Mohammad Najatuallah Siddiqi

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Mohammad Nejatullah Siddiqi
Occupation Islamic Economist and Islamic Finance Scholar

Mohammad Nejatullah Siddiqi (Urdu: محمّد نجات الله صدیقی‎) is a world renowned Islamic economist and is the winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Islamic Studies.

Born in Gorakhpur in 1931, he earned PhD in Economics at Aligarh Muslim University and got rigorous training in Shariah Studies from Dars-e-Ghah Islami and Jamiatul Islah. He served as Associate Professor of Economics and Professor of Islamic Studies at the Aligarh Muslim University and as Professor of Economics at the King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in its Center for Research in Islamic Economics. He later became a Fellow at the Center for Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and after that a Visiting Scholar at the Islamic Research & Training Institute, Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah.

He is a prolific writer in Urdu and English. According to WorldCat, he has 63 works in 177 publications in 5 languages and 1,301 library holdings.[1] Several of his works have been translated into Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai, etc. Perhaps his most widely read book is Banking without interest which was published in 27 editions between 1973 and 2000 in 3 languages and is held by 220 libraries worldwide.[1]

During his long academic career, he has supervised a number of Ph.D. theses in the universities in India, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria. He has been and continues to be associated with a number of academic journals as editor or advisor. He has served on numerous committees and participated in many conferences in various parts of the world. He is a very helpful for all and shares his valuable knowledge in the society. Presently he lives in Aligarh, India. He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Management Studies, Aligarh Muslim University, India.


In Urdu[edit]

Siddiqi has written at least eleven books in Urdu,[2] Including:

  • G̲h̲air sūdī bank kārī. (1969)
  • Islāmī adab : cand naẓaryātī maqālāt[3] (1960?)
  • Muslim Personal Law (1971),
  • Taḥrīk-i Islāmī ʻaṣr-i ḥāz̤ir men̲, (Islamic Movement in Modern Times) (1995),

Translation to Urdu[edit]

  • Kitab al Kharaj by Abu Yusuf (1966).

In English[edit]

He has written at least 10 books in English. His work in English has been published in over 100 editions.[1] His major works on Islamic banking have been written in English.[4] Among them are :

  • Recent Theories of Profit: A Critical Examination (1971);
  • Economic Enterprise in Islam (1972);
  • Muslim Economic Thinking (1981);
  • Banking Without Interest (1983);
  • Issues in Islamic banking : selected papers (1983)[5][6] was widely reviewed;[7][8][9]
  • Partnership and profit-sharing in Islamic law (1985)
  • Insurance in an Islamic Economy (1985);
  • Teaching Economics in Islamic Perspective (1996);
  • Role of State in Islamic Economy (1996) and
  • Dialogue in Islamic Economics (2002).[4]
  • Islam's View on Property (1969).



  1. ^ a b c "Siddiqi, Muhammad Nejatullah 1931-". WorldCat. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Search results for 'kw:"Siddiqi, Muhammad Nejatullah 1931- "' > 'Urdu'". WorldCat. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  3. ^ Interview with Prof. Nejatullah Siddiqi|
  4. ^ a b WorldCat
  5. ^ Leicester, UK : Islamic Foundation, ©1983. ISBN 978-0-86037-117-5
  6. ^ Was held in 78 WorldCat libraries, WorldCat
  7. ^ by Faramarz Damanpour in The Middle East Journal, Autumn, 1984, vol. 38, no. 4, p. 775-776, (source: JSTOR)
  8. ^ reviewed by Horma Karouzian in International Journal of Middle East Studies, Aug., 1985, vol. 17, no. 3, p. 383-391, (source: JSTOR
  9. ^ reviewed by E J G Joffe in Bulletin (British Society for Middle Eastern Studies) 1984, vol. 11, no. 1, p. 90-91 (source:JSTOR)

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