Islam & Muslims as American Political Footballs

A public Lecture by Arsalan Iftikhar, International Human Rights Lawyer and Founder of

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Women’s Building Formal Lounge Washington University in St. Louis

One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130

Arsalan Iftikhar is an international human rights lawyer, global media commentator, founder of, and author of the book Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era. Arsalan is also a regular weekly commentator for National Public Radio (NPR) and contributing writer for publications like and Esquire Magazine (Middle East edition) on domestic and international issues affecting our world 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:, 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.

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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