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Dr. Asaf Durakovic

Asaf Duraković was born on the 16th of May, 1940, in the ancient city of Stolac, Herzegovina, on the River Bregava in the Balkan mountains. Early in his life he left his birthplace and lost his father, a hero and victim of the Bleiburg battlefield.
In his extensive studies Asaf earned four doctorate degrees in the fields of Medicine, Veterinary Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, McMaster University, Canada, and an honorary doctorate from the Cosmopolitan University, USA. He served as a scientist at the Institute for Medical Research of the Yugoslavian Academy of Sciences and Arts and was subsequently awarded a scholarship by the British government to pursue postdoctoral medical studies at the Medical Research Council Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK. He continued his specialist studies and passed exams in the UK, USA and Canada. In 1991, Asaf graduated from the Military Medical Academy in Fort Leavenworth, Missouri, and was promoted to the rank of Colonel of the Medical Corps, US Department of Defense. He is author of over 220 scientific publications in recognized international journals. His opus includes many studies and publications pertaining to Sufi contexts. As a guest and lecturer, he has visited the Middle East, namely Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates. He spent two years at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as director of the Institute of Nuclear Medicine. He speaks five languages fluently. In 2004, he was awarded the International Peace Prize in Jaipur, India, for his work on the medical and environmental consequences of nuclear warfare.
Dr. Duraković held a position in the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., and has been appointed as a professor to four universities in the USA. As a guest professor, he taught at many universities in North and South America, Australia, Europe, Asia, Israel, South Africa, the Soviet Union, Japan, the Middle and Far East. He has traveled the world, from the North to the South Pole, and led the medical team at the U.S. nuclear explosion test sites in Siberia and Kazakhstan. He is the author of many books of prose and poetry, including Dark Seaweed (Tamne Alge), Mount Kaf (Planina Kaf), Dark Mirror (Tamno Ogledalo), Underground Rivers (Vode Ponornice), The Eleventh Tablet (Jedanaesta Ploča), Great Waters (Velike Vode), Sand Dunes (Nanosi Pijeska) and his latest book, The Harvest (2014). He is currently the director of World Life Institute in Washington, D.C., and New York.