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Founder's Biography

Dr. Emran El-Badawi is an international scholar and higher education executive. He has designed, implemented and assessed degree programs in the Arts and Sciences. These include degrees in Middle East Studies, Religious Studies and interdisciplinary studies in Energy, Development and Sustainability, with a focus on US-Middle East relations. Dr. El-Badawi has received numerous awards for his work and research. Furthermore, his development and scholarly projects have raised substantial resources for higher education.


Dr. El-Badawi is Dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts at Tarleton State University, a member of the Texas A&M University System; formerly Chair and Professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Houston; and co-founder of the International Qur'anic Studies Association, which is the world's first learned society dedicated to secular, critical and respectful scholarship on the Qur'an. Part of IQSA’s goal is to bridge the divide between scholars in the west and those in Muslim majority countries through international conferences.

















Dr. El-Badawi has published in English and Arabic, and his work has been translated into several languages. He has made numerous national and international media appearances, including for The New York Times, Al-Jazeera and Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne (ARTE).  His professional work and scholarship have won several awards. These include honorable acclaim by the British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize for his book on The Qur'an and the Aramaic Gospel Traditions. His current research projects include a book trilogy on the influence of women on the culture of Arabia and Islam, and another book on hate speech as a global crisis.


Dr. El-Badawi has lived and studied in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the US. He has a bachelors degree in Computer Science from Rutgers University, and he received his Ph.D. with honors in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago.

Curriculum Vitae

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