Center for Islamic Pluralism

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Center for Islamic Pluralism, which was establish in 2004, describes itself as "a think tank that challenges the dominance of American Muslim life by militant Islamist groups." The CIP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group.

One of its founders was Stephen Schwartz, who is its Executive Director and, based on its 2005 annual financial return, its only full time employee. Another of the founding members of the group is M. Zuhdi Jasser who also founded another group with the same agenda, American Islamic Forum for Democracy[1].


In its 2005 annual return to the Internal Revenue Service, CIP discloses that its total income for the year was just over $107,000. The source of the funds is listed as "direct public support." In the same year its total expenses were just $53,467, of which $30,000 was Schwartz's salary.


  • Kemal Silay, President; professor of Ottoman and modern Turkish culture at Indiana University
  • Stephen Schwartz, Executive Director; associate of the Faculty of Islamic Studies, Sarajevo
  • Irfan al-Alawi, Western Europe Director

The group of founders includes[2]:

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1711 Massachussetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Fax: 1.866.792.9439
Email: schwartz AT

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