Dr. Mohammad Mehdi (1928 - 1998) is a leading Islamic activist. Secretary-General of the National Council of Islamic Affairs, he has been called the “father of the Arab movement in America.” In 1983 Dr. Mehdi help found the National Council on Islamic Affairs.
Dr. Mehdi was the author of 10 books including “A Nation of Lions, Chained; Peace in the Middle East”; “Peace in Palestine; Kennedy and Sirhan: Why?”; “Terrorism: Why America is the Target”; and he edited “Palestine and the Bible”, a collection of essays by prominent Christian and Jewish theologians. He also played a little-known but key role in the history of Islam in America when he arranged for Malcolm X to make a first and life-changing pilgrimage to Mecca.
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