Amr Khaled has been a televangelist to the Islamic world since 1998. He communicates through his TV shows and web campaigns using Islamic ethics as a way to inspire, foster community development, tolerance and intercultural relations.
Popular Media Figure: Part of Khaled’s influence derives from the fact that he appeals to the common person. He holds a degree in accounting, and has no formal religious education; wears suits and ties, and has a clean-shaven face except for a trimmed moustache—everything you do not expect from a Muslim preacher.. Khaled is credited with the launch of the first “Muslim reality TV show” Mujaddidun on Dubai Television. His website is translated from Arabic into nearly twenty languages and it rivals Oprah Winfrey’s in terms of traffic. His videos have racked up over 90 million views on YouTube, and he boasts 28 million likes on Facebook. Amr Khaled came under fire after releasing a video in which he prayed for his social media followers during the Hajj pilgrimage. In response, he released a broadcast message explaining how the footage was severely misunderstood and his intentions misconstrued.
Community Development: Khaled’s goal is to encourage community development in the Muslim world by its own people with religious faith as the guiding inspiration—something he believes should be linked to interfaith dialogue, tolerance and moderation. The break-up of communities is something Khaled sees as responsible for the malaise in the Muslim World, and something he believes puts the future of young people in jeopardy. One program he has launched to realize this objective of community development is Life Makers, which has a stated goal of producing a renaissance for the Arab and Muslim Worlds.
Birth: 5 September 1967 (Age: 52)
Source of Influence: Media
Influence: Media, Youth. Popular preacher with massive social network following
School of Thought: Traditional Sunni
Status: Featured in current year