'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 first chairperson of the Nazrul ...
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 East. Fouad's first book, 'The ...
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 filmmaker, Satyajit Ray, regarded as ...
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 at St. Antony, England. Hadid ...
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, 'Beyond The Veil: Male-Female Dynamics ...
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', in 1997, a work of nearly 1,000 ...
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 Indian Congress, and would share ...
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, who had succeeded her father, ...
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 1960-70s he made low-budget thrillers ...
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 native Turkey, but also in ...