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Reisu-l-ulema Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herz. dr.Mustafa Ceric

Dr. Mustafa Ceric is the Reisu-l-Ulema of Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Grand Mufti of Bosnia since 1993. He is also the Grand Mufti of Sanjak, Croatia and Slovenia. He is reelected at the position of Reisu-l-Ulema 2005.

 He was born in Visoko, Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1952.  He is married, with three children. He graduated from Madrasah in Sarajevo as well as the Faculty of Arabic Language and Literature at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo.  In 1987 he received his Ph.D in Islamic studies from the University of Chicago, where he studied under the late Dr. Fazlur Rahman.

 

He served as an imam (Islamic Cultural Center, Chicago and Islamic Center of Zagreb, Croatia) and professor in Bosnia (Faculty of Islamic Schiences), Malaysia (International Institute for Islamic Thought and Civilization, Kulalulumpur) and the United States (American Islamic College, Chicago).

 

He is the co-recipient of the 2003 UNESCO Felix Houphoet Boigny Peace Prize for Contribution to World Peace and recipient of the International Council of Christians and Jews Annual Sir Sternberg Award for exceptional contribution to interfaith understanding.

 

Dr. Ceric is a member of several local and international scientific organizations and societies, including the Interreligious Council of Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Foundation of Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial and Cemetery, the Council of 100 Leaders of the World Economic Forum, the European Council for Fatwas and Research, World Conference of Religions for Peace, the Executive Committee of the European Council of Religious Leaders, the Board of Trustees of International Islamic University Islamabad, the Sharia'h Board of Bosnia Bank International, the Fiqh Academy in Mecca, Aal Albayt Foundation for Islamic Thought in Jordan, the World Council of Religions  for Peace, International Commission for Peace Research chaired by dr. Henry Kissinger, UNESCO and Executive Council of World Forum of Ulema.

 

He has delivered numerous lectures and led several workshops on interreligious and interfaith issues at local and international conferences.

 

He speaks fluently Arabic and English.


PUBLICATIONS IN ENGLISH:
· Roots of Synthetic Theology in Islam: A Study of the Theology of Abu Mansur al-Maturidi (ca. 235/850-333/944), ISTAC, KUALA LUMPUR, 1995 
"A Choice Between War and Peace", New Sunday Times, January 5, 1992, Kuala Lumpur

DIPLOMATIC ACTIVITIES:
· A member of the Bosnian official presidential delegation to Saudi Arabia that held talks with His Majesty King Fahd ibn Abdul Aziz in March, 1992
· A member of the Bosnian official presidential delegation to the Islamic Republic of Iran that held talks with his Excellency President Rafsanjani in October, 1992
· Special Representative of the President of the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina Mr. Alija Izetbegovic in Malaysia, in 1992
· Official Representative of the Government of the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, in Malaysia, from May 13, 1992
· As the Supreme Head have represented the Islamic Community and Muslims of Bosnia-Herzegovina all over the world, since 1993

MEMBERSHIPS:
· European Council for Fatwa and Research, Dublin;
· Board of Trustees, International Islamic University, Islamabad;
· Inter-religious Council of Bosnia- Herzegovina, Sarajevo;
· Executive Board of the Foundation for Srebrenica/Potocari Memorial and Cemetery, Sarajevo
· Honorary President of the WCRP International, New York
· Co-moderator of the European Council of Religious Leaders, Oslo
 
 
 

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