Mohammed Ghaly | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Mohammed Ghaly

Mohammed Ghaly (PhD)

College of Islamic Studies
Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics

  • Phone+974-4454-6460


Mohammed Ghaly is professor of Islam and Biomedical Ethics at the research Center for Islamic Legislation & Ethics (CILE), College of Islamic Studies at HBKU. In 1999, he did Islamic Studies in English at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt and was awarded his bachelor’s degree with cum laude. In 2002, he completed his MA degree in Islamic Studies also with cum laude from Leiden University, the Netherlands and in 2008 he received his PhD from the same university.

During the period 2007-2013, Ghaly was a faculty member at Leiden University and since 2011 he has been a faculty member at the Erasmus Mundus Program; the European Master of Bioethics jointly organized by a number of European universities. Ghaly serves on the editorial board of a number of academic journals and he is the research consultant of a number of research projects as well. He was invited to lecture on Islamic bioethics at many universities worldwide including Imperial College London, Oxford University, University of Oslo, University of Chicago and Georgetown University. During the academic year 2014-2015, he was Visiting Researcher of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, USA.


  • Islam and Disability: Perspectives in theology and Jurisprudence, London: Routledge, 2010.

Refereed Journals

  • “The Interplay of Technology and Sacredness in Islam: Discussions of Muslim Scholars on Printing the Qur’an”, Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology, (3)2, 2009, pp. 1-24.
  • “Training Imams in Europe: The Challenges of Developing a Unified Program, Leiden University as a Study Case”, Journal of Islamic Religious Education and Theology (1)1, 2011, pp.57-70.
  • “Milk Banks Through the Lens of Muslim scholars: One Text in Two Contexts”, Bioethics, 2012, 26(3), 117-127.
  • “The Beginning Of Human Life: Islamic Bioethical Perspectives”, Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, 47(1), 2012, pp. 175-213. 
  • "Religio-ethical discussions on organ donation among Muslims in Europe: An example of transnational Islamic bioethics", Journal of Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy, 15(2), 2012, pp. 207-220.
  • “The Ethics of Organ Transplantation: How Comprehensive the Ethical Framework Should Be?”, Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 15(2), 2012, pp. 175-179.
  • “Human Embryology in the Islamic Tradition: The Jurists of the Post-formative Era in Focus”, Islamic Law and Society 21, 2014, pp. 157-208.


Research Interests

  • Islamic bioethics
  • Islamic law
  • Science and religion
  • Islam in the West
  • Genomics


Academic Director of the Research Center for Islamic Legislation & Ethics (CILE)


March 2014-Present
  • Professor of Islam and Biomedical Ethics

    Research Center for Islamic Legislation & Ethics (CILE), HBKU

    September 2013-Present
  • Faculty member (rank 2 and then rank 1)

    Faculty of Religious Studies, Leiden University

    October 2007-2013
  • Lecturer of Islamic Studies

    Faculty of Religious Studies, Leiden University

    September 2006-October 2007
  • Study-advisor for the Islamic Theology Department

    Faculty of Religious Studies, Leiden University

    January-August 2006


PhD in Religious Studies

Leiden University

  • MA degree in Islamic Studies (with cum laude)

    Leiden University

  • BA in Islamic Studies in English

    Al-Azhar University