M J Akbar

MJ Akbar is a leading Indian journalist and author. His latest book was published by HarperCollins to great acclaim Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan.

He was invited by King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to become a member of the Forum of Islamic Scholars and Intellectuals, held in Makkah al- Mukarammah, to write an agenda for the next decade for Muslim nations.

He joined The Brookings Institution, Washington, as a Visiting Fellow in the Brookings Project on U.S. Policy Towards the Islamic World and named Non Resident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at The Brookings Institution, Washington the following year.

It is not all work as MJ is also Elected President, Mohammedan Sporting Club, one of the country's oldest football clubs in India.   

Simultaneous with a fulltime career in journalism, there is a parallel career as an author of major political works that examine the conflicts and challenges of the last, disturbing century.  His works have received wide acclaim across the English speaking world and include: India: The Siege Within, Challenges to a Nation's Unity ( Penguin, 1984) and now a staple of university courses on South Asia); Riot After Riot (Roli Books 1987); Nehru: The Making of India (Viking/Penguin 1989); Kashmir: Behind the Veil (Penguin India 1991); The Shade of Swords: Jihad and the Conflict Between Islam and Christianity (2002 Routledge and Roli Books); Blood Brothers  (Roli, 2007)