Hussein Ibish

Hussein Ibish

Hussein Yusuf Kamal Ibish was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1963. He has a Ph.D in Comparative literature from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is active in advocacy for Arab causes in the United States. He describes himself as an agnostic from the Muslim community, working to reform Islam.


Ibish comes from an academic background. His father, Yusuf Ibish, studied at Harvard University's Department of Government in the 1950s and was on the faculty of the American University of Beirut as a scholar of Islam.


Ibish attended Emerson College and earned a bachelor of science in mass communications in 1986.Fact|date=May 2007 He later attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature in February 2002. [ [ Dissertation: Nationalism as an Ethical Problem for Postcolonial Theory. Chair: Dr. David Lenson.] ]


*Senior Fellow at the [ American Task Force on Palestine]
*Executive Director of the [ Hala Salaam Maksoud Foundation for Arab-American Leadership] .
*Communications Director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), 1998-2004
*Vice-President of the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom. 2001-2004
*Washington Correspondent, Daily Star, Beirut
*Teaching Assistant, African-American Studies Dept., UMass, Amherst. Afro-Am 236: History of the Civil Rights Movement, September 1996 - December 1997.
*Editor, The Voice, Fall 1993 - Spring 1995; Spring 1997.
*Graduate Intern, Bilingual Collegiate Program, UMass, Amherst, Sept. 1992 - May 1993.

Ibish was a founding member of the Progressive Muslim Union but later resigned [ [ Progressive Muslim Union:Three founding members resign] ] .


Dedicated Service Award, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, 2004.

Best TV Spokesperson for the Arab Cause, the New York Press, 2003.

Arab-American of the Year, 2002, Arab-American Community Center forEconomic and Social Services in Ohio (AACCESS, Ohio).


* ['Hate%20Crimes%20and%20Discrimination%20against%20Arab%20Americans%2019982000' Hate Crimes and Discrimination against Arab Americans 1998-2000] (ADC, 2001) and * ['Hate%20Crimes%20and%20Discrimination%20against%20Arab%20Americans%202001' Sept. 11, 2001-Oct. 11, 2002] (ADC, 2003)
*"At the Constitution's Edge: Arab Americans and Civil Liberties in the United States" in [ States of Confinement] (St. Martin's Press, 2000), *"Anti-Arab Bias in American Policy and Discourse" in [ Race in 21st Century America] (Michigan State University Press, 2001)
*“Race and the War on Terror,” in [ Race and Human Rights] (Michigan State University Press, 2005) and Symptoms of Alienation: How Arab and American Media View Each Other“ in [,2091,199,00.html?type=EN “Arab Media in the Information Age] (ECSSR, 2005).
* [ “The Palestinian Right of Return”] (ADC, 2001) and "The Media and the New Intifada" in [ The New Intifada] (Verso, 2001).
*Editor, [ Principles and Pragmatism] (ATFP, 2006).

*Numerous Op-eds in newspapers and magazines including the Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, Arab American News, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Newsday, Lexington Herald Leader (Kentucky), The San Diego Union-Tribune, Milwaukee Journal, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, The Washington Post, Detroit Free Press, Dallas Morning News,The Record,Sunday Gazette-Mail, The Boston Globe, The Houston Chronicle, and The Nation.

Invited talks and debates

Numerous invited talks, lectures and debates at colleges and universities, including Yale Law School, Harvard Business School, Princeton, Georgetown, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, New School for Social Research, North Carolina State, and many other American universities, as well as the University of Costa Rica. Keynote presentations at the Race in 21st Century America: A 3rd National Conference, Michigan State University, East Lansing (2003) and the National Convention of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (2003). Addressed the 7th Annual National Latina/o Law Student Conference, Nuestro Deber: Our Duty to Empower Our Communities, (2003), and numerous Arab-American student conferences.

Twice addressed the National Association of Attorneys General Annual Spring Meeting (2002, 2004). Addressed the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, the Nixon Library, and the Unity National Journalists of Color Conference (2004). Interviewed live on stage by Charlie Rose at the Rising Tide Summit III (2000). Invitedparticipant at the first US-Islamic World Conference hosted by the Brookings Institute and the Qatari Foreign Ministry in Doha, Qatar (2004). Panelist at Nation Institute forum Patriot Games: Civil Liberties After September 11, moderated by Phil Donahue; panelists also included Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Molly Ivins, Nadine Strossen, and Elaine Jones.

Many talks and presentations broadcast on C-Span television, including a National Press Club Newsmaker Press Conference (The condition of Arab-Americans Post September 11, November 20, 2001). Newsmaker press conferences are by invitation of the Press Club itself.


External links

* [ Q&A - Hussein Ibish by Judith LeBlanc (Colorlines)]
* [ Ibish Responds to Daniel Pipes in New York Post]
* [ Ibish vs. Jerry Falwell on CNN's Crossfire]
* [ Arab-Americans after 9/11: Hussein Ibish (USA Today)]
* [ What went wrong in Arab world? America, ask yourself (LA Times)]
* [ The Israel Shamir Case]
* [ The Shoney's Incident: Determine the Truth Behind False Alarm]
* [ CNN CROSSFIRE - Israel Retaliates to Suicide Bombing by Invading Arafat Compound]
* [ The Cunning of Con-sensus]
* [ Erudition as dead-end: Hina Azam and the perils of legal dogmatism]
* [ Kamal Nawash's Very, Very Strange Bedfellows]
* [ New Muslim Groups: the Ugly, the Bad and the Good]
* [ Why We Are Launching a Progressive Muslim Union]
* [ War in Iraq: Arab View With Hussein Ibish (Washington]
* [ Ibish/Herschensohn Debate at Nixon Library Challenges Outdated Israeli Myths]
* [ Media watchdog Ibish visits UM-D to speak against Iraq war]
* [ Hate Crimes by Lynn Neary All Things Considered, November 26, 2002]
* [ Target Terrorism: Forcing Suspects to Talk (CNN CROSSFIRE)]
* [ The Insane Rubbish of Hussein Ibish]
* [ Hussein Ibish: U.S. Arabs' Firebrand]
* [ Media: He Can't Pay for a Cab]
* [ Newsweek's "Periscope" Gets It Wrong]
* [ The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee: Betrayers of Arabs and Americans alike]

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