It is with deep sadness that I have just learnt that our dear and respected former senior lecturer at Markfield Institute of Higher Education, Dr. Fareed Shayyal passed away this morning. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon. May Allah swt grant him a high place in Jannat al firdous and bestow Sabr upon his family.
Son of Egypt’s leading Historian on Salahudin the late Gamal el-Din Elshayyal whose students included Prof. Bernard Lewis. Dr Fareed obtained his PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 1986 and has taught at Universities of Toronto, Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud, Edinburgh, Salford, Birmingham, Westminster and Alexandria.
Dr Elshayyal was a member of the advisory board of SOAS Centre for Islamic Studies, consultant to Al-Furqan, Foundation for Islamic Heritage, London, and HBO in the USA, member of UMO Education Council in UK and Ireland and The European College for Human Sciences. He was Examiner for Ministry of Defence School of Languages, Arabic Diploma, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and external examiner and assessor to more universities in UK and Saudi Arabia.
Some of Dr El Shayyal’s work includes: Tarikh al-Duwal wal-Muluk, from Ibn Al-Furat, Volume 2, Edited with an introduction and extensive study of the work and the author. Dar Al-Wafa’, Cairo, 1997. ‘”Abbas Al-‘Aqqad, & his Journey from Scepticism to Faith”, Islamic Quarterly, 46:4, Dec. 02. “Ibn al-Furat, an Egyptian Historian from the 15th century”, Islamic Quarterly, 47:2, June 2003. “Relations between Nur al-Din and Salah al-Din as portrayed in Ibn al Athir’s al Kamil fi al Tarikh, IQ, 48: 3, Sep. 2004. Currently Dr Elshayyal teaches Arabic and Islamic Studies at both Kings College and SOAS, London.