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Arasalan Iftikhar presents weekly convocation

April 10, 2015

Founder of ‘TheMuslimGuy.Com,’ Arsalan Iftikhar will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, April 17 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. An international human rights lawyer, global media commentator, and author of the book Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era, Iftikhar has been called Islam’s “It” guy by many in the global media and is a much sought-after interview or commentator for those seeking the American-Muslim perspective. NPR host Michel Martin calls Iftikhar “…the voice of a new era: hip, funny, smart and globally aware” and New York best-selling author Deepak Chopra wrote, “The world needs more Muslim Ghandi’s like Arsalan Iftikhar.”

Entitled “The Future of Islam, Muslims, and the West,” Iftikhar’s presentation is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at

Iftikhar is a prominent figure in the media, and for over seven years he was a regular on-air weekly commentator for the Barbershop segment of NPR’s “Tell Me More.” His 2011, his twitter account (@themuslimguy) was named one of the top 12 Muslim Twitter accounts in the world by The Huffington Post. Iftikhar also serves as Senior Editor for The Islamic Monthly magazine, and his on-the-record interviews, commentaries and analyses have appeared regularly in virtually every major media outlet, along with his published columns and written articles that have appeared in major publications around the world.

To learn more about Arsalan Iftikhar, visit his twitter account: @TheMuslimGuy or his website at: 

Iftikhar has been an adjunct professor of religious studies at DePaul University and also won the 2013 Distinguished Young Alumni Award from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. In March of 2008, Iftikhar was selected to participate as one of four international debaters in The Doha Debates on BBC World Television. These debates were broadcasted to 300 million people across the world. Iftikhar and his partner argued that Muslims are failing to do enough to combat extremism, and they won the debate.

This event is sponsored by the Carleton College Convocations Committee. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4308. The Skinner Memorial Chapel is located at the corner of College and First Streets in Northfield.