Latheefa Koya is a prominent human rights and anti-corruption activist in Malaysia. She is chief of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), a direct appointee of Prime Minister Mahathir. She is a lawyer by training and member of the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (also known as KEADELAN) but has resigned on taking ...
Moroccan photographer admired for her striking portraits Best known for a series of portraits of Moroccan people taken by Leila Alaoui and shown at the Biennial of Contemporary Arab World Photography in Paris. She embarked on a photographic project on migrants, a subject that remained of constant interest to her, ...
A convert to Islam The Scottish aristocrat, a convert to Islam, adopted the Muslim name Zainab. A noblewoman, Evelyn, at age 65, in 1933, became the first British-born Muslim woman to perform the pilgrimage to Mecca. In 1934, a personal account of her trip was published entitled Pilgrimage to Mecca. An excerpt from ...
Crown prince of Albania When King Zog fled with his family after Mussolini's troops invaded Albania Zogu was two days old. Half a century later, after communism fell in his homeland, Zogu made two abortive attempts to return to Tirana as king. Many Albanians, however, saw him as a historical ...
Women's rights activist Fought all her life for women's rights, Princess Lalla Aicha of Morocco was the first female Arab ambassador. Unveiled and dressed like a modern Western woman, her appearance and her words shook many people. Symbolised as Moroccan independence and feminism, nationalist leaders took Princess Lalla Aicha's word ...
Sudanese writer and playwright. In her third and the latest novel, Lyrics Alley (2010), Leila Aboulela encompasses themes of polygamy, female circumcision. Her second novel Minaret (2005) featured a woman culturally adrift in London and reconnecting with her Islamic faith after fleeing Sudan following civil war in the 1980s. Her debut, The ...
British journalist After having what she describes as a 'holy experience' during a visit to Iran British journalist and broadcaster Lauren Booth converted to Islam. She works for Press TV, the English-language Iranian news Channel. In the past Lauren has spent considerable time working in Palestine.
A man caught between East and West. Lev Nussimbaum was born on a train in tsarist Russia during the 1905 revolution. His father was a Baku oil magnet, his mother a political dissenter who committed suicide a few years later, reportedly by drinking acid. Nussimbaum grew up in Azerbaijan, came of ...
The first of the two Muslim women to reach the top of the world's highest mountain. On 30 May 2005, Laleh Keshavarz and Farkhondeh Sadegh made their long-awaited dream come true when they conquered the 8,850-meter high mountain, situated in eastern Nepal. Keshavarz, dentist by profession, was part of a 21-strong climbing ...
The quite and seasoned Arab diplomat. Lakhdar Brahimi who has been handling difficult international missions was rewarded with a comfortable appointment in New York as special advisor on conflict resolution to the UN secretary-general. Brahimi has now been charged with sorting out Iraq, possibly the most daunting challenge of his ...