Egyptian novelist A former carpet designer, Gamal al-Ghitani switched his careers to become one of Egypt's most acclaimed novelists. His work was frequently published in English translations. He was most famous for his 1974 novel 'Zayni Barakat,' a scorching allegorical critique of totalitarianism in which a ruthless Egyptian leader's legitimacy ...
Kashmiri administrator A man known for his piety, compassion and warmth Ghulam Nabi Drabu cherished his past, was content with his present and confident about his future. A distinguished personality of Indian Administrative Service and expert in taxation law he served in his home state, Kashmir, for over four decades. ...
Pakistani musician Founder member of the Sabri Brothers, Ghulam Farid Sabri was a master of qawwali. Rooted in the mystical expression of Sufism, Sabri Brothers took qawwali, the devotional music, to the west. Qawwali is particularly popular in south Asia. Considered a master of improvisational wordplay Farid often made references ...
Saudi politician and poet One of inspiring and reform minding Saudis politicians Ghazi Abdul Rahman al-Gosaibi stemmed chronic corruption and extremism. A part of a select group of commoner technocrats in the 1970s he sought to modernise the kingdom. He was empowered by his huge personal wealth. He launched the ...
Sindhi writer and intellectual One of the pioneers of the Sindhi short stories, Ghulam Rabbani authored many books including Jahra Gul Gulab Ja, Sindh Ja Bar Bahr Pahar and Aab-i-Hayat for which he is well-known. Started writing short stories from early 1950s, Agro's stories were translated and published in different ...
Nigeria's lawyer and human rights campaigner A man for whom silence was never an option, Gani Fawehinmi was one of the most famous figures of his country. For more than 40 years he played the role of national gadfly, constantly provoking over-mighty rulers and defending their victims. He used his position ...
A mystic Punjabi poet Mystic poet who urged his audience to live their lives without hurting anyone's feelings Ghulam Moheyddin Moonas Naqshi believed in the higher values of life and reminded his readers of the lives hereafter to answer for their deeds. In 1959, his book, Zarb-i-Hussain that paid homage to ...
Educationist One of the members of the First World Conference on Muslim Education, held in Makkah in the 1970s and an advisor on Muslim education for the Islamic Academy, Cambridge, Prof Dr Ghulam Nabi Saqeb was a prominent educationist. Prof Saqeb was actively involved in Muslim Education Movement, which started ...
Indian politician The careful style of the rhetoric and speeches that reflected the nervousness and insecurity of Indian Muslim community that has frequently been the target of riots instigated by Hindu extremists was the hallmark of Ghulam Banatwala. The greatest single atrocity visited on Indian Muslims since independence in 1947 - ...
Born in Pakistan, Prof Gulzar Haidar was a Fulbright Scholar and received his master's, bachelor's and doctorate degrees in architecture from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Since the early 1980s he has been deeply involved with issues of architecture and culture with special focus on architecture as a mirror for ...