Monday, April 25, 2016
Weekly Report 7
I chose to write about Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad also known as Dean Ahmad. He is a part time professor at UMD College Park and other schools as well as the president of Minaret of Freedom Institute which is a Muslim think-tank and the president of the Islamic-American Zakat Foundation which is a religious charitable organization providing services for poor muslim families in he U.S.. He was born while his parents were fleeing Palestine for the U.S. and was raised in Pennsylvania. He earned a bachelors degree from Harvard and a doctoral degree in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of Arizona. He has been involved in lots of political activism, speaking out against the neoconservative U.S. foreign policy. He was also one of the Muslim Americans who were part of the "First Conference on Jerusalem" focused on their liberation. He has served as chair of the Libertarian Party of Maryland and has managed four campaigns. In 1988 he ran as a libertarian for the U.S. senate even though only republicans and democrats could run. He challenged this law and was able to obtain 1000 signatures to get on the ballot. Dean Ahmad has been a very active muslim in the United States. He not only teaches but practices his ideas in politics.