Adnan bin Muhammad Al-Wazzan was born in Makkah Al-Mukarramah, Saudi Arabia, in 1951. He received his BA in English Language and Arts from King Abd Al-Aziz University in 1974, and PhD in Comparative Literature (English, Arabic and French) from Edinburgh University in Britain in 1981. He pursued post-doctoral research in Edinburgh in 1991. He also spent several sabbatical leaves pursuing Islamic Shari’a studies at the hands of senior Islamic scholars in Makkah Al-Mukarramah.
Professor Al-Wazzan’s academic pursuit extended nearly three decades during which he rose through academic ranks to full professorship of Comparative English Literature in the Department of English at Umm al-Qura University in Makkah. During this period, he was also entrusted with several academic and administrative responsibilities. He was the Dean of University Studies for Women and Director of the Research Center for Social Studies at the Research Institute of Umm al-Qura University in Makkah. He also served as Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Endowments, Guidance and Da’wa and Advisor to the Minister, and Member of the Council of Saudi Arabian General Commission for Tourism and Monuments. Between 2006-2008, he was appointed to the Saudi Arabian Consultative Council and between 2007-2009 he was appointed Rector of Umm al-Qura University. He was also appointed as a part-time council member of the Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission.
Professor Al-Wazzan mentored several Masters and PhD students in Saudi Universities and participated in conferences and symposia in his field of specialization, both in Saudi Arabia and internationally. He was visiting professor of comparative literature at Michigan State University, USA and at some Colleges and Universities in Saudi Arabia and Morocco. He is a member of several societies and literary associations including the British Comparative Literature Association, the American Comparative Literature Association and the International Advisory Commission of the Markfield Institute for Higher Education in Islamic Studies in Bournemouth University. Professor Al-Wazzan published many papers and books on different aspects of comparative literature, as well as a series of studies related to human rights in Islam. One of his major contributions in the latter field is his highly authoritative Arabic Encyclopedia of human rights in Islam and its attributes in Saudi Arabia. This scholarly and thoroughly research, 8-volumed text is based on extensive resources from Islamic jurisprudence and contemporary human rights studies and reflects Professor Al-Wazzan’s experience and profundity in the field of human rights in Islam and his ability to present his work in a comprehensive and well-documented manner. The book discusses issues ranging from labor rights, rights of Muslims and Non-Muslims in the Islamic society, children’s rights and rights of women. It also highlights the pioneering role of Islam in establishing and advocating human rights and its ability to overcome some of the deficiencies in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In recognition of his highly authoritative, Arabic encyclopedia of human rights in Islam and its attributes in Saudi Arabia. This scholarly and thoroughly researched, 8-volumed text is based on extensive resources from Islamic jurisprudence and contemporary human rights studies, and reflects the writer’s experience and depth of knowledge in the field of human rights and his ability to present his work in a comprehensive and well-documented manner.