Country: Pakistan

Executive Director, International Research Council for Religious Affairs, Pakistan

Tahmeed Jan serves as Executive Director of the International Research Council for Religious Affairs, a leading think-tank in Pakistan that aims to have no boundaries in research and development through religious engagement. He has completed different projects with and trained more than 4,500 religious scholars in different projects such as polio eradication, promotion of democracy, and intra- and interfaith harmony. He has also participated in Imam training at Al-Azhar University, Egypt.

Tahmeed has successfully completed a research project on the so-called Islamist State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and published booklets to counter ISIS narratives. His intellectual contribution includes research and publications on ISIS or Khawarij, Islam, Democracy and Pakistan, and the Middle Way. He sees dialogue as a shared tool of awareness in which opinions are formed, questions are examined and the implications of theoretical evidence are concluded. It is a tool of consultation, mutual advice and cooperation in righteousness and piety, which is the road to maturity and perfection.

Tahmeed grew up in Pakistan in a diverse religious environment and affiliated with Islam and also deeply studied other religions in Pakistan. Tahmeed has a master’s degree in Islamic studies and Arabic language. He also graduated from Haqqania University, Pakistan, where he received a religious education. He is fluent in Arabic and Urdu, in addition to English.