British news presenter for the BBC One of the BBC's leading broadcast journalists, Mishal Husain was a global star even before she became a British one by joining the 'TODAY' programme. She was the BBC's first Washington-based news anchor, where she presented a nightly programme from 2002 to 2003. She developed a ...
A former President of Bangladesh A former lawyer and historian and pioneer of Bangladeshi independence movement Zillur Rahman made his first public utterance in 1952 in defence of the Bengali language. He had played a crucial role for more than half his lifetime in preserving and uniting the Awami League, the ...
'Mother of Martyrs'. A Palestinian lawmaker known as the 'mother of martyrs' after three of her sons died in attacks against Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip was also known as Umm Nidal. Mariam Farhat was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council in 2006. Four years earlier, her 17-year-old son, Mohammad, ...
A Sufi scholar A former professor of international constitutional law and a Sufi scholar Tahir ul-Qadri is the founder and Chairman of Minhaj-ul-Quran International, an education charity promoting religious tolerance. A Canadian national, hailing from Barelvi tradition of south Asian Islam, he emerged from nowhere and organised a march on 14 ...
Acclaimed Bosnian artist The extraordinary Bosnian artist Mersad Berber whose paintings reflecting the crimes of the Balkan won acclaim internationally. His international recognition chiefly as a graphic artist won a Gold Medal at the First International Exhibition of Graphic Arts in Trieste in 1971, the Grand Prix at the 4th International ...
Football coach Widely known figure in the history of Egyptian and African football, Mahmoud el-Gouhari rose to fame, as a coach, when he led Egypt to the 1990 World Cup. His career peaked with victory in the African Nations Cup in 1998. Described as the 'football general' by Egypt's media because Mahmoud ...
Egypt's first democratically chosen president. Egypt's first democratically chosen president, Muhammad Morsi ends sixty years of military domination of politics and heralds historic moment in the new Arab awakening. His challenge is to restore the most populous and pivotal Arab country to re-occupy its place as the cultural pole of ...
Chief of Staff of the Algerian army during most of the Algerian Civil War The Army officers who demanded the annulment of parliamentary elections which would have seen the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) come to power, in 1992, Muhammad Lamari was prominent amongst them. He advocated a policy of crushing the ...
King of Mali famous for his journey to Makkah World's richest person ever, many historians point to was a medieval African king. Munsa Musa of Mali, whose capital was Timbuktu, was worth an estimated $400bn (adjusted for inflation) thanks to his kingdom's vast reserves of gold and salt, two of ...
The ordinary man who became the Arab spring's figurehead. A humble fruit vendor, Muhammad Bouazizi, dowsed himself in petrol and set himself ablaze. In doing so he lit a fire across the Arab world that blazes to this day. His act of self-immolation stirred protests in his hometown of Sidi ...