Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in a Post-Osama Era
  • The world needs more Muslim Gandhi’s like Arsalan Iftikhar...” - Deepak Chopra

    New York Times Best-Seller and
    Author of Muhammad: A Story of the Last Prophet

  • Arsalan Iftikhar gives voice to the vast majority of Muslims...who see violence as an abomination and a sacrilege...” - Eugene Robinson

    Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for The Washington Post
    and author of Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America

  • A beautiful and profound book from one of the most important young intellectuals in America today.” - Peter Beinart

    Senior Political Writer for The Daily Beast and
    author of The Icarus Syndrome

  • Arsalan Iftikhar is the voice of a new era: hip, funny, smart and globally aware...” - Michel Martin

    National Public Radio Host (NPR) of
    Tell Me More with Michel Martin

  • A must-read for Muslims and non-Muslims alike...” - Dr. John Esposito

    Professor of Religion at Georgetown University
    and author of The Future of Islam

  • The Islamic world needs more ambassadors like Arsalan Iftikhar...” - Tim Sebastian

    Chairman and Host of The Doha Debates on
    BBC World News Television

About
the author

  • Clearly for many in the media, Arsalan Iftikhar became Islam's ‘It guy,’ a sought-after interview or commentator for those seeking the American-Muslim perspective...” - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • ...the Muslim Stephanopoulos... Our Paul Revere...” - U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN)
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Arsalan Iftikhar is an international human rights lawyer, global media commentator, and founder of TheMuslimGuy.com. Additionally, Arsalan is also a regular weekly legal affairs/political commentator for the National Public Radio (NPR) show Tell Me More with Michel Martin and a contributing writer for CNN.com and Esquire Magazine (Middle East edition).

In May 2011, Arsalan was named one of the top 12 Muslim Twitter accounts in the world by The Huffington Post and he was also a featured interview for a December 2012 ABC News documentary called "Back to the Beginning" by Emmy-award winning journalist Christiane Amanpour on the shared origins of the major world religions today.

Over the years, his on-the-record interviews, commentaries and analyses have regularly appeared in virtually every major media outlet around the world including: CNN, BBC World News, Al-Jazeera English, The TODAY Show, National Public Radio (NPR), FOX News Channel, MSNBC, Associated Press, C-SPAN, Voice of America (VOA), Agence France-Presse (AFP), USA TODAY, NBC Nightly News, The Washington Post, ABC World News Tonight, Los Angeles Times, CBS News Up to the Minute, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, TIME, The Economist and Newsweek magazines (among dozens others worldwide).

Arsalan's published columns and written articles have appeared in major publications around the world including: CNN.com, USA TODAY, Esquire Magazine (Middle East edition), Houston Chronicle, Detroit Free Press, The Providence Journal, San Diego Union-Tribune, Charlotte Observer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kansas City Star, Miami Herald, The Jakarta Post and many more publications around the world.

Additionally, Arsalan was cast as a Hollywood movie ‘featured extra’ in the Warner Brothers spy movie thriller Body of Lies (October 2008) starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe. He was also a contributing author to Keeping Out the Other (Columbia University Press) and Taking Back Islam (Rodale Press); winner of the 2003 Wilbur Communications Award for Religion Book of the Year. In August 2011, he was also invited to join The British Council’s ‘Our Shared Future’ Opinion Leaders Network - a transatlantic network of opinion leaders and scholars whose work and ideas contribute constructively to the public conversation on relations between Muslims and non-Muslims around the world. In 2006, the French Ambassador to the United States personally named Arsalan to the Personnalites d’Avenir (Personalities of the Future) World Leader Program in Paris sponsored by the French Foreign Ministry.

Arsalan graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1999 and received his law doctorate from Washington University School of Law in 2003. A native of Chicago, he specializes in international human rights law and is licensed to practice law in Washington DC.

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What people
are saying

  • The world needs more Muslim Gandhi’s like Arsalan Iftikhar, who calls for a pacifist antidote to the toxic pathologies of Islamist extremism and the racist xenophobia that sometimes masquerades as the ‘answer’ to the problem of terrorism. In his book Islamic Pacifism, Arsalan Iftikhar systematically tackles both of these dangerous ideologies and proposes, instead, a new global movement based on peaceful coexistence that is firmly rooted within the framework of modern Islam. - Deepak Chopra

    New York Times Best-Seller and
    Author of Muhammad: A Story of the Last Prophet

  • This book Islamic Pacifism should be required reading for anyone tempted to equate the real Islam with the atrocities committed by unholy zealots in the name of one of the world’s great religions. Arsalan Iftikhar gives voice to the vast majority of Muslims, here and around the world, who see violence as an abomination and a sacrilege. His important book is a clarion call for religious tolerance, one of the principles on which this nation was founded. - Eugene Robinson

    Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for The Washington Post
    and author of Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America

  • A beautiful and profound book from one of the most important young intellectuals in America today. - Peter Beinart

    Professor at City University of New York,
    Senior Political Writer at The Daily Beast and Author of The Icarus Syndrome

  • Arsalan Iftikhar is the voice of a new era: hip, funny, smart and globally aware. In his first book, he adds deep reporting and sharp analysis to an argument for Islamic Pacifism- telling us in his own inimitable style- what he and other Muslims are doing to advance the cause of peace, and how non-Muslims can support them in their cause. - Michel Martin

    National Public Radio (NPR) Host of
    Tell Me More with Michel Martin

  • Islamic Pacifism is a ‘must read’ for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Arsalan Iftikhar’s masterful book offers an engaging, often riveting and thought-provoking argument for a Muslim pacifist path; a firmly-rooted Islamic alternative to religious extremism, global terrorism and Islamophobic racism and violence. - Dr. John L. Esposito

    Professor of Religion & International Affairs at Georgetown University
    and author of The Future of Islam

  • After the death of Osama Bin Laden, this book is the reality check for which we in the international community have been waiting. In Islamic Pacifism, the voice of a prominent global Muslim commentator offers a way forward for his community and for everyone who wants to live in peace. This is not the book of a weak and dreamy ‘pacifist’ - on the contrary, it is a focused and self-critical appraisal of what needs fixing, written with compassion and offered in friendship. The Islamic world needs more ambassadors like Arsalan Iftikhar. - Tim Sebastian

    Chairman and Host of The Doha Debates on
    BBC World News Television

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Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in a Post-Osama Era

With the tragic rise of extremism and global racism around the world today, the sociopolitical philosophy of ‘Islamic Pacifism’ is a humanitarian ethical platform rooted within the general concepts of nonviolence and basic Muslim ethical teachings of mercy and compassion towards all of humanity.

From the global Muslim response to September 11 to analyzing the concept of ‘The Golden Rule’ within Islamic tradition to highlighting the contributions of historical Muslim pacifist giants from our recent past, this book ‘Islamic Pacifism’ shall offer young girls and boys of all colors and religions around the world a nonviolent antidote to many of our shared social and political issues affecting our globe today.

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