The nomination is notable because the majority of Rakim’s lyrics relate to his identity as a Muslim, which has gone on to influence other contemporary Muslim rappers.
Dr. Basheer Ahmed’s Book Recognized as Next Gen Award Finalist
Dr. Basheer Ahmed’s 2022 book, “The Rise and Fall of Muslim Civilization: Hope for the Future,” has been recognized by the Next Generation Indie Book Awards as a finalist in the Education/Academic (Non-Fiction) category. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest international awards program for independent authors and publishers.
In his book, Ahmed offers new perspectives on Muslim history and contributions of innovative developments in science and mathematics over a period of eight centuries. The book introduces readers to the intellectual giants of the classical Islamic era and provides a roadmap of how knowledge grew and declined in Muslim civilizations. Beyond the historical background, the book also provides innovative ways for youth seeking to develop solutions for the greatest challenges facing the world today.
Basheer Ahmed is a scholar and award-winning community advocate, having worked over decades in psychiatry and in Islamic organizations. Born in Hyderabad, India in 1935, he migrated to the U.S. in 1968 and began his medical career in St. Louis County, Miss.