Jemima Khan is the ex wife of Pakistani politician & Prime Minister Imran Khan. This is a brief biography to discuss the life of Jemima Khan and her acceptance of Islam.
Though their marriage lasted for only 9 years yet this remains of the most prominent event of their life which is regularly discussed on media.
Jemima Khan was born on 30th January 1974 in the family of Sir James Goldsmith and Lady Annabel. Her mother belonged from the royal family of Ireland while his father was a successful business from Jewish-German ancestry.
She has two younger brothers named Zac Goldsmith and Ben Goldsmith, Zac is a member of parliament of UK. She spent her early years along with her in London.
Jemima Marcelle Goldsmith completed her early education from Old Vicarage preparatory school and Francis Holland School. After school she enrolled in University of Bristol to complete her graduation but married Imran Khan and dropped her education.
She completed her graduation in 2002 and then did MA in Middle Eastern Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies from University of London.
Marriage To Imran Khan:
She married Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan on 21st June 1995 for which a civil wedding ceremony was held. It was believed that she accepted Islam for the marriage but Jemima later disclosed that she accepted Islam many months before the marriage.
After marriage she moved with Imran Khan and the couple settled in Lahore. Soon she changed her dressing and started to learn the local language to become part of the Pakistani society. She gave birth to two sons Sulaiman Isa & Kasim. Sulaiman was born in 1996 and Kasim in 1999.
Jemima and Imran Khan decided to separate after Imran Khan’s political life become problematic for Jemima. They were formally divorced in 22 June 2004, even before the divorce she was living with her mother in London.
Acceptance of Islam:
Jemima revealed that she was inspired about Islam because of three writers namely:
- Muhammad Asad
- Charles le Gai Eaton
- Alija Izetbegovic
Journalism, Documentary and Philanthropy:
She wrote articles for different British newspaper while she was in Pakistan such as for The Independent, The Sunday Times, The Observer and the Evening Standard. She is also the associated editor of New Statesman.
Jemima founded Instinct Foundation which produces high quality documentaries. The list includes:
- We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks
- Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars
- Making A Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA
She was also involved in charitable work for many projects. She helped Afghan refugees in Peshawar, helped Imran Khan to collect fund for his cancer hospital Shaukat Khanum and as an Ambassador for UN visited Bangladesh, Kenya, Romania and Afghanistan.
Currently she is living in London along with her sons. Despite the divorce she is in good relation with her former husband. She even retained the sir name Khan even after the marriage, but dropped it after Imran Khan married Reham Khan in 2014.