Arsalan Iftikhar

Arsalan Iftikhar
Arsalan Iftikhar
Senior Fellow, ACMCU

Senior Fellow, Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding

Arsalan is an international human rights lawyer and scholar. His most recent book is SCAPEGOATS: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies & Threatens Our Freedoms, which President Jimmy Carter called “an important book that shows Islamophobia must be addressed urgently.” Arsalan is a regular on-air commentator for National Public Radio (NPR) and his interviews regularly appear on prominent global media outlets like CNN, Al-Jazeera English, BBC World News, The Economist, New York Times, Rolling Stone, NBC News “Meet The Press” and many more.

A native of Chicago, Arsalan was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Young Alumni Award from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where he received both his undergraduate and law degrees.

Areas of Expertise: International Human Rights, International Law

  • J.D. (2003) Washington University in St. Louis
  • B.A. (1999)Washington University in St. Louis


  • Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies & Hurts Our Freedoms (Skyhorse Publishing, 2016)
  • Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era (September 2011)
  • Keeping Out the Other: A Critical Introduction to Immigration Enforcement Today (Columbia University Press), Contributing author.
  • Taking Back Islam: American Muslims Reclaim Their Faith (Rodale Press), Contributing author: Winner of 2003 Wilbur Communications Award for ‘Religion Book of the Year’