Position With the Obama Administration:
In April 2009, Dalia Mogahed was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. In this position, Ms. Mogahed advises the President about the opinions, values, perceptions, attitudes, and desires of more than 1 billion Muslims worldwide.
Positions on the Issues:
"Rather than letting vocal extremists define the discourse, we should listen to the voices of ordinary people and thus let facts, not fear, shape our global engagement." (from an interview on Inside Islam
"...continued terrorist violence is not proof that Muslims tolerate it. Indeed, they are its primary victims." (OP-ED, LA Times)
The Gallup study "showed that Muslims and Americans are equally likely to reject attacks on civilians as morally unjustifiable. Those who do choose violence and extremism are driven by politics, not poverty or piety." OP-ED, Middle East Times
Prior to being appointed to a White House advisory position, Dalia Mogahed most recently served as a Senior Analyst at Gallup
and Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies.
In this role, she organized global research surveys to examine Muslims' beliefs regarding education, religion, democracy, culture, financial prosperity, and the media.
She also has directed the Muslim-West Facts Initiative, a partnership between Gallup and the Coexist Foundation to share findings of the Gallup World Poll with leaders in the Muslim World and the West.
With John Esposito
, Ms. Mogahed is the coauthor of the book "Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think"
(Gallup Press, March 2008). Purchase: Compare Prices
Dalia Mogahed has also published her analysis through articles in The Wall Street Journal, the Harvard International Review, the Middle East Policy journal, and many other journals.
Ms. Mogahed has an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering, and a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Pittsburg.
Dalia Mogahed's family immigrated to the U.S. from Egypt when she was 5 years old. She is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Ms. Mogahed now lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and two sons.