One more thing; You as for a palestinian Gandhi:
Here you go: <a href="http://www.hcef.org/foundation/people/advisory/mawad.html
" target="_blank">Dr. Mubarak Awad</a>, who was expelled from East Jerusalem by Israel, because he advocated a non-violent civil revolt.
Here are some more names on Islam and nonviolence, just to show that this is actually not a non-existing field: (I copied the text, and edited a bit):
There exists a world wide network of leading Muslim intellectuals and a very substantial body of literature on Islamic nonviolence and peacemaking practices. Some of the best teachers, scholars, and trainers who have developed curricula in this area are the following:
Dr. Karim Crow, Professor, Islamic Philosophy, ISTAC, Malaysia. He is the Director of the Islam and Peace program for Nonviolence International. He conducts seminars in Arabic on peaceful Islamic action. He founded the Islamic Peace Forum.
Nagasura T. Madale, The leading Muslim practitioner of nonviolence in Mindanao, The Philippines, where there has been a great deal of fighting since the 1970s. He started many Muslim-Christian dialogues and peace schools, a resource center and a consortium of NGOs and universities for peace. The most famous scholar on nonviolence and Islam in the world.
Dr. Mubarak Awad, founder of Nonviolence International. Sometimes called the Palestinian Gandhi. Most famous Palestinian leader of nonviolence. (Mentioned above)
Dr. George Irani, (Lebanese American) Professor of International Studies George Washington College.
Dr. Mohammed Abu Nimer, Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, The American University, Washington DC
Dr. Amr Abdullah, Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, Fairfax.
Dr. Mary King, a leading participant of the American civil rights movement, specialist on nonviolence during the Palestinian "intifida", Director of the Graduate Program in Peace, Human Rights and Development, University of St. George in Grenada. She is author of Mahatama Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. The Power of Nonviolent Action (Paris: UNESCO Press).
Finally, the United States Institute of Peace has funded a study on Islam and peace.
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