Eminent Danish Scientist Abbas Khan

An associate professor at the Technical University of Denmark’s National Space Institute, Shfaqat  Abbas Khan is an expert on Greenland’s glaciers. Together with colleagues at TUD, he has used data from a network of Global Positioning System stations across Greenland to … read more

Hassan Zewail, Nobel prizewinner

Warren S. Warren of Duke University remembers Ahmed Hassan Zewail (1946-2016) in an obituary published in Nature, September 2016. That the first science Nobel prizewinner from the Arabic-speaking world, Ahmed Hassan Zewail, pioneer of ultrafast chemistry, was also a diplomat … read more

The Cricket Star

Nauman Khan’s biographical entry, “. . . His 499 came for Karachi against Bhawalpur in 1959. It was an achievement that stood unsurpassed for 35 years.  In 1958 Hanif had set his epic record for the longest innings in Test … read more

Philanthropic worker Extraordinaire

Abdul Sattar Edhi (1932-2016) ‘. . . began work as a street hawker, set up a small clinic in 1951 in Karachi and since then he networked across the length and breadth of Pakistan and extended his noble services internationally … read more

Biographies: MUHAMMAD ALI

The American athlete who “literally changed the world of sports forever.”   . . . Muhammad Ali battled, for 32 years, with Parkinson’s disease he suffered with. When the news of his death was flashed tributes poured in from around the … read more

Who Was Who

Nauman Khan writes, ‘Abdel Aziz Mohamed (1947-2016)  – a moderate voice of the Polisario Front, ‘The long-time leader of a movement to create an independent state for the indigenous Berber tribesmen in Western Sahara Abdel Aziz Mohamed was seen as … read more

New Entries

Visit a unique directory maintained by Nauman Khan for entries on over 2,500 Muslim personalities, including the following new entries click here ANISEH MAKHLOUF (1930 – 2016) Former influential matriarch of Syria INTIZAR HUSSAIN (1923 – 2016) Writer KHODADAD FARMANFARMAIAN (1928 – … read more

Fatma Samoura, FIFA Sec Gen

Fatma Samoura undertook university studies at Lyon (France) where she obtained a Masters in English and Spanish. After 21 years within the UN, this lady from Dakar has held responsibilities in Cameroun, Chad, Guinea, Djibouti, Nigeria and Madagascar. Fatma Samoura … read more

Zafar Ishaq Ansari

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji un. The scholar-activist Dr. Ansari  passed away in Islamabad on 24th April 2016 – a loss to the Muslim world of learning. He served as Director General of the Islamic Research Institute, Islamabad from 2006-2011, … read more