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CAIR Offers Condolences on Passing of Arab-American Leader Dr. Clovis Maksoud

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, .D.C, 5/19/2016) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered condolences to the family and loved ones of diplomat and Arab-American community leader Dr. Clovis Maksoud, who died May 15 at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., at the age of 90.

Maksoud served as the ambassador of the Arab League to the U.S. and the United Nations and helped found American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). He also founded the Center for the Study of the Global South at American University in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Maksoud authored a number of books on Arab politics and identity, including “The Crisis of the Arab Left†and “The Arab Image. He was a passionate spokesperson for the Palestinian cause.

Dr. Maksoud’s funeral will be held today at Sts. Peter & Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Potomac, Md.


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,

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