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CAIR Joins Capitol Hill Panel on Islam in U.S. Politics

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/7/08) – A representative of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) recently took part in a roundtable discussion on “Islam in American Politics” at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
CAIR’s Nihad Awad joined former Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia, Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), Dalia Mogahed of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, and John Esposito, founding director of Georgetown’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the event, which was designed to “deepen the dialogue” on critical religious and political issues. Other panelists included Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners ministries and magazine, and Ari Gordon, assistant director of interreligious affairs for the American Jewish Committee.
The discussion was sponsored by the World Economic Forum and Georgetown University, and was moderated by Sally Quinn, Washington Post journalist and founder of the “On Faith” blog. It marked the official U.S. launch of the first “Islam and the West: Annual Report on the State of Dialogue.” That report found that majorities around the world believe that violent conflict between the West and the Muslim world can be avoided.
SEE: Islam and American Politics: Deepening the Dialogue
Panelists addressed topics including how Islam is emerging in the 2008 presidential campaign and positive examples of dialogue and coalition-building that bring Muslims and Americans of other faiths together around shared positive agendas.
“We thank the World Economic Forum and Georgetown University for sponsoring this important event and for helping to show that the majority of people of all faiths seeks peace and mutual understanding,” said CAIR’s Awad.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 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.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail:; CAIR Strategic Communications Director Ahmed Rehab, 202-870-0166, E-Mail:


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