School of Religion, Philosophy & Classics

Humanities Academic Appointed Honorary Consul of the Seychelles

Emeritus Professor Abul Fadl Mohseen Ebrahim of the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics at UKZN has been appointed an Honorary Consul of Seychelles by the Indian Ocean Island’s President Mr Danny Faure.
UKZN’s Professor Abul Fadl Mohseen Ebrahim.
UKZN’s Professor Abul Fadl Mohseen Ebrahim.

Ebrahim considers it a great honour to serve the country of his birth.

After publishing a book in 2016 titled: Muslims in Seychelles: An Historical Appraisal of their Legacies, the Seychelles High Commissioner in Pretoria, Ms Marie-Antoinette Rose Quatre, contacted Ebrahim offering him the position of Honorary Consul of Seychelles, which he took up.

His duties include promoting tourism, trade and education between Seychelles and South Africa.

Ebrahim, who has been officially accredited by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation, has been issued with an identity card which allows him diplomatic immunity and other privileges.

‘When I met the vice-chancellor of the University of Seychelles, he indicated that we could collaborate by initiating student exchange programmes between our Universities and explore the possibility of introducing the Religion curriculum at the University of Seychelles,’ said Ebrahim. ‘I intend also proposing that UKZN should consider enrolling Seychellois students in Medicine and Nursing.’

Ebrahim was born in Seychelles and in 1970, after completing his GCE ‘O’ Level studies, he enrolled at the Aleemiyah Institute of Islamic Studies in Pakistan where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Islamic Studies  in 1975 and then his Bachelor of Theology degree at the Al-Azhar University in Egypt in 1977.

He obtained an MA in1983 and PhD in 1986 from Temple University in Philadelphia in the United States.

Ebrahim joined the then University of Durban-Westville (UDW) in 1985 as a junior lecturer in Islamic Studies.

He retired in 2011 and was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor, School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics at UKZN and continues to supervise Honours, Masters and PhD students.

He has published widely on Islam and Bioethics and delivered papers at bioethics conferences in several countries.

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