Thirty four philosophers, statesmen, and writers of the last 1400 years. What do they all have in common?
Answer at the weekend if I don’t go away.
Adams, John Quincy American statesman who served as the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829.
Ali, Ayaan Hirsi Somali-born American (formerly Dutch) activist, writer, and politician.
Al-Ma’arri 11th Century blind Arab philosopher, poet and writer.
Ambedkar, Dr.B.R. Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer (14 April 1891– 6 December 1956).
Aquinas, St. Thomas (Contra Gentiles, Book One, Chapter 6, Paragraph 4) Italian Dominican friar and Catholic priest and an immensely influential philosopher and theologian in the tradition of scholasticism (1225 – 7 March 1274).
Aurobindo, Sri Born Aurobindo Ghose, was an Indian nationalist, philosopher, yogi, guru, and poet (15 August 1872– 5 December 1950).
Besant, Annie British socialist, theosophist, women’s rights activist, writer and orator. Party member of the Indian National Congress (1 October 1847 – 20 September 1933).
Chattopadhyay, Sarat Chandra Bengali novelist and short story writer (15 September 1876 – 16 January 1938).
Churchill, Sir Winston British Conservative politician and statesman of the United Kingdom during the Second World War.
Danielou, Alain French historian, intellectual, musicologist, Indologist (4 October 1907 – 27 January 1994).
Durant, Will American writer, historian, and philosopher (November 5, 1885 – November 7, 1981).
Elst, Koenraad Belgian orientalist and Indologist.
Franklin, Benjamin American revolutionary, diplomat, inventor and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790).
Fuxiang, Ma Chinese military and political leader spanning the Qing Dynasty.
Gautier, Francois French writer and journalist based in India.
Gladstone, William Ewart Prime Minister of the United Kingdom four times between 1868 and 1894 (1809–1898).
Hamid, Tawfik (aka Tarek Abdelhamid Egyptian author and former member of the militant al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya.
Husain, Irfan Pakistani columnist and writer for Dawn.
Jefferson, Thomas U.S. president addressing the Continental Congress about the brutal pirate attacks of the Muslim Ottoman Barbary (1801–1805 and 1815).
Kertész, Imre Hungarian author, Holocaust concentration camp survivor, and recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Literature
Lewis, Bernard British-American historian, scholar in Oriental studies, and political commentator.
Muir, Sir William Scottish Orientalist, scholar of Islam, and colonial administrator (27 April 1819 – 11 July 1905).
Palaiologos, Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Conversation between the Emperor and a Persian scholar, 1391.
Patel, Sardar Ballavbhai Indian barrister and statesman, leader of the Indian National Congress and one of founding fathers of the Republic of India (31 October 1875– 15 December 1950).
Prithipal, Dr K D Professor of Comparative Religion, University of Alberta.
Rai, Lala Lajpat Indian Punjabi author and politician who is chiefly remembered as a leader in the Indian fight for independence (28 January 1865 – 17 November 1928).
Razi, Zakariya (Rhazes) Persian chemist, philosopher and physician, 865 – 925AD.
Renan, Joseph Ernest French expert of Middle East ancient languages and civilizations (28 February 1823 – 2 October 1892).
Roosevelt, Theodore “Teddy” 26th President of the United States
Roy, Shiv Prasad Indian Bengali writer.
Rumi, Mevlana Jalal ad-Din Persian Sufi poet and philosopher. (1207– 17 December 1273).
Russell, Professor Bertrand British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, and social critic (18 May 1872– 2 February 1970).
Shaikh, Dr. Younis Pakistani medical doctor, human rights activist and freethinker.
Swarup, Ram Independent Hindu thinker and prolific author (1920 – 26 December 1998).
Tagore, Rabindranath Bengali polymath and Nobel Prize winner in Literature who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941).