M. Zuhdi Jasser
M. Zuhdi Jasser is a former U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander. He is the founder and Chairman of the Board of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy based in Phoenix, Arizona. AIFD seeks to address the central ideological conflict in the war on terror. Dr. Jasser believes that it is essential for devotional Muslims to lead the ideological war against militant Islamism by separating the spiritual from the political in Islam. This movement is based upon establishing the synergy of Americanism and our Constitutional democracy with a pluralistic Islam. A frequent columnist for the Arizona Republic, National Review, and the Washington Times, Dr. Jasser is a nationally recognized speaker and radio and television commentator on the role of moderate American Muslims in leading the war against militant Islamism. Jasser holds an M.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin received on a U.S. Navy Scholarship. His highest military award is the Meritorious Service Medal. He is currently serving as the President of the Arizona Medical Association. He chairs the bioethics committee and teaches nuclear cardiology in a major Phoenix hospital. He has been active in a number of interfaith efforts in Arizona including the founding of a Jewish-Muslim dialogue group called the Children of Abraham. His writings can be found at the website of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy.
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