Syed Ali Mohammad Naqvi was born in 1953 in a very prominent family of ulama known in India as Khanvadae Ijtihad. His father was Allama Ali Naqi Naqavi, a world renowned scholar, Professor of Aligarh Muslim University and Dean Faculty of Theology.
Syed Ali Mohammad Naqvi had his early religious education under guidance of his father. Then graduated in Theology from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. In 1974 went to Iraq, and then Iran for higher Islamic Studies. He studied under such great scholars as Allama Murtaza Mutahhari, Dr Mufatteh, .Dr Izzati and Prof SahibuzZamani.
In Iran Ali Mohammad Naqvi become
prominent as scholar. His articles appeared (in Persian Language) in reputed
Journals. More than a dozen Books were published in Iran.
He became Member of Board of Text-Books in Iranian Ministry of Education and jointly worked with Dr Haddad Adel on text-book Project. Four of his books were prescribed in secondary and University level and taught throughout Iran, a unique distinction for any non-Iranian
In 1984 he went to London and worked on a research project. This book was published entitled A Manual of Islamic Beliefs and Practice from Muhammadi Trust of Great Britain.
After 9/11, when the movement for
Interfaith Dialogue and Interfaith understanding gained much more importance
Prof. Ali Mohammad Naqvi was invited several times in United States of America
and worked with Prof. Swidler and Prof.
Paul Knitter and other pioneers of Interfaith Movement. He had a series
of Lectures and interactions in United States of America and was conferred
Honorary citizenship of the city of Louisville by the Mayor of that city.
After return to India Prof Naqvi worked on a Project on Comparative Religions. The voluminous work was published in two volumes entitled A Survey of Indian Religious Thought. This is an in-depth study of the development of Indian Religious Thought from the time of Rig Veda down to our own times.. The distinctions of the book are:
Ø First time Indian Classical and modern Thought introduced in Iran and in Persian language. Before that the works only dealt with Classical thought but thought of Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Keshab Chandra Sen, Birindra Nath and Rabindra Nath Tagore, Rama Krishna, Swami Vivekananda, Sri Auribindo and Dr Radhakrishnan was unknown in Iran. Through this work for the first time modern Indian Religious Thought was introduced in Iran.
Ø First time the Hindu Thought is studied and analyzed by a Muslim Religious Scholar in depth . In past Al-Beirūnī and Dara Shikoh were the pioneers. But after that there were only cursory works and no in-depth study was done.
Ø First detailed comparative study f Hindu and Muslim Thought
He also worked on a project of Tafseer
of the Qurân and two volumes were published.
He, along with prominent religious figure, Dr Kalbe Sadiq, founded a modern religious Seminary named MadinatulUloom at Aligarh which later developed as M.U College.
In 2006 he was directly appointed as professor of Theology in A.M.U. and later become Chairman of Shia Theology and then Dean, Faculty of Theology. He served two terms as the Dean ,Faculty of Theology and 3 terms as Chairman, Department of Shia Theology.
In 2017, after establishment of the Centre for Interfaith Understanding, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Tariq Mansoor appointed Prof Naqvi, as the first Director of the Centre for Interfaith Understanding. Under the patronage of the Vice Chancellor Prof. Tariq Mansoor, Prof. Naqvi organized historic Interfaith Conferences and established a network of Faith leaders and intellectuals. In 2018, the Vice Chancellor appointed Prof Naqvi as the Director of prestigious Sir Syed Academy and also Publication Division of the University.
Prof Ali Mohammad Naqvi participated in International and National Interfaith Conferences and workshops and extensively delivered lectures. Among them are the following:
Delivered Series of lectures in Connecticut and New Jersey, USA on the Topic of “Common Misunderstandings About Islam, Feb 15-20,2001
Participated in Inter Faith Meeting, Washington Center of Interfaith Dialogue, July 25, 2004
Presentation on Christian-Muslim Dialogue, South Carolina, USA, August 2, 2004
Interfaith Roundtable Discussion, Thanksgiving Squire, Dallas, August 7, 2004
Workshop in the University of Louisville, USA, on Principles of Inter-Faith Dialogue, Participated along with Prof. Swidler and Prof. Paul Knitter, May 11, 2005
Lecture in University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana on Peace- building in Islam, May 13,2005
Presentation on Muslim Situation and Our Challenges, Islamic Cultural Center of Louisville, May 15, 2005
Presentation on ‘Understanding Between Islam and Christianity and the Historical Burden’, Abbey of Gethsemane, International Thomas Merton Center, May 17,2005
Inter-Faith Meeting, Evansville, Indiana, Sponsored by Muslim Community of Evansville, May 18,2005
Inter-Religious Roundtable Conversation at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, May 19, 2005
Presentation at the Center of the Islamic Society of North America, What Should Be Done, May 20, 2005
Roundtable Discussion at Pick Hall, University of Chicago Topic of discussion ‘ Islamic Studies in USA’, May 21, 2005
Meeting with the Muslim Community at the Muslim Community Center Chicago, discussion, the Issues of Muslims Today and their Interaction with Christians and followers of other Faiths.’ May 22,2005
Seminar at Omar Ibne Khattab Foundation, Los Angeles, Participated along with Prof. Fathi Osman, 24 May, 2005
Inter-Faith Meeting, Regas Center with Rev. Regas and Dr Nazir Khaja, Pasadena, California, May 25,2005
Inter-Faith Meeting with Jewish and Christian Clergy, Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Ana, May 26,2005
Inter-Faith Meeting sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Las Vegas and the Islamic Council of Nevada, May 27,2005
Presentation ‘ Theology of Peace-building in Islam’, Fuller Seminary, June 2, 2005
Presented Paper on ‘Idealism, Materialism, Realism: Analyzing Essence of Islam, al-‘Ain,UAE,
Participated in the Conference on Muslim Education in India, Rai Chuk, West Bengal, April6,
Participated in The Interfaith Conference organized by Vishnu Mohan Foundation, Chennei in 2018 and 2019
Was invited in the big Interfaith Conference by Sri Sathya Sai Baba Foundation, in Puttapurthi in 2018
Invited to Indore Interfaith Enclave under patronage of Late saint Sri Bhaiyyuji Maharaj.. Was invited twice by Sri Bhaiyyuji for meetings and a close rapport was being established before his tragic death.
Prof. Ali Mohammad Naqvi has won numerous awards for his scholarship and work in the field of Theology and Interfaith Studies.
He has two sons and two daughters