Prof. Ishtiyaq Ahmad Zilli
Prof. Ishtiyaq Ahmad Zilli was born on 2nd May 1942 in a small village “Chhaun” of Azamgarh in UP. After completing his Fazilat from Madarsatul Islah, Saraimir Azamgarh in 1962, he joined University of Medina for a brief period. Later he joined Lucknow University from where he completed his B.A. in 1966 and took admission in Aligarh Muslim University in M.A. After completing his MA in 1968, he was appointed as Research Associate (R.A.) in the Department of History, AMU Aligarh. During that he completed his M.Phil in 1969. He was a resident of Hasrat Mohani Hostel in Sulaiman Hall. He completed his Ph.D. in 1978 from AMU Aligarh. From 1990-91, he had also served as Provost of Mohammad Habib Hall, AMU Aligarh. In 2000 he was appointed as Professor in the department of History. He retired from Department of History in 2004 and lives in Aligarh with his family.
Prof. Zilli is respected scholar of Quran and Founding President of Idarah Uloom Al-Quran, Aligarh since 1984. He is also Editor of biannual journal Uloom Al-Quran which is published by Idarah Uloom Al-Quran. He is also a member of the management committee of Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy since 2000. He is also a member of Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS). He is also member of Iranology Foundation, Tehran, Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Persianate Studies to be launched soon from E. J. Brill, Leiden. He was also invited to present paper or give talk to Georgetown University in Washington D.C., Paris, Leiden University, Holland, Tangiers, Morocco, Dushanbe, Tajikistan and Tehran. In June 2007, he attended the 3rd Biennial Convention of Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) in Tiflis-Georgia. In November 2006, University of Chicago invited him to deliver a talk on Shibli, his role in Muslim League.
On 16th February, 2008, In an emergency meeting, Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy have appointed Prof. Ishtiyaq Ahmad Zilli as its new Secretary & Director. Prof. Ishtiyaq Ahmad Zilli had served in the department of History, Aligarh Muslim University till 2004. His experience and qualities will help Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy to regain its past glory. The position was vacant after the accidental death of Maulana Ziauddin Islahi, on 2nd February 2008.