101 Leaders


Aamer Anwar is a Scottish lawyer of Pakistani background. He is noted for his left-wing political views. He is considered one of Scotland's top lawyers, with over 25 years history of being a justice and equality campaigner.
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Aamir Ghauri is a London-based journalist of Pakistani origin.
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After returning from his marriage in Pakistan Abdul Raoof Malik had the urge to start his own business and to be able to include his family within this business.
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Adeeba Malik was born in Bradford and trained as a teacher. She taught religious education in a Bradford school before joining QED in 1992 where she manages a number of social, educational and economical projects.
Related categories: Community Activists

Adnan Nawaz is a British news presenter of Pakistani descent, currently working for the BBC.
Adnan Nawaz is a British news presenter of Pakistani descent, currently working for the BBC.
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Ahmed Nizami was the first British Pakistani journalist to publish and edit a bilingual (Urdu/English) weekly newspaper in Manchester, perhaps first ever such publication in the U.K.
Related categories: Entrepreneurs, Media Persons

Allama Azeem Gee who is the General Secretary of the International Na’at Association (UK), a member of Ruiyyat-e-Hilal Committee Britain and Secretary General of Justice for Jammu and Kashmir, needs no formal introduction.
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Amir Iqbal Khan is an English professional boxer of Pakistani descendant. He is a former two time world champion by winning WBA, WBA and IBF Light Welterweight titles.
Related categories: Athletes, Philanthropist, Sportspersons

Amjad Mahmood Bashir is a Member of the European Parliament for the Yorkshire and the Humber region for the UK Independence Party. He was elected in 2014. Bashir was born in Pakistan and moved to Yorkshire aged eight
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Amjad Malik is a Solicitor-Advocate of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and he is a member at Law Society's Immigration Law committee too.
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Anas Sarwar, MP (born 14 March 1983) is a British Labour Party politician and has been the Member of Parliament for Glasgow Central since 6 May 2010, succeeding his father Mohammad Sarwar, the first-ever British Pakistani Muslim MP in the UK.
Related categories: MP's, Politicians

Anila Baig is a British Pakistani Muslim Feature Writer at The Sun. Anila Baig, whose ancestors were from Pakistan, was born and raised in the city of Bradford. Anila Baig had her first column published in the local newspaper at the age of 16. She then went on to study English at the university and trained as a teacher.
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Art Malik (born Athar ul-Haque Malik on 13 November 1952) is a Pakistani-born British actor who achieved international fame in the 1980s through his starring and subsidiary roles in assorted British and Merchant-Ivory television serials and films.
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Atta-Ur-Rehman Chishti was born in Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistani Administered Kashmir on 4 October 1978.
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Azeem Ibrahim - Both of Azeem's parents were from Lahore in Pakistan and he still maintains a strong connection with his extended family by visiting Pakistan on a regular basis.
Related categories: Entrepreneurs, Philanthropist

Kishwer Falkner was born in Pakistan and after living and working in the Middle East, came to the UK in the late seventies.
Related categories: Academics, Lords, Politicians

A lawyer, a businesswoman, a campaigner and a cabinet minister, Sayeeda Warsi has had many roles, but she is best known for being the first British Pakistani Muslim to serve in a British cabinet and the foremost Muslim politician in the Western world.
Related categories: Lords, Entrepreneurs, Lawyers, Politicians

Bashir Ahmad (12 February 1940 – 6 February 2009) was a successful British Pakistani businessman and a Scottish National Party politician. He made history when he was elected to the Scottish Parliament to represent the Glasgow region at the 2007 election, as the first MSP to be elected from Asian-Scots, Muslim and non-White backgrounds.
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Bashir Maan CBE (born October 1926) is a Pakistani-Scottish politician, businessman, judge, community worker and writer. In 1970 he became the first Muslim to be elected to a representative office in the United Kingdom, serving as a Labour Party councillor for the Kingston ward of the City of Glasgow Corporation.

The Lord Mayor of the City of Stoke-on-Trent for the 2007-08 was Councillor Bagh Ali.
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Councillor Ch. Akhtar Zaman JP, born in 1967 in Jataria Klan, a village near Lalamusa, Pakistan lives in Bolton.
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The Lord Mayor for the City of Stoke-on-Trent 2014/15 is Councillor Majid Khan. Majid Khan was born in Pakistan (Azad Kashmir) and first came to the UK in 1971. Majid will be supported in the year of office by his two daughters Tahira and Sameeya who will be sharing the role of Lady Mayoress between them.
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Councillor Naeem ul Hassan was born in Lahore, Pakistan but moved to Manchester in 1984.
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The Mayor of Rochdale (2003) is Councillor Sultan Ali.
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Dr Azra Meadows OBE is an Honorary Lecturer in the Institute of Biomedical and Life Sciences at The University of Glasgow and is married to Professor Peter S. Meadows, along with whom she has carried out extensive work of an environmental, cultural and educational nature in both Scotland and Pakistan.
Related categories: Academics

Dr Mohammed Ali OBE is Founder and Chief Executive of QED UK which is a social enterprise founded in 1990 to improve the social & economic position of disadvantaged communities in the UK & Europe.
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Ghayasuddin Siddiqui is an academic and political activist. He was born in Delhi, India, migrated to Pakistan in late 1947 and moved to the UK in 1964.
Ghayasuddin Siddiqui is an academic and political activist. He was born in Delhi, India, migrated to Pakistan in late 1947 and moved to the UK in 1964.
Related categories: Academics, Community Activists

Dr. Maleeha Lodhi is a journalist, professor, and diplomat. She has served as Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Kingdom. She is also a member of the United Nations Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Affairs.
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Easah Suliman is a British Pakistani Professional Foot Ball Player who is a versatile defender and can operate either at centre-back or left-back.
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Ghulam Rasul Shahzad is the founder member and the Chairman of the Reward International – a charitable organisation set up in Rochdale, which aims to help promote health and education to people in need.
Related categories: Community Activists, Lawyers

Hanif Kureishi, CBE (born 5 December 1954) is an English playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker and novelist of Pakistani descent.
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Mushtaq Ahmed Khokhar sits at Manchester Crown Court and became a judge on the Northern Circuit in July 2006.
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Humza Mohammed Arshad is an English actor, comedian and writer of Pakistani descent. He is best known for his web series Diary of a Bad Man.
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Humza Yousaf is a Scottish politician who is the Minister for Europe and International Development and a Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow. Yousaf is the son of immigrants who came to Britain in the 1960s: his mother came from Kenya and his father from Pakistan.
Related categories: MP's, Politicians

Ifath Nawaz is a local government solicitor and in the powerful Muslim women in the UK top 20. She is a former president and current executive committee member of the Association of Muslim Lawyers UK.
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IMAM Dr Abdul Jalil Sajid JP is a leading British Muslim of Pakistani origin who is at present IMAM of Brighton Islamic Mission.
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James Caan is a British-Pakistani entrepreneur and television personality. He is best known as a former investor on the BBC television program Dragons’ Den, in which he was one of the Dragons from 2007 to 2010.
Related categories: Entrepreneurs, Philanthropist

Cllr James Shera MBE was educated at Forman Christian College, University of the Punjab, Lahore (BA and MA in Political Science), and the Catholic University of Louvain, (International Relations) and University of Warwick (PGCE), James then  began a teaching career with the Warwickshire LEA.
Related categories: Academics, Councillors

Javed Khan is former Chief Executive of the British charity Victim Support. Khan who is of Pakistani/Kashmiri origin, is also a member of the Whitehall Social Policy Forum and an adviser to the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Programme.
Related categories: Community Activists, Entrepreneurs

Khizra Dhindsa is an award winning British Police Officer who has been honoured for outstanding bravery. "I am Muslim and I went to college in Pakistan. While I have direct family links, my family are first-generation immigrants." Khizra Dhindsa.
Related categories: Civil Service, Military & Police

Makhdum (Mak) Ali Chishty is a British Police Officer of Pakistani descent who was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in Her Majesty's New Year's Honours in 2009 for distinguished police service.
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Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist, now settled in the UK, for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.
Related categories: Community Activists, Philanthropist

Martin Bashir is a British journalist of Pakistani descendant, who was a political commentator for MSNBC, hosting Martin Bashir, and a correspondent for NBC's Dateline NBC. He was previously an anchor for ABC's Nightline after initially gaining prominence on British television with his BBC interview with Diana, Princess of Wales.
Related categories: Media Persons

Mishal Husain is a British Pakistani news presenter for the BBC, currently appearing on Today, BBC World News and BBC Weekend News. She was previously a presenter on HARDtalk and BBC Breakfast. 
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Mohammad Asghar (born 30 September 1945), known as Oscar, is a Welsh politician of Pakistani descendant.
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Mohammad Iqbal - First Muslim Mayor of Pendle
Mohammad Iqbal Labour Councillor since May 1998
Deputy Leader of Pendle Council 2001-2,
Mayor of Pendle 2003/2004
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Mohammed Hanif (born November 1964 in Okara, Pakistan) is a British Pakistani writer and journalist.
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Mohammed Shafiq is a senior Presenter and Head of News and Politics on Ummah Channel and presents various shows including the world famous Debate Night show and also is the main English speaking presenter for special shows and broadcasts.
Related categories: Media Persons


Nadia Manzoor is a British Pakistani comedienne who wanted to be an astronaut. “Nadia, how can you be astronaut?,” she recalls her father asking. “Other women can't be astronauts. Who will cook? Who will clean? Who will feed your husband if you're floating about in space?”
Related categories: Performers

 
Naguib Kheraj is Vice Chairman of Barclays Bank PLC. Najeeb was born in London and largely educated in Britain but who describes himself as having grown up in east Africa, Switzerland, Pakistan and the Middle East, joined Salomon with a double first from Cambridge.
Related categories: Entrepreneurs

Naheed Niazi and her younger sister, Najma Niazi, are the daughters of Sarwar Niazi, the former director of Radio Pakistan, Karachi. Let us glance at Naheed Niazi's true-life accomplishments, which is an instance of human excellence and personal success. It goes without saying that she was the most gorgeous female singer of Pakistani music in the 1960s.
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Nahim Aslam is a British Pakistani businessman and a Food Guru who has won several awards for his achievements to promote authentic Pakistani cuisine in the UK.
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Natasha Khan, better known by her stage name Bat for Lashes, is a British Pakistani singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
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Nazir Afzal OBE, is the Chief Crown Prosecutor of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for North West England. He is the first British Pakistani Muslim to be appointed to such a position and is Britain's most senior Muslim lawyer within the CPS.

"As a British Muslim I feel that this multi-religious, multi-ethnic society has a great contribution to make in the world," - Lord Nazir Ahmed
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Nighat Awan was born in Manchester and raised in Pakistan and in Manchester.
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Nosheena Mobarik is also the Chairman of the Pakistan Britain Trade & Investment Forum having been asked to take on the role by Lord Green in June 2012.
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Parvez Jamil Mir (born September 24, 1953, Sutrapur, Dacca, East Pakistan) is a London based Pakistani TV anchorperson, a former professional cricketer.
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Mona Siddiqui, OBE, FRSE, FRSA is a British Pakistani Muslim academic. She is Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
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Qaisra Shahraz is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an award-winning novelist, playwright, education consultant and a college inspector.
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Qurban Hussain - Lord Hussain is a British Liberal Democrat politician and life peer. Qurban Hussain was born in Azad Kashmir and came to live in England in 1971.
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Rahila Bano came to the Northwest of England nine years ago (1994AD) after being invited to set up the Asian shared programming unit between BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC GMR.
Related categories: Media Persons

Reham Khan Nayyar is a British Pakistani journalist. She is wife of Imran Khan and currently hosts the current affairs talk show In Focus on Dawn News.
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Riaz Khokhar Mian is an Author and Poet of "PAKHOO", a Punjabi book of poems published in Lahore.
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Khalid Mahmood is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Birmingham Perry Barr since 2001
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Lord Mayor Afzal Khan was an advisor to the Department of Trade and Industry between the years of 2000 and 2004 and has worked as a non-executive director for North Manchester Primary Health Care Trust since 2001.
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Shahid Rafique Malik is a British Labour Party politician of Pakistani descent who became the Member of Parliament (MP) for Dewsbury in 2005 after defeating Conservative Baroness Sayeeda Warsi. In 2007 he became Britain's first Muslim Minister as International Development Minister.
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Rt. Rev'd. Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali, is a Pakistani-born British Anglican bishop. He was the 106th Bishop of Rochester in the Church of England from 1994 until his resignation in September 2009
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Mohammad Sarwar - Britain's first Muslim MP and Scotland's first ethnic minority MP. Member of the UK Overseas Pakistan Chamber of Commerce, the Ethnic Minority Enterprise Centre and the GMB.
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Sajjad Haider Karim is a Member of the European Parliament for North West England. Elected on 4 June 2004, Karim became the first British Muslim in the European Parliament.
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Sadia Azmat (born 1987) is an English stand-up comedian of Pakistani descent. In August 2011, she performed her debut show, Please Hold – You're Being Transferred to a UK Based Asian Representative, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at the Laughing Horse.
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Sadiq Aman Khan was appointed Minister of State for Communities by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, making him the second-ever British Pakistani to serve in the UK Government.
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Saima Afzal is a researcher and well respected human rights activist. She was born in 1971 in Pakistan and arrived in the UK at the age of four. Saima has worked in the field of research and community development particularly in relation to religion, gender and South Asian culture.
Related categories: Community Activists, Entrepreneurs

Saima Mohsin works for CNN in Islamabad. She has notably reported on the Taliban’s attack on Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousafzai for the network, including the investigation to apprehend her attackers and the subsequent worldwide support Malala received.
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Salma Yaqoob (born 1971) is the former leader, and former vice-chair, of the Respect Party and a former Birmingham City Councillor. Yaqoob's parents, Mohammad and Gulzarda Yaqoob, emigrated to the UK from Pakistan in the 1960s, and her father worked in a mill before joining the Royal Mail.

Sara Ahmed (born 1969) is an Australian and British Pakistani academic working at the intersection of feminist theory, queer theory, critical race theory and postcolonialism.
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Sarah's high energy songs explore a variety of styles, including 'UK garage', jungle, Latin, pop ballad and some unique fusion music with Pakistani influences.
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Sasha Agha born Zara Agha Khan on 1 January 1992 is a Pakistani British actress and singer who appears in Hindi films. Agha made her screen debut with a leading role in the 2013 Aditya Chopra romantic thriller Aurangzeb, a box office flop where Agha's performance was panned.
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Shabana Mahmood went on to study at the University of Oxford (Lincoln College) and graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Law. Her family roots are from Mirpur, Azad Kashmir.
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Entrepreneur Shazia Awan who is of British Pakistani descent has been named the UK’s best female Asian entrepreneur at the prestigious annual Asian Women of Achievement Awards held at London’s Park Lane Hilton. Shazia was nominated following the success of her start-up company Peachy Pink.
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Shazia Mirza (born 3 October 1977) is an English stand-up comedian and columnist of Pakistani descent originally from Birmingham England. Although she doesn't live there anymore.
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Sir Anwar Pervez was the proud recipient of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1992 and was also awarded a Knights Bachelor in 1999 in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to business and the world of charity.
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Tahir Mohsan was born and educated in Blackburn and is one of five brothers. He comes from a family of Pakistani origin and has been one of the richest young British Pakistanis.
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Tariq Ali is an English Pakistani writer, journalist, and film maker. He is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review and Sin Permiso, and contributes to The Guardian, CounterPunch, and the London Review of Books.
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Tariq Mahmood Ahmad, Baron Ahmad of Wimbledon (born 3 April 1968) is a British Pakistani businessman and a Conservative member of the House of Lords.
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Tariq Modood, MBE, FAcSS (born 1952) is a British Pakistani Professor of Sociology, Politics and Public Policy at the University of Bristol.
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Tarique Ghaffur was born in Jinja, Uganda to Muslim Punjabi parents hailing from modern-day Pakistan in 1958. Ghaffur and his family emigrated to the United Kingdom in 1972 after President Idi Amin forcibly expelled most of the country's minority South Asian population.
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Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh is an actress, lawyer, and politician in the Scottish National Party. She is the founder and chair of the Scottish Asian Women's Association. Her mother is half-Welsh and half-Czech, and her father was born in India, then migrated to Pakistan and finally to the United Kingdom.
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The Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid MP was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, as one of five sons to a bus driver of Pakistani descent. His family then moved to Stapleton Road, Bristol.
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Waseem Altaf Khawaja - There is much real beauty in Altaf's ghazals, along with a marvellous precocity of thought.
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Wasim Gulzar Khan MBE became the first Pakistani origin British to play professional cricket in England. He was a talented left-handed batsman who also bowled right arm medium pace. His family originated from Kashmir and came to England in the 1960s with a dream of a better life.
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Yasmin Qureshi is a Pakistani-born British Labour Party politician and a barrister practicing criminal law. She was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolton South East in the May 2010 general election.
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Zahida Parveen Manzoor was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. She became a nurse before attending the University of Leeds (1983) and receiving an MA from the University of Bradford in 1989. She became a Lecturer before moving on to hold a number of senior positions in the NHS and then the regulation of Legal Services.
Related categories: Lords, Entrepreneurs

Zameer Choudrey (Urdu: ضمیر چوہدری‎) is a British Pakistani entrepreneur and the Chief Executive of Bestway Group. Bestway Group is the seventh largest family owned business in the UK with annual turnover of £2.52 billion.
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Ziauddin Sardar  is a London-based scholar, writer, cultural critic and public intellectual who specialises in Muslim thought, the future of Islam, futures studies and science and cultural relations.
Related categories: Academics, Theologians