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Interview With Scholar and Social Activist Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer| 8mins
Director: Culture Unpluggued Studios | Producer: Culture Unpluggued Studios
Focus Years: 2008 | Country: United States
Subject Tags: asia, culture, education, human rights, india, leadership, politics, transcendent vision
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer is a Muslim scholar and engineer. Internationally, he is known for his work on liberation theology in Islam, the leader of the Progressive Dawoodi Bohra movement, and his work on (and action against) communalism and communal and ethnic violence in India and South East Asia. He is an advocate of a culture of peace and non-violence. He graduated in civil engineering in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, and served for 20 years as an engineer in the Bombay Municipal Corporation before he took voluntary retirement to devote himself to the Bohra reform movement. Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer has been instrumental in publicizing the Progressive Dawoodi Bohra movement through his writings and speeches. He has authored more than 40 books and many articles in various national and international journals, and is founding chairman of the Asian Muslim Action Network, director of the Institute of Islamic Studies, and head of the Center for Study of Society and Secularism in Mumbai. He has been awarded several awards, among which the Communal Harmony Award in 1997 and the Right Livelihood Award in 2004 for his "strong commitment to promote values of co-existence and tolerance".
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