Professor Shaikh Mohammad Odaimah was born in Khayyata village near Tanta (Egypt) in 1910. After memorizing the Holy Qur’an and completing primary school education, he joined Al-Azhar Institute in Tanta, graduating in 1930, then attended Al-Azhar College of Arabic Language in Cairo, graduating in 1934 and continued his higher studies, obtaining a Certificate of Specialization (equivalent to M.A.) in 1940 and the High Aalimiyya Certificate (equivalent to Ph.D.) in 1943 from Al-Azhar.
In 1947, Shaikh Odaimah was seconded to teach in Makkah and then transferred to Jaghboob Oasis in Lybia until 1969. In 1972, he was appointed Professor of Qur’anic Studies at Imam Mohammed Bin Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he remained for the rest of his life. It was during his time in Makkah that he started working on his groundbreaking text “Linguistic Style of the Qur’an.” This mammoth book consisting of 11-volumes each comprising at least 600 pages, took 35 years to complete. It is a highly authoritative work and one of the greatest books ever written on the linguistic treasures and grammatical structure of the Holy Qur’an. It has benefited countless numbers of students and scholars in this field.
In addition to the King Faisal International Prize for Islamic Studies, Shaikh Odaimah was awarded the First Class Medal of Arts and Sciences by the Arab Republic of Egypt. He died in a car accident in 1984.