Islam's Origin Story

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"Islam's Origin Story" is designed to trigger a bold new dialogue - one that uses extremism against itself. 

Listen to me refer to Islam's Origin Story in a House Homeland Security Committee Hearing on Radical Islam. 

How Am I Going to Tackle Radical Islam? 

(1) Identifying the source and pathway triggering radical and political Islam during its early years - making it impossible for apologists to deny the association between Islam and radicalism.

(2) Undermining the Islamist argument that Islam can't be reformed, by using Islamic history and theology in support of moderate Islam.

(3) Recalibrating tangible solutions to extremism within Islam, using the origin story against itself.

(4) Offering real-time creative and policy driven solutions to counter extremism.


Phase 1: Preliminary Outline (Winter 2015)

Phase 2: Research (2016)

Phase 3: Draft (2017)

Funds will also spent toward purchasing much-needed new computer hardware. 


Shireen Qudosi is an American writer and strategist. She specializes in analyzing the leadership and ideology of transnational and U.S. based Muslim organizations. She was named one of the top ten North American Muslim Reformers in 2011.

Her writing has been featured in The Federalist, The Middle East Forum, The Times of Israel, The Clarion Project, and Fox News. She’s appeared on Fox Business’ Varney and Company to discuss free speech violations against Muslim Reformers and critical thinkers, and has been interviewed by The Hill and The Times of India as a Muslim Reformer. In 2016, testified before the House Homeland Security Committee Hearing on radical Islam, offering a powerful testimony that tied the current crisis to Islam's origin story. 

Her keynote writings also include an in-depth assessment on the War on Terror through the lens of WWII and a two-hour exclusive interview with radical Imam Abu Taubah, who was linked to Orlando Shooter Omar Mateen.

For over a decade, Shireen has furthered the cause of progressive Islam both through her blog, The Qudosi Chronicles and by working with a diverse network of activists within the global Muslim community.

Shireen’s experience has given her insight in forecasting where the conversation among the world’s leading secular and religious Islamic leaders is heading. As a former refugee raised across three continents, Shireen has a unique perspective of the issues facing the U.S. and global Muslim community.

Shireen’s family was smuggled out of Afghanistan in the 1970s due to political turmoil involving King Zahir Shah and the subsequent Soviet coup in 1978. In Pakistan, they faced cultural complications before traveling to first to Iran, then seeking asylum in Germany in 1985, and finally settling in California in 1988. Because of the challenges she faced growing up, Shireen has a heightened understanding of the issues facing Europe and grasps American frustrations with immigration and assimilation of refugees from the combined regional conflicts.

Shireen recognizes that Islam is at a crossroads and that the crisis within the global Muslim community requires unwavering focus, not only on the kinetic war but on the deeper conflict within both the ideology and theology of radical Islam.

Previously, Shireen’s career spanned across education and marketing. She’s worked as teacher, developing new education models and she founded and led Qudosi Creative Partners where she has pushed new leadership paradigms through targeted messaging in the areas of education and behavioral health.

Shireen is an advisor for Women’s Voices Now and is on the board of The La Habra Boxing Foundation. Shireen attended the University of California, Irvine, graduating with a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Political Science. She also attended California Western School of Law before leaving to build a foundation for her work as a Muslim Reformer.


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Created July 9, 2014
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Eric Salinas
21 months ago

I can't wait to read the book!

G. Smith
23 months ago (Offline Donation)
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Sarah Husain
25 months ago

Keep at it you.

25 months ago
cameron selogie
25 months ago

Keep up the good word Shireen.

26 months ago
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