Asghar Ali Engineer
"Dr. Engineer is known for his attempt to interpret Islam for a larger lay audience and for his work to build communal harmony over the last three decades.
He has established the Institute of Islamic Studies and the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism in Mumbai. He has also authored over 47 books.
Dr. Engineer first came into prominence when he questioned the head of the Dawoodi Bohra community at a meeting in Udaipur in 1977 and for this he was ostracised and ex-communicated.
A civil engineer by training, he worked for many years with the Municipal Corporation of Mumbai before becoming involved with the reform movement within the Dawoodi Bohra community."