Qanta A. Ahmed

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Qanta Ahmed
Born United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Physician, author and women's rights activist
Medical career
Field Sleep disorders
Institutions State University of New York

Qanta A. Ahmed is a Muslim British physician specializing in sleep disorders. She is also an author and a newspaper columnist.

Early life and education[edit]

Ahmed is the daughter of Pakistani immigrants to Britain. She graduated from the University of Nottingham. She went to New York City for medical training. Without an US visa to extend her stay, she left to practice in Saudi Arabia for a year. She wrote down her daily experiences as a Muslim woman practice medicine and published them in a book. In June 2013, Ahmed visited Israel, speaking at universities and research institutes around the country. Ahmed currently resides in Manhattan, New York City. [1]

Medical career[edit]

Ahmed practised medicine in the National Guard Health Affairs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She returned to the U.S. in 1996 and practised at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina and sleep disorders medicine in Garden City at the Winthrop University Sleep Disorders Center.[2][dead link]

As of 2011, Ahmed was associate professor of medicine at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook.[3][4]

Ahmed holds an Honorary Professorship at the School of Public Health at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland.[citation needed]

Literary and journalism career[edit]

Ahmed is the author of In the Land of Invisible Women, an account of her experiences as a physician in Saudi Arabia.[5][6][7]

She has published opinion pieces in major newspapers.[8][9][10]

In 2012, she was invited to be a regular contributor to Pakistan's English daily newspaper, The Express Tribune.[4]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Ahmed is the first Muslim woman and first physician to be selected as a 2010 Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellow in Science and Religion at the University of Cambridge, England. In November 2010, she was recognized by NY MOVES Magazine as a 2010 Power Woman. Ahmed also serves as a member of the board of directors for the non-profit foundation Women's Voices Now which sponsors Voices from the Muslim World, a short-film festival.

Views on Israel[edit]

Ahmed is accused by her critics of being a "Zionist in Muslim guise". She is firmly opposed to the boycott against Israel, saying that the boycott movement attempts to vilify Israel.[1] Ahmed is opposed to the occupation of the Palestinian Territories, but admits that she doesn't know how Israel can relinquish control over a region hosting "a virulent Jihadist ideology" and leaders calling for Israel's destruction.[1] In 2010, Qanta wrote, "Call me an Accidental Zionist, if you must, but Eretz Yisrael is a vital shelter, an only shelter, from lethal, genocidal anti-Semitism... If we care for wider humanity at all, we must all be 'accidental' Zionists and want for the Jews, for the Israelis, what each Muslim already has for themselves: a future, a nation and a faith, secured."[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Maltz, Judy (31 May 2013). "The many faces of Dr. Qanta Ahmed". Haaretz. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Sleep Medicine Specialist, Winthrop University Hospital .
  3. ^ Ahmed, Qanta A. (7 January 2011). "Fulfilling Our Duty as Muslim-Americans". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 5 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Ahmed, Qanta. "Qanta Ahmed, MD". Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Books: 'In the Land of Invisible Women'". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 4 September 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Schwartz, Stephen (8 September 2008). "Pierce the Veil". The Weekly Standard. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Harris, Nancy (17 September 2010). "Historical fiction helps Hingham woman appreciate her own era". Boston Globe. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  8. ^ Ahmed, Qanta A. (1 March 2012). "Islam & the NYPD". New York Post. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "France's burqa ban: A brave step that we Muslims should welcome". Christian Science Monitor. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2016. .
  10. ^ "Britain's radical Muslims warn U.S". CNN. 11 September 2002. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  11. ^ Ahmed, Qanta A (November 27, 2010), "Adventures of an Accidental Zionist: Encounters with the Anxiety of Jewish Extinction", The Huffington Post .