BREAKING NEWS: Obama Faith Adviser To Head New Abu Dhabi Gallup Center

Dalia Mogahed

The Emirates News Agency has reported that Dalia Mogahed, an Obama Administration faith advisor, will be heading a new center for social research and analysis in Abu Dhabi to be called the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center (ADGC). According to the report:

The Court of Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Gallup, the world’s leading public opinion research firm, today announced their partnership to create an independent center for social research and analysis in Abu Dhabi. Building on Gallup’s seminal work in the field of Muslim studies, the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center (ADGC) will offer unmatched research on the attitudes and aspirations of Muslims around the world. In addition to its worldwide scope, the ADGC will invest in the specific priorities of its regional base and present innovative analysis and insights on the most important societal challenges facing the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The ADGC is a product of both Abu Dhabi’s and Gallup’s commitment to rigorous research and scholarship on some of the most crucial issues facing the world. Abu Dhabi’s dedication to science, cultural dialogue, and education makes it a natural champion for this important work. Gallup’s unique expertise in global public opinion makes it the ideal partner. In addition, the Center’s base in Abu Dhabi allows Gallup research to expand and deepen its reach into this vibrant and pivotal region. Underscoring Gallup’s commitment to the partnership, the executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies (GCMS), Dalia Mogahed, will head this new initiative as ADGC director in Abu Dhabi. Mogahed co-authored the groundbreaking book ”Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think” with John Esposito. Additionally, several Gallup analysts will relocate to Abu Dhabi to build the new institution, while the GCMS will continue to operate in Washington, D.C….The ADGC will open its doors in the fall of 2010 and serve as a resource-rich hub for policy makers, thought leaders, and global media. In addition to its groundbreaking research studies, the ADGC will offer briefings, workshops, and seminars around the region and the globe based on the Center’s in-depth research.

According to GMBDW research, Ms. Mogahed was born in Egypt and lived in the U.S. since the age of 5. She is the daughter of Elsayed Mogahed, an Egyptian immigrant who is a former engineering scientist at the University of Wisconsin and director of the Islamic Center of Madison (ICM). The website of the ICM links mainly to U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations and Souheil Ghannouchi, the President of the MAS was ICM Imam and President for several years. In 2003, Ms. Mogahed was  identified in 2003 as the Outreach Coordinator for the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh (ICP) whose co-founder recently lost a DOE security clearance and whose Imam will probably be deported on immigration violations. Ms. Mogahed is currently the executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies that also includes Georgetown University academic Dr. John Esposito and she also co-authored a book with Dr. Esposito suggesting that majority of the world’s Muslims support some form of democracy. Dr. Esposito, in turn, is a long-time supporter of the global Muslim Brotherhood , has espoused views consistent with Brotherhood doctrine, and has at least a dozen past or present affiliations with global Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas organizations.

Ms. Mogahed was appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in April 2009.

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