Zakir Naik


International orator on Islam. A medical doctor by degree, Dr. Zakir Naik is renowned as a dynamic international orator on Islam and Comparative Religion. Adept in clarifying the religious viewpoints and clearing misconceptions about Islam of his faith along with his deep knowledge of Bibles, the Talmud and the Torah, ...

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Zainab Salbi


The provider of hands-on aid and support via mail to women in war-torn regions. As a student in the US when she read reports of the systematic rape of Bosnian women by Serb soldiers, Iraqi-born Zainab Salbi moved into action. Today Salbi's group, Women for Women International, based in Washington ...

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Ziauddin Sardar


Writer, broadcaster and cultural critic, is considered a pioneering writer on Islam and contemporary cultural issues. He is a Visiting Professor of Postcolonial Studies, department of Arts Policy and Management, the City University, London. Ziauddin is the author of over 40 books, including his classic studies, The Future of Muslim Civilisation (1979) ...

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Zafarullah Khan Jamali


Pakistan's 'pedestrian and cautious politician.' Jamali resigned in June 2004, 19 months after he was sworn in Pakistan's prime minister, amid speculation that he failed to deal with troublesome opposition in parliament and did not endorse powerful President, Pervez Musharraf's reforms aggressively enough. Jamali served three times, though briefly, as chief ...

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Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev


Chechnya's nationalist leader, poet and writer. Zelimkhan was involved in talks with Boris Yeltsin during the shelling of Grozny in December 1994 but he failed to gain wide endorsement from the Chechen people. He became acting president of Chechnya after Dzhokhar Dudayev was blown up by Russian missile on 26 April 1996 but ...

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Ziauddin Ahmad


A visionary, educationist, parliamentarian and a devotee to Sir Syed's cause in India and who played a vital role in the renaissance of the Indian Muslims culminating in the establishment of Pakistan. Ziauddin Ahmad went to England in 1901, having excellent academic achievements in India, on a government scholarship and obtained ...

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Musician Zaryab was the nickname of Abul Hasan Ali, who had graced the court of Harun Rashid as a musician and was welcomed by Abdur Rahman II of Cordoba in person in 822. He soon established himself in Cordoba as a musician, singer, a wit and even as arbiter of fashion. ...

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Zakarya Al Qazwini


The author of Ajjeb-ul-Makhluqat, which he completed in 1363, contained drawing of all the beasts, fishes, birds, trees and even metal and gems. Copies of this work can be found in public libraries of London and other European cities.

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Zafar Husnain Zaidi


Pakistan's eminent scientist, educationist and a competent administrator. Prof Zaidi recaptured the former glory of Karachi University when he took over as vice-chancellor, in 1997, with his charm, wits and integrity. He published over hundred scientific papers and wrote several books. Prof Zaidi was born in Buland Shahr, UP, India and ...

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Zaki Badawi


Arab scholar who believed passionately in interfaith dialogue and the idea of the British Muslim. Zaki Badawi, who chaired the Council of Imams and Mosques in Britain and attempted to establish a modern Islam that can fit comfortably with British values. Far from portraying Islam as being at odds with ...

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