The Aligarh Muslim University has invited Prof Tahir Mahmood as a chief guest on the Sir Syed Day that is celebrated with full zeal and enthusiasm by the Aligs — a colloquial from AMU students and alumni.
Who is Tahir Mahmood?
Born in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, Tahir Mahmood is a legal scholar who has written a lot of books that are often cited by the Supreme Court of India and many High Courts. He went to law school in Aligarh and London and has been a teacher for more than fifty years. He is a “Distinguished Jurist Chair, Professor of Eminence, and Chairman, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies” at Amity University right now.
He was Dean of the Faculty of Law at Delhi University from 1992 to 1995. From 1996 to 1999, he was Chairman of the Government of India’s National Commission for Minorities and a member of the Law Commission of India (2007–09).
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His main areas of interest have been how religion-state relations, Islamic law, and Indian family law.He has written more than twenty books and edited a lot of collections and new editions of various classic works. He started the Islamic and Comparative Law Quarterly in 1981 and the Religion and Law Review in 1992.
His most important books are Laws of India on Religion and Religious Affairs (2008), Religion, Law and Society across the Globe (2013), Principles of Hindu Law: Personal Law of Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and Sikhs (2014), Reminiscing on Law Brains: Bench, Bar, and Academia (2014), Minorities Commission 1978-2015: Minor Role in Major Affairs (2nd edition 2016), and Muslim Law in India and Abroad (2016). (2nd edition 2016).
He is on the Advisory Board of the Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University (US), the Steering Committee of the International Consortium of Law and Religion Studies at the University of Milan (Italy), and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (Jeddah-London).