The month of Ramadan has blessed many people, one of which is a senior British researcher who converted to Islam in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Mark C. Thompson, Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia embraced Islam in the second week of Ramadan.
“This Ramadan night surrounded by my dear friends and brothers, I converted to Islam. Thank God,” said Thompson through his personal account, @ThompsonMarkC, Saturday (9/4/2022).
This news quickly went viral on social media, Saudi Arabia, and even Indonesia.
“Dr Mark Thompson, senior research fellow at the King Faisal Center in #Riyadh, has embraced #Islam during the blessed month of #Ramadan. WL! Welcome to the Ummah of the Prophet Muhammad!,” quoted the account @muslim_teach.
“Thompson is an example of thousands or tens of thousands of foreigners who originally were infidels who were guided to become Muslims while living in Saudi Arabia. Routinely in a matter of days, at the Islamic Cultural Center of Saudi, expatriates say the shahada, even as if it is a common sight when we rarely see it, it becomes something very special, “quoted @Saudinesia.
Mark Thompson is Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and has taught in the undergraduate program in International Relations and Globalization since 2012. He is also a Senior Associate Fellow at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS) in Riyadh.
Mark has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia since 2001 for various institutions such as Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saudi Arabia National Guardand Prince Sultan University. Mark holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, UK with his main research areas being Saudi socio-political development and social transformation.
She has published topics such as Saudi youth issues and challenges facing female Saudi leaders in various publications. One of them in Journal of Arabian Studies; Asian Affairs; Middle Eastern Studies; Middle East Policy Studies, Gulf Affairs and POMPES Studies.
Apart from publishing many books related to Saudi Arabian political policy, Mark also runs his consulting business which offers an objective perspective on contemporary Saudi socio-political, socio-economic and cultural issues.