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Feisal Abdul Rauf


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Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is a co-founder and chairman of the board of the Cordoba Initiative, founder of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, and a member of the Council of 100 Leaders (C-100) on West-Islamic World Dialogue. He served as imam of Masjid al-Farah in New York City from 1983 to 2009. A prolific author, Rauf’s books include Moving the Mountain: Beyond Ground Zero to a New Vision of Islam in America (2012) and What's Right with Islam is What's Right with America (2005). In 2010, Abdul Rauf proposed building Park51, an Islamic community center and mosque located blocks away from Ground Zero, but the ensuing controversy eventually led to the project's cancellation. In 2013 he was accused of embezzling donations for the center's construction; the donor later dropped the lawsuit. He is a recipient of the Alliance for International Conflict Prevention and Resolution's yearly Alliance and Peacebuilder Award.