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Mohammed Al Hashmi Ben Youssef Ben Ali Hamid was born in the province of Sidi Bouzid, south of Kairouan, in central Tunisia.

He received his BA in Arabic Language and Literature from the Faculty of Arts, University of Tunis, in 1985. Al Hashmi Hamid completed his postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and obtained a master's degree in 1990, specializing in Arab literature, history and contemporary Islamic studies.

In 1966, he gained his PhD from the Department of Middle East Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London with a degree in Contemporary Islamic Studies.

Al Hashmi Hamid started working in the media in 1983, launching his career by working in Tunisian newspapers, such as "Opinion", "Arab Maghreb" and "Morning", before moving to London where he worked as an editor-in-chief in the Religion and Heritage department of the Middle East Daily, where he stayed for several years.

In January 1993, he founded the Independent Weekly Newspaper and was its editor for several years.

Al Hashmi Hamid created the quarterly Journal of Diplomatic Foundations for Dialogue between Cultures and Civilizations in 1996. He is also the founder of the Independent TV channel and the Democratic TV channel.

Al Hashmi Hamid published several books both in Arabic and English. His most recent book is the "Biography of the Prophet of the Global Village", a contemporary biography of the Prophet.

In 1992, he published the document Charter for Justice and the Islamic Shura Council and Human Rights.

Al Hashmi Hamid also sponsored and encouraged many specialized seminars about dialogue between cultures and civilizations, and presented a special program for dialogue between scholars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, entitled Al-Ibrahim.

On 4 February 2012 Hechmi Hamdi was elected secretary general of the Party of Progressive Conservatives (PPC), which is closely linked to the Popular Petition movement.

Updated 17/4/14