Islamic scholar Asghar Ali Engineer died at Santa Cruz, Mumbai

The renowned Islamic Scholar and recipient of National Communal Harmony Award in 1997, Asghar Ali Engineer died on 14 May 2013.

May 14, 2013 15:40 IST
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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

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