Dr Taha Jabir al-Alwani, an outstanding scholar, thinker and teacher, passed away at the age of 81 on 4 March 2016. He was born in Iraq in 1935 and received his primary and secondary education in his native land. His undergraduate degree was obtained in 1959 from the College of Shari’ah and Law at al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. From the same university he would later earn his MA
(in 1968) and PhD in usul al-fiqh (in 1973).