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Ingrid Mattson has established a powerful reputation in the academic and North American Muslim communities. In a 2010 New York Times article, she was described as “perhaps the most noticed figure among American Muslim women.”[1] She, for example, served as the President of ISNA (an admitted Muslim Brotherhood front-group) from 2006-2010, after serving as its Vice President since 2001.[2] ISNA was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation, a U.S. government-designated terrorist organization that was charged with providing material support to Hamas through local ‘zakat’ (Muslim charities).[3]

Despite these facts, she was invited to offer a prayer during Barack Obama’s first inauguration.[4] On a broader level, Mattson has denied the existence of terrorist cells operating in America, defended Wahhabism as a reform movement analogous to the Protestant reformation, whose Saudi clerics denounce terrorism, and has lamented the end of the Islamic Caliphate and extolled the legitimacy of Shariah law.[5]

Similarly, when asked to recommend a work of Qur’anic commentary for Muslim youth, she cited Abul A’la Maududi. Among other things, Maududi was an Islamist academic and journalist who founded Jamaat-e-Islami, the largest Islamic organization in Asia (and designated terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department), and sister-group of the Muslim Brotherhood. He is also credited with the idea of the Shariah Islamic state governed only by the Qur’an and Sunna.[6]

Recently, Dr. Mattson’s libel lawsuit against Canadian lawyer and terrorism expert David Harris collapsed following over a year of legal action. This is significant since Dr. Mattson launched her proceeding after Harris refused to withdraw his characterization of her as “radical” and “pro-Islamist” during an interview. Mattson ultimately agreed to have the Superior Court of Ontario dismiss her own suit, despite her claim of grave reputational damage.[7] 

[1] Knowlton, B. (Dec. 27, 2010). Muslim Women Gain Higher Profiles in the U.S. retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/28/world/middleeast/28iht-muslim28.html?pagewanted=all

[2] IPT. Profile: Ingrid Matson. Investigative Project on Terrorism. Retrieved from http://www.investigativeproject.org/profile/174/ingrid-mattson

[3] FBI. (Nov. 25, 2008). No Cash for Terror. Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved from https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/news/stories/2008/november/hlf112508

[4] Spencer, R. (Oct. 22, 2013). The Muslim Brotherhood’s Man in the White House. Front Page Mag. Retrieved from http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/208267/muslim-brotherhoods-man-white-house-robert-spencer

[5] Center for Security Policy. (Aug. 23, 2008). ISNA’s Ingrid Mattson in Her Own Words. Campus Watch. Retrieved from http://www.campus-watch.org/article/id/5544

[6] Friedland, E. (June 2015). Special Report: The Muslim Brotherhood. The Clarion Project. Retrieved from http://www.clarionproject.org/sites/default/files/Muslim-Brotherhood-Special-Report.pdf

[7] The Lawfare Project. (July 7, 2016). Collapse of Mattson Libel Suit Signals Victory for Free Speech and the Lawfare Project. Retrieved from http://thelawfareproject.org/collapse-mattson-libel-suit-signals-victory-free-speech-lawfare-project/#

Associated Organizations:

Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) – Former President; International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT); North American Islamic Trust (NAIT)

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Rev. Canon Todd Townshend, Dean of the Faculty of Theology at Huron University College

Contact email

ttownshe@uwo.ca

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