Syrian Islamic leader. Born in Jilka, Turkey. Attended the Institute of Islamic Guidance and al-Azhar University (Egypt). In 1960 was appointed dean of the Faculty of Religion at Damascus University. Continues to teach at Damascus University and is currently chair of the Department of Theology. Is a prolific scholar and continues to be actively engaged in the field, lecturing frequently at mosques throughout Syria, regularly attending international conferences, writing for numerous newspapers and journals, and maintaining his own website.