Jamal al Barzinji, American Muslim activist, died at 75

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Jamal al Barzinji, born in 1939 and died September 26, 2015.

Jamal was an Iraqi-American businessman, associated with the International Institute of Islamic Thought, the World Assembly of Muslim Youth, and the SAAR Foundation.

He was a founder and served on the board of the Islamic Society of North America and is a past president of the Muslim Students’ Association.

Jamal was listed as the successor registrant of Grover Norquist’s defunct lobbying firm Janus-Merritt Strategies, after the departure of David Safavian.

On September 25, 2011 Jamal was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Arab community of northern Virginia at an event attended by Virginia governor Tim Kaine.

Jamal al Barzinji died on September 26, 2015.

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