Who We Are
LibForAll (“Liberty for All”) Foundation is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization formed in the wake of 9/11 to help meet U.S. and international peace and security needs. In the words of then-U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism, Juan Zarate, “We consider LibForAll to be the loadstar in efforts to defeat the ideology of radical Islam.”
LibForAll’s success is directly attributable to the selfless Muslim leaders who form the backbone of its global network, and their heart-felt desire to work in a spirit of mutual cooperation and respect with others—whether Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim or atheist—who share a common love for humanity, and a desire to see Islamic teachings reconciled with the modern world of freedom, democracy and human rights. Current upheavals in the Middle East—and the escalating controversy about Islam and Islamophobia roiling North America and Europe—demonstrate the urgent need for such a process to occur.
C. Holland Taylor established LibForAll Foundation in 2003 with his close friend, former Indonesian president H.E. Kyai Haji Abdurrahman Wahid (1940-2009). In 2008 they established al-‘Mahad al-Dawali lil-Dirasaat al-Qur’aniyya (the International Institute of Qur’anic Studies, or IIQS) with Kyai Haji A. Mustofa Bisri, Dr. A. Syafii Maarif and Dr. Nasr Hamid Abu-Zayd of Egypt.
In conjunction with the launch of the phenomenally-successful book “The Illusion of an Islamic State” in May of 2009, they established Gerakan Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (the Oneness Amid Diversity Movement), which in turn gave birth in 2014 to Bayt ar-Rahmah li ad-Da‘wa al-Islamiyah Rahmatan li al-‘Alamin (the Home of Divine Grace for Revealing and Nurturing Islam as a Blessing for All Creation), “to export [the] collective wisdom and experience [of East Indies Islam and the Nahdlatul Ulama] throughout the world, for the benefit of humanity.” ~ al-Ahram (Egypt)
“While the Asia Foundation and others dived for cover, one American outfit jumped into the theological fray with gusto. In December 2003, C. Holland Taylor, a former telecommunications executive from Winston-Salem, N.C., set up a combative outfit called LibForAll Foundation to ‘promote the culture of liberty and tolerance.’”
~ Andrew Higgins, “As Indonesia Debates Islam’s Role, U.S. Stays Out,” Washington Post
“The former president and cleric, Abdurrahman Wahid, of the 40-million-strong Nahdlatul Ulama, stands out as the world’s pre-eminent Islamic humanist, a rare figure who is liberal by any standard, not merely the lowered ones usually applied to Muslim clerics.”
~ Sadanand Dhume, Far Eastern Economic Review
“In Gus Mus’s literary works… one discovers a profound and sublime poetic achievement expressed in simple style and language. His stature as an Islamic scholar, and spiritual giant, imbues his poetry with humanistic values that calm and refresh the spirit. His work conveys social critique in a gentle, humble and polite voice, which envelopes the reader like an intimate greeting, rather than overwhelming him with shouts or abuse.”
~ Ahmad Tohari: Kiai yang tidak sok Kiai (The Truly Humble Religious Scholar)