Azeem Ibrahim has a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He has been a Research Fellow with the International Security Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, a World Fellow at Yale, Fellow and member of the board of directors at the Institute for Social Policy Understanding, and an Adjunct Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College. He founded and chairs a private grant-giving foundation (www.ibrahimfoundation.com) focusing on innovative community projects, and served as a reservist in the UK's 4th Battalion Parachute Regiment.
`The persecution of Rohingyas rests on a belief that they are outsiders ... Ibrahim debunks these claims in his essential new book, claiming that Rohingyas were in Arakan well before 1784, and may even have arrived there before the Buddhist Rakhine. Ibrahim offers a credible genealogy that links Rohingyas to Indo-Aryan groups who arrived from the Ganges Valley as early as 3000 BC.' * London Review of Books * 'This excellent book demolishes the Myanmar argument, shamefully echoed by Suu Kyi, that the Rohingya are illegal immigrants. Their ancestors may have been in the area when the Rakhine showed up around 900AD.' -- Nicholas Kristof, New York Times '[An] excellent book.' -- The Scotsman `Ibrahim dwells on the history of the Rohingya in order to give an account of how and why they have come to arouse such fear and loathing. ... [his] analysis is excellent.' * Literary Review * 'Ibrahim's brilliantly researched book exposes the dark underbelly of this emerging state. Discrimination against minorities is rampant, but most acutely against the Muslim Rohingyas who are persecuted at the hands of the vast Buddhist majority. This important book exposes very great suffering that even Myanmar's now elected leaders have little or no interest in combatting.' -- Jon Snow, Channel 4 News 'In Ibrahim's The Rohingyas, the author wonderfully details how a historical canard is used as a pretext to completely erase them from Myanmar. The book also explores the fact that among 135 ethnic minorities, Rohingyas are the worst treated, stripped of all rights as citizens, depleted of wealth and property, pushed to the edge, and systematically exterminated.' -- Dhaka Tribune 'In the last decade of the twentieth century the genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia could have been prevented by earlier active engagement by the international community. Azeem Ibrahim has issued a clarion call to protect a vulnerable and little-known Muslim minority in his compelling and thoroughly researched book. He makes a powerful appeal to use the lessons of the twentieth century to prevent a foreseeable genocide in the twenty-first.' -- John Shattuck, President of the Central European University, former US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, and author of 'Freedom on Fire: Human Rights Wars and America's Response' 'In exploring and exposing the treatment of the Rohingya people of Burma Azeem Ibrahim has done great service to the truth about the terrible oppression which they are enduring, and has issued a call to all free people to secure international action to uphold their basic human rights.' -- Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Burma 'Time and time again, experience has shown that what minorities who live under the threat of annihilation need most is a voice that cannot be ignored. The Rohingyas promises to provide desperately needed awareness at a critical turning point in the history of Burma - awareness provided by a renowned and accomplished scholar and policy advisor, Dr. Azeem Ibrahim.' -- Steven Kiersons, Team Lead, Burma, The Sentinel Project for Genocide Prevention '[The book's] claim on the reader's attention is...its urgency and prescience'. 'Dr Ibrahim makes a strong case for naming the situation facing the Rohingya a genocide and convincingly shows the urgent need for immediate action to alleviate ongoing suffering as well as to arrest any escalation. He does an excellent job of dismantling the arguments made by some commentators that the Rohingya, as a group, did not exist in Myanmar in the past.' -- Jonathan Saha, Academic Fellow in the History of Race and Empire University of Leeds 'Exhaustively researched book does a valuable job of recording the group's suffering in painful detail, and he is right to urge the world to pay even closer attention to what is happening in Arakan.' -- Christian Caryl, The National Interest 'Important . . . excellent . . . for those wanting to understand more about the situation of the Rohingya in Myanmar.' `Very timely . . . especially important in challenging some of the myths surrounding Myanmar and the Rohingya crisis . . . a very welcome contribution to the current literature.' 'Azeem Ibrahim's book is a well-researched treatise that answers the perplexity of a democratic regime's discriminatory attitude towards certain ethnic and religious groups, by taking recourse in history. . . It is a must read for anyone who wishes to grasp an understanding of the reasons behind the fate of Rohingyas in Myanmar.' 'Ibrahim's book is a welcome contribution to our understanding of the ethnic cleansing taking place in Myanmar. Accessible and requiring no prior knowledge, it is required reading for anyone who wants to learn more about the plight of the Rohingya.' 'Ibrahim offers one of the fullest descriptions available of the current Rohingya crisis, retelling the narrative of the emerging genocide with force.' -- Joshua Kurlantzick, Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations