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Fadil Al Jamali

Birth:1903

Death:1997

Politician and educationist Fadil who won scholarships to the American University in Beirut graduated in 1927 and subsequently took a master's and a doctorate in education from New York's Columbia University in 1932. Back in Iraq, he became teacher before joining the education ministry and then in 1942 ...

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Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz

Birth:1922

Death:2005

The monarch who saw the material transformation of his kingdom undermined by the oil price collapse and his own alliance with the west. King Fahd of Saudi Arabia who succeeded to the throne after the death of his brother King Khalid, in 1982, maintained stability in ...

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Faisal II

Birth:1935

Death:1958

King of Iraq. The only son of King Ghazi I and Queen Aalya. He succeeded to the throne after the death of his father in 1939. He was educated at Harrow School, England. King Faisal II was about four when his father died. For that reason ...

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Faisal Bin Hussain Al Hashmi

Birth:1887

Death:1933

A King of Iraq. Son of Husain Ibn Ali Shariff of Makkah, a descendent of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). In the Muslim world, the Arabs and the non-Arabs have two different views about him. The Arabs considered him their national hero because he tried to ...

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Fiasal Husseini

Birth:1940

Death:2001

Statesman. Faisal, an ardent and pragmatic nationalist, was the acknowledged leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation in Jerusalam since 1964 and was regularly imprisoned by the Israelis. A Palestanian of historical aura renowned for his commitment to human rights played a key role in the quest ...

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Faiz Ahmad Faiz

Birth:1911

Death:1984

Urdu poet well known for his 'creative and polemical writings'. Faiz idolised humanism and utilised the pen as an instrument for social change. His poetry combines 'the personal and the political in a strong sinuous line, and borrows from the older, majestic traditions of Persian ...

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Faizi

Birth:1547

Death:1595

The son of Shaikh Mubarak of Nagor, elder brother of Shaikh Abul Fazal, Prime minister and secretary to Akbar the Great. In 1572 he was honoured with the title of Malik-us-shera or king of poets. He had no equal in letter writing, composition and philosophy, translated ...

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Fakhri

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Death:c1618

Famous silhouette-cutter from Turkey. This art was brought from Iran in the 16th., and to the west in the 17th. century.

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Fakhri Mudabbir

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Death:c1236

Persian author in India known for his genealogical tables extending from the Prophet , peace be upon him, to the Ghoris.

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Fakhruddin II

Birth:c1572

Death:1635

Ruled Lebanon from 1539 to 1633. Fakhruddin united the Druze and Maronite districts and was known as the father of modern Lebanon. He was a Druze-Muslim and had the support of Christian minorities of northern Lebanon. The Ottoman recognised his authority in 1607, but forced him into exile ...

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Fakhruddin Abu Muhammad Bin Ali Az Zalal

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Death:1342

The Author of a commentary on Kunzul Daqaeq held in great esteem in India on account of its upholding the doctrines of the Hanfi sect.

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Fakhruddin Bahmni Malik

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Death:1307

Third sultan of the Kurd dynasty, who ascended the throne of Herat, Balkh and Ghazni in 1305. He was a contemporary of Sultan Muhammad, khuda Banda, king of Iran.

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Fakhruddin Iraqi

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Death:1289

A master of lyrics, and a Persian mystic. He lived in Multan, Pakistan, for about twenty-five years, where his ghazals are still sung.

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Faraj Al Malik An Nasir Zaynuddin Abu As Sadat

Birth:1389

Death:1412

Mamluk ruler of Egypt. After his father, Darquq, died in 1399, his two guardians, ruled on his behalf as he was a child. After the fall of Damascus and Aleppo to Tamer Lane (Timur) in 1400, he became a vassal of Timur for the next five years. ...

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Fareed Zakaria

Birth:1965

Death:

Journalist and writer. Fareed Zakaria the Indian born American, educated at Yale and Harvard, taught international relations and political philosophy at Harvard University and was managing editor of the influential US journal, Foreign Affairs. He is now the editor of Newsweek International Fareed Zakaria argues ...

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Farid Shawki

Birth:1920

Death:1998

The actor, scriptwriter and film producer and heavyset king of Egyptian cinema. Farid bulky physique and villainous growl won him roles as the muscled tough character. He appeared in some 400 movies thrilling viewers across the Arab world by championing the rough and tumble exploits of ...

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Fariduddin Attar

Birth:1136

Death:1220

The Sufi poet, from a village near Nishapur, in the reign of Sultan Sanjar. Fariduddin authored Tazkirat ul Aullia, Lisan ul Ghaib, Kanzul Haqaeq, Mantiq ul Tair and a Diwan containing about 40,000 verses in Persian.

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Fariduddin Ganjshaker

Birth:1173

Death:1265

A celebrated Sufi of Chistiyya order. Khawaja Fariduddin was one of the most famous Sufi saints and was a follower of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti (1141 - 1236), one of the most outstanding figures in the annals of Islamic mysticism and founder of the Chistiyya order in Ajmer, ...

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Faris Muhammad

Birth:1951

Death:

A Syrian cosmonaut who spent six days aboard the Soviet space station in 1987.

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Farrakhan Louis

Birth:1933

Death:

A black Muslim leader. Farrakhan converted to Islam by Malcolm X, became national representative of Elijah Muhammad in 1963 but formed a new group when Elijah's son allowed White to join the movement in 1975. Farrakhan was born in New York.

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Farrukh Siyyar

Birth:1687

Death:1719

The Son of Azim-ush-shan, the second son of Bahadur Shah I and great grandson of Aurangzeb. Jahandarshah, his uncle killed his father, with the help of the Sayed brothers (Said Hussain Ali Khan and Abdulla Khan). He avenged his father's death, and ascended the throne ...

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Farouq I

Birth:1920

Death:1965

He reigned Egypt from 1937 to 1952. General Nagib forced him to abdicate in 1952 and was exiled to Italy. He became a citizen of Monaco in 1959.

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Fateh Ali Shah

Birth:1771

Death:1834

The King of Iran of the Qajar tribe. Enthroned in 1797. In his reign, Sir John Malcolm was sent by Lord Wellesly from Calcutta to Iran to counter the threat of invasion to India by Zaman Shah of Afghanistan. It was in his reign that Persia ...

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Fathy Hasan

Birth:1900

Death:1989

An Egyptian architect. Fathy proved that ancient building techniques remain the most effective method of solving the problems of Third World housing. He completed a conventional European course in architecture in Egypt in 1927. He built little until 1940 and in 1945 began his most famous project, the ...

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Fatima Bibi

Birth:1927

Death:

The first Muslim woman judge of the Supreme Court of India since 1989. Judge of Kerala High Court during 1983-89.

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Fatuma Roba

Birth:1976

Death:

An Ethiopian athlete. She won in 1996 Olympic: Woman's marathon.

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Fatima Zohra Imalyan

Birth:1936

Death:

One of the most talented Algerian women writers. Fatima first novel was La Soif (The Mischief) and then Les Impatients (1958), La Enfants du Nouveau Monde (The children of the new world) 1962, and Les Alouettes Naives (1967), describing the Algerian women's contribution to the war of independence ...

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Fatimah Hashim

Birth:1924

Death:2010

The leader of the women's section of the United Malay National organisation. Fatimah helped Malaysia to get Independence in 1957. She was the Malaysia's first woman minister in 1969, as the Welfare minister until 1973.

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Fatmi Al Mustansir

Birth:1029

Death:1094

The eighth Fatimid caliph of Egypt from 1036, when he was only seven years old. His reign marked a turning point in Fatmids fortunes. Syria was lost to Seljokes, Zirid Emirs of North Africa became independent, Palestine was taken away from them by the Franks in 1099, ...

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Fatmi Hussain

Birth:

Death:1954

An Iranian statesman and a nationalist. Fatmi played a leading role in nationalising the Iranian Oil Company, but when Musadaq's government fell in 1953, he went into hiding but was arrested and executed by the Reza Shah government in 1954.

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Fatmi Ubaid Ullah

Birth:871

Death:934

He was the first Fatmi to proclaim himself as Caliph in North Africa taking the title al Mahdi.

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Faud Ahmad Pasha I

Birth:1868

Death:1936

The Egyptian monarch, son of Ismail Pasha, succeeded the throne in 1917. He ruled under British protection and succeeded by his son Farouk after his death.

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Faud Sirageddin Pasha

Birth:1910

Death:2000

Politician. Faud epitomised the landed aristocracy of the old order of Egypt that was swept away in 1952. He joined Wafd party in 1942 whose slogan was, 'Religion is for God, the homeland is for all.' He believed in national unity between Muslims and Copts. In 1952 ...

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Fawzi Mahmud

Birth:1900

Death:1981

An Egyptian political leader. Fawzi was Nasir's foreign minister (1952-65), deputy prime minister (1946-47) and vice president (1967-68). After Nasir's death, he became prime minister (1970-72) under President Anwar Sadaat and vice president between 1972 and 1974.

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Fazal Mahmood

Birth:1927

Death:2005

First-class bowler who led Pakistan to famous Test match victories. Fazal Mahmood, the exceptional talented Pakistani fast bowler and captain, strode centre-stage for his young country in the 1950s. For most of his career he lived up to his country's hopes and expectations. Mahmood bowled ...

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Fazlul Huq

Birth:1873

Death:1962

Hailed as the toiler's friend and Bengal's tiger. Fazlul Huq also know as Sher-i-Bangla was one such individual whose illustrious career spanned over more than 65 years and who stands today as one of the stalwarts who relentlessly fought and strived for the creation of Pakistan ...

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Fazlur Rahman Malik

Birth:1919

Death:1988

The Director Islamic Research Institute of Pakistan.

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Fazlur Rahman Khan

Birth:1929

Death:1982

A Bangladesh architect. Fazlur emigrated to USA in 1952, obtained Ph.D. in Structural Engineering in 1955, joined in an architectural firm in Chicago and became its part-owner in 1970. Fazlur received numerous prestigious awards both in the United States and United Kingdom, Chicagoan of the year in ...

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Fereydoun Moshiri

Birth:1926

Death:2000

Celebrated Iranian poet whose works based on free-flowing and uncluttered rhymes of classical Persian. The left-leaning poet's style was fierce nationalist-penned verse that was lauded for its romance and lust for life. Fereydoun Moshiri died in Tehran.

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Firdousi

Birth:931

Death:1020

A great poet. Firdousi's literary epic Shahnameh is a great classic in Persian poetry. Tens of thousands of verses of poetry merge together myth, legend and history, chronicling the reigns of Iranian kings - the legendary annals of the ancient kings from the first king ...

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Firishata Muhammad Qasim

Birth:c1570

Death:c1612

An Iranian historian. Firishata came to India in 1589 and was commissioned by Ibrahim Adil Shah, King of Bijapur, to write a history of the Muslim dynasties of India. Hence Tarikh I Firishta which was translated into English in 1829 by General Briggs, The History of the ...

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Firouz Shah Tughlaq

Birth:1309

Death:1388

The son of the brother of Sultan Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq and cousin to Sultan Muhammad Tughlaq, whom he succeeded to the throne of Delhi in 1351. Firouz Shah Tughlaq constructed numerous canals and cities and reigned for thirty-eight years and eight months.

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Firoz Khan Noon

Birth:1893

Death:1970

A Pakistani politician. Firoz was High Commissioner of India in England from 1936 to 1941, Governor of east Pakistan from 1950 to 1953 and Chief Minister of Punjab from 1953 to 1955. Firoz Khan Noon was educated at Oxford and Lincoln Inn and authored many books.

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Firoz Shah Bahmani Sultan

Birth:

Death:1422

During his reign the Bahamni dynasty of Deccan reached its highest glory and power. He ascended the throne in 1397 and reigned for more that a quarter century.

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Firoz Shah Purbi

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Death:1494

An Abbysinian monarch of Bengal enthroned in 1491 after killing Sultan Shahzada. He restored the city of Gaur, commonly called Lakhnauti.

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Forugh Farrokhzad

Birth:1935

Death:1967

A modern Persian poet. She wrote powerful yet very feminine poetry. Her verses are full of longing, though bitter, yet truly poetic.

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Fath Ullah Imad Ul Mulk

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Death:1513

The founder of the Imad Shahi dynasty in Deccan who became independent in 1485 and made Ellichpur his capital.

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Fazil Iskander

Birth:1929

Death:

A Soviet writer. His stories and poems were written in Russian language, a famous novel Goatibex Constellation in 1966. Iskandar was born in Abkhazia.

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Farooq Leghari

Birth:1940

Death:2010

A former President of Pakistan A former president of Pakistan (1993-98), Farooq Leghari was the eighth head of the state of his country since independence in 1947. He dismissed the government of the PPP prime minister Benazir Bhutto, in 1996, over corruption charges. He resigned after developing ...

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Faqir of Ipi

Birth:1901

Death:1960

A pathan tribal leader. From the village of Ipi, located near Mirali Camp in North Waziristan, Faqir of Ipi started his guerrilla warfare against the British Empire throughout the 1930s and 1940s until the British departure in 1947. Born Mirza Ali Khan in North Waziristan, Pakistan, ...

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Fatima Jinnah

Birth:1893

Death:1967

Miss Fatima Jinnah, younger sister of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, was born in 1893. Of his seven brothers and sisters, she was the closest to the Quaid. Jinnah became her guardian upon the death of their father in 1901. Due to her brothers' keen interest, and despite ...

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Fadzil Noor

Birth:1937

Death:2002

Politician. Ustaz Fadzil Muhammad Noor was the President of the Malaysian Islamic Party (Parti Islam se Malaysia). His pragmatic and calculated approach indicated the mind of a strategist and planner at work whose own political projects was always framed in moderate and long term. He ...

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Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz

Birth:1905

Death:1975

A successful nation builder Saudi monarch. A pious, austere man King Faisal became a successful nation builder of Saudi Arabia. If his father created Saudi Arabia within its current borders, it was King Faisal who knitted it together, using oil wealth to turn a backward ...

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Faruque Beg

Birth:c1609

Death:

The Mughal painter who came to India during Akbar's reign. Faruque wrote a manuscript of Akbar Nama in 1008 A.H., and was a courtier of Jahangir in 1018 A.H. Jahangir in his Turk-e-Jahangiri called him as a painter without any peers. Robert Skelton published nineteen ...

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Fatema Begum

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Death:

The first Indian Muslim woman to produce and direct a film Bulbul e Paristan in 1926. She also acted in the film along with her daughters.

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Fazalur Rahman Nae'em Siddiqi

Birth:1916

Death:2002

Poet, scholar and Seerah writer. Nae'em Siddiqi was known in the Islamic movement throughout the world and he was a founder member of Jama'at-e-Islami and later Tehreek-e-Islami. He was also instrumental in the launching of Islamic literary movement, Halqa-e-Adab-e-Islami, in answer to the communist inspired ...

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Fairouz

Birth:1935

Death:

Lebanese singer. Fairouz though tend to sing romantic songs she also sang some patriotic ones against the occupation and the civil war in her country. She was born Nouhad Wadi Haddad

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Fareed Yasin Qureishi

Birth:1952

Death:2003

The founding member of the International Islamic Relief Organisation. Prof Qureishi was a former director general and a founding member of the International Islamic Relief Organisation (IIRO), based in Makkah. He was also a full time member of the department of economics at King AbdulAziz ...

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Fudwa Tuqan

Birth:1917

Death:2003

Palestinian poet who captured her nation's sense of loss and defiance Fadwa Tuqan's power of words in her poems derived from the affirmation of Palestinian identity and the dream of return. Her poetry became more and more nationalist after Israel came to rule Nabulus in 1967. ...

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Fuad Rouhani

Birth:1907

Death:2004

First Secretary General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec). Fuad worked at the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (later BP) during the Second World War before becoming chief legal advisor to the newly-formed National Iranian Oil Company in 1951. Opec was formed in 1959-60 and he ...

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Faris Glubb

Birth:1939

Death:2004

Journalist, poet and political activist with a deep Islamic faith. Faris Glubb whose parents were devout Traditional Anglican Christians spent his childhood with the Bedouin soldiers in Amman, absorbing both Arabic and Islamic faith. He embraced Islam as soon as he was, in accordance with ...

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Fathi Arafat

Birth:1933

Death:2004

Refugee camp doctor and trusted aide to his brother. Fathi Arafat became fascinated by the devotion of his brother Yasser to the nationalistic cause of Palestine. He earned deep trust from Yasser Arafat (1929 - 2004), Palestinian leader of great height. Fathi helped Yasser set up the ...

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Firoz Khan

Birth:1904

Death:2005

Skilful hockey player who helped India to win Olympic gold in 1928. Khan won his gold medal at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. His speed and versatility set the standard for India's dominance at the game as they collected six successive gold medals between 1928 and 1956. Feroz retired ...

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Farkhondeh Sadegh

Birth:1969

Death:

The first of the two Muslim women to reach the top of the world's highest mountain. On 30 May 2005, Farkhondeh Sadegh and Laleh Keshavarz made their long-awaited dream come true when they conquered the 8,850-meter high mountain, situated in eastern Nepal. Sadegh, designer by profession, was ...

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Frithjof Schuon

Birth:1907

Death:1998

Scholar of extra-ordinary calibre. Frithjof Schuon was born in a Catholic family in Basel, Switzerland. As a young man, he was a reader of the French metaphysician René Guènon (1886-1951) and through him knew about the Perennial Philosophy and Islam. While still in his ...

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Fakhri Kubba

Birth:1914

Death:2006

Iraqi engineer who oversaw the construction of dams and other massive projects. One of the Iraq's first oil engineers Fakhri lived through the rise and fall of Iraq through the Turks, British, monarchy, Ba'ath and the invasion of Iraq by the US-led forces in 2003. After ...

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Fereydoun Hoveyda

Birth:1924

Death:2006

A former Iranian ambassador A former Iranian ambassador to the United Nations (1971-79) during the reign of Shah Reza Pahlavi, whose aggressively modernising and secularising policies led to the Islamic revolution, Fereydoun Hoveyda was an expert in the Middle Eastern affairs. As a young diplomat, ...

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Fazle Hasan Abed

Birth:1936

Death:

Bangladesh's poverty reduction model maker Fazle Hasan Abed founded the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), one of largest non-government development organisations in the world whose poverty reduction model has lifted more than 35 million people out of abject poverty. Educated in Dhaka and Glasgow Universities, a ...

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Fatma Moussa Mahmoud

Birth:1927

Death:2007

Scholar who brought together Arabic and English literature A pioneering academic Fatma Moussa Mahmoud explored and strengthened connections between the literary cultures of Egypt and Britain and scholarly produced output that was prodigious. She wrote about the contemporary Arab literary scene. She was an early ...

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Fuad Al Takarli

Birth:1927

Death:2008

one of the pioneering Iraqi writers of his generation. Renowned as the authentic voice of modern Iraqi society Fuad al-Takarli was one of the pioneering writers who broke with the literary conventions of Arabic fiction in the 1950s and 1960s. He developed his own personal ...

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Fethullah Gulen

Birth:1941

Death:

A modern Ottoman. A life dedicated to peace and humanity, Sufi cleric, author and theoretician reclusive Fethullah Gulen leads a global movement from his sick bed in self-exile just outside Philadelphia. Acknowledged as one of the world's most important figures - not only in his ...

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Firoz Khan

Birth:1939

Death:2009

Bollywood heart-throb Actor, director and producer, Firoz Khan was a celebrated figure in Bollywood. A new type of rugged and steely-eyed action hero Khan made his debut as second lead in Didi (1960) after he arrived in Bombay at the age of 21. Through the early 1960-70...

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Fatima Al Sanussi

Birth:1911

Death:2009

The last queen of Libya The Sanussi order, founded at Makkah in 1837, had come to have many adherents in Cyrenaica, the western desert region bordering Egypt, and led the resistance to first French and then Italian colonial aggrandisement there. Fatima was married in 1931 to Idris, ...

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Fatima Meer

Birth:1928

Death:2010

Dr Fatima Meer's death brings to a close a remarkable life: a courageous, selfless, independent-minded scholar-activist, never afraid to speak out and always ready to act on her words. In the 1950s, still at a young age, she became an executive member of the Natal ...

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Fathi Osman

Birth:1928

Death:2010

Scholar of Islam Articulate scholar Fathi Osman published authoritative guides to the Qur'an for non-Arabic readers and he published some forty books in Arabic and English. One of Dr. Osman's most important work in English was the monumental 'Concepts of the Qur'an: A Topical Reading', ...

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Fatema Mernissi

Birth:1940

Death:2015

Moroccan sociologist of International fame A Moroccan sociologist Fatema Mernissi was one of the founders of Islamic feminism. A long-time faculty member of Mohammed V University in Rabat, the capital, Professor Mernissi, who wrote in Arabic, French and English, published and lectured worldwide. The book, ...

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Foulath Hadid

Birth:1937

Death:2012

Specialist in Arab affairs Upholding the legitimate aspiration of the Arab people denied by autocratic Arab governments Foulath Hadid condemned European imperialism and American hegemony that supported such regimes. He raised funds to establish an annual award to support doctoral students in Middle Eastern studies ...

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Farooque Shaikh

Birth:1948

Death:2013

Entertainer Actor and chat-show host, Farooque Shaikh had a loyal following with Indian fans. His career began on a high note with the Bollywood film Garam Hawa (1973) about the Partition of India that took place in 1947. Farooque's performance earned him a key role in Bengal's ...

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Fouad Ajami

Birth:1945

Death:2014

Professor and writer A MacArthur Fellowship winning American University professor and writer, on Middle Eastern issues, Fouad Ajami was also a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. He wrote more than 400 articles for magazines and newspapers as well as half-dozen books on the Middle ...

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Firoza Begum

Birth:1930

Death:2014

'The nightingale of Bangladesh.' The singer, Firoza Begum devoted her life to popularising the music and the work of Nazrul Islam in dozens of recordings and performances across South Asia, and was also known as 'the nightingale of Bangladesh.' She served as the ...

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Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim

Birth:1934

Death:2017

Fiery Sudanese activist.

A woman never shy about speaking her mind, Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim was courageous and with captivating smile was famous for being elected in 1965 as the first female MP in Sudan and one of the first women politicians in Africa.

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