Professor Azim Nanji was born in Nairobi, Kenya, attended schools in Kenya, Tanzania and Makerere University in Uganda, and received his master's and doctoral degrees in Islamic Studies from McGill University. He has taught at both Canadian and American universities and was the Margaret Gest Professor for the Cross-Cultural Study of Religion at Haverford College, Pennsylvania. He is currently professor and chair of the Department of Religion at the University of Florida at Gainesville.
Dr. Nanji is co-chair of the Islam Section at the American Academy of Religion, and a member of the Council of the Foundations Committee on Religions and Philanthropy. In 1995, Dr. Nanji was invited to deliver the baccalaureate address at Stanford University's convocation ceremonies. He served as a member of the Master Jury of the 1992 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and edited a monograph on the Award entitled Building for Tomorrow, published by Academy Editions (1994).