Ghazal Omid

Ghazal OmidGhazal Omid is an award-winning author, commentator, lecturer, and religious scholar. Born and raised in Iran of Kurdish-Persian ancestry, Omid is a Canadian citizen and a US legal permanent resident. Drawing from her diverse heritage, Omid has dedicated her life to finding common ground between people of all faiths and backgrounds. A leading commentator on cultural and religious affairs, Omid has published an award-winning memoir, Living In Hell, and has provided hundreds of radio and television interviews, including appearances on leading cable news networks such as Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, and CSPAN. In addition, Omid has consulted for members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives on matters pertaining to Iran, human rights, and the peaceful integration of Islam into American society.

Omid is the founder and executive director of Iran & Its a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting intercultural exchange and understanding. Through a variety of arts and education programs, Iran & Its has distinguished itself as a vital bridge between the Muslim and Western world. Under Omid’s stewardship, Iran & Its has spearheaded a number of groundbreaking cross-cultural initiatives, such as founding an online Iranian and Persian art museum, establishing a dental exchange program, and sponsoring a performance and concert series featuring some of the Iran’s most compelling artists and musicians. In working closely with a wide range of NGOs, philanthropists, international organizations and governments, Iran & Its has been an instrumental force for correcting misrepresentations and misconceptions about the Iranian people while heralding the rich legacy of Persian artistic and democratic achievements.

Omid’s Mr. Nightingale is her first children’s story that tells the tale of a young girl and her best friend and pet bird, Mr. Nightingale. With its moving prose and delightful illustrations, Mr. Nightingale reinforces a timeless message of compassion and generosity. The reviews for her first book can be read on the Amazon website as well as on Kirkus Reviews.

Omid’s second children’s story, Maryam and Mr. Rabbi showcases the history of Iran through the eyes of a little girl called Maryam and tells the story of a beautiful friendship between a Jewish Rabbi’s family and Maryam’s Muslim family. Through telling the story Omid shows how Maryam’s mother taught her daughter that it is people who do bad things not religion, and there can be great people everywhere from every culture and religion.

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