Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Mahmood Zuhdi b. Hj. Abdul Majid was born in Kota Bharu, Kelantan in 1945. His schooling began in 1950, under his own father’s guidance in Madrasah Majidiyah, Kg. Kayu Rendang, Melor, Kota Bharu, Kelantan. Additionally, during his secondary school, he studied in Maahad Muhammadi Kota Bharu, Kelantan and Yayasan Pengajian Tinggi Islam, Kelantan for his university which is now called Akademi Islam Universiti Malaya.
He holds a number of Shariah-related degrees from Malaysia and abroad, namely the Bachelor of Shariah from University al-Azhar and Bachelor of Southeast Asia from University of Kent, England. Furthermore, he received his PhD in Shariah from University Malaya. Previously in the academic field, he holds the title of Dean Shariah Faculty for the past 5 years and shortly after, the title of Director of Academic of Islamic Studies in University Malaya.
He was a professor in Shariah at the University Malaya since 1995 and then moved to International University of Islam Malaysia (UIAM) as a professor in the Jabatan Fiqh and Usul Fiqh in 2008 and holds that title until July 2016. During that period as well, he also holds a title of Dean in International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) and Dean of Kulliyah Ilmu Wahyu and Sains Kemanusiaan (IRKHS). In 2011, he was awarded by University Malaya with the title Professor Emeritus.
In the field of Islamic Finance, he is currently a Non-Executive Director of Public Islamic Bank Berhad (PIBB) as well as the Chairman of Sharia Committee PIBB. Other than that, he is also a Chairman of AIA Public Takaful Shariah committee and Chairman of Bank Islam Malaysia (BIMB) Securities Shariah committee. Besides that, he is a committee for Shariah Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), Amanah Mutual Berhad (AMB), and as-Salihin Trustee Berhad too. Previously, Dr Mahmood Zuhdi was a member for The Council of Scholars for International Shariah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA), Bank Negara Malaysia for 6 years.
In the other fields, he is the Chairman for Majlis Dakwah Negara, Deputy Chairman of Lembaga Pendidikan Islam Malaysia (LEPAI), Board member of University Islam Malaysia (UIM), Board member of Pemegang Amanah Yayasan Dakwah Islamiyah (YADIM), Board member Penasihat Institut Wasatiyyah Malaysia (IWM), member of Majlis Perunding Islam Malaysia (MPI), and an Advisory Board member of Shariah for the certificate of MS 1900:2005 SIRIM.
Other services that he has contributed previously was being a member of the committee of Fatwa Negeri Kelantan (1990-2012), Panel Judge of Makhamah Rayuan Shariah Negeri Kelantan (1990-2012), Board member of Dewan Bahasa and Pustaka (DBP) (2006-2012), Board member of Pemegang Amanah Yayasan Pembangunan Ekonomi Islam Malaysia (YaPEIM) (2004-2013), Commissioner of Hak Asasi Manusia Malaysia (SUHAKAM) (2010-2016) and Chairman of Majlis Dekan Pengajian Islam (2012-2014). Up until now, he had produced 34 books and contributed 26 articles.