Asghar Ali Engineer, a noted Islamic scholar died on 14 May 2013 after a prolonged illness in Suburban Santa Cruz, Mumbai. The 73 year old Asghar is survived by his son and a daughter.
About Asghar Ali Engineer
• He was born in 1940 and completed his BSc in civil engineering from Vikram University
• From 1980, he edited the journal named the Islamic Perspective and during 1980s he published a series of books on Islam and communal violence in India. His books were based on his investigations in the post-independent India.
• The USA International Student Assembly and the USA Indian Student Assembly honoured him with Distinguished Service Award in 1987
• For communal harmony, he received Dalmia Award in 1990
• He was honoured with three doctorate degrees
• He was the Chairman of the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS) founded in 1993 after the 1992 Babri Mosque destruction
• He edited Indian Journal of Secularism
• He also edited a monthly paper named Islam and Modern Age and published Secular Perspective, a fortnight paper
• He received the National Communal Harmony Award in 1997
• He won the USA Award from the Association for Communal Harmony in Asia in 2003