A Conversation with Dr. Tawfik Hamid

Dr. Tawfik Hamid, 47, was born in Egypt into a secular Muslim family.  As a student at Cairo University medical school in the late 1970's, Hamid joined the Jihadist-Muslim group-Jamaat Islamiyah.  He was deeply influenced by an older fellow student named Ayman al-Zawahiri, destined to become al-Qaida's No.2 and Osama Bin Laden's lieutenant.  Hamid described al-Zawahiri as "One of the fiercest speakers I had ever heard...His rhetoric inspired us to want to engage in a war against the infidels, Allah's enemies."  Through the influence of his atheist father who had honed his son's critical thinking, Hamid eventually rejected his Jihadi friends.  Before leaving Egypt 13 years ago he earned degrees in Cognitive Psychology and Masters Degrees in Internal Medicine and Education.  Hamid then went on to develop a unique cognitive psychological approach to improving the absorption process in student education.  Dedicated to American values, Hamid has...(Read Full Article)