I was fortunate to be able to interview friend and NPR barbershop alum Arsalan Ifkitar about his new book “Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post Ossama Era”. Arsalan Iftikhar is an international human rights lawyer, global media commentator 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 CNN.com and Esquire Magazine (Middle East edition) on domestic and international issues affecting our world today. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University in suburban Washington DC.
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.
Arsalan has taken on the ardous task of explaining brown people to CNN and Fox and explain Americans to Al Jazeera. His first book brings the conversation full circle as he is talking about American and Muslims who are contributing to Islamophobia as well as those helping to use pacifist methods to bring about peace and understanding. His book goes into the history of Islamic pacifism, highlighting leaders from the modern Muslim landscape, and those who predate Ghandi, Dr. King and other modern examples of pacifism. In this interview Arslan explain the very deliberate title “Islamic Pacifism” designed to capture attention because of the knee jerk reaction to “muslim” and “pacifist” is a paradox. Listen to the interview and catch up on the conflict of our time, that is in no way (contrary to popular belief) a clash of civilizations.