PRESS EVENT ANNOUNCED FOR Ideological & Legislative Responses to Terrorism

NEW YORK, NY – 10 Jun, 2017 –

The non-profit organization Interfaith Unity For Tolerance will hold a press event titled “Ideological and Legislative Responses to Terrorism.” The event will take place on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia, Symphony Space in New York City, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY.   

The press event will be held from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. followed by a networking hour from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.   

The event will also be live-streamed at

Media RSVPs for both location and online events are kindly requested by June 21st at

A unique combination of academic and legislative efforts, this press event will present a coherent response to faith based violence and terrorism, which in turn will lead towards nuanced understanding and informed solutions.  The event will highlight how academic and legislative responses to terrorism are complementary approaches that will provide long term and intellectual responses to terrorism.

Ali Abbas Taj, Founder of Interfaith Unity For Tolerance, will serve as host for the event and panelists for the academic and legislative responses will include the following experts:  



  • Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)

  • Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), invited

Ideological Response To Terrorism

In the past, we have seen sweeping generalizations about Muslims, Islamists or Sunni militants and false binaries between Islam and West, Muslims and Christians or Jews, Sunni and Shia, Saudi Arabia and Iran etc that misrepresent the specific issue of extremism and terrorism in certain sections of Wahhabi, Salafi and Deobandi (WSD) communities, driven by the exclusivist ideology of Takfir (Othering and violence). Our event will unpack this complex issue by focusing on the book “Faith Based Violence and Deobandi Militancy in Pakistan,” a primer for governments seeking an integrated and contextual approach to addressing terrorism. It provides an accurate, updated narrative that’s unconstrained by political correctness or by suppression from theocracies and despots.  

The book highlights the South Asian extension of Salafi-Wahhabi violence and terrorism, which are largely ignored by the mainstream media despite the fact that they drive the violence of terrorist organizations like ISIS and Al Qaeda.  Typically, Deobandi militancy is subsumed under the vague and generalized category of Islamist or Sunni violence, throughout mainstream media and academic discourse.  The book offers a corrective version of this problem, outlining how Deobandi militant organizations are aligned with the violent, Jihadist and Takfiri agendas of  Wahhabi/Salafi groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda. The  victims of these groups  include not just Christians, Hindus, Ezidis but also mainstream Sunni and Shia Muslims. From the London 7/7 bombings to the San Bernardino massacre in 2015, Deobandi footprints are aligned with those of Wahhabi Salafi groups like ISIS.

The editors of the book, Jawad Syed, Edwina Pio, Tahir Kamran and Abbas Zaidi, are global academic experts specializing in subjects including equality and human rights, diversity, religious extremism and government.   The book’s publisher is Palgrave Macmillan of London and the year of publication is 2016.

Legislative Response to Terrorism

The press event will also discuss the new bill introduced by Rep Tulsi Gabbard, Stop Arming Terrorists Act (H.R. 606), as the legislative response to terrorism.   

This bill prohibits the use of federal agency funds to provide covered assistance to: (1) Al Qaeda, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or any individual or group that is affiliated with, associated with, cooperating with, or adherents to such groups; or (2) the government of any country that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) determines has, within the most recent 12 months, provided covered assistance to such a group or individual.

For more information about this event contact:

Media Relations: Eve Chen, The Growth Engine (commissioned media relations firm)
Telephone: +1 (720) 300-3458

About the Interfaith Unity For Tolerance

The Interfaith for Unity and Tolerance (IFUT) organization was established in 2016 to develop interfaith understanding as well as a nuanced approach to understanding terrorism and faith based violence. The organization seeks to assist in the creation of better policy by ensuring informed, nuanced debate to help galvanize the international community to protect the rights of minorities suffering from  violence and persecution.

IFUT works as a commissioning organization, funding projects that document violence against religious and ethnic minorities, and maps the links between these forms of violence and mainstream political, academic and civil society discourses and actors. IFUT is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization.

About The Growth Engine

Based in Denver, Colorado, The Growth Engine ( is a professional services firm that helps companies reach their marketing goals. Headed by founder Eve Chen, The Growth Engine aims to form long-term partnerships with its clients and deliver best-in-class solutions that result in optimal outcomes.  The firm’s actions are driven by its guiding values of excellence, passion, tenacity, integrity, and results.

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Phone: 7203003458
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