haq Khan was elected Ameer by the Jamaat Arakeen (JI members with voting rights). At least one analyst, Nasir Jamal, attributed the change in leadership to JI Arakeen's desire for a relatively younger and more pragmatic Ameer.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sirajul Haq elected as new JI chief". 30 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  2. ^ Jamal, Nasir (1 April 2014). "Analysis: Why Jamaat discarded Munawar Hasan". Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  3. ^ Tehreek e Islami

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Party political offices

Preceded by
Qazi Hussain Ahmad
Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami
Succeeded by
Siraj ul Haq