About Prof. Ragab

                                                  About Prof. Ragab

                                                                                   February 2017

Name: Ibrahim A. Ragab

Date of Birth: July 19th , 1937

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 164 Zaqazik, Egypt 44511

E- Mail: iaragab@yahoo.com

Position: Professor of Scial Policy and Planning. Formerly, Deputy Dean, School of Social Work, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt.


  • Ph.D. Social Welfare (Social Policy, Social Planning and Program Development) , School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A., December, 1980.
  • M. A. Social Work (Community Organization), Faculty of Social Work, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt, July 1972.
  • Two years of graduate studies: Institute of Islamic Studies, Cairo, Egypt (1963-1965).
  • B.A. Social Work, The Cairo School of Social Work, Cairo, Egypt, June 1963.


2004 - 2011 : Professor, Department of Social Work, Faculty of Education, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt.

2000- 2004 : Professor, Department of Social Studies, Faculty of Arts, King Saud University , Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

1998 – 2000 : Professor, Faculty of Social Work, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt

1995-1998 : Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, International Islamic University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1986-1995 :Professor & Chairman, Department of Social Work, Al-Imam University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

1984-1986 : Associate Professor, Same Department.

1982-1984 : Deputy Dean, and Chairman of the Department of Community Organization, Faculty of Social Work, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt.

1982-1986 : Associate Professor, Helwan University.

1972-1981 : Assistant Professor, Helwan University.

1963-1972 : Teaching Assistant & Fieldwork Supervisor, Helwan University.

Part time Assignments:

1979-1980 : Research Associate, Human Services Design Lab., School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.

1977-1978 : Teaching Assistant (Research Methodology), Master’s Program, School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.

1975-1976 : Coordinator of the Urban Development Project, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Cairo Area Office.

1973-1975 : Community Worker, Urban Development Project, (UNICEF), Cairo Area Office.


Teaching & Research Interests:

Social Work; Social Policy & Social Planning; Social Development; Social Problems; Family & Youth , Aging , Community Organization ; Community Development; Social Research ; Islamization of Knowledge; Islamization of the Social Sciences; Philosophy of Science.

Research Projects:

Participation in the design and implementation of a number of large-scale evaluations of social programs:

  1. Evaluation of the “Basic Village Services Program” in Egypt, USAID Egypt, and the Organization for Reconstruction and development of Egyptian Villages, 1984.
  2. Evaluation of Save The Children programs in Upper Egypt, USAID, Cairo,1983.
  3. Study of the “Social Aspects of Applied Science & Technology Projects in Egypt”, Egyptian Academy for Scientific Research and Technology, 1983.
  4. “Neighborhood Organization Monitoring” Project, Human Services Design Lab., School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A., 1980.
  5. Evaluation of Service Delivery in an Egyptian Village: Silyeen, Fayoum, (Cairo: Egyptian Academy for Scientific Research and Technology, 1974)
  6. Evaluation of World Food Program Activities in Egypt, World Food Program, Cairo, Egypt , 1973. (Report in Arabic).
  7. Study of Problems and Needs of Egyptian Policemen and Ghaffirs, Ministry of the Interior, Cairo, Egypt, 1969. (Report in Arabic).


Books in Arabic :

Published Books: Social Research Methods; Islamic Perspectives on the Social Sciences; Community Development; Field Instruction in Social Work; Community Organization

Books Under Publication: Youth Problems; Family Conflict and Divorce      

Articles in Arabic : Poverty Policies: A Critique; Youth Issues; Social Work Education; Trends In The Social Sciences; Social Work And Social Problems; Social Work And The Challenge Of Globalization; Research In The Field Of  The Handicapped; Dealing With Psychosocial Problems: Islamic Perspectives.

Articles in English:

(1) “Sociological Background of the Islamic Economic System” Article in ,  Encyclopaedia of Islamic Economics, Khurshid Ahmad et al , eds. The Islamic Foundation, Leicester, UK.

(2) “On the Methodology of Islamizing the Social Sciences” Intellectual  Discourse, Vol. 7, No. 1, 1999, p.p. 27-52.

(3) "Understanding Psychosocial Problems : An Islamic Perspective", Paper   submitted to the International Seminar on Counseling and Psychotherapy in an Islamic  Perspective , Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge & Human Sciences,  August 1997.

(4) “Creative Engagement of the ‘Modern' Social Sciences: A Significant  Aspect of the Islamization Effort”, Intellectual Discourse , Vol. 5, No. 1, 1997, p.p. 35-49.

(5) “Social Development: Appraisal of Current Conceptualizations from an Islamic Perspective” Paper submitted to the International Islamic Forum on Science, Technology , and Human Resource Development, Jakarta, Indonesia  6-8 December 1996.

(6) “Towards a New Paradigm for Social Science Research”, Paper presented at the Fourth International Social Science Methodology  Conference, International Sociological Association, at the University of  Essex, Cholchester, UK, July 1996; Published in, Tafakkur (Sudan), 1,1, 1999.

(7) “On the Nature and Scope of the Islamization Process: Towards Conceptual Clarification”, Intellectual Discourse , Vol. 3, No. 2, 1995.

(8) “Social Work Education in the Middle East and Egypt”, Chapter 16, in   Thomas D. Watts et al., eds. (1995) International Handbook on Social Work Education (Westport, Connecticut: Green-wood Publishers.

(9) “Islamic Perspectives on Theory Building in the Social Sciences”, in,  The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, Vol. 10, No.1,  Spring 1993. Also Reprinted in, Periodica Islamica, Vol. 6, No. 1, 1996.

(10) “Urgently Needed: Scientific Revolution in Social Work”, Paper presented  at the Seventh International Conference of the Inter-University  Consortium for International Social Development, Washington D.C.,  July 1992.

(11) “How Can Social Work Really Take Roots in Developing Countries”,   in, Social Development Issues, Vol. 12, No.3 , 1990 .

(12) “Developmental Stages of Neighborhood Organizations”, (with Arthur Blum) in, Social Policy, Vol.15, No.4, 1985,p.p.21-28.

(13) “Representation in Neighborhood Organizations” (with Arthur Blum and Michael  Murphy) in, Armand Lauffer and Edward Newman, eds., Community Organization for the 1980's, A Special Double Issue of  Social  Development Issues, Vol.5, No.2/3, 1981.

(14) “Islam and Development”, in, World Development, Vol.8, 1980;  Reprinted in, Kenneth P. Jameson and Charles K. Wilbur, Eds. Religious Values and Development (Oxford, England: Pergamon Press, 1980); Also Reprinted in, Journal of human Development (Dhaka, Bangladesh) Vol. 3, No. 4,  June 1991

(15) “Some Social Welfare Policy Issues in Egypt: Implications for  Developing Countries”, Paper submitted to the Annual meeting of the  Society for the Study of Social problems, Chicago, September 1977;  published in International Social Work, Vol.21, No. 1, 1978.



●● Participation and Representation in Neighborhood Organization :Ph.D.  Dissertation, School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve

   University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1980.

●● The Decision Making Process in Community Organization Agencies.  Master’s thesis, School of Social Work, Helwan University Cairo, 1972 (in



1-  Member,  WHO IS WHO IN THE WORLD, 1998, 2011.

2- Member, International Sociological Association (RC33).

3- Member of the New York Academy of Science, New York, USA.

4- Former Board Member, Inter-University Consortium on International

     Social Development (Representative of the Middle East Region).

5- Coordinator of the Social Work Section, Association of Muslim Social

     Scientists, USA.

6- Member, Egyptian Association of Social Workers.

7- Member, National Association for Social Professions, Egypt.

8- Member, Saudi Educational and Psychological