Dr. Abdullah bin Hussein Al-Sharif serves as the supervisor of the King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Chair for Makkah Historical Studies at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah. The chair plays a complementary role in serving national and Islamic history.
Previously, Al-Sharif was the secretary-general of the International Center for Total Quality and Academic Accreditation of Islamic and Arabic Studies.
He was also vice dean of the Islamic Law College for graduate studies and scientific research and headed the departments of graduate history and civilization studies, and history and Islamic civilization at Umm Al-Qura University.
Currently, Al-Sharif is an associate professor of Islamic history in the department of history at the College of Shariah Islamic Law at the same university. He began his career in academia as a lecturer.
Furthermore, he has supervised, discussed, and evaluated various master’s and Ph.D. degrees. He has appeared in television seminars and writes in a number of Saudi newspapers and magazines.
Al-Sharif holds a bachelor’s degree in Islamic history from Umm Al-Qura University where he also gained his master’s degree and Ph.D. in the same subject.
Recently, Al-Sharif said that the Kingdom had given great care and attention to the Two Holy Mosques and the holy cities. Commenting on the current Hajj season, he explained the efforts of the Kingdom’s leaders throughout the decades toward pilgrims and holy areas.
“Throughout the Saudi kings’ successive covenants, they have sought to prevent attempts to politicize Hajj in order to avoid dangers of political tendencies and conflicts,” he said.