Idries Abdur-Rahman is an American OB/GYN physician from Chicago, Illinois who was a contestant on the reality television competition The Amazing Race 22, in 2013.
His team partner was his twin brother Jamil Abdur-Rahman. He was 36 during filming of the Race.
Amazing Race Q&A
Describe what you do
I care for women during all aspects of pregnancy, delivery and post-partum. I also perform gynecologic and pelvic surgery.
3 words to describe you
Silly, observant and intuitive.
Tae Kwon Do, anything aviation or travel related and reading a good book.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of?
Beating the odds! Not becoming what most statistics say an inner city minority male from a single parent household would become.
What famous person reminds you of yourself?
I'd like to say Albert Einstein but probably Jon Stewart.
What famous person reminds you of your teammate?
I'd like to say Elmer Fudd but instead I'll say James Earl Jones.
What scares you most about traveling?
Anytime I travel my biggest fear is inadvertently doing or saying something that locals could find socially offensive.
What excites you most about traveling?
Seeing new places, meeting new people and having the opportunity to walk in the shoes and live a day in the life of others.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together
Both of us are a bit type A and a little head strong. I hope that running the Race will allow us to learn how to work together in a level headed, respectful way while learning to value the others POV.
Pet peeve about your teammate
Frequently, I think that he is too head strong. When he takes a position, he will hold that position despite all logical arguments to the contrary.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why?
Goree Island in Senegal. As an African American, I think that I will likely never trace back my specific roots. Going to Goree Island would give me some sense of connection with my ancestors.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)?
I want to run a good, competitive Race and I want to see places and have experiences that I otherwise would never have.