About Arsalan iftikhar
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 also serves as Senior Editor for The Islamic Monthly magazine and is a regular weekly commentator for National Public Radio (NPR) 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 and a member of the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) and Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA).
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 awarded the 2013 Distinguished Young Alumni Award from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.
Arsalan 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 major world religions and he was also quoted extensively in an August 2010 TIME Magazine cover story on Islamophobia in America today.
Over the years, Arsalan’s 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.
In March 2008, Arsalan was one of four international debaters selected to participate in The Doha Debates on BBC World News Television. Every month, The Doha Debates are broadcast to over 300 million people worldwide on BBC World News Television and its stage has been shared with the likes of Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former United States President Bill Clinton. Furthermore, as a September 2008 Christian Science Monitor 9/11 anniversary profile of Arsalan would report about the final voting outcome of the March 2008 Doha Debates on BBC World News Television: “[Arsalan] and his partner won the debate” with a final television audience vote of 70.4% to 29.6%.