Dr. Wagih H. Makky is an Egyptian American with strong understanding of the conceptual principles of Islam. He has always planned to write scholarly works on Islam intended primarily for the Western reader based on his in-depth knowledge of both cultures.
In the early 1980s he was a faculty at University of Illinois-Chicago where he participated in research on infrared materials for President Regan’s SDI program. During the same period, he was a consultant at Argonne National Laboratory and a Senior Fellow at Naval Ocean Systems Center. In the 1990s, he was also a research affiliate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is currently an International Consultant on counter-terrorism technical means.
Dr. Makky was selected to participate in the establishment of the Aviation Security Research and Development group at the FAA after the bombing of Pan-Am 103 flight over Lockerbie, Scotland where he held secret/top secret clearance. He supervised the activities of the National Academy of Science and the National Academy of Engineering panels on aviation security for the FAA. He organized and chaired many international conferences on aviation security and counter-terrorism.
Outside of his official duties, Dr. Makky helped establish several Islamic centers and served as president of some. Over several decades he gave numerous lectures at various venues in an effort to raise Americans’ awareness of Islam and fight deliberate disinformation particularly after the events of 9/11. Dr. Makky was an outspoken opponent of the invasion of Iraq and on the very same day it took place, his top secret clearance was suspended. He was never given any reason for that action under the guise of national security. The appalling overtly anti-Islam actions and bigotry of the Trump administration prompted him to finally publish this series of books on “Islam and the West”.