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  Converts to Islam

The draw of Islam

Islamic Achievements Highlighted in Documentary

By Nigel Hunt

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Most Americans do not associate Islam with medical advances or cutting-edge technology, but perhaps they should think again: Hospitals were an Islamic invention, Muslims saved the works of Aristotle and other Greek philosophers and they were the first to use paper widely. ``I think if you took a Muslim peasant he would be cleaner and have better clothing (than his European counterpart) but he would still be illiterate and poor. We didn't spend much time on the ratty end of the scale,'' Gardner: director of a documentary about Islam for the Public Broadcasting Service


Larry Johnson - NBA Basketball Star

Muhammad Ali - boxer and Greatest Athlete of all times

Ahmad Rashad: Football Player and TV Star

Shaq: Champion Basketball player

Dave Chapple: Comedian of the Chapple Show


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - NBA Basketball Star

Mahmood Abdul-Rauf - NBA Basketball Star

Tariq Abdul-Wahad  - NBA Basketball Star

Shareef Abdur-Rahim - NBA Basketball Star

Khadijah - wife of Muhammad. First convert to Islam.

Shabbetai Tzevi - seventeenth-century Turkish Jew who had claimed to be Messiah and attracted a large following. His conversion to Islam largely dissolved this mass messianic Jewish movement, but also resulted in the development of the ongoing Donmeh religious movement.

Malcom X - early leader of American "Black Muslim"/Nation of Islam movement; later a convert to Sunni Islam

Art Blakey - American Jazz musician

Michael Wolfe - author, journalist (The Hadj: An American's Pilgrimage to Mecca; One Thousand Roads to Mecca: Ten Centuries of Travelers Writing About the Muslim Pilgrimage; ABC Nightline documentary "An American in Mecca")

Cat Stevens - British rock musician; changed name to Yusuf Islam

Hamdan Chris Eubank - boxer (super middleweight boxing champion)

Maryam Jameelah - Jewish American essayist and poet. Formerly Margaret Marcus.

Muhammad Marmaduke (William) Pickthall - author and Quran translator

Queen Noor - American-born queen of Jordan

Daniel Moore - Anglo-American poet

Aminah Assilmi - Denver area broadcast journalist; now director of the International Union of Muslim Women

Jemima Goldsmith - daughter of British billionaire Sir James, who married Imran Khan. Changed name to Haiqa Khan.

Mike Tyson - boxer


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