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Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

Founder of ASMA and Chairman of Cordoba Initiative


Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is Chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, an independent, multi-national project that works to "Re-connect the Muslim World and the West." In 1997, Imam Feisal founded the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), the first Muslim organization committed to bringing American Muslims and non-Muslims together through programs in academia, policy, current affairs, and culture. For the past 25 years, he has been Imam of Masjid al-Farah, a New York City mosque. Currently, he sits on the board of Trustees of the Islamic Center of New York. He has won awards from The Alliance for International Conflict Prevention and Resolution and the Interfaith Center in New York.

Frequently asked to comment on issues pertaining to Islam and the Muslim world, Imam Feisal appeared regularly at the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum (Davos), and in national and international media such as CNN, BBC, The New York Times, Washington Post, Frontline and Foreign Policy.

Born in Kuwait and educated in England, Egypt, and Malaysia, Imam Feisal holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Columbia University in New York and a Master of Science in Plasma Physics from Steven Institute of Technology in New Jersey. He speaks English, Arabic, and Malay.

Published Work: What's Right with Islam Is What's Right with America (HarperCollins, 2005); Islam: A Sacred Law (Threshold Books, 2000); Islam: A Search for Meaning (Mazda Publishers,1996); "What is Islamic Law?" Mercer Law Review (2006); and "Justification & Theory of Sharia Law: How the American Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and Constitution are Consistent with Islamic Jurisprudence" University of St. Thomas Law (2010).

Imam Feisal is also the author of the forthcoming book Moving the Mountain: Beyond Ground Zero to a New Vision of Islam in America (Free Press)

Awards: Alliance for International Conflict Prevention and Resolution (AICPR); Annual Alliance Peace Builder Award ; the Annual James Parks Morton Interfaith Center of New York award; Open Center of New York Interfaith Award (2010), Arianna Huffington's "2010 Game Changer" Award, and was listed as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2010 by Foreign Policy Magazine; TIME magazine included him among the 100 most influential people of the world in 2011; and most recently, along with his wife, Daisy Khan, were the recipients of the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award presented by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

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