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Posted on Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 12:34 p.m.

U-M scholar named one of top 500 Muslims in the world

By Julie Baker

University of Michigan professor Sherman Jackson has been named one of the top 500 most influential Muslims in the world by an international Islamic non-governmental, independent institute headquartered in Amman, Jordan.

The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre publishes the annual series to provide "a window into the movers and shakers of the Muslim world," according to its website.

Jackson is an Arthur F Thurnau Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at U-M and a writer on the African- American Muslim community. Jackson is the co-founder of the American Learning Institute for Muslims and is featured on the Washington Post-Newsweek blog "On Faith." He is a former chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America, according to the publication.



Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 8:21 p.m.

That is nothing to write home about---who thought this was worthy of posting----get real---there are 50 million muslims world wide---and he is the 500th ---he is merely a speck on a leaf , if that----now that we are noting people's --worshiping habits----the reporter needs to list the 500th most important Jew---the 500th most important Buddist----the 500th most important Morman----see, put in this context---not very important , unless the reporter is pushing his or her slant on news and this is not NEWS----man bites dog---now that's news---send this reporter back to reporting class----


Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 7:26 p.m.

The number is closer to a billion and a half. Just curious ,though, as the whether the "most influential" means 'achievements/ influence by a muslim for all of humanity" or just within Islamic society. The website cited is itself a bit unclear on that.


Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 11:58 p.m.