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Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Zahid Hussain Bukhari ......................... 25 Shahid Buttar ........................................ 25 Sarah Cady ............................................ 26 Mas’ood Cajee ...................................... 26 André Carson ........................................ 26 Sami Catovic ......................................... 27 Robert Chase ......................................... 27 Owaiz M. Dadabhoy ............................. 28 Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo......................... 28 Mika’il DeVeaux .................................. 29 Susan Douglass ..................................... 29 Jean F. Duff ........................................... 30 A. J. Durrani.......................................... 30 Bob Edgar ............................................. 30 Maha ElGenaidi .................................... 31 Keith Ellison ......................................... 31 Mohamed Elsanousi .............................. 32 Gazi Erdem ........................................... 32 John Esposito ........................................ 33 Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur ....................... 33 Iman Faris ............................................. 33 Manzoor Ghori ...................................... 34 Ghulam Nabi Fai ................................... 34 Maryam Kabeer Faye ............................ 35 Fatemeh Fakhraie .................................. 36 Jess Ghannam........................................ 36 Safiya Ghori .......................................... 36 Linda Gustitus ....................................... 37 Steve Gutow .......................................... 37 Sara Hakeem ......................................... 37 Rabia Terri Harris ................................. 38 Mohamed Hagmagid Ali....................... 38 Asma Hanif ........................................... 39 Mark Hanson ......................................... 39 Waheedul Haque ................................... 40 Aziza Hasan .......................................... 40 Maher Hathout ...................................... 40 Abida K. Haque .................................... 41 Najiyah Diana Helwani ......................... 41 Leslie Hewitt ......................................... 42 Altaf Husain .......................................... 42 Lubna Ismail ......................................... 42 Ameena Jandali ..................................... 43 Rizwan Jaka .......................................... 43 Shaik Jeelani ......................................... 44 Jamillah Karim ...................................... 44 2
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Muhammad Nur Abdullah ...................... 5 Zerqa Abid .............................................. 5 Salma Elkadi Abugideiri ......................... 6 Swami Agnivesh ..................................... 6 Mansur Ahmad........................................ 7 Munjed Ahmad ....................................... 7 Sanjana Ahmad ....................................... 7 Akbar Ahmed .......................................... 8 Nazir Ahmed ........................................... 8 Safir Ahmed ............................................ 9 Saquiba Ahmed ....................................... 9 Sufiya Ahmed ....................................... 10 Assad R. Akhter .................................... 11 Mehmet Aktas ....................................... 11 Aisha Al-Adawiya ................................ 11 Mohammad S. Alam ............................. 12 Abdalla Idris Ali ................................... 12 Aman Ali ............................................... 12 Saqib Ali ............................................... 13 Shariq Ali .............................................. 13 Wajahat Ali ........................................... 13 Yasir Al Mahdawy ................................ 14 Salam Al-Marayati ................................ 14 Iyad Alnachef ........................................ 15 Zainab Alwani ....................................... 15 Shahed Amanullah ................................ 15 Dr. Mona Amer ..................................... 16 Patricia Anton ....................................... 16 Sadida Athaullah ................................... 17 Moutasem Atiya .................................... 17 Azhar Azeez .......................................... 17 Salman Azman ...................................... 18 Ihsan Bagby .......................................... 18 Mirza Yawar Baig ................................. 19 Owais Balti............................................ 19 Hazami Barmada ................................... 21 Jamal M. al-Barzinji.............................. 21 David Beckmann ................................... 22 Mirza AbuJafar Beg .............................. 22 Mohamed Rida Beshir .......................... 22 Isra Bhatty ............................................. 23 Yaser Birjas ........................................... 24 Kemal Bozkurt ...................................... 24
Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mohammad Karim ................................ 44 Merve Kavakci ...................................... 45 Yusuf Kavakci ...................................... 45 Asma Khalid ......................................... 46 Hena Khan ............................................ 46 M.J. Khan .............................................. 47 Muqtedar Khan ..................................... 47 Zeba Khan ............................................. 48 Suhail Khan ........................................... 48 Farhana Khera ....................................... 49 Riaz Khokher ........................................ 49 Richard L. Killmer ................................ 49 John Kiser ............................................. 50 Nsenga Knight ...................................... 51 Kasim Kopuz ........................................ 51 Radwan Kouatli .................................... 52 Murat Kose............................................ 52 Alexander Kronemer ............................. 53 Ola Lanke .............................................. 53 Bruce Lustig .......................................... 53 Edina Lekovic ....................................... 54 Mahmood A. Madani ............................ 54 Mokhtar Maghraoui .............................. 55 Johari Abdul Malik ............................... 55 Sakil Malik ............................................ 55 Mahmood Mamdani .............................. 56 Salam S. Al-Marayati............................ 56 Priscilla Martinez .................................. 57 Father James Massa .............................. 57 Ingrid Mattson. ...................................... 58 Ali Al’amin Mazrui............................... 58 Bonita McGee ....................................... 58 Mohammed Mohiuddin ........................ 59 Jack Moline ........................................... 59 Hadia Mubarak...................................... 60 Mikal N. Nash ....................................... 60 Ghulam N. Mir ...................................... 61 Uzma Mirza .......................................... 61 Asma Mirza........................................... 62 Yaqub Mirza ......................................... 62 Dalia Mogahed ...................................... 63 Haroon Moghul ..................................... 63 Marriyam Moten ................................... 64 Sultan Muhammad ................................ 64 Abdul Malik Mujahid ........................... 64 Nasreen C. Mustafa............................... 65 Rayyan Najeeb ...................................... 65 Husain Nagamia .................................... 65 Pervez Nasim ........................................ 66 Ayman Nassar ....................................... 66 Sayed A. Nassar .................................... 66 Daoud Nassimi ...................................... 67 Zarqa Nawaz ......................................... 67 Muhammad Ninowy ............................. 68 Ashraf Nubani ....................................... 68 Sulayman S. Nyang ............................... 68 Serban Popescu ..................................... 69 Yasir Qadhi ........................................... 69 Amjad Quadri........................................ 70 Ajmel Quereshi ..................................... 71 Saifur Rahman ...................................... 71 Zeyba Rahman ...................................... 71 Fatima Rahmatullah .............................. 72 Hussein Rashid...................................... 72 Hafiz Rehman ....................................... 73 Sabeeha Rehman ................................... 73 Nadia Roumani ..................................... 74 Walter Ruby .......................................... 74 Agha Saeed ........................................... 75 Louay Safi ............................................. 75 Patricia Z. Salahuddin ........................... 75 Rashid Abdul-Salaam ........................... 76 Monem Salam ....................................... 76 Jihad F. Saleh ........................................ 77 Achmat Salie ......................................... 77 Ako Abdul Samad ................................. 77 Corey Saylor ......................................... 78 Marc Schneier ....................................... 78 Beverly Schwartz .................................. 78 Chris Seiple ........................................... 79 George Selim ........................................ 79 Zakia Iman Shahbaz .............................. 80 Gerry Serotta ......................................... 80 Zulfiqar Ali Shah .................................. 81 Ahmed Shaikh ....................................... 81 Zaid Shakir ............................................ 81 Sidney Rahim Sharif ............................. 82 Zaki Sherif ............................................ 82 Osman A. Shinaishin ............................ 83 Muzammil Siddiqi ................................ 84 Shazia Siddiqi ....................................... 84 Abdulkader Sinno ................................. 84 3
....... 86 Mobin Tawakkul .................... 90 Jim Winkler .............. 89 Khurrum Wahid ........................................ Taher .......................................... 86 Mohammed T............ 87 Omar Uddin ...................... Syeed ......................... 92 Safaa Zarzour ...................................... 91 Yusuf Islam.......................Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Tabassum Siraj ...................................................... 89 Siraj Wahhaj.................................... 85 Samina F.......... 85 Cathy Sultan ..... Visotzky.. 88 Burton L......................................................... 88 Miroslav Volf ....................... 90 Mohammed Yousuf .................................... 88 Iqbal Unus .................................................. 87 Warith Deen Umar ...................... 92 4 ............................ Sundas ............... 90 Rick Warren ................................................................ 87 Asma Mobin-Uddin ....................................... 91 HamzaYusuf ............................................... 86 Sayyid M.........................
speaker.D. Louis.A.A. Prior to running her own business. She received “Norma & Wally Ausley Merit Scholarship for being “The Outstanding Student of Mass Communications” in her junior year at the college. marriage and divorce. journalist. NBC News as News Editor. Karachi. TV producer/director. Abid was also chosen as a young woman leader to represent College of Humanities of NCSU in the U. event manager/organizer and CEO of her business. Senate and the U. NOW.A. Zerqa Abid is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of North Carolina State University. He received his B. Her consumer show. He completed further studies at the University of Chicago where he received an M. Abdullah is past chairman of the ISNA Fiqh Council and has been a member of the Fiqh Council of North America since 1982. TV production. He is the principal for the Al Salaam Day School and member of the Shari'a Scholars Association of North America.. She has also worked at ARY Digital Network of Pakistan as the General Manager of The City Channel. “Expo Juniors. and her minor was Journalism. It drew 800. in Sharia at the Ummal Qura University. Abdullah has authored several articles on family in Islam. based in the United States. Abid has worked at the American news giant. blogger. 5 . She has successfully organized international trade and consumer shows.” was recognized as the first mega event and legendary expo for children in Pakistan. campaign maker. Imam and director for the Islamic Foundation of Greater St.S. editor.S. and the concept of Shura in Islam. Medina and a M. He also works as a marriage counselor. ZAPS Technocrats Inc. where her major was Mass Communication. candidate. Congress in a conference organized by National Organization of Woman. in Islamic Studies and is now a Ph. Makkah. came to the United States from Sudan in 1978. Zerqa Abid is a social/political activist.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Muhammad Nur Abdullah Zerqa Abid Sheikh Mohammad Nur Abdullah. writer.000 people in three days to the Expo Center. in Sharia at the Islamic University. marketing communication specialist.
As co-Director of the Peaceful Families Project. social activist and a champion for peace. Abid is proud to accomplish all of the above while strictly observing Islamic dress code including head scarf and face veil. In 1977. VA. He is the Chairperson of 'United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary forms of Slavery' and also the Chairperson of Bonded Labour Liberation Front. and completed a post-master’s certification program in marriage and family therapy at Virginia Tech. while still a minister. In addition.” which is in the edited volume Change from Within: Diverse Perspectives on Domestic Violence in Muslim Communities. a national effort with a focus on guiding policy and legislation that supports domestic violence survivors. 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. In 1981. and became the State's Minister for Education. Since 2007. She is also a member of the Interfaith Coalition against Domestic Violence. she has been part of Faith Trust Institute’s Leadership team. a Hindu reform movement founded by Swami Dayanand Saraswati in 1875.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention She is also a member of Golden Key International Society. brief guide for helping professionals entitled What Islam Says About Domestic Violence. an associate of the original "Arya Samaj". abuse. he founded the Bonded Labour Liberation Front. He is the president of the World Council of Arya Samaj. is a prominent Arya Samaj scholar. She has also co-authored a Swami Agnivesh Swami Agnivesh. and cultural adjustment issues. 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. anxiety disorders. an organization dedicated to educating Muslim community leaders and members about domestic violence. harmony and interfaith dialogue. She received her master’s degree in counseling from George Mason University. she provides educational workshops and develops resources related to domestic violence among Muslims. she is associate producer of the video Garments for One Another: Ending Domestic Violence in Muslim Families. including mood disorders.” as well as “Domestic Violence among Muslims Seeking Mental Health Counseling. providing training to clergy and faith communities on issues related to domestic violence. She provides individual and family therapy for a wide range of problems. he was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of the state of Haryana. which continues to fight against bonded labour as a form of slavery 6 . 1979-1982. trauma.
and equal rights of women. 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. Ahmad's presentation will focus on the negative external and internal influences on the Muslim youths of India.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention in India. Agnivesh is accepted as peace and harmony pioneer by all religious communities such as Hindu. Jewish etc. a movement against alcoholism. Sanjana works on environmental issues in both her personal and professional life. Ahmad is also the national Vice President of American Muslims for Palestine and one of the organizations cofounders. 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.N. He has been testifying before the Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery at the U. such as their right to education and reading Indian scriptures. because of his efforts to build an atmosphere of peace and harmony in India. Bahai. BDS. He is an author of 10 textbooks for weekend Islamic schools. PhD. DC area to explore the Islamic basis for environmental awareness and activism. Christian. Muslim.C. Dr. The DC Green Muslims hope to encourage dialogue and action around these issues to create a more sustainable future for us all 7 . especially in the quarries in and around Delhi. Sanjana Ahmad Mansur Ahmad Mansur Ahmad. Buddhist. He is also in the private pratice of law. Human Rights Commission in Geneva. the anti-caste movement. Mr. Jain. is an Associate Professor and Director of Radiology at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Over the past year and a half. liberation of bonded labour activities. Munjed Ahmad Munjed Ahmad received his law degree at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington D. Sanjana has been working with a group of "green Muslims" in the Washington. Among Swami Agnivesh's immense contributions is his championing of dialogue and peace activities. and suggestions to counter the bleeding of the society.
“Journey into America. which was the basis of the BBC six-part TV series called “Living Islam. He has advised General David Petraeus.” He is the author of over a dozen award-winning books. and Secretary Michael Chertoff on Islam and foreign policy. then Thomas Rotherham Sixth Form College.” is an unprecedented study based in fieldwork of Muslims in America. In 1998 Ahmed was appointed to the House of Lords. much of his activities relate to the Muslim community. and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. and Cambridge Universities and is considered “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC. He is regularly interviewed by CNN. including Discovering Islam. He has taught at Princeton. BBC.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Akbar Ahmed Nazir Ahmed Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is currently the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies. Many of his political activities relate to the Islamic community both in the UK and abroad. and Fox News and has appeared several times on the “Oprah Winfrey Show. Ahmed led one of the first delegations on behalf of the British Government on the Muslim pilgrimage of the Hajj. Lord Ahmed took his oath on the Qur'an. Baron Ahmed (born 1958) is a member of the House of Lords. Lord Nazir Ahmed. At the age of 40. As a Muslim peer. He studied Public Administration at Sheffield Hallam University and joined the Labour Party when he was 18 years old. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. Annapolis. of Rotherham in the County of South Yorkshire. the First Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the US Naval Academy. He attended Spurley Hey Comprehensive School. both at home and internationally. Ahmed was born in Mirpur (Azad Kashmir. to Saudi Arabia and has advocated 8 . he was also one of the youngest peers to achieve this position. Pakistan) but soon after his birth his family migrated to the UK. American University in Washington DC. where he was brought up. having become the United Kingdom's first Muslim life peer in 1998.” His books have been translated into many languages. including Chinese and Indonesian. becoming the first Muslim life peer as Baron Ahmed. Harvard. CBS. His most recent book is Journey into Islam and his current project.
Gillian Gibbons. He has served on the boards of various nonprofits and was a Communications Director for a U. Among the authors he has edited are Markos Moulitsas Zuniga of DailyKOs. Her work history spans beyond US boundaries. The teacher. religion and gender. On international assignments. Lord Ahmed was among the founders of The World Forum. Born in the region. including the The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi and Caesarean Moon Births as well as his articles for Seasons Journal and other publications. Safir is also an independent book editor and editorial consultant and has been a journalist for more than 20 years. He is seen as one of the leaders of the Muslim community. At home. He has been on many delegations to the Arab world. she utilized her conflict resolution skills to negotiate and mediate disputes between mission consultants and local project managers. Ahmed has a personal interest in seeing a peaceful resolve to the ongoing bloody dispute in Kashmir and seeks international mediation to achieve this. the US. Ahmed speaks on wider equality issues. an opposition Conservative. and has spoken several times on issues of race. he has worked on the plight of Muslims around the world ranging from the collapse of former Yugoslavia. Lord Ahmed. In November 2007 Ahmed was involved in a diplomatic effort to secure the release of Gillian Gibbons from custody in Sudan. allowed her class to name a teddy bear Muhammad. and Baroness Warsi.S. international terrorism and forced marriages. working for the World Bank. from Britain's ruling Labour Party. As well as being an active figure in the Indian Subcontinent.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention legislation against religious discrimination. Senate campaign in 2004. Safir Ahmed Safir Ahmed has been the Executive Director of Zaytuna since June. Eastern Europe. 2008 and since 2005 has overseen the Publications division at Zaytuna where he helped edit Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s writings. Africa. George Lakoff of UC-Berkeley and Glenn Greenwald of Salon magazine Saquiba Ahmed Saquiba Ahmed is Connecting Cultures' Vice President for Business Development. 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. visited Khartoum and had a meeting with the President of Sudan. 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. to the Chechens and Palestinians. the former states of the USSR and the Far East. cultures and civilizations based on tolerance. to international bodies such as his board membership on the SAARC Foundation. Following this the President pardoned Ms Gibbons and she was allowed to return to the UK. 9 . meeting with heads of state to discuss their respective problems and how he may be able to assist them.
an event organised by the ruling Sheikh to encourage Arab children to the joys of reading. and managing the vendor. College Park. the former of which was shortlisted in the Best Published Book Category at the 2008 Muslim Writers Awards in London. She is also part of Mosaic. with a focus on cross cultural communications. As an HR Generalist for Corporate Human Resources reporting to the Vice President of Human Resources. to bring the Zahra series to the market which follows the adventures of a young British Muslim girl. 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.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. Her new book. 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. Saquiba is a Certified Trainer for Diversity Awareness for Frontline Employees. A graduate of the University of Maryland. a Muslim charity led by HRH Prince Charles. Saquiba’s research interests lie within Industrial and Organizational Psychology.000 people in eight villages. communications. Sufiya Ahmed Sufiya Ahmed set up her own company. Saquiba also served as the Sodexho Relationship Manager for Working Mother Media. ‘Zahra’s Trip to Misr’ is scheduled for release in September 2009. resulting in a benchmark of best practices for America's companies to examine and adopt. and delivers her own creative writing workshops in schools. corporate leaders and diversity professionals to speak and work openly on the most crucial issues. she was primarily responsible for managing programs and events for diverse external partners. Within Sodexo she was a member of all the network groups and is a founding members of the Pan Asian Network Group (PANG). 10 . Sufiya’s published novels include ‘Zahra’s First Term at the Khadija Academy’ and ‘Zahra’s Great Debate’. and implementation of Sodexo’s nationwide Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Program. BIBI Publishing. a four year relationship uniting corporate America to create a safe haven for executive women of color.
and then Islamic Cultural Center of Rochester. Brooklyn NY. United American Muslim Association. Assad serves as the Aisha AlAdawiya Aisha Al-Adawiya is the Founder and Executive Director of Women In Islam Inc. He is married with three children and lives in Boston MA. He previously worked for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (DTX) where he helped create the Congressional Pakistan Caucus and was the lead staffer for the House Science Committee. He has also spent a substantive amount of time working on political campaigns throughout America. an organization of Muslim women which focuses on human rights and social justice. 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. Akhter current President of the Congressional Muslim Staff Association (CMSA). Kemal Aktas was born in Corum. Assad R. Gender Equity. She also coordinates Islamic 11 .. al-Adawiya organizes and participates in conferences. Ms. and represents Muslim women in United Nations forums as a Non-Governmental Organization. respectively.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Assad R. Cross-Cultural Understanding. Akhter currently serves as Legislative Director to Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) where he oversees the Congressman’s entire legislative agenda and manages his legislative staff. 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. Conflict Resolution. 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. NY. symposia and other forums on Islam. Mehmet Aktas Mehmet Atkas is President of Religious Counsel. Apart from his official legislative duties. Rochester. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Andre Carson (D-IN) as they became the first and second Muslim Members of Congress in 2006 and 2008. He retired from active imam duties and periodically visits various masajid to give speeches. He provided material assistance to and campaigned with both Reps. In 2005. He moved to USA in 1980 and has spend most of his time as and imam first at the Turkish Society of Rochester. Turkey.
a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IoP. crosscultural understanding. Alam Dr. and peace-building. Abdalla Idris Ali Mohammad S. UK). 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. Al-Adawiya serves on numerous boards related to the interests of the global Islamic community.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. Ms. UK). 12 . he developed and implemented Islamic and Arabic Studies curricula for elementary and junior high students. WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York City. a Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). 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. Aman Ali Aman Ali is a reporter for USA Today and a board member of the Muslim American Journalists Association. and has served as ISNA’s President from 1992-1997. His expertise is in the area of Islamic education and Islamic Schools in North America. a networking group for Muslim journalists. He serves as a member on the Board of Trustees for the Islamic Teaching Center (ITC) and North American Islamic Trust. Ms. As an ISNA School principal. 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. Ms. interfaith initiatives. al-Adawiya specializes in developing educational forums on human rights and social justice. He has written various articles in Islamic Horizons and is a member of the ATP Editorial Board. a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET. Abdalla Idris Ali is a public speaker and fund-raiser. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). Alam is a Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of South Alabama. Sheikh Abdalla Idris co-organized the Canadian Islamic Banking conferences for 1996 and 1997. Mohammad S.
11. Wajahat Ali Wajahat Ali is a playwright. is the first 13 . 2001. transit. and is pursuing post-graduate studies. whose play. having been elected to represent the 39th District in the 2006 elections.domesticcrusaders.” 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. Ali is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a product of the Islamic community of greater Detroit. journalist. holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Recently Mr. He currently lives with his wife in Dearborn Heights. "The Domestic Crusaders [www. “Maryland became the first state to send two South Asians to the state legislature”. as “He is the first Muslim in the Maryland State legislature. blogger and Attorney at Law. MI. Ali is of Indian and Pakistani descent and having elected both Ali and Kumar P.” Ali’s election is also seen as evidence of another American minority moving towards civic empowerment by participating in the political process.com.com]. Shariq Ali.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Saqib Ali Shariq Ali Saqib Ali is a State Delegate in the Maryland House of Delegates. Barve (for the 17th District). and assessing energy conservation measures on new and existing buildings. This was seen as part of Asian Americans displaying “political clout beyond traditional strongholds in California and Hawaii. LEED AP. ventilation and air conditioning) and plumbing systems. Ali has been involved on volunteer projects such as Masjid planning.GotIslam. and retail facilities. financing for minor Masjid renovations. humorist. Currently he is involved in designing health care. where he contributes to the engineering and design of high performance HVAC (heating. and www. EIT is a Mechanical Engineer at URS Corporation. Mr.
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. he worked for the Japanese Embassy. which formed as a result of the Los Angeles uprising in the Summer of 1992. The San Francisco Chronicle and USA Today. He has appeared on radio and TV talk shows. synagogues. The Guardian.com. He has written extensively on Islam. human rights. The Christian Science Monitor. The LA Daily News. The Los Angeles Times.com. Finally in May 2008 he started working as Reception and Placement Case Manager at the agency. He was also recently honored as a "Muslim Leader of Tomorrow" for his journalism. and the Transcaucus conflict. Politically Incorrect. the Balkan Crisis. He is the recipient of Muslim Public Affairs Council's prestigious "Emerging Muslim American Artist" Award `of 2009. After June 2006. His first movie.com) is ranked in the top 7% of all political blogs and recently rated "Great" by blogged. For the past 16 years. churches. Al Mahdawy was born in Iraq in March of 1973 and grew up in Baghdad in the same house his family lives in today. His first short story." was published in the anthology "Pow Wow" published by Perseus/De Capo Press. and Huffington Post. Tonight with Deborah Norville. In late 2007 he arrived in Albany. He served as co-chair of the Interfaith Coalition to Heal Los Angeles. Salam has also been deeply involved in interfaith activities. NY. and has been featured on C-SPAN and NBC. and shortly thereafter he began volunteering with USCRI Albany. His blog. Judgments. His articles and interviews have appeared on such prominent newspapers as The Wall Street Journal. the United Nations and a French NGO. Salam Al-Marayati serves as the Executive Director of MPAC. After completing his engineering degree from Baghdad University College of Engineering. and a contributing editor to the award winning Illume Magazine He is a contributor to the Washington Post. the leading American Muslim online magazine.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. temples. he fled Iraq and lived in Jordan for more than one year before being approved for resettlement in the United States. including The Dennis Miller Show. Middle East politics. He acted as a translator and liaison for the other Iraqi families that were being resettled in Albany. high schools. "Ms. He is an Associate Editor of Altmuslim. and college campuses. "Goatmilk: An Intellectual Playground" (goatmilk. democracy. "Ramadan Blues." was a finalist for the LinkTV Muslim American Film Contest.wordpress. Salam also 14 . Salam has had the opportunity to speak to congregations at community-sponsored events.S. The Chicago Tribune. Salam AlMarayati Yasir Al Mahdawy Mr.
Alwani also teaches Women and Family in Quran at GSISS. youth leader. civic and academic institutions seeking to understand the role of Islam and Muslims in America and throughout the world. and social organizations. and others. During that period. Currently. She has developed Quranic models through various courses toward building "Quranic family structure". Ms. Named by Islamica Magazine as one of “Ten Young Muslim Visionaries. 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. Iyad Alnachef Iyad Alnachef earned his Masters in Youth Development from Michigan State University. San Francisco Chronicle. For the period between October 2005 and August 2006. BeliefNet.” he writes and speaks regularly about the challenges and opportunities facing Islam in the West. events and programs in that area. A few of her publications Shahed Amanullah is an award-winning journalist and editor-in-chief of altmuslim. She is a Board Member on different academic. the 15 . His work and writings have been featured in Newsweek. Aisha’s Commentaries and Their Methodological Premises in Hadith Sciences. and the Voice of America. San Jose Mercury News. and Family and Women's issues. Christian Science Monitor. BBC News. 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 has developed courses in Arabic Studies examining the link between Islamic Philosophy. Her research interests have focused on Islamic studies (Fiqh & Usul al fiqh).com. His television appearances include “Nightline with Ted Koppel”. he organized about several youth camps. National Public Radio. What Islam Says about Domestic Violence: A Guide for Helping Muslim Families. Iyad worked as an Islamic Studies/Arabic Teacher. Los Angeles Times. language and the culture at previous institutes. Washington Post. New York Times. Shahed Amanullah Zainab Alwani Zainab Alwani is a PhD candidate in Islamic Studies. Between January 1999 and September 2005. educational.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention works as an advisor to several political. an online newsmagazine covering issues related to Islam in the West. CNN Headline News. Iyad joined ISNA since August 2006 as the Director of the Youth Programming and Services Department. include: Al Qazali and his Methodology in Fiqh legislation. and youth program director in several Islamic Centers in Michigan and Ohio.
Her research focuses on stress and mental health among Arab Americans in the post 9/11 era. and her research has been featured in international radio and print media including leading Arabic newspaper Asharq Alawsat. Dr. Shahed has served as a board member of the United Muslims of America.com. Mona Amer Patricia Anton Dr. signature properties include zabihah. UK. Dr. a comprehensive guide to Islamic ecommerce. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Toledo. Mona Amer is an Assistant Professor at The American University in Cairo and Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University School of Medicine. the first “venture philanthropy” fund dedicated to promoting Islamic charitable values. salatomatic. a network of Islamic-themed websites with over 6 million annual visitors. followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Program Originally from Medina. unitedmuslims. the Muslim Public Service Network. and a USA Today cover story. and “Hannity & Colmes.org.com. He is also a general partner in Zakat Community Ventures. Patricia was awarded a Graduate Fellowship in NonProfit Management and Governance through 16 .com. Patricia Anton accepted Islam in 1997 as a student at Ohio State University. Ohio. and halalapalooza. She has gained widespread recognition for developing cultural competence training curriculums for social service providers working with Muslims and Arabs. She was awarded the prestigious APA Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology for her work with Muslim and Arab Americans. German National Radio. Along with altmuslim.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention “Today Show”. as well as a Yale Child Study Center study of Arab Muslim youth identity. Amer is Editorin-Chief for the scientific Journal of Muslim Mental Health and consults for state and federal agencies. a resource for civic engagement. Ohio.com.” Shahed is also the founder of Halalfire Media LLC. the world’s largest database of Halal restaurants and markets. and the Muslim Youth Camp of California. 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 has been invited to give keynote talks in the US. an extensive list of reviewed mosques and schools in Muslim-minority countries. and Middle East. where she received her BA in International Studies.
He has bachelors in Finance from Osmania University and a 17 . Moutasem established the AlMadina Institute. Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui. and has continued her graduate studies at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. speaking engagements. Br. and the Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger. born and raised in Hyderabad. the International Institute of Islamic Thought. Muhammad Hamidullah and Director of the Muhammad Hamidullah Center.” Project L. Moutasem Atiya. India. MD with his wife and son. Azhar Azeez Sadida Athaullah. and Friday khutbahs on a regular basis for the past 10 years.G. Br. He has studied the Islamic Sciences from three of the luminaries of our time. Anton is co-founder of Medina Center in Bethesda. has been actively involved in the Maryland and Metropolitan DC communities through classes.I. Moutasem Atiya Sadida Athaullah Br. INDIA and has been living in US since 1995. and Cordoba University. She has also served on the board of Asia Relief. Anton has worked for several Muslim organizations including The Islamic Society of North America. Azhar Azeez was born in 1971 in HYDERABAD. she is a founding member of the Muslim Peace Fellowship and sits on its board.T. AlMadina Institute uses time tested methods to ensure appropriate transmission of knowledge and infuse its practical application in daily lives. As a mobile institution providing higher learning to Muslim Americans. George Mason University. and the Institute for Defense Analysis. is the literary executor of the great 20th century Islamic scholar Dr. Moutasem currently resides in Columbia. She has contributed to developing trainings and manuals for “Say Peace: An Islamic Model of Conflict Resolution. where she has served as board member. Athaullah holds an Master's degree in Education and works for the public school system of western Maryland. She has also worked on contract with the United States Institute of Peace. Shaykh Mohsen An-Najjar. an IT professional and Islamic activist. She has also studied Arabic at Yarmouk University in Jordan.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Indiana University. (Learning Islamic Guidance on Human Tolerance). Regularly involved in peace and justice issues. which opened its doors in 2008.H. and Shaykh Muhammad bin Yahya AlNinowy. Islamic Relief. earned an MA in Islamic Studies from Cordoba University. Maryland.
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. He is a regular speaker and a fundraiser for various local. Texas one of the large mosques in the suburbs of Dallas. He was also a founding member & past President of Council on American Islamic Relations – Dallas/ Fort Worth Chapter. NBC. TX. Mr. groups within the firm.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and currently is pursuing his PhD in Islamic studies. Mr. USA today. CNN. TX. Ihsan Bagby Salman Azman Ihsan Bagby is currently the Associate Professor Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky. He is married and has two kids and currently resides in Dallas. 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. For last 14 years he worked for major US corporations such as General Electric.000 subscribers every week on issues related to Islam & Muslims. 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. small and medium-sized businesses in the Chicago area and across the country. After graduating from DePaul University School of Law. regional and national Islamic organizations.V. Dallas Morning news etc. KDTN. American General Life and Capital One. He is the founder & moderator of the weekly global e-mail newsletter which goes out to over 15. FOX. Salman Azam is one of the founders of the Lakeshore Law Group LLP and is the Managing Partner of the firm. he worked as an associate at a prominent Chicago corporate law firm. Today Lakeshore Law Group LLP represents many prominent physicians. PBS KERA. He coordinates the Corporate and Transactional 18 . ABC. He speaks regularly on local & national radio programs and has written for various newspapers and magazines. especially those in the South Asian community. He has made several media appearances and was interviewed by many local and national T. stations and newspapers such as affiliates of CBS. Azam then set out to create a brand new firm focused on the needs of small businesses and professionals. Associated Press.
Owais Balti was born in Buffalo. in Sterling. Owais works in the area of Financial Planning and Analysis. and seminars to promote greater Islamic literacy and deeper respect for the traditional sciences of Islamic scholarship. He served a term as the President of the Muslim Students Association during his time at Georgetown. enabling the critical transition from being ‘Person-driven to becoming Process-driven’ to create Enduring Leadership. valuebased professionalism and the ability to speak five languages. national and global organizations aimed at identifying and nurturing leadership potential. Drs. Yawar also works as a life coach and mentor for prominent family businesses in India and South Africa. by applying case studies from both family businesses and multi-national corporations. His parents. yet stay together. Yawar brings to bear his varied experience in bauxite mining. tea and rubber plantations. Trainer and Facilitator specializing in Leadership in Family Business. He currently lives with his wife. NY. Coach. are members of the ISNA Founder’s Committee and active leaders in the Islamic Society of Niagara Frontier. Yawar’s Enduring Leadership program shows business families how to grow. Thanks to his openness. tourism marketing and teaching which gives him the advantage of speaking from the perspective of a practitioner and not merely as a theorist. Owais is a graduate of Georgetown University. Yawar has instilled leadership and management fundamentals within many local. competence. Its experiential learning format enhances the application of inherent and learned knowledge and skills. Mohamad Ashraf and Mubeena Balti. with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. International Speaker. lectures. the Qurtuba Institute. Amnah Taufique. Owais is an active member of the ADAMS center and volunteers with the educational wing of ADAMS. VA. which provides classes. Owais also participates in ADAMS outreach through interfaith and community service activities. 19 .Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mirza Yawar Baig Owais Balti Founder and President of Yawar Baig and Associates. He transcends cultural boundaries by blending Eastern values with Western systems.
Dr. and Middle Eastern Studies. In Spring 2009. Currently. Religious Studies. is a reflection of his desire to contribute to a better understanding of Muslim attachment and informed political attitudes toward the 20 . practices in the area of medical malpractice defense litigation.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Asad M. rather than looking down from the ivory tower. Dr. Bazian is known for being an organic intellectual. BaYunus Hatem Bazian Asad M. he was a Note & Comment Editor for the Administrative Law Review. Bazian is a visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary's College of California and adviser to the Religion. . DeConstructing Islamophobia and Othering of Islam. Bar in 2002. Bazian between 2002-2007. Asad was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2001 and the Washington D. Ba-Yunus is an Associate at the law firm of Lubell &Rosen. Prior to joining Lubell & Rosen. Bazian's published book. While earning his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from State University of New York at Binghamton. Berkeley. Berkeley. Dr. Bazian founded at Berkeley the Center for the Study and Documentation of Islamophobia. Hatem Bazian. After graduating in 1997. Asad has also been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. Jerusalem in Islamic Consciousness. Bazian is a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies. in Philosophy and Islamic Studies from the University of California.C. received his Ph. In addition to Berkeley. He is a native of Cortland. New York. also served as an adjunct professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California. Dr. serving mainly rural and elderly patients through the Broome Volunteer Emergency Squad. a term used for academics directly connecting their research to the people. he went on to earn his Juris Doctor from The American University's Washington College of Law in 2000. Asad worked as a Level III Critical Care Paramedic. While at American University. the Mager Law Group and worked as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County. participated in interschool moot court competitions and served as a judge in many competitions. He teaches courses on Islamic Law and Society.D. Asad was a defense attorney for Fertig & Gramling Law Partnership. Politics and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley as well as Academic Affairs Chair at Zaytuna College of California. Dr. a research unit dedicated to the systematic study of Othering Islam and Muslims. Islam in America: Communities and Institutions. Dr. the American Bar Association's official journal on administrative law.
21 Hazami Barmada Hazami Barmada is Executive Director for the 2008 9/11 Unity Walk. Member of (MSA). political and charitable). American With Disabilities Act. charitable and professional organizations. Bank Islam Malaysia. and North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). such as Mar-Jac Poultry. international communications. Dr. educational. She is involved in many organizations in a volunteer capacity. Jamal M. Barmada received a B. As an activist. He is a founding member of International Charitable Foundation (KWT). Amana Mutual Funds. Currently.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Sacred City and Palestine in general. 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. Bazian is working on two books. He served as President of the Muslim Students Association of the United States & Canada. Bazian most recent publication is a chapter published in France. Bazian has played a significant role almost in every human and civil rights movement in the Bay Area. SAAR Foundation. Dean of School of Islamic Revealed Knowledge & Social Sciences of International Islamic University Malaysia. He has over forty years of progressive experience in development and leadership of diverse organizations (business. The Silicon Rush: Documenting Muslim Communities in the the Silicon Valley. think-tanks. Jamal al-Barzinji is a founding member. alBarzinji Dr. and the Association of Muslim Scientists & Engineers (AMSE). DC . 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. and Virtual Internment: Muslims and the War on Terrorism. Majlis AlShura of The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS). Chapter. “Islamophobie: dans le monde moderne” and an entry to Oxford's Human Rights Encyclopedia covering HR under the Palestinian Authority. Dr. a Trustee and Vice President for Research & Publications of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). and organizational management. and Central American Solidarity struggles. Anti-Apartheid. He delivered numerous lectures and wrote articles on various topics on Islamic Thought. Safa Trust. Barzinji served as advisor and consultant to various educational. Dr. Banking. She is currently the Administrator for the Institute of Quality of Life at Georgetown University. in Anthropology and Sociology from Rhodes College.A. nationally and internationally including the defense of Affirmative Action in California. Anti-Globalization Movement. Nada International.
Barisal David Beckmann is one of the foremost U. Current Affairs. and a B. Dhaka. Dr. Beckmann earned degrees from Yale. Before that. England (1962).Sc. and founder of Anitur Rahman complex. (1974).” and “Parenting Skills” as well as other parenting books in Arabic. is a regular contributor to the family section of several Magazines and an adviser for the Islam online website’s family section. advocates for hungry people.S.D. Quiraat from Muminbari. He is a clergyman as well as an economist. with a minor in Management from Louisiana State University. Kumila. he served at the World Bank for 15 years. and five universities have awarded him honorary doctorates. Mohamed Rida Beshir Dr. and the London School of Economics.A. He is a former Imam and Khatib of Masjidul Akbar Dhaka. Education and Islamic Presence in the U. Barzinji holds a Ph.S.” “Blissful Marriage. Mr. overseeing large projects and driving innovations to make the Bank more effective in reducing poverty. political commitment to overcoming hunger and poverty. in Chemical Engineering & Fuel Technology from the University of Sheffield. Several of his parenting books have been translated to many other languages.S. Beshir.Sc.Dowrah hadith from dawandinesab. Mohamed Rida Beshir is the co-author of four best-selling books on family issues and parenting: “Parenting in the West. in Chemical Engineering. U. Dr. leading large-scale and successful campaigning to strengthen U.” “Muslim Teens. tafseer and fekaguru from Aliyah madrasa. NY Muslim Center and Principal of the center’s weekend school. Imam Beg’s Educational Background includes Kamil from hadith. Beshir is the recipient of the 22 . including: Transforming the Politics of Hunger and Grace at the table: Ending Hunger in God’s World.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Islamic Movements. He has written many books and articles. Mirza AbuJafar Beg David Beckmann Moulana Mirza AbuJafar BegImam is Imam and Khatib of the Jamaica. Christ Seminary. and Tafseer from Mukahtil Mukarama. and M. He has been president of Bread for the World for 15 years. and Europe.S. Principal of Islamia Aliya Madrasa. who is teaching two parenting courses with the Islamic American University. Bangladesh. Dr.
GTZ and KFW. He has held various volunteer national/local elected positions with MSA. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a college junior and won several prizes for leadership. Outside of school. street children. and a Ph. Iman is herself a social entrepreneur. including UNICEF. He is one of the founders of Human Concern International. He is actively developing and delivering training programs to various Muslim communities all over the world. social intervention for “at-risk” minority youth. and service to the south-side community. she is an MPhil candidate in Evidence Based Social Intervention at the University of Oxford. Dr. ICNA. Her research and work interests are in disability policy. Iman has a BA and an MA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo (AUC). She has committed her life to work with marginalized and voiceless groups. in Development Studies from Sussex University in the UK. She has worked with many international agencies and NGOs. street vendors and garbage collectors. Iman Bibars is launching Ashoka's program in the ARAB WORLD. with over 30 years of experience in Da’wa in North America. Catholic Relief Services.. scholarship.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. MAC and MAS conventions with the Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN). Iman Bibars Isra Bhatty Based in Cairo. such as female heads of households in the poorest slums of Egypt. Egypt.K. In the U. and co-founded and chaired The Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW). Isra has pursued a range of interests. and MAS.D. He is a regular speaker in ISNA. criminal law. She graduated from The University of Chicago in 2006 with majors in Economics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. where she is studying on a Rhodes Scholarship. Iman also joined the Georgetown University Arab Studies MA Program and was a Parvin Fellow at Princeton. and counter-terrorism strategy. She has served as a multi-lingual translator for detainees at Guantánamo Bay and has worked closely . Iman is a regional expert with more then 22 years experience in the social sector of the Arab World and the Africa region. she works on government outreach to Muslim and Asian minority communities. an NGO providing credit and legal aid for poor women who head their households. MSA. England and raised in northern Chicagoland. and a law student at Yale Law School. 23 Isra Bhatty was born in Leeds. Currently. He is an Engineer by profession. criminal justice policy. CARE-Egypt. ISNA.
State Delegate for Democtatic Party. he immigrated to the U. Turkey.S. He is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of habername. MA. MS in Banking and Insurance from Marmara University.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.com. 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 He is a member of Zoning Board of City of Lawrance. And a co-founder of Practimate. a Turkish Daily Online Newspaper.com and mgreenpages. Kemal Bozkurt is Reference Librarian at Lawrance Public Library in MA. MA. Thereafter. 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. In 1997. MA and School Committee Candidate for City of Lawrance.com an online wholesale Turkish products business. Mr Bozkurt is the founder and publisher of the Green Pages Muslim Business Directory and Editor-in-Chief of habername. MA. Texas. he went to work as a relief program aide under the international umbrella of relief agencies to rebuild the war-torn Bosnia. New Haven CT. and in the year 2000. after the war was over. an organization that provides trademark double-weekend seminars in Islamic studies. Yaser Birjas is presently residing in El Paso. He is also the president of kemalpasha. 24 .com a world-class marriage training program for practical practicing Muslims in the West. He was the Imam and religious leader at The Islamic Center in El Paso since his arrival until the end of 2007. Konya. Boston. He has BS in Arabic Literature and Language from Selcuk University. He is married with three children and lives in Lawrance MA. He started his career in Electronic Engineering in 1988 in the UAE. Southern Connecticut State University. reporter for AKRA FM radio station. Istanbul Turkey and currently pursuing MS degree in Information Library Science . He is also an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute.com.
Shahid Buttar Shahid Buttar. which examined the role and contribution of the Muslim community to the American public life. Based in Washington. Dr. he worked as executive director of the Pakistan Institute of Public Opinion (PIPO).000. Zahid H. DC.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Zahid Hussain Bukhari University of Karachi and Ph. hip-hop. Buttar also served the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy as Associate Director for Communications & Outreach. In January. Islamabad. Dr. from 2003 to 2008. blues. DC. was released in 2008 and features music from the funk. and South Asian fusion traditions. Bukhari is currently working as Director. Georgetown University. As a musician. he also worked as Director Project MAPS: Muslims in American Public Square.D. Buttar has long advocated in defense of the Constitution. American Muslim Studies Program (AMSP) at the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. drum 'n bass. He has a vast experience in all aspects of survey research. He is also serving as Executive Director of the Center for Islam and Public Policy (CIPP). Bukhari’s research interests focused on religion and politics in the United States and South Asia. Shahid has performed around the world for audiences as large as 50. two organizations aimed at raising awareness about the impacts of national security policies on civil liberties and privacy interests. Washington. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. house. From 1978-1983. He is also editor of two volumes of the Project MAPS: Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square: Fears. He has published and presented papers on Islam and development. Bukhari has a Masters in Economics from the 25 . Get Outta Your Chair. The Pew Charitable Trusts awarded a grant of $1. Previously he served as Counsel to Muslim Advocates’ Program to Combat Racial & Religious Profiling. Bukhari was elected President of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) for 20092010. is Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) and the People’s Campaign for the Constitution (PCC). including Bumpin’ in My SUV and the Baghdad Blues. Muslim public opinion in the US and other related topics in national and international forums. Dr. a member of Gallup International. From 1999-2004. A 2003 graduate of Stanford Law School. His debut CD. Hopes and Aspirations and Muslim in America: Engaging Polity and Society in Post 9/11 Era (forthcoming). Dr. he served as Professor Lawrence Lessig’s Constitutional Law Teaching Assistant and as Executive Editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal.25 million for this purpose.
counterpunch. 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. As an undergraduate in 1993. and has served on several other boards including the National Council of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Having visited 45 states and over 25 countries on four continents. In 2003. André Carson Mas’ood Cajee Mas’ood Cajee is a California-based dentist. Congresswoman Julia Carson. Currently he is a contributing editor at Fellowship magazine and a columnist for altmuslim.A. the first Congressman André Carson is a 34-year-old native of Indianapolis. Mas’ood created cybermuslim.com. He has written on interfaith relations. integrity and determination. Indiana. Cady supports partner agencies in the Reception and Placement Program. Cady received a dual B. Maryland. Mas’ood also serves as a senior member of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. he learned from a young age the values of compassion. he completed a Masters in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and was a California Endowment Scholar in Health Policy at Harvard University. Ms. current events. journalist. Raised and mentored by his grandmother. Islamic-oriented site on the Internet. and philanthropic organizations in the United States and abroad. She studied in Strasbourg. France and is proficient in French. Ms. Beliefnet. Fellowship. Literature and Culture from Syracuse University in New York State. 26 .com. A board member of the Muslim Peace Fellowship. and Britain’s QNews.org. Adbusters. and Muslim thought leader. Cady worked with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in New York City as a Program Associate supporting resettlement around the United States. Mas’ood now resides in northern California with his wife and two sons. Minaret. in International Relations and French Language.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Sarah Cady Ms. 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. the nation’s oldest and largest interfaith peace and justice organization. Prior to working at USCRI HQ. and policy issues for various publications including the Buddhist journal Turning Wheel. media. He continues to advise various community.
His ambitious agenda includes working to create economic opportunity for Hoosiers.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention For almost a full decade. Among other marketing efforts for the UCC. insurance. Congressman Carson currently serves on the prestigious Financial Services Committee. Chase has served congregations in New York and New Jersey and was founder and President of Creative Connections in Media. public and assisted housing.. he was responsible for the denomination's efforts in public relations.EZ Representative. Previously. video and emerging electronic technologies.2 million member United Church of Christ.Department of religion. André devoted himself to law enforcement and the protection of Hoosiers across Indianapolis. Co-Chair of 2009 National Convention Program In September 2007. the church's historic media justice agency. a new justice-based global initiative of the Collegiate Church of New York. At the United Church of Christ. Inc. Chase served as Director of Communication for the 1.Temple University. was responsible for the UCC's multiple web sites and served as publisher of United Church News with its circulation of more than 200. He also served as Executive Director of the UCC's Office of Communication. marketing and education through print. Member of ISNA Executive Council . pushing forward comprehensive affordable healthcare legislation. Phd Student at Temple University . real estate. 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. Robert Chase was called to be the Founding Director of Intersections. Robert Chase Sami Catovic Sami Catovic is a NewJersey attorney. Board member of New Jersey Muslim Attorneys." identity campaign. working to responsibly bring an end to the war in Iraq and to restore America’s role as a respected global leader. he was a principle architect of the church's award winning "God is still speaking.000. which oversees all components of the nation's housing and financial services sectors including banking. 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. 27 . radio. The Rev. and securities. a full-service communications company. Department of Religion. Adjunct Professor .
real estate funds. His written work has appeared in journals and newsletters and as chapters in books. Mr.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Owaiz M. 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. He is married with two children and enjoys spending time with his family in various outdoor activities. Based in the Washington. capital markets and insurance. His three-volume publication has become the standard reference for Islamic financial institutions. Shaykh Yusuf is also a special consultant. Shaykh Yusuf wrote the introduction to “Islamic Bonds”. co-founding the UPLIFT Charitable Corporation in 2006. His entries on the terminology of Islamic Finance appear in The Oxford Dictionary of Islam. including Euromoney’s “Islamic Asset Management”. Prior to that. 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. Shaykh Yusuf is the author of “A Compendium of Legal Opinions on the Operations of Islamic Banks”. Shaykh Yusuf is a well-known and respected Shariah advisor and Islamic 28 . “Islamic Retail Finance and Islamic Finance: Innovation & Growth”. DC area. alternative asset managers and others. he earned a BA in Business Administration from California State University at Fullerton. he serves as a Shariah advisor to over 20 global financial entities. the first English reference on the fatawa issued by Shariah boards. Investment Manager. Dadabhoy Owaiz M. Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo scholar whose career spans more than 30 years. Dadabhoy. the 2003 book that introduced Sukuk and transformed the world’s Islamic capital markets. leasing funds. including index providers. broadly defined to include banking. In addition. 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. mutual funds. Mr. Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo is currently the Chief Shariah Officer and Board Member at Shariah Capital. Dadabhoy spent over 15 years at Wells Fargo and was most recently a District Manager in Long Beach. home finance providers. California. Raised in Southern California. banks. joined Saturna Capital in August of 2008. Dadabhoy is active with charitable and community activities. institutional investors.
a Masters of Professional Studies degree from the New York Theological Seminary. Baruch College (CUNY). and Crescent International. and others. a small narrative that focuses on incarcerated Muslims. For the past three years she has conducted the educational outreach program 29 . and developing instructional resources. a B. and a Masters of Arts degree from The College at New Paltz (SUNY). and is currently in the doctoral program at George Mason University.A. Major publications include World Eras: Rise and Spread of Islam. She served as an Affiliated Scholar with the Council on Islamic Education for over a decade. teaching resources for the Council on Islamic Education and the National Center for History in the Schools. a children’s book Ramadan (Carolrhoda Books. DeVeaux has published papers in New Directions in Evaluation: a Publication of the American Evaluation Association. reviewing state standards.A. During 2006. Teaching About Religion in National and State Social Studies Standards (Freedom Forum First Amendment Center and Council on Islamic Education. reviewing over a dozen commercial textbooks in development. Imagine This. New York).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. 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. in History from the University of Rochester. and designed The Indian Ocean in World History online resource. The Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. the Smithsonian Freer Gallery teaching guide Arts of Islam. and the online curriculum World History for Us All. She contributed to online teaching resources such as the IslamProject. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. and many articles and book chapters. a chapbook of poems and has had several other poems featured in various publications. she was Senior Researcher for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. NAACP Criminal Justice Conferences (Jamaica. DeVeaux received a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Bernard M. Other writings include You Are Almost There. Muslim Alliance in North America (1st and 2nd) Annual Conference. as well as co-authoring a paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association (1995). 2000). Susan Douglass has an M. 2002). 2002).org. 622-1500 (Thompson/Gale.
the election of three Muslims to the Texas SDEC. and recently culminated in a historic first -. Coalition of New American Communities (CONAC). and was recently elected to the Texas State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC) as the male representative of the Asian American Democrats of Texas (AADT). over 70 Precincts Chairs in the Houston area. program development and evaluation. He has also led the efforts to establish Islamic Boy Scouts troops in the local communities. A. Duff Jean Duff is a seasoned management professional with broad experience in the start-up of non-profit social enterprises. Italy and an MS from Penn State Univ. Besides Islamic-related community activities. and fundraising. She brings experience developing all aspects of service and policy organizations. For the past 17 years she has worked exclusively with organizations serving the poor and advocating for social justice. He has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Milan.J. established to improve and increase political awareness in "new Americans". He served as a Democratic member of the United 30 . including building cross sector collaborations. which is a non-profit political action group. and homeowner associations. She is the Executive Director of CIFA (Center for Interfaith Action).J. 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. strategic planning and marketing. a nonpartisan government watchdog organization.J. He is presently Vice President of AADT and the Primary Coordinator/Spokesperson for the Rev. Durrani Bob Edgar A. and for-profit businesses. Robert William (Bob) Edgar is president and CEO of Common Cause. public and community relations. A. One of his primary areas of focus has been full-time Islamic Education. J. Dr. CONAC efforts have led to thousands of new registered voters. school district committees. effective May 2007. and he has been instrumental in the creation and establishment of five Islamic schools. Jean F. and in the management of their growth. A.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention at the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding. Durrani is a grassroots political activist in the greater Houston area. has held leadership positions in mainstream civic and local community organizations like charitable institutions.
S.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention States House of Representatives from 1975 to 1987. the “Human Relations Award” from the Santa Clara County Human Relations office. Ms. and is author of seven training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims. Bob Edgar was named president and CEO of Common Cause.S. Maha ElGenaidi Keith Ellison Maha ElGenaidi is the Founder and President of Islamic Networks Group (ING). n May 2007. representing the 7th district of Pennsylvania. and the "Citizen of the Year" Award from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.S. (NCC). chair and Vice-chair of the Bay Area Hate Crimes Investigators Association (BAHCIA). 2007. Commissioner on Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission. a national nonpartisan. Prior to his position as president and CEO of Common Cause. Ms. churches. as well as eight training modules for public institutions on "developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community". ElGenaidi has spoken to hundreds of schools. Bob arrived at Common Cause with a long history of leadership and public service that included 12 years in Congress. the leading U. Governor Cruz Bustamante's "Commission for One California". ElGenaidi is currently ING's CEO. House of Representatives since taking office on January 4. and Advisor to California's Commission on Police Officers Standards & Training (POST) for hate crimes and cultural diversity training. 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. police departments. corporations and other public institutions. and to connect citizens with their democracy. Representative 31 . non-profit "citizens" lobby working to make government at all levels more honest. he came from the post of general secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U. organization in the movement for Christian unity. She is a former commissioner on Lt. open and accountable. The Fifth District includes the City of Minneapolis and the surrounding suburbs. The Fifth Congressional District is the most vibrant and ethnically diverse district in Minnesota with a rich history and traditions. She is the recipient of numerous civil rights awards which include the “Civil Rights Leadership Award” from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations. has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. and former Co- Keith Ellison has represented the Fifth Congressional District of Minnesota in the U.
Elsanousi has appeared on Aljazeera. the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission (IBC). and submitted an article to the American Journal of Law and Society . He is proficient in Arabic and English. Al-hurah. IN. first one is Islamic History from Uludag University. Alarabia. the Evangelicals for Dr. He holds Two MA degrees. 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. Mohamed Elsanousi Gazi Erdem Mr.D degree in Islamic History from Ankara University. strengthening ISNA’s relationships with the Muslim community in North America. Turkey. UK where he studies Orthodox Church under Ottoman Empire in the Sixteenth Century. and other media outlets.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Ellison's philosophy is one of "generosity and inclusiveness. and supervising ISNA’s projects with interfaith organizations and the federal government. Ankara. His priorities in Congress are: promoting peace. His responsibilities with ISNA include fostering interfaith relations. and a graduate diploma in philanthropic studies from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy. CSpan. a Master of Law from Indiana University in Bloomington. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Shariah and Law from the International Islamic University in Islamabad. Turkey where he studied Christians under Ottoman Empire between 1856 and 1876. Human Rights (EHR) and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). Elsanousi is the Director of Communications and Community Outreach for ISNA. After serving as an imam and preacher (Vaiz) in Bursa." His roots as a community activist and his message of inclusivity through democratic participation resonates throughout the Fifth District. 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). Mr. He has been the Attache for Religious 32 . Gazi Erdem has a BS Degree in Religious Studies from the Divinity Faculty of Uludag University. prosperity for working families. and promoting civil and human rights. Pakistan. Bursa. Mohamed has contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of Philanthropy in America and the American Journal of Islamic Social Science. He serves as a national liaison and representative for ISNA at numerous interreligious conventions and conferences. He completed his Ph. Turkey for many years. and has basic fluency in Urdu. he has hold for various managerial positions at the Religious Affairs of Turkey (Diyanet).
Dr. Iman M. 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. political Islam. Interreligious Dialogue in Islamic Sources and History. The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?. Islam: The Straight Path. Islam and Democracy and Iman Faris Mr. Esposito is Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Makers of Contemporary Islam (with John Voll). John Esposito John Esposito is a University Professor as well as Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. with a career spanning multiple industries from training and political advocacy to technology and construction. Esposito is Editor-in-Chief of the 4 volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion. Islamic Cililizations. and proven coaching methods. What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Affairs to the NY Consulate General of Turkey. Ottoman History and Christians under the Ottoman Empire. Saleemah AbdulGhafur Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur is an author and activist (faith-based initiatives and gender equality in Islam). His more than 30 books include: Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam (a Washington Post and Boston Globe best seller). A consultant to the Department of State as well as corporations and the media worldwide. Religious leadership. a leading non-profit formed to advance the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by ending malariarelated deaths by 2012. Esposito specializes in Islam. Iman grew up in the North American Muslim community. Islam and Politics. She works with Malaria No More. change management principles. Through his decades of experience in a diversity of organizations and industries. and the impact of Islamic movements from North Africa to Southeast Asia. Faris is a senior management consultant. Dr. his family was one of the pioneers that helped establish the 33 . and Who Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think: With Dalia Mogahed. he brings his clients a global awareness of best practices.
He has also been involved with local projects. including Abraar School. Santa Clara. He was the founding member of Muslim Community Association. Today. Fremont. Dr. managing youth camps. and working groups. CA. humanitarian and health care services to the orphans and the needy in India. conferences. as board member of several local organizations.in 2007. He has been active in Muslim community in North America since the early 70’s. delivering lectures to high school students and training youth leaders. Iman is supported by his wife Zameela. There was always a community project to help with and to learn from whether it was a relief effort. an advocacy group for justice and mutual understanding and Islamic Network Group (ING) which delivers educational programs relating to Islam and Muslims. He is the founding chairman of the San Francisco 34 . He is the founder & chairman of Jahangirabad Education Trust. or mosque building. and the rest of his community-minded family. a youth activity. India. Manzoor Ghori Ghulam Nabi Fai Manzoor Ghori is the founder and chairman of the Indian Muslim Relief & Charities (IMRC).Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention community. Manzoor Ghori founded Ameen Housing Cooperative Inc. Ghulam Nabi Fai is the Executive Director of the Washington-based Kashmiri American Council /Kashmir Center. From his formative years. IMRC has been working since 1982 to provide education. 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 extensively involved in youth work. Manzoor was also on the advisory board of Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR). Iman continues his involvement as a leader and organizer. IMRC also provides medical and emergency aid during natural disasters and man made disasters such as riots. including: annual festivals on the occasion of Eid. daughter Ayesha. regional and national Muslim community lectures. CA and Islamic Society of East Bay. in 1994. and coordinator and contributor to a variety of local. This trust launched Jahangirabad Media Institute in 2005 and is about to launch a university Jahangirabad Institute of Technology . host of the local Muslim radio show. This organization provides an alternative for home buyers looking for ways to avoid interest-based bank loans. He is the founder and board member of North American Islamic Shelter for the Abused (NISA) that supports victims of domestic abuse.
Dr. Iran. in December 1997 in Tehran. At twelve. she embraced Islam in El Khalil. is a revealing social commentary. and in October. were the words: SEEK AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE. Morocco. ten minutes away from the burial place of the Prophet Ibrahim (a. in November 2000 in Doha. He is married and has two children. 3rd. 2nd. she was given a scroll with a painting of an ancient man walking through mountains. on a journey of transformation culminating in West Africa.Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities at Geneva. upon which. He also addressed the Fourth International Conference on Global Good in Honolulu. Malaysia respectively. He addressed the 46th thru 61st Sessions of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) at Geneva. Her book. and also participated in the 41st thru 57th Sessions of the United Nations Sub . Financial Times. dispelling many stereotypes such as the proposition. Russia in May 2006. Chicago tribune. it is by entering into the heart of Islam that the author was liberated. Petersburg. Hawaii in June 2006. Baltimore Sun and many other foreign policy journals in the United States and around the world. He was invited to attend the 3rd. Since then. The Washington Post. Saudi Arabia. Senegal. 35 . Qatar. her life became a journey in search of the liberating Truth. elevated. 4th and 5th sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva in 2006 & 2007.s. On the contrary. 7th. she has studied with Sufi Masters intensively around the world. Dr. Plain Dealer. and guided to realize the true purpose of her existence. The Washington Times. 2003 in Putrajaya. 9th and 10th Summit of the Head of the States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in January 1981 in Makkah. He participated in the 42nd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March 1998. December 1992 in Dakar. that women are inevitably oppressed in Islam. The Alchemy of Transformation on the Sufi Path. JOURNEY THROUGH TEN THOUSAND VEILS. He addressed the 14th International Conference on Conflict Resolution in St. Wall Street Journal. His articles appeared in The New York Times. which documents both the inner and outer journey. He attended the 1st. From that moment on. Born Jewish. Maryam Kabeer Faye Sheikha Maryam Kabeer Faye was guided from a young age to make the journey in search of Truth. He has been living in exile since August 1980 for his political beliefs. in December 1994 in Casablanca. 6th.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention based Global Peace Forum and the Chairman London-based Justice Foundation. 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. Fai is also the Member of the Board of Director of Istanbul-based the Union of the NGOs of the Islamic World. He addressed the preliminary session at the Centennial Conference of Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in August 1993.) at the hands of an ancient Sufi Sheikh. 8th.
including chronic pain and cancer. feminism. Safiya is fluent in Hindi and Urdu and was born in Little Rock. and Bitch magazine. San Francisco and . Jess Ghannam is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences at the University of California.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Sheikha Maryam Kabeer Faye is a teacher. She is also an associate editor of the new online magazine Altmuslimah. Arkansas. 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. race. 36 Jess Ghannam Dr. including Racialicious. Fatemeh Fakhraie Safiya Ghori Fatemeh Fakhraie is an editor. and politics in several print and online outlets. and blogger who writes about issues related to Muslims. Ghannam is also a Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) for the State of California. Dr. He is a Psychoanalyst and practices in San Francisco and the East Bay. Dr.A. VA where she researched and administered VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) and asylum cases for Muslim women who were victims of domestic violence. While completing her M. Safiya is currently the Muslim Public Affairs Council Program Director in the Washington DC office. As an Equal Justice Works Fellow she worked at the Tahirih Justice Center in Falls Church. Ghannam specializes in working with chronic illness. writer. ReligionDispatches. Safiya taught Introduction to Comparative Politics at the University of Arkansas for two years. She has studied and worked in many countries including India. Safiya was also the student editor of the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture for two years. She travels extensively throughout the world. building bridges of light. She founded and currently serves as editor of Muslimah Media Watch. knowledge. Morocco and Russia. a website dedicated to analyzing representations of Muslim women in global media. Adjunct Professor of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. and understanding. He also works and does research in the area of Global Health and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. speaker and writer on Islam and spirituality..
where he led national groups in formulating strategies to maintain First Amendment religious freedoms. Gutow went on to become the founding executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council. Gutow. Linda Gustitus Linda Gustitus serves as President of the National Religious Campaign against torture. Louis. Gutow became the first full-time rabbi at the Reconstructionist Minyan of St.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Republicans and Democrats. 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. She is the founder of the Washington Region Religious Campaign Against Torture and is an attorney. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2007. 37 . she has taught 7th grade Language Arts at Gary Elementary School in Chicago. where he forged alliances with Sara Hakeem has recently matriculated from Teach for America – Chicago’s 2007 corps. Following his ordination. where he received his ordination in 2003. who spent more than a decade practicing law in Texas. Gutow focused his career on his faith and community and attended the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Linda is the past board chair of the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation and lives in Washington. DC. Louis where he served as the St. Sara Hakeem Steve Gutow Rabbi Steve Gutow is Executive Director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. For the past two years. she will begin a PhD program in Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Louis Rabbinical Association representative to the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. This fall. He also organized the pro-Israel lobby's efforts in six southwestern states and helped create chapters in nearly 40 cities. After working for nearly 30 years as an attorney and in Jewish and political activities.
Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Rabia Terri Harris Mohamed Hagmagid Ali Rabia Terri Harris is an essayist. 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. Virginia. Imam Magid studied at the hand of his father and other notable scholars. Member. Board. 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 holds a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary. Imam Magid is also well known for his counseling and family counseling expertise. She founded the Muslim Peace Fellowship in 1994 and serves as its Executive Director. public intellectual. He was born in Sudan. the son of a leading Islamic Scholar and the Mufti of Sudan. Member of the Arab. editor. her Master’s from Columbia University in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures. peace activist. including Ghazali's Ihya-Uloom-al-Deen. NY. and aspiring servant of Allah. Chair. Imam Magid is also well known as an effective communicator to our youth and for work with other organizations and interfaith dialogue. Muslim Sikh Advisory Committee to the FBI Washington Field Office. Harris has spent the last fifteen years concentrating on the theory and practice of Islamic nonviolence. After two decades of general spiritual studies. Fairfax Youth Partnership. Fairfax (VA) Faith Communities in Action. gaining ijaza in several disciplines. Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington Assembly. practicing chaplain. 38 . freelance theologian. His other Islamic activities and responsibilities include: East Zone Representative on ISNA Executive Council from 2001 to present. Harris received her Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in the field of Religion. sometime translator.
and the Medical University of South Carolina. as well as organizing community based outreach programs which include. and current. She teaches workshops on “How To Prevent Breast Cancer Through Diet and Self-Breast Exams”. graduated from Howard University. Minneapolis: 2002). she established Al-Nisaa. Mark Hanson She has been a practicing Muslim for over 25 years. a role which he serves concurrently with his role as ELCA Presiding Bishop. “What A Woman Doesn’t Know Can Hurt Her”. Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. and to those in foster care. (The ELCA's first Presiding Bishop. Herbert W. to those in group homes. Education and Social Services Center. and organizing volunteer health services in public schools. “Maintaining Vaginal Health Naturally”. Chilstrom. adolescent health services/AIDS prevention program. In 1995. providing health services to the homeless. She is a Certified Nurse Midwife. Mark S.) 39 .allowing them to be able to participate in the Special Olympics.A. Naturopathic Physician. a faith-based practice. Sister Asma Hanif is presently operating a holistic health center. Hanson is the third. Hanson is author of Faithful Yet Changing: The Church in Challenging Times (Augsburg Fortress. performing physicals to the mentally and physically challenged . teaching at Coppin State University. Wholistic Health.S. Hanson was elected President of the Lutheran World Federation.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Asma Hanif providing free blood pressure screenings in community centers for the elderly. served two 4-year terms. In 2003. Clinical Herbologist and Natural Childbirth Instructor. in order to provide health services for underserved and uninsured women and children. He serves on the executive council on the executive board of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U. providing. “Fertility Awareness – How To Achieve or Avoid Pregnancy”. thus will become during this term the longest-serving Presiding Bishop in the ELCA's history. In 2007 Hanson was reelected on the second ballot. as well as authored a rape prevention pamphlet entitled. to women in shelters.
university/college campuses. Among the numerous offices he holds. TX. substantive dialogue. Facilitated conversations. from these grow camaraderie and genuine friendship. He graduated from Dow Medical College. Hathout is MPAC's Senior Advisor.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention levels. Maher Hathout Aziza Hasan Aziza Co-Directs NewGround: A MuslimJewish Partnership for Change. Dr. Waheedul Haque Waheedul Haque. identity. and youth leadership training. She has led numerous workshops for international scholar forums. Dialogue sessions are based on the premise that honest communication forges meaningful relationships. gender. Aziza has given various speeches to audiences across the country that included introductions to Islam. 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. Pakistan . national and global Maher Hathout is a leading spokesperson for the American Muslim community. Aziza also coordinates inter-faith relations for MPAC by working with religious leadership in Southern California in the areas of social justice. and youth engagement. local. is a retired physician best known for his tireless commitment to public service. He is also a Charter Member of the Pacific 40 . forgiveness and peace in Islamic tradition. community organizing. New Ground doesn t shy away from discussing the tough topics such as. at conferences. various presentations at national and international meetings. pluralism and Israel/Palestine. MD is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston. He has approximately 25 publications and abstracts. civic and religious groups on inter-faith dialogue. community education and outreach. Karachi. and conflict resolution in Muslim communities. explore issues at the personal. 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. He has Postgraduate training at the St Louis University.
" and "the Future of the Middle East. His articles and interviews have appeared in such prominent newspapers as The Los Angeles Times. Abida K. Readers of her novels. Dr. Policy. She is actively involved with resident teaching and research. 41 . Dr. Before that she has served as the Chair of IMANA Bylaws committee. Dr. India. Dr. She was Director of Anatomic Pathology for several years. Haque Najiyah Diana Helwani Abida K. New York. She has been Treasurer and Secretary of IMANA from 2006-2008. Hathout has been invited to Capitol Hill and the State Department several times to address a variety of topics such as "Islam and U. Haque has been a member of IMANA for the past 20 years." He has traveled to Australia. The New York Times. Currently she is Professor and Attending Pathologist at The Methodist Hospital. TX. She then moved with her family to USA in 1979. Hyderabad. and then moved to The Methodist Hospital at Houston. TX She graduated from Osmania Medical College. Houston. democracy. Haque emigrated to Canada.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Council on International Policy. and attained the rank of full Professor at The University of Texas Medical School at Galveston. MD is Professor of Pathology at Cornell Weill Medical School. Pakistan. Ottawa. The Wall Street Journal and The Christian Science Monitor. Currently at work on Sophia’s second adventure. and South Africa to lecture on Islam and Muslims. Hathout has written extensively on Islam. Kuwait. India." "Emerging Trends in Islamic Movements. Currently she is Vice President of IMANA. the western partner of the Council on Foreign Relations.wordpress. Najiyah Diana Helwani is a home-grown Kansas girl who feels blessed to be Muslim and of Midwestern heritage. TX. Middle East politics. Najiyah invites readers to share their time travel wish lists on her website http://najiyahhelwani. Dr." "Islamic Democracy. poems and short stories will be delighted to see how well the two value systems compliment each other. Canada. Egypt.com. Malaysia. and sits on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Alliance.S. Haque has more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and presentations. He appears frequently on national television and radio talk shows. and contributed approximately 50 book chapters on Pulmonary Pathology in these texts. Haque. Houston. human rights. and underwent postgraduate training in Obstetrics & Gynecology in Hyderabad. and had postgraduate training in Pathology at the Ottawa Medical College. and Bosnia. Co-Edited 5 books on Pulmonary Pathology. and Attending Pathologist at the Methodist Hospital.
Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention integration of immigrant and refugee families. The Washington Post. NY. Husain is a former two-term national president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA). Inc. TX. Islamic awareness and religious diversity.S. Arab and American cultures. Project Row Houses in Houston. Leslie Hewitt Leslie Hewitt was raised in New York City and studied at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (2000). The Contemporary Art Museum in Houston. a faculty member of COMPASS . Dr. Switzerland and Thomas Dane in London. 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. is a training specialist with over fifteen years of experience in the areas of cross-cultural communication. CT. England. D’Amelio Terras in New York.. founder and president of Connecting Cultures. GA. in the United States. Artists Space in New York. Additionally Hewitt has received a 2008 Art Matters Grant and a 2009-2010 Radcliffe Fellowship Residency at Harvard University. Najiyah lives in Damascus. 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. She was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. The Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford. Ohio. NY. She is the author of “Doing Business in the Middle East and North Africa” and “Finding Diversity. Studio Museum in Harlem. Lubna Ismail Altaf Husain Altaf Husain is a native of Cleveland. She has been selected to 42 . cultural competency. the Yale School of Art (2004) and at New York University as a Clark Fellow for Africana/Cultural Studies (2001-02).the state of the art management training program of MSA National. and Arab Relations. and his research interests include the Lubna Ismail. CA. Luby participated in a study visit to Saudi Arabia. Her six children remind her what is important in life. LAXART in Los Angeles. a current executive committee member of the Muslim Alliance in North America. Syria. New York. Arndt & Partner in Zurich. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions also include The High Museum in Atlanta. Sculpture Center in New York. and especially Muslim adolescents.” She is frequently used as an expert by national media and major international news programs and recently received press in Associated Press. TX.dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence. chair of the Leadership Development Committee of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Peaceful Families Project . and she is also blessed to have a wonderful co-wife and three co-kids in Damascus.
Jaka Mr. Chair of DC Area Eid Committee(1997Current).A. ISNA East Zone Conference Steering Committee Chair(2006 and 2007). Board Member.May 2009). in History from the University of Illinois. University of Texas Daily Texan(50. Mr. Ameena is an editor of ING training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims. Through ING she has delivered hundreds of presentations in schools. ISNA National Convention 2002(Washington DC) Steering Committee Chair(2002). Board Member. Chair of the Board of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. University of Texas Student Government Representative(1992). the Arabian Society for Human Resource Management conference in Bahrain and the Society for Human Resources’ Workplace Diversity and annual conference as a professional on the cutting edge of emerging cultural and religious diversity issues and Islamic awareness.A. Jaka graduated with Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from University of Texas at Austin in 1995. ISNA Youth Strategic Planning Committee(2004). Past President of ADAMS(2002-2008). colleges. 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. Dulles little League Baseball Manager/Coach(20042008). She currently team teaches a class on Islam at San Francisco City College. ISNA Election Committee(2005-2008). universities. and B. and other venues on Islam and related subjects. Editorial Columnist. 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. CCMO Election Committee Chair(2003-2007). She received her M. churches. as well as author and editor of training modules for public institutions on developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community. and presently works as a 43 . and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. Berkeley. Rizwan O. of University of Texas. Past Vice President of ADAMS(2000-2002). Islamic Society of North America(ISNA)(2008-Current).Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention present at Iraqi Reconstruction conferences. University of Texas Student Government(1993).000 circulation -1994/1995). Member of Goose Creek District(Loudoun County) Boy Scouts of America Committee(200 A National Convention 2009(Washington 6current). Citizens Affairs Committee Co-Chair. Ashburn Soccer Club Coach(2003-2005). Texas Student Publications(1995). Cub/Boy Scout Chartered Organizational Representative(2004-Current). Jaka's community involvement includes: Board Member of ADAMS(June 2008. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California. ISN DC) Steering Committee Chair(2009).
the Society of Photo-Instrumentation Engineers. women and Islam. GA where she was raised in an active Muslim community in association with Imam W. presented her research to several scholarly communities including Harvard and Princeton. Islamic Education 44 . and Bangladesh Academy of Sciences. Director of Center for Advanced Materials at Tuskegee University. Shaik Jeelani is professor of Mechanical Engineering. the Institution of Engineering & Technology. which explores relations between African American and South Asian immigrant Muslims in the United States. Jamillah is originally from Atlanta. He is an elected fellow of the Optical Society of America. Islamic Council of Ohio. an American Muslim women’s magazine. She is author of the book American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race. Tuskegee.D. Mohammed. a Member of the Editorial Board of Microwave and Optical Technology Letters and of World Journal of Modeling and Simulation. Mohammad Karim serves on the boards of North American Bangladeshi Islamic Community (NABIC) and Virginia Coalition for Community and Justice (VCCJ). Dayton Islamic School. Jewish. and race and immigration. in Islamic Studies at Duke University. an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions of Education. Karim is author of 15 text books and over 325 research papers. He is North American Editor of Optics and Laser Technology. She lectures frequently within Muslim communities. Karim has Mohammad Karim is Vice President for Research of the Old Dominion University. and has served in the past on the boards of Center for Christian..Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Manager of Technology Sales Consulting in the Technology Industry. AL. Program in Materials Science and Engineering at Tuskegee University Jamillah Karim Jamillah Karim is Assistant Professor in religion at Spelman College.D. and Gender within the Ummah. and Director of Ph. in Ohio. Inc. Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs. He has served as guest editor of 16 technical journal issues.D. the Institute of Physics. She specializes in Islam in America. Class. and Muslim Understanding in New York. She obtained her Ph. In her spare time. Shaik Jeelani Mohammad Karim Dr. she contributes to Azizah.
Hadih. Sakarya. He worked as Muadhdhin (Professional caller to prayer. Merve Kavakci Yusuf Kavakci Dr. Hirka-i Sharif Mosque). Fiqh. National Conference of Christians and Jews in Ohio. Merve Kavakci is a Lecturer of International Affairs at George Washington University. Qira'ah. D in political science from Howard University. and Waiz in the governorships Fatih and Beyoglu in Istanbul.D. She is a consultant for US Congress Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe and a columnist for Turkish daily Vakit newspaper. graduated from Hasircilar Qur'anic School (Adapazari) with a training in Tajwid. Istanbul University. 1938 in Hendek.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Foundation of Knoxville in Tennessee. Dr. 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. Mediterranean Quarterly. Kavakci holds a Ph. French and Italian. and Avicenna Academy in Bronx. Kavakci was elected to the Turkish Parliament. translated to Arabic Dr. in Islamic History and Culture from Faculty of Arts. She is the author of five books among which are Basortusuz Demokrasi (Turkish). Arabic (Sarf and Nahw). Turkey. She took her case to European Court of Human Rights and won in 2007. Yusuf Ziya Kavakci was born on June 22. and allied Islamic Sciences. Tafsir. the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in 1999. got his Ph. After working as Assistant Professor and as Associate Professor in the Institute of 45 . 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. She is hafiz-al Qur’an. an MPA from Harvard University where she was recognized as Edward Mason Fellow and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from University of Texas at Dallas. Imam (Kara Ahmed Pasha Mosque in Topkapi). Prior to her academic career she served as the head of foreign affairs of Welfare-Virtue Party’s Women’s Commission. Kavakci sits at the Editorial Board of academic journal. However she was prevented from serving her term by the secular fundamentalists due to her headscarf. At an early age (8-9 years) he accomplished memorizing whole Qur'an (Hifz al-Qur'an). and Persian and forthcoming in English.
Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Islamic Research, Istanbul University, he helped to establish the first college of Islamic Studies in modern Turkey. The College of Islamic Studies is now a part of Ataturk University, Erzurum where Dr. Kavakci worked as senior faculty. He chaired Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh and other departments and got full professorship in Islamic Law and worked as Dean of the College. His professorship in Islamic Law was the first such position in Turkey after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. He was educated in the traditional Ottoman way of Islamic Studies as well as in modern methods of teaching in today's universities. He is a board certified attorney in Turkey and practiced Law in Libya, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and attended numerous International Conferences on Islam. He was involved in the activities of the Islamic Conference and was in charge of the Muslim Minority students sponsored by Islamic Development Bank in Turkey.
Asma Khalid is an aspiring international correspondent. She is a Reporter for the National Public Radio, National desk. She was born and raised around Chicago, but has spent the past few years studying in and exploring parts of Europe and Asia. Asma recently graduated from the University of Cambridge with an M.Phil (don't ask her to explain what that means) in Middle Easters/Islamic Studies. Though most of her journalism experience stems from print, she's increasingly fascinated with radio and its power to convey people's emotions in a way that's physically impossible in other types of media.
Hena Khan is a Pakistani-American writer who lives in Rockville, MD with her husband and two sons. She is the author of nine children’s books for Scholastic Book Clubs, including several titles from the popular Spy University series. Night of the Moon, published by Chronicle Books, is her first picture book, and her first book on a Muslim theme. Hena was moved to write the book by a desire for Muslim-American children, including her own, to identify with the story of Yasmeen and her family as they celebrate a very special time of the year— Ramadan. She also hoped to share some of the cultural traditions of Ramadan and Eid with people from other backgrounds, and to foster understanding of the MuslimAmerican community. Night of the Moon has received very positive reviews from the industry, including a starred review from Booklist, and it was selected to be a Parents’ Choice Approved Book.
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MJ Khan is a living example of the American Dream. Earning two Bachelor of Science Degrees in Physics, Mathematics and Engineering from the Universities of Sind and Karachi, Pakistan; he went on to earn two Masters Degrees, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, and a Masters of Business Administration from Rice University. Councilman Khan was elected to Houston City Council, District F in December 2003. He currently serves on several local boards as well as seven City of Houston committees including the International Liaison and Protocol Committee and the Flooding and Drainage Committee – both of which he chairs. Known for his leadership in the community, Council Member Khan has been honored by the City of Houston and other prestigious organizations. In April of 2007, USCIS-U.S. Department of State honored Council Member Khan with the Outstanding American by Choice Award in Washington, D.C. Secretary Condoleezza Rice, Department of State (DOS), gave the keynote address to the recipients. In 2008, Council member Khan received the Asian American Leadership Award from Asia Society Texas Center and the Leadership Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
Dr. Muqtedar Khan is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware. He is also the Director of the Islamic Studies Program. He earned his Ph.D. in International Relations, Political Philosophy, and Islamic Political Thought, from Georgetown University in May 2000. Dr. Khan is a Fellow with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He was a Senior Nonresident Fellow with the Brookings Institution [2003-2008] and a Fellow of the Alwaleed Center at Georgetown University [2006-2007]. He has been the President, Vice President and General Secretary of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists. He is the author of American Muslims: Bridging Faith and Freedom (Amana, 2002), Jihad for Jerusalem: Identity and Strategy in International Relations (Praeger, 2004), Islamic Democratic Discourse (Lexington Books, 2006) and Debating Moderate Islam: The Geopolitics of Islam and the West (University of Utah Press, 2007). Dr. Khan frequently comments on BBC, CNN International, FOX and VOA TV, Bridges TV, NPR and other radio and TV networks. His political commentaries appear regularly in newspapers in over 20 47
Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention countries. He has lectured in North America, East Asia, Middle East and Europe. Dr. Khan is from Hyderabad in India. He is married to Reshma and has a son Rumi, and a daughter Ruhi. encouraged her to explore and appreciate her own.
Suhail A. Khan is the Senior Fellow for Christian-Muslim Understanding at the Institute for Global Engagement. He is a Washington, DC based attorney and has previously held many government positions. Khan served as Policy Director and Press Secretary for U.S. Congressman Tom Campbell (R-CA) where he worked closely on a variety of legislative initiatives, including religious freedom. More recently, Khan served as a senior political appointee with the Bush administration. He served in the White House Office of Public Liaison assisting in the President's outreach to various faith communities. Khan also served as Assistant to the Secretary for Policy under U.S. Secretary Mary Peters at the U.S. Department of Transportation. While at the Department of Transportation, Khan was awarded the Secretary's Team Award in 2005 and the Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement in 2007. Khan serves on the boards of the American Conservative Union, the Islamic Free Market Institute, the Muslim Public Service Network, and the Indian American Republican Council. He has spoken at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the Council for National Policy (CNP), the Harbour League, and the National Press Club. He has written opinion pieces for various publications including the Washington Post/Newsweek Forum On Faith. He was born in Boulder, Colorado to parents who emigrated to the United States from southern India. Khan is the oldest of five children, grew up in California, earned his high school diploma from St. Lawrence Academy, a private Catholic college preparatory school in Santa Clara, in 1987. 48
Zeba Khan is Founder and Director of Muslims Americans For Obama, 2008. Born and raised in Ohio by civically minded Indian-Muslim immigrants, she learned early on that giving back to her community was her duty as an American and as a Muslim – whether that was going door-todoor with her father collecting money for the homeless in her city or pitching in with an interfaith Habitat-for-Humanity home with her mother. Her parents, as progressive as they were religious, sent her to a Jewish day school for nine years, where she learned about Judaism how to speak Hebrew. On the weekends, she attended Sunday school at her local mosque, learning Arabic and about Islam. Her parents made sure that she knew the differences between Islam and Judaism, explaining the Islamic perspective on every topic she was taught at school. At the same time, they were ever careful to explain the respect Muslims should have for their Abrahamic brothers and sisters in faith. She truly believes that her own adherence to Islam as an adult is in part credited to her religious Jewish friends from her youth who welcomed her into their homes and community and shared with her the joy and spiritual fulfillment they felt from practicing their faith. Their commitment to their faith,
Prior to joining Muslim Advocates and NAML in 2005. Feingold (D-WI). At Wellesley. the United States and China before taking the top post of foreign ministry. specializing in commercial and administrative litigation. al-Muslimat ("The Muslim Women"). Killmer Reverend Richard L. Dixon & Masback. with honors in political science and economics from Wellesley College in 1991 and her J. 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. serving as the lead associate on several pro bono employment discrimination cases. Ms. Killmer. is the Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign Against 49 . and was the Senator's lead staff member in developing anti-racial profiling legislation and organizing subcommittee hearings on racial profiling. Subcommittee on the Constitution. from University of Iowa in 1995.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention He earned a B. she served as president of the student body and co-founded the first Muslim students organization. Civil Rights. Khera was an associate with Hogan & Hartson. Ms. she worked for six years directly for Senator Russell D.A. At Cornell. Khera was Counsel to the U. Farhana Khera Riaz Khokher Farhana Khera is the first Executive Director of Muslim Advocates and the National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML). from Cornell Law School in 1994.D. a Presbyterian minister. In the Senate. in political science from University of California at Berkeley in 1991 and a J. Ms. He was the former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan serving from June 2002 to February 2005. Khera received her B. which resulted in the firm being honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. Ambassador Riaz Khokher is considered one of the most seasoned and experienced diplomat of Pakistan. Senate Judiciary Committee.S.A. and was an editor with the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. Prior to her service with the Senate Judiciary Committee. and Property Rights.D. She also worked with Ross. Ambassador Khokher also served as Pakistan's ambassador to India.
DC. During that period he directed the Special Ministries/Vietnam Generation. Muslim-Christian harmony (Monks of Tibhirine: Faith Love and Terror in Algeria. Killmer worked for the National Council of Churches previously from 19701980. Killmer has written many articles and resources for publication and co-authored two books. While in that position. he had served as the program director of the Churches Center for Theology and Public Policy located at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington. living safely in Brazil. Mr. Mr.S. From 1996 to May 2002. This led to a reflection on Zweig’s life built on faith in humanism and individualism. Domestic Hunger and Poverty. From 1980 to 1996. Previously.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Torture – an interfaith organization of over 250 religious organizations committed to ending U. Kiser was perplexed by Zweig’s suicide in 1942. He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and has two degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. Kentucky after the merger of the Presbyterian Church US and the United Presbyterian Church. He has also served as a Visiting Fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1985-1988. 1988) when the popular view of Russia was one of technological incompetence in the communist world. He served there from June 2002 to May 2007. Underlying these books is an inquiry into what guides and sustains people in difficult times. wealthy. John Kiser John Kiser’s books have a contrarian flavor: Profiles of entrepreneurial scientists (Communist Entrepreneurs: Unknown Innovators. intellectual openness and warrior courage. Popular in 1930s and 40s.-sponsored torture. 50 . making him a hero in the Muslim and Christian worlds of the 19th century. 2002) when people were touting irreconcilable differences between Islam and the West. world famous and with young new wife. and now Commander of the Faithful: A Story of True Jihad. he founded the Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light and co-founded the Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger. Commander of the Faithful is the third book of a trilogy that began with Stefan Zweig: Death of a Modern Man (1995). 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. Zweigs’s works are being revived by NY Times Books. He received the Climate Protection award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency for his work while at the National Council of Churches. 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 was appointed to that position on May 2007. Abd elKader was a man of deep faith combined with chivalrous humanity. and codirected the Child and Family Justice Project. Mr.
to continue his higher Islamic studies at Al-Azhar University. Reared in the indigenous Muslim communities of Brooklyn. He is married and has three children. Nsenga Knight Through Photography. He moved to Cairo. He has been Imam of the Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier since 1993. schools and clubs in and around our locality. Kasim Kopuz Shayk Kasim Kopuz was born in Rize. Istanbul. Nsenga has experienced the transition. with Professor and Rabbi Lance Sussman. He moved to Binghamton as Imam in 1993 and joined Graduate Program at SUNY Binghamton. Turkey. Knight chose women because their stories were seldom told. Kopuz has studied traditional Islamic sciences starting at a very early age. and earned his Law Degree at Istanbul University School of Law. expansion and diversity of the Muslim community in New York City. and he has give lectures on Islam and Muslim Societies at various public forums. video and oral history. Zehra Betuland Hamidullah Eren Kopuz. a religious seminary in Istanbul. which is renowned world famous oldest Islamic University. He earned MA in Middle East History at Binghamton University in 1999. He is currently working on his PhD.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Islamic Sciences in traditional Islamic School in Rize and then continued his traditional as well as modern education at Istanbul Imam Hatip Lisesi. Brooklyn-based artist Nsenga Knight. He is member of Broome County Council of Churches Interfaith Committee. churches. specializing on the Islamic Scholars and Knowledge Production in Ottoman History. New York. in Middle Eastern History. explores the spiritual and community lives of Black women who converted to Islam prior to 1975 and pioneered Brooklyn’s oldest Muslim communities. Egypt. He has memorized the entire Qur'an. He is the Imam of Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier at Binghamton. named as Hafsa Nihal. and because "who these women are have a very direct effect on who I am. Istanbul Turkey. He has taught. Turkey. classes on World Religions and Biblical History at SUNY Binghamton. There he studied five years of Islamic Law as well as Modern European Law. in 1992. which earned him title of Hafiz and then he learned Arabic and traditional 51 . Then studied towards MA in Islamic Law at Marmara University. Sufism at Broome Community College.
Mr. Istanbul Turkey and MS in Chemical Engineering and Microelectronics from University of Rochester. universities and places of worship. The first (in the USA) Halal Meal Plan was implemented during his presidency at Syracuse University.S. He and his wife Hollie have four beautiful children. Kose is married with five children and lives in New Castle DE. a non for profit educational ministry dedicated to share the mercy and love of God. Radwan acquired his early religious education in the old city of Damascus. New Castle. Murat Kose is Founder and President. his birthplace.B. He is the founding imam of Love God Congregation at al-Wadood mosque in Norfolk. Nurtel Telecom. He moved to the USA in 1987.A. seeking knowledge is a lifelong journey. board member etc. NE where he lives and serves as the teaching imam. To Radwan. Some of the areas that were covered during his journey of seeking knowledge are: the Science of Hadeeth (Prophetic Narrations). Usual al-Tasfeer (Quranic Hermeneutic). and became a US citizen in 1999. He has always being active at local community at various capacities as teacher/principle of Sunday School. He was the president of MSA both at the University of Rochester and Syracuse University.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Radwan Kouatli Murat Kose Imam Radwan Kouatli is the founder of Love God institute. Since 1997. Imam Radwan is married. with a major focus in marketing. Radwan is also the author of Live Your Life on Purpose. he served as imam with several congregations and delivered lectures and sermons in mosques. He along with his wife currently runs a volunteer tutoring program for elementary. Usul-al Fiqh (Science of Exegesis). DE He has performed extensive multidisciplinary research and founded several successful start-up companies . Syracuse NY. Rochester NY. graduated in 1991 with honors from the University of Central Florida with a B. middle and high school students at the Islamic Society of Delaware. He also completed all the requirements except dissertation for the PhD in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering in Syracuse University. 52 . has BS in Chemical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University. Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) and Aqeedah (Theology). He also coordinated settlement of Kosovo Refuges in the Syracuse Area.
and has been reelected on three occasions. and Who Ola Torgeir Lånke is a Norwegian politician for the Christian Democratic Party. M. State Department focusing on U. Mr. Kronemer is the Co-Executive Producer of the UPF films: Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet. Nike. He was the chairman of the Youth of the Christian People's Party.A. Bruce Lustig Rabbi Bruce Lustig. Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain. the youth wing of the Christian Democratic Party. the Executive Board of Israel Bonds of the Greater Washington 53 .theol. in 1977.H. he has shown community involvement in the Jewish Council for the Aging. including the Christian Science Monitor and the Washington Post. from 1975 to 1976.S. foreign policy and Islam. Ola Lanke Alexander Kronemer. and Disney. He has lectured to the National Council on U. Senior Rabbi is senior rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation. Islamic awareness and cross-cultural communication. having graduated from the MF Norwegian School of Theology as cand.-Arab Relations. Talking through Walls: How the Struggle to Build a Mosque United a Community. Kronemer has published essays in numerous newspapers and journals.000 member Congregation.S.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Alexander Kronemer Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think. co-founder of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) is a frequent writer and lecturer on religious diversity.S. On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly.L. In 2000. He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Sør-Trøndelag in 1993. He has appeared as a CNN commentator on several occasions. On the local level Lånke was a member of Trondheim city council from 1991 to 1993. Mr. Aetna. including during CNN’s historic live coverage of the Hajj in 1998. Outside of politics he has worked as a priest. Mr.. Harvard. A Prince Among Slaves: The True Story of an African Prince Enslaved in the American South. Along with the daily responsibilities of leading a 3. He has a Master’s in Theological Studies from Harvard University. Kronemer served a one-year appointment at the Bureau of Human Rights in the U. Allah Made Me Funny: The Official Muslim Comedy Tour. Since 1997 he is a member of the national Christian Democratic Party board.
Washington Times. An enthusiastic social worker. 54 .Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Area. In all settings. including the Wall Street Journal. contributing part of the American fabric. interfaith leaders. Edina Lekovic Mahmood A. including CNN. Madani As MPAC's Communications Director. December 2004. and the History Channel. and community groups. Madani is an Islamic scholar from a long line of Islamic scholars. Edina has appeared on national media outlets. Chicago Tribune. government officials. 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. Rabbi Lustig received a Bachelor of Arts degree (with honors) from the University of Tennessee. the UAHC Rabbinic Network on Youth Suicide. He is a pro-active leader of Washington's Interfaith Community and organized the nation's first Abrahamic Summit bringing together Christians. Bihar and Orissa. Since joining MPAC. tsunami affected areas in Andhra Pradesh. and flood affected areas in Assam. and the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society. District of Columbia Division. Edina represented MPAC at a United Nations seminar on "Confronting Islamophobia. the Mayors Faith Advisory Board. He holds a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Edina's work has also been featured in several leading newspapers. He is also the author of Composite Nationalism. Jews and Muslims for dialogue. BBC. Edina acts as a spokeswoman for the American Muslim community to media outlets. the National Liaison for National Day of Prayer." In 2003. Edina was invited by the Malaysian government to be one of two U. he has a long track record of providing relief and rehabilitation to the victims of man-made or natural disasters. Edina has also participated in numerous national and international conferences and interfaith dialogues speaking on a variety of issues related to American Muslims. which served as a precursor to the annual conference of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).S. and Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. In Maulana Mahmood A. MSNBC. undertook several rehabilitation projects in earthquake affected areas in Gujarat and Kashmir Valley. academic institutions. representatives to the International Conference of Muslim Young Leaders. He is a graduate from Deoband and is currently a member of the Parliament of India representing Uttar Pradesh.
manager. a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Dhaka University. Bangladesh and an International Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies from the European Peace University in Austria. He has recently started his PhD Coursework at University of Maryland. He is currently a resident Scholar at the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (Florida) and counselor to many National Islamic Organizations. holds a Master of Arts degree from the Aligarh University. 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. He served as Muslim chaplain of Howard University in Washington. India. Washington D.C. Sakil Malik Sakil Malik is the Director. 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. International Development Division at the International Reading Association. He also worked for SITBRAC Global Partnership and TAF Democracy Partnership Program. Inc.. Sheikh Maghraoui holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a master in Physics. D. Rose.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mokhtar Maghraoui Washington. College Park. Head of the National Association of Muslim Chaplains in Higher Education. a native of Bangladesh.. he has a thorough understanding of cultural. He taught at Syracuse University. and a founding member of the Muslim Advocacy Commission of . small-enterprise development and micro credit. As a development worker. Previously he served at the Shari'a Scholars Association of North America and Fiqh Council of North America. political. project design and planning. President of the Muslim Society of Washington. he served as a Program Manager for Capacity Building and Advocacy at World Learning for International Development.C. and facilitator with extensive experience in international and development management in the areas of NGO and socio-cultural development. cultural competence and workforce development. Previously.C.C. PRIP Trust (Former PACT/USAID Project) in Bangladesh. He manages multimillion dollar grant funded projects around the world. and the Advocacy Institute. Graduate School of Islamic & Social Sciences. organizational development. Sakil. CARE International. Union College and St. 55 Originally from Algeria. gender. D. Program Coordinator for Child Welfare League of America's International Office in Washington. D. trainer. Sakil is a development worker. policy advocacy. Dr. Johari Abdul Malik Johari Abdul Malik is the President of the Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations.
He is also the Director of Columbia's Institute of African Studies. He has been named as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by the US magazine Foreign Policy in May 2008. Al-Marayati has had the opportunity to speak to congregations at community-sponsored events. temples. Also. English. Iraq. His family left Iraq and immigrated to the United States in 1964. and Arabic. He then received an executive master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California-Irvine (UCI). a commission formed to improve access to city government. Al-Marayati was born on September 2. Al-Marayati serves as a commissioner of the Human Relations Commission in Los Angeles. Hindi. a public service agency aimed at disseminating accurate information about Islam to the American public. high schools. Maryland with his son Shafin. churches.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention economic and social issues in developing countries. Sakil lives in Laurel. He has been director of MPAC for the past ten years. and college campuses. 1960 in Baghdad. He later changed careers and served as a liaison to the Muslim community for Los Angeles City Councilman Robert Farrel. AlMarayati Mahmood Mamdani Mr. Senegal. Salam S. synagogues. Mr. He is now an American citizen. In 2001. Al-Marayati earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Bio-Chemistry from the University of California (UCLA). He is a former President of the Council for Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA) Dakar. politics and international relations has made him an important voice in contemporary debates about Africa. 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. Mr. Sakil is fluent in five languages. Mr. and promote respect. daughter Samreen Salam S. reduce discrimination. Al-Marayati worked as a process chemical engineer in the semiconductor industry for two years. he was one of nine scholars to present at the Nobel Peace Prize Centennial Symposium. At his present position. Mr. tolerance and justice. 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. Bengali. Mr. 56 . Urdu. Al-Marayati is the director and one of the founders of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). a committee formed to lobby Congress and the Administration to end the genocide in Bosnia. Al-Marayati served as a Board member of the American committee to Save Bosnia. Mamdani's reputation as an expert in African history. Sakil has published his articles in international newsletters and journals.
Yvonne Haddad and Dr. and founder of the ADAMS chapter of Homeschoolers Educating Assisting and Reaching-out Through Service (HEARTS). 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. Dr. the Society of Catholic Liturgy. The Los Angeles Times. Lououn Youth Soccer Association. 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. Martinez frequently delivers seminars and workshops 57 . and the Transcaucus conflict. He serves as executive director of the U. democracy. the All Dulles Area Muslim Society. in systematic theology in 1997.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention He has written extensively on Islam. The Chicago Tribune. and the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and and lectures around the country on topics related to ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. Martinez is the founder of the Ashburn-Sterling Homeschoolers group. Father Massa has long been a proponent of interreligious dialogue." Father Massa is a member of the North American Academy of Ecumenists.D. where he earned his Ph. She volunteers for the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The San Francisco Chronicle and USA Today. Father Massa stated "Together. Jane Smith).S episcopal conference's Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. She has written for Islamic Horizons and Educating the Muslims of America (ed. The LA Daily News. In an interview given last year. the Balkan Crisis. Middle East politics. designed to help parents new to home schooling. co-owner of the LIFE Homeschool group. human rights. the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington. Priscilla Martinez is a homeschooling mother of six children in metropolitan Washington DC. the Girl Scouts Council of the Nation's Capital. the National Association of Ecumenical Officers. and Upper Loudoun Little League. His articles and interviews have appeared on such prominent newspapers as The Wall Street Journal. The Christian Science Monitor. Father James Massa Priscilla Martinez Father James Massa is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and a graduate of Fordham University. He has appeared on radio and TV talk shows including C-SPAN and NBC.
Nairobi.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Ingrid Mattson. 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. Bridgewater State College. Kenya. Dr. Andrew D.. Mattson obtained her B. in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo in Ontario. New York and Chancellor of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. OH. Nairobi. Australia. 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. Guyana. She earned her Ph. 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. Bonita worked at a full service Domestic Violence Shelter in Columbus. Harvard University. Professor in Political Science. and Islamic legal theory. Sr.D. African Studies. Her publications include studies on slavery. Interpretation and Culture and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies (IGCS). Canada. Teheran. Oxford University. Leeds.A. Ingrid Mattson is the current President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and served as ISNA Vice-President from 2001 to 2006. and Sussex. The University of Chicago. and at other institutions in Cairo. Baghdad. Georgetown. Denver. Ithaca. Mazrui retired as the inaugural Walter Rodney Professor at the University of Guyana. focusing on Islamic law and society. Prior to her Ph. Previously Sr. Philosophy. In addition to his appointments as the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities. amongst others. 58 . National University of Singapore. Dr. Ohio State University. Colgate University.D. White Professor-at-Large Emeritus and Senior Scholar in Africana Studies at Cornell University. Mazrui has also been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago in 1999. In 1999. Humanities and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton. London. He is an Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Bonita R. McGill University. McGee received a Masters in Islamic Sciences from the School of Islamic and Social Sciences in 2004. poverty.
She participated in the Rape Education and Prevention Program and later volunteered with Choices. Jack Moline has supported many city programs and activities that focus on education and the greater needs of the Alexandria community. a social service organization serving the Muslim community in Greater Columbus and surrounding areas.11 Remembrance. Dept. Director Henry cancer Center. and he was instrumental in launching Operation Understanding. Sr. and he has been a respected advocate for tolerance and understanding in the City of Alexandria for 20 years. he has been an effective member of the Interfaith Counci. PA. Mohammed Mohiuddin Mohammed Mohiuddin is Chairman and Professor. Sr. KY and is also Co-Director Geisinger Cancer Institute. referral. Other volunteer efforts include being a volunteer with SARNCO (Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio) as patient advocate for rape survivors. and over the years. Jack Moline Jack Moline has been the rabbi of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria since 1987. University of Kentucky A. including the Call to Community. Jack Moline partners with other Alexandria clergy in their mission to increase tolerance and understanding of all faiths and peoples. which encourages respect. and training to both Muslim and Non-Muslim in an effort to bridge gaps to address the social issues in the community effectively. Bonita began her efforts to stop violence against women and antioppression work in her years as an undergraduate at The Ohio State University. 9 . Days of Remembrance. Lexington. 59 . a national organization addressing social issues and promoting social work and related fields in the Muslim Community. Wilkes Barre. 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.B. and cooperation between the African-American and Jewish communities. Bonita served as Program Chair for ISNA’s Domestic Violence Awareness Activities and developed a website on domestic violence for ISNA. Chandler Medical Center. 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.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). Muslim Family Services offers support. understanding.a domestic violence shelter in Columbus. of Radiation Medicine. and Martin Luther King Day.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and English from Florida State University. Nash Hadia Mubarak is a full-time doctoral student at Georgetown University's Islamic Studies department. Mikal N. Mubarak previously worked as a Senior Researcher with the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. Nash (formerly Michael Nash) is a native Newarker and a pioneering researcher on the history of Islam in the Greater Newark. In 2005-2006. NJ community. 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. Her research interests include the development of Islamic family law. In 2004. 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. He is a full-time faculty member in the Division of Humanities/Department of History at Essex County College. 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 received her Master’s degree in Contemporary Arab Studies with a concentration in Women and Gender from Georgetown University. he was a participant in the American Cities and Public Spaces Project. 60 . Islamic reform and gender issues in Islam.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Hadia Mubarak Mikal N. Mubarak was the first female to be elected as president of the Muslim Students Association National (MSA) since its establishment in 1963.
LEED certified with the US Green Building Council. Ohio. 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. She is also president and founder of The Pen and Inkpot Foundation. Professionally. Dr. non-profit with the environment. Her Art and Architecture are compliments. Uzma Mirza Uzma Mirza is a registered and licensed Architect. Mir has spoken widely regarding the options for peacefully resolving the Kashmir conflict. with three internationally distinct firms. She is presently working on a Library for the Lost Boys of Panyijiar. Ohio. including at conferences across the United States and in London. Brussels. South Sudan. Her Art is a spiritual Art called Pen and Inkpot. One of her visions is a Green Mosque for the 21st century. AYN Architect. writing and Philanthropy celebrate. She has been practicing for 13 years in the USA. Architecture. Dr. people and spirituality. 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.. Dr. She is a Muslim woman business owner building a social entrepreneurship of profit. she is principal and founder of a Sustainable and green Architecture practice called. NCARB and the US Green building Council. Mir previously also served as the Chief of Gastroenterology. Barberton.C. 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. Ohio. Chief of the 61 . Dr. Medical Director of the Digestive Wellness Center in Norton. a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa. Originally hails from Canada. Dr. Ohio. Presently. Mir is the President of World Kashmir Awareness. Ohio. of each other with the thread of philanthropy and her written work. In addition she is an Artist and a writer. with woman in mind. the AIA. and President of Summit Gastroenterology Associates in Norton. She is a member of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. Washington D. and Islamabad. an independent advocacy organization working towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict over Kashmir. as she phrases: ‘the stitching of a Sustainable human’. in mind. and Akron. with offices in London.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Ghulam N. He also serves as the President of the World Kashmir Freedom Movement. Dr. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Summa Barberton Hospital. Her spiritual Art.
Chile. Sr. She currently lives with her family in Herndon. MarJac makes proprietary investments in U. Sr. Dr. Mirza has been actively negotiating mergers. Inc. a Virginia not-for-profit corporation. (“SMG”) since 1998. Currently she serves on the MSA National Board as Exofficio while working as an Organizational Strategy Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. After many of the acquisitions. MSA National East Zone Rep (2005-2006). At the University of Maryland. Dr.S. he served as Executive Vice President of MarJac. of Sterling Advisory Services. the MYNA Advisory Board. VA. In addition. She was also a member of the ADAMS Center Girls Scouts for 12 years. and foreign securities and provides international business management services. Previously she served as Georgetown MSA President (2004-2005). Canada. Asma was a member of the ISNA Shura and MYC. Dr. Asma was Vice President of the MBA Consulting Club and was nominated by her classmates to speak at the MBA Graduation Ceremony. Dr. the year it was dissolved) of the Saar Foundation. (“Mar-Jac”) since 1995.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Asma Mirza Yaqub Mirza Sr. Mirza has more than 20 years of experience in stock investments and portfolio management involving assets ranging from $1-$10 million. acquisitions and sales of various sized companies and real estate projects located in different parts of the world. Since 1984. Turkey and Zimbabwe. MarJac and its affiliates operated in the United States. Treasurer (20062007) and founder and Director of the MSA Legacy Fund (2006-2007). M. and an active participant in the ADAMS Center Sisters Youth Group. the DC Eid Committee. since its inception. Dr. Previously. and President and CEO of MarJac Investments. Sr. Mirza also served as Vice President (1984-1994) and President (1995-2000. From 19871995. Dr. Egypt. Malaysia. Asma holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and Bachelors in Management and Operations Information Management from Georgetown University. Yaqub Mirza has been President and CEO of Sterling Management Group. Asma Mirza served as President of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) National for two terms from 2007-2009. Mirza has served as a Trustee and Treasurer and later as Chairman (198762 . Inc. 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. streamlining or expanding the same. Inc.
Haroon also maintains a popular blog. traded on the Santiago Stock Exchange. Haroon has spoken at numerous Muslim. a Chilean producer of juice concentrates.com). and has led educational and interfaith workshops to advance understanding and dialogue. Mirza holds a M.A. through which Gallup. in Teaching Science (1975) from University of Texas at Dallas. Avari. strategic direction. from University of Karachi (1969). Dr. in collaboration with the Coexist Foundation. His speaking engagements include the University of Pennsylvania. S. a Ph. which are registered with the Securities & Exchange Commission as an open-end investment company and managed by Saturna Capital Corporation. Christian and Jewish institutions.Sc.D. as well as guest appearances on CNN and NPR.muslimwestfacts. al-Hurra and The National (Abu Dhabi) among others. including Dawn. 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. March 2008). A French translation arrived in 2007. Qatar (2009). "The Order of Light. and is now an Advisor to the Board of Trustees of the Amana Mutual Funds. A contributing editor and end-page columnist for Islamica. Dr. and consultation on the collection and analysis of Gallup's unprecedented survey representing the opinions of more than 1 billion Muslims worldwide. Mogahed provides leadership. 63 Dalia Mogahed Dalia Mogahed is a Senior Analyst at Gallup and Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. In addition. the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota. a NASDAQ listed. She also . She is coauthor of the book Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think (Gallup Press. which won several Brass Crescent Awards (in 2004 and 2005). world leader of RAID technology and network management products from December 1988 until September 1999 when Mylex was acquired by IBM for $240 million.A. (“Jucosa”). in Physics (1974) and M. He also serves on the Board of numerous other companies. He served on the Board of Mylex Corporation.D.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention February 2003)." was released by Penguin in 2006. including wins for Best Muslim Blog and Best Writing. Haroon Moghul Haroon Moghul is Director of Public Relations for the Islamic Center at New York University. candidate at Columbia University. Mirza currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jugos Concentrados. directs the Muslim-West Facts Initiative (www. His essays have been published in a variety of media. He is a Ph. His first novel. He has been interviewed on Voice of America. The Friday Times and Tikkun. is disseminating the findings of the Gallup World Poll to key opinion leaders in the Muslim World and the West.
and an award winning author. Sultan studied Arabic and Islamic sciences on scholarship abroad and is the son of the late Imam Sultan Muhammad. Karachi . 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.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Haroon is married and lives in New York City. At an early age. His early experiences abroad and family tradition of activism have contributed to his focus on building bridges between communities by promoting common understanding. Deen Muhammad. is founder of Sound Vision. cultural engagement. Marriyam Moten Abdul Malik Mujahid Marriyam Moten graduated Dow Medical College . Karachi University .MPH University of Pittsburgh . Marshall University . PA Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine. Sultan Muhammad is a native Chicagoan. As the national coordinator of Bosnia Task Force. and social transformation. 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. nephew of Imam W. University of Tennessee. USA he successfully led efforts to declare rape as a war crime. and greatgrandson of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Dept of Medicine. Pakistan . He is also a board member of the Parliament of the World Religions. is a community organizer with a background in strategic communications and multimedia production. 64 . He publishes educational resources and is co-founder of a Chicagobased multi-media production company.
she will be working as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. After this period. Fulbright Scholar and a research associate at the Economics Research Center of the University of the Philippines.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Nasreen C. Florida. he was introduced to MYNA for the first time and became the Wisconsin/Illinois/Indiana regional representative. Nasreen C. insha Allah. she went on to live in the Philippines for nine months as a U.S. He is currently Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of South Florida Medical School. Rayyan continued to produce media for nonprofit organizations as a volunteer service. she studied a community-based. past Editor-inChief of Journal of the Islamic Medical Association of North America (JIMA). FL. Nasreen currently resides with her loving family in her hometown of Arlington. creating national webcasts and tv shows/specials. Dr. where she also served in the Americorps and on the board of the GW Muslim Students Association. Mustafa Media Institute. Tampa. Virginia. Rayyan was a member of Strive . and is the founder/chairman of International Institute of Islamic Medicine (IIIM) a organization of IMANA dedicated to research in History of Islamic Medicine. He is a member of Founder’s Committee for Islamic Society of North American (ISNA). After college. Husain Nagamia is Chief Emeritus of Department of Cardio Vascular and Thoracic Surgery and Cardiac Transplant Center at Tampa General Hospital Tampa. Nagamia has been actively involved in establishing and volunteering for a number of Islamic Organizations locally. Between 20052008. He has been a past president of Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA). He serves as Vice Chairman of International 65 Rayyan Najeeb Rayyan Najeeb will be attending Northwestern in the fall. nationally as well as Internationally. Mustafa earned a Bachelor of Science in accountancy and a minor in sociology at the George Washington University. During her grant. After establishing a MYNA chapter in Milwaukee. Starting September 2009. In 2007. Husain Nagamia Dr. interest-free microcredit program for Metro Manila Muslims who have fled conflict in Mindanao. Rayyan concentrated his talents as PR chair producing media and promoting MYNA among the chapters.
Khartoum. Jordan. 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. and is authoring a book on this subject. Ayman Nassar Br. Trinidad. 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. Sayed A. Brunei Darussalam and at Harvard University. Dr. 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. Ayman Nassar works for IBM leading endto-end next generation BSS/OSS application development for a global service provider. Nassar is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). and is an author of several books in the area of project management and leadership. He has lectured all over the world on Islamic Medicine including: USA (many cities). Pervez Nasim Br. Monterrey Mexico. U. Saudi Arabia.. He is also the Chair of the Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation (CITF) that is the Trust wing of ISNA Canada. 66 . Kuala Lumpur. first Interest-Free Home Ownership and Investment projects in North America. Nassar is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University and the director of the Fastening and Joining Research Institute (FAJRI). and he has been volunteering his time since its inception in 1980 in Toronto. Toronto. Riyadh.K. Br. Switzerland. Finance & Insurance (Takaful) Conference held in Ottawa. Pakistan. 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. South Africa. Qatar. India. and Ansar Cooperative Housing Corporation. He is a founding member and Chair of the Board of the Islamic Cooperative Housing Corporation Ltd. China. Libya. Pervez Nasim is a Bachelor of Commerce and a Certified Management Accountant. Nassar Dr. Los Angles. He also teaches project management and systems engineering courses. Chittagong. Dr. Tehran.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Society of History of Islamic Medicine (ISHIM) based in Doha. Houston. Qatar. UAE. Sayed A. Canada in May 2007. Japan. London School of Economics in England and at Crans Montana Forum in Geneva.
he has also studied the Arabic language. He has been volunteering to serve the community in various capacities. Nawaz worked as a freelance writer/broadcaster with CBC radio. He is originally from Afghanistan. He has been an activist and a student of Islam in the last 22 years in the United States.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Daoud Nassimi studies and recently earned his Ph. she coolly switched career plans and received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism from Ryerson in 1992. a co-production with the National 67 . board member. In 2005. marriage celebrant. Zarqa Nawaz Dr. counselor. DC (CCMO). He gives Jum’a Khutbahs in various Masajid. teacher. Nawaz’s documentary entitled Me and the Mosque. in Islamic studies. Nawaz. and lectures on Islamic topics at various forums in the DC area. He is a frequent and passionate speaker in different Muslim Satellite TV shows on the subjects of Qur’an and Islamic Thought. 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 in various capacities with CBC Newsworld. Dr. Other short film credits include Fred’s Burqa and Random Check.D. CTV’s Canada AM. Daoud Nassimi lives in Northern Virginia and he is the vice-chairman of the Council of Muslim Organizations in Greater Washington. and CBC’s The National. 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. and chairman. including as an Imam. Nassimi has a unique and combined educational background in engineering and Islamic studies. His PhD Thesis was on a comparative review of some English translations of the Qur’an. Unfazed. Besides his BS and MS in electrical engineering and working in the fields of telecommunications and satellite communications in the last 20 years. born in Liverpool and raised in Toronto. which debuted to large audiences and tremendous acclaim in 2007. 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.
Shaykh Muhammad has authored many books. IL.) from Indiana University Law School - 68 . African and Middle Eastern affairs. “Imam Nasa’iy’s Khasaa’es”. and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists. “Explanation of the Bayquni Text in Hadith”. Nubani also has a Masters degree in History from Southern Illinois University -Carbondale. Ashraf Nubani Ashraf Nubani is an attorney and Managing Partner of Busch & Nubani. Mr. Saudi Arabia. and co-principal investigator of Project MAPS. WI. and Ihsaan. P.D.  He has written extensively on Islamic. He received his law degree (J. Bloomington. Usool.C. Dr. Muhammad bin Yahya Al-Husayni AlNinowy began his study under his father. and senior Imam of Al Madina Masjid in Atlanta. A former deputy ambassador and head of chancery of the Gambia Embassy in Jeddah. Sayyed Yahya. Virginia. in government from the University of Virginia. “Imam Muslim’s methodology in Hadith”. and specializes in immigration law. such as: “Hadithi commentary on the Shamaa’el of Imam Tirmithi”.. IN. Mr. He delved further into the fields of Hadeeth and Ihsaan on the hands of various expert scholars of both fields worldwide.D. Muhammad is the director of the American Islamic Institute. the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies. memorizing the Glorious Qur'an and acquiring knowledge in many of the Islamic disciplines. was broadcast on CBC’s Rough Cuts. Nyang is professor and chairman of the African Studies Department at Howard University in Washington. some of which are being translated into English and published. Nubani is licensed to practice Law in New York and Virginia. He received his bachelors in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nyang has served as consultant to several national and international agencies and on the boards of the African Studies Association.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Film Board and the CBC. Nyang Dr. Sulayman S. He holds a master’s degree in public administration and a Ph. in Annandale. Hanafi/Shafi’i Fiqh. Georgia . such as Tawheed. Muhammad Ninowy Sulayman S. D.C. Dr. and many others.
liaising with the Refugee Processing Center. he worked as a Research Assistant at Streit Council for a Union of Democracies in Washington. and processing assurance forms. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Serban Popescu Yasir Qadhi Mr. in Philosophy from the University of Bucharest. he is also the Dean of Academic Affairs of AlMaghrib Institute. State Department Reception & Placement program. and left for the Islamic University of Madinah. review. he decided to pursue an education in Islamic studies. Shaykh Yasir Qadhi was born in Houston. Overseas Processing Entities. specializing in hadith studies. and B. one of the largest advanced Institutes of Islamic Studies in North America. coordinating human resources for USCRI headquarters and field offices. After working for Dow Chemical for a short stint. he is completing his PhD in Islamic studies at Yale University in New Haven.S. he completed a second bachelor's degree. and providing primary support to the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. 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 submission of family reunification sponsorship documents from USCRI network agencies participating in the U. In addition to his studies.A. Serban received his M. where he lives with his wife and four children. There. DC. Currently. Popescu’s main duties include collection. where he spent ten years. in 1975.A. 69 . Popescu began employment with USCRI as an Administrative Assistant. and affiliates. He speaks French and Romanian. Connecticut. in Nationalism Studies from the Central European University. Prior to joining USCRI. Texas. and then went on to complete an M. Mr. in Theology.A.
and the past president of Colorado Engineering Society. Mr. he has served as Vice President of one of the largest Mosques in the US. Before moving into his current role at University Islamic Financial Corp. Khurshid Qureshi is the past the president of the Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers (AMSE). the latter which he currently supervises. He served as a member of board of Directors of Islamic Association of Greater Detroit. Before entering the world of Islamic finance. He is graduate of Oklahoma State University and Stuart School of Business (IIT Chicago). Amjad's first foray into Islamic finance was as a field sales consultant for Guidance Financial Group. Kansas and Arkansas. now owned by Hewitt Associates. Quadri graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree from the college of Business in Information Decision Sciences. He worked on Y2K conversion projects for several large corporations. and CNA.. he worked in the information technology industry. including IBM. He has also completed Executive Management program at UCLA. He is a frequent speaker on Islamic & geo political issues on international circuit. 70 . Al Hilal Youth Camp. In the early days of the MSA. Dr. He then spent three years as a release engineer/project manager for Cyborg Systems. Arizona.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. which recently observed its 27th anniversary. McKinsey & Company. In his spare time. Mr. among other things. In addition. Oklahoma. he helped to establish chapters in Texas. Quadri helped form advisory councils of local imams and community leaders in three states and started two new offices. He also founded the first regularly scheduled Islamic youth camp in the USA. he served as the member the board of directors of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
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Ajmel Quereshi is currently Skadden Fellowship Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland and Director of the affiliate's Immigrants' Rights Project. While there, he manages a variety of cases involving challenges to local antiimmigrant initiatives and frequently testifies before the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates. Before coming to the ACLU of MD, he clerked for Chief Judge James G. Carr of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Mr. Quereshi received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2007, magna cum laude, and his bachelor's degree from Marquette University in 2003, cum laude. He has had articles published in the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture and the Human Rights Brief on a variety of topics including Islam and the Iraqi Constitution and recommendations to the Obama administration for changes in immigration policy
Dr. Saifur Rahman professor of electrical and computer engineering and the director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a director of the IEEE Board of Governors, and Vice President of the IEEE Publications Board in 2006. Dr. Rahman is a member of the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE.
Zeyba Rahman has been a producer/artistic director of live performances, television, film and forums for dialogue for more than sixteen years. She brings project management experience, gained as an executive on Wall Street, to bear on projects with cultural and educational organizations both nationally and internationally. These have included Asia Society, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the World Bank’s World Faiths Development Dialogue at Canterbury Cathedral in England, The 71
Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention World Millennium Peace Summit for Spiritual and Religious Leaders at the United Nations, and the Moroccan world music festivals in Essaouira and Rabat among others. In film, as a producer and partner for Jungli Billi Productions, she has completed production of Sawt-e-Sarmad: The Sound that Intoxicates Man (2004) and is in production with the documentaries NYC (2003-04) and Early Cabbage (2002-04). Dramatic feature film projects in development for Jungli Billi include Noor and a 14-part television series titled The Wandering Minstrel, a travel series exploring world music. As Chairwoman of World Music Institute, Director-North America, Fès Festival of World Sacred Music and its Giving A Soul to Globalization Colloquium, a public speaker and a producing partner for Jungli Billi Productions, Zeyba is deeply committed to the advancement of human rights and respect for cultural diversity improving the images of Muslims in America. Fatima started her career, working for ABC 7 in Los Angeles, where she refined her communication skills and contacts. Her work as a writer, field reporter and producer has been featured on many websites and newspapers throughout Southern California. Fatima has also participated in conferences for journalists across the nation. She is excited about her new position and feels it is extremely important for MPAC to have a major role in how Hollywood shapes their messages about Muslim Americans.
Hussein Rashid is a PhD candidate in Harvard University's NELC focusing on South Asian immigrant communities in the US. He has an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and a BA from Columbia College. In 1996 he aided Estonia in trying to establish commercial relations between Estonia and India, Pakistan, and Iran. During 2003 he worked with the Harvard ILS’s to create position papers on the draft Afghan constitution. He also advised a 2004 Democratic Presidential candidate’s foreign policy team on the religious issues in Iraq before consulting for a South Asia PAC. He researched the impact of 9/11 on Muslim adolescents throughout the US and Muslim blogs. In 2006 he became one of the Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow. His current research interests include the representation of 72
Fatima Rahmatullah- As MPAC's Hollywood Liaison, Fatima facilitates connections between the American Muslim community and Hollywood's film industry, both on the artistic side and business end. She works with writers, directors, producers, movie studios, and media outlets on
Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Muslims in graphic novels. He is an occasional speaker for the Interfaith Alliance, Faith in Public Life, and a teacher at the Center for Religious Inquiry. He is currently a visiting faculty member at Hofstra University. His media appearances include Air America Radio and CBS Evening News. He writes for Religion Dispatches, AltMuslimah, Talk Islam, Change the Story, and at his own blog islamicate (islamicate.com). Trustee Suffolk County Coalition against Domestic Violence. He is part of the Trustee Foundation of the Faithful, NY. He is a member of the Anti-bias Task Force of Town of Islip, Long Island, NY.
Ms. Sabeeha Rehman is the Director of Interfaith Programs at the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA). As a professional, Ms. Rehman has had a 25-year career as a Healthcare Executive and has served as a hospital administrator in New York, New Jersey, and overseas. Ms. Rehman has dedicated many years to the teaching of Islam to the Muslim youth. As a Sunday School teacher for several years, she taught Level 1 through Senior Level, including Contemporary Issues in the Young Adults Forum. As a member of the Education Committee for the Sunday School, Ms. Rehman was involved in the design of the Islamic curriculum of the Sunday School, selection of faculty, establishment of Muslim Summer Camp, and planning special events for young Muslims. She developed the first newsletter for the mosque, served as its Editor, and chaired the Editorial Board.
Br. Hafiz Rehman was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a pediatrician by profession. He serves as the senior Pediatric attending in two Long Island Hospitals and Chairman of the Performance Improvement Committee. He has been the Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at New York Institute of Technology, NY College of Osteopathic Medicine -- 1966 He has served as the Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics New York College of Osteopathic Medicine --- 1999 He is the President of IMANA --- Islamic Medical Association of North America --2008-2009. He is a life Member of APPNA. He has been the past President of Masjid Darul Quran in Bay Shore. NY He has served as a past President of Council of Masajid and Islamic Organizations of Long Island. He is a member of Bay Shore Interfaith council. He is an Honorary
and her bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations from Stanford University. UNDP. and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. where she co-founded the Global Policy Innovations Program. a Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. the Brookings Institution. Ruby covered President Anwar Sadat's historic trip to Jerusalem and the breakup of the Soviet Union. 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.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Nadia Roumani Nadia Roumani is the Director of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute. the Carnegie Corporation. and Moscow correspondent for The Jerusalem Post and The Forward. and a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs. Today. Nadia received her master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. 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. Nadia is the President of the Board of Directors of the Muslim Public Service Network. and a junior associate in Stiglitz’s office at the World Bank from 1999-2000. Between 2000 and 2004. a project directed by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz. and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. she has consulted for the World Bank. the Rothschild Foundation. Nadia consults regularly for several international organizations. and works in partnership with Georgetown’s Alwaleed bin Talal Center for MuslimChristian Understanding. He has served as New York and United Nations correspondent for the Jerusalem Post. and nonprofit organizations. Walter Ruby Walter Ruby has served as Muslim Jewish Relations Officer with the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding in New York since March 2008. UN Alliance of Civilizations. A strong advocate of MuslimJewish communication and reconciliation. foundations. and the New York Daily News. Among others. AMCLI is housed at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture. Ruby writes for many newspapers including the New York Jewish Week. Nadia was the interim director for the Women Leaders Intercultural Forum. Nadia is the consultant program officer for the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program. and the Principal of Roumani Consulting LLC. 74 . As a career reporter. Nadia was the Assistant Director of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue. the Four Freedoms Fund.
For the last four years of her teaching career she has been in an Islamic school. Since its establishment. and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS). she earned the National Board Certification. He is the currently chair of American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT). Dr. Saeed spearheaded the campaign against the USA Patriot Act that led to the California State Resolution SJR10 against the USA PATRIOT act. In 2000 and 2004. In 2000. in Political Science from University of Punjab. Agha Saeed is the Founder and Chairman of American Muslim Alliance and a lecturer in the Program in Asian Studies at California State University. which is the nationwide coalition of Muslim Organizations. Salahuddin’s relocation to the South Florida area with her family. the Islamic Horizons. Since Ms. MTA has sponsored five conferences for teachers.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Agha Saeed Louay Safi Dr. Patricia Z.A. 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. East Bay. Saeed earned his B. He also serves on the board of several leading Muslim organizations. 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). Plainfield. Indiana. and Ph.A. Current she is pursuing a 75 . Dr. she has given many volunteer hours. She taught students of various grade levels and age groups. in Rhetoric from University of California at Berkeley. Saeed was strategic force behind the creation of a first and second Muslim Bloc vote. Salahuddin Patricia Zahirah Salahuddin has been an educator for the past 23 years. She initiated the formation of the Muslim Teacher Association (MTA) along with other concerned Muslim Educators in 2003.D. Dr. including the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID). Pakistan and M. organizing community workshops and training opportunities for teachers in Muslim Schools.
Monem received the “20 Rising Stars” Award from Institutional Investor News. 76 . Monem is also the coauthor of a new book called “A Muslim’s Guide to Investing And Personal Finance”. was instrumental in locating the witness whose testimony led to Gucci Mane’s acquittal. Raised in Texas. specializing in federal and state criminal defense investigations. Boardmember of CAIR-WA and current Chairman of Peaceful Communications. Monem is active with the Muslim community in North America through ISNA. Monem Salam. In 2008. Monem Salam Rashid AbdulSalaam Rashid Abdul-Salaam is owner and president of Rasheed & Associates. Abdul-Salaam was a Presidential Ceremonial Guard in the US Navy. and has been involved in criminal defense investigation for more than 20 years. as there WZ rep. then as a representative with Morgan Stanley (suburban Dallas) until joining Saturna Capital in June 2003. 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. who the magazine feels will change in the industry in a positive way in the next 10 years.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. a non-profit organization which complete a documentary called “On A Wing and A Prayer”. and among other achievements. Mr. Saturna Capital’s Director of Islamic Investing and Deputy Portfolio Manager. a deputy sheriff in Littleton. Mr. Colorado. Mr. Scheib for more than 5 years. under 40. Boardmember of the Muslim Public Service Network. Abdul-Salaam has provided investigatory services for the Law Office of Dennis R. was born in Pakistan in 1972. The award is given to 20 leaders in the mutual fund industry. He worked as Chief Investment Officer for ITG & Associates (Dallas) until 1999. Salam received his degrees from the University of Texas: BA (Austin) and MBA (Dallas).
a non-profit organization in Des Moines. Since 2007.the Education committee. He has degrees in Islamic jurisprudence (alim fadil). Peace. and will join the weeklong Oxford Round Table panel at Oxford at the end of July. the State Government committee. Arabic and Islamic Studies. Prior to moving to Washington. He has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2007. Abdul-Samad also serves on the Health and Human Services Committee of the Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments. interfaith and youth coordinator. where he is vice chair. He also serves on the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee. Jihad was an inner-city high school teacher for four years. DC. the Labor committee. a native of Cape Town. Jihad has been an adviser to the IIC Summer Internship Program and a consultant on IIC projects to increase civic engagement within the American Muslim community. Abdul-Samad currently serves on several committees in the Iowa House . and university professor. and spoke at the Parliament of World Religions in Barcelona. Achmat Salie is a counselor. and a doctorate in business administration. Imam Salie has successfully Ako Abdul-Samad is the Iowa State Representative from the 66th District. South Africa. he is also the Programs Associate for the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association. Saleh Jihad F. peace and eco-justice advocate. He has earned graduate degrees from Stanford University's School of Education and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs. 77 . is an avid traveler and reader. Spain. Ako Abdul Samad Achmat Salie Imam Achmat Salie. Abdul-Samad is the founder and CEO of Creative Visions Human Development Institute. Previously. and the Human Resources committee.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Jihad F. Meeks (D-NY). Saleh is the Education and Judiciary Legislative Assistant for Congressman Gregory W. Salie will speak at Melbourne’s PWR on the intra-faith code of conduct in Michigan. Along with his legislative duties. Jihad is originally from Los Angele organized an international conference on Religion. education. In addition to his title as Imam. he had been a member of the Des Moines school board. and Conflict.
Subsequently. advocacy and media relations trainings across the United States. Beverly's interest in social issues spans most of her career. At Fleishman. Saylor has more than a decade of nonprofit political communications. a “Web Winner.S. she built and helped manage their social issues portfolio.” Saylor has conducted dozens of civic empowerment. In other lives. reconciliation and understanding. Latino and AsianAmerican ethnic communities as well as promoting dialogue and cooperation among the Jewish. using her expertise in "social marketing" as the foundation for the portfolio. Saylor played a role in advocacy campaigns drawing concessions from corporate giants such as Burger King and Bell Helicopter-Boeing. . Washington Post. an international communications agency. she helped design and manage the first U. at the U. and Christian faith communities. Muslim. Bev developed an eye care project while at the American 78 Marc Schneier Rabbi Marc Schneier is a leading personality and spokesperson for the Jewish community. 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. and media relations experience. Beverly Schwartz Beverly joined Ashoka as the Vice President of Global Marketing from Fleishman Hillard.S. as well as its Commission on Intergroup Relations. As one of the leading voices in the field of intergroup and race relations. MSNBC and NPR have sought Saylor’s opinions. The Philadelphia Inquirer named a Saylormaintained blog focused on the 2005-2006 reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT ACT. Fox News. CNN. "America Responds to AIDS" and simultaneously directed the Office on Smoking and Health's public information function. Center for Disease Control. Corey Saylor is legislative director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). he is at the forefront of the strengthening ties among the Jewish. education/prevention campaign for HIV/AIDS. News outlets such as the New York Times. Rabbi Schneier is President and Founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) and serves as Chairman of the World Jewish Congress American Section. Newsweek. legislative advocacy.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Corey Saylor African-American.
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). religion and international affairs. and Beijing. and religious freedom. and is Founder of IGE’s Council on Faith & International Affairs. He is the author of The U. MSNBC. including Doha. Ph. 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". He is a member at the Council on Foreign Relations (New York). and CNN. Seiple has appeared on BBC.D.S. He cofounded the National Security Internship (NSI). Military/NGO Relationship in Humanitarian Interventions and co-author of a new book. the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London).. George Selim Chris Seiple Chris Seiple. with an emphasis on getting and retaining girls in school in developing countries. Beverly has published articles and given numerous presentations around the world on social marketing and is dedicated to promoting the field. International Religious Freedom Advocacy: A Guide to Organizations. CN8. She is an Associate Editor of the Social Marketing Quarterly and a Steering Committee Member of the annual "Innovations in Social Marketing Conference". Hanoi. Fox News. the Naval Postgraduate School. Muslim-Christian relations. sustainable environments for religious freedom worldwide. Oslo. With a recognized expertise in national and homeland security U. is the president of the Institute for Global Engagement. foreign policy. Law.S. 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. Peshawar. on civil society issues and changing health and environmental behaviors when at the Academy for Educational Development. Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. with the Reagan White House.S. and NGOs.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Academy of Ophthalmology. and the Fletcher School for Law & Diplomacy. Central & East Asia. a selfprofessed "think-tank with legs" promoting George Selim is a policy advisor at the U. His many speaking engagements have led him around the world. humanitarian intervention. he the founded the The Review of Faith & International Affairs. Moscow. She has worked globally on the problem of education reform. an intensive nine-week summer 79 . After graduating from Stanford.
He is also a Board Member of the Faith and Politics Institute. newsletters. in 1980 he was the Founding Co-Chair of New Jewish Agenda.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention program that combines language. A Trophy for Bilal. She realized that Muslims need to write their own stories. Bahrain. He recently completed a Sabbatical assignment as Senior Rabbinic Scholar-inResidence at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. an interfaith. and has traveled to many countries in the Middle East. and an annual folio. Palestine. He isn't doing it by training soldiers. an American. nurturing organization that conducts monthly writing workshops. and present possible strategies for resolving them in a way that both Muslms and non-muslims alike can appreciate. Selim helping to build the next generation of Americans trained to combat terrorist activities. homeland security and intelligence seminars. the problems they have to confront. Beirut. 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. Gerry Serotta Zakia Iman Shahbaz Zakia Iman Shahbaz. bi-partisan effort to bring spiritual reflection to the work of the US Congress. Her dream of writing and illustrating stories for children was awakened with the birth of her grandsons. UAE. Zakia founded the (Muslim Women Writers' Workshop )MWWWI. MWWWI is a networking. in Sharjah. A Medal for Nabila. is a retired elementary and art school teacher. She is realizing this goal with the publication of her first book. He has a decades long record of activism in seeking solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. and Sharjah. where he directed the Hillel Foundation Director for 20 years. beginning in 1973 when he co-founded Breira. Rabbi Gerald Serotta has been involved in interfaith work through the Fellowship of Reconciliation (beginning with a reconciliation mission in 1975 to Cairo. Rabbi Serotta has been very active in community affairs throughout his career. 80 . but instead by tapping into a group of Arabic-speaking college students who want a career in public service. and is looking forward to the release of her next book. meeting and befriending people of diverse backgrounds. Middle Eastern studies. with a Masters degree in Education and a Major in Art. Through this internship. and on-the-jobtraining at DHS or the FBI. He has served on a numerous other Boards including those of Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal and Tikkun Magazine. Rabbi Serotta served as a university chaplain for 27 years. Damascus. Gerald Serotta is the Associate Rabbi at Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase. He currently serves as Co-Chair of Rabbis for Human Rights. North America. Maryland and served as Campus Rabbi at The George Washington University. UAE in 2005. Amman. She has taught in public and private schools in USA. and Israel) and the Interfaith Committee for Peace in the Middle East. She wants to present stories that illustrate the everyday lives of Muslim children and families.
Aside from his traditional practice focusing on estate planning.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. He has been active in the Interfaith Council. co-founding Masjid al-Islam. Zaid Shakir Zulfiqar Ali Shah Zulfiqar Ali Shah serves as the Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee. he settled in New Haven. He also did graduate work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. he accepted Islam in 1977 while serving in the United States Air Force. Islamabad. As an American Muslim who came of age during the civil rights struggles. While at Rutgers. He has memorized the entire Arabic text of al-Qur’an since childhood. He has a Ph. he has brought both sensitivity about race and poverty issues and scholarly discipline to his faith-based work. NCCJ and many other ecumenical forums since 1992. trust and probate matters in Southern California. After a year of studying Arabic in Cairo. Imam Zaid Shakir is amongst the most respected and influential Islamic scholars in the West. As Imam of Masjid al-Islam from 1988 to 1994 he spear-headed a community renewal and grassroots anti-drug effort. he led a successful campaign for disinvestment from South Africa. adjunct faculty at the University of Wales. He has taught as the full time faculty at the International Islamic University. He obtained a BA with honors in International Relations at American University in Washington D. of Islamic inheritance and Sadqa Jaaria. Shaikh speaks regularly throughout the country on the issue 81 . Born in Berkeley. D. and later earned his MA in Political Science at Rutgers University. Egypt. from the University of Wales. Thomas University and Florida Community College. and also taught political science and Arabic at Southern Connecticut State University. which serves as the highest Muslim jurisprudential body in North America. the Tri-State Muslim Education Initiative. Pakistan and. where he was ordained Rabbi in New York in 1974. and co-founded a local Islamic center. He is the current Executive Director of the Fiqh Council of North America. UK. He has been an instructor in the International Conflict Resolution program at Eastern Mennonite University. Masjid al-Huda. in Theology and Religious Studies. He then left for Syria to pursue Ahmed Shaikh Ahmed Shaikh is an attorney and principal at Ahmed Shaikh. St. University of North Florida. California. and from New York Theological Seminary in Pastoral Counseling. He holds Masters degrees from Hebrew Union College in Hebrew Literature. a professional law Corporation based in Southern California. Mr. and the Connecticut Muslim Coordinating Committee.C. Connecticut and continued his community activism.
That same year. Islamic law. His professional career begins in the medical field as a renowned scientist specializing in cancer genetics and molecular medicine. where he now teaches courses on Arabic. a translation from Arabic to English with commentary of Al Muhasibi's "Treatise For The Seekers of Guidance" was published by NID Publishers. Zaytuna Institute published “Scattered Pictures: Reflections of An American Muslim” an anthology of diverse essays penned by Zaid Shakir. For seven years in Syria. he and his wife Esther established the South Shore Islamic Community Center Since 1975. Throughout his career. He is President and Founder of the Islamic Inmates Correctional Association of America. and writing and speaking frequently on a host of issues. and briefly in Morocco.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention his studies in the traditional Islamic sciences. He also currently conducts Islamic prison ministry at Wilmot Arizona State prison in Tucson. and recidivism. he was concerned about the extremely disproportionate number of African Dr. In 2003. he was concerned about crime and its costs in human suffering. BA. serving again as the Imam of Masjid al-Islam. as a 82 . he immersed himself in an intense study of Arabic. In addition. California to serve as a scholar-in-residence and lecturer at Zaytuna Institute. Zaki Sherif Sidney Rahim Sharif Sidney Sharif worked as a police officer in the City of Chicago for 28 years from 1959 through 1988. He is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle Campus. M. his translation from Arabic into English of “The Heirs of the Prophets” was published by Starlatch Press. Majored in Corrections and Criminal Justice. The mission of this organization is to Reduce prison violence. Majored in Administration of Criminal Justice. he moved to Hayward. and the history and life of Prophet Muhammad. history.S. he graduated from Syria’s prestigious Abu Noor University and returned to Connecticut. In 2005. and Chicago State University. 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. he has taught Islamic principles. and spirituality with some of the top Muslim scholars of our age. In 1995. Sherif was born in Ethiopia and came to the USA as a young teen on a full academic university scholarship. American men who were/are arrested. Islamic law. and Islamic spirituality. prosecuted and imprisoned for crimes. In 2001. He worked as a police officer in both African American and European communities. In 2006. Quranic studies.
the American Leukemia Society and numerous other agencies. the American Heart Association. Osman A. Georgetown and John Hopkins Universities. Near East and South Asia. delivered countless Friday Qhutbas and conducted copious Da’awa activities. NY. Shinaishin O. Professor Sherif served as a medical and health consultant for the United Nations as a visiting scholar in Ethiopia. and since joining the NSF on the status of scientific research in the developing world. Albany. Environmental Protection Agency. and Program Coordinator. A. Dr. Research & Development Directorate. Sherif was president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at three different universities as an undergraduate and graduate student. molecular biology and cancer biology to medical and graduate students at three top tier universities in the Washington DC area. He currently heads Badr International Ethiopian Muslim organization headquartered in Washington DC. for North Africa. he has given numerous speeches. Near East and South Asian the Office of International Science and Engineering at the US National Science Foundation. in Agricultural Sciences from Cairo University in 1952. Davis and Berkeley in 1965. teaching biochemistry. India. He held positions at NSF since 1976 managing programs with India and South Asia and then with the North Africa. Dr. and a Ph. and Thailand. and as a professor. 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. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California.S. In his position as a leader in the Muslim community. the National Science Foundation. 83 . He also sat on a number of committees that reviewed grant applications. Acoustics Unit at Mechanical Technology Inc. the American Cancer Society. Sherif also received post-doctoral fellowships from Stanford. Much of his publications is on dynamics.Sc. degree in Agricultural Engineering from Michigan State University in 1960.S. He is well published and served on the editorial board of many scientific journals. acoustics. graduated with a B.D.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention medical doctor with a keen interest in oncology and cancer research. Washington. Shinaishin is the Senior Program Manager. received a M. He has also taught at Egyptian Schools before going to the U. 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. He was born in Egypt. He has been awarded research grants from national funding agencies including the National Institutes of Health. Prior to that he was Program Manager.
Dr. He also lectures on Islam and interfaith dialogue in North America and abroad. He received his PhD from UCLA and was a CISAC Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. Dr. Because of his devotion to the preservation of Islam in America. Bloomington. Siddiqi served as the President of ISNA from 1996 . and Chair of the Islamic Association of Greater Detroit (IAGD)'s Community Affairs Committee. Abdulkader Sinno Abdulkader Sinno is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University.2000. National Executive Director of the Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament (MIST). As a member and now Chairman of the Executive Board of Majlis al-Shura of Southern California. Since 1982. as well as his weekly column in Pakistan Link. Currently. Siddiqi has authored books on Hajj & Umra. he has provided Qur'an Shazia Siddiqi is an MA candidate in Art Therapy and Community Counseling at Wayne State University. England and later went on to complete a degree in Comparative Religion at Harvard University. he has organized numerous training programs for Muslim adults and youth. Dr. Ramadan and has published many academic papers and articles in encyclopedias and journals. Dr.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Muzammil Siddiqi commentary in a weekly radio program. Dr. He is the Vice President of the Academy of Judaic Christian and Islamic Studies at UCLA. Siddiqi has organized and participated in several national and international Islamic conferences on Sirah. His is author of Organizations at War in 84 . Shazia Siddiqi Muzammil Siddiqi received his BA in Islamic and Arabic Studies from the Islamic University of Medina. She is a member of the ISNA Majlis Youth Committee. Fiqh and Da'wah. Siddiqi also serves as a member of the ISNA Majlis AshShura and Chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America. 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). and a 2009 Carnegie Scholar. Saudi Arabia and MA in Theology from Birmingham University. Siddiqi works as an Educator and Religious Director of the Islamic Society of Orange County where he has served since 1981.
Lebanon with her Lebanese husband and two small children.C. A second edition of Israeli and Palestinian Voices: A Dialogue with Both Sides was published in April 2006. She and her family spent the next 8 years under the bombs and only returned to the United States in 1983. Siraj provides support to USCRI as an officer in USCRI's Matching Grant Program. Ms. and writes Arabic. reads. She interviewed Palestinians in refugee camps. She supervises USCRI’s volunteer and financial literacy programs. In May 2008 Scarletta Press published Cathy’s latest book Tragedy in South Lebanon: The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006. teenagers. She began at USCRI as a refugee protection researcher and writer for the 2008 World Refugee Survey. until civil war began in April 1975. In March 2002. and comparative politics. On behalf of NPF she co-leads trips to Israel/Palestine with Interfaith Peace Builders once a year. Bengali. He is a fluent speaker of Arabic and French and has knowledge of Hebrew. Cathy Sultan was born. along with a certificate in Refugee Studies from Georgetown University. conflict processes and state building. businessmen. peace activists and Israeli soldiers. immersed in Lebanese culture. Siraj has lived in India and Saudi Arabia and speaks. USA Book News awarded it Best Autobiography of 2006. Ms. Her collection of interviews was published in December 2003.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Afghanistan (2008) and Beyond and editor of Muslims in Western Politics (2009). He has researched and traveled extensively in the Middle East. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Middle Eastern politics. research design. She led a tranquil life. Cathy’s memoir of her 14 years in Beirut. A Beirut Heart: One Woman’s War. raised and educated in Washington. Cathy Sultan Tabassum Siraj Ms. As a former English instructor. Siraj taught collegelevel as well as Advanced Placement English in the United States and Saudi Arabia. Ms. Europe and North Africa. and Urdu. 85 . was published by Scarletta Press in November 2005. Siraj earned a double Master's in Public Policy and Arab Studies. teachers. In 1969 she moved to Beirut. Hindi. Cathy traveled to Jerusalem and the West Bank to better understand the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. politics of Muslims in the West. Sultan sits on the Executive Board of the National Peace Foundation. D.
He is the chief architect of Babul-Ilm project . Asia. immigration reform. from March 2006.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Samina F. he was Secretary General of the International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations (IIFSO) in which capacity he traveled widely through the former Soviet Union. Mohammed T. who has received over a dozen awards for community and peace building. Sundas is the founder and Executive Director of the American Muslim Voice Foundation (www. Dr. acceptance. Her focus is in youth leadership development. She is committed to fostering friendships among all Americans by bridging cultural and religious gaps. A naturalized American citizen. Syeed has been General Secretary of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS). Syeed. protecting civil liberties and constitutional rights for all. Syeed obtained his Ph. Sundas. Syeed resumed responsibilities as National Director of ISNA’s Office of . Sundas Samina F. Dr. mutual respect and harmony.amuslimvoice.A Web Resource for Weekend Islamic School. She believes through education and interaction we can build an inclusive and beloved nation where all of us feel safe and at home. Misbah and Saqib. Presently. Africa. Syeed Professor Taher is the President of North American Educational Foundation (a notfor-profit organization). he pioneered its transformation into the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Interfaith and Community Alliances. for last 17 years. he is the curriculum director and has successfully developed and implemented 86 Sayyid M. and Europe. civic engagement through volunteerism. is a resident of Palo Alto. in 1984. Indiana. served as its Editor-in-Chief (19841994).She is the proud mother of two young adults. Taher Sayyid M. Illinois. Dr. the Caribbean. in Sociolinguistics from the Indiana University at Bloomington. in Washington. Her dream is to creating a culture of peace.D. California . at the Islamic Foundation. one of the founders of the quarterly American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS). During 1984-1988. a national professional organization founded 31 years ago. He has served as the Principal of the Weekend Islamic School.com). As President of the Muslim Students Association of USA & Canada (1980-1983). and community and peace building. Villa Park. DC. and South America.
India.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention the curriculum for grades Pre-school through 11. “Impact of using computer simulation on students learning in a Technology based course”. and was a 2009 Storytelling World Resource Awards Honor Book. and internationally.S.S. Chicago. Currently serving her second term as President of CAIR-Ohio. Her second book. Illinois. 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. He is a Senior Professor in the College of Engineering & Science at DeVry University. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. in Computer Science/Networking from Northeastern University. His doctoral thesis is on. Addison. for the Weekend Islamic School. the 2008 Middle East Outreach Council Book Award Honorable Mention. Her third book. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Michigan. in engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University. Omar Uddin Omar Uddin serves as President of Muslim Youth of North America Northwest 87 . A Party in Ramadan. “A Guide to Reading Qur’an”. He has a background in chemical engineering with a Master’s focus on pharmaceutical operations. My Name is Bilal. 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 currently working on drug product quality issues for the Food & Drug Administration. 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 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. Asma Mobin-Uddin is a pediatrician. won the 2008 Skipping Stones Honor Award. and his M. Her first book. and award-winning author of children’s books about the Muslim-American experience. Asma frequently writes about topics related to Islam and Muslims. community activist. He is the author of a popular book. across the United States. Dr. Hyderabad. Her op ed columns have been published in newspapers locally. He is profoundly deaf and relies on a cochlear implant device. The Best Eid Ever. He received his B.
Visotzky served as collaborator and onscreen participant in Bill Moyers' ten-hour series. He traveled to Mecca. who also studied moral development at Harvard University under Lawrence Kohlberg. He is the former Dean of Students/Registrar at the School of Islamic and Social Sciences (SISS) in Leesburg. Iqbal Unus Iqbal Unus is the Headquarters Director of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). ranking Chaplain for New York's prison system for 25 years. and built on Visotzky's experience leading seminars in Manhattan with a mixed group of students. 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. 1997. and spread the teaching of Islam.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention University medical school. Cyprus and Europe in his sojourn to study history. Senegal. He also served as a principal consultant for DreamWorks 1998 film. His volunteer involvement in Islamic work began in North America as the 88 . Turkey. in capitals such as Washington. ministers. Spain (where he was in the first group of Jews invited by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia). is a Conservative Rabbi and professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary (NY). President of the Muslim Students Association of Atlanta.S. Umar advocated the hiring and assignment of Muslim religious workers throughout the U. Visotzky. This explored a modern incarnation of the Jewish theological traditions of midrash. He worked with rabbis. Visotzky Burton L. Virginia. Egypt. originally from Columbus. investigate world events first hand. "Genesis: A Living Conversation" (PBS. 1996). Warith Deen Umar Burton L. In 1975 he became one of the first two Muslims hired as full time Imams in prisons in America. priests. and Director of IIFTIHAR-USA. Warsaw. and imams to improve the life of our time. Rome. founded the National Association of Muslim Chaplains. Director of Child Development Fund (CDF). Imam Umar. Doha. 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. OH. South Africa. "Prince of Egypt. Later he served successively as Regional Representative. Cairo. Vice President. and President (in 1975) of the Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada (MSA). He helped build New York's Imam council. businessmen and professionals of various religious backgrounds. and Madrid.
His book Exclusion and Embrace. Recently he contributed the essay.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Miroslav Volf Siraj Wahhaj Miroslav Volf is an influential Christian theologian and currently the Henry B. especially about his anti-drug campaigns in his native Bedford-Stuyvesant. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale University Divinity School and Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. ethics. Zagreb (B. Volf was born in Osijek. Fuller Theological Seminary (M.A) in Pasadena.A). Imam Wahhaj was the first person to give an Islamic invocation to the United States Congress in 1991. and studied at Evangelical-Theological Faculty. He is widely known for his works on systematic theology. He has been a member in both the Episcopal Church (USA) and the Evangelical Church in Croatia. where he studied under Jürgen Moltmann. and University of Tübingen. Volf is formerly a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary Imam Siraj Wahhaj is the current Imam of Masjid Al-Taqwa in Brooklyn. He received his training from Ummul Quran University in Mecca and has become a world-renowned speaker on Islam. Imam Siraj has appeared on several national television talk shows and interviews. 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. Reconciliation and Justice" to a new text on the atonement. Stricken by God? Nonviolent Identification and the Victory of Christ. "Forgiveness. Among other achievements. 89 . Imam Wahhaj has been on the ISNA Majlis AshShura since 1987 and has also previously served as ISNA Vice-President. Croatia. He received high praises from the media and NYPD for initiating his anti-drug patrols in Brooklyn in 1988. California. conflict resolution. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the American Muslim Council (AMC). was selected as among the 100 best religious books of the 20th Century by Christianity Today. and peace-making. New York.
Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Khurrum Wahid Forbes magazine said. plan and Acts of Mercy. He also founded the Purpose Driven Movement. Jim Winkler Rick Warren As the General Secretary.C. California. troops from Iraq. a network of tens of thousands of churches from all denominations in 160 countries. a civil and criminal litigation firm based in Florida. including their global P. Winkler’s dedication to peace and justice is paramount. or Starbucks in impact. He has defended individuals and organizations. Iraq and Germany and traveled throughout the world with United Methodist’s efforts at justice work in Africa. Vizcaino & Maher LLP. a campaign that called for a prompt timetable for the withdrawal of U. Asia and Europe. Rick Warren is often called "America's most influential spiritual leader. which services those infected with and affected by AIDS. Mr." He founded Saddleback Church in Orange County.S. Jim is the top executive at the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society. as proven by his willingness to be arrested in front of the White House during a peaceful protest for the Declaration of Peace.E. which is now one of the largest and best-known churches in the world. Khurrum has testified on civil rights issues several times before various government organizations. He has trained over 350.000 pastors worldwide. having led delegations to the Middle East. including twice before the United States Commission on Civil Rights.E. Jim has taken his passion for peaceful resolutions abroad as well. Khurrum Wahid is an attorney and founding partner in the law firm of Wahid. including successfully defending three innocent Muslim medical students falsely accused of terrorism in Florida on the anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11. "If Warren's ministry was a business it would be compared with Dell." Rick and Kay Warren give away 90 percent of the profits from their books to charitable causes. In 2006 he was heavily involved in the “Declaration of Peace” movement. Warren gave the invocation at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in January 2009.A." 90 . Google. Calling him a "spiritual entrepreneur.
In addition. Shaykh Hamza is the first American lecturer to teach in Morocco's 91 . Certified Shaykh HamzaYusuf was born in Washington State and raised in Northern California.. Winkler is a member of the Justice and Advocacy Commission of the National Council of Churches of the United States of America. Mohammed has published several articles on disability related topics.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mr. He tried to find solutions from many challenges and did not let obstacles get in the way of progressive thinking and attaining independence. a member of the steering committee of the Campaign for a National Health Plan. 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. He is also an Accessibility Specialist and Founder of AccessAgain LLC. Saudi Arabia. he returned to the USA and took degrees in Religious Studies and Health Care. India in 1988. A. Fair Housing & ADA/ABA Guidelines from Harvard University in 2007 and Assistive Technology Applications from California State University in 2008. Mohammed Yousuf HamzaYusuf Mohammed acquired polio at the age of 2 and could not go to school until he was almost 12 years old. After ten years of studies abroad. He has traveled all over the world giving talks on Islam. USA in 1992. board member of the Churches for the Middle East Peace and a board member of Africa Action. He walks with the help of leg braces and crutches. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Osmania University. Universal Design. he became Muslim and subsequently traveled to the Muslim world and studied for ten years in the U. universal design and assistive technology solutions for people with various disabilities. a master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Wayne State University. which provides accessibility. E. In 1977. Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) certification from Housing University in 2006. he offers weekly commentary on social issues through the board's weekly enewsletter Faith in Action. USA. he has also contributed a book chapter for a book on disability and is currently working on his own book on disability. He came to USA in 1990 and associated himself with a number of disability related initiatives. as well as North and West Africa. a nonprofit organization that is working to empower people with disabilities in India. He received teaching licenses in various Islamic subjects from several wellknown scholars in various countries. He is the President and Founder of HelpHandicap Foundation. USA. board member of the Faith and Politics Institute.
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.N affiliated NGO which Yusuf Islam founded in 2000. He is active with the Catholic-Muslim Education Project and Play for Peace. and more recently in January 2007.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention prestigious and oldest University. He changed his name to Yusuf Islam and walked away from the music business to start a new life and raise a family. From 1968-1979. he performed as Cat Stevens and was one of the biggest solo artists of his generation. Yusuf’s latest album. He is also the Vice-Chairman of the Universal School Board of Directors. serves as the Chairman for CAIR-Chicago and has spoken at a number of national and regional conferences. David. he has translated into modern English several classical Arabic traditional texts and poems. he has served as the Principal of Universal School in Chicago for over 10 years. His pioneering work in education and tireless support for humanitarian causes has received international recognition. 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. After almost drowning in the Pacific Ocean at Malibu he received a translation of the Qur'an from his elder brother. Moonshadow. is in pre-production and set to open in London’s West End in early 2010. he undertook an ongoing search for peace and spiritual truth. Moonshadow. Wild World and Father & Son and selling over 50 million LPs. Shaykh Hamza currently resides in Northern California with his wife and five children. penning such classics as Matthew & Son. is the Program Chair for the ISNA Education Forum. Roadsinger. the Karaouine in Fes. the U. was released earlier this year to widespread critical acclaim. A stage musical based on his repertoire of songs. 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. His quest for answers was fulfilled and he embraced Islam in 1977. In addition. Following a bout of tuberculosis early on in his career. Small Kindness. 92 . a well respected charity actively operating in some of the poorest parts of the world. Yusuf Islam Safaa Zarzour Born Steven Demetre Georgiou. Yusuf Islam grew up in the heart of London’s theatre district. A well-known Muslim activist. the Mediterranean Prize for Peace. including being honoured with the 'Man for Peace' award in 2004 by a committee of Nobel peace laureates. the son of a Greek Cypriot father and Swedish mother.
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