State: Kentucky

Address: Lexington, KY

The Kentucky chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations purports to be a civil rights organization.

The leader of CAIR-KY is Ihsan Bagby, the president of its board and Islamic Studies Professor at the University of Kentucky.[1] He was a member of CAIR’s national board from 1995 to 2013.[2]

He is a council member of the Islamic Society of North America’s Fiqh Council with other Islamists.[3] Bagby is also the General Secretary of the Muslim Alliance in North America.[4] In 2013, the International Institute of Islamic Thought honored him as one of the “Friends of IIIT.”[5]

Bagby was recorded saying, “Ultimately we [Muslims] can never be full citizens of this country… because there is no way we can be fully committed to the institutions and ideologies of this country.”[6]


[1] “CAIR Chapters,” CAIR website,

[2] “Retiring CAIR Board Member Dr. Ihsan Bagby Honored,” CAIR website, June 6, 2013.

[3] “History of the Fiqh Council,” Fiqh Council website,

[4] “About MANA,” Muslim Alliance in North America website,

[5] “Sachedina Speaks on Community, Spirituality, and the Scholars at Friends of IIIT Iftar/Dinner,” International Institute of Islamic Thought website, July 18, 2013.

[6] “The Suspect Ties of CAIR Officials, Fundraisers & Trainers,” Investigative Project on Terrorism, The report cites Steve. A Johnson, “Political Activities of Muslims in America,” in The Muslims of America (Chapter 8), ed. Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad (New York: Oxford University Press, 1991), p. 115.


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