2011 U.S.-Islamic World Forum Held In The U.S.; Many Global Muslim Brotherhood Leaders Attended


The U.S.-Islamic World Forum, sponsored by the Brookings Institution, has reported that it’s 2011 event was held in the US for the first time and included a large number of individuals tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood as well as their supporters including the following persons from outside the US:

  • Anwar Ibrahim (speaker) (Malaysian opposition politician with many ties to the Global Muslim Brotherhood)
  • Farhan Nizami (Director, Oxford Center for Islamic Studies with many ties to the Global Muslim Brotherhood
  • Mustafa Ceric (Grand Mufti of Bosnia, European Council for Fatwa and Research)
  • Jasser Auda (Qatar Foundation, member of multiple U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations)

Leader of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood attending:

  • Ahmed Younis (Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, former Muslim Public Affairs Council)

Founder and President,U.S. government officials tied to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood included:

  • Keith Ellison (speaker) (supported by the Muslim American Society)
  • Dahlia Mogahed (speaker) (Obama Faith Adviser, likely family and other ties to the Muslim Brotherhood)
  • Rashad Hussein (speaker) (US Envoy to the OIC, associated with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood)

U.S. academics known to be sympathetic to the Global Muslim Brotherhood included:

  • Marc Lynch (good relations with Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood)
  • Juan Cole (University of Michigan)
  • Peter Mandaville (George Mason University funded by International Institute of Islamic Thought)

The conference also included prominent and former U.S. politicians, most notably Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator John Kerry, and Zbigniew Brzezinski as well as leaders and scholars from many US think tanks and NGO’s such as the Brookings Institution, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the International Crisis Group.

The forum describes itself as follows:

The U.S.-Islamic World Forum is designed to bring together leaders in the realms of politics, business, media, academia, and civil society from across the Islamic world (including Muslim communities in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East) and the United States. The Forum seeks to serve as both a convening body and catalyst for positive action. Therefore, its focus is not on dialogue just for dialogue’s sake, but on developing actionable agendas for government, civil society, and the private sector.

Previous posts have discussed the 2010, 2009, and 2008 Forums, all held outside the U.S. and which also included many Global Muslim Brotherhood leaders.


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