2013/14 release of 'The Muslim 500' highlights those world's most
influential Muslims and highlights changes going on in the Muslim world
AMMAN, Jordan, Dec. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - 2013 has been a tough year for
Islamists parties. Both ruling Islamist parties in Egypt and Tunisia
have been replaced, Erdogan faced massive protests, and even the
embattled Assad has made a military comeback against rebels, lead
mainly by Islamists. In Bangladesh the International Tribunal Court has
found many leaders of the Islamist Jamaat i-Islami party guilty of war
crimes for their roles in the 1973 civil war.
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Covering these changes, and much more, is 'The Muslim 500', an annual
publication of the five hundred most influential Muslims in the world.
The 2013/14 issue has just been released and is available for free
download at www.TheMuslim500.com.
While the 2012 edition highlighted the ascent of the Muslim Brotherhood,
the latest edition records its fall with many Islamists dropping
New at the top of the list this year is Sheikh Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, head of
Al-Azhar, the world's largest and revered Sunni educational institute
with nearly 2 million students under its patronage. Al-Tayyeb's astute
decision making over the past couple of years have preserved the
traditional approach of Al-Azhar which faced threats from Islamists and
Salafis in the tumultuous years that have followed Mubarak's fall.
Amongst the list of new additions to the list are Malala Yousufzai, the
teenage advocate for women's education; President Hasan Rouhani of
Iran; Nawaz Sharif, the new Prime Minister of Pakistan; Dr Bassem
Yousef, "Egypt's Jon Stewart"; Nouman Ali Khan, the popular American
preacher, and dozens more.
The US dominates the list again with forty-one inclusions including
Muhammad Ali, Dr Oz, Rep. Keith Ellison, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), and
Fareed Zakaria. Representing the UK are Mo Farah, Yusuf Islam, Riz
Khan, Lady Warsi, Cambridge's Dr Timothy Winter and eighteen others.
About The Muslim 500
This annual by RISSC sets out to ascertain the influence some Muslims
have on or on behalf of the Muslim community (there are 1.7 billion
Muslims in the world today, making up approximately 23% of the world's
population). The publication selects Muslims from a range of thirteen
categories, including scholarly, political, social issues, business,
arts, media, celebrities and even extremists.
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