Hamda Said

Hamda Said (June 10, 1940 -   ) was appointed Grand Mufti of Tunisia by Interim President Moncef Marzouki on July 6th, 2013, shortly before the beginning of Ramadan.  Born in Bani Khair, in northeastern Nabeul Governate, Said received degrees in shari’a and theology in 1966 and his doctorate in Islamic law and fiqh in 1987.  From 1989, he served as professor of shari’a and law in several Tunisian universities.  Following the 2011 revolution, he also served as prayer leader in Bani Khair’s mosque and head of the regional Quranic Society in Nabeul.  Controversy surrounded Said’s appointment as Grand Mufti given his prior connections to the Ben Ali regime and former support for polygamy.