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Parvez Ahmed
Dr. Parvez Ahmed is Associate Professor of Finance at the Coggin College of Business, University of North Florida. His research work has appeared in several major finance journals. He recently co-authored a book titled, Mutual Funds – Fifty Years of Research Findings. In addition Dr. Ahmed writes articles about Islam and the American Muslim experience. His articles have been published in several leading newspapers including the Orlando Sentinel, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, New York Newsday, Seattle Times, Florida Times Union, Charlotte Observer and many others. His writings have also been published on popular Internet magazines and blogs like;;;; Dr. Ahmed served as an at-large board member for the American Civil Liberties Union in Florida. He was also Chairman of the Council on American Islamic Relations. Currently he serves as a board member for OneJax, formerly the Jacksonville chapter of National Conference on Community and Justice. To read his articles visit: For Common Good.

Entries by Parvez Ahmed

Pluralism in Islam -- Between Scripture and Praxis

(16) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 1:21 PM

A version of this article first appeared in the July/August issue of Islamic Horizons.

Egyptian writer Mona Eltahawy in a New York Times article recounted her 2005 encounter with Mohammed Akef, the then spiritual leader of Muslim Brotherhood. When she suggested to Akef that the verses...

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We Shall Not Overcome, Unless We Stop Living in Denial

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 11:32 AM

Mourners gathering for a prayer vigil for the nine martyrs killed at Charleston's Mother Emanuel Church sang "We Shall Overcome." Watching the video, I felt being transported to the Morris Brown AME Church, where this vigil was being held. It was hard to hold back the tears. My...

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Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam

(11) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 12:16 PM

A version of this article first appeared in the May/June issue of Islamic Horizons.

The Fort Hood killings, the Times Square terror plot and the Boston marathon bombing were all ostensibly carried out in the name of Islam.

All terrorists are not Muslims and nor are all...

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The Hubris of the Islamic Label

(5) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 12:59 PM

Islamists, defined by AP as those who favor, "reordering government and society in accordance with laws prescribed by Islam," view their interpretation of Islam as Islamic, often to the exclusion of other point of views. In the West, an amalgam of ideologues, from the far-right conservatives to the...

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Je Suis Humain: A Plea to Embrace Our Humanity

(4) Comments | Posted January 17, 2015 | 2:13 AM

For the first time since World War II, the Grand Synagogue in Paris did not host its normal Shabbat services on Friday, in the wake of terrorist attacks that started with Charlie Hebdo and ended in a bloody standoff at a Jewish kosher shop in Paris. This hostage...

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Je Suis Charlie: In Defense of Free Speech

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 4:34 AM

I admire Charlie Hebdo for standing up against threats to free speech, but I am saddened to see them pay such a heavy price for their beliefs. Cartoons and satire, even the most provocative ones, remain vital for a healthy civil society. Only the deranged are threatened by them. Charlie...

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America's Never-Ending Wars in the Middle East

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 2:11 PM

"Those who are elected ought to vote on what we do," said Admiral Mike Mullen, former Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaking on The Colbert Report. He wants Congress to debate America's latest military forays into the Middle East. Yet the halls of Congress remain...

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A Lament for Peace

(9) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 10:04 PM

This post has been co-authored with Rabbi Jack Romberg, Temple Israel, Tallahassee, FL.

We write this as two friends, a Jew and a Muslim, both with leadership roles in our respective communities. Together we have broken bread, facilitated interfaith dialogue, and come to the realization that we have...

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Boko Haram and Bill Maher Are Both Wrong

(49) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 3:44 PM

Recently a friend commented that even if the Muslim community engaged in a thousand interfaith dialogues, the headline that a Nigerian Muslim extremist group, Boko Haram, has abducted school girls threatening to sell them as slaves is enough to overshadow efforts at building bridges of understanding. Groups like Al Qaeda...

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Indian Democracy: Maturing But Flawed

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 4:05 PM

Is South Asia becoming a beacon for democracy? On the heels of an inspiring voter turnout in Afghanistan, voters in India are mobilizing in one of the most impressive exercises in universal adult franchise. Just a few months earlier, Pakistan had its first peaceful democratic transition in power. Bangladesh, surprisingly,...

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Islamists Have Failed to Deliver

(47) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 4:02 PM

The military coup against the duly elected government of Egypt was without doubt a blow to democracy. However, the latest poll from Zogby Research shows an almost evenly divided Egyptian public. Fifty-one percent of Egyptians believe it was wrong to depose Mohammed Morsi, their legitimately elected president. While...

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Lack of Women Empowerment Contradicts Quranic Vision

(11) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 6:29 PM

"No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you. We are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of the houses as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere...
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Egypt: Clueless and Rudderless

(23) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 12:21 PM

In 2011, along with millions of people around the world, I was mesmerized by the peaceful popular uprisings in Tahrir Square that eventually led to the end of three decades of dictatorial rule in Egypt. As the youth cheered, I felt solidarity in declaring "we are all Egyptians...

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Tsarnaevs, Mass Murders and Radicalization

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 3:05 PM

Tamerlan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev resemble Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the Columbine gunmen who killed 13 people using guns, explosive devices and bombs rigged to cars. And yet, unlike with the Tasrnaevs, no one dug into which church Harris and Klebold worshiped at. Timothy McVeigh, the self-radicalized Oklahoma City bomber...

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Florida 'Anti-Sharia' Legislation Is Simply Bad Law

(234) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 1:49 PM

A version of this article appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat, Florida Times Union, Gainesville Sun and Panama City Herald.

As the Legislature enters the final weeks of the session, it seemingly is poised to pass SB 58, a bill...

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Muslims Abroad Should Respect the American Tradition of Free Speech as They Debate Their Own

(4) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 2:12 PM

by Parvez Ahmed and Mark Schlakman

Buried in the avalanche of stories about violent demonstrations across several majority Muslim countries, at least in part in reaction to a deplorable anti-Islam film produced in the United States by a shadowy individual with a criminal history, is a news item that generated...

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Appreciating Islam's Contribution to Civilization

(290) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 5:35 PM

Nearly four in 10 Americans hold an unfavorable view of Islam and Muslims. That number has remained steady since 9/11. Several factors contribute to this negative perception, certainly none greater than Muslims, albeit a few, committing terrorism in the name of Islam. The media exasperates this negativity, as...

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The Extreme Makeover of India's (Possible) Next Leader

(107) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 2:54 PM

That Narendra Modi was featured on the cover of Time (March, South Asia edition), around the tenth anniversary of an anti-Muslim massacre in the Indian state of Gujarat, was not surprising. Sparking outrage was the headline (Modi Means Business), which was viewed by many as an extreme image...

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Protect Religious Freedom of All Americans

(54) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 6:28 PM

As it was in 2008, the campaign for the Presidency of the United States has turned ugly over the question of religion. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has attacked President Obama over his "phony theology," which he later said was in reference to President Obama's "radical...

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Private Equity Funds - Neither Job Creators nor Vultures, Just Profit Makers

(2) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 2:38 PM

Even though private equity funds have been around since the early twentieth century and today manage over one trillion dollars' worth of capital worldwide, most people may not have paid attention to them until Mitt Romney chose to make his experience at Bain Capital an issue for his bid to...

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