Tan Sri Prof. Dr. Mohd. Kamal Hassan was born in Pasir Mas, Kelantan in 1942. Then he attended an English school (Sultan Ismail School) in Kota Bharu. He had his first degree in Islamic Studies from Universiti Malaya (UM) in 1965. He got his second, third, Masters (MA) and PhD (1975) degrees from Columbia University, New York. He became the Head of the Department of Usuluddin and Philosophy at UKM in 1979 and got his professorship there. He began his career at International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) as Shaikh al-Kulliyyah in 1983. He became the first Dean of the Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences (KIRKHS), IIUM and the Rector of IIUM from 1999 to 2006. He is currently working at IIUM as a Professor. Tan Sri Dr. Kamal Hassan is a distinguished professor also known as Professor Ulung. Distinguished professors in Malaysia are state- owned icons, as their contributions transcend the institutions they represent.
The foci of his writings are mainly on philosophy, religion, social issues and education. Some of his famous works include: The Encyclopedia of Malaysia: Religions and Beliefs, Islamic Identity Crisis in the Muslim Community in Contemporary Malaysia, Islamic Studies in Contemporary Southeast Asia: General Observations, Al-Islam fi ’alam Al-Malaya.
With his character, personality and works, he has shown to the Muslims how they should react in order to change people’s perception of Islam.