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CAIR Launches ‘American Muslim Legacy’ Photo Project

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful


Call for digital images designed to document Islam in America

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/6/07) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today announced the launch of the “American Muslim Legacy Project,” a digital publishing initiative designed to collect and preserve images of American Muslim life and history.

The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group is seeking photographs that depict the American Muslim experience and will ultimately offer the images in an online database as an educational resource. CAIR will collect images that depict Islam’s long history in America, the diversity of the American Muslim community, Muslim contributions to society, and Islamic religious practices.

“The American Muslim community has a rich and multifaceted history that needs to be documented and preserved,” CAIR Communication Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed.

Ahmed added that the initiative is also designed to identify and recognize talented Muslim photographers.

The project is open to both amateur and professional photographers. Photos must be sent to CAIR in an electronic format with descriptive captions detailing the subject and time period of the pictures. Any submission must be free of copyright restrictions and will become the property of CAIR. (See Below: CAIR “American Muslim Legacy Project” Submission Rules)

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail:



Submit a digital or scanned photograph in any of the categories below:

1. American Muslim History
2. Diversity of the American Muslim Community
3. Muslims Making a Difference
4. Muslim Daily Life and Religious Practices

The project is open to both amateur and professional photographers. There is no limit to how many images may be submitted. Photos must be sent to CAIR in electronic format.

For all photo submissions:

1. Specify the category the pictures fall under in the e-mail subject line.
2. Send only .JPG images less than 5 megabytes in size. Photos must be at least at 300 dpi and at least 5″ x 7″ (12 cm x 18 cm).
3. Send photos as attachments to the e-mail rather than embedded within the body. Only attach one (1) photo per e-mail submitted.
4. Include contact information (name, phone, fax, e-mail, address) and detailed information about when and where the photo was taken.
5. Cut and paste the following disclaimer in the e-mail:

“I certify that I am the author or sole owner of the material I am submitting to CAIR. I agree that the submitted photograph becomes the property of CAIR. CAIR may reproduce, distribute, publish, display, edit, modify, create derivative works and otherwise use the material for any purpose in any form and on any media. I agree to indemnify CAIR for all damages and expenses that may be incurred in connection with the material.”

6. A signature is required from a parent or legal guardian for those under the age of 18.

Not all pictures will be used.

All submissions must be e-mailed to:


Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
Fax: 202-488-0833


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