The roots of excellence in scholarship and academia trace back to the early days of Islam. Astronomy, Medicine, Mathematics, Physics, Horticulture, Art, Philosophy, Law, and Education are all fields that experienced extensive growth and advancement under a Golden Age of prosperity in Islam. Many roots of modern knowledge and education stem from the teachings and discoveries of Muslim scholars and philosophers.
In an effort to celebrate and motivate the continued legacy of such achievements, the MAX Inspire Series will celebrate inspirational Muslim personalities in history and the torch bearers who continue to light the way forward.
Few women in African or Islamic history have been as celebrated as Nana Asma’u. Born in 1793, she was the daughter of Shaykh Uthman ibn Muhammad Fodiye (sometimes spelled Usman dan Fodio), an Islamic reformer and leader of the Sokoto Caliphate in what is today northern Nigeria. Nana Asma’u [...]
While many personalities in Islamic history are respected as “polymaths” for their contributions to many different fields of knowledge and culture, Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr is one of the very few Muslims to be described as such today. Dr. Nasr was born in Tehran, Iran in 1933 into a [...]
Dalia Mogahed is the Director of Research at the Washington, D.C. based Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), an organization which studies American Muslim community development and engagement with the broader public. From 2006 to 2012, Mogahed served as an executive director of the Gallup Centre for Muslim [...]
Born in the late 8th century and living primarily in Baghdad, Al-Khwarizmi was one of the most influential mathematicians of all time. His work was revolutionary and provided a new approach to mathematics shifting emphasis from geometrical to algebraic representations. He was the one who invented the notion of [...]
Fatima Al-Fihri emigrated from present-day Tunisia to Fez, Morocco with her family in the early 9th century. Fatima and her sister Mariam were well-educated and wealthy women who wanted to use their wealth for the benefit of their community. In 859 CE, Fatima established the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque and the University [...]
Named the Sports Personality of the Century by the BBC, the Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century by Sports Illustrated and Fighter of the Year six times by Ring Magazine, Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) will always be regarded as one of the world's greatest boxers. Celebrated not only for his [...]