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Profiles of Courage from the Islamic World

I have to compile a list of about 30 individuals in the Islamic world (anywhere, but mainly in the Middle East) who are profiles of individual courage against orthodox Islam, religious fundamentalism, state oppression, or discrimination in the post-9/11 West. If you have any such individuals in mind, I would be grateful to you if you could let me have any names - and then there's always Google to follow up.

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-- Anonymous Anonymous, 5/08/2005 06:52:00 pm

Shirin Ebadi    

-- Blogger shaun, 5/09/2005 11:32:00 am

To this query, Aman said on email:

Edward Said
Mahmud Abbas
Yasser Arafat
Mahmood Mamdani

Go to some Kuwait related sites and look for names of women activists fighting for voting rights in that country. The Kuwaiti Shura (Parliament) recently turned down their request.

Recently the BBC conducted two debates. The first was called "The Doha Debate" and had eminent names from the Middle East; then there was a second debate wherein five highly sucessful and extremely well informed women from all over the Middle East debated Islamic issues in Giza, Egypt. I do not unfortunately remember any name.

Let me think of more useful links. I'll get back.


Jogesh said:

Asghar Ali Engineer. He has been beaten up by his own community goons
more than once. Hes a bohra muslim.

google him out:


Sahana Basavapatna said:

I can think of Ahmed Zaoui from Algeria, who had to flee the country
following the elections in 1990 (the second round of elections was
cancelled by the military), went to europe, east asia and finally
landed up in New Zealand where he had to fight (and is still fighting)
the governement to stay although the Refugee Status Appeals Authority
declared him a refugee.

You could get in touch with Ced Simpson at ced.simpson@amnesty.org.nz
or Deborah Manning at deborah@mcleodlaw.org.nz (she is the counsel for

There is loads of information at amnesty.org.nz and


Anand said:

Salam Pax


Thank you, all of you!    

-- Blogger vive, 5/10/2005 10:07:00 am

regular people who blog in iran. in afghanistan. check buzzmachine.com -- search the site.    

-- Blogger shaun, 5/10/2005 07:28:00 pm

Thank you, potty master.    

-- Blogger shaun, 5/10/2005 07:29:00 pm

Rinku suggested two more:

Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy, Physicist, Kalinga award winner, QAU, Islamabad.

Dr. Q. Isa Daudpota, educationist, Islamabad    

-- Blogger shaun, 5/12/2005 10:18:00 am

Nasir suggested:

1. Asghar Ali engineer

2. Taslima Nasreen

3. In Iran there is one who refuses to have his death sentence appealed. A college proffesor

4.The Egyptian Nobel Prize winner authour of Cities in the sand. He was stabbed because they felt he wrote against Islam

5. The Canadian lesbian who has just written a book against Islam.

6 The women who for the first time led prayers in Nw York. ( sending material)    

-- Blogger shaun, 5/12/2005 11:46:00 am

manisha suggested:

i'm not sure if this person fits the profile.. but Tariq Ramadan is someone you might want to look into

-- Blogger shaun, 5/12/2005 11:56:00 am

Martin Riexinger suggested:

I would recommenrd you to mention Seyran Ates from Berlin. This female lawyer of Turkish origin in Berlin
campaigns against forces mariages in Muslim migrant communities. Earlier she and a client were victims of
an assault in which the client died and Seyran was left severly wounded.
Her surname is correctly written with a little hook beneath the s which represents "sh" in Turkish.



-- Anonymous Anonymous, 5/13/2005 10:56:00 pm

why are forgetting Writer of satnic verses. Sulam Rushdie and the editor of newsweek Fareed Zakaria.

sachin agarwal    

-- Blogger Satpreet, 5/13/2005 11:13:00 pm

1. Zaheera Sheikh [Best Bakery]

2. Shabana Azmi

3. The (former) king of Iraq

4. Any turkish leader I'd say....    

-- Blogger shaun, 5/14/2005 06:48:00 pm

Jus got another suggestion from someone:

Naeem Sadiq from karachi    

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