Muzaffar Iqbal is the founder-president of Center for Islam and Science (www.cis-ca.org), Canada, editor of Islam & Science, a semi-annual journal of Islamic perspectives on science and civilization, and General Editor of the forthcoming seven-volume Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qur'an. the first English-language reference work on the Qur'an based on fourteen centuries of Muslim reflection and scholarship.
Dr. Iqbal received his Ph.D. in chemistry (University of Saskatchewan, Canada, 1983), and then left the field of experimental science to fully devote himself to study Islam, its spiritual, intellectual and scientific traditions.
Born in Lahore, Pakistan, he has lived in Canada since 1979. He has held academic and research positions at University of Saskatchewan (1979-1984), University of Wisconsin-Madison (1984-85), and McGill University (1986). During 1990-1999, he pursued his research and study on various aspects of Islam in Pakistan, where he also worked as Director, Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) between 1991-96 and as Director, Pakistan Academy of Sciences (1998-99).
During 1999-2001, Dr. Iqbal was Program Director (for the Muslim World) for the Science-Religion Course Program of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS), Berkeley, USA.
Dr. Iqbal has written, translated, and edited twenty-one books and published nearly one hundred papers on various aspects of Islam, its spiritual and intellectual traditions and on the relationship between Islam and science, Islam and the West, the contemporary situation of Muslims, and the history of Islamic science. His publications include Islam and Science (Ashgate, 2002), God, Life and the Cosmos: Christian and Islamic Perspectives (co-ed., Ashgate, 2002), Science and Islam (Greenwood Press, 2007), Islam, Science, Muslims, and Technology: Seyyed Hossein Nasr in Conversation with Muzaffar Iqbal (Al-Qalam-IBT, 2007), Dawn in Madinah: A Pilgrim’s Passage (Islamic Book Trust, 2007), Dew on Sunburnt Roses and other Quantum Notes (Dost Publications, 2007), Definitive Encounters: Islam, Muslims, and the West (Islamic Book Trust, 2008), and The Making of Islamic Science (IBT, 2009).
He co-translated volume VII of Tafhim al-Qur’an, an influential twentieth century tafsir (Islamic Foundation, 2001). He contributed, as consultant, to Concentric Circles—Nurturing Awe and Wonder in Early Childhood and is one of the founders of Muslim Education Foundation (Canada), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing resources and services to educators, students and parents for a process of learning built on the Qur’anic worldview.
He is also the Series Editor for Ashgate's Islam and Science: Historic and Contemporary Perspectives (2012), a four volume work that brings together the most important and influential articles dealing with various aspects of the relationship between Islam and science.