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CAIR Welcomes Dr. Abbas Barzegar as New Director of Research and Advocacy

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/29/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim advocacy and civil rights organization, today welcomed Dr. Abbas Barzegar as its new Director of the Department of Research and Advocacy to spearhead CAIR’s efforts in documenting Islamophobia across the cultural and political landscape.

He will also develop CAIR’s research programming infrastructure through strategic engagement with local chapters, non-profit allies, and universities.

“We welcome Dr. Barzegar to the CAIR team as we are expanding our staff and resources to meet the unprecedented challenges facing the American Muslim community and our society,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

Dr. Barzegar graduated from Emory University in 2010 in the field of Religious Studies and brings years of applied research experience with recognized expertise in American Muslim history, transnational Muslim civil society and intra-faith relations.

His work has been supported by the European Union, The British Council, the US Institute of Peace (USIP), the Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).

Dr. Barzegar’s commentary and analysis may be found in a variety of print and broadcast media outlets, including CNN, Fox News, The Guardian, Huffington Post, and Aljazeera. He also maintains professional research affiliations with Georgetown University’s Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Studies and George Mason University’s Ali Vurak Center for Global Islamic Studies.  

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Manager Naaz Modan, 202-748-4319,


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