Dr Nehad Khanfar obtained his PhD in the UK in Comparative Contract Law (mainly English and Islamic) before starting to lecture at An-Najah Law School, Palestine, in 2010. In 2011, he moved to London and began lecturing at the Islamic College for Advanced Studies. He also holds an MA degree in Planning & Political Development from An-Najah University and a BA in Law from An-Najah University, Palestine.
In addition to teaching comparative private law, Nehad has developed an interdisciplinary academic interest in Islamic family law, Islamic finance and economics, Islam and politics, research methodology, and Muslim social and political thoughts. His academic publications have focused on comparative Islamic finance from a legal point of view. He is a strong believer in the need for an active and open discussion on developing a modern understanding of Islamic texts to fit contemporary needs, especially from legal aspects.
Nehad is a qualified commercial/financial arbitrator. He has accumulated significant experience in supervising students at MA and PhD levels in British universities in interdisciplinary subjects, and is an active and regular contributor to conferences and workshops on Islam, finance and economics, especially in the MENA region. He works as a reviewer for the International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management (IMEFM), and has been serving as a chairperson of a British registered charity for the past eight years.
After his PhD, he developed significant experience in Arabic legal and judicial systems with special focus on the Ottoman legal heritage in civil issues in Arab/Muslim countries. His research interests also include issues related to women in the Quranic text and applied Islamic family laws.