Dr. Omar Zaid (age 62), is a retired Emergency Room Physician from Chester, Pa. (just south of Philadelphia), now Senior Research Fellow at ISTAC (IIUM) since July 2007. He is also ISTAC's Research & Publication's Coordinator; Contributing Editor to their quarterly Bulletin; Assistant Editor for their journal, Al Sajarah (listed with ISI Thompson), and various other publications in English. He also Freelance Edits for IIUM Publications, IAIS and Islamic Books Trust; and is Senior Science Editor for EQHO Communications Ltd., an international translation Company in Bangkok since 2005.
Prior to his conversion to Islam in 2004, Dr. Zaid was an Evangelical Christian Missionary in Sarawak, East Malaysia, where he also farmed rice, fish and poultry for five years while constructing a ten acre sustainable homestead in the Dyak jungle, some fifty-odd km outside of Kuching. He has two sons there and six grown children in the States, as well as a daughter in Malang, Indonesia. He does research on Church history, Gnosticism, the New World Order, Mystery Religions and Fertility Cults, the history of Hermetic Societies as well as Human Development and Sexuality. Check his book The hand of Ibliss.