A persona of piety. The former head of the Tablighi Jamaat movement in Britain Hafez Muhammad Patel was a pioneer and a visionary in terms of Islamic identity and of the Muslim community in the UK. He came to Dewsbury, England, in 1960 and established Dewsbury as a centre for European ...
Acclaimed Algerian leader A leader of the Algerian war of independence against France that began in 1954, and a major opponent of the Algerian governments dominated by the military since then Hocine AÃƒÂ¯t-Ahmed spent decades in exile in Switzerland. He was a founder of the Special Organization in 1947, a group ...
Pakistan's former spy chief. An influential three-star general Hamid Gul served as the head of Inter-Services Intelligence, Pakistan's spy agency, from 1987 to 1989. The General was deeply involved in his country's policy towards neighbouring Afghanistan when Soviet troops were withdrawing from that country. He was sincerely sympathetic to the Afghan guerrillas ...
A German filmmaker An avant-garde German filmmaker and video artiste Harun Farocki's work examined the ways images are used to inform, instruct, persuade and propagandise. He made more than 100 films, many of them short experimental documentaries that explored contemporary life, and what he saw as its myriad depredations Ã¢â‚¬â€ war, imprisonment, ...
A film director from Saudi Arabia One of the country's best-known and most controversial film director, Haifaa al-Monsour is the first female Saudi filmmaker. Hailed as trailblazer for the Saudi women her film Wadjda was submitted in the best foreign language category of the 2014 Oscars and has already garnered a ...
An Iranian politician, Shia Mujtahid, lawyer, academic and diplomat, who is currently the president of Iran. A senior cleric with impeccable revolutionary credentials Hassan Rouhani, who won his election as President of Iran, in 2013, has been an advisor to the Iran's supreme leader and held highly sensitive posts in parliament ...
Norwegian politician of Pakistani origin The youngest and the first ever-Muslim minister in the Norwegian Cabinet is Hadia Tajik of Pakistani origin, heading Norway's culture portfolio. She announced that her programme would focus on cultural diversity as part of the Norwegian people's daily lives and how this reflects on the ...
A courageous lady inspiring hope and prosperity. The founder of healthcare establishment in Somalia and running and operating a private hospital, Dr. Hawa Abdi is a living hero. Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation is a vast 1,300-acre complex where her generosity spread and the needy people flock in. Currently, more than 15,000 ...
The founder of the Indonesian rebel group. The founder of rebel group the Free Aceh Movement, Hasan di Tiro fought Jakarta a three-decade war of independence until he eventually disbanded the faction under a peace accord in 2005. A major figure in the establishment of the group, Gerakan Aceh Merdeka (GAM), ...
A dancing girl who became a queen. A dancing girl, who caught the eye of Wajid Ali Shah, entered the royal harem and became a queen. Wajid Ali Shah was the king of Awadh, which was then a large part of the current state of Uttar Pradesh, India. After bearing ...