Lebanese film-maker and screenwriter Better known outside Lebanon for her documentary and feature films Chahal's subjects, for the most part, centred on the tiny and politically troubled Mediterranean country of her birth. Her work gained numerous international prizes, most recently the 2003 Silver Lion at the Venice film festival for her ...
Bahrain's 2008 Olympian. Ramzi gave Bahrain its first-ever Olympic track and field gold medal. The Moroccan-born Ramzi won the 1500m in 3 min 32.94 seconds in Beijing 2008 Olympic. In 2005, he became the first athlete in history to win gold medals in the 800m and 1500m in the same World Championship.
Turkey's 2008 Olympian. He won gold medal in Freestyle 66kg in Beijing 2008 Olympic.
The first Muslim to hold high political office in France. In a country that has several million Muslims but not a single Muslim member of parliament, Rachida is the first such a figure to hold senior ministerial office in France. She was trained as a judge then crossed into big ...
Pakistan's renowned historian Having spent twenty-six years of life to the University of Karachi, Dr Islam who had two PhDs in history from Aligarh (1946) and Cambridge (1956) universities, was the only professor emeritus. He authored many books, besides research articles. His books, 'Sufism in South Asia' and one on the history ...
India's distinguished writer and commentator. Rafiq Zakaria, scholar on Indian politics, was closely associated with his country's freedom struggle and had spent over 25 years in public service as a Cabinet Minister and then a deputy leader of the Congress party. He also represented India abroad, including the UN, in 1965, 1990 and 1996. ...
Rags to riches Lebanese leader who put faith in healing power of business. Rafiq, former Lebanese prime minister believed the Lebanese could recover from civil war and foreign invasion through emulating their forebears, the great traders of the ancient world. He contributed to financing the national reconciliation conference at Taif ...
Humility and simplicity were the hallmark of his personality. Although of princely descent, Raja of Mahmoodabad opted for an unostentatious lifestyle once he came out of his adolescence. He was a deeply religious man who shared food with commoners and washed his own plates. Willingly and by choice, Raja of ...
Musician whose songs have flavours with Algerian spice and sharp, topical lyrics. Franco-Algerian singer Rachid Taha's politically charged pop, eastern soul gets a Western beat. Taha's CD on Rock the Casbah (2005) that gained a wide audience answer the provocative question posed by the title track, Tekitoi? (Who Are You?) 'I'm ...
Chechen freedom fighter. Gelayev became deputy prime minister, in 1997, and the following year defence minister - essentially he continued as a filed commander. He shuttled between Chechnya, Dagestan, and the Chechen populated Pankisi Gorge in north-eastern Georgia, where he settled in summer of 2000. Ruslan Gelayev, reportedly shot dead by two ...