Dr Showkat Hussain Dar was born in 1975 in Mohalla Kralteng Sopore (J&K). After completing his graduation from Govt. Degree College, Sopore, he pursued his MA Islamic Studies and distinguished himself with a gold medal in the faculty of Social Sciences, the University of Kashmir. Dr Hussain pursued his M. Phil. and Ph.D. from Centre of Central Asian Studies, the University of Kashmir and was awarded the doctorate in 2009. He has to his credit a good number of articles published in the academic journals of international repute. His fields of specialization are Islamic Jurisprudence, Islamic Finance and Investment, and Central Asia. Dr Showkat Hussain has conducted, organized and participated in national and international seminars, presenting research papers on varied themes. The author has a good command on Arabic and Persian as well. Presently, he is working in Department of Islamic Studies, Islamic University of Science & Technology, Awantipora (J&K) as Senior Assistant Professor and is heading the department since 2010.