Munawar Hasan

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Syed Munawwar Hassan
سید منور حسن
Emir of Jamaat-e-Islami
In office
29 March 2009 – 29 March 2014
Preceded by Qazi Hussain Ahmad
Succeeded by Siraj-ul-Haq
Personal details
Born (1944-08-05)5 August 1944
Nationality British Subject (1944–1947)
 Pakistan (1947–present)
Political party Jamaat-e-Islami
Occupation Religious Leader,
Foreign policy commentator

Syed Munawar Hassan (Urdu: سید منور حسن‎; born 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]

Hassan 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 in Sociology (1963) and in Islamic Studies (1966) from the University of Karachi.


Hassan joined the National Students Federation (NSF) – 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 (IJT) Pakistan and studied the writings of Mawlana Syed Abul Ala Maududi and Maulana Naeem Siddiqui. As a result, he joined IJT 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 (IRAK) 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 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 (UDF) and the Pakistan National Alliance (PNA). 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.

Syed Munawar 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, Munawwar 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