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Daisy Khan Daisy Khan is Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), a non-profit organization founded in 1997 dedicated to building bridges of understanding between the general public and the Muslim community through dialogues in faith, identity, culture and arts.

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Daisy Khan

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Daisy Khan is Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), a non-profit organization founded in 1997 dedicated to building bridges of understanding between the general public and the Muslim community through dialogues in faith, identity, culture and arts.

Ms. Khan is one of the leaders of the Cordoba House effort, a community center for all New Yorkers hosted by Muslim-Americans in Southern Manhattan. The effort is the shared vision of a group of interfaith partners that have been committed to this work for the past 30 years.

Through her work with ASMA and the Cordoba House project, Ms. Khan is a frequent lecturer and presence in the media to help build bridges of understanding between Muslim-Americans and the rest of the country. 

After the Danish cartoon crisis, she moderated a discussion in Denmark between young Muslims and Flemming Rose, the original publisher of the controversial cartoons. In May, 2007 Ms. Khan became the first Muslim woman to speak at Thanksgiving Square in Dallas, Texas on the National Day of Prayer. In July 2007, Ms. Khan appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine along with 40 members of ASMA. In the same issue of the magazine, she also co-wrote an article on the symmetry between core Islamic values and the constitution of the United States.

Ms. Khan has also appeared in myriad national new outlets, from the New York Times to ABC's This Week, to discuss the Cordoba House initiative. She frequently comments on important issues in the media, and has appeared on ABC, PBS, BBC World, CNN, Fox News, National Geographic, Al Jazeerah and the Hallmark Channel. 

Ms. Khan is the recipient of several awards, including the Interfaith Center's Award for Promoting Peace and Interfaith Understanding, the Auburn Seminary's Lives of Commitment Award, Hunt Alternatives Prime Movers Award, Women's E-News 21st leaders for 21st century and the Jericho High School Alumni Hall of Fame Award.

Born in Kashmir, India, Ms. Khan spent the first 25 years of her career as an interior architect at various Fortune 500 companies. In 2005, she decided to fully dedicate herself to elevating the discourse on Islam, improving the lives of Muslims and non-Muslims globally through ASMA and its sister organization Cordoba Initiative.

 


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