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

      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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            Contact Farah