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Naser Khader was born the 1st of July 1963 in Damaskus, Syria. His father was Palestinian and his mother Syrian. His family lived a couple of years in Palestine and Jordan before they moved to Syria, where Naser Khader went to school.
When Naser Khader was 11 years old he moved to Denmark with his mother and siblings. His father had already been living in Denmark for a while when they came to live with him in the country where his father had managed to find a job. Naser Khader and his family became integrated into the Danish society:
Naser Khader has a master in economics from Copenhagen University. At the moment he studies theology also at the University of Copenhagen.
From 2001 - 2011 he was a member of the Danish parliament, Folketinget. His main political key issues are freedom of speech, the fight for democracy and democratic values in a multicultural society - subjects that have been intensively discussed in Denmark - particularly after the cartoon crisis in 2006. Naser Khader is member of The Conservative Party and he was spokesman of foreign policy and integration for the party. He has written several books about Islam and integration, he attends many debates, and gives lectures. Regarding issues on Islam, The Middle East and the Arabic Spring he is the most frequently used expert in Danish media and television. Furthermore he is now hosting a weekly radio programme, where he is debating the heroes and villains of the world and has his own blog on one of the larger Danish news papers (BT).
Naser Khader has been awarded several prizes in recognition of his fight for the right to freedom of speech, secularity, and integration of immigrants into the Danish culture. Furthermore, he is the Co-Founder of the Association of Democratic Muslims in Denmark.
Naser Khader has a sincere interest in the “Arab Spring”, due to his origins and still having family living in Syria. This summer he therefore went to Syria and brought home much documentation (i.e. on video) of how the people in reality are being treated by the Assad regime and how they are fighting against the regime. He is considered one of Denmark’s leading experts in Middle East affairs, and he was one of the first to talk about an emerging civil courage amongst the civilians in the Arab countries (before the Arab spring).
With three phrases Naser Khaders describes himself primarily as a fanatic democrat, secondly as a Danish citizen and thirdly as cultural muslim "ultra light".
Naser Khader is born 1st of July, 1963 in Damaskus, Syria. Naser Khader has lived in Denmark since 1974 and is a Danish citizen.
Education and courses
- Studies Theology at University of Copenhagen
- MSc Economics from University of Copenhagen1993
- Supplementary courses in rhetoric and communication, Aarhus University, 1994-1995.
- Middle East studies, Odense University, 1991-1993.
- Supplementary courses in minority studies, University of Copenhagen, 1993.
Profession and positions of trust
- Writing chronicles, comments, and blogs for different Medias in Scandinavia.
- Radio host on “P1” (Danish Radio Channel), as of January 2012
- Blogging on BT (a Danish news paper), “Verden ifølge Khader” (The World according to Khader), since 2011
- Member of the Danish Parliament from 2001 to 2011
- Member of The Conservative Party since 17th of March 2009
- Leader of the party Liberal Alliance 28th of August to 5th of January
- Leader of the Party New Alliance 7th of May 2007 to 28th of August 2008
- Member of the Social Liberal party 1984-2007
- Member of the central board of the Social Liberal Party
- Member of a think tank concerning integration – established by the Interior Ministry 2000 - 2001
- Member of Member of the Danish Council of Ethics
- Member of the central board of Lokal- og Anlægsfonden 1999-2000
- City councillor The Social Liberal Party, 1997-2000
- Consultant for Denmark’s Radio 1989-97
- Arabic interpreter and translator 1983-1998
- Consultant in the housing association DAB
- Member of the central board of Nyt Europa (New Europe) and of their group of spokesmen
- Author of Ære og Skam (Honour and Shame) (Publishing house Borgen 1996).
- Khader.dk with Jakob Kvist (Publishing house Aschehoug 2000)
- Nasers Brevkasse: Interview ved Elisabeth Svane (Naser's Letters Page: Interview with Elisabeth Svane) (Publishing house Gyldendal Uddannelse 2002).
- Modsætninger mødes with Bent Melchior (A Meeting of Opposites) (Publishing house 2003)
- Tro mod Tro with Kathrine Lilleør (Faith against Faith) (Publishing house People’s Press 2005).
- Naser Khader og folkestyret, (Naser Khader and Representative Government)(Publishing house2005).
- The International Secular Award, Marianne from Comité Laïcité Republique France 2007
- The newspaper Jyllands-Posten's award Freedom of Speech 2006
- Livsforum Livspris 2006
- Heiberg-prisen – a freedom of speech award 2002
- Junior Chambers' award "The Outstanding Young Person 2001"
- Modermål-Selskabets' (the Native Language Association) Native Language Award 2000
- The AFS-Interkultur Intercultural Award, 1999
- Danish Authors' Association award for Peace and International Understanding, 1998
- The Cultural Award from the Union of Commercial and Clerical Employees in Denmark (HK) 1998.
He appears as one of the most important people in the book “Det 20. Århundrede” (The 20th Century), 1999.
He has also been named the most influential person in Denmark in the ’00 by Arne Hardis, Information (a Danish News paper)