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CAIR Fellowship to Focus on Diversity in Muslim Community

CAIR Fellowship to Focus on Diversity in Muslim Community
First-time award will assist research in field of intra-community outreach

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/1/06) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today announced a joint fellowship designed to help increase appreciation for and understanding of the diversity within the American Muslim community.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is partnering with the Washington-based Qunoot Foundation to offer a fellowship position at CAIR’s Capitol Hill headquarters during the summer of 2006.

“We are pleased to be working with the Qunoot Foundation to explore issues relating to underrepresented and misunderstood segments of the American Muslim community,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.

“The establishment of this fellowship provides a big step towards increasing tolerance and understanding within the American Muslim community,” said Qunoot Foundation Co-Director Mohamed Sabur. “We must continue to celebrate those ties that bind us together as Muslims while cherishing our differences,” said Sabur, a former CAIR intern.

The CAIR/Qunoot Foundation “Diversity and Intra-Community Outreach Fellowship” will be open to students who have shown commitment to the promotion of mutual understanding as well as those with experience in statistical and ethnographic research.

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.

The Qunoot Foundation is a Washington-based community education organization that seeks to provide a platform for Muslim youth to articulate their political, ideological, socioeconomic, ethnic, and gender-related perspectives on both the Shia community and the Muslim community at large.

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:; Mohamed H. Sabur, 763-442-4045, E-Mail:; Zahir Janmohamed, 202-368-8914, E-Mail:


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