Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad also known as Timothy John Winter is a Muslim scholar, researcher, writer and academic.

Winter was educated at Westminster School and graduated with a double-first in Arabic from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1983. He then went on to study at Al Azhar University in Cairo and further private study with individual scholars in Saudi Arabia and Yemen. After returning to England, he studied Turkish and Persian at the University of London.

Shaykh Abdul Hakim is currently the Dean of the Cambridge Muslim College and Professor of Islamic Studies at both Cambridge Muslim College and Ebrahim College. He is the Director of Studies (Theology and Religious Studies) at Wolfson College.

Abdal Hakim Murad (Timothy Winter)

Background: English
Resides: Cambridge, UK
Current Occupation: Islamic scholar
Education: BA Arabic
Denomination: Sunni
Jurisprudence: Hanafi
Aqeedah: Ashari’
Preferred Subject: Qur’anic Arabic, Sufism,
Muslim-Christian relations
Notable Teachers:

His work includes publications on Islamic theology and Muslim-Christian relations. In 2003 he was awarded the Pilkington Teaching Prize by Cambridge University and in 2007 he was awarded the King Abdullah I Prize for Islamic Thought for his short booklet, ‘Bombing Without Moonlight.’

Shaykh Abdul Hakim is also the founder and leader of the Cambridge Mosque project which is working to develop a new purpose built mosque in Cambridge to cater for up to 1000 worshippers. The mosque is planned to be entirely reliant on green energy with an almost-zero carbon footprint.


Winter has a profound interest in Sufism and the development of the Ottoman learned institution and Computerised hadith databases.

He has consistently been included in the ‘500 Most Influential Muslims’ list published annually by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre and was ranked in 2012 as the 50th most influential.


  • ‘Terrorism and Islamic theologies of religiously-sanctioned war’, in Brian Wicker and David Fisher (eds), Just War on Terror? Christian and Muslim Responses. ( London: Ashgate 2010), 9-24.
  • ‘Biografska skica Marmaduke Pickthall’, Godisnkak BZK Preporod 9 (2009), 367-383.
  • ‘Jesus and Muhammad: new convergences’, Muslim World 99 (2009), 21-38.
  • ‘Poverty and the charism of Ishmael’, in Michael Ipgrave (ed.), Building a Better Bridge: Muslims, Christians and the Common Good ( Georgetown: Georgetown University Press, 2008), 141-52, 168-71.
  • The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology (edited volume). (Cambridge University Press, 2008), editor, also Introduction, pp.1-16.
  • ‘Ibn Kemal (940/1538) on Ibn ‘Arabi’s hagiology’. In Ayman Shihadeh (ed.), Sufism and Theology ( Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007), 137-157.
  • Islam ve Hıristiyanlık: politik-teoloji denemeleri . ( Istanbul: Etkili s im, 2007.)
  • ‘Islamism and Europe’s Muslims: recent trends’, in Muslim Integration: Challenging conventional wisdom in Europe and the United States ( Washington: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2007), 33-44.
  • ‘Ishmael and the Enlightenment’s crise de coeur: a response to Koshul and Kepnes,’ in Basit Bilal Koshul and Stephen Kepnes (eds), Scripture, Reason, and the Contemporary Islam-West Encounter: Studying the ‘Other’, Understanding the ‘Self’ ( New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), 149-175.
  • ‘Mary in Islam’, in Sarah Jane Boss, Mary: The Complete Resource ( London: Continuum, 2007), 479-502.
  • ‘Qur’anic Reasoning as an academic practice’, Modern Theology 22:3 (July 2006), 449-63.
  • Abraham’s Children: Jews, Muslims and Christians in Conversation (Edited, with Richard Harries and Norman Solomon) ( Edinburgh: T&T Clark / Continuum, 2006).


  • Imam al-Busiri, The Mantle Adorned (London: Quilliam Press, 2009)
  • Al-Asqalani Ibn Hajar, Selections from Fath Al-Bari (Cambridge: Muslim Academic Trust, 2000)
  • Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, Disciplining the Soul and Breaking the Two Desires (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 1995)
  • Roger Du Pasquier, Unveiling Islam (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 1992)
  • Imam al-Bayhaqi, Seventy-Seven Branches of Faith (London: Quilliam Press, 1990)
  • Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, The Remembrance of Death and the Afterlife (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 1989)


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