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Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf
Imam, American Muslim leader, teacher, commentator, author

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is founder of the ASMA Society. A leading Islamic thinker and author of "What's Right with Islam: a New Vision for Muslims and the West.", he is the imam of Masjid Al-Farah in New York. The ASMA Society, founded in 1997 in New York City, is an Islamic cultural and educational organization dedicated to fostering an American-Muslim identity and building bridges between American Muslims and the American public. ASMA's philosophical objective is to strengthen an American expression of Islam based on tolerance and on cultural and religious harmony and to foster an environment in which Muslims can thrive within a pluralistic society without compromising their essential values and beliefs. Born in Kuwait of Egyptian ancestry, Imam Abdul Rauf was educated in England, Egypt, Malaysia and the United States, and is a graduate of Columbia University in New York. He speaks Arabic, English and Malay/Indonesian.

Imam Abdul Rauf is also the architect of the Cordoba Initiative, an offshoot of the ASMA Society dedicated to improving relations between the Muslim world, the West, and America. He is a member of the World Economic Forum and has appeared on CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, and the BBC. He is the author of "Islam: A Search for Meaning," in which he defines Islam as the universal religion that goes beyond the cultural settings of the Prophet Muhammad, and "Islam: A Sacred Law, What Every Muslim Should Know About the Shari'ah."

Imam Abdul-Rauf is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Islamic Center of New York, and of the Interfaith Center of New York.

He lectures regularly at Synagogues, Churches and Mosques, and on radio and television programs in the United States and abroad.
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