The brilliant contributions of Islam to science, art, and culture, are a timeless and precious heritage, which should be historically preserved for future generations. The great achievements of Muslim scholars are rarely if at all acknowledged in formal education, and today their identity, origins and impact remain largely obscure. This collection of papers aims to give readers a brief introduction to the intellectual history of Muslims and the contributions that eminent Muslim scholars have made in certain specific fields of knowledge including basic and applied physical and biological sciences, medicine, legal and political theories and practices, economic and financial concepts, models, and institutions, etc.
Dr. M. Basheer Ahmed was born in Hyderabad Deccan – India in 1935. After graduating from Osmania University in Hyderabad India, he completed his medical degree from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. Dr. Ahmed attended Glasgow University in Scotland to complete his post graduate studies in Psychiatry. Dr. Ahmed married Dr. Shakila Khatoon from Hyderabad in December 1967. In January 1968 he moved to St. Louis, Missouri USA, where he served as the medical Director of Psychiatric Unit 1 at the St. Louis State Hospital and the Director of Psychiatric Services at the St. Louis County General Hospital.
In October of 1979, at the invitation of then President Jimmy Carter, Dr. Ahmed (as the President of Islamic Medical Association, 1978-79) met with the President at the White House along with 15 other Muslim leaders to discuss the Iranian hostage crises. Dr. Ahmed made a brief statement on behalf of the Islamic Medical Association, the Muslim Student Association, the Association of Social Scientists and the Association of Muslim Engineers.
Dr. Ahmed is the past president of the Islamic Association of Tarrant County, the past president of the Islamic Medical Association of North America, the past president of the Board of Regents of the Islamic Medical Association of North America, and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Islamic Social Service Association. He is the founding member and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Islamic medicine. He is a member of Board of Directors of the Multi Cultural Alliance of North Texas (an interfaith organization). He is the founding member and the past president of the Institute of Medieval and Post- Medieval studies of North Texas. He also founded and served as the president of Hyderabad Cultural Society of North Texas. Recently, he was elected as a member of the Board of Regents of the Islamic Medical Association North America.
Dr. Ahmed has presented numerous papers nationally and internationally. He has published numerous articles in various professional journals and has recently edited three books:
“Muslim Contribution to world Civilization” published by International Institute of Islamic Thought, Va.USA, 2005.
Dr. Ahmed has a passion for community services. In 1995, he established the Muslim Community Center for Human Services and has been serving as its Chairman ever since. The MCC is a medical, and a social service organization, helping indigents residing in the Dallas Fort Worth area (irrespective of religion race and country of origin),by providing them with necessary medical and social services.
In July 2012 Dr. Ahmed met President Barack Obama at a reception in Austin Texas
Dr. Ahmed enjoys traveling, photography and speaking engagements.
He lives with his wife Shakila Ahmed M.D. a Radiologist. Their son Sameer practices law in McAllen, Texas and daughter Araj is an attorney in Washington D.C.
Dr. Dilnawaz Siddiqui, professor of communication at Clarion University in Pennsylvania, looks into a field where Muslims, in general, are greatly lacking in knowledge and ability. He looks at the power of the media and the harsh realities of the manipulative techniques and tactics that are often used to serve particular agendas or interests. He raises an awareness of these techniques through a detailed analysis of them, supplemented with real-life examples from media coverage in the past. Media being a tool of communication that is at anyone's disposal, the main objective of this talk is to empower the Muslim with the knowledge and understanding of this field in order to recognize ways in which Muslims are being targeted, but also to encourage making changes by seeking to enter this field with the intention of using media for the noble cause of truth and justice.