Khurshid Ahmed was born in Delhi (India) in 1932. He obtained two Bachelor’s degrees in Law and Jurisprudence, two Master’s degrees in Economics and Islamic Studies, and two Honorary Doctorates in Education and Islamic Economics.
An internationally-known scholar and Islamic activist, Professor Khurshid authored or edited 70 books, 35 each in English and Urdu, as well as numerous articles, and participated in at least 100 seminars worldwide. He traveled extensively lecturing about Islam and preaching its values, and is presently editor of Tarjumanul Quran.
Professor Khurshid held key positions in numerous national and international organizations dealing with Islamic religious, academic, economic, social and constitutional matters. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Institute of Policy Studies in Pakistan and the Islamic Foundation in Leicester, England, Vice-President of the Islamic Research Academy in Karachi and Lahore, Member of the Boards of the International Islamic University in Islamabad, the Royal Academy for Islamic Civilization in Jordan and the Islamic Center in Zaria (Nigeria). He was Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Statistics, Member of the Pakistani Senate for two terms, a professor in Karachi University and a research scholar at Exeter University.
In addition to the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, Professor Khurshid’s contributions have earned him several other awards, including the first Islamic Development Bank Award and the 5th Annual Prize of American Finance House (La’Riba).