Professor Ibrahim Harakat was born in Casablanca in 1928. He received a Diploma in Arabic Language from the Institute of Higher Studies and a BA degree from Mohammad V University in Rabat. Thereafter, he embarked on graduate studies in Arabic language and obtained a University Doctorate in Islamic Studies from Strasburg University in France and a State Doctorate in History from the Jesuit University in Beirut. He is currently professor of Medieval History at Mohammad V University in Rabat.
Professor Harakat has been involved in academic and cultural activities in Morocco for many years. He supervised the establishment of the College of Arts in Fez, and served as Inspector of high School education and representative of the Moroccan Ministry of National Education in Agadir, Fez and Taza. He was also Chairman of the Arts Education Department and Director of the Cultural Sector of the Ministry of Culture, Member of the Moroccan Higher Council for National Education and Member of the Scientific Council of Rabat Governorate.
Professor Harakat is a prolific writer and educator. Following his country’s independence, he wrote 40 school books. He also published more than 30 articles for the Turkish Islamic Encyclopedia. Many of his academic books, research papers and popular articles focus on the political and socio-economic aspects of Islamic history during different caliphates. His keynote book, Islamic Economics Between the 1st and 9th Century AH, provides a holistic view of Islamic economic history as it reflected on society. The book also compares Islamic economic concepts with those of the Christian world and revisits earlier arguments by European researchers with regard to the Islamic community and economy, emphasizing Islam’s impact on world economy during that time.
In addition to King Faisal International Prize for Islamic Studies, Professor Harakat has been recognized by the Order of Officer and the Order of Cavalier medals from Morocco for his meritorious services to his country as well as his academic achievements. He was also awarded the Grand Prize of the Moroccan Ministry of Culture, and the “Arab Historian” Prize and the “Cultural Medal” from Tunisia. He is a member of the Arab Historians Association and the International Association of Mediterranean History (Italy).
Professor Harakat’s research on Islamic economics between the 1st and 9th century hejira is distinctive for its holistic view of Islamic economic history as it reflected on society. Professor Harakat compares Islamic economic concepts with those of the Christian world. In his nominated book, he revisits earlier arguments by European researchers with regard to the Islamic community and economy and emphasizes Islam’s impact on world economy.