About Omar
About Omar Saif Ghobash
His Excellency Omar Saif Ghobash was appointed Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Russian Federation in 2008. He began his career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a diplomat at the UAE Mission to the United Nations. Prior to his appointment in Moscow, Ghobash founded The Third Line, Dubai’s first international contemporary art gallery showcasing artists from the Middle East. He is a founding trustee of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, which runs with the support of the Booker Prize Foundation in London.
Ghobash also sponsors the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation in memory of his father, Saif Ghobash, who was the UAE’s first Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. Ghobash serves on acquisition committee of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the advisory body of The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London, and the Emirates Diplomatic Academy in Abu Dhabi. Born in the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah in 1971, Ghobash is of Arab and Russian descent. He studied law at Balliol College, Oxford University and mathematics at the University of London.
LETTERS TO A YOUNG MUSLIM
From the Ambassador of the UAE to Russia comes a bold and intimate exploration of what it means to be a Muslim in the twenty-first century

A New York Times Editor's Pick  |  One of Time's Most Anticipated Books of 2017  |  An Amazon Best of January 2017 in History

In a series of personal letters to his sons, Omar Saif Ghobash offers a short and highly readable manifesto that tackles our current global crisis with the training of an experienced diplomat and the personal responsibility of a father. Today’s young Muslims will be tomorrow’s leaders, and yet too many are vulnerable to extremist propaganda that seems omnipresent in our technological age. The burning question, Ghobash argues, is how moderate Muslims can unite to find a voice that is true to Islam while actively and productively engaging in the modern world. What does it mean to be a good Muslim?

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Where is the Moderate Muslim?

The question of moderation in Islam has become very prominent in the last few years. Clearly, the latest reason for a resurgence of the question is the events in Iraq and Syria. The question has now become a global one as we witness young Muslims from all over the world, from all kinds of societies and with all kinds of backgrounds heading to the deserts of Iraq and Syria to participate in erecting a supposedly Islamic State on the bloody remains of anyone who might differ with them.
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