John David Pitts

Contributor

John David Pitts is Founder and Principal Advisor of Ahlan International, a cultural advisory and training firm specializing in Arab cultures and languages, the Middle East, and Islam. Prior to founding Ahlan International, Mr. Pitts lived for 15 years in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Sudan, Yemen and Mauritania. While there, his professional experience included both the education and business sectors, as well as over a decade of deep involvement in humanitarian-aid work ranging from small, grassroots operations to large-scale, UN-managed operations.

His academic background includes degrees in Arabic Studies, as well as many years spent studying various branches of Islam under scholars in traditional Islamic schools and mosques across the Middle East and North Africa.

John David's interests and hobbies include a lifelong love for storytelling and music, and he himself enjoys playing - or attempting to play - a variety of instruments such as the guitar, mandolin, piano, and oud (Arab lute). He is also an avid snowboarder, fisherman, skydiver, and scuba diver.

Originally from Johnson City, Tennessee, Mr. Pitts is equally happy and at home in large Middle Eastern capitals, small town Appalachia, and the Pacific Northwest where he and his family now reside.

As of June 20, 2018, John David's 6 articles like "Children Without A Childhood" have totaled 41.6K views and shares.

John David's 6 most recent articles:

JUN 16 2018
AND Magazine
Culture

Children Without A Childhood

Syrian Refugee Children Have Become A Staple In The Middle Eastern Work Force
"...these jobs being carried out by Syria's refugee children were historically done by adult manual laborers, not children."

JUN 03 2018
AND Magazine
Culture

Jihadists Distort Ramadan To Inspire Bloodshed

Jihadists Are Attempting To Shift The Focus Of Ramadan From Spiritual Reflection To Violence
"Ramadan is meant to be a month in which Muslims across the globe practice the ancient spiritual discipline of fasting as a way to become more pure, righteous, and holy before God and man."

MAY 12 2018
AND Magazine
Culture

Jihadists Have Distorted Muhammad's True Message

Understanding The Society Of 7th Century Arabia
"...he believed that he was solely acting as God's mouthpiece in bringing the monotheistic faith of the Jews and the Christians to the Arabs in their own language."

APR 30 2018
AND Magazine
Culture

Blood Flows In Historic Christian Town Of Maaloula

The Complexity And Brutality Of War In The Middle East
"The fighting in Maaloula serves as a picture-perfect example of the complexity found throughout much of the Middle East. It also shows how truly evil and devastating the effects of war are."

APR 16 2018
AND Magazine
Politics

Forging Jihadists In The Fires of Despair

Can Hope Kill Terrorism?
"Each and every single violent young suicide bomber ... and every single young man who goes off to wage holy war as a jihadist, was forged by the evil fires of despair."

APR 13 2018
AND Magazine
Foreign Policy

Bring The Slaughter To An End

An Open Letter To President Trump
"It is entirely unforgivable for us to sit by and allow Bashar Al-Assad, with the explicit support and help of Russia and Iran, to continue the ongoing, brutal slaughter of innocent Syrians."