Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi

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Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi
Emir (Ruler) of Sharjah
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Emir of Sharjah
Reign1972 – present
PredecessorSheikh Khalid III bin Muhammad al-Qasimi (1931 – 24 January 1972)
Sheikh Saqr bin Muhammad al-Qasimi (acting 25 January 1972 – 1972)
Crown PrinceSheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Sultan Al Qasimi
Born (1939-07-06) 6 July 1939 (age 79)
Sharjah, Trucial States
IssueCrown Prince Mohammed (1974–99), Khalid (1981–),
Moza Bint Salem
Azza Bint Sultan
Jawaher Bint Mohammed
Bodour Bint Sultan
Maryam Bint Sultan Bin Ahmed
Ahmed Bin Sultan Bin Ahmed
Alia Bint Sultan Bin Ahmed
Noor Bint Sultan
Hoor Bint Sultan
Full name
Sultan bin Muhammad bin
HouseSharjah branch of Al Qasimi
FatherSheikh Mohammed Bin Saqr Bin Khalid Al Qasimi
MotherSheikha Maryam Bint Ghanem Bin Salem Al Shamsi

Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, commonly known as Sheikh Sultan III (Arabic: سلطان بن محمد القاسمي‎; born 6 July 1939), is the sovereign ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah and is a member of the Federal Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates.[1] He has ruled Sharjah continuously since January 1972, apart from a six-day period in June 1987, during an attempted coup led by his brother Sheikh `Abd al-`Aziz bin Muhammad al-Qasimi.[2] He is also an established historian and has published several theatrical and literary works.

Early life and education[edit]

After completing his elementary and secondary education between Sharjah, Kuwait City and Dubai, Al-Qasimi went on to study a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering at Cairo University, graduating in 1971. He completed a PhD with distinction in History at Exeter University in 1985, and another in the Political Geography of the Gulf at Durham University in 1999.

Al-Qasimi is an Indophile, has made numerous visits to India in his private capacity and even speaks the Malayalam language, albeit haltingly. His abiding interest and affinity for India has been attributed to the fact that as a child, he was raised by a Malayali nanny from Kerala and picked up the Malayalam language from her.

Sheikh Sultan succeeded his brother, Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, as Emir after his assassination on 25 January 1972.[3] He was previously the Minister of Education for the Emirates.

In addition to those offices, he holds several educational posts. He became president of both the American University of Sharjah and the University of Sharjah in 1997 and was named a Visiting Professor at Exeter University, his alma mater, in 1998. He became a Professor of Modern History of the Gulf at the University of Sharjah in 1999. In 2008 he also became a Visiting Professor at Cairo University.

Honorary degrees and awards[edit]

  • Honorary Doctorate in Education and Cultural Relations; University of Calicut, in recognition of his continuous efforts and distinctive role in supporting education and scientific research.; Kerala, India; September 2017
  • Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences; Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, May 2015
  • Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters; University of Paris Diderot, Paris, France; March 2012
  • Honorary Doctorate in Political Science; Hanyang University, South Korea, September 2011
  • Honorary Doctorate, Kanazawa University, in recognition of his outstanding academic and educational contributions; Kanazawa, Japan; April 2010
  • Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters; American University in Cairo (AUC) in recognition of his generous contribution to education and culture at the national and international levels; Cairo, Egypt; February 2009
  • Honorary Doctorate in Arts; University of Sheffield; in appreciation of his efforts in spreading Arab and Islamic Culture and Civilization; Sheffield, UK; November 2008
  • Honorary Doctorate in Administration; University of Jordan; in recognition of his efforts in the scientific research and cultural fields in the UAE and Arab world; Amman, Jordan; May 2008
  • Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy; in recognition of his long-term commitment and support of research in fields of History and Archaeology; Tübingen, Germany; October 2006
  • Honorary Doctorate; Armenian Academy of Science; Yerevan, Armenia; September 2005
  • Honorary Doctorate in Administration; McMaster University; Hamilton, Canada; May 2004
  • Honorary Doctorate in Laws; South Bank University; London, UK; April 2003
  • Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters; University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom; 15 July 2001
  • Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy; in Education; International Islamic University of Malaysia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; February 2001
  • Honorary Doctorate in History; The Eastern Studies Institute, Academy of Russian Studies; Moscow, Russia; 1995
  • Honorary Doctorate in Arabic and Islamic studies; Exeter University; Exeter, UK; 1993
  • Honorary Doctorate in Law; Khartoum University; Khartoum, Sudan; 1986
  • Honorary Doctorate in Sciences; Faisalabad University; in recognition of his outstanding contribution in the field of education; Faisalabad, Pakistan; April 1983


  • Sheikha Azza Bint Sultan Al Qasimi (1973)
  • Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Al Qasimi (1974–1999), Crown Prince of Sharjah (-1999), died in Sharjah Emirial Mansion, England.
  • Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi (1978) m. Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi
  • Sheikha Noor Bint Sultan Al Qasimi (1979)
  • Sheikha Hoor Bint Sultan Al Qasimi (1980)
  • Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi (1980)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Biography of Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi". Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  2. ^ Jessup, John E.,"An encyclopedic dictionary of conflict and conflict resolution, 1945–1996", Page 773, Greenwood Press, 1998
  3. ^ "Netty Royal".

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