Nihad Awad

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Nihad Awad is the national executive director and co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, an organization dedicated to the protection of civil rights and the expansion of political capacity for Muslims in North America. After studying civil engineering at the University of Minnesota, Awad became active in American political life. In 1997, he joined the Civil Rights Advisory Panel to the White House Commission on Aviation and Safety and Security, and shortly after September 11, 2001, he was invited by President George W. Bush to join a discussion at the White House on American Muslims' reactions to, and condemnation of, the terrorist attacks. He has also fought to protect the rights of Muslims in the workplace. In 2007, Awad joined 138 prominent Muslims to sign "A Common Word Between Us and You," a letter addressed to Christian leaders in an appeal for peace and cooperation between the two religions.
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