Abdur Rab is a Bangladeshi-born American. His formal educational qualifications include B.A. (Honors) and M.A. in Economics from Dhaka University and Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. He had a long eventful professional career. For a brief stint, he was a Lecturer of Economics at Dhaka University. Afterwards he has served the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics as a Staff and Research Economist, the Industrial Development Bank of Pakistan as a Deputy Director and Head of Research, the Pakistan Tariff Commission as a Member, and the Bangladesh Planning Commission as a Section Chief and Senior Consultant. He was an Industrial Economist with UNIDO, Financial and Monetary Advisor for the Uganda government under a World Bank assignment, and a Senior Industrial Economist for the Qatar government under a UNIDO assignment. He also did consulting for various development projects in Bangladesh supported by USAID, the World Bank, UNDP, and the Asian Development Bank, and also for the US-based International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC).
Born and brought up in a traditional Bengali Muslim family, Abdur has been a devoted follower of the traditional teachings and rituals of Islam since his very childhood. However, when he went to college, he came into close contact with a versatile spiritual teacher Shah Aksaruddin Ahmad and underwent a paradigm change in his religious approach. Inspired by him, Abdur closely studied the Quran to learn about genuine Islam. Afterwards he studied also the Hadith and relevant literature of modern Islamic scholars. He has authored Rediscovering Genuine Islam: The Case for a Quran-Only Understanding published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform in 2014, which represents a third slimmer and more improved version of two earlier editions. The earlier editions are Exploring Islam in a New Light: A View from the Quranic Perspective published by Brainbow Press in 2010 and Exploring Islam in a New Light: An Understanding from the Quranic Perspective published by IUniverse in 2008. He has written many articles on Islamic topics, some of which have appeared on World Religion News, Aslan Media, and Oped News, and include one presented at the 42nd North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (NAAIMS) Conference organized by, and held at, Princeton University on September 28, 2013 (available at http://naaims.org/uploads/Abdur_Rab_-_42FP.pdf). Most of his articles can be read here on the author’s website www.quranonly.com, on Academia.edu site here, or on Deen Research Center site here. Abdur lives in Houston, United States.
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