“Inspiring, honest, and insightful, Moving the Mountain crosses the bridge from East to West and demonstrates the vital role that American Muslims can play in strengthening the voice of religious moderation across the world. Imam Feisal eloquently reminds us that women’s rights, religious harmony, and equality are core values embedded in Islam, and he challenges us to confidently embrace that mandate today.”

– Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein of Jordan

Books by Imam Feisal

Defining Islamic Statehood: Measuring and Indexing Contemporary Muslim States (Palgrave, 2015).

Moving the Mountain: A New Vision of Islam in America (Freepress, 2012).

What’s Right with Islam Is What’s Right with America (HarperCollins, 2005).

Islam: A Sacred Law (Threshold Books, 2000).

Islam: A Search for Meaning (Mazda Publishers, 1996).

Quran for Children (Kazi Publications, 1985).

Academic Writing

“Justification & Theory of Sharia Law: How the American Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and Constitution are Consistent with Islamic Jurisprudence” University of St. Thomas Law (2010).

“Why Islamism should be Renamed.” Debating Islamism: Essays and Critical Responses on Islamic Extremism Atlanta: Emory University, 2008. ed. Martin, Richard C.

“The End of Barbarism: The Phenomenon of Torture and the Search for Common Good”  Pursuing the Global Common Good: Principle and Practice in US Foreign Policy. Washington, DC: Center for American Progress. 2007. with Schulz, William F., ed. by Steenland, Sally, et al. Video

“What is Sunni Islam?” in Voices of Islam: Voices of Tradition, vol. 1 of 3, ed. Cornell, Vincent J. Westport: Praeger. 2007.

Fitzgerald, Michael Oren and Fitzgerald, Judith. “Introduction”. The Universal Spirit of Islam: From the Qur’an and Hadith. New York: World Wisdom (March, 2006).

“What is Islamic Law?” Mercer Law Review (2006).

Press Articles and Op-Eds

“Mercy and Compassion” Op-Ed in The Huffington Post (June 21, 2016).

“Searching for Teddy” Op-Ed in The Huffington Post (June 10, 2016).

“On Greatness and The Greatest” Op-Ed in The Huffington Post (June 9, 2016).

“Houston Should Rise above Politician-stoked Fear” Op-Ed in The Houston Chronicle (March 4, 2016).

“What Would Work in Syria?” Op-Ed in The Huffington Post (February 10, 2016).

“Belief in Islam—and America” Op-Ed in the Observer (December 11, 2015).

“Republicans Should Be Targeting Muslim Voters, Not Demonizing Them” Op-Ed in The Huffington Post (September 25, 2015).

“Pope Francis and an Appeal to Our Higher Angels” Op-Ed in The Huffington Post (September 16, 2015).

“Ramadan and the Blending of American Muslims” Op-Ed in The Huffington Post (June 23, 2015).

“The Power of Muslim-Jewish Musical Bridges” Op-Ed in The Huffington POst (May 27, 2015).

“Building Bridges from Muslims to non-Muslims, in Cleveland and The World” Op-Ed on (April 19, 2015).

“Every Little Bit Helps” Op-Ed in The Huffington Post (April 1, 2015).

“After Charlie Hebdo massacre, Muslims must reject violence, and governments must correct course” Op-Ed in The New York Daily News (January 11, 2015).

“Rebranding the ‘Islamic State'” Op-Ed in The Huffington Post (September 5, 2014).

“Substance over Form, Intent over Law” Part Two of Two-Part Op-Ed in The Malaysian Star (August 20, 2014).

“To Wear the Scarf or not to Wear the Scarf?” Part One of Two-Part Op-Ed in The Malaysian Star (August 19, 2014).

“Hudud with Harmony” Fifth and final article in Op-Ed series for The Malaysian Star (July 28, 2014).

“Getting Consensus on Hudud” Fourth article in Op-Ed series for The Malaysian Star (July 21, 2014).

“Hudud: Punishment or Goals?” Third article in Op-Ed series for The Malaysian Star (July 14, 2014).

“Hudud: Mandatory or Maximum?” Second article in Op-Ed series for The Malaysian Star (July 7, 2014).

“Will Hudud Make a State more Islamic?” First article in Op-Ed series for The Malaysian Star (June 30, 2014).

“Protecting Islam By Telling the Truth” The Huffington Post (May 12, 2014).

“Najib, Obama, and Legacy 370” The Star Online (April 19, 2014).

“Marathon Bombing Anniversary Demands Interfaith Response” The Huffington Post (April 15, 2014).

“God’s Compassion in a Calamity” The Star Online (March 12, 2014).

“True Islam Can Stop Extremism” The Richmond TImes-Dispatch (November 24, 2013).

“Having Faith in Peace” The Baltimore Sun (October 1, 2013).

“What’s at Stake in Syria Response? Human Life and America’s Credibility” The Washington Post (September 6, 2013).

“Our Opportunity to Reject Extremism” The Commercial Appeal (February 21, 2013).

“Mohamed Morsi’s Power Grab Violates Sharia” The Daily Beast (December 2, 2012).

“Our History of Religious Intolerance Must Come to an End” (with Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Reverend Gary Hall) The Huffington Post (November 30, 2012).

“US Muslims Squarely in the Mainstream” Tampa Bay Times (October 8, 2012).

“Discovering Faith: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf” Saratoga Wire (September 22, 2012).

“Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf: ‘Let The Global Movement of Moderates Rise'” The Daily Beast (September 20, 2012).

“A Test for Religious Moderates” Times Union (September 13, 2012).

“Muslims in Pakistan, Show Compassion and Justice” CNN (August 26, 2012).

“Islam Key to Afghan Dream” (with Daisy Khan) CNN (July 11, 2012).

“In Muslim Nations, Democracy will Eventually Prevail” The Detroit Free Press (July 5, 2012).

“Debating the War on Women” Foreign Policy (April 25, 2012).

“In this Election Year, Let There be Tolerance” Minneapolis StarTribune (February 7, 2012).

“Gradually, There will be an American Form of Islam” Malaysian Star (November 15, 2011).

“America and Muslims Must Grow Together” Detroit Free Press (November 10, 2011).

“Immigrant Faiths, US Change Each Other” Philadelphia Inquirer (October 30, 2011).

“The Modern Arab State” New York Times (October 5, 2011).

“A More Important Question Than a Piece of Real Estate” The Hindu (September 10, 2011).

“A Call to All Religious Moderates” Wall Street Journal (September 10, 2011).

“From 9/11 to the Arab Spring: What Americans now know about Muslims” Washington Post (September 8, 2011).

“Building on Faith” New York Times (September 7, 2010).

“Need for some cultural sensitivity” Newsweek/Washington Post On Faith Website (May 12, 2010).

“Using Qur’anic Narratives in Pursuit of Peace”  Common Ground News Service (March 4, 2010).

“Putting the faith back”  Newsweek/Washington Post On Faith Website (December 30, 2009).

“Religion must be part of the Afghanistan solution”  Newsweek/Washington Post On Faith Website (October 12, 2009).

“Sharing the core of our beliefs”  Common Ground News Service (March 31, 2009).

“Religious organisations are key to Mideast peace”  Common Ground News Service (March 5, 2009).

“Preventing Chaos”  Newsweek/Washington Post On Faith Website (March 9, 2008).

“Early Warning System for Xenophobia” On Faith: A Conversation on Religion with John Meacham and Sally Quinn. Washington Post (March 5, 2008).

“Archbishop of Canterbury was Right” On Faith: A Conversation on Religion with John Meacham and Sally Quinn. Washington Post (February 8, 2008).

“Asceticism in Islam”  Cross Currents, Winter, 2008, (vol. 57 No. 4) ed. by Pederson, Kusumita.

“The Ideals We Share”  Newsweek (July 31, 2007).

“Al-Qaeda’s Greatest Fear may be US Leaving Iraq” Aspen Times (October 11, 2006).

“Al-Qaeda’s Greatest Fear may be US Leaving Iraq” Aspen Times (October 11, 2006), with Bennett, John.

“Arab Reform Final Report”, New York: Council on Foreign Relations (2005), with Albright, Madeleine, et al.

“Bringing Muslim Nations into the Global Century”  Fortune (October 18, 2004).


“Build a Mosque Like Swiss Cheese” Jyllands-Posten (December 23, 2012).

“Imam behind ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ calls for peaceful pilgrimage to Israel” Haaretz (December 30, 2011).

“Imam Behind Ground Zero Mosque Says Islamic, American Values Similar” Detroit Free Press (November 17, 2011).

“The Man Behind the Mosque” PBS (September 27, 2011).

“The Interview Issue, Imam Feisal” Newsweek (December 23, 2010).

“Bridging Muslim Cultural Gaps” Aziza Magazine (May, 2008).

“The Cross and the Crescent” Foreign Policy (September, 2006).

“What are the Fundamentals of Islam?” FrontLine (March, 2002).

Lectures, Speeches, and Statements

Imam Feisal’s Statement on the Demise of Osama bin Laden (May 2, 2011)

Presidential Lecture Remarks: Jakarta, Indonesia (November 5, 2010).

8th Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue: Raising the New Generation with a Foundation of values and Tradition: Religious Perspective, Doha, Qatar (October 19-21, 2010)

Invitation by Embassy of Kazakhstan: Speaker at World Forum of Spiritual Culture, Astana, Kazakhstan (October 17-19, 2010).

Young Presidents Organization: Speaker at YPO Conference on Interfaith Dialogue, Amman, Jordon (October 10-16, 2010).

Invitation from Madeline Albright: Speaker at Aspen Ministers Forum, Madrid, Spain (October 1-3, 2010).

US State Department International Speaker Program (DOS/IIP)

– Doha, Qatar (August 24-28, 2010)

– Manama, Bahrain (August 19-24, 2010)

– United Arab Emirates (August 13-19, 2010)

“A Charge to Intersections.” Installation of Rev. Robert Chase. New York: Intersections (February 24, 2008).

“Convocation.” Harmony Conference: The Path from Multinationalism to Multiculturalism. Perth, Australia: University of New England (September 21 – 23, 2007).

“The Role of Islamic States in a Globalized World.” Interfaith Dialogue Against the Secularization of Nature, Moral Values and Politics. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Institute of Islamic Understanding – Malaysia (July 17-18, 2007).

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