Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, (
) Born on August 11, 1948 at sea as his mother fled Irgun terrorism in her homeland of Palestine, Dr. Ahmad was raised in Pennsylvania. He graduated cum laude from Harvard in 1970 and in 1975 obtained a Ph. D. in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of Arizona. He holds a position as senior lecture teaching honors courses in "Religion and Progress" and on "Religion, Science, and Freedom" at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. He has also taught a college course on "Islamic Thought and Practice" at Georgetown University and graduate courses in Islam and Development and Theory of Social Change at the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies, and has been invited to teach a course on "Islam, Development and Science" at Georgetown for the Center on Christian-Muslim Understanding. Dr. Ahmad is a frequent guest lecturer on Islam at the Foreign Services Institute and an adjunct lecturer for the Joint Special Operations University's Middle East Orientation Course. He is currently President of the Minaret of Freedom Institute, an Islamic think-tank in the Washington, DC area. Dr. Ahmad is an internationally sought-after speaker on matters relating to Islam and Muslims. He is author of Signs in the Heavens, co-editor of Islam and the West: A Dialog, and co-author of Islam and the Discovery of Freedom. He is also the Islamic chaplain at the Perkins Hospital, Imam of the Dar-adh-Dhikr Mosque, President of the Islamic-American Zakat Foundation, and arbitrator for the Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area. Dr. Ahmad‚Äö√Ñ√≤s essay "An Islamic Perspective on the Wealth of Nations" appears in the International Library of Critical Writings on Economics series #129 The Economics of Property Rights. He is President of the Islamic-American Zakat Foundation, serves as Muslim Chaplain at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital in Jessup, Maryland, and leads a Qur'an study group at the Dar-adh-Dhikr Mosque in Bethesda where he resides with his wife Frances Eddy. Dr. Ahmad has received the "Star Cup for Outstanding Public Service" award from the Montgomery County Civic Federation, the "Champion of Democracy Award" from Marylanders for Democracy, the "Samuel P. Chase Freedom Award" from the Libertarian Party of Maryland, and the "Sentinel Award" from the Montgomery County Civic Federation.