Eqbal Ahmad was a Pakistani political scientist, writer, journalist, and anti-war activist. A prolific writer and journalist, Eqbal was widely consulted by revolutionaries, journalists, activist leaders and policymakers around the world. He was an editor of the journalRace and Class, contributing editor of Middle East Report andL'Economiste du Tiers Monde, co-founder of Pakistan Forum, and an editorial board member of Arab Studies Quarterly. Upon his retirement from Hampshire college in 1997, he settled permanently in Pakistan, where he continued to write a weekly column forDawn, Pakistan's oldest English language newspaper. Eqbal died in Islamabad on May 11, 1999.