The booklet is titled A Resource Manual on Islam & Family Planning With Special Reference to The Maliki School
and was written by Prof. Abdel Rahim Omran
.Its cover identifies Omran
as a "consultant to Ministry of Health, Nigeria."The Egyptian-born Omran is acting director of the Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM) at the University of Maryland in the U.S., where he has worked since the mid 1980s; before then, he taught epidemiology at the University of North Carolina.Omran also works as an agent of the United Nations Population Fund, carrying out highly specialised missions to implement Western-sponsored birth control schemes among Islamic societies throughout the Middle East and Africa.Until last year, he also worked as an advisor to the World Bank.Omran
was one of several consultants who contributed to a 1988 study commissioned by the Office of Net Assessment of the U.S. Department of Defence
to appraise the long-range military implications of population decline in the West and high fertility in the developing world.
The unsigned contract states that Sulaiman "will have the overall responsibility for guiding and directing project activities," and that Omran
"will be responsible for ... preparing the manual and guide."
was also to participate in a period of "intensive consultation in Nigeria" during October and November of 1986, according to the document.
And the director of the "RAPID III' project which initiated the two subcontracts, Thomas Goliber, contributed to the same Department of Defence study in which Omran
records also indicate that Omran
received from Pathfinder N. 187,500 for "preparation of documents on Islam and family planning" in 1987 and another N. 427,500 for conducting Islamic workshops under a 1988 agreement.
Correspondence from the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill reveals that at least one if its population project personnel, Moye Freymann, acted as an advisor to the project.The Carolina Population Center drew up the plans for a massive, $100 million (N. 7.5 billion) five-year population programme in Nigeria which began in 1987.That project, the Nigeria Family Health Services programme, is widely credited with having been instrumental in achieving the enactment of the FMG population policy of 1988.
The subversion of religious institutions by the U.S. and by U.S.-led multinational forces has been an essential part of its population strategy.A 1989 issue of Nations and Needs
, the official publication of the Maryland University CIDCM which Omran
heads, advises that Omran
had then just returned from "a trip to Africa and Asia, where he
coordinated and took part in a series of conferences on family planning in the Moslem world."
The visit, says the newsletter, "was carried out under the auspices of AlAzhar University
in Egypt, with support from the United Nations Fund for Population Activities."The article reported that Omran
had succeeded in his
mission to orchestrate among Muslims abroad "a shift in attitudes from stiff resistance to acceptance of family planning."