Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi

The Centre for Spirituality & Cultural Advancement

Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi

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Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi serves as legal counsel and consultant to a wide range of clients and for whom she travels extensively to learn about the methodology, ideology, infrastructure, and recruiting techniques of Islamist extremist movements. She earned her JD from the University of Southern California, her B.A. in History from UCLA, and a degree in Islamic doctrine from the As-Sunnah Foundation.

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Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi, JD, serves as legal counsel and consultant to a wide range of clients for whom she travels extensively to build community resilience against the ideology, infrastructure, and recruitment tactics of Islamist extremist movements. As President of the World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE), Dr. Mirahmadi developed one of the first Muslim-led initiatives to address the evolving threat of homegrown radicalization. Her innovative research explores ways Muslim communities can create bottom-up strategies to tackle the dangerous ideology underlying the movement and forge greater cooperation between the community and the US Government. An authority in the field for almost two decades, Dr. Mirahmadi has briefed numerous policymakers both in the US and abroad, and has presented at conferences organized by the US Department of Defense, US Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the National Fusion Center, and the Director of National Intelligence. She currently serves on the LAPD’s Community Police Advisory Board, and the Director of National Intelligence’s Heritage Council. Across the world, in Pakistan, Indonesia, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom, Dr. Mirahmadi provides counsel on how to strengthen Muslim communities against violent extremism. She recently hosted a high level delegation, including a Federal Minister of Pakistan, to inform US policymakers about the potential role of traditional-cultural Muslim networks in countering radicalism in Pakistan and beyond. Given her expertise, she received a political appointment in 2004 to the US Embassy of Afghanistan as Senior Advisor for Civil Society Infrastructure. Establishing relationships with other Muslim organizations and communities is important to Dr. Mirahmadi’s work. In the UK, her consultations with British Muslim NGOs culminated in a gala event, “Spirituality in Action,” with HRH Prince of Wales. In addition, as the Co-Chair of the first ever all female Islamic Law Council, she works with other influential Muslim women to re-examine the current standing of Islamic jurisprudence on a wide variety of issues. Dr Mirahmadi is the author of the monographs “A Community-Based Approach to Countering Radicalization: A Partnership for America,” and “Traditional Muslim Networks: Pakistan’s Untapped Resource in the Fight against Terrorism.” Her articles include “After Osama bin Laden’s Death, Time for a New Poster Child for Islam” and “How to Fight Jihad in America” in the Christian Science Monitor; “The Global Village of Terrorism,” “How Obama Can Split the Taliban,” and “Picking and Choosing Enemies in Afghanistan” in the Huffington Post; “A Lebanon Freedom Foundation” in the NY Sun; and “The Sunni Disposition” and “Jihadi Tomb Raiders” in the National Review Online. She is also a contributor to the books Islam and Civil Society, (Ingram Publications); The Other Muslims: Moderate and Secular, (Palgrave Publications); and the forthcoming multi-faith compilation of essays on tolerance, The Children of Abraham. Dr. Mirahmadi earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California (USC), her B.A. in History from UCLA, and her degree in Islamic doctrine from the As-Sunnah Foundation.
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