Dr. Tawfik Hamid, is an Islamic thinker and reformer, and one time Islamic extremist from Egypt. He was a member of a radical Islamic organization Jamaa Islameia JI (of Egypt) with Dr. Ayman Al-Zawaherri who later became the second in command of Al-Qaeda. After being radicalized in the JI (approximately thirty-five years ago), he had an awakening of his human conscience, recognized the threat of Radical Islam, and started to teach modern peaceful interpretations of classical Islamic core texts.
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Dr. Hamid has appeared on shows spanning the spectrum from CNN to Fox News and C-SPAN, and his articles and op-ed pieces have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, VOA, France 24, RT (Russia Today), and theJerusalem Post. Dr. Hamid’s comments have also appeared in the Washington Post,Foreign Policy magazine, USA Today, The Huffington Post, the National Journal, andWired magazine.
Dr. Hamid has also appeared on Aljazeera TV Channel (Arabic) more than 60 times in the last couple of years.
Dr. Hamid has been a guest speaker at many reputable private and governmental fora – both within the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Hamid has spoken and testified before/with: the US Congress (House Armed Service Committee); the Future Summit at the invitation of President Shimon Peres; numerous Department of Defense (DoD) offices at the Pentagon; the Special Operations Command; the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI); the National Security Agency (NSA); the European Parliament; the New York Academy of Science, and many others.
Dr. Hamid obtained his medical degree in Internal Medicine from Cairo University and a Master’s Degree in Cognitive Psychology and Educational Techniques from The University of Auckland School of Medicine and Health Science, New Zealand. Dr. Hamid is recognized for developing one of the most innovative Cognitive Psychology models, The Multi-Dimensional Learning Model.
Dr. Hamid’s recent Facebook page (in Arabic), Modern Interpretation for the Quran, provides a peace-promoting commentary and understanding for the Quran. The page has garnered over 2,000,000 “Likes” from an Arabic speaking audience since it began in May, 2013. In addition, Dr. Hamid recently launched a YouTube channel (in Arabic) to Counter Radicalism. His channel has more than a quarter million views and more than 1200 other channels subscribe to it. Furthermore, Akbar Al-Youm, one of the Arabworld’s most reputable and widespread newspapers, recently published a major article for Dr. Hamid, in Arabic, wherein he suggests ten major, novel principles for re-understanding the Quran in a peaceful way to counter radicalism.
Currently Dr. Hamid MD, MLit (Edu) is a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (PIPS).
Why has radical Islam become such a deadly threat, and why does it dominate the Muslim world? Dr. Tawfik Hamid answers these and other questions about this evil movement clearly and accessibly in his groundbreaking work. Dr. Hamid knows about radical Islam firsthand. In the early 1980s, he was recruited into Jamaa Islamiya, a terror group led at the time by Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, the man who went on to replace Osama bin Laden as leader of al-Qaeda. Eventually and miraculously, Dr. Hamid recognized the insidious nature of violent jihad and rejected its distortions of the Quran, the holy book of the Muslim faith. Ever since, he has pursued the reformation of Islam. He has written new interpretations of the Quran's key texts and has shared his message in many mosques. Inside Jihad reveals Dr. Hamid's deep insights about and passionate opposition to the Islamic terror movement drawn from his direct personal experiences. As a medical doctor and an expert on the psychology of the jihadist mindset, he explains the roles that sex, fear, petrodollars and the hijab for women have played in its proliferation. And he details his bold plan for Islamic reformation that would eventually change the jihadists minds and end their reign of terror.
Senator John McCain
“A fascinating look at the driving forces behind Radical Islam that provides new insight on how to confront its growing threat around the world today.”
Thomas P. McDevitt ( Chairman, The Washington Times )
“The foggy notions perpetuated by America’s politically correct dominant media and policy cultures are dissipated with radiant sunlight through the analysis and thoughtful leadership Dr. Hamid delivers”.
Lt. Gen. Claude M. “Mick” Kicklighter
Former inspector general of the Pentagon
“[Tawfik] Hamid is a great scholar whose knowledge of terrorism is extremely valuable. There is no doubt about his firsthand experience and depth of knowledge. He is truly a treasure.”
Van D. Hipp, Jr.,
Chairman, American Defense International, Inc
Dr. Tawfik Hamid has a compelling personal story. He’s had a front-row seat to radical Islam and has firsthand knowledge of the dangers posed by the growing global jihad movement. His is a voice that must be heard.”
Dr. Robert Katz
Executive Director, The Intelligence Summit SM”
“If there is to be hope for a beginning to a better world, and for future generations to be spared endless religious war with massive casualties, then Dr. Hamid is the answer – the personification, the embodiment – of that hope.
Amb. R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence
“Dr. Tawfik Hamid’s knowledge about Radical Islam is crucial to understanding and defeating it”