CV as word document]
Mustaqim Bernd Helmut BLEHER, Dip.Trans., MCIL, MBA, PhD
Contact: PO Box 844, Oldbrook, Milton Keynes MK6 2YT, UK
Tel: +44 1908 671756,
Fax: +44 7092 233559,
Mobile: +44 7860 646828,
Date of birth: 12 February 1959
Place of birth: Heidelberg, Germany
Marital status: married, five children
Areas of competence: Linguistics, Education, Management consultancy,
Aviation, Alternative Medicine
2006 Professorship in Applied Linguistics and Translation, Ecole
Superior International De Bruxelles
2003/2006 Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Applied Linguistics, ESIB.
2002/2006 Master in Business Administration (MBA) in Educational
2002 Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Studies in Education
(Sociolinguistics and Management), Open University.
1999 Postgraduate Diploma in Translation, Chartered Institute of
Linguists (Dip Trans IoL). Awarded membership of the institute (MCIL).
1995-1996 Iridology correspondence course with continuous assessment
with the Anglo European School of Iridology. Opted out of final
examination as study was undertaken out of interest and not in order to
set up practice. Other alternatives medicines studied: Phytotherapy
(former member of British Herbal Medicine Association), Aromatherapy.
1970-1978 Grammar school (Gymnasium Wiesloch and Lise-Meitner Gymnasium
Heidelberg); studied German, English, French, Maths, History,
Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Arts and Physical Education. Graduated
with "Fachhochschulreife". Also studied Latin up to O-level equivalent,
and Arabic out of school hours.
1966-1970 Primary school in Wiesloch
1998-2001 Theroretical and practical study leading to the award of an
FAA Instrument Rating (Airplane).
1996 Theoretical and practical study leading to the award of a CAA
1996 Theroretical and practical study leading to the award of a CAA
Instrument Meterological Rating (IMC).
1993-1995 Theoretical and practical study leading to the award of a CAA
Private Pilot Licence (Airoplanes).
I am a member of AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) and have
been awarded their “Gold Wings”. I am further a member of PPL-IR, an
organisation for instrument rated private pilots.
1988-2007 managing director of Truetranslation Ltd., previously
freelance translator and interpreter (following previous part-time
translation experience, including published book translations).
Translation volume in excess of ½ million words per year.
2005-2007 Dean of Literary Arts and Media Studies, Cybereducation Inc.,
and member of admission and validation jury.
2005-2007 Partner of HeyU! communications consultancy
1989-2007 managing director of Mustaqim Ltd. Publishing and Consultancy.
2006-2007 Board member (Director of Communications) for Angel Flight
Visiting minister at Milton Keynes General Hospital.
1995-2003 Visiting minister and member of Chaplaincy management team at
Woodhill High Security prison, Milton Keynes
1990-2004 Editor of Common Sense magazine
1989-2004 General Secretary and Education Spokesman for Islamic Party
1997-1999 manager of IT facilities and webmaster for multilingual site
(part-time) at International Printing and Communications Ltd., Milton
1997-1999 audio recording of language study tapes for the Open
University, Milton Keynes
1995-1999 part-time language teaching to GCSE and A-Level standard at
Bury Lawn Independent School, Milton Keynes.
1988-1990 non-executive director of MES educational charity, London;
responsible for curriculum development and inspection of a group of
independent schools as well as media liaison and public relations.
1986-1988 typesetting supervisor at GFL Ltd., London, including
training of new staff.
1985-1986 Customer care manager at Badia GmbH, Frankfurt/M., an
international trading company. Responsibility for a variety of overseas
1983-1985 proof-reader at IWA Research Academy, Cologne. Extensive
involvement in school book research conducted in conjunction with
Braunschweig University. Further responsibilities involved the setting
up of the Academy's own publishing, setting and printing facilities,
including staff training.
1983-1987 proprietor and director of Mustaqim Verlag und Vertrieb
1982 manager for dark room operations at Darunnur GmbH, publishing
house, Aachen. Duties involved setting up dark room facilities from
scratch for a newly founded large book printing company and staff
1979-1981 full-time freelance journalist (text + photo) for
Heidelberger Tageblatt and Mannheimer Morgen. Duties included
reporting, editing and page-design; holiday cover for sub-editor.
1975-1979 part-time freelance journalist for Heidelberger Tageblatt
& IT skills:
I type in excess of 75 words per minute. I have worked with UNIX
platforms as well as DOS, Windows and Apple Mac operating systems. I am
familiar with and competent in most of today's PC software
applications, including Wordprocessors, Databases, Desk Top Publishing,
Spreadsheets, Graphics programmes, Communications Software, Internet
& Mail Client Software, Java Programming.
Reading, Photography (particularly aerial photography), Aviation (I
hold a CAA Private Pilots Licence with IMC and night rating and an FAA
Instrument Rating), Sports (5th kyu in Kyokoshinkai Karate, now
studying Tai Chi Chuan), and Complimentary Medicine (Phytotherapy –
previously a Member of the British Herbal Medicine Association,
Published Book Translations:
Das ist die aufrechte Religion. Brief des Ibn Taymiya an den Koenig von
Zypern. Aus dem Arabischen. Aachen 1984. [Arabic to German, 55 pages]
Das Leben Muhammads (M. H. Haikal) Aus dem Arabischen. Siegen 1987.
[Arabic to German, 489 pages]
Revision of existing translations:
The Meaning of the Glorious Qur’an, An Explanatory
Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall. Fully revised new modern English edition,
Birmingham, IDCI 2004.
The Meaning of the Holy Qur’an, English Translation by Abdullah Yusuf
Ali. Fully revised new modern English edition. Birmingham, IDCI 2004.
Das Zeugnis der Bibel. Biblische Zitate weisen auf die Wahrheit des
Qur'an. Weilerswist 1984.
The Bible's Witness. Biblical quotations point to the truth of the
Qur'an. London 1988.
Islam under the Cloud of Ignorance. The Fiqh of Freedom ‑ a Law for
Liberation. in: Common Sense 15, Milton Keynes 1995.
A Programme for Muslim Education in a Non‑Muslim Society. in: Ghulam
Sarwar et al, Issues in Islamic Education. London 1996.
The New Millennium Through Muslim Eyes. Birmingham, UKIM 1999.
Islam A Brief Guide, Birmingham, IDCI 2002.
Understanding the Qur’an. 34 audio lessons in MP3 format (CD). Milton
Keynes, Mustaqim 2005.
For they killed him not – a Muslim portrayal of Jesus. Birmingham, IDCI