Al-Sisi appoints a new vice-sheikh of al-Azhar who previously worked in Dubai

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Egyptian General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has issued a presidential decree appointing a new vice-sheikh of al-Azhar. The decision stated that Muhammad Abd al-Rahman Muhammad al-Dhawini was appointed as a vice-sheikh of al-Azhar al-Sharif, with the minister’s rank, based on the selection of al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb.

Al-Dhawini was appointed associate professor of Islamic Sharia and comparative jurisprudence at the Dubai Judicial Institute from June 2014 until September 2016. He also worked as a comparative jurisprudence professor at the Faculty of Sharia and Law at al-Azhar University as of October 2017. Later, he was appointed head of the Department of Comparative Jurisprudence at the Faculty of Sharia and Law at al-Azhar University in March 2018. He was the vice-dean of the Faculty of Sharia and Law at al-Azhar University in Cairo for Education and Student Affairs as of December 2019.

Al-Dhawini later became president of the al-Azhar International Academy to train imams, preachers, and fatwa researchers in January 2020. He was then was appointed secretary-general of the Council of Senior Scholars in April 2020. Al-Dhawini was born in the village of Majool in the Samanoud district of Gharbia Governorate on March 29 1965.

Al-Dhawini received a BA from the Sharia and Law Division of al-Azhar University, with a grade of very good with honours in 1990. He obtained a master’s degree in comparative jurisprudence with an excellent grade in 1995, on the topic of “Investigation and Study of the Book of Marriage from the Manuscript of Tahdheeb al-Ahkam by Imam al-Baghawi, Comparative Jurisprudence.” He obtained a doctorate degree in comparative jurisprudence in 1998, with an excellent grade with first-class honours, and recommending an exchange of the message with other universities from the Faculty of Sharia and Law at al-Azhar University, with a study concerned with explaining the rulings of the eight schools of thought, comparing and weighing them, then comparing with positive law and weighting the appropriate direction according to the requirements of evidence and interest.

Then, he was appointed as a teaching assistant in the Department of Comparative Jurisprudence, College of Sharia and Law, effective December 29, 1991, and assistant teacher at the Department of Comparative Jurisprudence at the Faculty of Sharia and Law in Cairo in 1995, and as a teacher at the Department of Comparative Jurisprudence, College of Sharia and Law, starting from 1998. He was an assistant professor at the Sultan Qaboos Academy for Police Sciences in the Sultanate of Oman as of September 2002, then as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Sharia and Law at al-Azhar University in Cairo, effective from 2004, then an associate professor at the Sultan Qaboos Academy for Police Sciences in the Sultanate of Oman from September 2004 until September 2007.

Later, he was appointed Associate Professor of Islamic Sharia and Comparative Jurisprudence at the Dubai Judicial Institute from June 2014 until September 2016, then a professor of comparative jurisprudence at the Faculty of Sharia and Law at al-Azhar University, starting in October 2017. He was then appointed head of the Department of Comparative Jurisprudence at the Faculty of Sharia and Law at al-Azhar University in March 2018.