Hathout teamed with some of the region's most powerful Jewish and Christian leaders on a variety of social justice campaigns, including protests against the spread of nuclear weapons and U.S.-led wars in Kuwait and Iraq. He spoke with presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush about improving relations with the Muslim world and authored books that undermined Islamic justification for terrorism.
In 2006, he was nominated for and was awarded the Los Angeles County’s John Allen Buggs award for excellence in human relations.
He also founded the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), an advocacy group based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. which works to promote civil rights for American Muslims and helps foster relationships between Muslims and other faith communities in the United States, and he helped found New Horizon, one of the area's first Islamic-oriented private schools.
Dr. Hathout has written extensively on Islam, human rights, democracy, Middle East politics, and Bosnia. He is the author of three books: "Jihad vs. Terrorism" (2002), "In Pursuit of Justice: The Jurisprudence of Human Rights in Islam" (2006), and "Islam 2.0: Conversations with New Muslim Generations" (2009).
Hathout is survived by his wife Ragaa, his son Gasser, his daughter Samer, and four grandchildren.
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