Sultan of Oman Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies & Director, National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies
Abdullah Saeed is currently professor of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne. He has published over 12 books and a large number of articles. His publications cover Qur’anic hermeneutics, Islam in the West, reform of Islamic education and Islamic law, and Islam and human rights with particular reference to religious freedom and gender equality. Saeed is a member of the UNESCO Commission of Australia and a board member of the Australia-Thailand Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Australia. He is well-known for his inter-faith activities and for his progressive outlook, and is considered one of the key Muslim thinkers in Australia. He was elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities in 2010.