Dr. M. A. Muqtedar Khan (Urdu: محمد عبد المقتدر خان; born 1966, Hyderabad India) is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, and International Relations at the University of Delaware. He is also the founding Director of the Islamic Studies Program at the University of Delaware. Prior to that he was Chair of the Department of Political Science and the Director of International Studies at Adrian College. He was a Non-resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution from 2003-2008. He earned his Ph.D. in international relations, political philosophy, and Islamic political thought, from Georgetown University in May 2000.
Of Indian origin, the Hyderabad born Khan is a well known Muslim intellectual, whose articles and columns are widely published. He is a proponent of social change regarding treatment of women in some Islamic societies, but identifies himself as both traditional as well as liberal. In a sense he is a traditional scholar when it comes to issues of faith, but a liberal on topics such as democracy in the Islamic world, the place of women in society and on pluralism.
He advocates freedom of thought and independent thinking, and he states that it is the inability of Muslims to sustain a dialogue with time and text that sometimes makes Islamic teachings look anachronistic or even intolerant.
Khan is an important voice on US foreign policy in the Muslim World. He has testified at hearings hosted by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the US House Armed Forces Committee.
Khan is also a Fellow of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He has been the President, Vice President and General Secretary of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists.
In October 2008, he was awarded the Sir Syed Ahmed Khan Award for service to Islam by the Aligarh University Alumni.
Khan maintains two websites that archive his short articles. They are "Ijtihad and "Glocaleye". He also writes for the "On Faith Forum of Washington Post and Newsweek".
Khan frequently comments on BBC, CNN, FOX, VOA TV, NPR and other radio and TV networks. His political commentaries appear regularly in newspapers in over 20 countries. He has also lectured in North America, East Asia, Middle East and Europe .
Khan is admired by some for his critical thinking and for advancing a more moderate and liberal vision of Islam. He claims to be critical of radicalism and narrow conservatism within Islamic thought and also critical of Western foreign policies, racismand Islamophobia in the U.S. and the West.He is considered a rising star among Muslim intellectuals by some.
His work is available at : http://www.ijtihad.org
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