‘The Muslim 500: The World’s Most Influential 500 Muslims’
AMMAN, Jordon, November 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
The 2012 edition of ‘The Muslim 500: The World’s Most Influential 500 Muslims’ is now
‘The Muslim 500′ introduces a list of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world.
It ranks the Top 50, and places the remaining 450 into 13 categories: Scholarly,
Political, Administration of Religious Affairs, Preachers and Spiritual Guides,
Philanthropy/Charity and Development, Social Issues, Business, Science and Technology,
Arts and Culture, Quran Reciters, Media, Celebrities and Sports and Radicals
These people are the movers and shakers of the contemporary Muslim world. Knowing
them, and their ideas gives a solid foundation for understanding how Muslims’ view
The publication is available for FREE download at http://www.themuslim500.com .
A hard copy can be ordered from the same site.
The 2012 Edition has:
– Updated Bios: We took a year’s worth of updates, spent months going through all the
bios, and edited many bios, expanding on a number of them.
– Expanded Introduction: A new expanded introduction by Professor S. Abdullah
Schleifer (more than double the size of last year’s) surveying the major events in the
Muslim World from the turbulent past year, and covering more subjects than all previous
– Reformated and expanded ‘Issues of the Day’: now approximately 5 times larger than
previous issues, and covering the issues in more depth. Also, for the first time we
feature exclusive pieces by distinguished guest writers covering issues such as US Foreign
Policy, Islamophobia, Circumcision Controversy as well as pieces on Gaza, the destruction
of Sufi shrines, interfaith, the massacre of the Rohingya, the fight for Al-Azhar, the
Integral Chairs and more.
– Arab Summer Box: An “Arab Summer?” box has replaced the ‘Arab Spring’ boxes from
last year for the top 50, highlighting each person’s response to the Arab Spring and how
it has affected their influence.
– New List: We have added many new names to the list. With a pool of over a billion
candidates from numerous fields of endeavours, there are literally hundreds that are close
to making the list in any given year. This year many have crossed the line, mainly due to
their recent work.
The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISSC) is an independent research entity
affiliated with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought. The Royal Aal al-Bayt
Institute for Islamic Thought is an international Islamic non-governmental, independent
institute headquartered in Amman, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
SOURCE The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre