|Chancellor||Hazrat Moulana Syed Shah Ali Akbar Nizamuddin Hussaini Sabiri|
|Vice-Chancellor||Hazrat Moulana Mufti Khaleel Ahmed|
|Location||Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India|
It was founded by Shaykh al-Islam Muhammad Anwarullah Khan Faruqi, honorifically known as Fadilat Jung (the title was bestowed upon him by the Nizam), in Hyderabad in 1876. It flourished under the patronage of the Nizam VII of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan who offered impressive facilities to promote education in the State. The madrassah, therefore, contributed greatly to the advancement of the cause of education, and to thrive Islamic scholarship all over India.
Over the last 134 years the Jamia has endeavoured to preserve the traditional understanding of Islam and its normative sciences by the means of thoroughly recognized unbroken chains of Islamic authorization viz; the Ijazah and the Isnad, which go back fourteen centuries to tie the institution and its scholars to Muhammad. It was mainly due to the scholarly works accomplished by the faculty of the Jamia Nizamia in the late 19th and 20th centuries that the Hyderabad served as a major hub of academic activities for the entire sub-continent. The Jamia constitutes a major part of Islamic history in the sub-continent, particularly, the Deccan.
Jamia Nizamia has not the status of a University or deemed to be University according to the Indian University Grants Commission Act of 1956, and therefor can not confer or grant degrees. According to the Jamia Nizamia Website, their "Moulvi", "Alim", "Fazil" and "Kamil" are recognized by Osmania University as equivalent to degrees in oriental languages such as B.A.L, M.A.L, respectively. After passing exams in English language prescribed for B.A, Fazil passed students can be given admission in M.A in Osmania University. Further recognizing universities would be Aligarh Muslim University, Al-Azhar of Egypt, Jamia Umm al-Qura of Mecca, the Islamic University of Madinah and the University of Kuwait.
The Jamia set up the Girls College in 1995.
Arabic language students found employment in Arabic call centers in the last years, and student enrollment at Jamia Nizamia soared from only 500 to 1,300 between 2004 and 2007. The Jamia Nizamia budget in 2004-2005 was 97,72,000.00 INR (= 220000 US Dollar), expenditure in 2004-2005 was 1,41,56,000 INR (= 315000 US Dollar in 2004).
The scholars of Jamia Nizamia researched and published around a 1000 books including rare Arabic manuscripts which are the essential books for Islamic knowledge. The project was mainly accomplished under the auspices of another research institute known as the "Dairatul Ma`arif an-Nizamiyyah" or "Dairat al- Ma`arif al-Uthmaniyyah". Furthermore, the graduates of Jamia Nizamia also established the "Lajnah Ihya al-Ma'arif an-Nu'maniyyah" which facilitated them to advance research and publish many more unpublished Arabic manuscripts pertaining to the Hanafi fiqh, in particular, and Islamic Legal Theories in general.
More than 2000 fatwas are issued by scholars of Jamia Nizamia every year. They also answer questions asked weekly by subscribers to the Siasat Daily and the Etemaad Daily in print and fatwas are available to internet users through email. In 2003-2004, fatwa fees earned 40,000.00 INR. Fatwas covered a wide range of topics: