Dr Moinuddin Aqeel is among the most eminent scholars and writers of literature, history, and culture of the Muslims of South Asia and is considered nationally and internationally as an invaluable academic asset. A prolific scholar and academic he has authored, edited, and compiled over 90 books and 600 articles, both scholarly and academic in English and Urdu languages, and a host of learned papers and research articles in internationally reputed journals, and contributed chapters and papers in encyclopedias and scholarly compendiums. A book lover, his personal library contains 60,000 books, manuscripts, documents and microfilms on South Asian history and the culture of Muslims. From this, some 28,000 books have been donated to the Asia Africa Area Studies Centre at Kyoto University which is preserved there as the Aqeel Collection and can be consulted through: http://www.asafas.kyoto-u.ac.jp/kias/aqeel_db/en/index.html. He holds a D.Litt. and PhD and has been honoured nationally and internationally with distinguished recognitions. He is the recipient of the Sitara-e Imtiaz and was conferred Japan’s highest civilian honour ‘Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon’ by the Emperor of Japan, in April 2013.