The master storyteller and Turkey's renowned novelist of global stature Yasar Kemal repeatedly clashed with the state government. In his over two dozens books Kemal wrote in the backdrop of sweeping tales of rapacious landlords, heartless bureaucrats and peasant heroes who fought injustices. He became permanent parts of Turkey's cultural ...
American Muslim preacher and teacher. A former music minister, embraced Islam from Christianity, in 1991, Sheikh Yusuf Estes has been preaching and teaching Islam in America and beyond. He frequently appears on various Islamic satellite TV channels as well as guest presenter and keynote speaker at various Islamic events. He was ...
A veteran Pakistani politician A veteran politician Yusuf Abdullah Haroon hailed from a distinguished family of Sindh. Eldest of three Haroon bothers he was one of the last and oldest Muslim Leaguers who worked closely with M A Jinnah. He saw the epic struggle for freedom from colonialism, the Pakistan ...
Malaysian film director and screenwriter One of the few Malaysian directors to make a name on the world stage, Yasmin Ahmad reflected the wide ethnic and cultural diversity of her country. Part of a new generation Yasmin inspired the lives and dreams of Malaysia's young people. Her films challenged ethnic ...
India's acknowledged chemist for brilliance. The last two decades of the 20th century saw a scientific revolution in the development of antiretroviral drugs for Aids. Yusuf Hamied has translated these clinical advances into accessible treatment for HIV patients across the developing world. He saved countless lives by making medicines affordable. ...
Algeria's celebrated writer While training to become an army officer and in order to avoid military censors, he began publishing under his wife's name - Yasmina Khadra - in 1988. Now Algeria's most celebrated writer, translated in 25 languages, his books, the first in a trilogy, in English include 'Morituri, In the ...
West Africa's music star whose seamless tapestry of rhythm weaves a medina of the mind. Youssou N'Dour is one of a generation of West African music stars to cross their own native traditions. He went international with the collaboration of other singers on 1994's huge international hit, Seven Seconds. N'Dour's ...
Public servant at the heart of Bahrain's affairs. Yousef was one of the Middle East's outstanding public servants and intellectuals and who was later appointed director of oil affairs. Bahrain had struck oil in 1932, the first state in the Gulf to do so. Bahrain announced its full independence from Britain ...
Scholar with a streetwise touch. Dr. al-Qaradawi is a prominent scholar who has devoted his life to the cause of Islam. He is an international figure whose religious pronouncements address the dilemmas confronting Muslims in the modern world. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi's contribution to the field of Islamic scholarship are noteworthy ...
Soldier, diplomat and politician. General Yahya was a liberal-minded Yemeni politician who believed in pluralism, abhorred religious extremism and sought to minimise tribal political influences. He was a leading figure in the Yemen Arab Republic (north Yemen) and shared in the eventual success of the 1990 merging of north and south ...