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

..................... Sundas .............. 86  Mohammed T...................................................................... 85  Cathy Sultan ....... 88  Iqbal Unus ........................ 90  Rick Warren ... 92  Safaa Zarzour ............................. Taher ............................................. 89  Siraj Wahhaj.............................................. 86  Mobin Tawakkul ................................ 91  Yusuf Islam........................ 89  Khurrum Wahid .. 87  Warith Deen Umar ............................................................... 90  Jim Winkler .......................................................................... 88  Burton L...... 88  Miroslav Volf ... Syeed .................... 85  Samina F................................................................................................. 92  4 .. Visotzky...Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Tabassum Siraj ......... 87  Asma Mobin-Uddin ............ 86  Sayyid M................................................... 87  Omar Uddin ...................... 90  Mohammed Yousuf ............................................................... 91  HamzaYusuf ..............

Congress in a conference organized by National Organization of Woman. Karachi. event manager/organizer and CEO of her business. Abid has worked at the American news giant. Abdullah is past chairman of the ISNA Fiqh Council and has been a member of the Fiqh Council of North America since 1982.S. She has also worked at ARY Digital Network of Pakistan as the General Manager of The City Channel. speaker. TV producer/director. She has successfully organized international trade and consumer shows. It drew 800. Abdullah has authored several articles on family in Islam. in Sharia at the Islamic University. journalist. campaign maker. TV production.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. Senate and the U. He is the principal for the Al Salaam Day School and member of the Shari'a Scholars Association of North America. He also works as a marriage counselor. marketing communication specialist. in Sharia at the Ummal Qura University. Zerqa Abid is a social/political activist.” was recognized as the first mega event and legendary expo for children in Pakistan. Abid was also chosen as a young woman leader to represent College of Humanities of NCSU in the U.D. Louis. writer. Zerqa Abid is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of North Carolina State University.       5 . in Islamic Studies and is now a Ph. came to the United States from Sudan in 1978.S. Imam and director for the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Makkah. and her minor was Journalism. NBC News as News Editor.A. marriage and divorce. Prior to running her own business. candidate. She received “Norma & Wally Ausley Merit Scholarship for being “The Outstanding Student of Mass Communications” in her junior year at the college. blogger. He received his B. and the concept of Shura in Islam. NOW. He completed further studies at the University of Chicago where he received an M. editor..A. Her consumer show. “Expo Juniors.A. ZAPS Technocrats Inc. Medina and a M. based in the United States. where her major was Mass Communication.

while still a minister. 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. brief guide for helping professionals entitled What Islam Says About Domestic Violence.” which is in the edited volume Change from Within: Diverse Perspectives on Domestic Violence in Muslim Communities. and became the State's Minister for Education. He is the president of the World Council of Arya Samaj. Abid is proud to accomplish all of the above while strictly observing Islamic dress code including head scarf and face veil. a Hindu reform movement founded by Swami Dayanand Saraswati in 1875. She has also co-authored a Swami Agnivesh  Swami Agnivesh. Since 2007. As co-Director of the Peaceful Families Project. In 1981. including mood disorders. In addition. She has worked extensively with Middle Eastern and Muslim families. Salma Elkadi Abugideiri  Salma Elkadi Abugideiri is a licensed professional counselor in private practice in Reston. she provides educational workshops and develops resources related to domestic violence among Muslims. She received her master’s degree in counseling from George Mason University. In 1977. is a prominent Arya Samaj scholar. a national effort with a focus on guiding policy and legislation that supports domestic violence survivors. abuse. and completed a post-master’s certification program in marriage and family therapy at Virginia Tech. trauma. an organization dedicated to educating Muslim community leaders and members about domestic violence. and cultural adjustment issues. he founded the Bonded Labour Liberation Front. VA. she is associate producer of the video Garments for One Another: Ending Domestic Violence in Muslim Families. an associate of the original "Arya Samaj".Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention She is also a member of Golden Key International Society. She is also a member of the Interfaith Coalition against Domestic Violence. anxiety disorders. she has been part of Faith Trust Institute’s Leadership team. social activist and a champion for peace. which continues to fight against bonded labour as a form of slavery 6 .” as well as “Domestic Violence among Muslims Seeking Mental Health Counseling. He is the Chairperson of 'United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary forms of Slavery' and also the Chairperson of Bonded Labour Liberation Front. he was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of the state of Haryana. She provides individual and family therapy for a wide range of problems. providing training to clergy and faith communities on issues related to domestic violence. 1979-1982. harmony and interfaith dialogue.

Bahai. liberation of bonded labour activities. Dr. Among Swami Agnivesh's immense contributions is his championing of dialogue and peace activities. He is an author of 10 textbooks for weekend Islamic schools. the anti-caste movement. Buddhist. Mr. because of his efforts to build an atmosphere of peace and harmony in India. Ahmad is also the national Vice President of American Muslims for Palestine and one of the organizations cofounders. Muslim. especially in the quarries in and around Delhi. He is also in the private pratice of law.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention in India. is an Associate Professor and Director of Radiology at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. The DC Green Muslims hope to encourage dialogue and action around these issues to create a more sustainable future for us all 7 . 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. Sanjana works on environmental issues in both her personal and professional life. 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. Christian. Sanjana has been working with a group of "green Muslims" in the Washington. Jewish etc. 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. and equal rights of women.C. Human Rights Commission in Geneva. Agnivesh is accepted as peace and harmony pioneer by all religious communities such as Hindu. DC area to explore the Islamic basis for environmental awareness and activism. Over the past year and a half. Ahmad's presentation will focus on the negative external and internal influences on the Muslim youths of India. PhD. BDS. Sanjana Ahmad  Mansur Ahmad  Mansur Ahmad. such as their right to education and reading Indian scriptures. He has been testifying before the Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery at the U. Jain. and suggestions to counter the bleeding of the society.N.

Lord Nazir Ahmed. BBC. and Fox News and has appeared several times on the “Oprah Winfrey Show. of Rotherham in the County of South Yorkshire.” is an unprecedented study based in fieldwork of Muslims in America.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention     Akbar Ahmed        Nazir Ahmed  Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is currently the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies. He has taught at Princeton. Pakistan) but soon after his birth his family migrated to the UK. and Secretary Michael Chertoff on Islam and foreign policy. CBS. American University in Washington DC. He has advised General David Petraeus. He is regularly interviewed by CNN. He attended Spurley Hey Comprehensive School.” He is the author of over a dozen award-winning books. to Saudi Arabia and has advocated 8 . Ahmed led one of the first delegations on behalf of the British Government on the Muslim pilgrimage of the Hajj. he was also one of the youngest peers to achieve this position. Harvard. and Cambridge Universities and is considered “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC. having become the United Kingdom's first Muslim life peer in 1998. which was the basis of the BBC six-part TV series called “Living Islam. where he was brought up. “Journey into America. Lord Ahmed took his oath on the Qur'an. Many of his political activities relate to the Islamic community both in the UK and abroad. Baron Ahmed (born 1958) is a member of the House of Lords. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. both at home and internationally. Ahmed was born in Mirpur (Azad Kashmir.” His books have been translated into many languages. much of his activities relate to the Muslim community. In 1998 Ahmed was appointed to the House of Lords. At the age of 40. becoming the first Muslim life peer as Baron Ahmed. including Discovering Islam. and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. then Thomas Rotherham Sixth Form College. the First Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the US Naval Academy. His most recent book is Journey into Islam and his current project. Annapolis. including Chinese and Indonesian. As a Muslim peer. He studied Public Administration at Sheffield Hallam University and joined the Labour Party when he was 18 years old.

Following this the President pardoned Ms Gibbons and she was allowed to return to the UK. international terrorism and forced marriages. He is seen as one of the leaders of the Muslim community. He has been on many delegations to the Arab world. Born in the region. allowed her class to name a teddy bear Muhammad. the US. Africa. an opposition Conservative. Senate campaign in 2004. meeting with heads of state to discuss their respective problems and how he may be able to assist them. Safir is also an independent book editor and editorial consultant and has been a journalist for more than 20 years. Gillian Gibbons. George Lakoff of UC-Berkeley and Glenn Greenwald of Salon magazine   Saquiba Ahmed  Saquiba Ahmed is Connecting Cultures' Vice President for Business Development.[citation needed] At home. The teacher. from Britain's ruling Labour Party. Safir Ahmed  Safir Ahmed has been the Executive Director of Zaytuna since June. visited Khartoum and had a meeting with the President of Sudan. religion and gender.S. 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. Lord Ahmed. to international bodies such as his board membership on the SAARC Foundation. On international assignments. he has worked on the plight of Muslims around the world ranging from the collapse of former Yugoslavia.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention legislation against religious discrimination. He has served on the boards of various nonprofits and was a Communications Director for a U. and has spoken several times on issues of race. Among the authors he has edited are Markos Moulitsas Zuniga of DailyKOs. she utilized her conflict resolution skills to negotiate and mediate disputes between mission consultants and local project managers. working for the World Bank. As well as being an active figure in the Indian Subcontinent. and Baroness Warsi. 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. 9 . Ahmed has a personal interest in seeing a peaceful resolve to the ongoing bloody dispute in Kashmir and seeks international mediation to achieve this. In November 2007 Ahmed was involved in a diplomatic effort to secure the release of Gillian Gibbons from custody in Sudan. 2008 and since 2005 has overseen the Publications division at Zaytuna where he helped edit Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s writings. to the Chechens and Palestinians. Eastern Europe. the former states of the USSR and the Far East. Ahmed speaks on wider equality issues. Her work history spans beyond US boundaries. 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.

As an HR Generalist for Corporate Human Resources reporting to the Vice President of Human Resources. an event organised by the ruling Sheikh to encourage Arab children to the joys of reading. and implementation of Sodexo’s nationwide Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Program. and delivers her own creative writing workshops in schools. 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. BIBI Publishing. 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. She is also part of Mosaic. Sufiya’s published novels include ‘Zahra’s First Term at the Khadija Academy’ and ‘Zahra’s Great Debate’. corporate leaders and diversity professionals to speak and work openly on the most crucial issues. Her new book. with a focus on cross cultural communications. A graduate of the University of Maryland. and managing the vendor. Within Sodexo she was a member of all the network groups and is a founding members of the Pan Asian Network Group (PANG). Saquiba’s research interests lie within Industrial and Organizational Psychology. a four year relationship uniting corporate America to create a safe haven for executive women of color. resulting in a benchmark of best practices for America's companies to examine and adopt. communications. 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. to bring the Zahra series to the market which follows the adventures of a young British Muslim girl.   Sufiya Ahmed  Sufiya Ahmed set up her own company. Saquiba is a Certified Trainer for Diversity Awareness for Frontline Employees. College Park. she was primarily responsible for managing programs and events for diverse external partners. ‘Zahra’s Trip to Misr’ is scheduled for release in September 2009.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 40.000 people in eight villages. 10 .

and then Islamic Cultural Center of Rochester. He retired from active imam duties and periodically visits various masajid to give speeches. an organization of Muslim women which focuses on human rights and social justice. He has also spent a substantive amount of time working on political campaigns throughout America. She also coordinates Islamic 11 . Kemal Aktas was born in Corum. 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. Conflict Resolution. al-Adawiya organizes and participates in conferences. Ms. Akhter  current President of the Congressional Muslim Staff Association (CMSA). In 2005. NY.   Mehmet Aktas  Mehmet Atkas is President of Religious Counsel.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention     Assad R.. Cross-Cultural Understanding. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Andre Carson (D-IN) as they became the first and second Muslim Members of Congress in 2006 and 2008. Rochester. Gender Equity. Brooklyn NY. Turkey. Assad R. He is married with three children and lives in Boston MA. respectively. 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 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 moved to USA in 1980 and has spend most of his time as and imam first at the Turkish Society of Rochester. Assad serves as the     Aisha Al­Adawiya Aisha Al-Adawiya is the Founder and Executive Director of Women In Islam Inc. 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. He provided material assistance to and campaigned with both Reps. Apart from his official legislative duties. 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. symposia and other forums on Islam. United American Muslim Association. and represents Muslim women in United Nations forums as a Non-Governmental Organization.

and peace-building. Mohammad S. Abdalla Idris Ali is a public speaker and fund-raiser. His expertise is in the area of Islamic education and Islamic Schools in North America. He has written various articles in Islamic Horizons and is a member of the ATP Editorial Board. 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. interfaith initiatives. WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York City. UK). a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IoP. Al-Adawiya serves on numerous boards related to the interests of the global Islamic community. He is also a frequent guest on many talk shows in the New York City area offering his political insight. 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. Alam is a Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of South Alabama. Ms. al-Adawiya specializes in developing educational forums on human rights and social justice. and has served as ISNA’s President from 1992-1997. He serves as a member on the Board of Trustees for the Islamic Teaching Center (ITC) and North American Islamic Trust. Alam  Dr. Aman Ali  Aman Ali is a reporter for USA Today and a board member of the Muslim American Journalists Association. Ms. Ms. Sheikh Abdalla Idris co-organized the Canadian Islamic Banking conferences for 1996 and 1997.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. UK). he developed and implemented Islamic and Arabic Studies curricula for elementary and junior high students. As an ISNA School principal. a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET. alAdawiya is a guest host and producer on Tahrir. She also serves as a consultant to numerous interfaith organizations and documentary projects on the Muslim American experience. 12 . crosscultural understanding. a Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). a networking group for Muslim journalists.   Abdalla Idris Ali  Mohammad S.

Shariq Ali.GotIslam.com]. humorist. Currently he is involved in designing health care. This was seen as part of Asian Americans displaying “political clout beyond traditional strongholds in California and Hawaii. is the first 13 . having been elected to represent the 39th District in the 2006 elections. and www. Barve (for the 17th District).” Ali’s election is also seen as evidence of another American minority moving towards civic empowerment by participating in the political process. Ali has been involved on volunteer projects such as Masjid planning. transit. holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering.” 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. as “He is the first Muslim in the Maryland State legislature. EIT is a Mechanical Engineer at URS Corporation. journalist. and assessing energy conservation measures on new and existing buildings. MI. "The Domestic Crusaders [www. Recently Mr. Mr. blogger and Attorney at Law. He currently lives with his wife in Dearborn Heights. where he contributes to the engineering and design of high performance HVAC (heating.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Saqib Ali  Shariq Ali  Saqib Ali is a State Delegate in the Maryland House of Delegates.domesticcrusaders. LEED AP. 2001. Wajahat Ali    Wajahat Ali is a playwright. financing for minor Masjid renovations. and retail facilities. Ali is of Indian and Pakistani descent and having elected both Ali and Kumar P.com. whose play. and is pursuing post-graduate studies. Ali is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a product of the Islamic community of greater Detroit. ventilation and air conditioning) and plumbing systems. “Maryland became the first state to send two South Asians to the state legislature”. 11.

He values working at USCRI Albany because it allows him to provide services to new comers to the U. He was honored as an "An Influential Muslim American Artist" by the State Department and invited to their Annual Ramadan dinner.com. which formed as a result of the Los Angeles uprising in the Summer of 1992.wordpress." was published in the anthology "Pow Wow" published by Perseus/De Capo Press. He was also recently honored as a "Muslim Leader of Tomorrow" for his journalism. and the Transcaucus conflict. His articles and interviews have appeared on such prominent newspapers as The Wall Street Journal. temples. Salam also 14 . Politically Incorrect. He has appeared on radio and TV talk shows. the United Nations and a French NGO.com. Middle East politics. After June 2006. He served as co-chair of the Interfaith Coalition to Heal Los Angeles. the Balkan Crisis. Al Mahdawy was born in Iraq in March of 1973 and grew up in Baghdad in the same house his family lives in today. and Huffington Post. Salam has also been deeply involved in interfaith activities. Salam Al­Marayati  Yasir Al Mahdawy  Mr. The Guardian. The San Francisco Chronicle and USA Today. The Chicago Tribune. and a contributing editor to the award winning Illume Magazine He is a contributor to the Washington Post. He has written extensively on Islam. he fled Iraq and lived in Jordan for more than one year before being approved for resettlement in the United States. In late 2007 he arrived in Albany. Finally in May 2008 he started working as Reception and Placement Case Manager at the agency. For the past 16 years. high schools. he worked for the Japanese Embassy.com) is ranked in the top 7% of all political blogs and recently rated "Great" by blogged. He is an Associate Editor of Altmuslim. and shortly thereafter he began volunteering with USCRI Albany. "Ramadan Blues. Salam has had the opportunity to speak to congregations at community-sponsored events." was a finalist for the LinkTV Muslim American Film Contest. Tonight with Deborah Norville. synagogues. The LA Daily News. "Goatmilk: An Intellectual Playground" (goatmilk. "Ms. churches. and college campuses. Salam Al-Marayati serves as the Executive Director of MPAC. His blog. democracy. including The Dennis Miller Show. The Los Angeles Times. Judgments. His first movie. His first short story. the leading American Muslim online magazine. human rights. and has been featured on C-SPAN and NBC. He acted as a translator and liaison for the other Iraqi families that were being resettled in Albany. NY.S. After completing his engineering degree from Baghdad University College of Engineering.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. The Christian Science Monitor. He is the recipient of Muslim Public Affairs Council's prestigious "Emerging Muslim American Artist" Award `of 2009.

Ms. His work and writings have been featured in Newsweek. She has developed Quranic models through various courses toward building "Quranic family structure". CNN Headline News. the 15 . Washington Post. BBC News. San Francisco Chronicle. Currently. Shahed Amanullah  Zainab Alwani  Zainab Alwani is a PhD candidate in Islamic Studies. civic and academic institutions seeking to understand the role of Islam and Muslims in America and throughout the world. During that period. National Public Radio.” he writes and speaks regularly about the challenges and opportunities facing Islam in the West. and the Voice of America. Iyad worked as an Islamic Studies/Arabic Teacher. language and the culture at previous institutes. youth leader. Los Angeles Times. 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. 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. Her research interests have focused on Islamic studies (Fiqh & Usul al fiqh). Named by Islamica Magazine as one of “Ten Young Muslim Visionaries.com. What Islam Says about Domestic Violence: A Guide for Helping Muslim Families. and youth program director in several Islamic Centers in Michigan and Ohio. Christian Science Monitor. New York Times. She has developed courses in Arabic Studies examining the link between Islamic Philosophy. His television appearances include “Nightline with Ted Koppel”. and social organizations. and others. include: Al Qazali and his Methodology in Fiqh legislation. he organized about several youth camps. Iyad Alnachef  Iyad Alnachef earned his Masters in Youth Development from Michigan State University. San Jose Mercury News. and Family and Women's issues. She is a Board Member on different academic. Iyad joined ISNA since August 2006 as the Director of the Youth Programming and Services Department. events and programs in that area. Aisha’s Commentaries and Their Methodological Premises in Hadith Sciences. A few of her publications Shahed Amanullah is an award-winning journalist and editor-in-chief of altmuslim. Alwani also teaches Women and Family in Quran at GSISS. an online newsmagazine covering issues related to Islam in the West. For the period between October 2005 and August 2006. Between January 1999 and September 2005. educational.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention works as an advisor to several political. BeliefNet.

Ohio. Shahed has served as a board member of the United Muslims of America. signature properties include zabihah. and a USA Today cover story.com. for Recovery and Community Health as the sole recipient of the 2005-7 American Psychological Association’s (APA) Minority Fellowship Program SAMHSA postdoctorate award. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Toledo. Dr. Mona Amer is an Assistant Professor at The American University in Cairo and Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on stress and mental health among Arab Americans in the post 9/11 era.org. and the Muslim Youth Camp of California. the first “venture philanthropy” fund dedicated to promoting Islamic charitable values. and “Hannity & Colmes. a network of Islamic-themed websites with over 6 million annual visitors. a comprehensive guide to Islamic ecommerce. the world’s largest database of Halal restaurants and markets. and halalapalooza. Patricia Anton accepted Islam in 1997 as a student at Ohio State University. German National Radio. a resource for civic engagement. She has been invited to give keynote talks in the US.com. and Middle East. salatomatic. followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Program Originally from Medina. where she received her BA in International Studies. the Muslim Public Service Network. UK. unitedmuslims. Patricia was awarded a Graduate Fellowship in NonProfit Management and Governance through 16 . Mona Amer    Patricia Anton  Dr. Amer is Editorin-Chief for the scientific Journal of Muslim Mental Health and consults for state and federal agencies.com. She was awarded the prestigious APA Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology for her work with Muslim and Arab Americans. She has gained widespread recognition for developing cultural competence training curriculums for social service providers working with Muslims and Arabs. He is also a general partner in Zakat Community Ventures.com. an extensive list of reviewed mosques and schools in Muslim-minority countries. as well as a Yale Child Study Center study of Arab Muslim youth identity. Along with altmuslim. Dr.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention “Today Show”. Ohio. and her research has been featured in international radio and print media including leading Arabic newspaper Asharq Alawsat.” Shahed is also the founder of Halalfire Media LLC.

H. George Mason University. she is a founding member of the Muslim Peace Fellowship and sits on its board. and the Institute for Defense Analysis. and Cordoba University. Moutasem currently resides in Columbia.I. India. Moutasem Atiya. where she has served as board member.T. Moutasem established the AlMadina Institute. He has studied the Islamic Sciences from three of the luminaries of our time. Br. and Shaykh Muhammad bin Yahya AlNinowy. Muhammad Hamidullah and Director of the Muhammad Hamidullah Center. (Learning Islamic Guidance on Human Tolerance). INDIA and has been living in US since 1995. Br. AlMadina Institute uses time tested methods to ensure appropriate transmission of knowledge and infuse its practical application in daily lives.” Project L. Azhar Azeez was born in 1971 in HYDERABAD. Anton has worked for several Muslim organizations including The Islamic Society of North America. an IT professional and Islamic activist. Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui. speaking engagements. and Friday khutbahs on a regular basis for the past 10 years. Regularly involved in peace and justice issues. He has bachelors in Finance from Osmania University and a 17 .Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Indiana University. Azhar Azeez  Sadida Athaullah. She has also served on the board of Asia Relief. the International Institute of Islamic Thought. Athaullah holds an Master's degree in Education and works for the public school system of western Maryland. is the literary executor of the great 20th century Islamic scholar Dr. born and raised in Hyderabad. Anton is co-founder of Medina Center in Bethesda. earned an MA in Islamic Studies from Cordoba University. Maryland. which opened its doors in 2008. Shaykh Mohsen An-Najjar. She has also studied Arabic at Yarmouk University in Jordan. As a mobile institution providing higher learning to Muslim Americans. and the Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger. She has also worked on contract with the United States Institute of Peace. MD with his wife and son. and has continued her graduate studies at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. She has contributed to developing trainings and manuals for “Say Peace: An Islamic Model of Conflict Resolution. has been actively involved in the Maryland and Metropolitan DC communities through classes.   Moutasem Atiya  Sadida Athaullah  Br. Islamic Relief.G.

For last 14 years he worked for major US corporations such as General Electric. groups within the firm. Texas one of the large mosques in the suburbs of Dallas. Mr. regional and national Islamic organizations. He is the founder & moderator of the weekly global e-mail newsletter which goes out to over 15. He is married and has two kids and currently resides in Dallas. Associated Press. Mr. KDTN.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and currently is pursuing his PhD in Islamic studies. PBS KERA. He has made several media appearances and was interviewed by many local and national T. After graduating from DePaul University School of Law. He coordinates the Corporate and Transactional 18 . NBC.000 subscribers every week on issues related to Islam & Muslims.       Salman Azam is one of the founders of the Lakeshore Law Group LLP and is the Managing Partner of the firm. Azam then set out to create a brand new firm focused on the needs of small businesses and professionals. FOX. He is a regular speaker and a fundraiser for various local. American General Life and Capital One. CNN. TX. small and medium-sized businesses in the Chicago area and across the country. He speaks regularly on local & national radio programs and has written for various newspapers and magazines. especially those in the South Asian community. Ihsan Bagby  Salman Azman  Ihsan Bagby is currently the Associate Professor Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky. ABC. 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.V. 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. Dallas Morning news etc. stations and newspapers such as affiliates of CBS. 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. Today Lakeshore Law Group LLP represents many prominent physicians. he worked as an associate at a prominent Chicago corporate law firm. He was also a founding member & past President of Council on American Islamic Relations – Dallas/ Fort Worth Chapter. USA today. TX.

Coach. International Speaker. Amnah Taufique. He served a term as the President of the Muslim Students Association during his time at Georgetown. Yawar has instilled leadership and management fundamentals within many local. Yawar brings to bear his varied experience in bauxite mining. His parents. competence. and seminars to promote greater Islamic literacy and deeper respect for the traditional sciences of Islamic scholarship. He transcends cultural boundaries by blending Eastern values with Western systems. Trainer and Facilitator specializing in Leadership in Family Business. tourism marketing and teaching which gives him the advantage of speaking from the perspective of a practitioner and not merely as a theorist. Drs. Owais Balti was born in Buffalo. national and global organizations aimed at identifying and nurturing leadership potential. with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. in Sterling. lectures. Yawar also works as a life coach and mentor for prominent family businesses in India and South Africa. He currently lives with his wife.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Mirza Yawar Baig  Owais Balti   Founder and President of Yawar Baig and Associates. Owais is a graduate of Georgetown University. Yawar’s Enduring Leadership program shows business families how to grow. Its experiential learning format enhances the application of inherent and learned knowledge and skills. yet stay together. Mohamad Ashraf and Mubeena Balti. valuebased professionalism and the ability to speak five languages. the Qurtuba Institute. Owais also participates in ADAMS outreach through interfaith and community service activities. by applying case studies from both family businesses and multi-national corporations. which provides classes. tea and rubber plantations. are members of the ISNA Founder’s Committee and active leaders in the Islamic Society of Niagara Frontier. Owais is an active member of the ADAMS center and volunteers with the educational wing of ADAMS. Thanks to his openness. Owais works in the area of Financial Planning and Analysis. enabling the critical transition from being ‘Person-driven to becoming Process-driven’ to create Enduring Leadership. VA. NY.                   19 .

Dr. Islam in America: Communities and Institutions. Bar in 2002. the Mager Law Group and worked as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County. Jerusalem in Islamic Consciousness. the American Bar Association's official journal on administrative law. is a reflection of his desire to contribute to a better understanding of Muslim attachment and informed political attitudes toward the 20 . Politics and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley as well as Academic Affairs Chair at Zaytuna College of California. participated in interschool moot court competitions and served as a judge in many competitions. Ba­Yunus        Hatem Bazian            Asad M.  Dr. In addition to Berkeley. in Philosophy and Islamic Studies from the University of California. Bazian founded at Berkeley the Center for the Study and Documentation of Islamophobia. Berkeley. and Middle Eastern Studies. Religious Studies.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Asad M. he was a Note & Comment Editor for the Administrative Law Review. Asad worked as a Level III Critical Care Paramedic. New York. While earning his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from State University of New York at Binghamton. Bazian is known for being an organic intellectual. . also served as an adjunct professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California. Bazian is a visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary's College of California and adviser to the Religion. he went on to earn his Juris Doctor from The American University's Washington College of Law in 2000. While at American University. rather than looking down from the ivory tower. serving mainly rural and elderly patients through the Broome Volunteer Emergency Squad. Bazian is a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies. Berkeley. DeConstructing Islamophobia and Othering of Islam. Bazian between 2002-2007. Hatem Bazian. In Spring 2009. Dr. Bazian's published book. practices in the area of medical malpractice defense litigation. Dr.C. Asad was a defense attorney for Fertig & Gramling Law Partnership. He teaches courses on Islamic Law and Society. Prior to joining Lubell & Rosen. Asad was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2001 and the Washington D. received his Ph. He is a native of Cortland. a research unit dedicated to the systematic study of Othering Islam and Muslims.D. After graduating in 1997. Asad has also been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. Currently. Dr. Dr. a term used for academics directly connecting their research to the people. Ba-Yunus is an Associate at the law firm of Lubell &Rosen.

Barmada received a B. SAAR Foundation. Banking. political and charitable). Dr. He has over forty years of progressive experience in development and leadership of diverse organizations (business. Dean of School of Islamic Revealed Knowledge & Social Sciences of International Islamic University Malaysia. Barzinji served as advisor and consultant to various educational.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Sacred City and Palestine in general. educational. Bank Islam Malaysia. He is a founding member of International Charitable Foundation (KWT). Bazian most recent publication is a chapter published in France. and organizational management. international communications. Anti-Apartheid. As an activist. Member of (MSA). Dr. nationally and internationally including the defense of Affirmative Action in California. 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. She is currently the Administrator for the Institute of Quality of Life at Georgetown University. and North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). Currently. Jamal al-Barzinji is a founding member. American With Disabilities Act. Nada International. such as Mar-Jac Poultry. He served as President of the Muslim Students Association of the United States & Canada. Dr. Bazian is working on two books. the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS). al­Barzinji  Dr. Jamal M. Chapter. He delivered numerous lectures and wrote articles on various topics on Islamic Thought. Amana Mutual Funds. a Trustee and Vice President for Research & Publications of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). 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.A. Safa Trust. Bazian has played a significant role almost in every human and civil rights movement in the Bay Area. charitable and professional organizations. She is involved in many organizations in a volunteer capacity. The Silicon Rush: Documenting Muslim Communities in the the Silicon Valley. and Central American Solidarity struggles. 21 Hazami Barmada  Hazami Barmada is Executive Director for the 2008 9/11 Unity Walk. Anti-Globalization Movement. in Anthropology and Sociology from Rhodes College. DC . and the Association of Muslim Scientists & Engineers (AMSE). think-tanks. and Virtual Internment: Muslims and the War on Terrorism. 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.

S. U. and five universities have awarded him honorary doctorates. Dr. is a regular contributor to the family section of several Magazines and an adviser for the Islam online website’s family section. Before that. leading large-scale and successful campaigning to strengthen U. Several of his parenting books have been translated to many other languages. tafseer and fekaguru from Aliyah madrasa. (1974).S. Bangladesh.Sc.Dowrah hadith from dawandinesab.   Mirza AbuJafar Beg  David Beckmann  Moulana Mirza AbuJafar BegImam is Imam and Khatib of the Jamaica.Sc. Kumila. in Chemical Engineering & Fuel Technology from the University of Sheffield. and founder of Anitur Rahman complex. He has written many books and articles. Mohamed Rida Beshir is the co-author of four best-selling books on family issues and parenting: “Parenting in the West.” “Muslim Teens. Dr. Education and Islamic Presence in the U. he served at the World Bank for 15 years. He is a former Imam and Khatib of Masjidul Akbar Dhaka. political commitment to overcoming hunger and poverty. including: Transforming the Politics of Hunger and Grace at the table: Ending Hunger in God’s World. and the London School of Economics. who is teaching two parenting courses with the Islamic American University. Beshir is the recipient of the 22 . Quiraat from Muminbari.S. Barzinji holds a Ph. Christ Seminary. and Tafseer from Mukahtil Mukarama.D. with a minor in Management from Louisiana State University. Dr. advocates for hungry people. NY Muslim Center and Principal of the center’s weekend school. Barisal David Beckmann is one of the foremost U. Current Affairs.” and “Parenting Skills” as well as other parenting books in Arabic.S.A. England (1962).Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Islamic Movements. He is a clergyman as well as an economist. Mohamed Rida Beshir   Dr. Beshir. overseeing large projects and driving innovations to make the Bank more effective in reducing poverty. Dhaka.” “Blissful Marriage. Principal of Islamia Aliya Madrasa. Mr. and Europe. and a B. Beckmann earned degrees from Yale. He has been president of Bread for the World for 15 years. in Chemical Engineering. and M. Imam Beg’s Educational Background includes Kamil from hadith.

He is a regular speaker in ISNA. In the U. Iman is a regional expert with more then 22 years experience in the social sector of the Arab World and the Africa region. street children. in Development Studies from Sussex University in the UK. She has worked with many international agencies and NGOs. He is one of the founders of Human Concern International. including UNICEF. MSA. GTZ and KFW. Iman has a BA and an MA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo (AUC). Catholic Relief Services. She has committed her life to work with marginalized and voiceless groups.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. She graduated from The University of Chicago in 2006 with majors in Economics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. and a law student at Yale Law School. and co-founded and chaired The Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW). social intervention for “at-risk” minority youth. Egypt. she works on government outreach to Muslim and Asian minority communities. and counter-terrorism strategy. such as female heads of households in the poorest slums of Egypt. Outside of school. criminal law.D. ISNA. criminal justice policy. CARE-Egypt. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a college junior and won several prizes for leadership. scholarship. Her research and work interests are in disability policy. an NGO providing credit and legal aid for poor women who head their households. He has held various volunteer national/local elected positions with MSA. Isra has pursued a range of interests. Iman Bibars Isra Bhatty  Based in Cairo.. He is actively developing and delivering training programs to various Muslim communities all over the world. MAC and MAS conventions with the Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN). He is an Engineer by profession. Currently. Iman also joined the Georgetown University Arab Studies MA Program and was a Parvin Fellow at Princeton. where she is studying on a Rhodes Scholarship. and a Ph. and MAS. Iman Bibars is launching Ashoka's program in the ARAB WORLD. Iman is herself a social entrepreneur. street vendors and garbage collectors.K. England and raised in northern Chicagoland. Dr. ICNA. and service to the south-side community. with over 30 years of experience in Da’wa in North America. She has served as a multi-lingual translator for detainees at Guantánamo Bay and has worked closely . 23 Isra Bhatty was born in Leeds. she is an MPhil candidate in Evidence Based Social Intervention at the University of Oxford.

He is also the president of kemalpasha. State Delegate for Democtatic Party. Yaser Birjas is presently residing in El Paso.   24 . MA.S.com. He has BS in Arabic Literature and Language from Selcuk University. he immigrated to the U. 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 Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of habername. He is married with three children and lives in Lawrance MA.com.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. Istanbul Turkey and currently pursuing MS degree in Information Library Science . He started his career in Electronic Engineering in 1988 in the UAE. MA. He He is a member of Zoning Board of City of Lawrance. Boston.com and mgreenpages. MA. And a co-founder of Practimate. In 1997. 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. MS in Banking and Insurance from Marmara University. Thereafter.com an online wholesale Turkish products business. a Turkish Daily Online Newspaper. and in the year 2000. He is also an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute.com a world-class marriage training program for practical practicing Muslims in the West. an organization that provides trademark double-weekend seminars in Islamic studies. reporter for AKRA FM radio station. Southern Connecticut State University. he went to work as a relief program aide under the international umbrella of relief agencies to rebuild the war-torn Bosnia. MA and School Committee Candidate for City of Lawrance. New Haven CT. Mr Bozkurt is the founder and publisher of the Green Pages Muslim Business Directory and Editor-in-Chief of habername. Konya. Turkey. He was the Imam and religious leader at The Islamic Center in El Paso since his arrival until the end of 2007. Texas. Kemal Bozkurt is Reference Librarian at Lawrance Public Library in MA. after the war was over.

hip-hop. Shahid has performed around the world for audiences as large as 50. is Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) and the People’s Campaign for the Constitution (PCC). in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. His debut CD. From 1999-2004. Based in Washington.25 million for this purpose. Bukhari was elected President of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) for 20092010. He is also serving as Executive Director of the Center for Islam and Public Policy (CIPP). From 1978-1983. He is also editor of two volumes of the Project MAPS: Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square: Fears.000. house. American Muslim Studies Program (AMSP) at the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Bukhari has a Masters in Economics from the 25 . Muslim public opinion in the US and other related topics in national and international forums. As a musician. he served as Professor Lawrence Lessig’s Constitutional Law Teaching Assistant and as Executive Editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal. Georgetown University. blues. Hopes and Aspirations and Muslim in America: Engaging Polity and Society in Post 9/11 Era (forthcoming). Islamabad. Bukhari’s research interests focused on religion and politics in the United States and South Asia. drum 'n bass. Dr. Buttar has long advocated in defense of the Constitution. from 2003 to 2008. Previously he served as Counsel to Muslim Advocates’ Program to Combat Racial & Religious Profiling. and South Asian fusion traditions. Washington. Zahid H. which examined the role and contribution of the Muslim community to the American public life. DC. Dr.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Zahid Hussain Bukhari  University of Karachi and Ph. Dr. Dr. was released in 2008 and features music from the funk. In January. He has published and presented papers on Islam and development. Get Outta Your Chair. two organizations aimed at raising awareness about the impacts of national security policies on civil liberties and privacy interests. a member of Gallup International. Buttar also served the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy as Associate Director for Communications & Outreach. including Bumpin’ in My SUV and the Baghdad Blues. A 2003 graduate of Stanford Law School.D. DC. Bukhari is currently working as Director. he worked as executive director of the Pakistan Institute of Public Opinion (PIPO). The Pew Charitable Trusts awarded a grant of $1. he also worked as Director Project MAPS: Muslims in American Public Square. He has a vast experience in all aspects of survey research. Shahid Buttar  Shahid Buttar.

and Britain’s QNews. 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. Raised and mentored by his grandmother.A. and Muslim thought leader. counterpunch. integrity and determination. the first Congressman André Carson is a 34-year-old native of Indianapolis. Cady received a dual B. In 2003. Ms. and policy issues for various publications including the Buddhist journal Turning Wheel. Islamic-oriented site on the Internet. Maryland. in International Relations and French Language. 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. 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.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Sarah Cady  Ms.org.com. She studied in Strasbourg. Indiana. Mas’ood now resides in northern California with his wife and two sons. André Carson  Mas’ood Cajee  Mas’ood Cajee is a California-based dentist. current events. A board member of the Muslim Peace Fellowship. As an undergraduate in 1993. Congresswoman Julia Carson. He continues to advise various community. Cady worked with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in New York City as a Program Associate supporting resettlement around the United States. Mas’ood also serves as a senior member of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Literature and Culture from Syracuse University in New York State. Fellowship.com. Prior to working at USCRI HQ. Mas’ood created cybermuslim. Having visited 45 states and over 25 countries on four continents. Cady supports partner agencies in the Reception and Placement Program. France and is proficient in French. media. Minaret. Currently he is a contributing editor at Fellowship magazine and a columnist for altmuslim. Adbusters. Beliefnet. 26 . the nation’s oldest and largest interfaith peace and justice organization. he learned from a young age the values of compassion. and has served on several other boards including the National Council of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Ms. journalist. and philanthropic organizations in the United States and abroad. He has written on interfaith relations.

Adjunct Professor . Among other marketing efforts for the UCC. was responsible for the UCC's multiple web sites and served as publisher of United Church News with its circulation of more than 200. Previously. Department of Religion.000. Co-Chair of 2009 National Convention Program   In September 2007. a full-service communications company.2 million member United Church of Christ. video and emerging electronic technologies. Robert Chase was called to be the Founding Director of Intersections. marketing and education through print. radio. 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. 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.. Chase served as Director of Communication for the 1. real estate." identity campaign. He also served as Executive Director of the UCC's Office of Communication.Department of religion. working to responsibly bring an end to the war in Iraq and to restore America’s role as a respected global leader.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   For almost a full decade. which oversees all components of the nation's housing and financial services sectors including banking. insurance. Chase has served congregations in New York and New Jersey and was founder and President of Creative Connections in Media. a new justice-based global initiative of the Collegiate Church of New York. At the United Church of Christ.Temple University. the church's historic media justice agency. The Rev. and securities.EZ Representative. Member of ISNA Executive Council . His ambitious agenda includes working to create economic opportunity for Hoosiers. Robert Chase  Sami Catovic  Sami Catovic is a NewJersey attorney. André devoted himself to law enforcement and the protection of Hoosiers across Indianapolis. pushing forward comprehensive affordable healthcare legislation. Phd Student at Temple University . he was a principle architect of the church's award winning "God is still speaking. 27 . he was responsible for the denomination's efforts in public relations. Inc. Congressman Carson currently serves on the prestigious Financial Services Committee. Board member of New Jersey Muslim Attorneys. public and assisted housing.

Prior to that. Raised in Southern California. His entries on the terminology of Islamic Finance appear in The Oxford Dictionary of Islam. His written work has appeared in journals and newsletters and as chapters in books. he serves as a Shariah advisor to over 20 global financial entities. Based in the Washington. Dadabhoy is active with charitable and community activities. alternative asset managers and others. 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. 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. institutional investors. broadly defined to include banking. Shaykh Yusuf is a well-known and respected Shariah advisor and Islamic 28 . home finance providers. joined Saturna Capital in August of 2008. capital markets and insurance. Investment Manager. including index providers. real estate funds. Shaykh Yusuf is also a special consultant. Shaykh Yusuf wrote the introduction to “Islamic Bonds”. California. Mr. Mr. banks. Dadabhoy spent over 15 years at Wells Fargo and was most recently a District Manager in Long Beach. Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo is currently the Chief Shariah Officer and Board Member at Shariah Capital. DC area. co-founding the UPLIFT Charitable Corporation in 2006. His three-volume publication has become the standard reference for Islamic financial institutions. leasing funds. the 2003 book that introduced Sukuk and transformed the world’s Islamic capital markets. Dadabhoy.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Owaiz M. He is married with two children and enjoys spending time with his family in various outdoor activities. he earned a BA in Business Administration from California State University at Fullerton. mutual funds. Dadabhoy  Owaiz M. the first English reference on the fatawa issued by Shariah boards. 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. Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo  scholar whose career spans more than 30 years. Shaykh Yusuf is the author of “A Compendium of Legal Opinions on the Operations of Islamic Banks”. including Euromoney’s “Islamic Asset Management”. In addition. “Islamic Retail Finance and Islamic Finance: Innovation & Growth”.

reviewing over a dozen commercial textbooks in development.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. in History from the University of Rochester. and others. a small narrative that focuses on incarcerated Muslims. 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. New York). she was Senior Researcher for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. and the online curriculum World History for Us All. DeVeaux has published papers in New Directions in Evaluation: a Publication of the American Evaluation Association. and Crescent International. She contributed to online teaching resources such as the IslamProject. Other writings include You Are Almost There. Baruch College (CUNY). as well as co-authoring a paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association (1995). During 2006. a children’s book Ramadan (Carolrhoda Books.org. and designed The Indian Ocean in World History online resource. DeVeaux received a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Bernard M. For the past three years she has conducted the educational outreach program 29 . and is currently in the doctoral program at George Mason University. 2000). Muslim Alliance in North America (1st and 2nd) Annual Conference.A. a chapbook of poems and has had several other poems featured in various publications. and a Masters of Arts degree from The College at New Paltz (SUNY). She served as an Affiliated Scholar with the Council on Islamic Education for over a decade. Imagine This. The Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. 2002). reviewing state standards. teaching resources for the Council on Islamic Education and the National Center for History in the Schools. the Smithsonian Freer Gallery teaching guide Arts of Islam. Major publications include World Eras: Rise and Spread of Islam. NAACP Criminal Justice Conferences (Jamaica. and developing instructional resources. 622-1500 (Thompson/Gale.A. Teaching About Religion in National and State Social Studies Standards (Freedom Forum First Amendment Center and Council on Islamic Education. Susan Douglass has an M. 2002). a B. a Masters of Professional Studies degree from the New York Theological Seminary. and many articles and book chapters. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University.

J. program development and evaluation. Durrani    Bob Edgar  A. 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. She is the Executive Director of CIFA (Center for Interfaith Action). Besides Islamic-related community activities. established to improve and increase political awareness in "new Americans". and recently culminated in a historic first -. He served as a Democratic member of the United 30 . CONAC efforts have led to thousands of new registered voters. strategic planning and marketing. She brings experience developing all aspects of service and policy organizations. school district committees. He has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Milan. and fundraising. He has also led the efforts to establish Islamic Boy Scouts troops in the local communities.J. A. Jean F. public and community relations. Durrani is a grassroots political activist in the greater Houston area. Italy and an MS from Penn State Univ. For the past 17 years she has worked exclusively with organizations serving the poor and advocating for social justice. J. and in the management of their growth. Duff  Jean Duff is a seasoned management professional with broad experience in the start-up of non-profit social enterprises. a nonpartisan government watchdog organization.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention at the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding.the election of three Muslims to the Texas SDEC. and he has been instrumental in the creation and establishment of five Islamic schools.J. One of his primary areas of focus has been full-time Islamic Education. which is a non-profit political action group.   A. has held leadership positions in mainstream civic and local community organizations like charitable institutions. including building cross sector collaborations. over 70 Precincts Chairs in the Houston area. effective May 2007. and for-profit businesses. and homeowner associations. A. Coalition of New American Communities (CONAC). Robert William (Bob) Edgar is president and CEO of Common Cause. He is presently Vice President of AADT and the Primary Coordinator/Spokesperson for the Rev. Dr. and was recently elected to the Texas State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC) as the male representative of the Asian American Democrats of Texas (AADT).

(NCC). corporations and other public institutions. non-profit "citizens" lobby working to make government at all levels more honest. open and accountable. The Fifth Congressional District is the most vibrant and ethnically diverse district in Minnesota with a rich history and traditions. House of Representatives since taking office on January 4. n May 2007. and Advisor to California's Commission on Police Officers Standards & Training (POST) for hate crimes and cultural diversity training. 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. The Fifth District includes the City of Minneapolis and the surrounding suburbs. the leading U. Governor Cruz Bustamante's "Commission for One California".   Maha ElGenaidi    Keith Ellison  Maha ElGenaidi is the Founder and President of Islamic Networks Group (ING). Ms. police departments. the “Human Relations Award” from the Santa Clara County Human Relations office. She is the recipient of numerous civil rights awards which include the “Civil Rights Leadership Award” from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations. and is author of seven training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims. representing the 7th district of Pennsylvania.S.S. chair and Vice-chair of the Bay Area Hate Crimes Investigators Association (BAHCIA). Bob Edgar was named president and CEO of Common Cause. a national nonpartisan. organization in the movement for Christian unity. 2007.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention States House of Representatives from 1975 to 1987.S. he came from the post of general secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U. as well as eight training modules for public institutions on "developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community". 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. and to connect citizens with their democracy. ElGenaidi is currently ING's CEO. Commissioner on Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission. ElGenaidi has spoken to hundreds of schools. has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. and former Co- Keith Ellison has represented the Fifth Congressional District of Minnesota in the U. Ms. She is a former commissioner on Lt. churches. and the "Citizen of the Year" Award from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. Representative 31 .

Mohamed Elsanousi  Gazi Erdem  Mr. Turkey where he studied Christians under Ottoman Empire between 1856 and 1876. the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission (IBC). Elsanousi is the Director of Communications and Community Outreach for ISNA. He is proficient in Arabic and English. and submitted an article to the American Journal of Law and Society . Mr. Elsanousi has appeared on Aljazeera. Al-hurah. Alarabia. strengthening ISNA’s relationships with the Muslim community in North America. he has hold for various managerial positions at the Religious Affairs of Turkey (Diyanet). Human Rights (EHR) and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). He has been the Attache for Religious 32 . Turkey. and supervising ISNA’s projects with interfaith organizations and the federal government. He holds Two MA degrees. and other media outlets. Pakistan.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Ellison's philosophy is one of "generosity and inclusiveness. the Evangelicals for Dr. Mohamed has contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of Philanthropy in America and the American Journal of Islamic Social Science. a Master of Law from Indiana University in Bloomington. Turkey for many years.D degree in Islamic History from Ankara University. Ankara. first one is Islamic History from Uludag University. Bursa. and promoting civil and human rights. Mr. 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. and a graduate diploma in philanthropic studies from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Shariah and Law from the International Islamic University in Islamabad. CSpan. His responsibilities with ISNA include fostering interfaith relations. He serves as a national liaison and representative for ISNA at numerous interreligious conventions and conferences. He completed his Ph." His roots as a community activist and his message of inclusivity through democratic participation resonates throughout the Fifth District. His priorities in Congress are: promoting peace. IN. 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). After serving as an imam and preacher (Vaiz) in Bursa. and has basic fluency in Urdu. UK where he studies Orthodox Church under Ottoman Empire in the Sixteenth Century. Gazi Erdem has a BS Degree in Religious Studies from the Divinity Faculty of Uludag University. prosperity for working families.

Islamic Cililizations. Iman M. Islam and Politics. Iman grew up in the North American Muslim community. Esposito specializes in Islam. Dr. Esposito is Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. and the impact of Islamic movements from North Africa to Southeast Asia. Dr. and Who Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think: With Dalia Mogahed. political Islam. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion. Faris is a senior management consultant. His more than 30 books include: Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam (a Washington Post and Boston Globe best seller). with a career spanning multiple industries from training and political advocacy to technology and construction. Islam and Democracy and Iman Faris  Mr. change management principles.   Saleemah Abdul­Ghafur  Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur is an author and activist (faith-based initiatives and gender equality in Islam). Religious leadership. a leading non-profit formed to advance the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by ending malariarelated deaths by 2012. he brings his clients a global awareness of best practices. John Esposito   John Esposito is a University Professor as well as Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. 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. She also consults on a variety of interfaith projects and volunteerism efforts. Esposito is Editor-in-Chief of the 4 volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World. Interreligious Dialogue in Islamic Sources and History. his family was one of the pioneers that helped establish the 33 . A consultant to the Department of State as well as corporations and the media worldwide. Islam: The Straight Path. Through his decades of experience in a diversity of organizations and industries. Makers of Contemporary Islam (with John Voll). Ottoman History and Christians under the Ottoman Empire.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Affairs to the NY Consulate General of Turkey. What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam. and proven coaching methods. The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?. She works with Malaria No More.

an advocacy group for justice and mutual understanding and Islamic Network Group (ING) which delivers educational programs relating to Islam and Muslims. humanitarian and health care services to the orphans and the needy in India. He is extensively involved in youth work. regional and national Muslim community lectures. India. and working groups.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention community. a youth activity. Dr. and coordinator and contributor to a variety of local. This organization provides an alternative for home buyers looking for ways to avoid interest-based bank loans. He has also been involved with local projects. He has been active in Muslim community in North America since the early 70’s. Iman is supported by his wife Zameela. including Abraar School. Iman continues his involvement as a leader and organizer. including: annual festivals on the occasion of Eid. or mosque building. as board member of several local organizations. CA. Manzoor Ghori founded Ameen Housing Cooperative Inc. 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. He is the founder and board member of North American Islamic Shelter for the Abused (NISA) that supports victims of domestic abuse. Manzoor was also on the advisory board of Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR). This trust launched Jahangirabad Media Institute in 2005 and is about to launch a university Jahangirabad Institute of Technology . 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). Santa Clara. conferences. host of the local Muslim radio show. IMRC also provides medical and emergency aid during natural disasters and man made disasters such as riots. He is the founding chairman of the San Francisco 34 . Fremont. daughter Ayesha. Today. CA and Islamic Society of East Bay.in 2007. There was always a community project to help with and to learn from whether it was a relief effort. and the rest of his community-minded family. Ghulam Nabi Fai is the Executive Director of the Washington-based Kashmiri American Council /Kashmir Center. He is the founder & chairman of Jahangirabad Education Trust. managing youth camps. From his formative years. in 1994. He was the founding member of Muslim Community Association. IMRC has been working since 1982 to provide education.

in November 2000 in Doha. Since then.s. she has studied with Sufi Masters intensively around the world. that women are inevitably oppressed in Islam. He also addressed the Fourth International Conference on Global Good in Honolulu. were the words: SEEK AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE. He addressed the 14th International Conference on Conflict Resolution in St. her life became a journey in search of the liberating Truth. 6th. Hawaii in June 2006. At twelve. 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. On the contrary. 9th and 10th Summit of the Head of the States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in January 1981 in Makkah. upon which. 2003 in Putrajaya. Petersburg. in December 1994 in Casablanca. Malaysia respectively. Chicago tribune.Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities at Geneva. Dr. Morocco. 8th. 3rd. Baltimore Sun and many other foreign policy journals in the United States and around the world. 35 . Fai is also the Member of the Board of Director of Istanbul-based the Union of the NGOs of the Islamic World. His articles appeared in The New York Times. Financial Times.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention based Global Peace Forum and the Chairman London-based Justice Foundation. From that moment on. and also participated in the 41st thru 57th Sessions of the United Nations Sub . in December 1997 in Tehran. 7th. He has been living in exile since August 1980 for his political beliefs.) at the hands of an ancient Sufi Sheikh. which documents both the inner and outer journey. Qatar. she was given a scroll with a painting of an ancient man walking through mountains. 2nd. and guided to realize the true purpose of her existence. ten minutes away from the burial place of the Prophet Ibrahim (a. The Washington Post. He participated in the 42nd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March 1998. JOURNEY THROUGH TEN THOUSAND VEILS. is a revealing social commentary. He addressed the preliminary session at the Centennial Conference of Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in August 1993. He was invited to attend the 3rd. The Washington Times. December 1992 in Dakar. on a journey of transformation culminating in West Africa. Born Jewish. Plain Dealer. dispelling many stereotypes such as the proposition. He attended the 1st. Iran. He is married and has two children. Russia in May 2006. 4th and 5th sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva in 2006 & 2007. Dr.   Maryam Kabeer Faye  Sheikha Maryam Kabeer Faye was guided from a young age to make the journey in search of Truth. she embraced Islam in El Khalil. elevated. He addressed the 46th thru 61st Sessions of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) at Geneva. it is by entering into the heart of Islam that the author was liberated. Wall Street Journal. Saudi Arabia. Her book. Senegal. and in October. The Alchemy of Transformation on the Sufi Path.

36 Jess Ghannam  Dr. Dr. writer. a website dedicated to analyzing representations of Muslim women in global media. Ghannam is also a Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) for the State of California. and blogger who writes about issues related to Muslims. Ghannam specializes in working with chronic illness.. feminism.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Sheikha Maryam Kabeer Faye is a teacher. race. and Bitch magazine. and politics in several print and online outlets. Morocco and Russia. including chronic pain and cancer. He is a Psychoanalyst and practices in San Francisco and the East Bay. knowledge. Safiya taught Introduction to Comparative Politics at the University of Arkansas for two years. She has studied and worked in many countries including India. VA where she researched and administered VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) and asylum cases for Muslim women who were victims of domestic violence. He also works and does research in the area of Global Health and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She travels extensively throughout the world. building bridges of light. and understanding. Adjunct Professor of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.   Fatemeh Fakhraie   Safiya Ghori  Fatemeh Fakhraie is an editor. Dr. Jess Ghannam is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences at the University of California. She is also an associate editor of the new online magazine Altmuslimah. including Racialicious. Safiya was also the student editor of the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture for two years. While completing her M. Safiya is currently the Muslim Public Affairs Council Program Director in the Washington DC office. She founded and currently serves as editor of Muslimah Media Watch. Safiya is fluent in Hindi and Urdu and was born in Little Rock. As an Equal Justice Works Fellow she worked at the Tahirih Justice Center in Falls Church. speaker and writer on Islam and spirituality. ReligionDispatches. She earned a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in May 2006 from the University of Arkansas. Safiya clerked for the Arkansas Attorney General in the Public Protection Division where she focused on fraud and discrimination cases. San Francisco and . Arkansas.A.

she will begin a PhD program in Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. where he forged alliances with Sara Hakeem has recently matriculated from Teach for America – Chicago’s 2007 corps. Louis. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2007. Gutow became the first full-time rabbi at the Reconstructionist Minyan of St. She is the founder of the Washington Region Religious Campaign Against Torture and is an attorney.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Republicans and Democrats. Gutow focused his career on his faith and community and attended the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Gutow. Linda is the past board chair of the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation and lives in Washington. After working for nearly 30 years as an attorney and in Jewish and political activities. where he led national groups in formulating strategies to maintain First Amendment religious freedoms. Louis where he served as the St. where he received his ordination in 2003. Following his ordination. For the past two years. Gutow went on to become the founding executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council. Louis Rabbinical Association representative to the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. 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. 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. This fall. who spent more than a decade practicing law in Texas. Sara Hakeem  Steve Gutow  Rabbi Steve Gutow is Executive Director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. DC. 37 . she has taught 7th grade Language Arts at Gary Elementary School in Chicago.

He was born in Sudan. After two decades of general spiritual studies. Harris received her Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in the field of Religion. Member of the Arab. 38 . and holds a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary. Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington Assembly. Member. Virginia. editor. including Ghazali's Ihya-Uloom-al-Deen. NY. practicing chaplain. Imam Magid is also well known as an effective communicator to our youth and for work with other organizations and interfaith dialogue. Harris has spent the last fifteen years concentrating on the theory and practice of Islamic nonviolence. Fairfax (VA) Faith Communities in Action. freelance theologian. 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. and aspiring servant of Allah. 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.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention     Rabia Terri Harris      Mohamed Hagmagid Ali  Rabia Terri Harris is an essayist. Imam Magid is also well known for his counseling and family counseling expertise. Chair. gaining ijaza in several disciplines. Imam Magid studied at the hand of his father and other notable scholars. peace activist. her Master’s from Columbia University in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures. Fairfax Youth Partnership. His other Islamic activities and responsibilities include: East Zone Representative on ISNA Executive Council from 2001 to present. the son of a leading Islamic Scholar and the Mufti of Sudan. She founded the Muslim Peace Fellowship in 1994 and serves as its Executive Director. Board. public intellectual. Muslim Sikh Advisory Committee to the FBI Washington Field Office. sometime translator.

and organizing volunteer health services in public schools. providing health services to the homeless.A. Herbert W. as well as authored a rape prevention pamphlet entitled. In 1995. and the Medical University of South Carolina. In 2007 Hanson was reelected on the second ballot. In 2003. and to those in foster care. Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. “Maintaining Vaginal Health Naturally”. Naturopathic Physician. She is a Certified Nurse Midwife. Wholistic Health. Minneapolis: 2002). Chilstrom. “Fertility Awareness – How To Achieve or Avoid Pregnancy”. Mark S. He serves on the executive council on the executive board of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U. performing physicals to the mentally and physically challenged .) 39 . Hanson is the third. as well as organizing community based outreach programs which include. She teaches workshops on “How To Prevent Breast Cancer Through Diet and Self-Breast Exams”. in order to provide health services for underserved and uninsured women and children. to those in group homes. thus will become during this term the longest-serving Presiding Bishop in the ELCA's history.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention     Asma Hanif  providing free blood pressure screenings in community centers for the elderly. Hanson is author of Faithful Yet Changing: The Church in Challenging Times (Augsburg Fortress. Sister Asma Hanif is presently operating a holistic health center. Education and Social Services Center.   Mark Hanson  She has been a practicing Muslim for over 25 years. graduated from Howard University. providing. a faith-based practice. adolescent health services/AIDS prevention program.allowing them to be able to participate in the Special Olympics. a role which he serves concurrently with his role as ELCA Presiding Bishop. Clinical Herbologist and Natural Childbirth Instructor.S. to women in shelters. Hanson was elected President of the Lutheran World Federation. and current. teaching at Coppin State University. (The ELCA's first Presiding Bishop. served two 4-year terms. she established Al-Nisaa. “What A Woman Doesn’t Know Can Hurt Her”.

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. forgiveness and peace in Islamic tradition. He has Postgraduate training at the St Louis University. university/college campuses. from these grow camaraderie and genuine friendship. New Ground doesn t shy away from discussing the tough topics such as. community organizing. Waheedul Haque  Waheedul Haque. is a retired physician best known for his tireless commitment to public service. and youth engagement. pluralism and Israel/Palestine. He graduated from Dow Medical College. civic and religious groups on inter-faith dialogue. various presentations at national and international meetings. identity. Facilitated conversations. TX. gender. Dr. Among the numerous offices he holds. explore issues at the personal.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention levels. He is also a Charter Member of the Pacific 40 . Dialogue sessions are based on the premise that honest communication forges meaningful relationships. Hathout is MPAC's Senior Advisor. Aziza also coordinates inter-faith relations for MPAC by working with religious leadership in Southern California in the areas of social justice. and conflict resolution in Muslim communities. Pakistan .   Maher Hathout  Aziza Hasan  Aziza Co-Directs NewGround: A MuslimJewish Partnership for Change. national and global Maher Hathout is a leading spokesperson for the American Muslim community. local. substantive dialogue. and youth leadership training. Aziza has given various speeches to audiences across the country that included introductions to Islam. Karachi. at conferences. 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. MD is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston. He has approximately 25 publications and abstracts. She has led numerous workshops for international scholar forums. community education and outreach.

" and "the Future of the Middle East. Before that she has served as the Chair of IMANA Bylaws committee.com. Haque emigrated to Canada. poems and short stories will be delighted to see how well the two value systems compliment each other. Currently she is Vice President of IMANA. TX. Haque has been a member of IMANA for the past 20 years. the western partner of the Council on Foreign Relations.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Council on International Policy. and South Africa to lecture on Islam and Muslims. human rights. and sits on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Alliance. Canada. Currently at work on Sophia’s second adventure. democracy. TX. Haque has more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and presentations. India. Najiyah invites readers to share their time travel wish lists on her website http://najiyahhelwani. and Attending Pathologist at the Methodist Hospital. and attained the rank of full Professor at The University of Texas Medical School at Galveston." "Islamic Democracy. The Wall Street Journal and The Christian Science Monitor." "Emerging Trends in Islamic Movements. Houston. She is actively involved with resident teaching and research. Co-Edited 5 books on Pulmonary Pathology. and Bosnia. Dr.S. MD is Professor of Pathology at Cornell Weill Medical School. Dr. and underwent postgraduate training in Obstetrics & Gynecology in Hyderabad. Policy. 41 . Pakistan. Middle East politics. Dr. TX She graduated from Osmania Medical College. Readers of her novels. Houston. She then moved with her family to USA in 1979. Malaysia. Ottawa. Hyderabad. The New York Times. Egypt. Haque  Najiyah Diana Helwani  Abida K. His articles and interviews have appeared in such prominent newspapers as The Los Angeles Times. and contributed approximately 50 book chapters on Pulmonary Pathology in these texts. Dr. and had postgraduate training in Pathology at the Ottawa Medical College. Hathout has written extensively on Islam. India. New York.wordpress. She has been Treasurer and Secretary of IMANA from 2006-2008. Haque. Dr. Currently she is Professor and Attending Pathologist at The Methodist Hospital. Najiyah Diana Helwani is a home-grown Kansas girl who feels blessed to be Muslim and of Midwestern heritage. Abida K. Hathout has been invited to Capitol Hill and the State Department several times to address a variety of topics such as "Islam and U. He appears frequently on national television and radio talk shows. Kuwait. She was Director of Anatomic Pathology for several years. and then moved to The Methodist Hospital at Houston." He has traveled to Australia.

Arndt & Partner in Zurich. Najiyah lives in Damascus. Ohio. TX. She has been selected to 42 . in the United States. LAXART in Los Angeles. TX. Project Row Houses in Houston. The Washington Post. GA. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions also include The High Museum in Atlanta.” She is frequently used as an expert by national media and major international news programs and recently received press in Associated Press. is a training specialist with over fifteen years of experience in the areas of cross-cultural communication. and his research interests include the Lubna Ismail.the state of the art management training program of MSA National. chair of the Leadership Development Committee of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Peaceful Families Project . Sculpture Center in New York. and Arab Relations. cultural competency. the Yale School of Art (2004) and at New York University as a Clark Fellow for Africana/Cultural Studies (2001-02). CA. She was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. D’Amelio Terras in New York. Arab and American cultures. Her six children remind her what is important in life. and especially Muslim adolescents. New York. 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. founder and president of Connecting Cultures. Syria.S. Islamic awareness and religious diversity. Lubna Ismail  Altaf Husain    Altaf Husain is a native of Cleveland. 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. Dr. She is the author of “Doing Business in the Middle East and North Africa” and “Finding Diversity. Studio Museum in Harlem.. NY. Artists Space in New York. Inc. a current executive committee member of the Muslim Alliance in North America. Husain is a former two-term national president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA). CT. a faculty member of COMPASS . England. and she is also blessed to have a wonderful co-wife and three co-kids in Damascus.dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence. Switzerland and Thomas Dane in London. The Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford. Additionally Hewitt has received a 2008 Art Matters Grant and a 2009-2010 Radcliffe Fellowship Residency at Harvard University. Leslie Hewitt  Leslie Hewitt was raised in New York City and studied at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (2000). Luby participated in a study visit to Saudi Arabia.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention integration of immigrant and refugee families. The Contemporary Art Museum in Houston. NY.

Ashburn Soccer Club Coach(2003-2005). churches. ISNA Youth Strategic Planning Committee(2004). University of Texas Student Government Representative(1992). ISNA East Zone Conference Steering Committee Chair(2006 and 2007). Past President of ADAMS(2002-2008). Jaka graduated with Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from University of Texas at Austin in 1995. University of Texas Student Government(1993).A. Chair of the Board of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. and other venues on Islam and related subjects. Editorial Columnist. ISN DC) Steering Committee Chair(2009). Jaka's community involvement includes: Board Member of ADAMS(June 2008. Mr.A.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention present at Iraqi Reconstruction conferences. University of Texas Daily Texan(50. Dulles little League Baseball Manager/Coach(20042008). Cub/Boy Scout Chartered Organizational Representative(2004-Current). in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California. in History from the University of Illinois. 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. Ameena is an editor of ING training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims. colleges. Through ING she has delivered hundreds of presentations in schools. 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. She currently team teaches a class on Islam at San Francisco City College. universities. 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. She received her M. Jaka Mr. Rizwan O. Board Member.000 circulation -1994/1995). Islamic Society of North America(ISNA)(2008-Current). and B. as well as author and editor of training modules for public institutions on developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community. and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. ISNA Election Committee(2005-2008). Member of Goose Creek District(Loudoun County) Boy Scouts of America Committee(200 A National Convention 2009(Washington 6current). ISNA National Convention 2002(Washington DC) Steering Committee Chair(2002). and presently works as a 43 . Past Vice President of ADAMS(2000-2002). of University of Texas. CCMO Election Committee Chair(2003-2007). Texas Student Publications(1995). Berkeley. Board Member. Citizens Affairs Committee Co-Chair. Chair of DC Area Eid Committee(1997Current).May 2009).

Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs.D. presented her research to several scholarly communities including Harvard and Princeton. GA where she was raised in an active Muslim community in association with Imam W. Islamic Education 44 .Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Manager of Technology Sales Consulting in the Technology Industry. and has served in the past on the boards of Center for Christian.D. Karim is author of 15 text books and over 325 research papers. and Bangladesh Academy of Sciences. an American Muslim women’s magazine. Jewish. the Society of Photo-Instrumentation Engineers. Jamillah is originally from Atlanta. Shaik Jeelani is professor of Mechanical Engineering. Karim has Mohammad Karim is Vice President for Research of the Old Dominion University. Inc. She lectures frequently within Muslim communities. women and Islam. the Institute of Physics. in Islamic Studies at Duke University. she contributes to Azizah. and Director of Ph. Islamic Council of Ohio. Mohammad Karim serves on the boards of North American Bangladeshi Islamic Community (NABIC) and Virginia Coalition for Community and Justice (VCCJ). He is North American Editor of Optics and Laser Technology. in Ohio. Dayton Islamic School. and Gender within the Ummah. She is author of the book American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race. Program in Materials Science and Engineering at Tuskegee University Jamillah Karim Jamillah Karim is Assistant Professor in religion at Spelman College. the Institution of Engineering & Technology. and race and immigration.D. a Member of the Editorial Board of Microwave and Optical Technology Letters and of World Journal of Modeling and Simulation.   Shaik Jeelani  Mohammad Karim  Dr. He has served as guest editor of 16 technical journal issues. Tuskegee. an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions of Education. and Muslim Understanding in New York. She obtained her Ph. She specializes in Islam in America. Mohammed. which explores relations between African American and South Asian immigrant Muslims in the United States. AL. In her spare time.. Director of Center for Advanced Materials at Tuskegee University. He is an elected fellow of the Optical Society of America. Class.

French and Italian. Tafsir.   Merve Kavakci    Yusuf Kavakci  Dr. She is a consultant for US Congress Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe and a columnist for Turkish daily Vakit newspaper. D in political science from Howard University. graduated from Hasircilar Qur'anic School (Adapazari) with a training in Tajwid. Arabic (Sarf and Nahw). Turkey. Kavakci sits at the Editorial Board of academic journal. She took her case to European Court of Human Rights and won in 2007. Merve Kavakci is a Lecturer of International Affairs at George Washington University. At an early age (8-9 years) he accomplished memorizing whole Qur'an (Hifz al-Qur'an). However she was prevented from serving her term by the secular fundamentalists due to her headscarf.D. Kavakci holds a Ph. Kavakci was elected to the Turkish Parliament. and Waiz in the governorships Fatih and Beyoglu in Istanbul. 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. Hirka-i Sharif Mosque). Qira'ah. National Conference of Christians and Jews in Ohio. Dr. got his Ph. He worked as Muadhdhin (Professional caller to prayer. 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. Mediterranean Quarterly. and Persian and forthcoming in English. After working as Assistant Professor and as Associate Professor in the Institute of 45 . Sakarya. She is the author of five books among which are Basortusuz Demokrasi (Turkish). 1938 in Hendek. Yusuf Ziya Kavakci was born on June 22. Prior to her academic career she served as the head of foreign affairs of Welfare-Virtue Party’s Women’s Commission. the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in 1999. Fiqh. translated to Arabic Dr. 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. and Avicenna Academy in Bronx. and allied Islamic Sciences. Istanbul University. She is hafiz-al Qur’an. Imam (Kara Ahmed Pasha Mosque in Topkapi).Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Foundation of Knoxville in Tennessee. in Islamic History and Culture from Faculty of Arts. Hadih.

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.

  Hena Khan 

Asma Khalid  
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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  M.J. Khan  

    Muqtedar Khan 

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 Khan 
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 

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,

serving as the lead associate on several pro bono employment discrimination cases. In the Senate.D. She also worked with Ross. al-Muslimat ("The Muslim Women"). Khera received her B. Ms. Civil Rights. and was an editor with the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. Prior to joining Muslim Advocates and NAML in 2005. a Presbyterian minister. Ms. Senate Judiciary Committee. in political science from University of California at Berkeley in 1991 and a J.D. with honors in political science and economics from Wellesley College in 1991 and her J. she served as president of the student body and co-founded the first Muslim students organization. Prior to her service with the Senate Judiciary Committee. from Cornell Law School in 1994. which resulted in the firm being honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. and was the Senator's lead staff member in developing anti-racial profiling legislation and organizing subcommittee hearings on racial profiling. At Cornell. Feingold (D-WI).A. Khera was Counsel to the U. Subcommittee on the Constitution. Ambassador Khokher also served as Pakistan's ambassador to India. specializing in commercial and administrative litigation. Khera was an associate with Hogan & Hartson. she worked for six years directly for Senator Russell D. the United States and China before taking the top post of foreign ministry. He was the former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan serving from June 2002 to February 2005. Farhana Khera  Riaz Khokher  Farhana Khera is the first Executive Director of Muslim Advocates and the National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML). Killmer  Reverend Richard L. is the Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign Against 49 .A. Ms. Dixon & Masback. and Property Rights.S. from University of Iowa in 1995. Killmer.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention He earned a B. At Wellesley. Ambassador Riaz Khokher is considered one of the most seasoned and experienced diplomat of Pakistan. 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.

From 1996 to May 2002. intellectual openness and warrior courage. and now Commander of the Faithful: A Story of True Jihad. 2002) when people were touting irreconcilable differences between Islam and the West. He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and has two degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. While in that position. Underlying these books is an inquiry into what guides and sustains people in difficult times. Mr. Mr. He has also served as a Visiting Fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1985-1988. Killmer worked for the National Council of Churches previously from 19701980.S. Kentucky after the merger of the Presbyterian Church US and the United Presbyterian Church. Kiser was perplexed by Zweig’s suicide in 1942. Mr. Abd elKader was a man of deep faith combined with chivalrous humanity. 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.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Torture – an interfaith organization of over 250 religious organizations committed to ending U. living safely in Brazil. Commander of the Faithful is the third book of a trilogy that began with Stefan Zweig: Death of a Modern Man (1995). Previously. Domestic Hunger and Poverty. world famous and with young new wife.-sponsored torture. He received the Climate Protection award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency for his work while at the National Council of Churches. This led to a reflection on Zweig’s life built on faith in humanism and individualism. During that period he directed the Special Ministries/Vietnam Generation. Muslim-Christian harmony (Monks of Tibhirine: Faith Love and Terror in Algeria. John Kiser  John Kiser’s books have a contrarian flavor: Profiles of entrepreneurial scientists (Communist Entrepreneurs: Unknown Innovators. 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 founded the Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light and co-founded the Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger. Zweigs’s works are being revived by NY Times Books. He served there from June 2002 to May 2007. Popular in 1930s and 40s. From 1980 to 1996. and codirected the Child and Family Justice Project. wealthy. He was appointed to that position on May 2007. making him a hero in the Muslim and Christian worlds of the 19th century. 1988) when the popular view of Russia was one of technological incompetence in the communist world. DC. Killmer has written many articles and resources for publication and co-authored two books. 50 . he had served as the program director of the Churches Center for Theology and Public Policy located at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington.

with Professor and Rabbi Lance Sussman. He has been Imam of the Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier since 1993. in 1992. and he has give lectures on Islam and Muslim Societies at various public forums.   Nsenga Knight  Through Photography. Nsenga has experienced the transition. Brooklyn-based artist Nsenga Knight.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. He earned MA in Middle East History at Binghamton University in 1999. Istanbul Turkey. He is member of Broome County Council of Churches Interfaith Committee. schools and clubs in and around our locality. named as Hafsa Nihal. Turkey. He moved to Binghamton as Imam in 1993 and joined Graduate Program at SUNY Binghamton. He is married and has three children. video and oral history. and earned his Law Degree at Istanbul University School of Law. to continue his higher Islamic studies at Al-Azhar University. Then studied towards MA in Islamic Law at Marmara University. Turkey. Kasim Kopuz  Shayk Kasim Kopuz was born in Rize. Egypt. Zehra Betuland Hamidullah Eren Kopuz. Kopuz has studied traditional Islamic sciences starting at a very early age. Sufism at Broome Community College. in Middle Eastern History. a religious seminary in Istanbul. expansion and diversity of the Muslim community in New York City. churches. There he studied five years of Islamic Law as well as Modern European Law. which earned him title of Hafiz and then he learned Arabic and traditional 51 . Reared in the indigenous Muslim communities of Brooklyn. specializing on the Islamic Scholars and Knowledge Production in Ottoman History. which is renowned world famous oldest Islamic University. explores the spiritual and community lives of Black women who converted to Islam prior to 1975 and pioneered Brooklyn’s oldest Muslim communities. Istanbul. Knight chose women because their stories were seldom told. He has memorized the entire Qur'an. He has taught. classes on World Religions and Biblical History at SUNY Binghamton. He is the Imam of Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier at Binghamton. He moved to Cairo. New York. He is currently working on his PhD. and because "who these women are have a very direct effect on who I am.

Kose is married with five children and lives in New Castle DE. seeking knowledge is a lifelong journey. graduated in 1991 with honors from the University of Central Florida with a B. He moved to the USA in 1987.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Radwan Kouatli    Murat Kose  Imam Radwan Kouatli is the founder of Love God institute. 52 . He also completed all the requirements except dissertation for the PhD in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering in Syracuse University. with a major focus in marketing. DE He has performed extensive multidisciplinary research and founded several successful start-up companies .S. Syracuse NY. He along with his wife currently runs a volunteer tutoring program for elementary. NE where he lives and serves as the teaching imam. Istanbul Turkey and MS in Chemical Engineering and Microelectronics from University of Rochester. Usual al-Tasfeer (Quranic Hermeneutic). Radwan acquired his early religious education in the old city of Damascus. and became a US citizen in 1999. Usul-al Fiqh (Science of Exegesis). Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) and Aqeedah (Theology). middle and high school students at the Islamic Society of Delaware. New Castle. a non for profit educational ministry dedicated to share the mercy and love of God. Murat Kose is Founder and President. He and his wife Hollie have four beautiful children. has BS in Chemical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University. he served as imam with several congregations and delivered lectures and sermons in mosques. Some of the areas that were covered during his journey of seeking knowledge are: the Science of Hadeeth (Prophetic Narrations). Radwan is also the author of Live Your Life on Purpose. The first (in the USA) Halal Meal Plan was implemented during his presidency at Syracuse University. Nurtel Telecom.A. board member etc.B. He was the president of MSA both at the University of Rochester and Syracuse University. Imam Radwan is married. Mr. his birthplace. To Radwan. He also coordinated settlement of Kosovo Refuges in the Syracuse Area. Rochester NY. He is the founding imam of Love God Congregation at al-Wadood mosque in Norfolk. He has always being active at local community at various capacities as teacher/principle of Sunday School. universities and places of worship. Since 1997.

Since 1997 he is a member of the national Christian Democratic Party board.S. He has appeared as a CNN commentator on several occasions.L. Talking through Walls: How the Struggle to Build a Mosque United a Community. Senior Rabbi is senior rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Alexander Kronemer  Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think. foreign policy and Islam.000 member Congregation. He has lectured to the National Council on U.H. He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Sør-Trøndelag in 1993. Kronemer is the Co-Executive Producer of the UPF films: Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet. he has shown community involvement in the Jewish Council for the Aging. in 1977. On the local level Lånke was a member of Trondheim city council from 1991 to 1993. A Prince Among Slaves: The True Story of an African Prince Enslaved in the American South. On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly. co-founder of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) is a frequent writer and lecturer on religious diversity.theol. Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain.S. Ola Lanke  Alexander Kronemer. the Executive Board of Israel Bonds of the Greater Washington 53 . Bruce Lustig  Rabbi Bruce Lustig. He was the chairman of the Youth of the Christian People's Party.-Arab Relations. including the Christian Science Monitor and the Washington Post. and has been reelected on three occasions. Outside of politics he has worked as a priest. and Who Ola Torgeir Lånke is a Norwegian politician for the Christian Democratic Party. In 2000. and Disney. Islamic awareness and cross-cultural communication.A. Kronemer has published essays in numerous newspapers and journals. Along with the daily responsibilities of leading a 3. Allah Made Me Funny: The Official Muslim Comedy Tour. including during CNN’s historic live coverage of the Hajj in 1998. the youth wing of the Christian Democratic Party. Kronemer served a one-year appointment at the Bureau of Human Rights in the U. Mr. Aetna. Nike. M. State Department focusing on U. Mr. He has a Master’s in Theological Studies from Harvard University.. Mr. Harvard. from 1975 to 1976.S. having graduated from the MF Norwegian School of Theology as cand.

Edina's work has also been featured in several leading newspapers. Madani   As MPAC's Communications Director. 54 ." In 2003. and Los Angeles Times.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Area. Since joining MPAC. District of Columbia Division. he has a long track record of providing relief and rehabilitation to the victims of man-made or natural disasters. academic institutions. In all settings. BBC. Rabbi Lustig received a Bachelor of Arts degree (with honors) from the University of Tennessee.S. including the Wall Street Journal. Edina Lekovic  Mahmood A. contributing part of the American fabric. which served as a precursor to the annual conference of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). An enthusiastic social worker. He is a pro-active leader of Washington's Interfaith Community and organized the nation's first Abrahamic Summit bringing together Christians. He holds a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He is also the author of Composite Nationalism. Edina has appeared on national media outlets. Associated Press. interfaith leaders. the National Liaison for National Day of Prayer. Edina represented MPAC at a United Nations seminar on "Confronting Islamophobia. the Mayors Faith Advisory Board. and the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society. Edina acts as a spokeswoman for the American Muslim community to media outlets. undertook several rehabilitation projects in earthquake affected areas in Gujarat and Kashmir Valley. and community groups. and flood affected areas in Assam. In Maulana Mahmood A. Chicago Tribune. Edina was invited by the Malaysian government to be one of two U. 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. Madani is an Islamic scholar from a long line of Islamic scholars. including CNN. representatives to the International Conference of Muslim Young Leaders. and the History Channel. the UAHC Rabbinic Network on Youth Suicide. Bihar and Orissa. Jews and Muslims for dialogue. Edina has also participated in numerous national and international conferences and interfaith dialogues speaking on a variety of issues related to American Muslims. MSNBC. Washington Times. December 2004. tsunami affected areas in Andhra Pradesh. government officials. He is a graduate from Deoband and is currently a member of the Parliament of India representing Uttar Pradesh.

India. Inc. organizational development. 55 Originally from Algeria. Dr.C. Previously he served at the Shari'a Scholars Association of North America and Fiqh Council of North America. He served as Muslim chaplain of Howard University in Washington. trainer. a native of Bangladesh. Sakil is a development worker. PRIP Trust (Former PACT/USAID Project) in Bangladesh. 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. a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Dhaka University. Washington D. D.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Mokhtar Maghraoui  Washington. Sheikh Maghraoui holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a master in Physics. Rose. holds a Master of Arts degree from the Aligarh University. 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. Head of the National Association of Muslim Chaplains in Higher Education. He taught at Syracuse University. He manages multimillion dollar grant funded projects around the world. and facilitator with extensive experience in international and development management in the areas of NGO and socio-cultural development. project design and planning.C. D. Bangladesh and an International Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies from the European Peace University in Austria. small-enterprise development and micro credit. International Development Division at the International Reading Association. Program Coordinator for Child Welfare League of America's International Office in Washington. Sakil Malik  Sakil Malik is the Director. College Park. policy advocacy. He also worked for SITBRAC Global Partnership and TAF Democracy Partnership Program.. Graduate School of Islamic & Social Sciences. and a founding member of the Muslim Advocacy Commission of . manager. and the Advocacy Institute. Previously.C.. Sakil. he served as a Program Manager for Capacity Building and Advocacy at World Learning for International Development. As a development worker. cultural competence and workforce development. gender. CARE International. President of the Muslim Society of Washington. Union College and St. Johari Abdul Malik  Johari Abdul Malik is the President of the Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations. he has a thorough understanding of cultural. He is currently a resident Scholar at the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (Florida) and counselor to many National Islamic Organizations. political. D. He has recently started his PhD Coursework at University of Maryland.C.

Mr. Also. Sakil has published his articles in international newsletters and journals. Mr. Iraq. He then received an executive master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California-Irvine (UCI). Hindi. Al-Marayati is the director and one of the founders of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). Mr.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention economic and social issues in developing countries. He is also the Director of Columbia's Institute of African Studies. temples. Al-Marayati serves as a commissioner of the Human Relations Commission in Los Angeles. He has been director of MPAC for the past ten years. Mr. reduce discrimination. 1960 in Baghdad. English. Senegal. He is now an American citizen. Mr. Al­Marayati  Mahmood Mamdani    Mr. and promote respect. politics and international relations has made him an important voice in contemporary debates about Africa. 56 .[2] He has been named as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by the US magazine Foreign Policy in May 2008. Maryland with his son Shafin. a committee formed to lobby Congress and the Administration to end the genocide in Bosnia. Salam S. high schools. Mamdani's reputation as an expert in African history. Al-Marayati served as a Board member of the American committee to Save Bosnia. and Arabic. Al-Marayati earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Bio-Chemistry from the University of California (UCLA). He later changed careers and served as a liaison to the Muslim community for Los Angeles City Councilman Robert Farrel. tolerance and justice. daughter Samreen   Salam S. His family left Iraq and immigrated to the United States in 1964. Al-Marayati worked as a process chemical engineer in the semiconductor industry for two years. Al-Marayati has had the opportunity to speak to congregations at community-sponsored events. In 2001. a public service agency aimed at disseminating accurate information about Islam to the American public. synagogues. Mr. Mahmood Mamdani is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government in the Departments of Anthropology and Political Science at Columbia University in the United States. a commission formed to improve access to city government. and college campuses. he was one of nine scholars to present at the Nobel Peace Prize Centennial Symposium. Urdu. Al-Marayati was born on September 2. Sakil lives in Laurel. Sakil is fluent in five languages. Bengali. He is a former President of the Council for Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA) Dakar. churches. At his present position. 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.

Middle East politics. His articles and interviews have appeared on such prominent newspapers as The Wall Street Journal. the National Association of Ecumenical Officers. Dr. Lououn Youth Soccer Association. Martinez is the founder of the Ashburn-Sterling Homeschoolers group. Martinez frequently delivers seminars and workshops 57 . The Chicago Tribune. He has appeared on radio and TV talk shows including C-SPAN and NBC. In an interview given last year. and founder of the ADAMS chapter of Homeschoolers Educating Assisting and Reaching-out Through Service (HEARTS). the Society of Catholic Liturgy. human rights. Priscilla Martinez is a homeschooling mother of six children in metropolitan Washington DC. Father Massa stated "Together. and the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and and lectures around the country on topics related to ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. 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.D. Father Massa has long been a proponent of interreligious dialogue. designed to help parents new to home schooling.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention He has written extensively on Islam. co-owner of the LIFE Homeschool group. She volunteers for the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. and the Transcaucus conflict. The San Francisco Chronicle and USA Today. He serves as executive director of the U. the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington. She has written for Islamic Horizons and Educating the Muslims of America (ed. The LA Daily News. the All Dulles Area Muslim Society. Yvonne Haddad and Dr. where he earned his Ph. democracy. 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. Jane Smith). and Upper Loudoun Little League. The Los Angeles Times." Father Massa is a member of the North American Academy of Ecumenists. the Balkan Crisis. The Christian Science Monitor. the Girl Scouts Council of the Nation's Capital. in systematic theology in 1997. 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.

poverty. Prior to her Ph. Teheran. In addition to his appointments as the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities. amongst others. in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago in 1999. In 1999. McGill University. Ohio State University. in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo in Ontario. 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. Baghdad. Colgate University. OH.. Ithaca. Nairobi. Her publications include studies on slavery. Guyana. Denver. Bridgewater State College. Oxford University. 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. Harvard University. She earned her Ph. African Studies. London. Bonita worked at a full service Domestic Violence Shelter in Columbus. and Sussex. New York and Chancellor of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Sr. Canada.D. Mazrui retired as the inaugural Walter Rodney Professor at the University of Guyana. Nairobi. focusing on Islamic law and society. Philosophy. Mattson obtained her B.   Ingrid Mattson is the current President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and served as ISNA Vice-President from 2001 to 2006. The University of Chicago. Previously Sr. Australia. White Professor-at-Large Emeritus and Senior Scholar in Africana Studies at Cornell University. and at other institutions in Cairo. He is an Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Bonita R. Georgetown. Andrew D. Leeds.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention     Ingrid Mattson. Kenya.A. Interpretation and Culture and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies (IGCS). 58 . Professor in Political Science. Humanities and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton. and Islamic legal theory. Mazrui has also been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. 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. National University of Singapore. Dr.D. McGee received a Masters in Islamic Sciences from the School of Islamic and Social Sciences in 2004.

understanding. Bonita began her efforts to stop violence against women and antioppression work in her years as an undergraduate at The Ohio State University. Days of Remembrance. Bonita served as Program Chair for ISNA’s Domestic Violence Awareness Activities and developed a website on domestic violence for ISNA.11 Remembrance. Sr. Chandler Medical Center. Wilkes Barre. Jack Moline partners with other Alexandria clergy in their mission to increase tolerance and understanding of all faiths and peoples. he has been an effective member of the Interfaith Counci. and he has been a respected advocate for tolerance and understanding in the City of Alexandria for 20 years. and he was instrumental in launching Operation Understanding. 9 . Other volunteer efforts include being a volunteer with SARNCO (Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio) as patient advocate for rape survivors. 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. and training to both Muslim and Non-Muslim in an effort to bridge gaps to address the social issues in the community effectively. PA. and cooperation between the African-American and Jewish communities. a social service organization serving the Muslim community in Greater Columbus and surrounding areas.   Jack Moline  Jack Moline has been the rabbi of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria since 1987.B. Jack Moline has supported many city programs and activities that focus on education and the greater needs of the Alexandria community. of Radiation Medicine. and over the years. Dept. Sr. University of Kentucky A.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).a domestic violence shelter in Columbus. a national organization addressing social issues and promoting social work and related fields in the Muslim Community. 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. and Martin Luther King Day. referral. She participated in the Rape Education and Prevention Program and later volunteered with Choices. Director Henry cancer Center. KY and is also Co-Director Geisinger Cancer Institute. 59 . Mohammed Mohiuddin   Mohammed Mohiuddin is Chairman and Professor. Lexington. including the Call to Community. which encourages respect.

        60 . 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. Mubarak was the first female to be elected as president of the Muslim Students Association National (MSA) since its establishment in 1963. 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. Mubarak previously worked as a Senior Researcher with the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. In 2005-2006. Her research interests include the development of Islamic family law. Nash (formerly Michael Nash) is a native Newarker and a pioneering researcher on the history of Islam in the Greater Newark. In 2004. he was a participant in the American Cities and Public Spaces Project. Nash  Hadia Mubarak is a full-time doctoral student at Georgetown University's Islamic Studies department. Mikal N. He is a full-time faculty member in the Division of Humanities/Department of History at Essex County College. Mubarak received her Master’s degree in Contemporary Arab Studies with a concentration in Women and Gender from Georgetown University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and English from Florida State University. 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. NJ community.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention     Hadia Mubarak      Mikal N. Islamic reform and gender issues in Islam.

with three internationally distinct firms. in mind. Chief of the 61 . Washington D. Mir previously also served as the Chief of Gastroenterology. an independent advocacy organization working towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict over Kashmir.. Ohio. 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. non-profit with the environment. Dr. and Akron. of each other with the thread of philanthropy and her written work. writing and Philanthropy celebrate. a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa. She has been practicing for 13 years in the USA. Mir is the Medical Director of the Center for Digestive Diseases and Endoscopy at Summa Barberton Hospital. pending publication the weave. Mir practices as a Gastroenterologist in Northeastern Ohio. Her Art and Architecture are compliments. Dr. She is also president and founder of The Pen and Inkpot Foundation. Brussels. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Summa Barberton Hospital. She is presently working on a Library for the Lost Boys of Panyijiar. people and spirituality. and Islamabad. She is a Muslim woman business owner building a social entrepreneurship of profit. Her Art is a spiritual Art called Pen and Inkpot. she is principal and founder of a Sustainable and green Architecture practice called. Dr. Barberton. He also serves as the President of the World Kashmir Freedom Movement. Mir has spoken widely regarding the options for peacefully resolving the Kashmir conflict. In addition she is an Artist and a writer. AYN Architect. Originally hails from Canada. One of her visions is a Green Mosque for the 21st century. with woman in mind.C. Dr. Her spiritual Art. the AIA. She is a member of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. Ohio. NCARB and the US Green building Council. and President of Summit Gastroenterology Associates in Norton. Architecture. Presently. Dr. Ohio. Ohio. as she phrases: ‘the stitching of a Sustainable human’.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Ghulam N. Professionally. Medical Director of the Digestive Wellness Center in Norton. South Sudan. Uzma Mirza  Uzma Mirza is a registered and licensed Architect. Ohio. including at conferences across the United States and in London. LEED certified with the US Green Building Council. Dr. Mir is the President of World Kashmir Awareness. with offices in London. 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.

Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Asma Mirza    Yaqub Mirza  Sr. and President and CEO of MarJac Investments. Sr. After many of the acquisitions. Currently she serves on the MSA National Board as Exofficio while working as an Organizational Strategy Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. Yaqub Mirza has been President and CEO of Sterling Management Group.S. a Virginia not-for-profit corporation. Asma was a member of the ISNA Shura and MYC. Malaysia. (“Mar-Jac”) since 1995. Asma holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and Bachelors in Management and Operations Information Management from Georgetown University. 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. Canada. Turkey and Zimbabwe. Mirza also served as Vice President (1984-1994) and President (1995-2000. MarJac makes proprietary investments in U. MSA National East Zone Rep (2005-2006). Dr. In addition. Dr. Mirza has served as a Trustee and Treasurer and later as Chairman (198762 . Since 1984. the DC Eid Committee. Treasurer (20062007) and founder and Director of the MSA Legacy Fund (2006-2007). of Sterling Advisory Services. Dr. Sr. Asma Mirza served as President of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) National for two terms from 2007-2009. Mirza has more than 20 years of experience in stock investments and portfolio management involving assets ranging from $1-$10 million. VA. M. and foreign securities and provides international business management services. From 19871995. Egypt. and an active participant in the ADAMS Center Sisters Youth Group. Previously she served as Georgetown MSA President (2004-2005). Inc. (“SMG”) since 1998. Dr. At the University of Maryland. Dr. Chile. MarJac and its affiliates operated in the United States. streamlining or expanding the same. She was also a member of the ADAMS Center Girls Scouts for 12 years. Asma was Vice President of the MBA Consulting Club and was nominated by her classmates to speak at the MBA Graduation Ceremony. Mirza has been actively negotiating mergers. Inc. he served as Executive Vice President of MarJac. Dr. the year it was dissolved) of the Saar Foundation. the MYNA Advisory Board. Inc. Sr. Previously. since its inception. acquisitions and sales of various sized companies and real estate projects located in different parts of the world. She currently lives with her family in Herndon.

com). Avari. including Dawn. a Ph. a NASDAQ listed. al-Hurra and The National (Abu Dhabi) among others.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention February 2003). and has led educational and interfaith workshops to advance understanding and dialogue. The Friday Times and Tikkun. Haroon has spoken at numerous Muslim." was released by Penguin in 2006. in Physics (1974) and M. His speaking engagements include the University of Pennsylvania. from University of Karachi (1969). in collaboration with the Coexist Foundation. a Chilean producer of juice concentrates. candidate at Columbia University.muslimwestfacts. Qatar (2009). March 2008). 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. through which Gallup. He is a Ph. He served on the Board of Mylex Corporation. A contributing editor and end-page columnist for Islamica. S.D. and is now an Advisor to the Board of Trustees of the Amana Mutual Funds. She also . as well as guest appearances on CNN and NPR. 63 Dalia Mogahed  Dalia Mogahed is a Senior Analyst at Gallup and Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. He has been interviewed on Voice of America.A.Sc. the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota. traded on the Santiago Stock Exchange. His first novel. A French translation arrived in 2007. world leader of RAID technology and network management products from December 1988 until September 1999 when Mylex was acquired by IBM for $240 million.D. He also serves on the Board of numerous other companies. "The Order of Light. strategic direction. Mogahed provides leadership. His essays have been published in a variety of media. Dr. Haroon Moghul  Haroon Moghul is Director of Public Relations for the Islamic Center at New York University. (“Jucosa”). She is coauthor of the book Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think (Gallup Press. is disseminating the findings of the Gallup World Poll to key opinion leaders in the Muslim World and the West. Mirza currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jugos Concentrados. Mirza holds a M. including wins for Best Muslim Blog and Best Writing. Haroon also maintains a popular blog. and consultation on the collection and analysis of Gallup's unprecedented survey representing the opinions of more than 1 billion Muslims worldwide. Dr. In addition. Christian and Jewish institutions. which won several Brass Crescent Awards (in 2004 and 2005). in Teaching Science (1975) from University of Texas at Dallas.A. directs the Muslim-West Facts Initiative (www. which are registered with the Securities & Exchange Commission as an open-end investment company and managed by Saturna Capital Corporation.

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 greatgrandson of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. His early experiences abroad and family tradition of activism have contributed to his focus on building bridges between communities by promoting common understanding. and social transformation. At an early age.   Sultan Muhammad is a native Chicagoan. 64 . PA Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine. Pakistan . and an award winning author. Sultan studied Arabic and Islamic sciences on scholarship abroad and is the son of the late Imam Sultan Muhammad. He publishes educational resources and is co-founder of a Chicagobased multi-media production company. Marriyam Moten    Abdul Malik Mujahid   Marriyam Moten graduated Dow Medical College .MPH University of Pittsburgh .Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Haroon is married and lives in New York City. Deen Muhammad. Dept of Medicine. As the national coordinator of Bosnia Task Force. Karachi . He is also a board member of the Parliament of the World Religions. Karachi University . is a community organizer with a background in strategic communications and multimedia production. is founder of Sound Vision. nephew of Imam W. USA he successfully led efforts to declare rape as a war crime. 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. cultural engagement. University of Tennessee. Marshall University .

he was introduced to MYNA for the first time and became the Wisconsin/Illinois/Indiana regional representative. where she also served in the Americorps and on the board of the GW Muslim Students Association.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Nasreen C. Tampa. Florida. Rayyan continued to produce media for nonprofit organizations as a volunteer service. After establishing a MYNA chapter in Milwaukee. Dr. nationally as well as Internationally. He serves as Vice Chairman of International 65 Rayyan Najeeb  Rayyan Najeeb will be attending Northwestern in the fall. He is a member of Founder’s Committee for Islamic Society of North American (ISNA). In 2007. He has been a past president of Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA). interest-free microcredit program for Metro Manila Muslims who have fled conflict in Mindanao. creating national webcasts and tv shows/specials. insha Allah. she went on to live in the Philippines for nine months as a U. After college. and is the founder/chairman of International Institute of Islamic Medicine (IIIM) a organization of IMANA dedicated to research in History of Islamic Medicine. Nasreen currently resides with her loving family in her hometown of Arlington. Between 20052008. Rayyan concentrated his talents as PR chair producing media and promoting MYNA among the chapters. Husain Nagamia  Dr. Rayyan was a member of Strive . she studied a community-based. Mustafa earned a Bachelor of Science in accountancy and a minor in sociology at the George Washington University. After this period.S. past Editor-inChief of Journal of the Islamic Medical Association of North America (JIMA). FL. Fulbright Scholar and a research associate at the Economics Research Center of the University of the Philippines. During her grant. Nasreen C. she will be working as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Nagamia has been actively involved in establishing and volunteering for a number of Islamic Organizations locally. Mustafa  Media Institute. Husain Nagamia is Chief Emeritus of Department of Cardio Vascular and Thoracic Surgery and Cardiac Transplant Center at Tampa General Hospital Tampa. He is currently Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of South Florida Medical School. Starting September 2009. Virginia.

Japan. Br. Riyadh. India. Houston. first Interest-Free Home Ownership and Investment projects in North America. Pakistan. Dr. Qatar. Tehran. Switzerland. Brunei Darussalam and at Harvard University. Sayed A. and is authoring a book on this subject. Nassar is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). 66 . Khartoum. Nassar  Dr. He also teaches project management and systems engineering courses.. and Ansar Cooperative Housing Corporation. London School of Economics in England and at Crans Montana Forum in Geneva. Sayed A. He has lectured all over the world on Islamic Medicine including: USA (many cities). Ayman Nassar   Br. Nassar is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University and the director of the Fastening and Joining Research Institute (FAJRI). Qatar. Dr. Canada in May 2007. Nagamia has published and presented numerous articles and papers on the “History of Islamic Medicine”. Pervez Nasim is also Chairman & CEO of a number of Ansar Financial Group of Companies that organized the 3rd International Islamic Banking. and is an author of several books in the area of project management and leadership. Pervez Nasim  Br. 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. China. Monterrey Mexico.K. Ayman Nassar works for IBM leading endto-end next generation BSS/OSS application development for a global service provider.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Society of History of Islamic Medicine (ISHIM) based in Doha. He is also the Chair of the Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation (CITF) that is the Trust wing of ISNA Canada. Jordan. U. Toronto. Kuala Lumpur. Ansar Financial Group Companies are managing investments on Interest-free basis in various Projects and Joint Ventures in excess of $80 Million in Canada. Canada. Saudi Arabia. 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. Los Angles. He is a founding member and Chair of the Board of the Islamic Cooperative Housing Corporation Ltd. Libya. UAE. Chittagong. Trinidad. South Africa. Pervez Nasim is a Bachelor of Commerce and a Certified Management Accountant. and he has been volunteering his time since its inception in 1980 in Toronto. Finance & Insurance (Takaful) Conference held in Ottawa.

Unfazed. and chairman. and in various capacities with CBC Newsworld. teacher. in Islamic studies.D. including as an Imam. Nassimi has a unique and combined educational background in engineering and Islamic studies. Besides his BS and MS in electrical engineering and working in the fields of telecommunications and satellite communications in the last 20 years. Nawaz’s documentary entitled Me and the Mosque. Zarqa Nawaz  Dr. counselor. His PhD Thesis was on a comparative review of some English translations of the Qur’an. marriage celebrant. CTV’s Canada AM. DC (CCMO). a co-production with the National 67 . board member. he has also studied the Arabic language. Dr. Nawaz. He is a frequent and passionate speaker in different Muslim Satellite TV shows on the subjects of Qur’an and Islamic Thought. 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. Nawaz worked as a freelance writer/broadcaster with CBC radio. born in Liverpool and raised in Toronto. Daoud Nassimi lives in Northern Virginia and he is the vice-chairman of the Council of Muslim Organizations in Greater Washington. 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. He has been an activist and a student of Islam in the last 22 years in the United States. Other short film credits include Fred’s Burqa and Random Check. He has been volunteering to serve the community in various capacities. which debuted to large audiences and tremendous acclaim in 2007. and CBC’s The National. In 2005. He gives Jum’a Khutbahs in various Masajid. she coolly switched career plans and received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism from Ryerson in 1992. He is originally from Afghanistan. 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. and lectures on Islamic topics at various forums in the DC area.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention     Daoud Nassimi  studies and recently earned his Ph.

He received his law degree (J. Nubani also has a Masters degree in History from Southern Illinois University -Carbondale. He holds a master’s degree in public administration and a Ph. “Imam Nasa’iy’s Khasaa’es”. D. Virginia. P. Sulayman S. Nyang  Dr. Sayyed Yahya.. Bloomington. Hanafi/Shafi’i Fiqh. Dr. Nubani is licensed to practice Law in New York and Virginia. and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists. Nyang has served as consultant to several national and international agencies and on the boards of the African Studies Association. A former deputy ambassador and head of chancery of the Gambia Embassy in Jeddah. WI. Muhammad bin Yahya Al-Husayni AlNinowy began his study under his father. Nyang is professor and chairman of the African Studies Department at Howard University in Washington.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Film Board and the CBC. IL. and Ihsaan. [1] He has written extensively on Islamic. Georgia . and co-principal investigator of Project MAPS. Shaykh Muhammad has authored many books.C. was broadcast on CBC’s Rough Cuts.) from Indiana University Law School -   68 . such as Tawheed. Ashraf Nubani  Ashraf Nubani is an attorney and Managing Partner of Busch & Nubani. such as: “Hadithi commentary on the Shamaa’el of Imam Tirmithi”. and senior Imam of Al Madina Masjid in Atlanta.   Muhammad Ninowy   Sulayman S. in Annandale. African and Middle Eastern affairs. the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies. Dr. in government from the University of Virginia. Mr. and specializes in immigration law. and many others. Saudi Arabia.D. He delved further into the fields of Hadeeth and Ihsaan on the hands of various expert scholars of both fields worldwide. IN. some of which are being translated into English and published. “Imam Muslim’s methodology in Hadith”.D. memorizing the Glorious Qur'an and acquiring knowledge in many of the Islamic disciplines. Mr.C. Muhammad is the director of the American Islamic Institute. “Explanation of the Bayquni Text in Hadith”. Usool. He received his bachelors in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

69 . in Philosophy from the University of Bucharest.A. in Nationalism Studies from the Central European University. coordinating human resources for USCRI headquarters and field offices. one of the largest advanced Institutes of Islamic Studies in North America. State Department Reception & Placement program. In addition to his studies.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Serban Popescu    Yasir Qadhi  Mr. he is also the Dean of Academic Affairs of AlMaghrib Institute. He speaks French and Romanian.A. where he lives with his wife and four children. Texas. Currently. in 1975.S. and submission of family reunification sponsorship documents from USCRI network agencies participating in the U. Popescu began employment with USCRI as an Administrative Assistant. DC. Popescu’s main duties include collection. and then went on to complete an M.   Shaykh Yasir Qadhi was born in Houston. he is completing his PhD in Islamic studies at Yale University in New Haven. 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). and B.A. Connecticut. he decided to pursue an education in Islamic studies. and processing assurance forms. After working for Dow Chemical for a short stint. Prior to joining USCRI. Overseas Processing Entities. liaising with the Refugee Processing Center. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston. he worked as a Research Assistant at Streit Council for a Union of Democracies in Washington. and affiliates. Mr. Serban received his M. and providing primary support to the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. specializing in hadith studies. in Theology. review. he completed a second bachelor's degree. There. where he spent ten years. and left for the Islamic University of Madinah.

he worked in the information technology industry. Before moving into his current role at University Islamic Financial Corp. He worked on Y2K conversion projects for several large corporations. McKinsey & Company. Amjad's first foray into Islamic finance was as a field sales consultant for Guidance Financial Group. the latter which he currently supervises.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. and is the past chairman of Society of Automotive Engineers Rocky Mountain Area. he helped to establish chapters in Texas. He has also completed Executive Management program at UCLA. He also founded the first regularly scheduled Islamic youth camp in the USA.. Oklahoma. Arizona. In his spare time. In addition. he served as the member the board of directors of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). In the early days of the MSA. Quadri helped form advisory councils of local imams and community leaders in three states and started two new offices. among other things. He is a frequent speaker on Islamic & geo political issues on international circuit. which recently observed its 27th anniversary. He served as a member of board of Directors of Islamic Association of Greater Detroit. Mr. now owned by Hewitt Associates. 70 . Mr. Khurshid Qureshi is the past the president of the Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers (AMSE). Before entering the world of Islamic finance. He is graduate of Oklahoma State University and Stuart School of Business (IIT Chicago). and CNA. Quadri graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree from the college of Business in Information Decision Sciences. Al Hilal Youth Camp. including IBM. Dr. and the past president of Colorado Engineering Society. he has served as Vice President of one of the largest Mosques in the US. He then spent three years as a release engineer/project manager for Cyborg Systems. Kansas and Arkansas.

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    Ajmel Quereshi 

  Saifur Rahman 

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 

   

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 

  Fatima Rahmatullah 

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.

Sabeeha Rehman 

  Hafiz Rehman 
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

   

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Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Nadia Roumani  Nadia Roumani is the Director of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute. Among others. 74 . Today. Between 2000 and 2004. Ruby covered President Anwar Sadat's historic trip to Jerusalem and the breakup of the Soviet Union. As a career reporter. a Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. 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. and the Principal of Roumani Consulting LLC. and works in partnership with Georgetown’s Alwaleed bin Talal Center for MuslimChristian Understanding. UNDP. the Four Freedoms Fund. and the New York Daily News. and her bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations from Stanford University. Nadia consults regularly for several international organizations. Nadia was the interim director for the Women Leaders Intercultural Forum. and Moscow correspondent for The Jerusalem Post and The Forward. and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition to her work with AMCLI. he organized The Foundation-sponsored First National summit of imams and rabbis in November 2007 in New York. foundations. the Brookings Institution. and nonprofit organizations. Nadia was the Assistant Director of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue. UN Alliance of Civilizations. a project directed by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz. Nadia is the President of the Board of Directors of the Muslim Public Service Network. A strong advocate of MuslimJewish communication and reconciliation. the Carnegie Corporation. AMCLI is housed at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture. she has consulted for the World Bank. and a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs. Ruby writes for many newspapers including the New York Jewish Week. Nadia received her master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Nadia is the consultant program officer for the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program. and a junior associate in Stiglitz’s office at the World Bank from 1999-2000. and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. where she co-founded the Global Policy Innovations Program. Walter Ruby  Walter Ruby has served as Muslim Jewish Relations Officer with the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding in New York since March 2008. He has served as New York and United Nations correspondent for the Jerusalem Post. the Rothschild Foundation.

He is the currently chair of American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT). the Islamic Horizons. Saeed earned his B. Indiana.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Agha Saeed    Louay Safi  Dr. In 2000 and 2004. Salahuddin’s relocation to the South Florida area with her family. She taught students of various grade levels and age groups. in Rhetoric from University of California at Berkeley. Dr. she has given many volunteer hours. Dr. which is the nationwide coalition of Muslim Organizations. Dr. Agha Saeed is the Founder and Chairman of American Muslim Alliance and a lecturer in the Program in Asian Studies at California State University. Plainfield. 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). in Political Science from University of Punjab. organizing community workshops and training opportunities for teachers in Muslim Schools. Saeed was strategic force behind the creation of a first and second Muslim Bloc vote. In 2000. and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS). Salahuddin  Patricia Zahirah Salahuddin has been an educator for the past 23 years. East Bay. Saeed spearheaded the campaign against the USA Patriot Act that led to the California State Resolution SJR10 against the USA PATRIOT act. Since Ms.A. Current she is pursuing a 75       . including the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID). 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. MTA has sponsored five conferences for teachers. He also serves on the board of several leading Muslim organizations. She initiated the formation of the Muslim Teacher Association (MTA) along with other concerned Muslim Educators in 2003. For the last four years of her teaching career she has been in an Islamic school. she earned the National Board Certification. and Ph. Patricia Z. Pakistan and M.A. Since its establishment.D.

and has been involved in criminal defense investigation for more than 20 years. Monem is active with the Muslim community in North America through ISNA.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. Monem received the “20 Rising Stars” Award from Institutional Investor News. who the magazine feels will change in the industry in a positive way in the next 10 years. Colorado. Boardmember of CAIR-WA and current Chairman of Peaceful Communications. Saturna Capital’s Director of Islamic Investing and Deputy Portfolio Manager.   Monem Salam. The award is given to 20 leaders in the mutual fund industry. Monem is also the coauthor of a new book called “A Muslim’s Guide to Investing And Personal Finance”. a non-profit organization which complete a documentary called “On A Wing and A Prayer”. a deputy sheriff in Littleton. Mr. and among other achievements. then as a representative with Morgan Stanley (suburban Dallas) until joining Saturna Capital in June 2003. under 40. as there WZ rep.   Monem Salam  Rashid Abdul­Salaam  Rashid Abdul-Salaam is owner and president of Rasheed & Associates. He worked as Chief Investment Officer for ITG & Associates (Dallas) until 1999. Boardmember of the Muslim Public Service Network. 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. was born in Pakistan in 1972. Scheib for more than 5 years. Raised in Texas. Mr. Mr. specializing in federal and state criminal defense investigations. 76 . Abdul-Salaam has provided investigatory services for the Law Office of Dennis R. Abdul-Salaam was a Presidential Ceremonial Guard in the US Navy. Salam received his degrees from the University of Texas: BA (Austin) and MBA (Dallas). In 2008. was instrumental in locating the witness whose testimony led to Gucci Mane’s acquittal.

where he is vice chair. Meeks (D-NY). and will join the weeklong Oxford Round Table panel at Oxford at the end of July. education. Saleh is the Education and Judiciary Legislative Assistant for Congressman Gregory W. Along with his legislative duties. In addition to his title as Imam. Abdul-Samad is the founder and CEO of Creative Visions Human Development Institute. and a doctorate in business administration.the Education committee. He has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2007. South Africa. Previously. he had been a member of the Des Moines school board. 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. a native of Cape Town. Prior to moving to Washington. He has earned graduate degrees from Stanford University's School of Education and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs. Abdul-Samad currently serves on several committees in the Iowa House . Abdul-Samad also serves on the Health and Human Services Committee of the Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments. and university professor. Spain. He also serves on the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee. Imam Salie has successfully Ako Abdul-Samad is the Iowa State Representative from the 66th District. he is also the Programs Associate for the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association. Salie will speak at Melbourne’s PWR on the intra-faith code of conduct in Michigan. interfaith and youth coordinator. and spoke at the Parliament of World Religions in Barcelona. DC. Saleh  Jihad F. 77 . and the Human Resources committee. Peace. is an avid traveler and reader. the Labor committee. and Conflict. Achmat Salie is a counselor.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Jihad F. Since 2007. peace and eco-justice advocate. Jihad is originally from Los Angele organized an international conference on Religion. Ako Abdul Samad  Achmat Salie  Imam Achmat Salie. a non-profit organization in Des Moines. He has degrees in Islamic jurisprudence (alim fadil). Arabic and Islamic Studies. Jihad was an inner-city high school teacher for four years. the State Government committee.

she built and helped manage their social issues portfolio. Latino and AsianAmerican ethnic communities as well as promoting dialogue and cooperation among the Jewish. CNN. an international communications agency. advocacy and media relations trainings across the United States. Corey Saylor is legislative director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Beverly Schwartz  Beverly joined Ashoka as the Vice President of Global Marketing from Fleishman Hillard.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Corey Saylor  African-American. In other lives. and Christian faith communities.S. Washington Post. Fox News. she helped design and manage the first U.” Saylor has conducted dozens of civic empowerment. Newsweek. at the U. Rabbi Schneier is President and Founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) and serves as Chairman of the World Jewish Congress American Section. and media relations experience. reconciliation and understanding. Saylor has more than a decade of nonprofit political communications. a “Web Winner. Muslim. using her expertise in "social marketing" as the foundation for the portfolio. . As one of the leading voices in the field of intergroup and race relations. Subsequently. Beverly's interest in social issues spans most of her career. "America Responds to AIDS" and simultaneously directed the Office on Smoking and Health's public information function. Saylor played a role in advocacy campaigns drawing concessions from corporate giants such as Burger King and Bell Helicopter-Boeing. as well as its Commission on Intergroup Relations. News outlets such as the New York Times. The Philadelphia Inquirer named a Saylormaintained blog focused on the 2005-2006 reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT ACT. education/prevention campaign for HIV/AIDS. 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. 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. At Fleishman.S. legislative advocacy. he is at the forefront of the strengthening ties among the Jewish. Center for Disease Control.

Military/NGO Relationship in Humanitarian Interventions and co-author of a new book. with an emphasis on getting and retaining girls in school in developing countries. religion and international affairs. 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. MSNBC. He is the author of The U. Law. George Selim  Chris Seiple  Chris Seiple. Seiple has appeared on BBC. he the founded the The Review of Faith & International Affairs. the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London). and the Fletcher School for Law & Diplomacy. With a recognized expertise in national and homeland security U.S.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Academy of Ophthalmology. 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". Oslo. He is a member at the Council on Foreign Relations (New York). Central & East Asia. Peshawar. Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. an intensive nine-week summer 79 . and NGOs. His many speaking engagements have led him around the world. Moscow.. Hanoi. including Doha. Ph. Beverly has published articles and given numerous presentations around the world on social marketing and is dedicated to promoting the field. and religious freedom. sustainable environments for religious freedom worldwide.S. with the Reagan White House. She has worked globally on the problem of education reform. is the president of the Institute for Global Engagement. on civil society issues and changing health and environmental behaviors when at the Academy for Educational Development. and is Founder of IGE’s Council on Faith & International Affairs. and Beijing. humanitarian intervention.S. foreign policy. and CNN. the Naval Postgraduate School. After graduating from Stanford.D. CN8. She is an Associate Editor of the Social Marketing Quarterly and a Steering Committee Member of the annual "Innovations in Social Marketing Conference". Muslim-Christian relations. International Religious Freedom Advocacy: A Guide to Organizations. Fox News. He cofounded the National Security Internship (NSI). a selfprofessed "think-tank with legs" promoting George Selim is a policy advisor at the U. 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).

and present possible strategies for resolving them in a way that both Muslms and non-muslims alike can appreciate. Through this internship. He has served on a numerous other Boards including those of Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal and Tikkun Magazine. the problems they have to confront. Zakia founded the (Muslim Women Writers' Workshop )MWWWI. He isn't doing it by training soldiers. 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. Rabbi Serotta has been very active in community affairs throughout his career. Beirut.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention program that combines language. MWWWI is a networking. and has traveled to many countries in the Middle East. Amman. Bahrain. and Israel) and the Interfaith Committee for Peace in the Middle East. and is looking forward to the release of her next book. UAE. Her dream of writing and illustrating stories for children was awakened with the birth of her grandsons. beginning in 1973 when he co-founded Breira. and an annual folio. 80 . nurturing organization that conducts monthly writing workshops. A Medal for Nabila. but instead by tapping into a group of Arabic-speaking college students who want a career in public service. He is also a Board Member of the Faith and Politics Institute. where he directed the Hillel Foundation Director for 20 years. He recently completed a Sabbatical assignment as Senior Rabbinic Scholar-inResidence at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. and Sharjah. She realized that Muslims need to write their own stories. Palestine. North America. Rabbi Gerald Serotta has been involved in interfaith work through the Fellowship of Reconciliation (beginning with a reconciliation mission in 1975 to Cairo. He currently serves as Co-Chair of Rabbis for Human Rights. Gerald Serotta is the Associate Rabbi at Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase. in Sharjah. an interfaith. Gerry Serotta  Zakia Iman Shahbaz  Zakia Iman Shahbaz. Middle Eastern studies. in 1980 he was the Founding Co-Chair of New Jewish Agenda. Damascus. homeland security and intelligence seminars. Rabbi Serotta served as a university chaplain for 27 years. UAE in 2005. an American. is a retired elementary and art school teacher. Selim helping to build the next generation of Americans trained to combat terrorist activities. She is realizing this goal with the publication of her first book. meeting and befriending people of diverse backgrounds. newsletters. She has taught in public and private schools in USA. with a Masters degree in Education and a Major in Art. She wants to present stories that illustrate the everyday lives of Muslim children and families. Maryland and served as Campus Rabbi at The George Washington University. bi-partisan effort to bring spiritual reflection to the work of the US Congress. and on-the-jobtraining at DHS or the FBI. A Trophy for Bilal. He has a decades long record of activism in seeking solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

University of North Florida. and from New York Theological Seminary in Pastoral Counseling. and also taught political science and Arabic at Southern Connecticut State University. Imam Zaid Shakir is amongst the most respected and influential Islamic scholars in the West. a professional law Corporation based in Southern California. He also did graduate work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has been active in the Interfaith Council. After a year of studying Arabic in Cairo. Born in Berkeley. Islamabad. Zaid Shakir  Zulfiqar Ali Shah  Zulfiqar Ali Shah serves as the Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee. As an American Muslim who came of age during the civil rights struggles. he settled in New Haven. He has taught as the full time faculty at the International Islamic University. He has been an instructor in the International Conflict Resolution program at Eastern Mennonite University. Aside from his traditional practice focusing on estate planning. he accepted Islam in 1977 while serving in the United States Air Force. He then left for Syria to pursue Ahmed Shaikh  Ahmed Shaikh is an attorney and principal at Ahmed Shaikh. UK. He has a Ph. Shaikh speaks regularly throughout the country on the issue 81 . he led a successful campaign for disinvestment from South Africa. St. Thomas University and Florida Community College. adjunct faculty at the University of Wales. trust and probate matters in Southern California. the Tri-State Muslim Education Initiative. He is the current Executive Director of the Fiqh Council of North America. Masjid al-Huda. Egypt. Pakistan and. which serves as the highest Muslim jurisprudential body in North America. he has brought both sensitivity about race and poverty issues and scholarly discipline to his faith-based work.C. He has memorized the entire Arabic text of al-Qur’an since childhood. California. in Theology and Religious Studies. Mr. D. He obtained a BA with honors in International Relations at American University in Washington D. He holds Masters degrees from Hebrew Union College in Hebrew Literature. and the Connecticut Muslim Coordinating Committee. Connecticut and continued his community activism.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. from the University of Wales. and co-founded a local Islamic center. NCCJ and many other ecumenical forums since 1992. While at Rutgers. of Islamic inheritance and Sadqa Jaaria. co-founding Masjid al-Islam. As Imam of Masjid al-Islam from 1988 to 1994 he spear-headed a community renewal and grassroots anti-drug effort. where he was ordained Rabbi in New York in 1974. and later earned his MA in Political Science at Rutgers University.

he graduated from Syria’s prestigious Abu Noor University and returned to Connecticut. In 2005. where he now teaches courses on Arabic. and writing and speaking frequently on a host of issues. Quranic studies. BA.S. In 1995. he was concerned about the extremely disproportionate number of African Dr. M. he moved to Hayward. In addition.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention his studies in the traditional Islamic sciences. and briefly in Morocco.       Zaki Sherif    Sidney Rahim Sharif  Sidney Sharif worked as a police officer in the City of Chicago for 28 years from 1959 through 1988. For seven years in Syria. He also currently conducts Islamic prison ministry at Wilmot Arizona State prison in Tucson. a translation from Arabic to English with commentary of Al Muhasibi's "Treatise For The Seekers of Guidance" was published by NID Publishers. In 2001. American men who were/are arrested. He is President and Founder of the Islamic Inmates Correctional Association of America. That same year. serving again as the Imam of Masjid al-Islam. as a 82 . he has taught Islamic principles. he and his wife Esther established the South Shore Islamic Community Center Since 1975. and Islamic spirituality. prosecuted and imprisoned for crimes. Majored in Corrections and Criminal Justice. Sherif was born in Ethiopia and came to the USA as a young teen on a full academic university scholarship. and spirituality with some of the top Muslim scholars of our age. Islamic law. His professional career begins in the medical field as a renowned scientist specializing in cancer genetics and molecular medicine. his translation from Arabic into English of “The Heirs of the Prophets” was published by Starlatch Press. Majored in Administration of Criminal Justice. The mission of this organization is to Reduce prison violence. In 2003. and the history and life of Prophet Muhammad. He worked as a police officer in both African American and European communities. he was concerned about crime and its costs in human suffering. and Chicago State University. history. In 2006. He is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle Campus. Throughout his career. 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. and recidivism. Zaytuna Institute published “Scattered Pictures: Reflections of An American Muslim” an anthology of diverse essays penned by Zaid Shakir. Islamic law. he immersed himself in an intense study of Arabic. California to serve as a scholar-in-residence and lecturer at Zaytuna Institute.

and as a professor. Environmental Protection Agency. He is well published and served on the editorial board of many scientific journals. Davis and Berkeley in 1965. Near East and South Asian the Office of International Science and Engineering at the US National Science Foundation. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California.Sc. acoustics. degree in Agricultural Engineering from Michigan State University in 1960. 83 .D. Much of his publications is on dynamics. Near East and South Asia. Georgetown and John Hopkins Universities. Research & Development Directorate. and a Ph. Dr. In his position as a leader in the Muslim community. He has also taught at Egyptian Schools before going to the U.S. He currently heads Badr International Ethiopian Muslim organization headquartered in Washington DC. Shinaishin  O. Professor Sherif served as a medical and health consultant for the United Nations as a visiting scholar in Ethiopia. teaching biochemistry. and Thailand.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention medical doctor with a keen interest in oncology and cancer research. Acoustics Unit at Mechanical Technology Inc. and Program Coordinator. India. NY. 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.S. delivered countless Friday Qhutbas and conducted copious Da’awa activities. He was born in Egypt. 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. Washington. molecular biology and cancer biology to medical and graduate students at three top tier universities in the Washington DC area. the American Cancer Society. in Agricultural Sciences from Cairo University in 1952. Osman A. A. he has given numerous speeches. Sherif also received post-doctoral fellowships from Stanford. He held positions at NSF since 1976 managing programs with India and South Asia and then with the North Africa. the American Leukemia Society and numerous other agencies. Sherif was president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at three different universities as an undergraduate and graduate student. Shinaishin is the Senior Program Manager. graduated with a B. He has been awarded research grants from national funding agencies including the National Institutes of Health. received a M. the National Science Foundation. and since joining the NSF on the status of scientific research in the developing world. Prior to that he was Program Manager. He also sat on a number of committees that reviewed grant applications. Dr. for North Africa. Albany.

As a member and now Chairman of the Executive Board of Majlis al-Shura of Southern California. Fiqh and Da'wah. Siddiqi has authored books on Hajj & Umra.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Muzammil Siddiqi  commentary in a weekly radio program. as well as his weekly column in Pakistan Link. Dr. Siddiqi also serves as a member of the ISNA Majlis AshShura and Chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America.     Abdulkader Sinno  Abdulkader Sinno is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University. Ramadan and has published many academic papers and articles in encyclopedias and journals. Dr. He also lectures on Islam and interfaith dialogue in North America and abroad. Since 1982. Siddiqi has organized and participated in several national and international Islamic conferences on Sirah. 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). Dr. Because of his devotion to the preservation of Islam in America.2000. Siddiqi served as the President of ISNA from 1996 . National Executive Director of the Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament (MIST). Currently. and Chair of the Islamic Association of Greater Detroit (IAGD)'s Community Affairs Committee. Saudi Arabia and MA in Theology from Birmingham University. Bloomington. Shazia Siddiqi  Muzammil Siddiqi received his BA in Islamic and Arabic Studies from the Islamic University of Medina. he has provided Qur'an Shazia Siddiqi is an MA candidate in Art Therapy and Community Counseling at Wayne State University. He is the Vice President of the Academy of Judaic Christian and Islamic Studies at UCLA. His is author of Organizations at War in 84 . Siddiqi works as an Educator and Religious Director of the Islamic Society of Orange County where he has served since 1981. he has organized numerous training programs for Muslim adults and youth. and a 2009 Carnegie Scholar. Dr. She is a member of the ISNA Majlis Youth Committee. He received his PhD from UCLA and was a CISAC Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. Dr. England and later went on to complete a degree in Comparative Religion at Harvard University.

businessmen. along with a certificate in Refugee Studies from Georgetown University. Cathy Sultan  Tabassum Siraj      Ms. raised and educated in Washington. teachers. Cathy Sultan was born. politics of Muslims in the West. In March 2002. immersed in Lebanese culture. She supervises USCRI’s volunteer and financial literacy programs. was published by Scarletta Press in November 2005. In May 2008 Scarletta Press published Cathy’s latest book Tragedy in South Lebanon: The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006. Bengali. Lebanon with her Lebanese husband and two small children. She and her family spent the next 8 years under the bombs and only returned to the United States in 1983. A second edition of Israeli and Palestinian Voices: A Dialogue with Both Sides was published in April 2006. Hindi. teenagers. 85 . research design. She led a tranquil life. until civil war began in April 1975. As a former English instructor. In 1969 she moved to Beirut. Ms. USA Book News awarded it Best Autobiography of 2006. A Beirut Heart: One Woman’s War. Ms. He is a fluent speaker of Arabic and French and has knowledge of Hebrew. and Urdu. reads. Cathy traveled to Jerusalem and the West Bank to better understand the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. peace activists and Israeli soldiers.C. and writes Arabic. Siraj earned a double Master's in Public Policy and Arab Studies. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Middle Eastern politics. Sultan sits on the Executive Board of the National Peace Foundation. Europe and North Africa. Siraj taught collegelevel as well as Advanced Placement English in the United States and Saudi Arabia.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Afghanistan (2008) and Beyond and editor of Muslims in Western Politics (2009). On behalf of NPF she co-leads trips to Israel/Palestine with Interfaith Peace Builders once a year. Her collection of interviews was published in December 2003. Siraj provides support to USCRI as an officer in USCRI's Matching Grant Program. Cathy’s memoir of her 14 years in Beirut. Ms. conflict processes and state building. She interviewed Palestinians in refugee camps. and comparative politics. She began at USCRI as a refugee protection researcher and writer for the 2008 World Refugee Survey. Siraj has lived in India and Saudi Arabia and speaks. D. He has researched and traveled extensively in the Middle East.

from March 2006. civic engagement through volunteerism. he was Secretary General of the International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations (IIFSO) in which capacity he traveled widely through the former Soviet Union. He has served as the Principal of the Weekend Islamic School. Her dream is to creating a culture of peace. Asia. Indiana. Presently. Sundas is the founder and Executive Director of the American Muslim Voice Foundation (www. protecting civil liberties and constitutional rights for all. he is the curriculum director and has successfully developed and implemented 86 Sayyid M. Dr. Africa. Syeed  Professor Taher is the President of North American Educational Foundation (a notfor-profit organization). Syeed resumed responsibilities as National Director of ISNA’s Office of . one of the founders of the quarterly American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS). Sundas  Samina F. in Washington. at the Islamic Foundation. the Caribbean. and community and peace building.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Samina F. in Sociolinguistics from the Indiana University at Bloomington. and South America. Syeed obtained his Ph. in 1984. and Europe. Illinois.She is the proud mother of two young adults.amuslimvoice.A Web Resource for Weekend Islamic School. is a resident of Palo Alto. Dr. mutual respect and harmony. As President of the Muslim Students Association of USA & Canada (1980-1983).com). served as its Editor-in-Chief (19841994). A naturalized American citizen. DC. Syeed. During 1984-1988. he pioneered its transformation into the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Taher    Sayyid M. acceptance. Sundas. Syeed has been General Secretary of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS).D. Villa Park. for last 17 years. who has received over a dozen awards for community and peace building. She believes through education and interaction we can build an inclusive and beloved nation where all of us feel safe and at home. Her focus is in youth leadership development.   Mohammed T. Interfaith and Community Alliances. Dr. She is committed to fostering friendships among all Americans by bridging cultural and religious gaps. He is the chief architect of Babul-Ilm project . immigration reform. California . Misbah and Saqib. a national professional organization founded 31 years ago.

Currently serving her second term as President of CAIR-Ohio. He has a background in chemical engineering with a Master’s focus on pharmaceutical operations. community activist. He is a Senior Professor in the College of Engineering & Science at DeVry University. His doctoral thesis is on. He received his B.S. Her second book. and his M. and was a 2009 Storytelling World Resource Awards Honor Book. The Best Eid Ever. in engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. My Name is Bilal. and internationally. 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. Illinois. Asma frequently writes about topics related to Islam and Muslims. across the United States. A Party in Ramadan. for the Weekend Islamic School. 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. He is the author of a popular book. won the 2008 Skipping Stones Honor Award. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Michigan.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention the curriculum for grades Pre-school through 11. He is profoundly deaf and relies on a cochlear implant device. 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). the 2008 Middle East Outreach Council Book Award Honorable Mention. Asma Mobin-Uddin is a pediatrician. Her third book. “A Guide to Reading Qur’an”.S. Chicago. Her op ed columns have been published in newspapers locally.   Omar Uddin  Omar Uddin serves as President of Muslim Youth of North America Northwest 87 . Dr. He is currently working on drug product quality issues for the Food & Drug Administration. and award-winning author of children’s books about the Muslim-American experience. in Computer Science/Networking from Northeastern University. Her first book. Addison. Hyderabad. India. “Impact of using computer simulation on students learning in a Technology based course”. 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.

Cairo. Vice President. ministers. Cyprus and Europe in his sojourn to study history. Warsaw. His volunteer involvement in Islamic work began in North America as the 88 .S. He also served as a principal consultant for DreamWorks 1998 film. This explored a modern incarnation of the Jewish theological traditions of midrash. in capitals such as Washington.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention University medical school. and Director of IIFTIHAR-USA. Warith Deen Umar  Burton L. Visotzky. 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. Georgia in 1970. Visotzky served as collaborator and onscreen participant in Bill Moyers' ten-hour series. Virginia. businessmen and professionals of various religious backgrounds. Egypt. Qatar (where he was in the first group of Jews invited to dialogue by the Emir)." He is engaged in Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue internationally. President of the Muslim Students Association of Atlanta. who also studied moral development at Harvard University under Lawrence Kohlberg. Senegal. "Genesis: A Living Conversation" (PBS. He worked with rabbis. Later he served successively as Regional Representative. Iqbal Unus  Iqbal Unus is the Headquarters Director of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). In 1975 he became one of the first two Muslims hired as full time Imams in prisons in America. Doha. and imams to improve the life of our time. is a Conservative Rabbi and professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary (NY). investigate world events first hand. Director of Child Development Fund (CDF). Turkey. South Africa. Imam Umar. He helped build New York's Imam council. "Prince of Egypt. and built on Visotzky's experience leading seminars in Manhattan with a mixed group of students. 1996). 1997. ranking Chaplain for New York's prison system for 25 years. and spread the teaching of Islam. priests. He traveled to Mecca. Umar advocated the hiring and assignment of Muslim religious workers throughout the U. He is the former Dean of Students/Registrar at the School of Islamic and Social Sciences (SISS) in Leesburg. Spain (where he was in the first group of Jews invited by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia). OH. Visotzky  Burton L. and Madrid. and President (in 1975) of the Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada (MSA). originally from Columbus. Rome. founded the National Association of Muslim Chaplains.

Wright Professor of Theology at Yale University Divinity School and Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. Croatia. He received his training from Ummul Quran University in Mecca and has become a world-renowned speaker on Islam. Imam Wahhaj was the first person to give an Islamic invocation to the United States Congress in 1991. Reconciliation and Justice" to a new text on the atonement. and peace-making. and studied at Evangelical-Theological Faculty. Volf is formerly a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary Imam Siraj Wahhaj is the current Imam of Masjid Al-Taqwa in Brooklyn. He received high praises from the media and NYPD for initiating his anti-drug patrols in Brooklyn in 1988. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the American Muslim Council (AMC).A). especially about his anti-drug campaigns in his native Bedford-Stuyvesant. where he studied under Jürgen Moltmann. His book Exclusion and Embrace. California. 89 . "Forgiveness.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Miroslav Volf    Siraj Wahhaj  Miroslav Volf is an influential Christian theologian and currently the Henry B.A) in Pasadena. Imam Siraj has appeared on several national television talk shows and interviews. ethics. was selected as among the 100 best religious books of the 20th Century by Christianity Today. Fuller Theological Seminary (M. Stricken by God? Nonviolent Identification and the Victory of Christ. and University of Tübingen. Volf was born in Osijek. New York. Recently he contributed the essay. conflict resolution. Imam Wahhaj has been on the ISNA Majlis AshShura since 1987 and has also previously served as ISNA Vice-President. He has been a member in both the Episcopal Church (USA) and the Evangelical Church in Croatia. Among other achievements. Zagreb (B. He is widely known for his works on systematic theology. 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.

"If Warren's ministry was a business it would be compared with Dell. Khurrum has testified on civil rights issues several times before various government organizations. Vizcaino & Maher LLP. a campaign that called for a prompt timetable for the withdrawal of U. as proven by his willingness to be arrested in front of the White House during a peaceful protest for the Declaration of Peace." He founded Saddleback Church in Orange County.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Khurrum Wahid  Forbes magazine said. Google. Iraq and Germany and traveled throughout the world with United Methodist’s efforts at justice work in Africa. Winkler’s dedication to peace and justice is paramount. He has defended individuals and organizations. including twice before the United States Commission on Civil Rights. having led delegations to the Middle East. Jim has taken his passion for peaceful resolutions abroad as well.S.E. including successfully defending three innocent Muslim medical students falsely accused of terrorism in Florida on the anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11. Rick Warren is often called "America's most influential spiritual leader.E. Khurrum Wahid is an attorney and founding partner in the law firm of Wahid. He has trained over 350. Jim Winkler  Rick Warren  As the General Secretary. He also founded the Purpose Driven Movement.C. plan and Acts of Mercy. including their global P. a network of tens of thousands of churches from all denominations in 160 countries. a civil and criminal litigation firm based in Florida. California. In 2006 he was heavily involved in the “Declaration of Peace” movement. troops from Iraq. Calling him a "spiritual entrepreneur. Jim is the top executive at the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society.000 pastors worldwide." 90 ." Rick and Kay Warren give away 90 percent of the profits from their books to charitable causes.A. which services those infected with and affected by AIDS. Asia and Europe. which is now one of the largest and best-known churches in the world. Mr. Warren gave the invocation at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in January 2009. or Starbucks in impact.

Certified Shaykh HamzaYusuf was born in Washington State and raised in Northern California. After ten years of studies abroad. 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 walks with the help of leg braces and crutches. Mohammed has published several articles on disability related topics. USA. Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) certification from Housing University in 2006. India in 1988. a master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Wayne State University. Universal Design. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Osmania University. he offers weekly commentary on social issues through the board's weekly enewsletter Faith in Action. he returned to the USA and took degrees in Religious Studies and Health Care. He is also an Accessibility Specialist and Founder of AccessAgain LLC. a member of the steering committee of the Campaign for a National Health Plan. he has also contributed a book chapter for a book on disability and is currently working on his own book on disability. E. he became Muslim and subsequently traveled to the Muslim world and studied for ten years in the U. a nonprofit organization that is working to empower people with disabilities in India. USA. board member of the Faith and Politics Institute. USA in 1992.. 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. universal design and assistive technology solutions for people with various disabilities. He received teaching licenses in various Islamic subjects from several wellknown scholars in various countries. He came to USA in 1990 and associated himself with a number of disability related initiatives. which provides accessibility. as well as North and West Africa. He is the President and Founder of HelpHandicap Foundation. Fair Housing & ADA/ABA Guidelines from Harvard University in 2007 and Assistive Technology Applications from California State University in 2008. board member of the Churches for the Middle East Peace and a board member of Africa Action. A. He tried to find solutions from many challenges and did not let obstacles get in the way of progressive thinking and attaining independence. Shaykh Hamza is the first American lecturer to teach in Morocco's 91 . He has traveled all over the world giving talks on Islam. Saudi Arabia. In 1977. In addition. Winkler is a member of the Justice and Advocacy Commission of the National Council of Churches of the United States of America.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mr.

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. He is also the Vice-Chairman of the Universal School Board of Directors. the U. serves as the Chairman for CAIR-Chicago and has spoken at a number of national and regional conferences. Yusuf Islam Safaa Zarzour  Born Steven Demetre Georgiou. 92 . A well-known Muslim activist.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention prestigious and oldest University. is in pre-production and set to open in London’s West End in early 2010. From 1968-1979. he performed as Cat Stevens and was one of the biggest solo artists of his generation. In addition. David. After almost drowning in the Pacific Ocean at Malibu he received a translation of the Qur'an from his elder brother. Roadsinger. Shaykh Hamza currently resides in Northern California with his wife and five children. he has served as the Principal of Universal School in Chicago for over 10 years. he has translated into modern English several classical Arabic traditional texts and poems. Wild World and Father & Son and selling over 50 million LPs. the Mediterranean Prize for Peace. penning such classics as Matthew & Son. including being honoured with the 'Man for Peace' award in 2004 by a committee of Nobel peace laureates. His pioneering work in education and tireless support for humanitarian causes has received international recognition. Moonshadow. Following a bout of tuberculosis early on in his career. was released earlier this year to widespread critical acclaim. Small Kindness. He is active with the Catholic-Muslim Education Project and Play for Peace. A stage musical based on his repertoire of songs. and more recently in January 2007. He changed his name to Yusuf Islam and walked away from the music business to start a new life and raise a family. Yusuf’s latest album. 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. 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. the son of a Greek Cypriot father and Swedish mother. he undertook an ongoing search for peace and spiritual truth. Yusuf Islam grew up in the heart of London’s theatre district. His quest for answers was fulfilled and he embraced Islam in 1977.N affiliated NGO which Yusuf Islam founded in 2000. the Karaouine in Fes. Moonshadow. is the Program Chair for the ISNA Education Forum. a well respected charity actively operating in some of the poorest parts of the world.

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