prof-mazrui(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/13/14) — The board and staff of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered sincere condolences on the death at age 81 of the internationally-respected Kenyan academic Prof. Ali Mazrui.

Dr. Mazrui, a professor at Binghamton University in New York, was perhaps best known in the United States for his role in the ground-breaking 1980s BBC television series “The Africans – a Triple Heritage” that outlined the Western, Islamic and indigenous influences on that continent.

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“To God we belong and to Him we return,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Dr. Mazrui was a force in helping shape many American Muslim institutions, including as a member of CAIR’s board of advisors. His wisdom and scholarship will be missed.”

“Dr. Mazrui’s lifetime of leading academic work made him a key intellectual bridge-builder in North America and worldwide,” said CAIR National Board Chair Roula Allouch.

Along with being a member of CAIR’s board of advisors, Dr. Mazrui spoke at past CAIR events.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-341-4171,

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