Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh, chairman of the Saudi Shoura Council

Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh, chairman of the Saudi Shoura Council
Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh, chairman of the Saudi Shoura Council
Updated 18 August 2019

Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh, chairman of the Saudi Shoura Council

Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh, chairman of the Saudi Shoura Council

Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh has been chairman of the Shoura Council, the consultative assembly of Saudi Arabia, since 2009.

He was born in Diriyah, a town on the northwestern outskirts of Riyadh, in 1948. He was educated by his father, Muhammad Al-Asheikh, a former grand mufti of Saudi Arabia.

Al-Asheikh attended the Shariah College in Riyadh — now known as Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University — and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Shariah in 1975.

He studied Shariah at Cairo’s famous Al-Azhar University and returned to Saudi Arabia, obtaining his doctorate in 1987 in fiqh from Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University.

Al-Asheikh went on to work as a professor at the Shariah College of Imam Muhammed ibn Saud Islamic University. He was justice minister between 1992 and 2009.

He is deputy chairman of the executive office of the Arab Justice Ministers Council, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars and the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, as well as a member of the board of directors of the Disabled Children’s Association and Albir Society in Riyadh.

He has given lectures on terrorism and how to overcome it, and the Islamic economy.

Al-Asheikh is currently on an official visit to the Philippines at the invitation of Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives Alan Peter Cayetano.

Al-Asheikh said Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte were keen to strengthen bilateral ties and relations.