Arsalan Iftikhar

Iftikhar

Arsalan Iftikhar

Expert

Areas of Expertise: American Muslims, Afghanistan, Interfaith Dialogue, Islam and Democracy, Muslim Youth, Muslims in the West, National Security, Pakistan, South Asian Politics, US Politics

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Arsalan Iftikhar is an international human rights lawyer, global media commentator and author of the book SCAPEGOATS: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies & Threatens Our Freedoms which President Jimmy Carter called “an important book that shows Islamophobia must be addressed urgently.” Arsalan is also a faculty member at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service where he researches and writes about Islamophobia as a Senior Fellow for The Bridge Initiative. Arsalan has also been an adjunct professor of religious studies at DePaul University and he is also a member of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and Reporters Without Borders.

His interviews, commentaries and analyses have regularly appeared in virtually every major media outlet around the world including: CNN, BBC World News, The TODAY Show, National Public Radio (NPR), FOX News Channel, MSNBC, Associated Press, C-SPAN, Voice of America (VOA), Agence France-Presse (AFP), USA TODAY, NBC Nightly News, The Washington Post, ABC World News Tonight, Los Angeles Times, CBS News Up to the Minute, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, TIME, The Economist and Newsweek magazines (among dozens others worldwide).

Arsalan graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1999 and received his law doctorate from Washington University School of Law in 2003. A native of Chicago, he specializes in international human rights law and is licensed to practice law in Washington DC.

Education

JD, Washington University School of Law

Areas of Expertise

  1. American Muslims
  2. Afghanistan
  3. Interfaith Dialogue
  4. Islam and Democracy
  5. Muslim Youth
  6. Muslims in the West
  7. National Security
  8. Pakistan
  9. South Asian Politics
  10. US Politics

Publications

  • Imagine that you woke up on a beautiful Sunday morning to hear the news of a brown, bearded, gun-wielding madman who stormed into a Wisconsin church full of blond-haired parishioners and killed six innocent people. If that scenario did occur, would most Americans have any...

  • Nearly two years ago in June 2010, the war in Afghanistan surpassed the Vietnam War to become the longest war in American history. Although the U.S. ousted the Taliban from power and killed Osama bin Laden last year in Pakistan, it is clear that recent...

  • Imagine for a moment that a major American corporation decided to remove its commercials from a reality television show highlighting the everyday lives of Latinos, African-Americans, members of the LGBT community or Jewish Americans because of coordinated letter-writing campaigns from right-wing organizations. If you think...

  • With the tragic rise of extremism and global racism around the world today, the sociopolitical philosophy of “Islamic Pacifism” is a humanitarian ethical platform rooted within the general concepts of nonviolence and basic Muslim ethical teachings of mercy and compassion towards all of humanity. From...

  • In what has come to be universally known as the “Arab Spring,” in less than a year three major countries in North Africa have effectively ended nearly 100 combined years of dictatorial rule under despots named Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, Hosni Mubarak and Moammar Gadhafi....

  • Although there has not been much cause for celebration for our global village over the past decade, the world was able to breathe a sigh of relief at the announcement by President Barack Obama of the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. special operations...

  • President John F. Kennedy once said, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”   The recent pro-democracy mass protests around the Arab world — in places like Tunisia, Yemen and Egypt –reflect the beginnings of a “democracy Renaissance,” launched by the...

  • With the recent deadly attacks on Christian churches, the maniacal terrorists of al Qaeda seem to be aiming at unraveling the neighborliness among Muslims, Jews and Christians throughout the Middle East that has existed for centuries. In Baghdad, 58 people died in a bomb attack...

  • Imagine for a moment that there was a prominent American conservative journalist who ignorantly disparaged an entire minority group on national television, got fired for it by the nation’s largest public radio media organization and then still managed to pull down a $2 million payday...

  • It’s happening not just in New York, but all around the country. Protests targeting mosques and Islamic gathering places, similar to those against the proposed Muslim community center near ground zero, are on the rise. Anti-Islamic rhetoric appears to be increasing on blogs, talk radio...

  • Almost everybody has heard about the protests against the mosque and Islamic center planned to be built about two blocks from ground zero in Manhattan. But most people are still unaware that these anti-Muslim political campaigns are spreading throughout our beloved country as a new...

  • Washington (CNN) — It is clearly stated in Article 5 of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights that, “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” Adopted in 1948 by the U.N. General Assembly, in addition...

  • (CNN) — As a global community, we would probably like to believe that our ongoing human experiment has been driven by the enlightened advancement of collective human thought. Because as Mahatma Gandhi said, “I have nothing new to teach the world….Truth and nonviolence are as...

  • (CNN) — Free speech issues and portrayals of Islam needlessly stirred a hornet’s nest recently when “South Park” depicted the Prophet Mohammed disguised in a bear suit in the 200th episode of the popular Comedy Central TV show. But what many people don’t realize is...

  • (CNN) — Within the last month, our country has witnessed two senseless, high-profile acts of criminal violence that would have been labeled terrorism if brown-skinned Arab Muslim men with foreign-sounding names had committed them. Because two white men committed these acts of violence, however, our...

  • In light of the botched Christmas Day airliner bombing aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 en route from Amsterdam to Detroit, the Transportation Security Administration has announced new enhanced “guidelines” requiring airline passengers traveling from (and through) 14 different countries to undergo especially rigorous security screening...