Iyad El Baghdadi
- Category : 1977-births
- Type : ME
- Profile : 4/1 - Opportunistic / Investigator
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : JX Articulation
United Arab Emirates entrepreneur, writer, and human rights activist who attained international prominence during the Arab Spring. A self-styled "Islamic libertarian," he is an outspoken critic of both Islamic movements and secular dictatorships, and has set himself apart from many other activists through his use of humour and sarcasm.
In March 2011, he posted an online collection of his satirical tweets entitled The Arab Tyrant’s Manual. Within weeks it was translated into over a dozen languages. He is also the author of the two-volume Arab Spring Manifesto, in which he outlined a vision of an "Islamic libertarianism" that he hoped could become the guiding philosophy of his region in the wake of the Arab Spring
On 30 April 2014 he was detained by authorities in the UAE, deported 13 days later, then, accompanied by his pregnant wife, accepted as a Palestinian refugee by Malaysia. On 17 June, Baghdadi’s birthday, his wife gave birth to a son.
On 23 October 2014 he applied for political asylum in Norway.