Just a few years ago, Linda Sarsour was a moderately well-known figure in America's Muslim community. As Muslims remain a very small minority in this country, it is fairly common for ordinary individuals to do or say something that makes them known to a significant number of American Muslims.
Linda Sarsour, however, has gone far beyond community prominence – with over two hundred thousand followers on Twitter, and a resume that includes magazine spreads, selfies with celebrities from Rosario Dawson to Danny Glover and Bernie Sanders, not to mention TV appearances and a top spot as co-organizer of the Women's March in Washington, D.C., alongside Gloria Steinem and Scarlett Johansson.
I came to know of Linda because of her notoriety as a speaker on the American Islamist "banquet circuit," a frequent speaker and fundraiser for groups like CAIR (The Council on American-Islamic Relations) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and others. Linda was the "go to woman" for many of these groups, while always claiming no formal affiliation with any of them.