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 style. His journalism and fiction ...
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 translator of Noble prize-winning author, ...
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 professional accountant who was holding ...
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, Fereydoun participated in preparations for ...
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 having qualified from the University ...
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 RenÃƒÂ© GuÃƒÂ¨non (1886-1951) and through him knew about the Perennial Philosophy and Islam. While still in his twenties, Schuon travelled to Mostaghanem ...
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 part of a 21-strong climbing ...
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 in 1938 and moved to Pakistan ...
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 Palestine Student Union, which gave ...
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 Islamic precept, mature enough to ...