Muhammad Al-Mukhtar Al-Shinqiti (b. 1966, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania), holds a Bachelors Degree in Islamic Jurisprudence, and another in Translation (Arabic, French, and English). From 1989 to 1996 he was a teacher of Islamic education and Arabic literature in Mauritanian high schools. He worked during the same period as editor, translator and chief editor with several Mauritanian newspapers including Al-Kalam, Al-Islah, and Al-Diyaa. From 1997 to 1998 he was an instructor in tafsir (Quranic exegesis) and Arabic grammar at Al-Eman University, Sanaa, Yemen. From 1999 to 2000 he was an instructor of Islamic Principles and Arabic at the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C., American Open University, Virginia, and the Islamic Center of Modesto, California. From 2001-2003 he was the Director of the Islamic Center of South Plains, Lubbock, Texas. He also was chief editor of the online Al-Fiqh Al-Syasi magazine,(www.fiqhsyasi.com). He has many publications, regarding political thought in Islam, Islamic literature, Islamic movements and dialogue between the Islamic World and the West. He writes regularly on aljazeera.net and fiqhsyasi.com websites.