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    Muhammad Asad

    Jew Score:
    7

    I4

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    (Leopold Weiss)
    July 2, 1900 – February 20, 1992

    So far, we've never profiled a Jew from Pakistan, because, you know... Pakistan.* This will be a first.

    For that, we don't start in Karachi or Islamabad, but in Lemberg, Austria-Hungary (now Lviv, Ukraine). And we don't start with Muhammad Asad, but with Leopold Weiss, the grandson of a rabbi and the son of a lawyer. Young Leopold studied the Torah and the Talmud, but when World War I hit, ran away to join the Austrian army at the age of 14. His father dragged him home after a week.

    When the war finished, Leopold entered a period of wanderlust, meandering through Europe. He eventually ended up in the Middle East, and then... converted to Islam, changing his name to Muhammad Asad. He eventually moved to British India, where he joined the fight for the creation of Islamic state. Hence, Pakistan. In 1947, after the new country was formed, Asad contributed to its constitution, and then held numerous government posts, including ambassador to the United Nations.

    So far, we've never profiled a Muhammad, because, you know... Muhammad. Told you, it's a first.


    * We did profile the former First Lady of Pakistan, Jemima Goldsmith, but calling her Jewish is a stretch. Her family does have Jewish heritage, but that's as far as that goes.

    Verdict: Barely a Jew.

    May 17, 2021

    See Also

    Rashid al-Din Tabib

    Saleh and Daoud Al-Kuwaiti

    Jemima Goldsmith

    Houda Nonoo

    Rudolf Slatin
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