Allam, Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim
Source of Influence: Administration of Religious Affairs
School of Thought: Traditional Sunni
Status: Featured in current year
Allam is the 19th Grand Mufti of Egypt (succeeding Ali Gomaa). He was elected in February 2013 by Al-Azhar’s Council of Senior Scholars headed by Sheikh Ahmad Al-Tayeb, an unprecedented act since the Grand Mufti had previously been chosen by the President of Egypt. He is also a Professor of Islamic Jurisprudence and Law at the University of Al-Azhar and has over 25 written works, many of which address issues pertaining to women.