Dr. Maher Hathout is a leading spokesperson for the American Muslim community, is a retired physician best known for his tireless commitment to public service. He is an international figure who is highly regarded as a positive voice of Islam offering a unique and valuable perspective on national and international issues involving Muslims.
Among the numerous offices he holds, Dr. Hathout is the Senior Adviser of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. He is also a Charter Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, the western partner of the Council on Foreign Relations, sits on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Alliance and chairman of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California.
Dr. Hathout has been invited to Capitol Hill and the State Department several times to address a variety of topics such as “Islam and U.S. Policy,” “Islamic Democracy,” “Emerging Trends in Islamic Movements,” and “the Future of the Middle East.” He has traveled to Australia, Egypt, Kuwait, Malaysia, Pakistan, and South Africa to lecture on Islam and Muslims.
Dr. Hathout has written extensively on Islam, human rights, democracy, Middle East politics, and Bosnia. Among his books are “In Pursuit of Justice: The Jurisprudence of Human Rights in Islam“, “Jihad vs. Terrorism” and “Islam 2.0 – Conversations for Muslim Generations“.
His articles and interviews have appeared in such prominent newspapers as The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Christian Science Monitor. He appears frequently on national television and radio talk shows.