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Nafees Syed
NAFEES ASIYA SYED is a writer and attorney in New York. She is a former foreign policy advisor to a member of Congress, and also served on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.

Her writing has appeared in several outlets, including CNN, Foreign Policy, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The San Francisco Chronicle, The International Journal of the History of Sport, and of course The Huffington Post. They have often made it to the most popular lists or the front page.

Nafees graduated from Yale Law School and Harvard College magna cum laude.

Entries by Nafees Syed

Why the Oldest Qur'an Is so Important for Muslims

(118) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 3:43 PM

The most important miracle in Islam is located in Birmingham, United Kingdom. On Wednesday, the headline of the New York Times and BBC was that researchers at the University of Birmingham discovered fragments from the oldest copy of the Holy Qur'an. In one of those rare accidental discoveries,...

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Thrive Meets Drive

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 11:33 AM

Since I met Arianna Huffington last week, I've been thinking about the obnoxious roommate in my head. In her book Thrive, Arianna draws attention to the voice in our head, the "obnoxious roommate," who feeds us insecurities and doubts. It was no coincidence that I met Arianna during...

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Sochi Games Dazzled, But Should Not Blind

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 3:34 PM

The 2014 Sochi Winter Games ended with a bang. From the iridescent blue lines hanging above performers to the paintings in tribute to the great writers, the images of the closing ceremony reflected Russian culture and imperial legacy. There was a tongue-in-cheek allusion to the Games' one apparent flaw --...

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Why We Should Care About the NSA Reforms

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 7:12 AM

Soon after leaks on NSA surveillance, Jimmy Fallon joked: "A report found that the government has been secretly collecting the phone records of Verizon customers. I knew something was up when I said, 'You hang up first.' Then my wife said, 'No, YOU hang up first!' Then Obama said, 'Uh,...

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President Obama: Don't Forget Guantánamo Promise

(12) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 1:05 PM

President Obama's first promise as president seems to have slipped his "to-do" list for the second term. When he first ran for the nation's highest office, he vowed to close the infamous Guantánamo Bay prison "to regain America's moral stature in the world." The prison is still cloaked in scandal...

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Muslim on the Hill

(22) Comments | Posted March 14, 2011 | 10:01 PM

I felt like I was in a fishbowl last Thursday. The halls of the House of Representatives office buildings were teeming with visitors for the King hearings. With my headscarf, I was obviously Muslim, and with my Blackberry and fast walk, a Congressional staffer. When someone asked me, as many...

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