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April 28th, 2010

Area of Expertise: Media, Migration and Integration, Religion
Geographical Expertise - Region: Asia, North Africa and Middle East, North America
Geographical Expertise - Country: Pakistan
Languages: English, Panjabi, Pashto, Urdu
Field of Work: Author/Novelist
City: Copenhagan
Country: Denmark
Continent: Europe


final1 Abdullah KhanAbdullah Khan works in Copenhagen, Denmark at an Islamic association. He has worked for the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) Pakistan as a consultant and trainer in the madaris (Islamic traditional schools) project, where he helped train teachers and develop their perceptions about contentious domestic and international issues. He has organized 20 one-day training programs across Pakistan, in addition to six 10-day programs in Islamabad.

A former consultant with Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), he devised curricula to introduce study of human rights in madaris and Christian seminaries. He has traveled widely across Pakistan and interviewed the heads of the leading sixty madaris affiliated with different sects. These interviews and surveys formed the basis for his recent book, Deeni Madaris: Tabdili kay Rujhanat, discussing the socio-economic trends in the leading Pakistani madaris over the next ten years.

While working in Denmark, he was actively involved in numerous intercultural projects, from interfaith dialogues to environmental campaigns. Mr. Khan regularly delivers lectures on local radio in English and Urdu. He is also involved in counter-radicalization projects aimed at the youth demographic. Mr. Khan has participated in major international conferences, including the fifth and sixth Asia-Europe Foundation conferences in South Korea and Spain, which discussed how relationships between the media and religions can be improved.

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