Dr. Wafa Sultan was born in Syria in 1957, in the small city of Banias on the Mediterranean coast. She graduated from Aleppo University medical school in 1981, and practiced medicine in Syria until emigrating to the U.S. in 1989 with her husband and three children.
Since 9/11, Syrian-American thinker and writer Dr. Wafa Sultan has become known for her participation in Middle East political debate. Her essays, have been widely circulated, and she has made a number of notable television appearances on Al-Jazeera, CNN, and FOX News. Her name appears often in Arabic-language newspapers and websites.
Dr. Sultan's public criticism of militant Islam sparked much debate, but it was Dr. Sultan's February 21, 2006 appearance on Al-Jazeera, which was recorded, translated, and distributed by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), that brought her name to the West. According to MEMRI, to date that single clip has been viewed - on the MEMRI website alone - over eight million times.
Dr. Sultan sees her mission as exposing and fighting radical Islam and defending human rights in the Islamic world.
In May 2006, Dr. Sultan was named one of Time magazine's "100 People Who Shape Our World."
Currently, Dr. Sultan is working on a book to be published in English early next year.
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