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Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Zahid Hussain Bukhari ......................... 25 Shahid Buttar ........................................ 25 Sarah Cady ............................................ 26 Mas’ood Cajee ...................................... 26 André Carson ........................................ 26 Sami Catovic ......................................... 27 Robert Chase ......................................... 27 Owaiz M. Dadabhoy ............................. 28 Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo......................... 28 Mika’il DeVeaux .................................. 29 Susan Douglass ..................................... 29 Jean F. Duff ........................................... 30 A. J. Durrani.......................................... 30 Bob Edgar ............................................. 30 Maha ElGenaidi .................................... 31 Keith Ellison ......................................... 31 Mohamed Elsanousi .............................. 32 Gazi Erdem ........................................... 32 John Esposito ........................................ 33 Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur ....................... 33 Iman Faris ............................................. 33 Manzoor Ghori ...................................... 34 Ghulam Nabi Fai ................................... 34 Maryam Kabeer Faye ............................ 35 Fatemeh Fakhraie .................................. 36 Jess Ghannam........................................ 36 Safiya Ghori .......................................... 36 Linda Gustitus ....................................... 37 Steve Gutow .......................................... 37 Sara Hakeem ......................................... 37 Rabia Terri Harris ................................. 38 Mohamed Hagmagid Ali....................... 38 Asma Hanif ........................................... 39 Mark Hanson ......................................... 39 Waheedul Haque ................................... 40 Aziza Hasan .......................................... 40 Maher Hathout ...................................... 40 Abida K. Haque .................................... 41 Najiyah Diana Helwani ......................... 41 Leslie Hewitt ......................................... 42 Altaf Husain .......................................... 42 Lubna Ismail ......................................... 42 Ameena Jandali ..................................... 43 Rizwan Jaka .......................................... 43 Shaik Jeelani ......................................... 44 Jamillah Karim ...................................... 44 2
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Muhammad Nur Abdullah ...................... 5 Zerqa Abid .............................................. 5 Salma Elkadi Abugideiri ......................... 6 Swami Agnivesh ..................................... 6 Mansur Ahmad........................................ 7 Munjed Ahmad ....................................... 7 Sanjana Ahmad ....................................... 7 Akbar Ahmed .......................................... 8 Nazir Ahmed ........................................... 8 Safir Ahmed ............................................ 9 Saquiba Ahmed ....................................... 9 Sufiya Ahmed ....................................... 10 Assad R. Akhter .................................... 11 Mehmet Aktas ....................................... 11 Aisha Al-Adawiya ................................ 11 Mohammad S. Alam ............................. 12 Abdalla Idris Ali ................................... 12 Aman Ali ............................................... 12 Saqib Ali ............................................... 13 Shariq Ali .............................................. 13 Wajahat Ali ........................................... 13 Yasir Al Mahdawy ................................ 14 Salam Al-Marayati ................................ 14 Iyad Alnachef ........................................ 15 Zainab Alwani ....................................... 15 Shahed Amanullah ................................ 15 Dr. Mona Amer ..................................... 16 Patricia Anton ....................................... 16 Sadida Athaullah ................................... 17 Moutasem Atiya .................................... 17 Azhar Azeez .......................................... 17 Salman Azman ...................................... 18 Ihsan Bagby .......................................... 18 Mirza Yawar Baig ................................. 19 Owais Balti............................................ 19 Hazami Barmada ................................... 21 Jamal M. al-Barzinji.............................. 21 David Beckmann ................................... 22 Mirza AbuJafar Beg .............................. 22 Mohamed Rida Beshir .......................... 22 Isra Bhatty ............................................. 23 Yaser Birjas ........................................... 24 Kemal Bozkurt ...................................... 24
Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mohammad Karim ................................ 44 Merve Kavakci ...................................... 45 Yusuf Kavakci ...................................... 45 Asma Khalid ......................................... 46 Hena Khan ............................................ 46 M.J. Khan .............................................. 47 Muqtedar Khan ..................................... 47 Zeba Khan ............................................. 48 Suhail Khan ........................................... 48 Farhana Khera ....................................... 49 Riaz Khokher ........................................ 49 Richard L. Killmer ................................ 49 John Kiser ............................................. 50 Nsenga Knight ...................................... 51 Kasim Kopuz ........................................ 51 Radwan Kouatli .................................... 52 Murat Kose............................................ 52 Alexander Kronemer ............................. 53 Ola Lanke .............................................. 53 Bruce Lustig .......................................... 53 Edina Lekovic ....................................... 54 Mahmood A. Madani ............................ 54 Mokhtar Maghraoui .............................. 55 Johari Abdul Malik ............................... 55 Sakil Malik ............................................ 55 Mahmood Mamdani .............................. 56 Salam S. Al-Marayati............................ 56 Priscilla Martinez .................................. 57 Father James Massa .............................. 57 Ingrid Mattson. ...................................... 58 Ali Al’amin Mazrui............................... 58 Bonita McGee ....................................... 58 Mohammed Mohiuddin ........................ 59 Jack Moline ........................................... 59 Hadia Mubarak...................................... 60 Mikal N. Nash ....................................... 60 Ghulam N. Mir ...................................... 61 Uzma Mirza .......................................... 61 Asma Mirza........................................... 62 Yaqub Mirza ......................................... 62 Dalia Mogahed ...................................... 63 Haroon Moghul ..................................... 63 Marriyam Moten ................................... 64 Sultan Muhammad ................................ 64 Abdul Malik Mujahid ........................... 64 Nasreen C. Mustafa............................... 65 Rayyan Najeeb ...................................... 65 Husain Nagamia .................................... 65 Pervez Nasim ........................................ 66 Ayman Nassar ....................................... 66 Sayed A. Nassar .................................... 66 Daoud Nassimi ...................................... 67 Zarqa Nawaz ......................................... 67 Muhammad Ninowy ............................. 68 Ashraf Nubani ....................................... 68 Sulayman S. Nyang ............................... 68 Serban Popescu ..................................... 69 Yasir Qadhi ........................................... 69 Amjad Quadri........................................ 70 Ajmel Quereshi ..................................... 71 Saifur Rahman ...................................... 71 Zeyba Rahman ...................................... 71 Fatima Rahmatullah .............................. 72 Hussein Rashid...................................... 72 Hafiz Rehman ....................................... 73 Sabeeha Rehman ................................... 73 Nadia Roumani ..................................... 74 Walter Ruby .......................................... 74 Agha Saeed ........................................... 75 Louay Safi ............................................. 75 Patricia Z. Salahuddin ........................... 75 Rashid Abdul-Salaam ........................... 76 Monem Salam ....................................... 76 Jihad F. Saleh ........................................ 77 Achmat Salie ......................................... 77 Ako Abdul Samad ................................. 77 Corey Saylor ......................................... 78 Marc Schneier ....................................... 78 Beverly Schwartz .................................. 78 Chris Seiple ........................................... 79 George Selim ........................................ 79 Zakia Iman Shahbaz .............................. 80 Gerry Serotta ......................................... 80 Zulfiqar Ali Shah .................................. 81 Ahmed Shaikh ....................................... 81 Zaid Shakir ............................................ 81 Sidney Rahim Sharif ............................. 82 Zaki Sherif ............................................ 82 Osman A. Shinaishin ............................ 83 Muzammil Siddiqi ................................ 84 Shazia Siddiqi ....................................... 84 Abdulkader Sinno ................................. 84 3
................ 92 4 ................. 90 Mohammed Yousuf ..... 88 Burton L.............................................. 87 Asma Mobin-Uddin .................................... 91 HamzaYusuf ........ Taher ............................... Syeed ........ 88 Iqbal Unus ................................... 90 Rick Warren ........................................................................... Sundas ......................... 86 Mohammed T............................................................................................................ 85 Samina F... 87 Warith Deen Umar ................. 86 Mobin Tawakkul ......... 89 Khurrum Wahid ............................................................. 85 Cathy Sultan ..............Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Tabassum Siraj ....... 86 Sayyid M........ 89 Siraj Wahhaj................................................... 92 Safaa Zarzour .............................. Visotzky....................... 91 Yusuf Islam........................................ 88 Miroslav Volf .............................. 90 Jim Winkler ................................ 87 Omar Uddin .....................
marketing communication specialist. He completed further studies at the University of Chicago where he received an M. Zerqa Abid is a social/political activist. He also works as a marriage counselor. blogger. TV producer/director.A. Makkah.A. Imam and director for the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. 5 . Senate and the U. She has also worked at ARY Digital Network of Pakistan as the General Manager of The City Channel. Abdullah is past chairman of the ISNA Fiqh Council and has been a member of the Fiqh Council of North America since 1982. NOW.. marriage and divorce. where her major was Mass Communication. in Islamic Studies and is now a Ph. She received “Norma & Wally Ausley Merit Scholarship for being “The Outstanding Student of Mass Communications” in her junior year at the college. journalist.” was recognized as the first mega event and legendary expo for children in Pakistan.S. Abdullah has authored several articles on family in Islam. campaign maker. Her consumer show. She has successfully organized international trade and consumer shows. ZAPS Technocrats Inc. He received his B. Prior to running her own business. in Sharia at the Islamic University. in Sharia at the Ummal Qura University. Abid has worked at the American news giant. Medina and a M. Zerqa Abid is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of North Carolina State University. candidate.A. came to the United States from Sudan in 1978. speaker. and her minor was Journalism. Abid was also chosen as a young woman leader to represent College of Humanities of NCSU in the U.S. editor. He is the principal for the Al Salaam Day School and member of the Shari'a Scholars Association of North America. It drew 800. NBC News as News Editor. based in the United States.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Muhammad Nur Abdullah Zerqa Abid Sheikh Mohammad Nur Abdullah.000 people in three days to the Expo Center. writer. “Expo Juniors. Congress in a conference organized by National Organization of Woman. Louis. and the concept of Shura in Islam. Karachi. TV production. event manager/organizer and CEO of her business.D.
” as well as “Domestic Violence among Muslims Seeking Mental Health Counseling. She is also a member of the Interfaith Coalition against Domestic Violence. including mood disorders. harmony and interfaith dialogue. she provides educational workshops and develops resources related to domestic violence among Muslims. She provides individual and family therapy for a wide range of problems. In 1977. social activist and a champion for peace.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention She is also a member of Golden Key International Society. providing training to clergy and faith communities on issues related to domestic violence. She has worked extensively with Middle Eastern and Muslim families. and completed a post-master’s certification program in marriage and family therapy at Virginia Tech. As co-Director of the Peaceful Families Project. a Hindu reform movement founded by Swami Dayanand Saraswati in 1875.” which is in the edited volume Change from Within: Diverse Perspectives on Domestic Violence in Muslim Communities. Salma Elkadi Abugideiri Salma Elkadi Abugideiri is a licensed professional counselor in private practice in Reston. anxiety disorders. He is the Chairperson of 'United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary forms of Slavery' and also the Chairperson of Bonded Labour Liberation Front. She has also co-authored a Swami Agnivesh Swami Agnivesh. he founded the Bonded Labour Liberation Front. She has written a chapter in Walking Together: Working with Women from Diverse Religious Traditions entitled “Working with Muslim women: Understanding Religious and Cultural Issues. and became the State's Minister for Education. brief guide for helping professionals entitled What Islam Says About Domestic Violence. In 1981. an organization dedicated to educating Muslim community leaders and members about domestic violence. is a prominent Arya Samaj scholar. an associate of the original "Arya Samaj". which continues to fight against bonded labour as a form of slavery 6 . she has been part of Faith Trust Institute’s Leadership team. he was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of the state of Haryana. a national effort with a focus on guiding policy and legislation that supports domestic violence survivors. trauma. In addition. abuse. and cultural adjustment issues. She received her master’s degree in counseling from George Mason University. Abid is proud to accomplish all of the above while strictly observing Islamic dress code including head scarf and face veil. she is associate producer of the video Garments for One Another: Ending Domestic Violence in Muslim Families. while still a minister. He is the president of the World Council of Arya Samaj. VA. Since 2007. 1979-1982.
BDS. Buddhist. Sanjana Ahmad Mansur Ahmad Mansur Ahmad.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention in India. He is an author of 10 textbooks for weekend Islamic schools. Sanjana has been working with a group of "green Muslims" in the Washington. He is also in the private pratice of law. Dr. Jewish etc. Jain. and equal rights of women. Bahai. because of his efforts to build an atmosphere of peace and harmony in India. Ahmad's presentation will focus on the negative external and internal influences on the Muslim youths of India. The DC Green Muslims hope to encourage dialogue and action around these issues to create a more sustainable future for us all 7 . Munjed Ahmad Munjed Ahmad received his law degree at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington D. a movement against alcoholism. Human Rights Commission in Geneva. Christian.N. Over the past year and a half. liberation of bonded labour activities. He was raised in India and worked as a faculty member in a Medical College before coming to the United States for his graduate education. He has been testifying before the Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery at the U. She obtained her Masters in Public Policy with an environmental policy concentration at the University of Maryland and currently works in the DC-area on transportation and domestic policy. especially in the quarries in and around Delhi. Mr.C. Agnivesh is accepted as peace and harmony pioneer by all religious communities such as Hindu. Among Swami Agnivesh's immense contributions is his championing of dialogue and peace activities. the anti-caste movement. is an Associate Professor and Director of Radiology at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. PhD. and suggestions to counter the bleeding of the society. such as their right to education and reading Indian scriptures. Ahmad is also the national Vice President of American Muslims for Palestine and one of the organizations cofounders. DC area to explore the Islamic basis for environmental awareness and activism. Sanjana works on environmental issues in both her personal and professional life. Muslim.
” His books have been translated into many languages. of Rotherham in the County of South Yorkshire. to Saudi Arabia and has advocated 8 . Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. then Thomas Rotherham Sixth Form College. “Journey into America. Lord Nazir Ahmed. which was the basis of the BBC six-part TV series called “Living Islam. and Cambridge Universities and is considered “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC. and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has taught at Princeton. He studied Public Administration at Sheffield Hallam University and joined the Labour Party when he was 18 years old. where he was brought up. Annapolis. In 1998 Ahmed was appointed to the House of Lords. becoming the first Muslim life peer as Baron Ahmed. CBS. including Chinese and Indonesian. Baron Ahmed (born 1958) is a member of the House of Lords. the First Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the US Naval Academy. He attended Spurley Hey Comprehensive School. Many of his political activities relate to the Islamic community both in the UK and abroad.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Akbar Ahmed Nazir Ahmed Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is currently the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies. and Fox News and has appeared several times on the “Oprah Winfrey Show. having become the United Kingdom's first Muslim life peer in 1998. Harvard. Ahmed led one of the first delegations on behalf of the British Government on the Muslim pilgrimage of the Hajj. much of his activities relate to the Muslim community. Pakistan) but soon after his birth his family migrated to the UK. He is regularly interviewed by CNN. he was also one of the youngest peers to achieve this position. He has advised General David Petraeus. and Secretary Michael Chertoff on Islam and foreign policy. As a Muslim peer.” He is the author of over a dozen award-winning books. American University in Washington DC. BBC. At the age of 40. both at home and internationally. Lord Ahmed took his oath on the Qur'an. Ahmed was born in Mirpur (Azad Kashmir. His most recent book is Journey into Islam and his current project. including Discovering Islam.” is an unprecedented study based in fieldwork of Muslims in America.
The teacher. to international bodies such as his board membership on the SAARC Foundation. Safir is also an independent book editor and editorial consultant and has been a journalist for more than 20 years. from Britain's ruling Labour Party. and has spoken several times on issues of race. Ahmed has a personal interest in seeing a peaceful resolve to the ongoing bloody dispute in Kashmir and seeks international mediation to achieve this. allowed her class to name a teddy bear Muhammad. He is seen as one of the leaders of the Muslim community. an organization set up to promote world peace in the after math of the 9/11 with an effort to build bridges of understanding between The Muslim World and the West by reviving a tradition of Dialogue between people. Lord Ahmed was among the founders of The World Forum. Following this the President pardoned Ms Gibbons and she was allowed to return to the UK. 2008 and since 2005 has overseen the Publications division at Zaytuna where he helped edit Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s writings. In November 2007 Ahmed was involved in a diplomatic effort to secure the release of Gillian Gibbons from custody in Sudan. she utilized her conflict resolution skills to negotiate and mediate disputes between mission consultants and local project managers. Africa. On international assignments. Ahmed speaks on wider equality issues. meeting with heads of state to discuss their respective problems and how he may be able to assist them. he has worked on the plight of Muslims around the world ranging from the collapse of former Yugoslavia. cultures and civilizations based on tolerance. including the The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi and Caesarean Moon Births as well as his articles for Seasons Journal and other publications. Eastern Europe. Ahmed helps with various charitable causes and is on the board of several organizations from local groups such as his position as President of South Yorkshire Victim Support. George Lakoff of UC-Berkeley and Glenn Greenwald of Salon magazine Saquiba Ahmed Saquiba Ahmed is Connecting Cultures' Vice President for Business Development. Senate campaign in 2004. visited Khartoum and had a meeting with the President of Sudan. an opposition Conservative. Born in the region. the former states of the USSR and the Far East. international terrorism and forced marriages. At home. working for the World Bank. As well as being an active figure in the Indian Subcontinent. He has served on the boards of various nonprofits and was a Communications Director for a U.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention legislation against religious discrimination. religion and gender. Her work history spans beyond US boundaries. Among the authors he has edited are Markos Moulitsas Zuniga of DailyKOs. the US. He has been on many delegations to the Arab world. to the Chechens and Palestinians. 9 . and Baroness Warsi.S. Lord Ahmed. Safir Ahmed Safir Ahmed has been the Executive Director of Zaytuna since June. Gillian Gibbons.
10 . She is also part of Mosaic. Saquiba’s research interests lie within Industrial and Organizational Psychology.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Some of her mediation efforts resulted in opening up lines of communications to facilitate the implementation of an irrigation system that provided irrigation to over 40. Sufiya Ahmed Sufiya Ahmed set up her own company. and implementation of Sodexo’s nationwide Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Program. communications.000 people in eight villages. an event organised by the ruling Sheikh to encourage Arab children to the joys of reading. As an HR Generalist for Corporate Human Resources reporting to the Vice President of Human Resources. and managing the vendor. Saquiba is a Certified Trainer for Diversity Awareness for Frontline Employees. with a focus on cross cultural communications. BIBI Publishing. A graduate of the University of Maryland. ‘Zahra’s Trip to Misr’ is scheduled for release in September 2009. she was primarily responsible for managing programs and events for diverse external partners. a four year relationship uniting corporate America to create a safe haven for executive women of color. Currently Sufiya is acting as a judge in the children’s category at the 2009 MWA with Penguin editors and she has just returned from participating in the international Abu Dhabi book fair. resulting in a benchmark of best practices for America's companies to examine and adopt. Saquiba also served as the Sodexho Relationship Manager for Working Mother Media. Sufiya set up the BIBI Foundation to encourage teenagers from deprived and diverse backgrounds to visit the Houses of Parliament and learn more about the democratic process. College Park. the former of which was shortlisted in the Best Published Book Category at the 2008 Muslim Writers Awards in London. a Muslim charity led by HRH Prince Charles. corporate leaders and diversity professionals to speak and work openly on the most crucial issues. to bring the Zahra series to the market which follows the adventures of a young British Muslim girl. Her new book. Within Sodexo she was a member of all the network groups and is a founding members of the Pan Asian Network Group (PANG). Sufiya’s published novels include ‘Zahra’s First Term at the Khadija Academy’ and ‘Zahra’s Great Debate’. and delivers her own creative writing workshops in schools.
Brooklyn NY. He provided material assistance to and campaigned with both Reps. Ms. Gender Equity. United American Muslim Association. Apart from his official legislative duties. Assad R. Turkey. Akhter current President of the Congressional Muslim Staff Association (CMSA). He is also tasked with coordinating the Congressman’s position on the House Ways & Means Committee as well as staffing his assignment on the House Homeland Security Committee. He is married with three children and lives in Boston MA. an organization of Muslim women which focuses on human rights and social justice. Cross-Cultural Understanding. Akhter currently serves as Legislative Director to Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) where he oversees the Congressman’s entire legislative agenda and manages his legislative staff. Assad worked directly with the NJ AFL-CIO to organize and mobilize over one million labor workers which led to the election of Jon Corzine (DNJ) as Governor in New Jersey and an increase in the majority for Democrats in the State Assembly. respectively. and represents Muslim women in United Nations forums as a Non-Governmental Organization. She also coordinates Islamic 11 . Kemal Aktas was born in Corum. and then Islamic Cultural Center of Rochester. Conflict Resolution. He received traditional Islamic education from private teachers and institutions and worked as an imam and Vaiz (official religious speaker) in various cities in Turkey.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Assad R. symposia and other forums on Islam. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Andre Carson (D-IN) as they became the first and second Muslim Members of Congress in 2006 and 2008. NY. He moved to USA in 1980 and has spend most of his time as and imam first at the Turkish Society of Rochester. Rochester. He retired from active imam duties and periodically visits various masajid to give speeches. In 2005. al-Adawiya organizes and participates in conferences. Assad serves as the Aisha AlAdawiya Aisha Al-Adawiya is the Founder and Executive Director of Women In Islam Inc. Mehmet Aktas Mehmet Atkas is President of Religious Counsel. He previously worked for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (DTX) where he helped create the Congressional Pakistan Caucus and was the lead staffer for the House Science Committee. He has also spent a substantive amount of time working on political campaigns throughout America..
a networking group for Muslim journalists. Abdalla Idris Ali Mohammad S. WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York City. Ms. Al-Adawiya serves on numerous boards related to the interests of the global Islamic community. he developed and implemented Islamic and Arabic Studies curricula for elementary and junior high students. Abdalla Idris Ali is a public speaker and fund-raiser. a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET. She also serves as a consultant to numerous interfaith organizations and documentary projects on the Muslim American experience. and has served as ISNA’s President from 1992-1997. crosscultural understanding. He serves as a member on the Board of Trustees for the Islamic Teaching Center (ITC) and North American Islamic Trust. 12 . alAdawiya is a guest host and producer on Tahrir. Mohammad S. He is also a frequent guest on many talk shows in the New York City area offering his political insight. a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IoP. a Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). As an ISNA School principal.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention input for the Preservation of the Black Religious Heritage Documentation Project of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. He has written various articles in Islamic Horizons and is a member of the ATP Editorial Board. His expertise is in the area of Islamic education and Islamic Schools in North America. Alam is a Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of South Alabama. Ms. Sheikh Abdalla Idris co-organized the Canadian Islamic Banking conferences for 1996 and 1997. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). UK). He covers the political scene in the New York City area and is a former Capitol Hill reporter that was on the campaign trail covering the 2008 Presidential Election. He also is on the Board of Advisors of the American Muslim Council and past Board member of the Council of Islamic Schools in North America. interfaith initiatives. Alam Dr. and peace-building. UK). al-Adawiya specializes in developing educational forums on human rights and social justice. Ms. Aman Ali Aman Ali is a reporter for USA Today and a board member of the Muslim American Journalists Association.
This was seen as part of Asian Americans displaying “political clout beyond traditional strongholds in California and Hawaii. financing for minor Masjid renovations. LEED AP. Ali is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a product of the Islamic community of greater Detroit. He currently lives with his wife in Dearborn Heights. journalist. 2001. Ali has been involved on volunteer projects such as Masjid planning. and assessing energy conservation measures on new and existing buildings. whose play. Recently Mr. MI.GotIslam. where he contributes to the engineering and design of high performance HVAC (heating. Mr. blogger and Attorney at Law. and retail facilities. transit. "The Domestic Crusaders [www. Barve (for the 17th District). and www. is the first 13 .com. as “He is the first Muslim in the Maryland State legislature. Ali is of Indian and Pakistani descent and having elected both Ali and Kumar P.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Saqib Ali Shariq Ali Saqib Ali is a State Delegate in the Maryland House of Delegates. Shariq Ali. ventilation and air conditioning) and plumbing systems.” His election and that of Keith Ellison (D-MN) to the United States Congress are viewed as “part of a concerted march of Muslims into civic and political life” in reaction to “worries about civil liberties and immigration policy” that began after Sept.domesticcrusaders. holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering. EIT is a Mechanical Engineer at URS Corporation. Wajahat Ali Wajahat Ali is a playwright.com]. Currently he is involved in designing health care.” Ali’s election is also seen as evidence of another American minority moving towards civic empowerment by participating in the political process. “Maryland became the first state to send two South Asians to the state legislature”. having been elected to represent the 39th District in the 2006 elections. 11. and is pursuing post-graduate studies. humorist.
Middle East politics. Salam has also been deeply involved in interfaith activities. temples. churches. the leading American Muslim online magazine. and college campuses. The Los Angeles Times. which formed as a result of the Los Angeles uprising in the Summer of 1992. The Christian Science Monitor. He values working at USCRI Albany because it allows him to provide services to new comers to the U. NY.com. His first short story. he fled Iraq and lived in Jordan for more than one year before being approved for resettlement in the United States. he worked for the Japanese Embassy. Salam Al-Marayati serves as the Executive Director of MPAC. His articles and interviews have appeared on such prominent newspapers as The Wall Street Journal. high schools. The Guardian. In late 2007 he arrived in Albany. Salam also 14 . human rights. "Ramadan Blues.com) is ranked in the top 7% of all political blogs and recently rated "Great" by blogged. and shortly thereafter he began volunteering with USCRI Albany. "Ms. Salam has had the opportunity to speak to congregations at community-sponsored events.S. democracy. His blog.wordpress. After June 2006. Finally in May 2008 he started working as Reception and Placement Case Manager at the agency. He has appeared on radio and TV talk shows. the Balkan Crisis. and the Transcaucus conflict. and a contributing editor to the award winning Illume Magazine He is a contributor to the Washington Post. "Goatmilk: An Intellectual Playground" (goatmilk." was published in the anthology "Pow Wow" published by Perseus/De Capo Press. including The Dennis Miller Show.com. and has been featured on C-SPAN and NBC. Judgments. His first movie. Tonight with Deborah Norville. Politically Incorrect. The LA Daily News. He has written extensively on Islam. The San Francisco Chronicle and USA Today." was a finalist for the LinkTV Muslim American Film Contest. synagogues.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention major play about the American Muslims experience making its New York premiere on 9-11-09 at the world famous Nuyorican Theater. After completing his engineering degree from Baghdad University College of Engineering. The Chicago Tribune. Al Mahdawy was born in Iraq in March of 1973 and grew up in Baghdad in the same house his family lives in today. For the past 16 years. He was honored as an "An Influential Muslim American Artist" by the State Department and invited to their Annual Ramadan dinner. He is the recipient of Muslim Public Affairs Council's prestigious "Emerging Muslim American Artist" Award `of 2009. He acted as a translator and liaison for the other Iraqi families that were being resettled in Albany. He is an Associate Editor of Altmuslim. He served as co-chair of the Interfaith Coalition to Heal Los Angeles. the United Nations and a French NGO. Salam AlMarayati Yasir Al Mahdawy Mr. and Huffington Post. He was also recently honored as a "Muslim Leader of Tomorrow" for his journalism.
Iyad joined ISNA since August 2006 as the Director of the Youth Programming and Services Department. Iyad worked as an Islamic Studies/Arabic Teacher. She has developed courses in Arabic Studies examining the link between Islamic Philosophy. and social organizations. Her research interests have focused on Islamic studies (Fiqh & Usul al fiqh). BeliefNet. youth leader. His television appearances include “Nightline with Ted Koppel”. San Francisco Chronicle. Aisha’s Commentaries and Their Methodological Premises in Hadith Sciences. She has developed Quranic models through various courses toward building "Quranic family structure". educational. he worked with the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America as a District Executive for Powhatan District that served more than 80 scouting units. and Family and Women's issues. include: Al Qazali and his Methodology in Fiqh legislation. A few of her publications Shahed Amanullah is an award-winning journalist and editor-in-chief of altmuslim. CNN Headline News. National Public Radio.com. and youth program director in several Islamic Centers in Michigan and Ohio. civic and academic institutions seeking to understand the role of Islam and Muslims in America and throughout the world. For the period between October 2005 and August 2006. Los Angeles Times. Shahed Amanullah Zainab Alwani Zainab Alwani is a PhD candidate in Islamic Studies. His work and writings have been featured in Newsweek. and the Voice of America. BBC News. Named by Islamica Magazine as one of “Ten Young Muslim Visionaries. San Jose Mercury News. events and programs in that area. She is a Board Member on different academic. What Islam Says about Domestic Violence: A Guide for Helping Muslim Families.” he writes and speaks regularly about the challenges and opportunities facing Islam in the West. Iyad Alnachef Iyad Alnachef earned his Masters in Youth Development from Michigan State University. New York Times.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention works as an advisor to several political. Currently. and others. language and the culture at previous institutes. Christian Science Monitor. Washington Post. During that period. she teaches Islamic and Arabic Studies along with the Culture of Middle East at Northern Virginia Community College NOVA and the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. an online newsmagazine covering issues related to Islam in the West. he organized about several youth camps. Alwani also teaches Women and Family in Quran at GSISS. Between January 1999 and September 2005. Ms. the 15 .
German National Radio. Ohio. Dr. She has gained widespread recognition for developing cultural competence training curriculums for social service providers working with Muslims and Arabs.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention “Today Show”. She was awarded the prestigious APA Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology for her work with Muslim and Arab Americans. for Recovery and Community Health as the sole recipient of the 2005-7 American Psychological Association’s (APA) Minority Fellowship Program SAMHSA postdoctorate award.org. Along with altmuslim. an extensive list of reviewed mosques and schools in Muslim-minority countries. unitedmuslims. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Toledo. salatomatic. the world’s largest database of Halal restaurants and markets. followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Program Originally from Medina. the Muslim Public Service Network.com. Dr. where she received her BA in International Studies. a network of Islamic-themed websites with over 6 million annual visitors. He is also a general partner in Zakat Community Ventures. Amer is Editorin-Chief for the scientific Journal of Muslim Mental Health and consults for state and federal agencies. Mona Amer is an Assistant Professor at The American University in Cairo and Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University School of Medicine. the first “venture philanthropy” fund dedicated to promoting Islamic charitable values. Shahed has served as a board member of the United Muslims of America. and her research has been featured in international radio and print media including leading Arabic newspaper Asharq Alawsat. and halalapalooza. Patricia was awarded a Graduate Fellowship in NonProfit Management and Governance through 16 .com. Her research focuses on stress and mental health among Arab Americans in the post 9/11 era. Patricia Anton accepted Islam in 1997 as a student at Ohio State University. a comprehensive guide to Islamic ecommerce. signature properties include zabihah. a resource for civic engagement. and the Muslim Youth Camp of California. She has been invited to give keynote talks in the US. and “Hannity & Colmes. Ohio.com.” Shahed is also the founder of Halalfire Media LLC. as well as a Yale Child Study Center study of Arab Muslim youth identity. Mona Amer Patricia Anton Dr. UK.com. and Middle East. and a USA Today cover story.
Anton has worked for several Muslim organizations including The Islamic Society of North America. (Learning Islamic Guidance on Human Tolerance). She has contributed to developing trainings and manuals for “Say Peace: An Islamic Model of Conflict Resolution. She has also served on the board of Asia Relief. speaking engagements. AlMadina Institute uses time tested methods to ensure appropriate transmission of knowledge and infuse its practical application in daily lives.T. Islamic Relief. Br. Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui. and Cordoba University. He has studied the Islamic Sciences from three of the luminaries of our time. Moutasem currently resides in Columbia. Shaykh Mohsen An-Najjar. She has also studied Arabic at Yarmouk University in Jordan. George Mason University. born and raised in Hyderabad. and Shaykh Muhammad bin Yahya AlNinowy. Athaullah holds an Master's degree in Education and works for the public school system of western Maryland. Moutasem established the AlMadina Institute. As a mobile institution providing higher learning to Muslim Americans. which opened its doors in 2008. Azhar Azeez was born in 1971 in HYDERABAD. Moutasem Atiya. where she has served as board member. she is a founding member of the Muslim Peace Fellowship and sits on its board. has been actively involved in the Maryland and Metropolitan DC communities through classes. and the Institute for Defense Analysis. She has also worked on contract with the United States Institute of Peace.G.H. INDIA and has been living in US since 1995. Br. Azhar Azeez Sadida Athaullah.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Indiana University. He has bachelors in Finance from Osmania University and a 17 . earned an MA in Islamic Studies from Cordoba University. an IT professional and Islamic activist. Regularly involved in peace and justice issues. India. Muhammad Hamidullah and Director of the Muhammad Hamidullah Center. Maryland. the International Institute of Islamic Thought.” Project L. is the literary executor of the great 20th century Islamic scholar Dr. Anton is co-founder of Medina Center in Bethesda. Moutasem Atiya Sadida Athaullah Br.I. and the Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger. and has continued her graduate studies at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. and Friday khutbahs on a regular basis for the past 10 years. MD with his wife and son.
V. small and medium-sized businesses in the Chicago area and across the country. Dallas Morning news etc. After graduating from DePaul University School of Law. Azam then set out to create a brand new firm focused on the needs of small businesses and professionals. TX. Ihsan Bagby Salman Azman Ihsan Bagby is currently the Associate Professor Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky. Texas one of the large mosques in the suburbs of Dallas. American General Life and Capital One. especially those in the South Asian community. He is a regular speaker and a fundraiser for various local. he worked as an associate at a prominent Chicago corporate law firm. Mr. He has made several media appearances and was interviewed by many local and national T. Azam also serves as legal advisor to several Muslim community nonprofit organizations and is on the board of the Pakistani American Bar Association of North America and the Downtown Islamic Center. USA today. TX. Salman Azam is one of the founders of the Lakeshore Law Group LLP and is the Managing Partner of the firm. He was also a founding member & past President of Council on American Islamic Relations – Dallas/ Fort Worth Chapter. ABC. NBC. KDTN. Mr. FOX. PBS KERA. He is a member of ISNA Executive Council (Central Zone Representative) since 2003 and is also the founder and current President of Islamic Association of Carrollton. Today Lakeshore Law Group LLP represents many prominent physicians. regional and national Islamic organizations. He obtained his PhD from the University of Michigan in Near Eastern Studies and his research for the last ten years has focused on Muslim in America.000 subscribers every week on issues related to Islam & Muslims. groups within the firm. CNN. He speaks regularly on local & national radio programs and has written for various newspapers and magazines. He coordinates the Corporate and Transactional 18 . He is the founder & moderator of the weekly global e-mail newsletter which goes out to over 15. Associated Press. For last 14 years he worked for major US corporations such as General Electric. stations and newspapers such as affiliates of CBS. He is married and has two kids and currently resides in Dallas.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and currently is pursuing his PhD in Islamic studies.
national and global organizations aimed at identifying and nurturing leadership potential. Drs. Yawar’s Enduring Leadership program shows business families how to grow. valuebased professionalism and the ability to speak five languages. tourism marketing and teaching which gives him the advantage of speaking from the perspective of a practitioner and not merely as a theorist. Owais is an active member of the ADAMS center and volunteers with the educational wing of ADAMS. He transcends cultural boundaries by blending Eastern values with Western systems. Owais is a graduate of Georgetown University. the Qurtuba Institute. with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. Amnah Taufique. International Speaker. Owais Balti was born in Buffalo. yet stay together. enabling the critical transition from being ‘Person-driven to becoming Process-driven’ to create Enduring Leadership. Owais works in the area of Financial Planning and Analysis. and seminars to promote greater Islamic literacy and deeper respect for the traditional sciences of Islamic scholarship. which provides classes. Trainer and Facilitator specializing in Leadership in Family Business. He currently lives with his wife. in Sterling. are members of the ISNA Founder’s Committee and active leaders in the Islamic Society of Niagara Frontier. Owais also participates in ADAMS outreach through interfaith and community service activities. by applying case studies from both family businesses and multi-national corporations. VA. Yawar brings to bear his varied experience in bauxite mining. Thanks to his openness. He served a term as the President of the Muslim Students Association during his time at Georgetown. Yawar also works as a life coach and mentor for prominent family businesses in India and South Africa. His parents. Yawar has instilled leadership and management fundamentals within many local.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mirza Yawar Baig Owais Balti Founder and President of Yawar Baig and Associates. competence. lectures. Mohamad Ashraf and Mubeena Balti. tea and rubber plantations. 19 . NY. Its experiential learning format enhances the application of inherent and learned knowledge and skills. Coach.
practices in the area of medical malpractice defense litigation. After graduating in 1997. Bazian between 2002-2007. Berkeley. participated in interschool moot court competitions and served as a judge in many competitions. he went on to earn his Juris Doctor from The American University's Washington College of Law in 2000. Asad was a defense attorney for Fertig & Gramling Law Partnership. While at American University. is a reflection of his desire to contribute to a better understanding of Muslim attachment and informed political attitudes toward the 20 . Hatem Bazian. Bazian is a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies. Asad worked as a Level III Critical Care Paramedic. rather than looking down from the ivory tower.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Asad M. Dr. Dr. While earning his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from State University of New York at Binghamton. New York. Politics and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley as well as Academic Affairs Chair at Zaytuna College of California. and Middle Eastern Studies. Berkeley. He is a native of Cortland. DeConstructing Islamophobia and Othering of Islam. Ba-Yunus is an Associate at the law firm of Lubell &Rosen. He teaches courses on Islamic Law and Society.C. In Spring 2009. received his Ph. BaYunus Hatem Bazian Asad M. Bazian is a visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary's College of California and adviser to the Religion. the American Bar Association's official journal on administrative law. Religious Studies. Bar in 2002. Dr. a term used for academics directly connecting their research to the people. Asad has also been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. serving mainly rural and elderly patients through the Broome Volunteer Emergency Squad. Currently. Dr. a research unit dedicated to the systematic study of Othering Islam and Muslims. Bazian founded at Berkeley the Center for the Study and Documentation of Islamophobia. Dr. he was a Note & Comment Editor for the Administrative Law Review. In addition to Berkeley. Prior to joining Lubell & Rosen. in Philosophy and Islamic Studies from the University of California. . the Mager Law Group and worked as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County. Bazian's published book. also served as an adjunct professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California. Asad was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2001 and the Washington D. Bazian is known for being an organic intellectual. Jerusalem in Islamic Consciousness. Islam in America: Communities and Institutions. Dr.D.
Bank Islam Malaysia. Barzinji served as advisor and consultant to various educational. She is involved in many organizations in a volunteer capacity. Amana Mutual Funds. Nada International. Barmada is an independent contractor and consultant for several profit and non-for-profit organizations and companies with a focus on public and intercultural relations. Majlis AlShura of The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). “Islamophobie: dans le monde moderne” and an entry to Oxford's Human Rights Encyclopedia covering HR under the Palestinian Authority. Bazian is working on two books. Safa Trust. Barmada received a B. Dr. think-tanks. in Anthropology and Sociology from Rhodes College. and North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). Bazian has played a significant role almost in every human and civil rights movement in the Bay Area. He has over forty years of progressive experience in development and leadership of diverse organizations (business. Anti-Globalization Movement. charitable and professional organizations. Barmada is the President of the Progressive Muslim Network and was recently appointed as the Executive Vice President of the Council for Advancement of Muslim Professionals. educational. Bazian most recent publication is a chapter published in France. and Virtual Internment: Muslims and the War on Terrorism. DC . such as Mar-Jac Poultry. He delivered numerous lectures and wrote articles on various topics on Islamic Thought. Jamal M. alBarzinji Dr. SAAR Foundation.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Sacred City and Palestine in general. Chapter. the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS). Anti-Apartheid. and the Association of Muslim Scientists & Engineers (AMSE). nationally and internationally including the defense of Affirmative Action in California. Dr. Jamal al-Barzinji is a founding member. Currently. She is currently the Administrator for the Institute of Quality of Life at Georgetown University. The Silicon Rush: Documenting Muslim Communities in the the Silicon Valley. Dr. and organizational management. Dean of School of Islamic Revealed Knowledge & Social Sciences of International Islamic University Malaysia. American With Disabilities Act. As an activist.A. and Central American Solidarity struggles. international communications. political and charitable). a Trustee and Vice President for Research & Publications of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). 21 Hazami Barmada Hazami Barmada is Executive Director for the 2008 9/11 Unity Walk. He served as President of the Muslim Students Association of the United States & Canada. He is a founding member of International Charitable Foundation (KWT). Banking. Member of (MSA).
Sc. in Chemical Engineering. and founder of Anitur Rahman complex. and a B. Several of his parenting books have been translated to many other languages. He is a clergyman as well as an economist. who is teaching two parenting courses with the Islamic American University. overseeing large projects and driving innovations to make the Bank more effective in reducing poverty. He has written many books and articles. Principal of Islamia Aliya Madrasa.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Islamic Movements. Kumila. advocates for hungry people. Bangladesh. Imam Beg’s Educational Background includes Kamil from hadith. he served at the World Bank for 15 years. tafseer and fekaguru from Aliyah madrasa. Mirza AbuJafar Beg David Beckmann Moulana Mirza AbuJafar BegImam is Imam and Khatib of the Jamaica. Dhaka. and five universities have awarded him honorary doctorates. political commitment to overcoming hunger and poverty.S. Mohamed Rida Beshir is the co-author of four best-selling books on family issues and parenting: “Parenting in the West. with a minor in Management from Louisiana State University. Mohamed Rida Beshir Dr. and Tafseer from Mukahtil Mukarama.” “Muslim Teens.Dowrah hadith from dawandinesab. in Chemical Engineering & Fuel Technology from the University of Sheffield. is a regular contributor to the family section of several Magazines and an adviser for the Islam online website’s family section. Barzinji holds a Ph.S. Mr.S. Dr. Beshir.” “Blissful Marriage. Barisal David Beckmann is one of the foremost U. Quiraat from Muminbari. leading large-scale and successful campaigning to strengthen U. and the London School of Economics. Before that. Beshir is the recipient of the 22 . Education and Islamic Presence in the U.” and “Parenting Skills” as well as other parenting books in Arabic. (1974). and Europe.D. England (1962). including: Transforming the Politics of Hunger and Grace at the table: Ending Hunger in God’s World. Current Affairs.S. Dr. Dr. U. He is a former Imam and Khatib of Masjidul Akbar Dhaka. He has been president of Bread for the World for 15 years.Sc.A. and M. Christ Seminary. Beckmann earned degrees from Yale. NY Muslim Center and Principal of the center’s weekend school.
and co-founded and chaired The Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW). and counter-terrorism strategy. ISNA. in Development Studies from Sussex University in the UK. Egypt. She has worked with many international agencies and NGOs. and a law student at Yale Law School. Iman Bibars Isra Bhatty Based in Cairo. she is an MPhil candidate in Evidence Based Social Intervention at the University of Oxford. including UNICEF. and a Ph. Iman Bibars is launching Ashoka's program in the ARAB WORLD.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention City of Ottawa Certificate of Appreciation for the year 2003 for his volunteer work in the area of Education as well as other City of Ottawa awards for valuable services to community children in year 2006. He has held various volunteer national/local elected positions with MSA. 23 Isra Bhatty was born in Leeds. He is an Engineer by profession. criminal law. and MAS. He is one of the founders of Human Concern International. He is a regular speaker in ISNA. Dr. Iman has a BA and an MA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo (AUC). ICNA.. scholarship. Iman is herself a social entrepreneur. where she is studying on a Rhodes Scholarship. such as female heads of households in the poorest slums of Egypt. street vendors and garbage collectors. an NGO providing credit and legal aid for poor women who head their households. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a college junior and won several prizes for leadership. Her research and work interests are in disability policy. with over 30 years of experience in Da’wa in North America. Catholic Relief Services. she works on government outreach to Muslim and Asian minority communities. She has committed her life to work with marginalized and voiceless groups. MSA. Outside of school. CARE-Egypt. She has served as a multi-lingual translator for detainees at Guantánamo Bay and has worked closely . Currently. England and raised in northern Chicagoland. Iman is a regional expert with more then 22 years experience in the social sector of the Arab World and the Africa region. In the U. GTZ and KFW. She graduated from The University of Chicago in 2006 with majors in Economics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. social intervention for “at-risk” minority youth.D. He is actively developing and delivering training programs to various Muslim communities all over the world.K. criminal justice policy. MAC and MAS conventions with the Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN). and service to the south-side community. Iman also joined the Georgetown University Arab Studies MA Program and was a Parvin Fellow at Princeton. street children. Isra has pursued a range of interests.
In 1997. Istanbul Turkey and currently pursuing MS degree in Information Library Science . an organization that provides trademark double-weekend seminars in Islamic studies. Boston. He was the Imam and religious leader at The Islamic Center in El Paso since his arrival until the end of 2007. he went to work as a relief program aide under the international umbrella of relief agencies to rebuild the war-torn Bosnia. MA. He is also an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute. He is married with three children and lives in Lawrance MA. a Turkish Daily Online Newspaper. Turkey. He travels around the nation to teach academic classes in Islamic studies as well as to speak on different social subjects pertinent to the lives of Muslims in the West. reporter for AKRA FM radio station. he immigrated to the U. Thereafter. and in the year 2000. after the war was over. then in Madinah where he graduated as class Valedictorian with the highest honors from The Islamic University of Madinah’s College of Shariah (Fiqh and Usool) in 1996. He is also the president of kemalpasha. State Delegate for Democtatic Party. He He is a member of Zoning Board of City of Lawrance. Southern Connecticut State University.com an online wholesale Turkish products business.com. He has BS in Arabic Literature and Language from Selcuk University.com.S. Yaser Birjas is presently residing in El Paso. And a co-founder of Practimate.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Yaser Birjas Kemal Bozkurt Shaykh Yaser Birjas is originally from the Holy Land and was born in Kuwait in 1970. Konya. 24 . MS in Banking and Insurance from Marmara University. MA and School Committee Candidate for City of Lawrance.com and mgreenpages. Kemal Bozkurt is Reference Librarian at Lawrance Public Library in MA. He is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of habername. MA.com a world-class marriage training program for practical practicing Muslims in the West. Mr Bozkurt is the founder and publisher of the Green Pages Muslim Business Directory and Editor-in-Chief of habername. Texas. New Haven CT. He started his career in Electronic Engineering in 1988 in the UAE. MA.
Washington. including Bumpin’ in My SUV and the Baghdad Blues. He has published and presented papers on Islam and development. DC. In January. His debut CD. Based in Washington. he also worked as Director Project MAPS: Muslims in American Public Square. Shahid Buttar Shahid Buttar. He is also editor of two volumes of the Project MAPS: Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square: Fears. from 2003 to 2008. From 1978-1983. Dr. was released in 2008 and features music from the funk. He has a vast experience in all aspects of survey research. blues. is Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) and the People’s Campaign for the Constitution (PCC). Zahid H. a member of Gallup International. The Pew Charitable Trusts awarded a grant of $1.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Zahid Hussain Bukhari University of Karachi and Ph. Dr. Islamabad. Previously he served as Counsel to Muslim Advocates’ Program to Combat Racial & Religious Profiling. two organizations aimed at raising awareness about the impacts of national security policies on civil liberties and privacy interests. A 2003 graduate of Stanford Law School. which examined the role and contribution of the Muslim community to the American public life. American Muslim Studies Program (AMSP) at the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Hopes and Aspirations and Muslim in America: Engaging Polity and Society in Post 9/11 Era (forthcoming). drum 'n bass. Dr. He is also serving as Executive Director of the Center for Islam and Public Policy (CIPP). As a musician. and South Asian fusion traditions.25 million for this purpose. Buttar also served the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy as Associate Director for Communications & Outreach. Georgetown University. Dr. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. Bukhari’s research interests focused on religion and politics in the United States and South Asia. house. Bukhari was elected President of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) for 20092010.D. Bukhari is currently working as Director. he worked as executive director of the Pakistan Institute of Public Opinion (PIPO). Buttar has long advocated in defense of the Constitution. Shahid has performed around the world for audiences as large as 50. he served as Professor Lawrence Lessig’s Constitutional Law Teaching Assistant and as Executive Editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal. hip-hop. Bukhari has a Masters in Economics from the 25 .000. Muslim public opinion in the US and other related topics in national and international forums. Get Outta Your Chair. DC. From 1999-2004.
Islamic-oriented site on the Internet. Adbusters. in International Relations and French Language. In 2003. he learned from a young age the values of compassion. André Carson Mas’ood Cajee Mas’ood Cajee is a California-based dentist.org. journalist. France and is proficient in French. He continues to advise various community. Indiana. Maryland. 26 . and Muslim thought leader. counterpunch. and policy issues for various publications including the Buddhist journal Turning Wheel. Ms. Minaret. and Britain’s QNews. Mas’ood created cybermuslim. current events. Mas’ood now resides in northern California with his wife and two sons. he completed a Masters in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and was a California Endowment Scholar in Health Policy at Harvard University. Ms.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Sarah Cady Ms. Having visited 45 states and over 25 countries on four continents. Currently he is a contributing editor at Fellowship magazine and a columnist for altmuslim. Mas’ood also serves as a senior member of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. As an undergraduate in 1993. Fellowship.com. Cady received a dual B. Cady supports partner agencies in the Reception and Placement Program. and philanthropic organizations in the United States and abroad. She has also worked as a refugee Case Manager/Job Developer in USCRI’s Albany field office and as an Americorps member with the International Rescue Committee in Baltimore.A. Prior to working at USCRI HQ. Congresswoman Julia Carson.com. He went on to obtain a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice Management from Concordia University-Wisconsin and a Masters in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. Beliefnet. He has written on interfaith relations. the nation’s oldest and largest interfaith peace and justice organization. A board member of the Muslim Peace Fellowship. and has served on several other boards including the National Council of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. She studied in Strasbourg. Cady worked with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in New York City as a Program Associate supporting resettlement around the United States. Literature and Culture from Syracuse University in New York State. integrity and determination. Raised and mentored by his grandmother. media. the first Congressman André Carson is a 34-year-old native of Indianapolis.
he was a principle architect of the church's award winning "God is still speaking. The Rev. Department of Religion. Inc.EZ Representative. he was responsible for the denomination's efforts in public relations.Department of religion. Adjunct Professor . Robert Chase Sami Catovic Sami Catovic is a NewJersey attorney.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention For almost a full decade. and securities. a new justice-based global initiative of the Collegiate Church of New York. He first served as a Local Board Investigative Officer for the Indiana State Excise Police for nine years before being detailed to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security's Intelligence Fusion Center in 2006. working to responsibly bring an end to the war in Iraq and to restore America’s role as a respected global leader. Chase has served congregations in New York and New Jersey and was founder and President of Creative Connections in Media. a full-service communications company. marketing and education through print.000. Chase served as Director of Communication for the 1. radio. was responsible for the UCC's multiple web sites and served as publisher of United Church News with its circulation of more than 200. which oversees all components of the nation's housing and financial services sectors including banking. 27 . Congressman Carson currently serves on the prestigious Financial Services Committee. At the United Church of Christ.2 million member United Church of Christ. His ambitious agenda includes working to create economic opportunity for Hoosiers. He is an awardwinning video producer with more than 100 productions to his credit and he has standing as an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.. Board member of New Jersey Muslim Attorneys. Robert Chase was called to be the Founding Director of Intersections. André devoted himself to law enforcement and the protection of Hoosiers across Indianapolis." identity campaign. public and assisted housing. Member of ISNA Executive Council . video and emerging electronic technologies. real estate. the church's historic media justice agency.Temple University. Previously. Co-Chair of 2009 National Convention Program In September 2007. Among other marketing efforts for the UCC. Phd Student at Temple University . insurance. He also served as Executive Director of the UCC's Office of Communication. pushing forward comprehensive affordable healthcare legislation.
Dadabhoy spent over 15 years at Wells Fargo and was most recently a District Manager in Long Beach. leasing funds. His written work has appeared in journals and newsletters and as chapters in books. mutual funds. broadly defined to include banking. IFSB is the international standardsetting body of regulatory and supervisory agencies that have a vested interest in ensuring the soundness and stability of the Islamic financial services industry. Prior to that. DC area. Shaykh Yusuf is also a special consultant. Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo scholar whose career spans more than 30 years. the 2003 book that introduced Sukuk and transformed the world’s Islamic capital markets. Dadabhoy. he earned a BA in Business Administration from California State University at Fullerton. capital markets and insurance. He is married with two children and enjoys spending time with his family in various outdoor activities. Mr.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Owaiz M. Based in the Washington. home finance providers. In addition. Shaykh Yusuf wrote the introduction to “Islamic Bonds”. alternative asset managers and others. His entries on the terminology of Islamic Finance appear in The Oxford Dictionary of Islam. Investment Manager. “Islamic Retail Finance and Islamic Finance: Innovation & Growth”. Dadabhoy is active with charitable and community activities. including Euromoney’s “Islamic Asset Management”. banks. Shaykh Yusuf is the author of “A Compendium of Legal Opinions on the Operations of Islamic Banks”. including index providers. he was Senior Sales Director for Wells Fargo’s Wealth Management group in Los Angeles where he managed six Sales Directors and led a team of over 200 licensed bankers. Mr. Shaykh Yusuf is a well-known and respected Shariah advisor and Islamic 28 . the first English reference on the fatawa issued by Shariah boards. Dadabhoy Owaiz M. institutional investors. His three-volume publication has become the standard reference for Islamic financial institutions. Raised in Southern California. he serves as a Shariah advisor to over 20 global financial entities. joined Saturna Capital in August of 2008. Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo is currently the Chief Shariah Officer and Board Member at Shariah Capital. co-founding the UPLIFT Charitable Corporation in 2006. real estate funds. appointed by the Asian Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah to the International Financial Services Board (“IFSB”) on the subject of Sukuk. California.
reviewing state standards. and others. and the online curriculum World History for Us All. a chapbook of poems and has had several other poems featured in various publications. He has presented papers and made presentations at a variety of venues including: the 45th and 46th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology. For the past three years she has conducted the educational outreach program 29 . in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. as well as co-authoring a paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association (1995). and is currently in the doctoral program at George Mason University. NAACP Criminal Justice Conferences (Jamaica. Susan Douglass has an M. Other writings include You Are Almost There. a Masters of Professional Studies degree from the New York Theological Seminary. The Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. 2002). Muslim Alliance in North America (1st and 2nd) Annual Conference. 2002). and many articles and book chapters. During 2006. She served as an Affiliated Scholar with the Council on Islamic Education for over a decade. New York). in History from the University of Rochester. Baruch College (CUNY). DeVeaux has published papers in New Directions in Evaluation: a Publication of the American Evaluation Association. Major publications include World Eras: Rise and Spread of Islam.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mika’il DeVeaux Susan Douglass Mika’il DeVaux has over 25 years of experience working with men incarcerated in New York State maximum-security prisons and many who released following long periods of confinement. and Crescent International.A. and a Masters of Arts degree from The College at New Paltz (SUNY).A. DeVeaux received a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Bernard M. She contributed to online teaching resources such as the IslamProject. and designed The Indian Ocean in World History online resource. a children’s book Ramadan (Carolrhoda Books. Imagine This. Teaching About Religion in National and State Social Studies Standards (Freedom Forum First Amendment Center and Council on Islamic Education.org. the Smithsonian Freer Gallery teaching guide Arts of Islam. she was Senior Researcher for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. 622-1500 (Thompson/Gale. 2000). a small narrative that focuses on incarcerated Muslims. reviewing over a dozen commercial textbooks in development. teaching resources for the Council on Islamic Education and the National Center for History in the Schools. and developing instructional resources. a B.
He is presently Vice President of AADT and the Primary Coordinator/Spokesperson for the Rev. including building cross sector collaborations. CONAC efforts have led to thousands of new registered voters. effective May 2007. and for-profit businesses.the election of three Muslims to the Texas SDEC.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention at the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding. One of his primary areas of focus has been full-time Islamic Education. He has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Milan. established to improve and increase political awareness in "new Americans". has been active in local Islamic Community organizations for over 25 years having held Shura (Board of Director) positions with the Islamic Society of Greater Houston and in Denver and New Orleans. and in the management of their growth. strategic planning and marketing.J. over 70 Precincts Chairs in the Houston area. J. and homeowner associations. He served as a Democratic member of the United 30 .J. Besides Islamic-related community activities. which is a non-profit political action group. Dr. Duff Jean Duff is a seasoned management professional with broad experience in the start-up of non-profit social enterprises. She brings experience developing all aspects of service and policy organizations. Italy and an MS from Penn State Univ. She is the Executive Director of CIFA (Center for Interfaith Action). school district committees. Jean F. and was recently elected to the Texas State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC) as the male representative of the Asian American Democrats of Texas (AADT). Coalition of New American Communities (CONAC). a nonpartisan government watchdog organization. has held leadership positions in mainstream civic and local community organizations like charitable institutions. program development and evaluation. and fundraising.J. Durrani is a grassroots political activist in the greater Houston area. Durrani Bob Edgar A. public and community relations. A. A. For the past 17 years she has worked exclusively with organizations serving the poor and advocating for social justice. and recently culminated in a historic first -. Robert William (Bob) Edgar is president and CEO of Common Cause. A. He has also led the efforts to establish Islamic Boy Scouts troops in the local communities. and he has been instrumental in the creation and establishment of five Islamic schools.
2007. has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. non-profit "citizens" lobby working to make government at all levels more honest. open and accountable. and former Co- Keith Ellison has represented the Fifth Congressional District of Minnesota in the U. Representative 31 . Maha ElGenaidi Keith Ellison Maha ElGenaidi is the Founder and President of Islamic Networks Group (ING). Bob Edgar was named president and CEO of Common Cause. organization in the movement for Christian unity. Bob arrived at Common Cause with a long history of leadership and public service that included 12 years in Congress. Prior to his position as president and CEO of Common Cause.S. ElGenaidi is currently ING's CEO. Commissioner on Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission. (NCC). She is a former commissioner on Lt. ElGenaidi has spoken to hundreds of schools. and is author of seven training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims. as well as eight training modules for public institutions on "developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community". Ms. and Advisor to California's Commission on Police Officers Standards & Training (POST) for hate crimes and cultural diversity training. churches. n May 2007. corporations and other public institutions.S. The Fifth Congressional District is the most vibrant and ethnically diverse district in Minnesota with a rich history and traditions. chair and Vice-chair of the Bay Area Hate Crimes Investigators Association (BAHCIA). He was the general secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA for seven years immediately before arriving at Common Cause. She is the recipient of numerous civil rights awards which include the “Civil Rights Leadership Award” from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations. Ms. House of Representatives since taking office on January 4. and the "Citizen of the Year" Award from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.S. The Fifth District includes the City of Minneapolis and the surrounding suburbs. Governor Cruz Bustamante's "Commission for One California". he came from the post of general secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention States House of Representatives from 1975 to 1987. and to connect citizens with their democracy. the leading U. police departments. the “Human Relations Award” from the Santa Clara County Human Relations office. a national nonpartisan. representing the 7th district of Pennsylvania.
strengthening ISNA’s relationships with the Muslim community in North America. UK where he studies Orthodox Church under Ottoman Empire in the Sixteenth Century. Elsanousi also serves on the board of directors and advisors for several interfaith organizations including the board of governors of the Religious Communicators Council (RCC). Human Rights (EHR) and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Shariah and Law from the International Islamic University in Islamabad. and promoting civil and human rights. Ankara. the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission (IBC). IN. Alarabia. After serving as an imam and preacher (Vaiz) in Bursa. Mr. Elsanousi is the Director of Communications and Community Outreach for ISNA. Mohamed has contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of Philanthropy in America and the American Journal of Islamic Social Science. Mr. He holds Two MA degrees. Turkey for many years. and has basic fluency in Urdu. His responsibilities with ISNA include fostering interfaith relations. the Evangelicals for Dr. He is proficient in Arabic and English. he has hold for various managerial positions at the Religious Affairs of Turkey (Diyanet). Turkey. Mohamed Elsanousi Gazi Erdem Mr. CSpan. a Master of Law from Indiana University in Bloomington. Al-hurah." His roots as a community activist and his message of inclusivity through democratic participation resonates throughout the Fifth District. Bursa Turkey where he studied The Knowledge at the era of Me’mun the Abbasid Caliph and the other degree is in Islamic Studies from Selly Oak College of Birmingham University. His priorities in Congress are: promoting peace. He completed his Ph. He has been the Attache for Religious 32 . prosperity for working families. first one is Islamic History from Uludag University.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Ellison's philosophy is one of "generosity and inclusiveness. and a graduate diploma in philanthropic studies from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy. and other media outlets. and supervising ISNA’s projects with interfaith organizations and the federal government.D degree in Islamic History from Ankara University. Turkey where he studied Christians under Ottoman Empire between 1856 and 1876. Elsanousi has appeared on Aljazeera. and submitted an article to the American Journal of Law and Society . Pakistan. He serves as a national liaison and representative for ISNA at numerous interreligious conventions and conferences. Bursa. Gazi Erdem has a BS Degree in Religious Studies from the Divinity Faculty of Uludag University.
Dr. Ottoman History and Christians under the Ottoman Empire. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion. Islam: The Straight Path. Dr. and the impact of Islamic movements from North Africa to Southeast Asia. he brings his clients a global awareness of best practices. Makers of Contemporary Islam (with John Voll). Through his decades of experience in a diversity of organizations and industries. Iman M. Islam and Democracy and Iman Faris Mr. political Islam. Saleemah AbdulGhafur Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur is an author and activist (faith-based initiatives and gender equality in Islam). his family was one of the pioneers that helped establish the 33 . Islam and Politics. Esposito is Editor-in-Chief of the 4 volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World. The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?. His more than 30 books include: Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam (a Washington Post and Boston Globe best seller). He is currently a member of the World Economic Forum's Council of 100 Leaders and a recipient of the American Academy of Religion's 2005 Martin E. Erdem is expert in many areas such as Islamic History. Iman grew up in the North American Muslim community. Faris is a senior management consultant. and Who Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think: With Dalia Mogahed. Islamic Cililizations. Religious leadership. What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam. John Esposito John Esposito is a University Professor as well as Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. She also consults on a variety of interfaith projects and volunteerism efforts. and proven coaching methods. A consultant to the Department of State as well as corporations and the media worldwide. She works with Malaria No More. a leading non-profit formed to advance the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by ending malariarelated deaths by 2012. change management principles. with a career spanning multiple industries from training and political advocacy to technology and construction.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Affairs to the NY Consulate General of Turkey. Esposito specializes in Islam. Interreligious Dialogue in Islamic Sources and History. Esposito is Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.
From his formative years. daughter Ayesha. Santa Clara. and working groups. Iman continues his involvement as a leader and organizer. CA and Islamic Society of East Bay. Dr. He was the founding member of Muslim Community Association. He has also been involved with local projects. Fremont. Today. regional and national Muslim community lectures. IMRC also provides medical and emergency aid during natural disasters and man made disasters such as riots. humanitarian and health care services to the orphans and the needy in India. IMRC has been working since 1982 to provide education. He has been active in Muslim community in North America since the early 70’s.in 2007. Manzoor Ghori founded Ameen Housing Cooperative Inc. an advocacy group for justice and mutual understanding and Islamic Network Group (ING) which delivers educational programs relating to Islam and Muslims. conferences. He is the founder and board member of North American Islamic Shelter for the Abused (NISA) that supports victims of domestic abuse. and coordinator and contributor to a variety of local. host of the local Muslim radio show. CA. including: annual festivals on the occasion of Eid. a youth activity. India.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention community. This organization provides an alternative for home buyers looking for ways to avoid interest-based bank loans. Ghulam Nabi Fai is the Executive Director of the Washington-based Kashmiri American Council /Kashmir Center. This trust launched Jahangirabad Media Institute in 2005 and is about to launch a university Jahangirabad Institute of Technology . or mosque building. Manzoor was also on the advisory board of Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR). He is the founder & chairman of Jahangirabad Education Trust. There was always a community project to help with and to learn from whether it was a relief effort. He is the founding chairman of the San Francisco 34 . and the rest of his community-minded family. Iman’s parents drove home a sense of community and imparted to him and his siblings a rigorous sense of duty to give back to society. including Abraar School. He is extensively involved in youth work. delivering lectures to high school students and training youth leaders. Manzoor Ghori Ghulam Nabi Fai Manzoor Ghori is the founder and chairman of the Indian Muslim Relief & Charities (IMRC). managing youth camps. as board member of several local organizations. Iman is supported by his wife Zameela. in 1994.
Fai is also the Member of the Board of Director of Istanbul-based the Union of the NGOs of the Islamic World.Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities at Geneva. 7th. The Washington Post. JOURNEY THROUGH TEN THOUSAND VEILS. 35 . Morocco.) at the hands of an ancient Sufi Sheikh. Her book. He has been living in exile since August 1980 for his political beliefs. At twelve. dispelling many stereotypes such as the proposition. 8th. it is by entering into the heart of Islam that the author was liberated. Since then. He participated in the 42nd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March 1998. Plain Dealer. she embraced Islam in El Khalil. Qatar.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention based Global Peace Forum and the Chairman London-based Justice Foundation. He also addressed the Fourth International Conference on Global Good in Honolulu. she has studied with Sufi Masters intensively around the world. He addressed the 14th International Conference on Conflict Resolution in St. Saudi Arabia. Born Jewish. He was invited to attend the 3rd. 2nd. her life became a journey in search of the liberating Truth. elevated. Wall Street Journal. Maryam Kabeer Faye Sheikha Maryam Kabeer Faye was guided from a young age to make the journey in search of Truth. 3rd. Dr. Financial Times. upon which. 6th. Fai has been a leading spokesman for the Kashmir cause for over three decades and has traveled to over forty countries lecturing on the subject. in December 1997 in Tehran. and in October. His articles appeared in The New York Times. Petersburg. were the words: SEEK AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE. that women are inevitably oppressed in Islam. Dr. He addressed the preliminary session at the Centennial Conference of Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in August 1993. Hawaii in June 2006. in November 2000 in Doha. He addressed the 46th thru 61st Sessions of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) at Geneva. and also participated in the 41st thru 57th Sessions of the United Nations Sub . December 1992 in Dakar. On the contrary. which documents both the inner and outer journey. The Washington Times. The Alchemy of Transformation on the Sufi Path. Baltimore Sun and many other foreign policy journals in the United States and around the world. Iran. Malaysia respectively. He is married and has two children.s. 9th and 10th Summit of the Head of the States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in January 1981 in Makkah. is a revealing social commentary. she was given a scroll with a painting of an ancient man walking through mountains. ten minutes away from the burial place of the Prophet Ibrahim (a. Russia in May 2006. From that moment on. He attended the 1st. Senegal. in December 1994 in Casablanca. 4th and 5th sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva in 2006 & 2007. and guided to realize the true purpose of her existence. on a journey of transformation culminating in West Africa. Chicago tribune. 2003 in Putrajaya.
She founded and currently serves as editor of Muslimah Media Watch. While completing her M. Safiya was also the student editor of the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture for two years. feminism. and Bitch magazine. Ghannam specializes in working with chronic illness. Dr. including Racialicious. and understanding. He also works and does research in the area of Global Health and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. a website dedicated to analyzing representations of Muslim women in global media. Fatemeh Fakhraie Safiya Ghori Fatemeh Fakhraie is an editor. including chronic pain and cancer. He is a Psychoanalyst and practices in San Francisco and the East Bay.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Sheikha Maryam Kabeer Faye is a teacher. Arkansas. San Francisco and . and blogger who writes about issues related to Muslims. VA where she researched and administered VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) and asylum cases for Muslim women who were victims of domestic violence. Safiya taught Introduction to Comparative Politics at the University of Arkansas for two years. ReligionDispatches. knowledge. She is also an associate editor of the new online magazine Altmuslimah. Safiya is currently the Muslim Public Affairs Council Program Director in the Washington DC office. and politics in several print and online outlets. Adjunct Professor of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. race. Jess Ghannam is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences at the University of California. writer.. She travels extensively throughout the world. building bridges of light. Dr. She has studied and worked in many countries including India.A. speaker and writer on Islam and spirituality. Safiya clerked for the Arkansas Attorney General in the Public Protection Division where she focused on fraud and discrimination cases. As an Equal Justice Works Fellow she worked at the Tahirih Justice Center in Falls Church. Morocco and Russia. 36 Jess Ghannam Dr. She earned a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in May 2006 from the University of Arkansas. Ghannam is also a Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) for the State of California. Safiya is fluent in Hindi and Urdu and was born in Little Rock.
she will begin a PhD program in Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Louis. After working for nearly 30 years as an attorney and in Jewish and political activities. Following his ordination. For the past two years. Linda is the past board chair of the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation and lives in Washington. 37 . She is the founder of the Washington Region Religious Campaign Against Torture and is an attorney. served as chair of the Dallas Jewish Community Relations Council and then went on to serve as the founding regional director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's Southwest Region. DC. where he forged alliances with Sara Hakeem has recently matriculated from Teach for America – Chicago’s 2007 corps. Gutow went on to become the founding executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council. she has taught 7th grade Language Arts at Gary Elementary School in Chicago. Louis Rabbinical Association representative to the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Gutow became the first full-time rabbi at the Reconstructionist Minyan of St. where he led national groups in formulating strategies to maintain First Amendment religious freedoms. He also organized the pro-Israel lobby's efforts in six southwestern states and helped create chapters in nearly 40 cities. Linda Gustitus Linda Gustitus serves as President of the National Religious Campaign against torture. Louis where he served as the St. where he received his ordination in 2003. Gutow. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2007. Sara Hakeem Steve Gutow Rabbi Steve Gutow is Executive Director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Republicans and Democrats. This fall. Gutow focused his career on his faith and community and attended the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. who spent more than a decade practicing law in Texas.
editor. Imam Magid is also well known for his counseling and family counseling expertise. Board. He was born in Sudan. including Ghazali's Ihya-Uloom-al-Deen. public intellectual. peace activist. Imam Magid studied at the hand of his father and other notable scholars. NY. the son of a leading Islamic Scholar and the Mufti of Sudan. After two decades of general spiritual studies. Member. Imam Magid is also well known as an effective communicator to our youth and for work with other organizations and interfaith dialogue. Member of the Arab. Muslim Sikh Advisory Committee to the FBI Washington Field Office. and aspiring servant of Allah. She founded the Muslim Peace Fellowship in 1994 and serves as its Executive Director. freelance theologian. His other Islamic activities and responsibilities include: East Zone Representative on ISNA Executive Council from 2001 to present.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Rabia Terri Harris Mohamed Hagmagid Ali Rabia Terri Harris is an essayist. her Master’s from Columbia University in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures. Harris received her Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in the field of Religion. practicing chaplain. Imam Mohamed Hagmagid Ali is the Vice President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and also serves as the executive director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling. gaining ijaza in several disciplines. She is presently organizing the Muslim "house" of a tripartite Abrahamic peace community centered around an organic gardening project at the Stony Point Conference Center in Stony Point. sometime translator. and holds a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary. 38 . Chair. Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington Assembly. Harris has spent the last fifteen years concentrating on the theory and practice of Islamic nonviolence. Fairfax Youth Partnership. Fairfax (VA) Faith Communities in Action. Virginia.
and organizing volunteer health services in public schools.allowing them to be able to participate in the Special Olympics. Hanson is author of Faithful Yet Changing: The Church in Challenging Times (Augsburg Fortress. Sister Asma Hanif is presently operating a holistic health center. Mark S. Herbert W. In 1995. thus will become during this term the longest-serving Presiding Bishop in the ELCA's history. “Fertility Awareness – How To Achieve or Avoid Pregnancy”.) 39 .Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Asma Hanif providing free blood pressure screenings in community centers for the elderly. Clinical Herbologist and Natural Childbirth Instructor. to women in shelters. and the Medical University of South Carolina. performing physicals to the mentally and physically challenged . as well as authored a rape prevention pamphlet entitled. Naturopathic Physician. In 2003. to those in group homes. and current. teaching at Coppin State University. “What A Woman Doesn’t Know Can Hurt Her”. (The ELCA's first Presiding Bishop. Wholistic Health. Hanson was elected President of the Lutheran World Federation. providing. “Maintaining Vaginal Health Naturally”. Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Chilstrom. adolescent health services/AIDS prevention program. providing health services to the homeless. in order to provide health services for underserved and uninsured women and children. Mark Hanson She has been a practicing Muslim for over 25 years. He serves on the executive council on the executive board of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U. she established Al-Nisaa.S. Hanson is the third. and to those in foster care. Education and Social Services Center. a role which he serves concurrently with his role as ELCA Presiding Bishop. served two 4-year terms.A. She teaches workshops on “How To Prevent Breast Cancer Through Diet and Self-Breast Exams”. as well as organizing community based outreach programs which include. graduated from Howard University. She is a Certified Nurse Midwife. In 2007 Hanson was reelected on the second ballot. a faith-based practice. Minneapolis: 2002).
civic and religious groups on inter-faith dialogue. Maher Hathout Aziza Hasan Aziza Co-Directs NewGround: A MuslimJewish Partnership for Change. Pakistan . local. various presentations at national and international meetings. Among the numerous offices he holds. from these grow camaraderie and genuine friendship. MD is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston. Facilitated conversations. The program is a joint endeavor between the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and the Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA) and brings members of both faith communities together for frank. He is also a Charter Member of the Pacific 40 .Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention levels. TX. He has Postgraduate training at the St Louis University. is a retired physician best known for his tireless commitment to public service. and youth leadership training. pluralism and Israel/Palestine. at conferences. explore issues at the personal. community organizing. She has led numerous workshops for international scholar forums. gender. and conflict resolution in Muslim communities. substantive dialogue. He graduated from Dow Medical College. Aziza has given various speeches to audiences across the country that included introductions to Islam. Hathout is MPAC's Senior Advisor. Dr. national and global Maher Hathout is a leading spokesperson for the American Muslim community. forgiveness and peace in Islamic tradition. He has approximately 25 publications and abstracts. university/college campuses. identity. Dialogue sessions are based on the premise that honest communication forges meaningful relationships. Karachi. Aziza also coordinates inter-faith relations for MPAC by working with religious leadership in Southern California in the areas of social justice. New Ground doesn t shy away from discussing the tough topics such as. He is an international figure who is highly regarded as a positive voice of Islam offering a unique and valuable perspective on national and international issues involving Muslims. and youth engagement. Waheedul Haque Waheedul Haque. community education and outreach.
Dr. Currently at work on Sophia’s second adventure. Houston. He appears frequently on national television and radio talk shows. Houston. and Attending Pathologist at the Methodist Hospital.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Council on International Policy. human rights. She then moved with her family to USA in 1979. Najiyah Diana Helwani is a home-grown Kansas girl who feels blessed to be Muslim and of Midwestern heritage. The New York Times. Hyderabad. democracy.wordpress.com. and then moved to The Methodist Hospital at Houston. Policy." "Islamic Democracy. The Wall Street Journal and The Christian Science Monitor. and sits on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Alliance. Haque emigrated to Canada. Haque. poems and short stories will be delighted to see how well the two value systems compliment each other. and attained the rank of full Professor at The University of Texas Medical School at Galveston. and underwent postgraduate training in Obstetrics & Gynecology in Hyderabad. Haque has been a member of IMANA for the past 20 years. and Bosnia. Ottawa. and South Africa to lecture on Islam and Muslims. TX." He has traveled to Australia. MD is Professor of Pathology at Cornell Weill Medical School. TX She graduated from Osmania Medical College. Hathout has written extensively on Islam. TX. Pakistan. Abida K. the western partner of the Council on Foreign Relations. Middle East politics. She was Director of Anatomic Pathology for several years.S. Malaysia. Canada. Hathout has been invited to Capitol Hill and the State Department several times to address a variety of topics such as "Islam and U. and contributed approximately 50 book chapters on Pulmonary Pathology in these texts. Currently she is Professor and Attending Pathologist at The Methodist Hospital. She is actively involved with resident teaching and research. Egypt. Kuwait. Currently she is Vice President of IMANA. Dr." "Emerging Trends in Islamic Movements. 41 . Readers of her novels. India. and had postgraduate training in Pathology at the Ottawa Medical College. Co-Edited 5 books on Pulmonary Pathology. His articles and interviews have appeared in such prominent newspapers as The Los Angeles Times." and "the Future of the Middle East. Before that she has served as the Chair of IMANA Bylaws committee. Dr. Haque has more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and presentations. Dr. Haque Najiyah Diana Helwani Abida K. India. Najiyah invites readers to share their time travel wish lists on her website http://najiyahhelwani. Dr. New York. She has been Treasurer and Secretary of IMANA from 2006-2008.
a current executive committee member of the Muslim Alliance in North America. Her six children remind her what is important in life. England. Project Row Houses in Houston. Islamic awareness and religious diversity.” She is frequently used as an expert by national media and major international news programs and recently received press in Associated Press. NY.the state of the art management training program of MSA National. D’Amelio Terras in New York. a faculty member of COMPASS . Studio Museum in Harlem. Switzerland and Thomas Dane in London. NY.dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence. Artists Space in New York. chair of the Leadership Development Committee of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Peaceful Families Project . Additionally Hewitt has received a 2008 Art Matters Grant and a 2009-2010 Radcliffe Fellowship Residency at Harvard University. New York. Sculpture Center in New York. Syria. the Yale School of Art (2004) and at New York University as a Clark Fellow for Africana/Cultural Studies (2001-02). The Contemporary Art Museum in Houston. CA. where she teaches English at Yarmouk University and is collaborating on writing the history of Kansas City’s Muslims and Arabs with her husband Bassam. The Washington Post.. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions also include The High Museum in Atlanta. and especially Muslim adolescents. Ohio. The Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford. cultural competency. and Arab Relations. Lubna Ismail Altaf Husain Altaf Husain is a native of Cleveland. and his research interests include the Lubna Ismail. Arab and American cultures.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention integration of immigrant and refugee families. in the United States. Najiyah lives in Damascus. TX. TX. Husain is a former two-term national president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA). She was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. and she is also blessed to have a wonderful co-wife and three co-kids in Damascus. She is the author of “Doing Business in the Middle East and North Africa” and “Finding Diversity. Arndt & Partner in Zurich. GA. CT. Leslie Hewitt Leslie Hewitt was raised in New York City and studied at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (2000). Inc. BBC World News and PBS’ Religion and Ethics NewsSelected as a Peace Fellow for Seeds of Peace and a Malone Fellow in Middle East and Islamic Studies by the National Council for U. Luby participated in a study visit to Saudi Arabia. She has been selected to 42 .S. LAXART in Los Angeles. founder and president of Connecting Cultures. is a training specialist with over fifteen years of experience in the areas of cross-cultural communication. Dr.
She currently team teaches a class on Islam at San Francisco City College. ISNA Election Committee(2005-2008). Texas Student Publications(1995). Member of Goose Creek District(Loudoun County) Boy Scouts of America Committee(200 A National Convention 2009(Washington 6current). and presently works as a 43 . Through ING she has delivered hundreds of presentations in schools. Ameena is an editor of ING training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims. Past Vice President of ADAMS(2000-2002). Rizwan Jaka Ameena Jandali Ameena Jandali is a founding member of Islamic Networks Group where she works as Content Development Director and volunteers as long time speaker and trainer. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California. ISNA National Convention 2002(Washington DC) Steering Committee Chair(2002). and B.A. ISN DC) Steering Committee Chair(2009). the Arabian Society for Human Resource Management conference in Bahrain and the Society for Human Resources’ Workplace Diversity and annual conference as a professional on the cutting edge of emerging cultural and religious diversity issues and Islamic awareness.A. Mr. Jaka Mr. Ashburn Soccer Club Coach(2003-2005).000 circulation -1994/1995). University of Texas Student Government(1993). Board Member. Luby has been providing training for hundreds of law enforcement and military officers on Arab and Muslim Americans and on Iraq and Iraqi cultural considerations. Board Member. Rizwan O. Dulles little League Baseball Manager/Coach(20042008). in History from the University of Illinois. churches. Cub/Boy Scout Chartered Organizational Representative(2004-Current). as well as author and editor of training modules for public institutions on developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community. and other venues on Islam and related subjects. Jaka's community involvement includes: Board Member of ADAMS(June 2008. Jaka graduated with Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from University of Texas at Austin in 1995. Past President of ADAMS(2002-2008). University of Texas Student Government Representative(1992). University of Texas Daily Texan(50. CCMO Election Committee Chair(2003-2007). of University of Texas.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention present at Iraqi Reconstruction conferences. ISNA Youth Strategic Planning Committee(2004). She received her M. Editorial Columnist. Chair of the Board of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. Islamic Society of North America(ISNA)(2008-Current).May 2009). universities. colleges. Citizens Affairs Committee Co-Chair. Chair of DC Area Eid Committee(1997Current). and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. ISNA East Zone Conference Steering Committee Chair(2006 and 2007). Berkeley.
the Society of Photo-Instrumentation Engineers. He is North American Editor of Optics and Laser Technology. Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs. Director of Center for Advanced Materials at Tuskegee University. In her spare time. He is an elected fellow of the Optical Society of America. He has served as guest editor of 16 technical journal issues. the Institution of Engineering & Technology. Shaik Jeelani is professor of Mechanical Engineering. and race and immigration. Program in Materials Science and Engineering at Tuskegee University Jamillah Karim Jamillah Karim is Assistant Professor in religion at Spelman College. She is author of the book American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race. Karim is author of 15 text books and over 325 research papers. GA where she was raised in an active Muslim community in association with Imam W. in Ohio. an American Muslim women’s magazine..Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Manager of Technology Sales Consulting in the Technology Industry.D. Islamic Education 44 . Shaik Jeelani Mohammad Karim Dr. she contributes to Azizah. Mohammed. the Institute of Physics. women and Islam. Jewish. and Bangladesh Academy of Sciences. Tuskegee. and Muslim Understanding in New York. and Director of Ph. and Gender within the Ummah. which explores relations between African American and South Asian immigrant Muslims in the United States. in Islamic Studies at Duke University. She lectures frequently within Muslim communities. presented her research to several scholarly communities including Harvard and Princeton. Jamillah is originally from Atlanta. a Member of the Editorial Board of Microwave and Optical Technology Letters and of World Journal of Modeling and Simulation. and has served in the past on the boards of Center for Christian. Inc. Class. Islamic Council of Ohio.D. an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions of Education. She specializes in Islam in America. Dayton Islamic School. Karim has Mohammad Karim is Vice President for Research of the Old Dominion University. AL.D. Mohammad Karim serves on the boards of North American Bangladeshi Islamic Community (NABIC) and Virginia Coalition for Community and Justice (VCCJ). She obtained her Ph.
got his Ph. in Islamic History and Culture from Faculty of Arts. He passed national Exams for Waiz (Preacher and lecturer in Islamic Sciences) and Mufti (ordained and authorized to give Fatwa and religious verdict in Islamic field) and qualified for those jobs. Kavakci was elected to the Turkish Parliament. Kavakci sits at the Editorial Board of academic journal. and Persian and forthcoming in English. graduated from Hasircilar Qur'anic School (Adapazari) with a training in Tajwid. She is the author of five books among which are Basortusuz Demokrasi (Turkish). She is a consultant for US Congress Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe and a columnist for Turkish daily Vakit newspaper. Turkey. Kavakci received a bachelor's degrees in Law from The College of Law of Istanbul University and also in Islamic Studies from the Institute of Higher Islamic Studies. She took her case to European Court of Human Rights and won in 2007. National Conference of Christians and Jews in Ohio.D. Qira'ah. Merve Kavakci Yusuf Kavakci Dr.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Foundation of Knoxville in Tennessee. the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in 1999. He worked as Muadhdhin (Professional caller to prayer. and Avicenna Academy in Bronx. Arabic (Sarf and Nahw). Sakarya. Hadih. French and Italian. Hirka-i Sharif Mosque). translated to Arabic Dr. Mediterranean Quarterly. Imam (Kara Ahmed Pasha Mosque in Topkapi). D in political science from Howard University. At an early age (8-9 years) he accomplished memorizing whole Qur'an (Hifz al-Qur'an). an MPA from Harvard University where she was recognized as Edward Mason Fellow and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from University of Texas at Dallas. and allied Islamic Sciences. Dr. She is hafiz-al Qur’an. Prior to her academic career she served as the head of foreign affairs of Welfare-Virtue Party’s Women’s Commission. Istanbul University. and Waiz in the governorships Fatih and Beyoglu in Istanbul. 1938 in Hendek. However she was prevented from serving her term by the secular fundamentalists due to her headscarf. After working as Assistant Professor and as Associate Professor in the Institute of 45 . Fiqh. Yusuf Ziya Kavakci was born on June 22. Tafsir. Merve Kavakci is a Lecturer of International Affairs at George Washington University. Kavakci holds a Ph.
Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Islamic Research, Istanbul University, he helped to establish the first college of Islamic Studies in modern Turkey. The College of Islamic Studies is now a part of Ataturk University, Erzurum where Dr. Kavakci worked as senior faculty. He chaired Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh and other departments and got full professorship in Islamic Law and worked as Dean of the College. His professorship in Islamic Law was the first such position in Turkey after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. He was educated in the traditional Ottoman way of Islamic Studies as well as in modern methods of teaching in today's universities. He is a board certified attorney in Turkey and practiced Law in Libya, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and attended numerous International Conferences on Islam. He was involved in the activities of the Islamic Conference and was in charge of the Muslim Minority students sponsored by Islamic Development Bank in Turkey.
Asma Khalid is an aspiring international correspondent. She is a Reporter for the National Public Radio, National desk. She was born and raised around Chicago, but has spent the past few years studying in and exploring parts of Europe and Asia. Asma recently graduated from the University of Cambridge with an M.Phil (don't ask her to explain what that means) in Middle Easters/Islamic Studies. Though most of her journalism experience stems from print, she's increasingly fascinated with radio and its power to convey people's emotions in a way that's physically impossible in other types of media.
Hena Khan is a Pakistani-American writer who lives in Rockville, MD with her husband and two sons. She is the author of nine children’s books for Scholastic Book Clubs, including several titles from the popular Spy University series. Night of the Moon, published by Chronicle Books, is her first picture book, and her first book on a Muslim theme. Hena was moved to write the book by a desire for Muslim-American children, including her own, to identify with the story of Yasmeen and her family as they celebrate a very special time of the year— Ramadan. She also hoped to share some of the cultural traditions of Ramadan and Eid with people from other backgrounds, and to foster understanding of the MuslimAmerican community. Night of the Moon has received very positive reviews from the industry, including a starred review from Booklist, and it was selected to be a Parents’ Choice Approved Book.
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MJ Khan is a living example of the American Dream. Earning two Bachelor of Science Degrees in Physics, Mathematics and Engineering from the Universities of Sind and Karachi, Pakistan; he went on to earn two Masters Degrees, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, and a Masters of Business Administration from Rice University. Councilman Khan was elected to Houston City Council, District F in December 2003. He currently serves on several local boards as well as seven City of Houston committees including the International Liaison and Protocol Committee and the Flooding and Drainage Committee – both of which he chairs. Known for his leadership in the community, Council Member Khan has been honored by the City of Houston and other prestigious organizations. In April of 2007, USCIS-U.S. Department of State honored Council Member Khan with the Outstanding American by Choice Award in Washington, D.C. Secretary Condoleezza Rice, Department of State (DOS), gave the keynote address to the recipients. In 2008, Council member Khan received the Asian American Leadership Award from Asia Society Texas Center and the Leadership Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
Dr. Muqtedar Khan is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware. He is also the Director of the Islamic Studies Program. He earned his Ph.D. in International Relations, Political Philosophy, and Islamic Political Thought, from Georgetown University in May 2000. Dr. Khan is a Fellow with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He was a Senior Nonresident Fellow with the Brookings Institution [2003-2008] and a Fellow of the Alwaleed Center at Georgetown University [2006-2007]. He has been the President, Vice President and General Secretary of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists. He is the author of American Muslims: Bridging Faith and Freedom (Amana, 2002), Jihad for Jerusalem: Identity and Strategy in International Relations (Praeger, 2004), Islamic Democratic Discourse (Lexington Books, 2006) and Debating Moderate Islam: The Geopolitics of Islam and the West (University of Utah Press, 2007). Dr. Khan frequently comments on BBC, CNN International, FOX and VOA TV, Bridges TV, NPR and other radio and TV networks. His political commentaries appear regularly in newspapers in over 20 47
Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention countries. He has lectured in North America, East Asia, Middle East and Europe. Dr. Khan is from Hyderabad in India. He is married to Reshma and has a son Rumi, and a daughter Ruhi. encouraged her to explore and appreciate her own.
Suhail A. Khan is the Senior Fellow for Christian-Muslim Understanding at the Institute for Global Engagement. He is a Washington, DC based attorney and has previously held many government positions. Khan served as Policy Director and Press Secretary for U.S. Congressman Tom Campbell (R-CA) where he worked closely on a variety of legislative initiatives, including religious freedom. More recently, Khan served as a senior political appointee with the Bush administration. He served in the White House Office of Public Liaison assisting in the President's outreach to various faith communities. Khan also served as Assistant to the Secretary for Policy under U.S. Secretary Mary Peters at the U.S. Department of Transportation. While at the Department of Transportation, Khan was awarded the Secretary's Team Award in 2005 and the Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement in 2007. Khan serves on the boards of the American Conservative Union, the Islamic Free Market Institute, the Muslim Public Service Network, and the Indian American Republican Council. He has spoken at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the Council for National Policy (CNP), the Harbour League, and the National Press Club. He has written opinion pieces for various publications including the Washington Post/Newsweek Forum On Faith. He was born in Boulder, Colorado to parents who emigrated to the United States from southern India. Khan is the oldest of five children, grew up in California, earned his high school diploma from St. Lawrence Academy, a private Catholic college preparatory school in Santa Clara, in 1987. 48
Zeba Khan is Founder and Director of Muslims Americans For Obama, 2008. Born and raised in Ohio by civically minded Indian-Muslim immigrants, she learned early on that giving back to her community was her duty as an American and as a Muslim – whether that was going door-todoor with her father collecting money for the homeless in her city or pitching in with an interfaith Habitat-for-Humanity home with her mother. Her parents, as progressive as they were religious, sent her to a Jewish day school for nine years, where she learned about Judaism how to speak Hebrew. On the weekends, she attended Sunday school at her local mosque, learning Arabic and about Islam. Her parents made sure that she knew the differences between Islam and Judaism, explaining the Islamic perspective on every topic she was taught at school. At the same time, they were ever careful to explain the respect Muslims should have for their Abrahamic brothers and sisters in faith. She truly believes that her own adherence to Islam as an adult is in part credited to her religious Jewish friends from her youth who welcomed her into their homes and community and shared with her the joy and spiritual fulfillment they felt from practicing their faith. Their commitment to their faith,
Prior to her service with the Senate Judiciary Committee. Khera received her B. Killmer. Feingold (D-WI). and was an editor with the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. At Wellesley.A. she worked for six years directly for Senator Russell D. which resulted in the firm being honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. Ambassador Riaz Khokher is considered one of the most seasoned and experienced diplomat of Pakistan. she served as president of the student body and co-founded the first Muslim students organization. Prior to joining Muslim Advocates and NAML in 2005. is the Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign Against 49 .D. She also worked with Ross. Ms. At Cornell. Subcommittee on the Constitution. Killmer Reverend Richard L. In the Senate. and Property Rights.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention He earned a B. Ms. Riaz Khoker and the Indian ambassador to the United States were both interviewed by Michael Moore to highlight the fact that both countries have levels of extreme poverty yet spend 60% or more of their budgets on defense related assets and program which in turn will become obsolete anyway Richard L. Senate Judiciary Committee. from Cornell Law School in 1994. serving as the lead associate on several pro bono employment discrimination cases. with honors in political science and economics from Wellesley College in 1991 and her J. the United States and China before taking the top post of foreign ministry. Civil Rights. Ambassador Khokher also served as Pakistan's ambassador to India.S. Farhana Khera Riaz Khokher Farhana Khera is the first Executive Director of Muslim Advocates and the National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML). a Presbyterian minister. Khera was an associate with Hogan & Hartson. Dixon & Masback.A.D. in political science from University of California at Berkeley in 1991 and a J. from University of Iowa in 1995. al-Muslimat ("The Muslim Women"). specializing in commercial and administrative litigation. Khera was Counsel to the U. He was the former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan serving from June 2002 to February 2005. and was the Senator's lead staff member in developing anti-racial profiling legislation and organizing subcommittee hearings on racial profiling. Ms.
Abd elKader was a man of deep faith combined with chivalrous humanity. He has also served as a Visiting Fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1985-1988. Domestic Hunger and Poverty. and codirected the Child and Family Justice Project. During that period he directed the Special Ministries/Vietnam Generation. Kentucky after the merger of the Presbyterian Church US and the United Presbyterian Church.S. living safely in Brazil.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Torture – an interfaith organization of over 250 religious organizations committed to ending U. Previously. world famous and with young new wife. Mr. Popular in 1930s and 40s. From 1980 to 1996. Killmer was the director of Environmental Justice and director of the Economic Justice and Domestic Hunger Program Ministry of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. he had served as the program director of the Churches Center for Theology and Public Policy located at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington. intellectual openness and warrior courage. He was appointed to that position on May 2007. This led to a reflection on Zweig’s life built on faith in humanism and individualism. From 1996 to May 2002. he served as the first director of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program working first in the national headquarters of the United Presbyterian Church in New York and then moving to Louisville. and now Commander of the Faithful: A Story of True Jihad. He served there from June 2002 to May 2007. John Kiser John Kiser’s books have a contrarian flavor: Profiles of entrepreneurial scientists (Communist Entrepreneurs: Unknown Innovators. He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and has two degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. wealthy. Killmer has written many articles and resources for publication and co-authored two books. Mr. making him a hero in the Muslim and Christian worlds of the 19th century. Zweigs’s works are being revived by NY Times Books. 50 . While in that position. DC. Underlying these books is an inquiry into what guides and sustains people in difficult times. he founded the Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light and co-founded the Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger. He received the Climate Protection award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency for his work while at the National Council of Churches. Kiser was perplexed by Zweig’s suicide in 1942. 1988) when the popular view of Russia was one of technological incompetence in the communist world. Muslim-Christian harmony (Monks of Tibhirine: Faith Love and Terror in Algeria. Mr. 2002) when people were touting irreconcilable differences between Islam and the West. Commander of the Faithful is the third book of a trilogy that began with Stefan Zweig: Death of a Modern Man (1995). Killmer worked for the National Council of Churches previously from 19701980.-sponsored torture.
and he has give lectures on Islam and Muslim Societies at various public forums. He is member of Broome County Council of Churches Interfaith Committee. Sufism at Broome Community College. churches. expansion and diversity of the Muslim community in New York City. a religious seminary in Istanbul. which is renowned world famous oldest Islamic University. with Professor and Rabbi Lance Sussman. There he studied five years of Islamic Law as well as Modern European Law. Turkey. He moved to Cairo. Kopuz has studied traditional Islamic sciences starting at a very early age. He is the Imam of Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier at Binghamton. Brooklyn-based artist Nsenga Knight. Egypt. classes on World Religions and Biblical History at SUNY Binghamton. in Middle Eastern History. video and oral history. He has taught. Turkey. He is married and has three children. Then studied towards MA in Islamic Law at Marmara University. explores the spiritual and community lives of Black women who converted to Islam prior to 1975 and pioneered Brooklyn’s oldest Muslim communities. Kasim Kopuz Shayk Kasim Kopuz was born in Rize. Istanbul. He has been Imam of the Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier since 1993. in 1992. Zehra Betuland Hamidullah Eren Kopuz. He moved to Binghamton as Imam in 1993 and joined Graduate Program at SUNY Binghamton. specializing on the Islamic Scholars and Knowledge Production in Ottoman History. He is currently working on his PhD.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Islamic Sciences in traditional Islamic School in Rize and then continued his traditional as well as modern education at Istanbul Imam Hatip Lisesi. Istanbul Turkey. and because "who these women are have a very direct effect on who I am. which earned him title of Hafiz and then he learned Arabic and traditional 51 . He has memorized the entire Qur'an. and earned his Law Degree at Istanbul University School of Law. named as Hafsa Nihal. Nsenga Knight Through Photography. Nsenga has experienced the transition. to continue his higher Islamic studies at Al-Azhar University. Knight chose women because their stories were seldom told. schools and clubs in and around our locality. New York. Reared in the indigenous Muslim communities of Brooklyn. He earned MA in Middle East History at Binghamton University in 1999.
Some of the areas that were covered during his journey of seeking knowledge are: the Science of Hadeeth (Prophetic Narrations). has BS in Chemical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University. Usual al-Tasfeer (Quranic Hermeneutic). He and his wife Hollie have four beautiful children. New Castle. Radwan acquired his early religious education in the old city of Damascus. with a major focus in marketing. he served as imam with several congregations and delivered lectures and sermons in mosques. universities and places of worship. DE He has performed extensive multidisciplinary research and founded several successful start-up companies . Usul-al Fiqh (Science of Exegesis). Syracuse NY. his birthplace.A. Istanbul Turkey and MS in Chemical Engineering and Microelectronics from University of Rochester. middle and high school students at the Islamic Society of Delaware. board member etc. graduated in 1991 with honors from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. a non for profit educational ministry dedicated to share the mercy and love of God. Murat Kose is Founder and President. He is the founding imam of Love God Congregation at al-Wadood mosque in Norfolk. Imam Radwan is married. seeking knowledge is a lifelong journey. The first (in the USA) Halal Meal Plan was implemented during his presidency at Syracuse University. He was the president of MSA both at the University of Rochester and Syracuse University.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Radwan Kouatli Murat Kose Imam Radwan Kouatli is the founder of Love God institute. and became a US citizen in 1999. He moved to the USA in 1987. Kose is married with five children and lives in New Castle DE. Radwan is also the author of Live Your Life on Purpose. Since 1997. NE where he lives and serves as the teaching imam. Nurtel Telecom. Mr. He also coordinated settlement of Kosovo Refuges in the Syracuse Area. To Radwan. He also completed all the requirements except dissertation for the PhD in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering in Syracuse University. He along with his wife currently runs a volunteer tutoring program for elementary. He has always being active at local community at various capacities as teacher/principle of Sunday School. 52 . Rochester NY.B. Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) and Aqeedah (Theology).
On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly. and Who Ola Torgeir Lånke is a Norwegian politician for the Christian Democratic Party. the Executive Board of Israel Bonds of the Greater Washington 53 . Harvard. Kronemer has published essays in numerous newspapers and journals.-Arab Relations. Ola Lanke Alexander Kronemer. Mr. having graduated from the MF Norwegian School of Theology as cand. State Department focusing on U. and has been reelected on three occasions. He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Sør-Trøndelag in 1993. from 1975 to 1976. Outside of politics he has worked as a priest. including during CNN’s historic live coverage of the Hajj in 1998. He has appeared as a CNN commentator on several occasions. In 2000. he has shown community involvement in the Jewish Council for the Aging..000 member Congregation.S. Senior Rabbi is senior rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation. Allah Made Me Funny: The Official Muslim Comedy Tour. Along with the daily responsibilities of leading a 3. M.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Alexander Kronemer Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think. foreign policy and Islam.theol. On the local level Lånke was a member of Trondheim city council from 1991 to 1993. Mr.L. Aetna. Nike. He has lectured to the National Council on U. in 1977. Bruce Lustig Rabbi Bruce Lustig. co-founder of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) is a frequent writer and lecturer on religious diversity. and Disney.S. A Prince Among Slaves: The True Story of an African Prince Enslaved in the American South.H. the youth wing of the Christian Democratic Party. Kronemer served a one-year appointment at the Bureau of Human Rights in the U. Kronemer is the Co-Executive Producer of the UPF films: Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet. Islamic awareness and cross-cultural communication. Since 1997 he is a member of the national Christian Democratic Party board. Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain. Mr.S. including the Christian Science Monitor and the Washington Post.A. Talking through Walls: How the Struggle to Build a Mosque United a Community. He was the chairman of the Youth of the Christian People's Party. He has a Master’s in Theological Studies from Harvard University.
undertook several rehabilitation projects in earthquake affected areas in Gujarat and Kashmir Valley. He holds a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.S. Edina has appeared on national media outlets. including the Wall Street Journal. which served as a precursor to the annual conference of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). including CNN. Chicago Tribune. and flood affected areas in Assam. representatives to the International Conference of Muslim Young Leaders. Madani is an Islamic scholar from a long line of Islamic scholars. In all settings. Bihar and Orissa. Edina's work has also been featured in several leading newspapers. An enthusiastic social worker. and Los Angeles Times. tsunami affected areas in Andhra Pradesh. Edina acts as a spokeswoman for the American Muslim community to media outlets. Edina Lekovic Mahmood A." In 2003. Edina was invited by the Malaysian government to be one of two U. academic institutions. Edina has also participated in numerous national and international conferences and interfaith dialogues speaking on a variety of issues related to American Muslims. He is also the author of Composite Nationalism. Rabbi Lustig received a Bachelor of Arts degree (with honors) from the University of Tennessee. government officials. and community groups. Since joining MPAC. MSNBC. Associated Press. the National Liaison for National Day of Prayer. District of Columbia Division. and the History Channel. He is a pro-active leader of Washington's Interfaith Community and organized the nation's first Abrahamic Summit bringing together Christians. Madani As MPAC's Communications Director. Washington Times. 54 . Edina represented MPAC at a United Nations seminar on "Confronting Islamophobia. Jews and Muslims for dialogue. He is a graduate from Deoband and is currently a member of the Parliament of India representing Uttar Pradesh. contributing part of the American fabric. December 2004. Edina works to enhance the political and social participation of the American Muslims by sharing tools and avenues for engagement that will lead to a future in which Muslims are a positive. In Maulana Mahmood A. the Mayors Faith Advisory Board. he has a long track record of providing relief and rehabilitation to the victims of man-made or natural disasters. BBC. interfaith leaders.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Area. and the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society. the UAHC Rabbinic Network on Youth Suicide.
Bangladesh and an International Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies from the European Peace University in Austria. Sakil Malik Sakil Malik is the Director. He taught at Syracuse University.C. Graduate School of Islamic & Social Sciences. CARE International. As a development worker. College Park. Previously. policy advocacy. International Development Division at the International Reading Association.C. Union College and St. Currently he works as the outreach director for the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center in Northern Virginia and serves as the chair of government relations of the Muslim Alliance of North America. He served as Muslim chaplain of Howard University in Washington. PRIP Trust (Former PACT/USAID Project) in Bangladesh. holds a Master of Arts degree from the Aligarh University. Head of the National Association of Muslim Chaplains in Higher Education. he has a thorough understanding of cultural. India. and the Advocacy Institute. D. Inc. D. manager. Sheikh Maghraoui holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a master in Physics. Mokhtar Maghraoui is a Hafiz and is best known for his Tazkiyat al-Nafs (Purification of the Soul) retreats and thought-provoking seminars that empower Muslims in their spiritual quest. and facilitator with extensive experience in international and development management in the areas of NGO and socio-cultural development. a native of Bangladesh.. gender. Washington D. organizational development. He is currently a resident Scholar at the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (Florida) and counselor to many National Islamic Organizations. 55 Originally from Algeria. cultural competence and workforce development. Program Coordinator for Child Welfare League of America's International Office in Washington. He also worked for SITBRAC Global Partnership and TAF Democracy Partnership Program. Johari Abdul Malik Johari Abdul Malik is the President of the Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations. he served as a Program Manager for Capacity Building and Advocacy at World Learning for International Development. He manages multimillion dollar grant funded projects around the world. He has recently started his PhD Coursework at University of Maryland. President of the Muslim Society of Washington. Rose. Sakil is a development worker.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mokhtar Maghraoui Washington. small-enterprise development and micro credit. Sakil. and a founding member of the Muslim Advocacy Commission of .. project design and planning. D.C. trainer. Dr.C. political. Previously he served at the Shari'a Scholars Association of North America and Fiqh Council of North America. a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Dhaka University.
He is a former President of the Council for Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA) Dakar. a commission formed to improve access to city government.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention economic and social issues in developing countries. Mr. Urdu. Al-Marayati was born on September 2. Sakil has published his articles in international newsletters and journals. His book Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism won the 1998 Herskovits Award of the African Studies Association of the USA. His family left Iraq and immigrated to the United States in 1964. He then received an executive master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California-Irvine (UCI). Al-Marayati is the director and one of the founders of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). Senegal. high schools. Hindi. Mr. Iraq. and college campuses. Al-Marayati earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Bio-Chemistry from the University of California (UCLA). He has been director of MPAC for the past ten years. synagogues. He later changed careers and served as a liaison to the Muslim community for Los Angeles City Councilman Robert Farrel. Al-Marayati served as a Board member of the American committee to Save Bosnia. Mr. and promote respect. In 2001. a committee formed to lobby Congress and the Administration to end the genocide in Bosnia. Mr. He is also the Director of Columbia's Institute of African Studies. Sakil is fluent in five languages. 1960 in Baghdad. and Arabic. a public service agency aimed at disseminating accurate information about Islam to the American public. He has been named as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by the US magazine Foreign Policy in May 2008. At his present position. 56 . politics and international relations has made him an important voice in contemporary debates about Africa. Maryland with his son Shafin. he was one of nine scholars to present at the Nobel Peace Prize Centennial Symposium. English. Mamdani's reputation as an expert in African history. Mahmood Mamdani is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government in the Departments of Anthropology and Political Science at Columbia University in the United States. daughter Samreen Salam S. Al-Marayati serves as a commissioner of the Human Relations Commission in Los Angeles. Al-Marayati has had the opportunity to speak to congregations at community-sponsored events. churches. Salam S. Also. Al-Marayati worked as a process chemical engineer in the semiconductor industry for two years. Mr. Mr. tolerance and justice. reduce discrimination. temples. AlMarayati Mahmood Mamdani Mr. He is now an American citizen. Sakil lives in Laurel. Bengali.
Jane Smith). co-owner of the LIFE Homeschool group. Priscilla Martinez is a homeschooling mother of six children in metropolitan Washington DC. The Christian Science Monitor. He serves as executive director of the U. and Upper Loudoun Little League. designed to help parents new to home schooling. Dr. The LA Daily News. the Balkan Crisis. Father Massa stated "Together. The Chicago Tribune. She volunteers for the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. She has written for Islamic Horizons and Educating the Muslims of America (ed. In an interview given last year." Father Massa is a member of the North American Academy of Ecumenists. Father Massa has long been a proponent of interreligious dialogue. Father James Massa Priscilla Martinez Father James Massa is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and a graduate of Fordham University.S episcopal conference's Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. He has appeared on radio and TV talk shows including C-SPAN and NBC. and the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and and lectures around the country on topics related to ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention He has written extensively on Islam. Yvonne Haddad and Dr. The Los Angeles Times. and the Transcaucus conflict. Martinez frequently delivers seminars and workshops 57 . Muslims and Catholics face a common adversary in the form of an aggressive secularism that denies transcendent moral principles that undergird the rule of law and respect for human dignity. She was elected to the Board of Directors of The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers in 2004 and also served as the Chair of the Board’s Public Relations Committee. the Girl Scouts Council of the Nation's Capital. The San Francisco Chronicle and USA Today. and founder of the ADAMS chapter of Homeschoolers Educating Assisting and Reaching-out Through Service (HEARTS). Lououn Youth Soccer Association. Martinez is the founder of the Ashburn-Sterling Homeschoolers group. the All Dulles Area Muslim Society. His articles and interviews have appeared on such prominent newspapers as The Wall Street Journal. democracy.D. human rights. the National Association of Ecumenical Officers. in systematic theology in 1997. the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington. Middle East politics. the Society of Catholic Liturgy. where he earned his Ph.
London. Baghdad. African Studies. Ingrid Mattson is the current President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and served as ISNA Vice-President from 2001 to 2006. In addition to his appointments as the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities. Previously Sr.D. McGee received a Masters in Islamic Sciences from the School of Islamic and Social Sciences in 2004. in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo in Ontario. OH. Teheran. Mazrui also holds three concurrent faculty appointments as Albert Luthuli Professor-at-Large in the Humanities and Development Studies at the University of Jos in Nigeria. Dr. New York and Chancellor of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Leeds. 58 . Prior to her Ph.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Ingrid Mattson. focusing on Islamic law and society. poverty. Dr. Ali Al’amin Mazrui Bonita McGee Ali Al'amin Mazrui is an academic and political writer on African and Islamic studies and North-South relations. Andrew D. Interpretation and Culture and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies (IGCS). Bonita worked at a full service Domestic Violence Shelter in Columbus. Nairobi.D.. Mazrui has also been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. Oxford University. and at other institutions in Cairo. Colgate University. Guyana. In 1999. White Professor-at-Large Emeritus and Senior Scholar in Africana Studies at Cornell University. Humanities and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Nairobi.A. Mattson also currently serves as Director of Islamic Chaplaincy and Professor at the Macdonald Center for Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. Professor in Political Science. Ohio State University. Mattson obtained her B. amongst others. Her publications include studies on slavery. He is an Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Bonita R. Harvard University. She earned her Ph. Georgetown. Sr. and Sussex. Denver. Mazrui retired as the inaugural Walter Rodney Professor at the University of Guyana. Canada. Philosophy. The University of Chicago. Bridgewater State College. and Islamic legal theory. National University of Singapore. Ithaca. Australia. Kenya. McGill University. in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago in 1999.
KY and is also Co-Director Geisinger Cancer Institute. he has been a valuable advisor to city managers and the Alexandria City Council on many public issues and has participated in numerous civic events and activities. Director Henry cancer Center. and he has been a respected advocate for tolerance and understanding in the City of Alexandria for 20 years. PA. and he was instrumental in launching Operation Understanding. Dept. Jack Moline has supported many city programs and activities that focus on education and the greater needs of the Alexandria community. Other volunteer efforts include being a volunteer with SARNCO (Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio) as patient advocate for rape survivors. Sr. a social service organization serving the Muslim community in Greater Columbus and surrounding areas. he has been an effective member of the Interfaith Counci.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Bonita is also the Board member and Cofounder of the Muslim Family Services (formerly the Muslim Women’s Network and Community Services). Jack Moline partners with other Alexandria clergy in their mission to increase tolerance and understanding of all faiths and peoples. Bonita served as Program Chair for ISNA’s Domestic Violence Awareness Activities and developed a website on domestic violence for ISNA. Sr.11 Remembrance. including the Call to Community. Mohammed Mohiuddin Mohammed Mohiuddin is Chairman and Professor. of Radiation Medicine. and over the years. a national organization addressing social issues and promoting social work and related fields in the Muslim Community. Chandler Medical Center. and cooperation between the African-American and Jewish communities. understanding.a domestic violence shelter in Columbus. and Martin Luther King Day. Lexington. 59 . and training to both Muslim and Non-Muslim in an effort to bridge gaps to address the social issues in the community effectively. Wilkes Barre. referral. She participated in the Rape Education and Prevention Program and later volunteered with Choices.B. which encourages respect. Days of Remembrance. Jack Moline Jack Moline has been the rabbi of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria since 1987. University of Kentucky A. 9 . Muslim Family Services offers support. She continues to provide trainings and assessments for communities in need to address the issue of domestic violence and serves on the board of the Islamic Social Service Association. Bonita began her efforts to stop violence against women and antioppression work in her years as an undergraduate at The Ohio State University.
In 2004. a researcher with the Gallup Organization’s Center for Muslim Studies and a researcher with American University’s Islam in the Age of Globalization project. 60 . he was a participant in the American Cities and Public Spaces Project. He is a full-time faculty member in the Division of Humanities/Department of History at Essex County College. Islamic reform and gender issues in Islam. Mikal N. Mubarak received her Master’s degree in Contemporary Arab Studies with a concentration in Women and Gender from Georgetown University. He is a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University and has taught Islam in the Black Experience and related courses in the Department of African-American and African Studies on the Newark campus and the Department of Africana Studies on the New Brunswick campus. a research institute at the Library of Congress sponsored by the Community College Humanities Association and funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2005-2006. NJ community. Mubarak previously worked as a Senior Researcher with the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. Her research interests include the development of Islamic family law. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and English from Florida State University. Nash Hadia Mubarak is a full-time doctoral student at Georgetown University's Islamic Studies department. Mubarak was the first female to be elected as president of the Muslim Students Association National (MSA) since its establishment in 1963.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Hadia Mubarak Mikal N. Nash (formerly Michael Nash) is a native Newarker and a pioneering researcher on the history of Islam in the Greater Newark.
non-profit with the environment. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Summa Barberton Hospital. including at conferences across the United States and in London. Chief of the 61 . Ohio. She has been practicing for 13 years in the USA. and Islamabad. a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa. She is also president and founder of The Pen and Inkpot Foundation. Mir is a Fellow of the American Gastroenterology Association and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine (NEOUCOM) in Rootstown. of each other with the thread of philanthropy and her written work. Originally hails from Canada. Washington D. She is presently working on a Library for the Lost Boys of Panyijiar. Presently. Ohio. Mir is the President of World Kashmir Awareness. Ohio.. she is principal and founder of a Sustainable and green Architecture practice called. Architecture. South Sudan. Dr. AYN Architect. Mir is the Medical Director of the Center for Digestive Diseases and Endoscopy at Summa Barberton Hospital. with woman in mind. with offices in London. Mir previously also served as the Chief of Gastroenterology. Ohio. She is a Muslim woman business owner building a social entrepreneurship of profit. in mind. an independent advocacy organization working towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict over Kashmir. Mir has spoken widely regarding the options for peacefully resolving the Kashmir conflict. Mir Department of Medicine and Chief of Staff at Barberton Citizens Hospital and the CoChair of the Physician Leadership Group for the Barberton Campus of the Triad Hospital System. people and spirituality. Dr. NCARB and the US Green building Council. In addition she is an Artist and a writer. Her Art and Architecture are compliments.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Ghulam N. LEED certified with the US Green Building Council. Dr. and President of Summit Gastroenterology Associates in Norton. Ohio. Dr. Her Art is a spiritual Art called Pen and Inkpot. Dr. Mir practices as a Gastroenterologist in Northeastern Ohio. pending publication the weave. He also serves as the President of the World Kashmir Freedom Movement. Brussels. Uzma Mirza Uzma Mirza is a registered and licensed Architect. as she phrases: ‘the stitching of a Sustainable human’. Medical Director of the Digestive Wellness Center in Norton. and Akron. One of her visions is a Green Mosque for the 21st century. She is a member of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. the AIA.C. writing and Philanthropy celebrate. Barberton. Her spiritual Art. Dr. with three internationally distinct firms. Professionally.
After many of the acquisitions. and foreign securities and provides international business management services. Inc. Currently she serves on the MSA National Board as Exofficio while working as an Organizational Strategy Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. Mirza has served as a Trustee and Treasurer and later as Chairman (198762 . In addition. the DC Eid Committee. Sr. streamlining or expanding the same. of Sterling Advisory Services. Asma holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and Bachelors in Management and Operations Information Management from Georgetown University. the year it was dissolved) of the Saar Foundation. She was also a member of the ADAMS Center Girls Scouts for 12 years. Sr. VA. Mirza has been actively negotiating mergers. Asma Mirza served as President of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) National for two terms from 2007-2009. acquisitions and sales of various sized companies and real estate projects located in different parts of the world. and an active participant in the ADAMS Center Sisters Youth Group. a Virginia not-for-profit corporation. since its inception. Mirza has more than 20 years of experience in stock investments and portfolio management involving assets ranging from $1-$10 million. and President and CEO of MarJac Investments. MarJac makes proprietary investments in U. Asma was Vice President of the MBA Consulting Club and was nominated by her classmates to speak at the MBA Graduation Ceremony. Inc. the MYNA Advisory Board. She currently lives with her family in Herndon. Malaysia. Canada. Inc. Yaqub Mirza has been President and CEO of Sterling Management Group. he served as Executive Vice President of MarJac. Sr.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Asma Mirza Yaqub Mirza Sr. Mirza also served as Vice President (1984-1994) and President (1995-2000. Treasurer (20062007) and founder and Director of the MSA Legacy Fund (2006-2007). At the University of Maryland. MarJac and its affiliates operated in the United States. MSA National East Zone Rep (2005-2006). Since 1984. (“SMG”) since 1998. Dr. Previously she served as Georgetown MSA President (2004-2005). Turkey and Zimbabwe. Dr. (“Mar-Jac”) since 1995. Dr. Dr. Asma was a member of the ISNA Shura and MYC.S. Egypt. Dr. Dr. Mirza is involved as director and officer in the development of the acquired company or real estate project by evaluating top management to maximize efficiency and profitability and then restructuring. M. Chile. Previously. From 19871995.
a Chilean producer of juice concentrates. Haroon has been selected as one of 300 Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow and participated in the Third Annual Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow Conference in Doha.A. His essays have been published in a variety of media. 63 Dalia Mogahed Dalia Mogahed is a Senior Analyst at Gallup and Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. a NASDAQ listed. Mogahed provides leadership. from University of Karachi (1969).Sc. She also . world leader of RAID technology and network management products from December 1988 until September 1999 when Mylex was acquired by IBM for $240 million. and consultation on the collection and analysis of Gallup's unprecedented survey representing the opinions of more than 1 billion Muslims worldwide.A.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention February 2003). including wins for Best Muslim Blog and Best Writing. is disseminating the findings of the Gallup World Poll to key opinion leaders in the Muslim World and the West. Haroon Moghul Haroon Moghul is Director of Public Relations for the Islamic Center at New York University. Qatar (2009). in Teaching Science (1975) from University of Texas at Dallas. in collaboration with the Coexist Foundation.D. A contributing editor and end-page columnist for Islamica. Haroon also maintains a popular blog. Christian and Jewish institutions. Dr." was released by Penguin in 2006. in Physics (1974) and M. In addition. He is a Ph. Mirza currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jugos Concentrados. The Friday Times and Tikkun. the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota. through which Gallup. which won several Brass Crescent Awards (in 2004 and 2005). which are registered with the Securities & Exchange Commission as an open-end investment company and managed by Saturna Capital Corporation. and is now an Advisor to the Board of Trustees of the Amana Mutual Funds. and has led educational and interfaith workshops to advance understanding and dialogue. "The Order of Light. al-Hurra and The National (Abu Dhabi) among others. He served on the Board of Mylex Corporation. directs the Muslim-West Facts Initiative (www. A French translation arrived in 2007. Avari. strategic direction. Dr. including Dawn. as well as guest appearances on CNN and NPR. His speaking engagements include the University of Pennsylvania.com). a Ph. She is coauthor of the book Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think (Gallup Press.D. Haroon has spoken at numerous Muslim.muslimwestfacts. (“Jucosa”). Mirza holds a M. He has been interviewed on Voice of America. traded on the Santiago Stock Exchange. His first novel. He also serves on the Board of numerous other companies. candidate at Columbia University. S. March 2008).
Marshall University . Certified Diplomat in the Subspecialty of Nuclear Cardiology Sultan Muhammad Abdul Malik Mujahid is the Chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. USA he successfully led efforts to declare rape as a war crime. is founder of Sound Vision. is a community organizer with a background in strategic communications and multimedia production. University of Tennessee. At an early age. He publishes educational resources and is co-founder of a Chicagobased multi-media production company. Sultan is IMAN’s (Inner-city Muslim Action Network) Lead Organizer on Chicago’s South-side and works around human rights issues facing marginalized communities. and social transformation. As the national coordinator of Bosnia Task Force. PA Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine. cultural engagement. nephew of Imam W. 64 . Sultan Muhammad is a native Chicagoan. His early experiences abroad and family tradition of activism have contributed to his focus on building bridges between communities by promoting common understanding. Karachi . Dept of Medicine. Deen Muhammad. He is also a board member of the Parliament of the World Religions.MPH University of Pittsburgh . and an award winning author.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Haroon is married and lives in New York City. Marriyam Moten Abdul Malik Mujahid Marriyam Moten graduated Dow Medical College . Sultan studied Arabic and Islamic sciences on scholarship abroad and is the son of the late Imam Sultan Muhammad. Karachi University . and greatgrandson of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Pakistan .
nationally as well as Internationally. He is a member of Founder’s Committee for Islamic Society of North American (ISNA). Nagamia has been actively involved in establishing and volunteering for a number of Islamic Organizations locally. He is currently Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of South Florida Medical School. After college. Rayyan concentrated his talents as PR chair producing media and promoting MYNA among the chapters. He has been a past president of Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA). Tampa. After establishing a MYNA chapter in Milwaukee. Mustafa Media Institute. Between 20052008. Nasreen currently resides with her loving family in her hometown of Arlington. During her grant. insha Allah. she will be working as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. he was introduced to MYNA for the first time and became the Wisconsin/Illinois/Indiana regional representative. Husain Nagamia Dr. Rayyan was a member of Strive . Florida. and is the founder/chairman of International Institute of Islamic Medicine (IIIM) a organization of IMANA dedicated to research in History of Islamic Medicine. He serves as Vice Chairman of International 65 Rayyan Najeeb Rayyan Najeeb will be attending Northwestern in the fall. After this period. Starting September 2009. Dr. In 2007. where she also served in the Americorps and on the board of the GW Muslim Students Association. creating national webcasts and tv shows/specials. Husain Nagamia is Chief Emeritus of Department of Cardio Vascular and Thoracic Surgery and Cardiac Transplant Center at Tampa General Hospital Tampa. Virginia. Nasreen C. she went on to live in the Philippines for nine months as a U. Mustafa earned a Bachelor of Science in accountancy and a minor in sociology at the George Washington University.S. she studied a community-based. FL. interest-free microcredit program for Metro Manila Muslims who have fled conflict in Mindanao.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Nasreen C. Rayyan continued to produce media for nonprofit organizations as a volunteer service. past Editor-inChief of Journal of the Islamic Medical Association of North America (JIMA). Fulbright Scholar and a research associate at the Economics Research Center of the University of the Philippines.
Monterrey Mexico. During the past twenty years he has made a number of presentations on ISLAMIC FINANCE in various INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC BANKING AND FINANCE conferences held in Chicago. UAE.. Sayed A. Pakistan. U. Finance & Insurance (Takaful) Conference held in Ottawa. Saudi Arabia. India. Brunei Darussalam and at Harvard University.K. Dr. Khartoum. first Interest-Free Home Ownership and Investment projects in North America. Ayman Nassar works for IBM leading endto-end next generation BSS/OSS application development for a global service provider. 66 . Japan. Pervez Nasim Br. Trinidad. China. London School of Economics in England and at Crans Montana Forum in Geneva. Dr. and Ansar Cooperative Housing Corporation. Ansar Financial Group Companies are managing investments on Interest-free basis in various Projects and Joint Ventures in excess of $80 Million in Canada. Nassar is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Chittagong. Los Angles. South Africa. Toronto. Canada in May 2007. Br. Libya. Ayman Nassar Br. Nagamia has published and presented numerous articles and papers on the “History of Islamic Medicine”. Pervez Nasim is a Bachelor of Commerce and a Certified Management Accountant. He also teaches project management and systems engineering courses.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Society of History of Islamic Medicine (ISHIM) based in Doha. Nassar is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University and the director of the Fastening and Joining Research Institute (FAJRI). Tehran. Houston. Canada. Pervez Nasim was employed by the Ministry of Finance in Canada from where he retired in 2004 after twenty-seven years of service so that he can devote more time to the various Islamic Financing & Investment Projects. Nassar Dr. and he has been volunteering his time since its inception in 1980 in Toronto. Jordan. Riyadh. Switzerland. Sayed A. He has lectured all over the world on Islamic Medicine including: USA (many cities). and is authoring a book on this subject. and is an author of several books in the area of project management and leadership. Kuala Lumpur. He is a founding member and Chair of the Board of the Islamic Cooperative Housing Corporation Ltd. Qatar. Qatar. He is also the Chair of the Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation (CITF) that is the Trust wing of ISNA Canada. Pervez Nasim is also Chairman & CEO of a number of Ansar Financial Group of Companies that organized the 3rd International Islamic Banking.
He has been volunteering to serve the community in various capacities. she coolly switched career plans and received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism from Ryerson in 1992. in Islamic studies. Other short film credits include Fred’s Burqa and Random Check. including as an Imam. Zarqa Nawaz Dr. counselor. finished a second Masters degree in Islamic Zarqa Nawaz is the driving force behind Fundamentalist Films and the creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie. He gives Jum’a Khutbahs in various Masajid. had a Bachelor of Science degree from U of T in her hands when she realized that staying out of the medical school would be her greatest contribution to Canada’s health care system. a co-production with the National 67 . Unfazed. board member.D. Nassimi has a unique and combined educational background in engineering and Islamic studies. DC (CCMO). and CBC’s The National. He is originally from Afghanistan. He has been an activist and a student of Islam in the last 22 years in the United States. Besides his BS and MS in electrical engineering and working in the fields of telecommunications and satellite communications in the last 20 years. he has also studied the Arabic language. He is a frequent and passionate speaker in different Muslim Satellite TV shows on the subjects of Qur’an and Islamic Thought. Daoud Nassimi lives in Northern Virginia and he is the vice-chairman of the Council of Muslim Organizations in Greater Washington. Nawaz’s documentary entitled Me and the Mosque. In 2005. and lectures on Islamic topics at various forums in the DC area. which debuted to large audiences and tremendous acclaim in 2007. and in various capacities with CBC Newsworld. His PhD Thesis was on a comparative review of some English translations of the Qur’an. teacher. Nawaz worked as a freelance writer/broadcaster with CBC radio. She was an associate producer with a number of CBC radio programs including Morningside and her radio documentary The Changing Rituals of Death won first prize in the Radio Long Documentary category and the Chairman’s Award in Radio Production at the Ontario Telefest Awards. marriage celebrant. Dr. and chairman.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Daoud Nassimi studies and recently earned his Ph. born in Liverpool and raised in Toronto. Nawaz. CTV’s Canada AM.
. Shaykh Muhammad has authored many books. African and Middle Eastern affairs. Usool.) from Indiana University Law School - 68 . IN. “Explanation of the Bayquni Text in Hadith”. Georgia . Mr. and specializes in immigration law. “Imam Muslim’s methodology in Hadith”. Sayyed Yahya. Hanafi/Shafi’i Fiqh. Nyang is professor and chairman of the African Studies Department at Howard University in Washington. He received his bachelors in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nyang Dr. and co-principal investigator of Project MAPS. in Annandale. WI.C. A former deputy ambassador and head of chancery of the Gambia Embassy in Jeddah. “Imam Nasa’iy’s Khasaa’es”. and Ihsaan. P. Ashraf Nubani Ashraf Nubani is an attorney and Managing Partner of Busch & Nubani. Dr. Muhammad is the director of the American Islamic Institute. Virginia. and senior Imam of Al Madina Masjid in Atlanta. was broadcast on CBC’s Rough Cuts. Muhammad bin Yahya Al-Husayni AlNinowy began his study under his father. such as Tawheed. and many others. He holds a master’s degree in public administration and a Ph. Muhammad Ninowy Sulayman S. He delved further into the fields of Hadeeth and Ihsaan on the hands of various expert scholars of both fields worldwide. Sulayman S. Nubani also has a Masters degree in History from Southern Illinois University -Carbondale. such as: “Hadithi commentary on the Shamaa’el of Imam Tirmithi”. He received his law degree (J. Nyang has served as consultant to several national and international agencies and on the boards of the African Studies Association. Dr. some of which are being translated into English and published. and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists. Saudi Arabia.  He has written extensively on Islamic.D. D. Mr.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Film Board and the CBC. Bloomington. memorizing the Glorious Qur'an and acquiring knowledge in many of the Islamic disciplines. IL.C.D. the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies. in government from the University of Virginia. Nubani is licensed to practice Law in New York and Virginia.
in Philosophy from the University of Bucharest.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Serban Popescu Yasir Qadhi Mr. After working for Dow Chemical for a short stint. and then went on to complete an M. he is completing his PhD in Islamic studies at Yale University in New Haven. Mr. where he spent ten years. and affiliates. to parents who were of the first emigrants to Houston from Pakistan (his father came to America in 1963 and is an Islamic activist and author as well). he worked as a Research Assistant at Streit Council for a Union of Democracies in Washington. specializing in hadith studies.A. Popescu’s main duties include collection. and processing assurance forms. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston. Connecticut. There. liaising with the Refugee Processing Center. State Department Reception & Placement program. Serban received his M. review. He speaks French and Romanian.A.S. he completed a second bachelor's degree. in Theology. where he lives with his wife and four children. and providing primary support to the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. he is also the Dean of Academic Affairs of AlMaghrib Institute. he decided to pursue an education in Islamic studies. 69 . in 1975. Overseas Processing Entities. Popescu began employment with USCRI as an Administrative Assistant. coordinating human resources for USCRI headquarters and field offices. and left for the Islamic University of Madinah. In addition to his studies. Shaykh Yasir Qadhi was born in Houston.A. one of the largest advanced Institutes of Islamic Studies in North America. Currently. and B. and submission of family reunification sponsorship documents from USCRI network agencies participating in the U. in Nationalism Studies from the Central European University. DC. Prior to joining USCRI. Texas.
He worked on Y2K conversion projects for several large corporations. Khurshid Qureshi is the past the president of the Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers (AMSE). now owned by Hewitt Associates. Mr. Before moving into his current role at University Islamic Financial Corp. McKinsey & Company. he worked in the information technology industry. Mr. Oklahoma. he helped to establish chapters in Texas. Before entering the world of Islamic finance. including IBM. Kansas and Arkansas. and the past president of Colorado Engineering Society. Al Hilal Youth Camp. among other things. He then spent three years as a release engineer/project manager for Cyborg Systems. He has also completed Executive Management program at UCLA. and is the past chairman of Society of Automotive Engineers Rocky Mountain Area. Dr. and CNA. which recently observed its 27th anniversary.. the latter which he currently supervises. He is a frequent speaker on Islamic & geo political issues on international circuit. Quadri graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree from the college of Business in Information Decision Sciences. he served as the member the board of directors of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). he has served as Vice President of one of the largest Mosques in the US. 70 . In the early days of the MSA. He served as a member of board of Directors of Islamic Association of Greater Detroit. In his spare time. Quadri helped form advisory councils of local imams and community leaders in three states and started two new offices. He is graduate of Oklahoma State University and Stuart School of Business (IIT Chicago).Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Amjad Quadri Khurshid Qureshi Amjad Quadri is currently the Assistant Vice President of Business Development and New Markets at University Islamic Financial. Amjad's first foray into Islamic finance was as a field sales consultant for Guidance Financial Group. Arizona. In addition. He also founded the first regularly scheduled Islamic youth camp in the USA.
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Ajmel Quereshi is currently Skadden Fellowship Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland and Director of the affiliate's Immigrants' Rights Project. While there, he manages a variety of cases involving challenges to local antiimmigrant initiatives and frequently testifies before the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates. Before coming to the ACLU of MD, he clerked for Chief Judge James G. Carr of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Mr. Quereshi received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2007, magna cum laude, and his bachelor's degree from Marquette University in 2003, cum laude. He has had articles published in the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture and the Human Rights Brief on a variety of topics including Islam and the Iraqi Constitution and recommendations to the Obama administration for changes in immigration policy
Dr. Saifur Rahman professor of electrical and computer engineering and the director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a director of the IEEE Board of Governors, and Vice President of the IEEE Publications Board in 2006. Dr. Rahman is a member of the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE.
Zeyba Rahman has been a producer/artistic director of live performances, television, film and forums for dialogue for more than sixteen years. She brings project management experience, gained as an executive on Wall Street, to bear on projects with cultural and educational organizations both nationally and internationally. These have included Asia Society, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the World Bank’s World Faiths Development Dialogue at Canterbury Cathedral in England, The 71
Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention World Millennium Peace Summit for Spiritual and Religious Leaders at the United Nations, and the Moroccan world music festivals in Essaouira and Rabat among others. In film, as a producer and partner for Jungli Billi Productions, she has completed production of Sawt-e-Sarmad: The Sound that Intoxicates Man (2004) and is in production with the documentaries NYC (2003-04) and Early Cabbage (2002-04). Dramatic feature film projects in development for Jungli Billi include Noor and a 14-part television series titled The Wandering Minstrel, a travel series exploring world music. As Chairwoman of World Music Institute, Director-North America, Fès Festival of World Sacred Music and its Giving A Soul to Globalization Colloquium, a public speaker and a producing partner for Jungli Billi Productions, Zeyba is deeply committed to the advancement of human rights and respect for cultural diversity improving the images of Muslims in America. Fatima started her career, working for ABC 7 in Los Angeles, where she refined her communication skills and contacts. Her work as a writer, field reporter and producer has been featured on many websites and newspapers throughout Southern California. Fatima has also participated in conferences for journalists across the nation. She is excited about her new position and feels it is extremely important for MPAC to have a major role in how Hollywood shapes their messages about Muslim Americans.
Hussein Rashid is a PhD candidate in Harvard University's NELC focusing on South Asian immigrant communities in the US. He has an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and a BA from Columbia College. In 1996 he aided Estonia in trying to establish commercial relations between Estonia and India, Pakistan, and Iran. During 2003 he worked with the Harvard ILS’s to create position papers on the draft Afghan constitution. He also advised a 2004 Democratic Presidential candidate’s foreign policy team on the religious issues in Iraq before consulting for a South Asia PAC. He researched the impact of 9/11 on Muslim adolescents throughout the US and Muslim blogs. In 2006 he became one of the Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow. His current research interests include the representation of 72
Fatima Rahmatullah- As MPAC's Hollywood Liaison, Fatima facilitates connections between the American Muslim community and Hollywood's film industry, both on the artistic side and business end. She works with writers, directors, producers, movie studios, and media outlets on
Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Muslims in graphic novels. He is an occasional speaker for the Interfaith Alliance, Faith in Public Life, and a teacher at the Center for Religious Inquiry. He is currently a visiting faculty member at Hofstra University. His media appearances include Air America Radio and CBS Evening News. He writes for Religion Dispatches, AltMuslimah, Talk Islam, Change the Story, and at his own blog islamicate (islamicate.com). Trustee Suffolk County Coalition against Domestic Violence. He is part of the Trustee Foundation of the Faithful, NY. He is a member of the Anti-bias Task Force of Town of Islip, Long Island, NY.
Ms. Sabeeha Rehman is the Director of Interfaith Programs at the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA). As a professional, Ms. Rehman has had a 25-year career as a Healthcare Executive and has served as a hospital administrator in New York, New Jersey, and overseas. Ms. Rehman has dedicated many years to the teaching of Islam to the Muslim youth. As a Sunday School teacher for several years, she taught Level 1 through Senior Level, including Contemporary Issues in the Young Adults Forum. As a member of the Education Committee for the Sunday School, Ms. Rehman was involved in the design of the Islamic curriculum of the Sunday School, selection of faculty, establishment of Muslim Summer Camp, and planning special events for young Muslims. She developed the first newsletter for the mosque, served as its Editor, and chaired the Editorial Board.
Br. Hafiz Rehman was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a pediatrician by profession. He serves as the senior Pediatric attending in two Long Island Hospitals and Chairman of the Performance Improvement Committee. He has been the Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at New York Institute of Technology, NY College of Osteopathic Medicine -- 1966 He has served as the Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics New York College of Osteopathic Medicine --- 1999 He is the President of IMANA --- Islamic Medical Association of North America --2008-2009. He is a life Member of APPNA. He has been the past President of Masjid Darul Quran in Bay Shore. NY He has served as a past President of Council of Masajid and Islamic Organizations of Long Island. He is a member of Bay Shore Interfaith council. He is an Honorary
Among others. the Carnegie Corporation. In addition to her work with AMCLI. the Four Freedoms Fund. and the Principal of Roumani Consulting LLC. and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Nadia received her master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. foundations. where she co-founded the Global Policy Innovations Program. A strong advocate of MuslimJewish communication and reconciliation. Today. and a junior associate in Stiglitz’s office at the World Bank from 1999-2000. 74 . a project directed by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz. and works in partnership with Georgetown’s Alwaleed bin Talal Center for MuslimChristian Understanding. and nonprofit organizations. AMCLI is housed at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture. Nadia is the President of the Board of Directors of the Muslim Public Service Network. and Moscow correspondent for The Jerusalem Post and The Forward.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Nadia Roumani Nadia Roumani is the Director of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute. and a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs. and the New York Daily News. Nadia was the Assistant Director of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue. he organized The Foundation-sponsored First National summit of imams and rabbis in November 2007 in New York. Nadia consults regularly for several international organizations. UN Alliance of Civilizations. the Rothschild Foundation. As a career reporter. He has served as New York and United Nations correspondent for the Jerusalem Post. Between 2000 and 2004. a faith-based leadership training and civic engagement program that strengthens young leaders in the Muslim community who are working towards the full participation of Muslims in American public life. she has consulted for the World Bank. Nadia is the consultant program officer for the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program. the Brookings Institution. Walter Ruby Walter Ruby has served as Muslim Jewish Relations Officer with the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding in New York since March 2008. and her bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations from Stanford University. and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. a Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. UNDP. Ruby covered President Anwar Sadat's historic trip to Jerusalem and the breakup of the Soviet Union. Nadia was the interim director for the Women Leaders Intercultural Forum. Ruby writes for many newspapers including the New York Jewish Week.
Saeed earned his B. organizing community workshops and training opportunities for teachers in Muslim Schools. In 2000. He is fellow of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and serves on the steering committee of the Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger. in Political Science from University of Punjab. Plainfield. Saeed spearheaded the campaign against the USA Patriot Act that led to the California State Resolution SJR10 against the USA PATRIOT act. Saeed was strategic force behind the creation of a first and second Muslim Bloc vote. She taught students of various grade levels and age groups. Dr. Dr.A. which is the nationwide coalition of Muslim Organizations. she earned the National Board Certification. she has given many volunteer hours. Since its establishment. In 2000 and 2004. Pakistan and M.A. He also serves on the board of several leading Muslim organizations. East Bay. Indiana.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Agha Saeed Louay Safi Dr. and Ph. in Rhetoric from University of California at Berkeley. She initiated the formation of the Muslim Teacher Association (MTA) along with other concerned Muslim Educators in 2003.D. For the last four years of her teaching career she has been in an Islamic school. Current she is pursuing a 75 . Agha Saeed is the Founder and Chairman of American Muslim Alliance and a lecturer in the Program in Asian Studies at California State University. and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS). the Islamic Horizons. Salahuddin’s relocation to the South Florida area with her family. Since Ms. MTA has sponsored five conferences for teachers. Salahuddin Patricia Zahirah Salahuddin has been an educator for the past 23 years. including the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID). He is the currently chair of American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT). Dr. Dr Saeed is the producer and host of Global Forum TV which is focused on examining major world issues from a Muslim perspective Louay Safi is the Executive Director of ISNA Leadership Development Center (ILDC). Patricia Z.
Boardmember of the Muslim Public Service Network. Mr. a non-profit organization which complete a documentary called “On A Wing and A Prayer”. and has been involved in criminal defense investigation for more than 20 years. Mr. He worked as Chief Investment Officer for ITG & Associates (Dallas) until 1999. Saturna Capital’s Director of Islamic Investing and Deputy Portfolio Manager. then as a representative with Morgan Stanley (suburban Dallas) until joining Saturna Capital in June 2003. who the magazine feels will change in the industry in a positive way in the next 10 years. Monem is also the coauthor of a new book called “A Muslim’s Guide to Investing And Personal Finance”. Colorado. specializing in federal and state criminal defense investigations. Mr. a deputy sheriff in Littleton. Boardmember of CAIR-WA and current Chairman of Peaceful Communications. Monem received the “20 Rising Stars” Award from Institutional Investor News. The award is given to 20 leaders in the mutual fund industry. and among other achievements. Abdul-Salaam has provided investigatory services for the Law Office of Dennis R. Monem Salam Rashid AbdulSalaam Rashid Abdul-Salaam is owner and president of Rasheed & Associates. under 40. was born in Pakistan in 1972.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention doctoral degree at the Florida International University (FIU) and serving on the Board of the Council of Islam Schools in North America (CISNA) as the secretary. as there WZ rep. He was also the investigator for NFL player Ray Lewis’ murder defense and was a consultant in the New York World Trade Center bombing case. 76 . Monem is active with the Muslim community in North America through ISNA. In 2008. was instrumental in locating the witness whose testimony led to Gucci Mane’s acquittal. Scheib for more than 5 years. Salam received his degrees from the University of Texas: BA (Austin) and MBA (Dallas). Raised in Texas. Monem Salam. Abdul-Salaam was a Presidential Ceremonial Guard in the US Navy.
a native of Cape Town. He has earned graduate degrees from Stanford University's School of Education and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs. DC. He has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2007. South Africa. where he is vice chair.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Jihad F. Jihad has been an adviser to the IIC Summer Internship Program and a consultant on IIC projects to increase civic engagement within the American Muslim community. Abdul-Samad also serves on the Health and Human Services Committee of the Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments. Jihad is originally from Los Angele organized an international conference on Religion. the State Government committee. He has degrees in Islamic jurisprudence (alim fadil). Prior to moving to Washington. Abdul-Samad currently serves on several committees in the Iowa House . Spain. Peace. 77 . and the Human Resources committee. education. he is also the Programs Associate for the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association. a non-profit organization in Des Moines. and Conflict. and will join the weeklong Oxford Round Table panel at Oxford at the end of July. he had been a member of the Des Moines school board.the Education committee. Jihad was an inner-city high school teacher for four years. Arabic and Islamic Studies. Since 2007. Abdul-Samad is the founder and CEO of Creative Visions Human Development Institute. Meeks (D-NY). interfaith and youth coordinator. Imam Salie has successfully Ako Abdul-Samad is the Iowa State Representative from the 66th District. the Labor committee. Saleh Jihad F. Salie will speak at Melbourne’s PWR on the intra-faith code of conduct in Michigan. and spoke at the Parliament of World Religions in Barcelona. Ako Abdul Samad Achmat Salie Imam Achmat Salie. and a doctorate in business administration. peace and eco-justice advocate. Along with his legislative duties. He also serves on the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee. and university professor. In addition to his title as Imam. Saleh is the Education and Judiciary Legislative Assistant for Congressman Gregory W. is an avid traveler and reader. Previously. Achmat Salie is a counselor.
Latino and AsianAmerican ethnic communities as well as promoting dialogue and cooperation among the Jewish.S.S. as well as its Commission on Intergroup Relations. In the mid-seventies she was Executive Director of the Minnesota Association for Non-Smoker's Rights and was instrumental in passing the nation's first non-smoking in public places state law. Corey Saylor is legislative director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Muslim. Bev developed an eye care project while at the American 78 Marc Schneier Rabbi Marc Schneier is a leading personality and spokesperson for the Jewish community. MSNBC and NPR have sought Saylor’s opinions. Saylor has more than a decade of nonprofit political communications. Fox News. an international communications agency. News outlets such as the New York Times. As one of the leading voices in the field of intergroup and race relations. The Philadelphia Inquirer named a Saylormaintained blog focused on the 2005-2006 reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT ACT. In other lives. reconciliation and understanding. education/prevention campaign for HIV/AIDS. "America Responds to AIDS" and simultaneously directed the Office on Smoking and Health's public information function. Newsweek. CNN. Beverly's interest in social issues spans most of her career. he is at the forefront of the strengthening ties among the Jewish.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Corey Saylor African-American. Saylor played a role in advocacy campaigns drawing concessions from corporate giants such as Burger King and Bell Helicopter-Boeing. Center for Disease Control. advocacy and media relations trainings across the United States. using her expertise in "social marketing" as the foundation for the portfolio. Beverly Schwartz Beverly joined Ashoka as the Vice President of Global Marketing from Fleishman Hillard. a “Web Winner. she helped design and manage the first U. Washington Post. and Christian faith communities.” Saylor has conducted dozens of civic empowerment. legislative advocacy. at the U. she built and helped manage their social issues portfolio. At Fleishman. . and media relations experience. Rabbi Schneier is President and Founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) and serves as Chairman of the World Jewish Congress American Section. Subsequently.
Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. is the president of the Institute for Global Engagement. with the Reagan White House. religion and international affairs.S. and is Founder of IGE’s Council on Faith & International Affairs. Law. Military/NGO Relationship in Humanitarian Interventions and co-author of a new book. She is an Associate Editor of the Social Marketing Quarterly and a Steering Committee Member of the annual "Innovations in Social Marketing Conference". including Doha. Beverly has published articles and given numerous presentations around the world on social marketing and is dedicated to promoting the field.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Academy of Ophthalmology. Seiple has appeared on BBC. Muslim-Christian relations. Ph. sustainable environments for religious freedom worldwide. on civil society issues and changing health and environmental behaviors when at the Academy for Educational Development. Fox News. the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London). and Beijing. a selfprofessed "think-tank with legs" promoting George Selim is a policy advisor at the U.S. International Religious Freedom Advocacy: A Guide to Organizations. and the Fletcher School for Law & Diplomacy. an intensive nine-week summer 79 . George Selim Chris Seiple Chris Seiple. and religious freedom. Hanoi.. At Fleishman Hillard International Communications she developed and directed their domestic and international social impact portfolio and was Project Director of the non-advertising portion of the Office of National Drug Control Policy's "Youth AntiDrug Media Campaign". MSNBC. Moscow. humanitarian intervention. the Naval Postgraduate School. Central & East Asia. After graduating from Stanford. he the founded the The Review of Faith & International Affairs.S. Oslo. He cofounded the National Security Internship (NSI). CN8. Apple Computers and the Mitre Corporation which supplied free eye care to indigent elderly (the project is about to mark its 20th year of operation). With a recognized expertise in national and homeland security U. foreign policy. Peshawar. She has worked globally on the problem of education reform. and NGOs. The focus of Beverly's Master of Science degree while at the University of Minnesota and the City University of New York was behavioral science. and CNN. His many speaking engagements have led him around the world. He is the author of The U. with an emphasis on getting and retaining girls in school in developing countries.D. He is a member at the Council on Foreign Relations (New York).
He currently serves as Co-Chair of Rabbis for Human Rights. UAE. bi-partisan effort to bring spiritual reflection to the work of the US Congress. and present possible strategies for resolving them in a way that both Muslms and non-muslims alike can appreciate. the problems they have to confront. Through this internship. Zakia founded the (Muslim Women Writers' Workshop )MWWWI. nurturing organization that conducts monthly writing workshops. 80 . homeland security and intelligence seminars. He recently completed a Sabbatical assignment as Senior Rabbinic Scholar-inResidence at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. He has a decades long record of activism in seeking solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. and on-the-jobtraining at DHS or the FBI. Beirut. and has traveled to many countries in the Middle East. and Sharjah. A Trophy for Bilal. Maryland and served as Campus Rabbi at The George Washington University. She has taught in public and private schools in USA. Selim helping to build the next generation of Americans trained to combat terrorist activities. and Israel) and the Interfaith Committee for Peace in the Middle East. and is looking forward to the release of her next book. She wants to present stories that illustrate the everyday lives of Muslim children and families. an American. in Sharjah. and an annual folio. He has served on a numerous other Boards including those of Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal and Tikkun Magazine. meeting and befriending people of diverse backgrounds. beginning in 1973 when he co-founded Breira. She is realizing this goal with the publication of her first book. in 1980 he was the Founding Co-Chair of New Jewish Agenda. Amman. Gerald Serotta is the Associate Rabbi at Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase. Rabbi Serotta has been very active in community affairs throughout his career. where he directed the Hillel Foundation Director for 20 years. North America. Her dream of writing and illustrating stories for children was awakened with the birth of her grandsons. is a retired elementary and art school teacher. A Medal for Nabila. Rabbi Serotta served as a university chaplain for 27 years. He is also a Board Member of the Faith and Politics Institute. He isn't doing it by training soldiers. with a Masters degree in Education and a Major in Art. Damascus. MWWWI is a networking. Middle Eastern studies. Palestine. but instead by tapping into a group of Arabic-speaking college students who want a career in public service. UAE in 2005. Bahrain. She realized that Muslims need to write their own stories. newsletters. Gerry Serotta Zakia Iman Shahbaz Zakia Iman Shahbaz. Rabbi Gerald Serotta has been involved in interfaith work through the Fellowship of Reconciliation (beginning with a reconciliation mission in 1975 to Cairo.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention program that combines language. He is a past chair of the Board of Chaplains at The George Washington University and a pastpresident of the Association of Jewish Campus Professionals. an interfaith.
Egypt. While at Rutgers. he led a successful campaign for disinvestment from South Africa.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention His undergraduate degree is from Harvard and he has an honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Divinity) degree from Hebrew Union College. Imam Zaid Shakir is amongst the most respected and influential Islamic scholars in the West. and from New York Theological Seminary in Pastoral Counseling. He is the current Executive Director of the Fiqh Council of North America. Mr. He has been an instructor in the International Conflict Resolution program at Eastern Mennonite University. from the University of Wales. he settled in New Haven. California. He holds Masters degrees from Hebrew Union College in Hebrew Literature. where he was ordained Rabbi in New York in 1974. of Islamic inheritance and Sadqa Jaaria. D. he has brought both sensitivity about race and poverty issues and scholarly discipline to his faith-based work. co-founding Masjid al-Islam. adjunct faculty at the University of Wales. and later earned his MA in Political Science at Rutgers University. Masjid al-Huda. He also did graduate work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He then left for Syria to pursue Ahmed Shaikh Ahmed Shaikh is an attorney and principal at Ahmed Shaikh. He has taught as the full time faculty at the International Islamic University. He has been active in the Interfaith Council. he accepted Islam in 1977 while serving in the United States Air Force. Aside from his traditional practice focusing on estate planning. St. Pakistan and. trust and probate matters in Southern California. Connecticut and continued his community activism. in Theology and Religious Studies. After a year of studying Arabic in Cairo. and co-founded a local Islamic center. He has memorized the entire Arabic text of al-Qur’an since childhood. He has a Ph. He obtained a BA with honors in International Relations at American University in Washington D. Islamabad. University of North Florida. Born in Berkeley. Zaid Shakir Zulfiqar Ali Shah Zulfiqar Ali Shah serves as the Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee. UK. As an American Muslim who came of age during the civil rights struggles. a professional law Corporation based in Southern California. As Imam of Masjid al-Islam from 1988 to 1994 he spear-headed a community renewal and grassroots anti-drug effort. Shaikh speaks regularly throughout the country on the issue 81 . Thomas University and Florida Community College. NCCJ and many other ecumenical forums since 1992.C. and the Connecticut Muslim Coordinating Committee. the Tri-State Muslim Education Initiative. and also taught political science and Arabic at Southern Connecticut State University. which serves as the highest Muslim jurisprudential body in North America.
Zaytuna Institute published “Scattered Pictures: Reflections of An American Muslim” an anthology of diverse essays penned by Zaid Shakir. he has taught Islamic principles. Throughout his career. Majored in Administration of Criminal Justice. and Chicago State University. In addition.S. He is a frequent speaker at local and national Muslim events and has emerged as one of the nation’s top Islamic scholars and a voice of conscience for American Muslims and non-Muslim. American men who were/are arrested. and briefly in Morocco. he was concerned about crime and its costs in human suffering. BA. he immersed himself in an intense study of Arabic. His professional career begins in the medical field as a renowned scientist specializing in cancer genetics and molecular medicine. Islamic law. In 2006. Islamic law. That same year. In 2005. and writing and speaking frequently on a host of issues. The mission of this organization is to Reduce prison violence. In 1995. In 2003. Zaki Sherif Sidney Rahim Sharif Sidney Sharif worked as a police officer in the City of Chicago for 28 years from 1959 through 1988. and Islamic spirituality. and recidivism. a translation from Arabic to English with commentary of Al Muhasibi's "Treatise For The Seekers of Guidance" was published by NID Publishers. history. he graduated from Syria’s prestigious Abu Noor University and returned to Connecticut. Quranic studies. He is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle Campus. Sherif was born in Ethiopia and came to the USA as a young teen on a full academic university scholarship. serving again as the Imam of Masjid al-Islam. he and his wife Esther established the South Shore Islamic Community Center Since 1975. M. Majored in Corrections and Criminal Justice. He worked as a police officer in both African American and European communities. where he now teaches courses on Arabic. In 2001. and spirituality with some of the top Muslim scholars of our age. For seven years in Syria.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention his studies in the traditional Islamic sciences. he was concerned about the extremely disproportionate number of African Dr. He is President and Founder of the Islamic Inmates Correctional Association of America. He also currently conducts Islamic prison ministry at Wilmot Arizona State prison in Tucson. he moved to Hayward. prosecuted and imprisoned for crimes. California to serve as a scholar-in-residence and lecturer at Zaytuna Institute. his translation from Arabic into English of “The Heirs of the Prophets” was published by Starlatch Press. and the history and life of Prophet Muhammad. as a 82 .
Sherif also received post-doctoral fellowships from Stanford. Research & Development Directorate. He held positions at NSF since 1976 managing programs with India and South Asia and then with the North Africa. Prior to that he was Program Manager. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California. teaching biochemistry. the American Cancer Society. received a M.S. He has also taught at Egyptian Schools before going to the U. and since joining the NSF on the status of scientific research in the developing world. and Thailand. Shinaishin O. Georgetown and John Hopkins Universities. Near East and South Asian the Office of International Science and Engineering at the US National Science Foundation. he has given numerous speeches. Sherif was president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at three different universities as an undergraduate and graduate student. molecular biology and cancer biology to medical and graduate students at three top tier universities in the Washington DC area. and as a professor. and a Ph. Osman A. for North Africa. graduated with a B. Dr. NY. Earlier he worked as a Research Acoustics Engineer at the General Electric Company R&D Center in New York and at the Boeing Company in Seattle. and Program Coordinator. 83 . Acoustics Unit at Mechanical Technology Inc. Davis and Berkeley in 1965.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention medical doctor with a keen interest in oncology and cancer research. Near East and South Asia. in Agricultural Sciences from Cairo University in 1952. Environmental Protection Agency. He is well published and served on the editorial board of many scientific journals. He currently heads Badr International Ethiopian Muslim organization headquartered in Washington DC. the National Science Foundation. A. Shinaishin is the Senior Program Manager. the American Leukemia Society and numerous other agencies. Much of his publications is on dynamics. delivered countless Friday Qhutbas and conducted copious Da’awa activities. the American Heart Association. Professor Sherif received numerous scientific awards and recognitions for his academic work including induction into the Science and Technology Hall of Fame for the discovery of two novel breast cancer genes.Sc. He also sat on a number of committees that reviewed grant applications. He has been awarded research grants from national funding agencies including the National Institutes of Health. degree in Agricultural Engineering from Michigan State University in 1960. Washington. Professor Sherif served as a medical and health consultant for the United Nations as a visiting scholar in Ethiopia. Dr.D. India. Albany.S. He was born in Egypt. In his position as a leader in the Muslim community. acoustics.
he has provided Qur'an Shazia Siddiqi is an MA candidate in Art Therapy and Community Counseling at Wayne State University. Currently. He is the Vice President of the Academy of Judaic Christian and Islamic Studies at UCLA. Siddiqi works as an Educator and Religious Director of the Islamic Society of Orange County where he has served since 1981. Siddiqi has organized and participated in several national and international Islamic conferences on Sirah. Siddiqi also serves as a member of the ISNA Majlis AshShura and Chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America. he has organized numerous training programs for Muslim adults and youth. Siddiqi has authored books on Hajj & Umra. Dr. Dr. National Executive Director of the Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament (MIST). As a member and now Chairman of the Executive Board of Majlis al-Shura of Southern California. He has served as chairman of the Religious Affairs Committee and has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the National American Islamic Trust (NAIT). Shazia Siddiqi Muzammil Siddiqi received his BA in Islamic and Arabic Studies from the Islamic University of Medina. Ramadan and has published many academic papers and articles in encyclopedias and journals. He received his PhD from UCLA and was a CISAC Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. His is author of Organizations at War in 84 . Saudi Arabia and MA in Theology from Birmingham University. and a 2009 Carnegie Scholar.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Muzammil Siddiqi commentary in a weekly radio program.2000. Since 1982. Dr. Abdulkader Sinno Abdulkader Sinno is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University. Bloomington. Because of his devotion to the preservation of Islam in America. She is a member of the ISNA Majlis Youth Committee. Fiqh and Da'wah. England and later went on to complete a degree in Comparative Religion at Harvard University. and Chair of the Islamic Association of Greater Detroit (IAGD)'s Community Affairs Committee. Dr. He also lectures on Islam and interfaith dialogue in North America and abroad. Dr. Siddiqi served as the President of ISNA from 1996 . as well as his weekly column in Pakistan Link.
and comparative politics. Cathy Sultan was born. Cathy Sultan Tabassum Siraj Ms. Siraj earned a double Master's in Public Policy and Arab Studies. A Beirut Heart: One Woman’s War. peace activists and Israeli soldiers. Cathy traveled to Jerusalem and the West Bank to better understand the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Ms. businessmen. She supervises USCRI’s volunteer and financial literacy programs. reads. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Middle Eastern politics. Hindi. raised and educated in Washington. was published by Scarletta Press in November 2005.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Afghanistan (2008) and Beyond and editor of Muslims in Western Politics (2009). She began at USCRI as a refugee protection researcher and writer for the 2008 World Refugee Survey. On behalf of NPF she co-leads trips to Israel/Palestine with Interfaith Peace Builders once a year. 85 .C. She led a tranquil life. politics of Muslims in the West. A second edition of Israeli and Palestinian Voices: A Dialogue with Both Sides was published in April 2006. teachers. In March 2002. She and her family spent the next 8 years under the bombs and only returned to the United States in 1983. Siraj has lived in India and Saudi Arabia and speaks. Sultan sits on the Executive Board of the National Peace Foundation. In May 2008 Scarletta Press published Cathy’s latest book Tragedy in South Lebanon: The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006. Europe and North Africa. research design. until civil war began in April 1975. D. Ms. Lebanon with her Lebanese husband and two small children. conflict processes and state building. Ms. immersed in Lebanese culture. Siraj taught collegelevel as well as Advanced Placement English in the United States and Saudi Arabia. along with a certificate in Refugee Studies from Georgetown University. As a former English instructor. He is a fluent speaker of Arabic and French and has knowledge of Hebrew. teenagers. Her collection of interviews was published in December 2003. He has researched and traveled extensively in the Middle East. Bengali. Cathy’s memoir of her 14 years in Beirut. She interviewed Palestinians in refugee camps. and Urdu. In 1969 she moved to Beirut. Siraj provides support to USCRI as an officer in USCRI's Matching Grant Program. USA Book News awarded it Best Autobiography of 2006. and writes Arabic.
D. Syeed resumed responsibilities as National Director of ISNA’s Office of . Illinois. in Washington. Interfaith and Community Alliances. Her dream is to creating a culture of peace. from March 2006. Dr. Villa Park. Misbah and Saqib. As President of the Muslim Students Association of USA & Canada (1980-1983).Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Samina F. A naturalized American citizen. the Caribbean. Her focus is in youth leadership development. Indiana. California . he pioneered its transformation into the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Syeed has been General Secretary of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS). Taher Sayyid M. he was Secretary General of the International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations (IIFSO) in which capacity he traveled widely through the former Soviet Union.amuslimvoice.A Web Resource for Weekend Islamic School. served as its Editor-in-Chief (19841994).com). is a resident of Palo Alto. Mohammed T. He is the chief architect of Babul-Ilm project . immigration reform. He has served as the Principal of the Weekend Islamic School. Syeed. who has received over a dozen awards for community and peace building. Syeed Professor Taher is the President of North American Educational Foundation (a notfor-profit organization). Sundas. Presently. for last 17 years. civic engagement through volunteerism. Asia. one of the founders of the quarterly American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS). and Europe. Sundas Samina F.She is the proud mother of two young adults. Africa. She is committed to fostering friendships among all Americans by bridging cultural and religious gaps. Dr. Dr. mutual respect and harmony. DC. During 1984-1988. at the Islamic Foundation. acceptance. Syeed obtained his Ph. She believes through education and interaction we can build an inclusive and beloved nation where all of us feel safe and at home. and South America. Sundas is the founder and Executive Director of the American Muslim Voice Foundation (www. he is the curriculum director and has successfully developed and implemented 86 Sayyid M. a national professional organization founded 31 years ago. protecting civil liberties and constitutional rights for all. and community and peace building. in 1984. in Sociolinguistics from the Indiana University at Bloomington.
He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Illinois. His doctoral thesis is on. He is the author of a popular book. He received his B. Asma MobinUddin Mobin Tawakkul Mobin Tawakkul created the Disability Needs & Awareness Working Group (DNAWG) for a non-profit organization called American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP). Asma Mobin-Uddin is a pediatrician. Her second book. and award-winning author of children’s books about the Muslim-American experience.S.S. My Name is Bilal. was published in 2009 and is the story of a Muslim –American girl who attends a classmate’s party during Ramadan while she is fasting so she has the challenge of participating in the fun while not being able to share in the food and desserts. Omar Uddin Omar Uddin serves as President of Muslim Youth of North America Northwest 87 . Her op ed columns have been published in newspapers locally. for the Weekend Islamic School. and his M. The goal of DNA-WG is to empower the Muslim community to assist and serve the needs of individuals with disabilities within an ethical framework grounded in Islamic tradition. Her third book. community activist. and was a 2009 Storytelling World Resource Awards Honor Book. “Impact of using computer simulation on students learning in a Technology based course”. He has a background in chemical engineering with a Master’s focus on pharmaceutical operations. He is profoundly deaf and relies on a cochlear implant device. India. Hyderabad. “A Guide to Reading Qur’an”. Addison. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Michigan. Dr.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention the curriculum for grades Pre-school through 11. The Best Eid Ever. in Computer Science/Networking from Northeastern University. Asma frequently writes about topics related to Islam and Muslims. He is a Senior Professor in the College of Engineering & Science at DeVry University. won the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People and it was recognized in Best Books of the Year listings from the Bank Street College of Education and Cleveland Public Libraries. A Party in Ramadan. and internationally. Currently serving her second term as President of CAIR-Ohio. the 2008 Middle East Outreach Council Book Award Honorable Mention. won the 2008 Skipping Stones Honor Award. He is currently working on drug product quality issues for the Food & Drug Administration. across the United States. Her first book. Chicago. in engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University.
Virginia. He is the former Dean of Students/Registrar at the School of Islamic and Social Sciences (SISS) in Leesburg. ministers. Doha. 1997. His volunteer involvement in Islamic work began in North America as the 88 . OH. President of the Muslim Students Association of Atlanta. originally from Columbus. South Africa. Vice President. He traveled to Mecca. Turkey." He is engaged in Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue internationally. Umar advocated the hiring and assignment of Muslim religious workers throughout the U. Cairo. and imams to improve the life of our time. Warith Deen Umar Burton L. who also studied moral development at Harvard University under Lawrence Kohlberg. In 1975 he became one of the first two Muslims hired as full time Imams in prisons in America. and spread the teaching of Islam. Cyprus and Europe in his sojourn to study history. is a Conservative Rabbi and professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary (NY). Iqbal Unus Iqbal Unus is the Headquarters Director of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). Qatar (where he was in the first group of Jews invited to dialogue by the Emir). and President (in 1975) of the Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada (MSA). He also served as a principal consultant for DreamWorks 1998 film. Later he served successively as Regional Representative. Imam Umar. investigate world events first hand. 1996). Visotzky served as collaborator and onscreen participant in Bill Moyers' ten-hour series. Director of Child Development Fund (CDF). Rome. and Madrid. priests.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention University medical school.S. Egypt. ranking Chaplain for New York's prison system for 25 years. He helped build New York's Imam council. and built on Visotzky's experience leading seminars in Manhattan with a mixed group of students. in capitals such as Washington. He later applied the moral reasoning and ethical relationship approach pioneered by Kohlberg and Carol Gilligan to Ethics in the Bible in his book The Genesis of Ethics. Spain (where he was in the first group of Jews invited by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia). founded the National Association of Muslim Chaplains. Senegal. Visotzky. businessmen and professionals of various religious backgrounds. "Genesis: A Living Conversation" (PBS. "Prince of Egypt. Warsaw. Visotzky Burton L. and Director of IIFTIHAR-USA. Georgia in 1970. He worked with rabbis. This explored a modern incarnation of the Jewish theological traditions of midrash.
A) in Pasadena. He has been a member in both the Episcopal Church (USA) and the Evangelical Church in Croatia. His book Exclusion and Embrace. Reconciliation and Justice" to a new text on the atonement. Among other achievements. and University of Tübingen. He is widely known for his works on systematic theology. Recently he contributed the essay. especially about his anti-drug campaigns in his native Bedford-Stuyvesant. Imam Wahhaj was the first person to give an Islamic invocation to the United States Congress in 1991.A). was selected as among the 100 best religious books of the 20th Century by Christianity Today. Imam Wahhaj has been on the ISNA Majlis AshShura since 1987 and has also previously served as ISNA Vice-President. conflict resolution. 89 . He received high praises from the media and NYPD for initiating his anti-drug patrols in Brooklyn in 1988. He received his training from Ummul Quran University in Mecca and has become a world-renowned speaker on Islam. and studied at Evangelical-Theological Faculty. and peace-making. California. New York.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Miroslav Volf Siraj Wahhaj Miroslav Volf is an influential Christian theologian and currently the Henry B. Zagreb (B. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the American Muslim Council (AMC). where he studied under Jürgen Moltmann. Volf is formerly a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary Imam Siraj Wahhaj is the current Imam of Masjid Al-Taqwa in Brooklyn. Croatia. Volf was born in Osijek. ethics. Fuller Theological Seminary (M. He has been a member of ISNA's Planning Committee and served as a member of the Board of Advisors for North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) from 1989 to 1993. Stricken by God? Nonviolent Identification and the Victory of Christ. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale University Divinity School and Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. Imam Siraj has appeared on several national television talk shows and interviews. "Forgiveness.
000 pastors worldwide. including twice before the United States Commission on Civil Rights." 90 . He has trained over 350. Iraq and Germany and traveled throughout the world with United Methodist’s efforts at justice work in Africa.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Khurrum Wahid Forbes magazine said. Khurrum Wahid is an attorney and founding partner in the law firm of Wahid. Jim Winkler Rick Warren As the General Secretary." He founded Saddleback Church in Orange County. He also founded the Purpose Driven Movement. a civil and criminal litigation firm based in Florida. Jim is the top executive at the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society. "If Warren's ministry was a business it would be compared with Dell. a network of tens of thousands of churches from all denominations in 160 countries. a campaign that called for a prompt timetable for the withdrawal of U. which services those infected with and affected by AIDS.E. Vizcaino & Maher LLP. or Starbucks in impact.C. Google. including successfully defending three innocent Muslim medical students falsely accused of terrorism in Florida on the anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11. California. Rick Warren is often called "America's most influential spiritual leader. Calling him a "spiritual entrepreneur. Jim has taken his passion for peaceful resolutions abroad as well. In 2006 he was heavily involved in the “Declaration of Peace” movement. which is now one of the largest and best-known churches in the world. He has defended individuals and organizations. troops from Iraq. as proven by his willingness to be arrested in front of the White House during a peaceful protest for the Declaration of Peace." Rick and Kay Warren give away 90 percent of the profits from their books to charitable causes. Asia and Europe.E. Khurrum has testified on civil rights issues several times before various government organizations. having led delegations to the Middle East.A.S. plan and Acts of Mercy. including their global P. Winkler’s dedication to peace and justice is paramount. Mr. Warren gave the invocation at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in January 2009.
After ten years of studies abroad. In addition. Mohammed Yousuf HamzaYusuf Mohammed acquired polio at the age of 2 and could not go to school until he was almost 12 years old. He received teaching licenses in various Islamic subjects from several wellknown scholars in various countries. he has also contributed a book chapter for a book on disability and is currently working on his own book on disability. He tried to find solutions from many challenges and did not let obstacles get in the way of progressive thinking and attaining independence. He also founded Zaytuna Institute which has established an international reputation for presenting a classical picture of Islam in the West and which is dedicated to the revival of traditional study methods and the sciences of Islam. USA. He came to USA in 1990 and associated himself with a number of disability related initiatives. In 1977. USA. Fair Housing & ADA/ABA Guidelines from Harvard University in 2007 and Assistive Technology Applications from California State University in 2008. Mohammed has published several articles on disability related topics. USA in 1992.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mr. he returned to the USA and took degrees in Religious Studies and Health Care. Saudi Arabia. a nonprofit organization that is working to empower people with disabilities in India. board member of the Churches for the Middle East Peace and a board member of Africa Action. board member of the Faith and Politics Institute.. a member of the steering committee of the Campaign for a National Health Plan. which provides accessibility. Certified Shaykh HamzaYusuf was born in Washington State and raised in Northern California. universal design and assistive technology solutions for people with various disabilities. He has traveled all over the world giving talks on Islam. he became Muslim and subsequently traveled to the Muslim world and studied for ten years in the U. he offers weekly commentary on social issues through the board's weekly enewsletter Faith in Action. Universal Design. Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) certification from Housing University in 2006. as well as North and West Africa. He is the President and Founder of HelpHandicap Foundation. Winkler is a member of the Justice and Advocacy Commission of the National Council of Churches of the United States of America. Shaykh Hamza is the first American lecturer to teach in Morocco's 91 . He is also an Accessibility Specialist and Founder of AccessAgain LLC. A. He walks with the help of leg braces and crutches. a master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Wayne State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Osmania University. India in 1988. E.
Roadsinger. and more recently in January 2007. a well respected charity actively operating in some of the poorest parts of the world. the U. Wild World and Father & Son and selling over 50 million LPs. A well-known Muslim activist. He is also the Vice-Chairman of the Universal School Board of Directors.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention prestigious and oldest University. he has translated into modern English several classical Arabic traditional texts and poems. Moonshadow. Following a bout of tuberculosis early on in his career. the Mediterranean Prize for Peace. He changed his name to Yusuf Islam and walked away from the music business to start a new life and raise a family. He is active with the Catholic-Muslim Education Project and Play for Peace. is Safaa Zaraour is the President of the Council of Islamic Schools in North America (CISNA) and an associate attorney at the law firm of Odelson & Sterk. David. the Karaouine in Fes. Yusuf Islam Safaa Zarzour Born Steven Demetre Georgiou. Moonshadow. His quest for answers was fulfilled and he embraced Islam in 1977. He is a frequent speaker at local and national Muslim events and has emerged as one of the nation’s top Islamic scholars and a voice of conscience for American Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Yusuf Islam grew up in the heart of London’s theatre district. he has served as the Principal of Universal School in Chicago for over 10 years. 92 . is the Program Chair for the ISNA Education Forum. In addition. From 1968-1979.N affiliated NGO which Yusuf Islam founded in 2000. he undertook an ongoing search for peace and spiritual truth. Yusuf’s latest album. Small Kindness. the son of a Greek Cypriot father and Swedish mother. A stage musical based on his repertoire of songs. After almost drowning in the Pacific Ocean at Malibu he received a translation of the Qur'an from his elder brother. including being honoured with the 'Man for Peace' award in 2004 by a committee of Nobel peace laureates. he performed as Cat Stevens and was one of the biggest solo artists of his generation. serves as the Chairman for CAIR-Chicago and has spoken at a number of national and regional conferences. Shaykh Hamza currently resides in Northern California with his wife and five children. His pioneering work in education and tireless support for humanitarian causes has received international recognition. is in pre-production and set to open in London’s West End in early 2010. He is a Member of the Village of Bridgeview Zoning Board and was elected as a member of the Bridgeview Public Library Board of Trustees. was released earlier this year to widespread critical acclaim. penning such classics as Matthew & Son.
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