Suhail Khan, Senior Fellow for Christian-Muslim Understanding at the Institute for Global Engagement, discusses the letter he co-signed with five other Muslim Republicans that takes his party to task for bashing the “Ground Zero Mosque,” the popular anti-Muslim sentiment that turns traditional Conservatism on its head, why the terrorists win if we abandon the Bill of Rights, how religious bigotry adds credence to al Qaeda’s assertion that the U.S. is at war with Islam, the remarkably-ordinary majority of American Muslims and how activism within the Republican party can effect change.
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Suhail A. Khan is the Senior Fellow for Christian-Muslim Understanding at the Institute for Global Engagement. He is a Washington, DC based attorney and has previously held many government positions. Khan served as Policy Director and Press Secretary for U.S. Congressman Tom Campbell (R-CA) where he worked closely on a variety of legislative initiatives, including religious freedom. More recently, Khan served as a senior political appointee with the Bush administration. He served in the White House Office of Public Liaison assisting in the President’s outreach to various faith communities. Khan also served as Assistant to the Secretary for Policy under U.S. Secretary Mary Peters at the U.S. Department of Transportation. While at the Department of Transportation, Khan was awarded the Secretary’s Team Award in 2005 and the Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement in 2007.
Khan serves on the boards of the American Conservative Union, the Islamic Free Market Institute, the Muslim Public Service Network, the Indian American Republican Council, and on the Buxton Initiative Advisory Council. He has spoken venues such as the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the Council for National Policy (CNP), the Harbour League, and the National Press Club. He has written opinion pieces for various publications including the Washington Post/Newsweek Forum On Faith.
He was born in Boulder, Colorado to parents who emigrated to the United States from southern India. Khan is the oldest of five children, grew up in California, earned his high school diploma from St. Lawrence Academy, a private Catholic college preparatory school in Santa Clara, in 1987. He earned a B.A. in political science from University of California at Berkeley in 1991 and a J.D. from University of Iowa in 1995.