[The Post] For example, a number of intellectuals – including Aitzaz Ahsan, Noam Chomsky, Michael Ignatieff, and Amr Khaled – mounted voting drives by promoting the list on their websites. Others issued press releases or gave interviews to local newspapers. Press coverage profiling these intellectuals appeared around the world, with stories running in Canada, India, Indonesia, Qatar, Spain, and elsewhere.
No one spread the word as effectively as the man who tops the list. In early May, the Top 100 list was mentioned on the front page of Zaman, a Turkish daily newspaper closely aligned with Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen. Within hours, votes in his favour began to pour in. His supporters – typically educated, upwardly mobile Muslims – were eager to cast ballots not only for their champion but for other Muslims in the Top 100. Thanks to this groundswell, the top 10 public intellectuals in this year’s reader poll are all Muslim.