U.S. Department of State Honors Hotam Fayzulloev of Tajikistan as International Exchange Alumni Member of the Month

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 1, 2013

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the selection of Hotam Fayzulloev from Tajikistan as August 2013’s International Exchange Alumni Member of the Month. Throughout August, Fayzulloev’s leadership in fostering mutual understanding and religious tolerance will be recognized on the International Exchange Alumni website, the official website for more than one million State Department-sponsored exchange alumni worldwide. Each month, the State Department confers this award on an outstanding alumnus or alumna.

Fayzulloev, an alumnus of the 2011 International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), has worked diligently to increase religious tolerance in Tajikistan. An accomplished writer, Fayzulloev frequently publishes articles in local newspapers on religious understanding, civil society, and the United States. Some of his articles include: “Religious Tolerance in American Catholic Schools” and “Tolerant Islam in America.” In addition to an impressive dossier of articles, Fayzulloev is author of the book “America and Civil Society.”

When he is not working to foster a better understanding of the United States in Tajikistan, Fayzulloev collaborates with other alumni of State Department exchange programs. In 2011, he organized a country-wide conference in Dushanbe called “Religion, Tolerance, and Community in America.” Funded by the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe, the conference featured the U.S. Ambassador and several IVLP alumni, including imams and religious educators. The following year, Fayzulloev reached out to community leaders in Isfara, one of Tajikistan’s religiously conservative cities, and hosted a conference on “The Prevention of Fundamentalism and other Social Extremism among Youth.”

To learn more about Fayzulloev, visit the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ International Exchange Alumni website. For media inquiries, please contact eca-press@state.gov.

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