Omar Saif Ghobash

Letters to a Young Muslim

Omar Saif Ghobash

Talk: Letters to a Young Muslim

Talks at Google was delighted to host Omar Saif Ghobash, the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Russia since 2008. Ghobash studied law and mathematics in Oxford and London and began his career as a diplomat at the UAE Mission to the United Nations. In this interview, Ghobash discusses his book "Letters to a Young Muslim", a series of personal letters to his sons. Today's young Muslims will be tomorrow's leaders, and yet too many are vulnerable to extremist propaganda that seems omnipresent in our technological age. The burning question, Ghobash argues, is how moderate Muslims can unite to find a voice that is true to Islam while actively and productively engaging in the modern world. What does it mean to be a good Muslim?

Omar Saif Ghobash

His Excellency Omar Saif Ghobash was appointed Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Russian Federation in 2008. He began his career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a diplomat at the UAE Mission to the United Nations. Prior to his appointment in Moscow, Ghobash founded The Third Line, Dubai’s first international contemporary art gallery showcasing artists from the Middle East.

Letters to a Young Muslim

In a series of personal letters to his son, Omar Saif Ghobash offers a short and highly readable manifesto that tackles our current global crisis with the training of an experienced diplomat and the personal responsibility of a father. The burning question is how moderate Muslims can unite to find a voice that is true to Islam while actively and productively engaging in the modern world.

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