Dean Ahmad


Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, founder of the Minaret of Freedom Institute, discusses his remembrance of better times in Palestine, Israeli apologists who have long departed the reality-based community, how the Ottoman Empire functioned as a sanctuary for Jews persecuted in Europe, the land (not religious) dispute at the core of Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the seeming inability of pro-Israel Americans to differentiate facts from propaganda.

MP3 here. (23:56)

Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D. is the President and director of the Minaret of Freedom Institute and an internationally known interdisciplinary scientist, author of Signs in the Heavens: A Muslim Astronomer’s Perspective on Religion and Science. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Maryland where he teaches courses on religion and progress and on religion, science and freedom. He also teaches a course on Islam, Science and Development at Georgetown University for the Center on Muslim-Christian Understanding.

11 thoughts on “Dean Ahmad”

  1. It's not so well-known, but the Ottomans supported the early Protestants. Luther, in particular, was under the protection of Selim I.

  2. I have a theory regarding a group of which I am a member and which should be a major power in affecting American and European policy in the Middle East-the Catholic Church; the Church was after Vatican 2 much too much torn up in its own internal struggles; when JP2 was elected and installed his henchman, Cardinal Raztinger, now the present Pope at the head of the Holy Office, he began a world wide purge of any progressive bishops and theologians–and started appointing those who were either yes men or actual theo-cons.

    Hence, the Church remains silent and powerless if not complicit in the face of oppression and crimes by the US and its allies. If you think I am wrong, just remember two words: Oscar Romero (RIP).

    1. The Catholic church operates like a mafia. Priests have abused millions of young men around the world for centuries with impunity. Which moral authority does it have that allows it to support the oppressed of the zionist cabals?. If they dare to talk about israeli crimes against humanity, piracy and terrorism, the Israelis will also expose their crimes!

  3. Ottomans are not Bathists , Khomeni followers are Al Qaedists.

    but I agree return the entire mideast to the Ottomans

    Wonder how the arab nations will feel about that one??

    1. These "arab" nations people would be mostly okay with it who do you think wouldn't want a united muslim nation…. the Zionists!

  4. Ratzo picked Kissinger as an advisor on international affairs. That tells you all you need to know about Ratzo and the Catholic Hierarchy.

    Re. the Bloody Monday Massacre: I think it's very naive to say that Obama's response has been weak, or even that it has been supportive. I think it's obvious that Rahm Emanuel gave Netanyahu the goahead when he met with Netanyahu and other officials just days before the massacre.

    1. Thank you, Eppie; hope you will forgive a story invoving Kissinger; it is somewhat well known that after resisting establishing an independent (?) commission to "investigate" the 911 attacks, then President George Bush initially wanted to appoint Henry Kissinger to head it; Kissinger declined mostly because he would have had to reveal many of his international clients to ascertain if he had any conflicts of interest. Less well known is President Bush's prophetic statement of his understanding of the role of the 911 Commission–Bush said it would be like the Warren Commission was on the assassination of President Kennedy.

      And so many people say, Bush never told the truth.

  5. Scott’s point that Palestinians are humans too is pertinent. Why do Palestinians have to be angels to get any sympathy? They must stand unarmed and be killed on mass before they can be accepted. Would Americans stand for that? No way. In Palestine you have every kind of person you have in any other country; some good and some bad. The international community must recognise the Palestinian right to jus ad bellum (right to defend) as declared by the United Nations. Palestinians have waited for over half of a century for justice, so we can not expect Hamas to lay down their arms and start holding peaceful demonstrations simply because we have all been asleep. When Palestinians did try mass peaceful demonstrations in the 80s and early 90s they were met with resounding silence by the international community and suffered the ‘break bones’ strategy initiated by the Nobel peace prize laureate Shimon Peres.

  6. One could only hope that Scot Horton would become more informed and wouldn’t let his guests to perpetuate the Ottoman-Empire-was-a-very-tolerant-place claptrap. The Ottoman Empire, especially in its dying days, was neither peaceful nor tolerant. It was a place where carnage and discrimination were ubiquitous; the empire was literally soaked in the blood of its subjects.

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