Arsalan Iftikhar is an international human rights lawyer, global media commentator and author of the book SCAPEGOATS: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies & Threatens Our Freedoms which President Jimmy Carter called “an important book that shows Islamophobia must be addressed urgently.”
Arsalan is also a faculty member at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service where he researches and writes about Islamophobia as a Senior Fellow for The Bridge Initiative. Arsalan has also been an adjunct professor of religious studies at DePaul University and he is also a member of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and Reporters Without Borders. He was also one of 23 judges for the 2017 Roddenberry Fellowship (named after Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry) which awarded $1 million to activists in civil rights, climate change, LGBT and refugee/immigration rights.
Additionally, Arsalan was also awarded the 2013 Distinguished Young Alumni Award from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.
For over a decade, Arsalan has been a regular on-air commentator for National Public Radio (NPR) and he was also named one of the top 12 Muslim Twitter accounts in the world by The Huffington Post in May 2011.
Throughout his career, Arsalan’s interviews have appeared in virtually every major media outlet in the world including: CNN, BBC World News, Al-Jazeera English, The TODAY Show, National Public Radio, FOX News Channel, MSNBC, Associated Press, C-SPAN, Voice of America, Agence France-Presse, USA TODAY, NBC Nightly News, The Washington Post, CBS News, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, TIME, Newsweek, The Economist, ABC News “NIGHTLINE” & NBC News “Meet The Press” (among hundreds more worldwide).
Arsalan’s published columns and written articles have appeared in major publications around the world including: USA TODAY, TIME.com, The Atlantic, CNN.com 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.
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 Arsalan was also quoted extensively in an August 2010 TIME Magazine cover story on Islamophobia in America.
Throughout his career, Arsalan has given keynote speeches and guest lectures at prestigious institutions & global venues around the world including: Harvard University, Stanford University, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, The University of Chicago, Indiana University, Brown University, Cornell University, The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, University of Michigan School of Law, Washington University in St. Louis, The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), The Newseum, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Carter Center, The British Museum in London, the U.S. State Department International Speakers Program and The Aspen Ideas Festival.
In March 2008, Arsalan was one of four international debaters selected to participate in The Doha Debates on BBC World News Television, whose stage has been shared with the likes of Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former United States President Bill Clinton.
Additionally, Arsalan was cast as a Hollywood movie ‘featured extra’ in the October 2008 Warner Brothers spy movie thriller Body of Lies starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe. He was also a contributing author to Keeping Out the Other: A Critical Introduction to Immigration Enforcement Today (Columbia University Press) and Taking Back Islam (Rodale Press); winner of the 2003 Wilbur Communications Award for Religion Book of the Year.
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.