Basma Abdelgafar is an avid reader and reflector on the meanings of the Quran and Sunnah. She is also Vice President of Maqasid Institute and Professor of Public Policy. She consults and provides training internationally on policy, governance and Muslim affairs. Dr. Abdelgafar has worked in the Canadian federal government, academia and the third sector. She has contributed to the development of graduate studies in public policy at the American University in Cairo, Qatar Foundation and the International Peace College of South Africa. She was founding head of the Public Policy in Islam Masters Program at the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University. She has a keen interest in research and teaching in public policy and governance in Islam as well as in Muslim history, thought, institutions and communities. She obtained her Ph.D. in Public Policy from Carleton University, Ottawa, in 2003. Her publications, some of which have been translated into several languages, include:
Abdelgafar, Basma (forthcoming), Innovating for a Better World: A Quranic Paradigm, Claritas and Maqasid Institute.
Abdelgafar, Basma (2018), Thriving in a Plural World: Principles and Values of the Singapore Muslim Community, MUIS, Singapore.
Abdelgafar, Basma (2018), Public Policy Beyond Traditional Jurisprudence: A Maqasid Approach, International Institute of Islamic Thought, Washington.
Abdelgafar, Basma (2018), Morality in the Quran and the Greater Good of Humanity by MA Draz, Claritas: Wales and Islamic Book Trust: Kuala Lumpur.
Abdelgafar, Basma, (2006), The Illusive Tradeoff: Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation Systems and Egypt’s Pharmaceutical Industry, Toronto: University of Toronto Press.