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Ahmed Rehab
Ahmed Rehab is currently the Executive Director of the Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago). CAIR is the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy group.

A prolific writer and lecturer on contemporary social issues including civil rights, media relations and Islam-West relations, Rehab has spoken at University campuses in Chicago and around the nation.

Rehab is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune. He has been interviewed by numerous news publications such as the Chicago Sun-Times, the Daily Herald, the Washington Post, the Orlando Sentinel, the Economist, the Boston Globe, Crain’s Business Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Germany’s Die Zeit, and many more. His op-eds have been published in numerous newspapers around the country.

Rehab is a frequent guest on TV and cable news networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX News, MSNBC, BBC, as well as on radio stations. His commentaries can be heard on Chicago Public Radio.

Rehab, an alumnus of the FBI Citizen’s Academy, leads local efforts to foster positive relations with law enforcement officials, elected officials, political appointees and representatives of various governmental agencies.

Prior to joining CAIR in August of 2004, Rehab was a freelance speaker, writer and activist in the fields of interfaith collaboration, education and community outreach. Between 1999 and 2002, Rehab served as a consultant for Arthur Andersen LLP - a global consulting firm.

In 2005, he served as a consultant for Chicago’s Niagara Foundation, a cutting-edge interfaith organization that promotes interactive dialogue and as Saturday night host for a local Radio Program on Chicago’s AM dial.

In the summer of 1999, Rehab co-founded Ibex Computers in Des Plaines, IL and served as its president until April of 2005. He holds a Master's degree in Software Engineering from DePaul University and a Bachelor's in Psychology from UIC.

Rehab serves on the board of directors of the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), RefugeeOne, and the Chicago Human Relations Advisory Committee. He is a board member and secretary of the Egyptian American Society, a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ (CCGA) Muslim task force, a member of the Governor of Illinois Muslim Advisory Council, an Eisenhower fellow of the American Assembly and a 2009 Recipient of the Lincolnland Legend award.

Ahmed Rehab is a democracy activist who was involved in Egypt's 2011 Revolution, his nation of birth, and remains active in the country's push for democratic change.

The views expressed here are solely those of Ahmed Rehab and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of any organization with which he is otherwise affiliated.

Ahmed can be reached at where you can also view his article and media archive.

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Entries by Ahmed Rehab

Who's Gunning for the Francophile Anti-Islamophobe?

(5) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 8:52 AM


The 55 pieces of art from France or about France that happen to currently decorate my home were not staged to make a political statement or to prove anything to anyone.

I have been a Francophile ever since Madame Nica's French class in...

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Let's Face it: It's the Radical Right, not Islam, that is the Greatest Threat to the American Way

(501) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 12:05 PM

Imagine if a major American advertiser were to pull its ads off of Jersey Shore because they received objections that the show while portraying a group of Italian-Americans, made the glaring error of excluding Mafiosi.

Imagine if the absence of...

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Egyptians Brave Long Lines for First Free Elections (Video)

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 12:00 PM

In a country not particularly known for its orderly queues, everywhere you look today, you are met by an unfamiliar sight: millions of residents standing quietly in long orderly files (often for hours) waiting to engage in a two-minute activity.

History continues to be made in Egypt as today, Egyptians...

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US Tacit Support for Mideast Autocrats Reeks of Short-Sightedness, Undermines US Interests

(12) Comments | Posted January 27, 2011 | 4:29 PM

The winds of change are blowing over the Middle East from Jordan to Algeria.

A couple of weeks ago, Tunisia became the first Arab nation to succeed in shaking off decades of debilitating dictatorship through a popular uprising that sent shock waves through the entire region.


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A Silver Lining to Egypt's Dark Cloud

(1) Comments | Posted January 18, 2011 | 11:10 AM


The recent bombing outside a Coptic church in the Egyptian seaport of Alexandria that claimed 21 lives and injured 96 has sent shockwaves throughout Egypt and made headlines around the world.

Much of the global media has limited its interest in the story...

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Shilling for the Israeli Occupation: The ADL's New Mission Statement?

(38) Comments | Posted October 18, 2010 | 10:11 AM

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), fresh off of several PR gaffes, recently managed to pull off another head-scratching moment by compiling and releasing a list of the "top ten most influential anti-Israel groups in America."

In other words, an organization that describes itself as "the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency...

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Tea Party Reveals Real Reason Behind Mosque Opposition Frenzy

(91) Comments | Posted August 27, 2010 | 3:20 AM

Leaders of astroturf groups opposing the Not-At-Ground-Zero-Muslim-Center can't seem to decide on an argument. They have thrown everything and the kitchen sink at us in the way of fabricated reasons.

First, they tried the "legal" route. When it became apparent that American Muslims had a constitutionally guaranteed...

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The Untold Story Behind the "Mosque at Ground Zero"

(68) Comments | Posted August 20, 2010 | 10:22 AM

Americans have a right to assemble and worship freely in this country, period. It's not only a founding principle of this nation, but a main justification for its founding. It is why many White Christians flooded to this country in the first place.

Those opposed to American Muslims...

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What the Vuvuzela Is Up With the Jabulani? Why World Cup 2010 Sucks So Far

(18) Comments | Posted June 17, 2010 | 12:37 PM

Now that we have all had an opportunity to savor the celebratory mood that beckons in our planet's biggest party, it's time to whine about what's wrong with this World Cup.

Hey, someone has to do it.

Let's start with the Vuvuzela.

I love saying Vuvuzela a lot more than...

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Does France Stand a Chance Post-Zidane?

(29) Comments | Posted June 11, 2010 | 5:27 PM

Yes, of course it does. Mathematically speaking, every one of the participating 32 teams in South Africa stands a chance at lifting the much-coveted trophy in soccer.

The real question is, does France stand a likely chance post-Zidane? Unfortunately for me, a France fan, the answer to that question...

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More Outrage Over Helen Thomas Comment Than Murder of US Citizen

(55) Comments | Posted June 9, 2010 | 12:27 PM

The knives are out for Helen Thomas.

There is more outrage in this country over some bumbling comments she recently made than over the murder of a US citizen and eight others by our ally, Israel, on the high seas. Never mind the fact that she has apologized while...

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Israel Gaza Attack: Do Actions of the 'Jewish State' Represent Jewish Values?

(53) Comments | Posted June 3, 2010 | 8:08 PM

Israel is often dubbed "the Jewish State" by its supporters, so it is not out of left field to question whether its actions should be taken as a reflection of Jewish values.

That is a question ultimately for Jews to answer.

Personally, as a Muslim whose own faith values are...

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Miss USA Scrutiny Indicates Weird Obsession with Islam

(59) Comments | Posted May 19, 2010 | 11:42 AM

Why must a Muslim person's faith come up the moment that person breaks through the mainstream in any conceivable way -- regardless of relevance or context?

And why does it invariably end up linking that person through multiple degrees of separation to terrorism?

The fact that even a...

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A Tale of Two Terrors: Times Square vs. Jacksonville

(18) Comments | Posted May 13, 2010 | 6:48 PM

Times Square, New York City

"It is clear that this was a terrorist plot," said US Attorney General Eric Holder of the recent New York Times Square incident in which a young Pakistani-American attempted but failed to detonate a second grade home-made bomb.

Some reports suggest that...

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Why Racial Profiling Makes for Dumb Security

(23) Comments | Posted January 7, 2010 | 2:17 PM

By now, I am sure most people are privy to the raging public debate on racial profiling, reignited courtesy of a young Nigerian Muslim male's attempt to detonate an incendiary device aboard a Detroit-bound Northwest flight last Christmas.

After Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab slipped by airport security only to be...

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Swiss Radicalization: A Sign of Things to Come?

(170) Comments | Posted December 3, 2009 | 11:05 PM

Nestle. The United Nations. Rolex. Secure Banking. Toblerone. Yodeling. William Tell. Cowbells. Neutrality. Rousseau. Alpine Skiing. Heidi.

These are a few of the things -- mostly pretty -- that come to mind when you say "Switzerland."

But now thanks to a recent popular vote on a controversial referendum, things...

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Hijab Case: Why Bigoted Battery Makes For A Hate Crime

(51) Comments | Posted November 24, 2009 | 12:50 PM

The Fort Hood massacre committed by Major Nidal Hassan was a national tragedy that took us all by surprise. It was quickly and widely condemned by the American Muslim community who were as shell-shocked and dismayed as anybody else, and who were additionally concerned about a potential backlash against...

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Racism or Not, Cambridge Police Owes Professor Gates an Apology

(25) Comments | Posted July 22, 2009 | 1:43 PM

There are two conflicting accounts regarding the details of the arrest of celebrated Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in his own home by the Cambridge police department -- that of the professor and that of the police.

The public reaction has also been equally split, some crying...

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The Islam-Basher and the Librarian Kerfuffle

(161) Comments | Posted July 14, 2009 | 1:11 PM

A controversy erupted last week in Chicago after it was publicly revealed that a noted anti-Islam blogger, Robert Spencer, had been invited to an American Library Association panel advertised as "dispelling stereotypes about Islam."

Ultimately, the panel was canceled after all the other panelists withdrew. I'll get into that...

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Michael Jackson: Why He's More Adored than Shakespeare

(40) Comments | Posted June 27, 2009 | 1:35 PM

The first remarkable episode of global celebrity adoration, as we know it today, comes to us courtesy of the silent film era and Rudolph Valentino, a.k.a The Sheik. (While prodigious talents like Mozart, Michelangelo, and Charles Dickens enjoyed recognition in their lifetimes, twentieth-century inventions like radio, film and television...

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