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.
Muhammad Hamidullah is a name that too few people are familiar with, considering his incredible accomplishments. Born in Hyderabad (in British-ruled India) in 1908, he memorized the Qur’an and completed his traditional education at Dar ul-‘Ulum and Nizam College before pursuing an MA and LLB from Osmania University. At [...]
Ibn Al-Haytham, made major contributions to the fields of optics, mathematics, and physics. Born in Basra, Iraq, in 354 AH (965 CE) Al-Haytham rose in prominence as an acclaimed scientist before being invited by the Fatimid Caliph to Cairo, Egypt where he spent the remainder of his days. In [...]
Very few Muslims have excelled in their line of work like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has. Born as Lew Alcindor in 1947, his exceptional height and skill allowed him to dominate on the basketball court from a young age. He led his New York City high school team to a 71-game [...]
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 [...]