Jamal A. Badawi was born and raised in Egypt, and it was in Cairo that Dr. Badawi started his career as a student. He received his bachelors from Ain Shams University (Cairo, Egypt). Upon receiving the degree, he headed for America, and enrolled in Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) where he received both his Masters and doctorate in the department of Business Administration. Upon completing his education, Dr. Badawi began working right away and still is quite active in the Muslim community. Currently, Dr. Badawi is the director of the Islamic Information Foundation (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada), which is a non-profit foundation seeking to promote better understanding of Islaam by Muslims and non-Muslims. He is also working in his own field in Business Administration, as a Professor of Management at St. Mary University (Halifax).
In addition to his participation in lectures, seminars and interfaith dialogues in North America, Badawi was invited as a guest speaker in various functions throughout the world. He is also active in several Islamic organizations, including the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA), the Muslim American Society (MAS), and the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR). He is also a member of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the founder and chairman of the Islamic Information Foundation, a non-profit foundation seeking to promote a better understanding of Islaam and Muslims towards non-Muslims. He has lectured extensively in North America and abroad, and speaks on a variety of topics including Islaam and Christianity and is a guest scholar at The American Learning Institute for Muslims. In 1997, he debated Christian philosopher William Lane Craig over the concept of God in Christianity and Islaam.
He is also a cross-appointed faculty member in the Departments of Religious Studies and Management, at St. Mary University. Previously, Dr. Badawi has taught a course on Islaam at Stanford University (California). Along with all these commitments, Dr. Badawi is a member of the Fiqh Council of North America, a part of the Islamic Society of North America, a member of the Consultative Council of North America, and a member of the Juristic Council of North America. Dr. Badawi is a highly sought after lecturer in North America and abroad. He is an excellent orator on various pertinent topics, especially Islaam and Christianity. He is also very active in journalism and broadcasting.
Badawi has authored several books and articles on Islaam. He also researched, designed and presented a 352-segment television series on Islaam, aired in Canada, the US and other countries. Audio and video copies of this series are widely available.