A Lifetime of Global Advocacy


A Lifetime of Global Advocacy


“I am a human rights defender. I speak for minority groups and for women within minority groups who, because of their gender, suffer double persecution.”

While I have a strong personal faith, I do not work for a specific faith when I raise my voice on issues of otherization. I speak for all persecuted religious minority groups everywhere. This includes those individuals and groups who do not profess a faith.

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What Brought Me to this Place

“The injustice I have witnessed has bred in me a strong sense of justice. Among the world’s many oppressed groups, those persecuted for their faith often receive insufficient attention.”

— Farahnaz Ispahani

What I’ve Been Working On


 “Purifying the Land of the Pure” is an essential contribution to the literature on Pakistan, and fills an important gap in helping readers understand Pakistan’s treatment of minorities.”

 - Stephen P Cohen, Brookings Institution

    “[Ispahani] has a firm grasp of Pakistan’s modern national narrative and keen insight into its intricacies.”

     - Publisher’s Weekly

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      My Areas of Focus

      ISSUES

      • Freedom of Religion & Belief
      • Freedom of Speech
      • Human Rights
      • Religious Extremism

      EXPERTISE

      • Academic Journals
      • Advocacy
      • Articles/Opinion
      • Authorship

      Prior Speaking Engagements

      • Anti-Defamation League

        Aspen Ideas Festival

        Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University

        Council on Foreign Relations

        Ministerial for International Religious Freedom

        FoRB Women’s Alliance

        Halifax International Security Forum

        The Hudson Institute

        Jamia Millia University, Delhi

        National Democratic Institute

        National Endowment for Democracy

        Observer Research Foundation

        The Brussels Forum

        The Chautauqua Institute 

        The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

        Wellesley College

        Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars

        21Wilberforce

      Media Appearances

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