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Qanta Ahmed, MD
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Dr. Qanta Ahmed is the author of In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom. She is a board certified sleep disorders specialist at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York. She is associate professor of Medicine at the State University of New York (Stony Brook). Dr. Ahmed is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. She practices sleep medicine exclusively in Garden City, Long Island. Previously, she has practiced pulmonary and critical care medicine in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom and in the National Guard Health Affairs in Riyadh, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and also at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Dr. Ahmed holds an Honorary Professorship at the School of Public Health at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland. She is the first Muslim woman and the first physician to be selected to be a 2010 Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellow in Science and Religion at the University of Cambridge, England. The fellowship seeks to ignite public discourse on the nexus of matters scientific and religious, a dialogue she brings here to The Huffington Post. This dialogue was recently recognized by NY MOVES Magazine in honoring Dr. Qanta Ahmed as a 2010 Power Woman in November, 2010. In her limited time, Dr. Ahmed serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Women's Voices Now Non Profit Foundation sponsoring Voices from the Muslim World, a short film festival. She is published in World Policy Journal, the Guardian (London), the Friday Times (Lahore, Pakistan), Trouw (in The Netherlands), USA Today, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, the Daily, the Christian Science Monitor as well as peer reviewed medical journals including Lancet and Lancet Infectious Diseases. Most recently she has been invited to be a regular contributor to Pakistan's English daily, The Express Tribune, where she will be writing for the op-ed page.

Entries by Qanta Ahmed, MD

Meyer Lemons From Ojai: California Sunshine in a Box

(3) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 2:24 PM

I had never heard of Meyer lemons until one winter Washington weekend spent in the company of gourmands -- one of the serendipities of a migrant's life remains the endless discovery of novel foods decades after arriving to a new continent. For me, Meyer lemons, (along with pomegranates) make our...

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Pakistan's Islam: The Flaying of a Muslim Wife

(70) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 7:21 PM

Muslims complain the West portrays Islam as violent, misogynistic and unforgiving. As a Muslim woman myself, I confirm 'Muslim' brutality is best portrayed only by ourselves.

This week in Multan, Pakistan, 36-year-old Farzana Bibi was allegedly dismembered by her husband for refusing to wear a niqab. Waiting until...

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Pakistan's Polio Program: Suspended at Zero Dark Thirty

(2) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 5:21 PM

Polio is a devastating infectious disease paralyzing many of those infected, but following the Taliban's execution of 16 health workers engaged in Pakistan's polio eradication program in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, preventing polio is now deadlier than the disease.

Following the Taliban's targeted assassinations of polio...

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Pakistan's Islam Imperils the Public Space

(8) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 10:45 AM

The deliberate torching of 178 Christian homes in Joseph Colony, Lahore, in response to accusations of blasphemy posed to a single resident in that community is a stark example of the perils of a public space governed by an 'official' Islam.

Today's Pakistan, originally...

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Coping With the Sleep Disorders Expected After the Sandy Hook Shooting

(1) Comments | Posted December 15, 2012 | 9:20 PM

Since the news first burst onto America's screens last week, all of us are sleepwalking our way through a uniquely American nightmare. Central to every American's thoughts are the families who lost loved ones in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the entire community of Newtown, Conn. violated...

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Saluting New York's Finest After Sandy: Our First Responders

(6) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 4:30 PM

Today President Obama visits New York to survey the devastation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Amid the crumpled houses, torn boardwalks, felled trees and downed power lines stand silent sentries -- men and women who have served the entire community even as they themselves devastated by this natural disaster.

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The Hunger Games: Muslim Athletes Observe Ramadan at London Olympics

(22) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 6:11 PM

This year, the Olympic Games has spotlighted Islam in for several reasons, most of all because of the arrival of Muslim women from every country including Saudi Arabia as well as the coincidence of the Games with Ramadan, the Holy month of Ramadan, a month when healthy Muslims must fast...

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A Leap Forward for Saudi Arabia

(21) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 7:55 PM

In the coming weeks, all eyes will be on young Saudi Sarah Attar, who will compete in the 800 meter, and her fellow countrywoman, Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani, who will represent the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in judo. Their entrance into the Olympic arena...

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Muslims Combating Islamism: Exercising the Bare Minimum of Faith in an Age of Political Correctness

(235) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 4:52 PM

There were many reasons why, when called to do so, I testified in the investigative hearings held by the House Committee on Homeland Security examining radicalization within the Muslim American community.

I testified because, as an anti-Islamist Muslim, I believe exposing a wrong is...

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Pakistan and the Policing of Belief: Islamist Lawfare Abducts Democracy

(9) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 12:59 PM

The Lawfare Project defines lawfare as 'the use of the law as a weapon of war, or more specifically, the abuse of the law and legal systems for strategic, political or military ends." But lawfare also includes the "manipulation of the legal system to achieve purposes other than...

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The Muslim Woman at Play: FIFA, the Olympics and the Veil

(58) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 12:06 PM

The hijab, the head-covering worn by some Muslim women, has been denounced and defended, legislated for and against. In past months a new front has opened in the battle over the veil: the role of the veil in sport. These debates will intensify as the London Olympics coincide with the...

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The Evolution of an Anti-Islamist Muslim

(451) Comments | Posted June 3, 2012 | 2:41 PM

In the years since 9-11, every Muslim has been compelled to confront his or her identity.

Matters were brought into particularly sharp relief for me on that day, because I was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia when the Towers fell. Within hours, I discovered my sentiments of loss and sorrow...

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America's Not So Elite Sleepless

(3) Comments | Posted May 20, 2011 | 2:51 PM

The Wall Street Journal's recent article on 'The Sleepless Elite' reminds us a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. "Sleep may be a waste of time," quips the lede. Sadly, the article conveys little more than a myopic message woefully removed from our highly sleep-disordered American reality....

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Egypt, 'Ummah Duniyah', Roars: Hear Me Muslim Arabs, We Are All Qahirene!

(30) Comments | Posted February 1, 2011 | 10:01 AM

In the years that I lived in Riyadh, my devoted driver was an Egyptian from Cairo. Like me, he was a guest worker in the Kingdom. A Coptic Christian, Zachariah was the first to tell me Egypt is known affectionately in Arabic as Ummah Duniyah -- Mother of the World...

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A Muslim's Duty to Society: The Time to Step Up is Now

(4) Comments | Posted January 18, 2011 | 11:46 AM

Recently, Representative Peter King (R) NY announced his decision to hold hearings on the radicalization of Islam among American Muslims. I gave the matter some thought, captured in an article published by The Wall Street Journal. My thanks to the editors at WSJ. You can read the full...

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Of Madness and Muslim Martyrdom: The Ideal Age of Indoctrination

(124) Comments | Posted January 3, 2011 | 11:30 AM

New Year's Day, New York -- This week's news reports out of Egypt of a suicide bombing targeting Alexandria's Coptic Christians in a New Years Eve mass are a sobering start to the New Year. At the present time seventeen are reported to have been killed and...

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Manufactured Muslim Identities: From Nablus to Newham, Emblems of Islamist Sympathizers

(126) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 1:33 PM

In East London, I examine the emaciated boy. His pigeon-chest rasps with each mechanical breath. Finely etched features remind me of Saudi camel sellers, once my patients. Wisps of hair peep through his unbuttoned thobe, betraying a still-lingering puberty. An untrimmed beard and skullcap are final clues: my patient is...

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Bitter Medicine: Islamist Extremism at the Bedside

(19) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 10:13 AM

This article was originally published in 2010 Summer Issue of the World Policy Journal edited by David Andelman. An original account of this incident first appeared as part of the Center of Islamic Pluralism's Parliamentary Report A guide to Shariah...

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Adventures of an Accidental Zionist: Encounters with the Anxiety of Jewish Extinction

(14) Comments | Posted November 27, 2010 | 3:18 PM

On a domestic flight earlier this year, I found myself next to a sleek woman and her wide-eyed toddler. The stylish mother tended to her daughter. Industrial zippers on leather sleeves clinked softly against her slim, bangled wrists as she held a juice box for the thirsty child. Discretely, the...

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'The Women's Voices Now' Film Festival: Women's Voices From the Muslim World

(47) Comments | Posted October 8, 2010 | 11:32 AM

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When my publisher informed me that a focus group of executives in D.C. had selected the name for my book to be In the Land of Invisible Women, I had something of a tantrum. I found myself upset at the...

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