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Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Zahid Hussain Bukhari ......................... 25 Shahid Buttar ........................................ 25 Sarah Cady ............................................ 26 Mas’ood Cajee ...................................... 26 André Carson ........................................ 26 Sami Catovic ......................................... 27 Robert Chase ......................................... 27 Owaiz M. Dadabhoy ............................. 28 Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo......................... 28 Mika’il DeVeaux .................................. 29 Susan Douglass ..................................... 29 Jean F. Duff ........................................... 30 A. J. Durrani.......................................... 30 Bob Edgar ............................................. 30 Maha ElGenaidi .................................... 31 Keith Ellison ......................................... 31 Mohamed Elsanousi .............................. 32 Gazi Erdem ........................................... 32 John Esposito ........................................ 33 Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur ....................... 33 Iman Faris ............................................. 33 Manzoor Ghori ...................................... 34 Ghulam Nabi Fai ................................... 34 Maryam Kabeer Faye ............................ 35 Fatemeh Fakhraie .................................. 36 Jess Ghannam........................................ 36 Safiya Ghori .......................................... 36 Linda Gustitus ....................................... 37 Steve Gutow .......................................... 37 Sara Hakeem ......................................... 37 Rabia Terri Harris ................................. 38 Mohamed Hagmagid Ali....................... 38 Asma Hanif ........................................... 39 Mark Hanson ......................................... 39 Waheedul Haque ................................... 40 Aziza Hasan .......................................... 40 Maher Hathout ...................................... 40 Abida K. Haque .................................... 41 Najiyah Diana Helwani ......................... 41 Leslie Hewitt ......................................... 42 Altaf Husain .......................................... 42 Lubna Ismail ......................................... 42 Ameena Jandali ..................................... 43 Rizwan Jaka .......................................... 43 Shaik Jeelani ......................................... 44 Jamillah Karim ...................................... 44 2
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Muhammad Nur Abdullah ...................... 5 Zerqa Abid .............................................. 5 Salma Elkadi Abugideiri ......................... 6 Swami Agnivesh ..................................... 6 Mansur Ahmad........................................ 7 Munjed Ahmad ....................................... 7 Sanjana Ahmad ....................................... 7 Akbar Ahmed .......................................... 8 Nazir Ahmed ........................................... 8 Safir Ahmed ............................................ 9 Saquiba Ahmed ....................................... 9 Sufiya Ahmed ....................................... 10 Assad R. Akhter .................................... 11 Mehmet Aktas ....................................... 11 Aisha Al-Adawiya ................................ 11 Mohammad S. Alam ............................. 12 Abdalla Idris Ali ................................... 12 Aman Ali ............................................... 12 Saqib Ali ............................................... 13 Shariq Ali .............................................. 13 Wajahat Ali ........................................... 13 Yasir Al Mahdawy ................................ 14 Salam Al-Marayati ................................ 14 Iyad Alnachef ........................................ 15 Zainab Alwani ....................................... 15 Shahed Amanullah ................................ 15 Dr. Mona Amer ..................................... 16 Patricia Anton ....................................... 16 Sadida Athaullah ................................... 17 Moutasem Atiya .................................... 17 Azhar Azeez .......................................... 17 Salman Azman ...................................... 18 Ihsan Bagby .......................................... 18 Mirza Yawar Baig ................................. 19 Owais Balti............................................ 19 Hazami Barmada ................................... 21 Jamal M. al-Barzinji.............................. 21 David Beckmann ................................... 22 Mirza AbuJafar Beg .............................. 22 Mohamed Rida Beshir .......................... 22 Isra Bhatty ............................................. 23 Yaser Birjas ........................................... 24 Kemal Bozkurt ...................................... 24
Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mohammad Karim ................................ 44 Merve Kavakci ...................................... 45 Yusuf Kavakci ...................................... 45 Asma Khalid ......................................... 46 Hena Khan ............................................ 46 M.J. Khan .............................................. 47 Muqtedar Khan ..................................... 47 Zeba Khan ............................................. 48 Suhail Khan ........................................... 48 Farhana Khera ....................................... 49 Riaz Khokher ........................................ 49 Richard L. Killmer ................................ 49 John Kiser ............................................. 50 Nsenga Knight ...................................... 51 Kasim Kopuz ........................................ 51 Radwan Kouatli .................................... 52 Murat Kose............................................ 52 Alexander Kronemer ............................. 53 Ola Lanke .............................................. 53 Bruce Lustig .......................................... 53 Edina Lekovic ....................................... 54 Mahmood A. Madani ............................ 54 Mokhtar Maghraoui .............................. 55 Johari Abdul Malik ............................... 55 Sakil Malik ............................................ 55 Mahmood Mamdani .............................. 56 Salam S. Al-Marayati............................ 56 Priscilla Martinez .................................. 57 Father James Massa .............................. 57 Ingrid Mattson. ...................................... 58 Ali Al’amin Mazrui............................... 58 Bonita McGee ....................................... 58 Mohammed Mohiuddin ........................ 59 Jack Moline ........................................... 59 Hadia Mubarak...................................... 60 Mikal N. Nash ....................................... 60 Ghulam N. Mir ...................................... 61 Uzma Mirza .......................................... 61 Asma Mirza........................................... 62 Yaqub Mirza ......................................... 62 Dalia Mogahed ...................................... 63 Haroon Moghul ..................................... 63 Marriyam Moten ................................... 64 Sultan Muhammad ................................ 64 Abdul Malik Mujahid ........................... 64 Nasreen C. Mustafa............................... 65 Rayyan Najeeb ...................................... 65 Husain Nagamia .................................... 65 Pervez Nasim ........................................ 66 Ayman Nassar ....................................... 66 Sayed A. Nassar .................................... 66 Daoud Nassimi ...................................... 67 Zarqa Nawaz ......................................... 67 Muhammad Ninowy ............................. 68 Ashraf Nubani ....................................... 68 Sulayman S. Nyang ............................... 68 Serban Popescu ..................................... 69 Yasir Qadhi ........................................... 69 Amjad Quadri........................................ 70 Ajmel Quereshi ..................................... 71 Saifur Rahman ...................................... 71 Zeyba Rahman ...................................... 71 Fatima Rahmatullah .............................. 72 Hussein Rashid...................................... 72 Hafiz Rehman ....................................... 73 Sabeeha Rehman ................................... 73 Nadia Roumani ..................................... 74 Walter Ruby .......................................... 74 Agha Saeed ........................................... 75 Louay Safi ............................................. 75 Patricia Z. Salahuddin ........................... 75 Rashid Abdul-Salaam ........................... 76 Monem Salam ....................................... 76 Jihad F. Saleh ........................................ 77 Achmat Salie ......................................... 77 Ako Abdul Samad ................................. 77 Corey Saylor ......................................... 78 Marc Schneier ....................................... 78 Beverly Schwartz .................................. 78 Chris Seiple ........................................... 79 George Selim ........................................ 79 Zakia Iman Shahbaz .............................. 80 Gerry Serotta ......................................... 80 Zulfiqar Ali Shah .................................. 81 Ahmed Shaikh ....................................... 81 Zaid Shakir ............................................ 81 Sidney Rahim Sharif ............................. 82 Zaki Sherif ............................................ 82 Osman A. Shinaishin ............................ 83 Muzammil Siddiqi ................................ 84 Shazia Siddiqi ....................................... 84 Abdulkader Sinno ................................. 84 3
................................ 92 4 ............................... 87 Omar Uddin ............ 90 Mohammed Yousuf ..... 87 Asma Mobin-Uddin ................................................................. 86 Mobin Tawakkul ................... 87 Warith Deen Umar ............................................................ 89 Khurrum Wahid ....................................... 91 HamzaYusuf ................. 88 Burton L.......................... 85 Samina F... Syeed .............................................................................. Sundas ..........Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Tabassum Siraj ....... 92 Safaa Zarzour ... 91 Yusuf Islam...... 86 Sayyid M............. 90 Rick Warren ...................................................................................................................................................... 89 Siraj Wahhaj.............. 85 Cathy Sultan ..................................... 86 Mohammed T................................ Taher ............. 88 Iqbal Unus ......... Visotzky. 88 Miroslav Volf ....................................................... 90 Jim Winkler ...................
S. Her consumer show. NOW. speaker.S. TV producer/director. She received “Norma & Wally Ausley Merit Scholarship for being “The Outstanding Student of Mass Communications” in her junior year at the college. blogger.A. Abid was also chosen as a young woman leader to represent College of Humanities of NCSU in the U. campaign maker. She has also worked at ARY Digital Network of Pakistan as the General Manager of The City Channel. He is the principal for the Al Salaam Day School and member of the Shari'a Scholars Association of North America.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Muhammad Nur Abdullah Zerqa Abid Sheikh Mohammad Nur Abdullah.000 people in three days to the Expo Center. Makkah. He received his B.. He also works as a marriage counselor. in Sharia at the Ummal Qura University. Congress in a conference organized by National Organization of Woman. NBC News as News Editor. She has successfully organized international trade and consumer shows. Prior to running her own business. Abdullah has authored several articles on family in Islam. writer.A. It drew 800. in Islamic Studies and is now a Ph.A. Abid has worked at the American news giant. marketing communication specialist. Medina and a M.D. Louis. Zerqa Abid is a social/political activist. Imam and director for the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. marriage and divorce. Senate and the U. based in the United States. 5 . Karachi. candidate. ZAPS Technocrats Inc. Zerqa Abid is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of North Carolina State University. He completed further studies at the University of Chicago where he received an M. TV production. editor. in Sharia at the Islamic University. event manager/organizer and CEO of her business. Abdullah is past chairman of the ISNA Fiqh Council and has been a member of the Fiqh Council of North America since 1982. and the concept of Shura in Islam. journalist. came to the United States from Sudan in 1978. “Expo Juniors. and her minor was Journalism.” was recognized as the first mega event and legendary expo for children in Pakistan. where her major was Mass Communication.
” as well as “Domestic Violence among Muslims Seeking Mental Health Counseling. 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. including mood disorders. brief guide for helping professionals entitled What Islam Says About Domestic Violence. while still a minister.” which is in the edited volume Change from Within: Diverse Perspectives on Domestic Violence in Muslim Communities. Since 2007. she has been part of Faith Trust Institute’s Leadership team. an associate of the original "Arya Samaj". In addition. She has also co-authored a Swami Agnivesh Swami Agnivesh. anxiety disorders. abuse. She provides individual and family therapy for a wide range of problems. Salma Elkadi Abugideiri Salma Elkadi Abugideiri is a licensed professional counselor in private practice in Reston.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention She is also a member of Golden Key International Society. is a prominent Arya Samaj scholar. harmony and interfaith dialogue. a Hindu reform movement founded by Swami Dayanand Saraswati in 1875. which continues to fight against bonded labour as a form of slavery 6 . social activist and a champion for peace. trauma. As co-Director of the Peaceful Families Project. he was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of the state of Haryana. he founded the Bonded Labour Liberation Front. and became the State's Minister for Education. He is the president of the World Council of Arya Samaj. In 1977. providing training to clergy and faith communities on issues related to domestic violence. and completed a post-master’s certification program in marriage and family therapy at Virginia Tech. she is associate producer of the video Garments for One Another: Ending Domestic Violence in Muslim Families. VA. a national effort with a focus on guiding policy and legislation that supports domestic violence survivors. and cultural adjustment issues. 1979-1982. In 1981. she provides educational workshops and develops resources related to domestic violence among Muslims. He is the Chairperson of 'United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary forms of Slavery' and also the Chairperson of Bonded Labour Liberation Front. She is also a member of the Interfaith Coalition against Domestic Violence. Abid is proud to accomplish all of the above while strictly observing Islamic dress code including head scarf and face veil. an organization dedicated to educating Muslim community leaders and members about domestic violence. She received her master’s degree in counseling from George Mason University. She has worked extensively with Middle Eastern and Muslim families.
Buddhist. Sanjana has been working with a group of "green Muslims" in the Washington. Jewish etc. Munjed Ahmad Munjed Ahmad received his law degree at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington D. 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. 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. Christian. Agnivesh is accepted as peace and harmony pioneer by all religious communities such as Hindu. Sanjana Ahmad Mansur Ahmad Mansur Ahmad. Over the past year and a half. Muslim. is an Associate Professor and Director of Radiology at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. and equal rights of women. such as their right to education and reading Indian scriptures. BDS. Jain. Human Rights Commission in Geneva. and suggestions to counter the bleeding of the society. DC area to explore the Islamic basis for environmental awareness and activism. The DC Green Muslims hope to encourage dialogue and action around these issues to create a more sustainable future for us all 7 .Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention in India. He has been testifying before the Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery at the U. PhD. Bahai. Ahmad is also the national Vice President of American Muslims for Palestine and one of the organizations cofounders. Ahmad's presentation will focus on the negative external and internal influences on the Muslim youths of India. He is an author of 10 textbooks for weekend Islamic schools. a movement against alcoholism. liberation of bonded labour activities. Dr. especially in the quarries in and around Delhi. Among Swami Agnivesh's immense contributions is his championing of dialogue and peace activities. Sanjana works on environmental issues in both her personal and professional life. He is also in the private pratice of law.C. Mr.N. the anti-caste movement. because of his efforts to build an atmosphere of peace and harmony in India.
“Journey into America. and Secretary Michael Chertoff on Islam and foreign policy. He is regularly interviewed by CNN. which was the basis of the BBC six-part TV series called “Living Islam. becoming the first Muslim life peer as Baron Ahmed. then Thomas Rotherham Sixth Form College. American University in Washington DC. he was also one of the youngest peers to achieve this position. much of his activities relate to the Muslim community. including Chinese and Indonesian.” He is the author of over a dozen award-winning books. He has advised General David Petraeus. Many of his political activities relate to the Islamic community both in the UK and abroad. Lord Ahmed took his oath on the Qur'an. Ahmed led one of the first delegations on behalf of the British Government on the Muslim pilgrimage of the Hajj. Lord Nazir Ahmed. to Saudi Arabia and has advocated 8 . Annapolis. and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. BBC. His most recent book is Journey into Islam and his current project. Harvard. and Fox News and has appeared several times on the “Oprah Winfrey Show. As a Muslim peer. and Cambridge Universities and is considered “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC. both at home and internationally. Pakistan) but soon after his birth his family migrated to the UK. Ahmed was born in Mirpur (Azad Kashmir. He attended Spurley Hey Comprehensive School.” His books have been translated into many languages. including Discovering Islam. He studied Public Administration at Sheffield Hallam University and joined the Labour Party when he was 18 years old.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Akbar Ahmed Nazir Ahmed Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is currently the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies. Baron Ahmed (born 1958) is a member of the House of Lords. CBS. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke.” is an unprecedented study based in fieldwork of Muslims in America. having become the United Kingdom's first Muslim life peer in 1998. the First Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the US Naval Academy. In 1998 Ahmed was appointed to the House of Lords. where he was brought up. At the age of 40. of Rotherham in the County of South Yorkshire. He has taught at Princeton.
Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention legislation against religious discrimination. As well as being an active figure in the Indian Subcontinent. Lord Ahmed was among the founders of The World Forum. an opposition Conservative. including the The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi and Caesarean Moon Births as well as his articles for Seasons Journal and other publications. 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. 9 . Her work history spans beyond US boundaries. Born in the region. to international bodies such as his board membership on the SAARC Foundation. the US. Among the authors he has edited are Markos Moulitsas Zuniga of DailyKOs. allowed her class to name a teddy bear Muhammad. and has spoken several times on issues of race. religion and gender.S. In November 2007 Ahmed was involved in a diplomatic effort to secure the release of Gillian Gibbons from custody in Sudan. At home. cultures and civilizations based on tolerance. the former states of the USSR and the Far East. Safir is also an independent book editor and editorial consultant and has been a journalist for more than 20 years. George Lakoff of UC-Berkeley and Glenn Greenwald of Salon magazine Saquiba Ahmed Saquiba Ahmed is Connecting Cultures' Vice President for Business Development. Ahmed has a personal interest in seeing a peaceful resolve to the ongoing bloody dispute in Kashmir and seeks international mediation to achieve this. Ahmed speaks on wider equality issues. to the Chechens and Palestinians. from Britain's ruling Labour Party. He is seen as one of the leaders of the Muslim community. she utilized her conflict resolution skills to negotiate and mediate disputes between mission consultants and local project managers. working for the World Bank. visited Khartoum and had a meeting with the President of Sudan. Lord Ahmed. Gillian Gibbons. meeting with heads of state to discuss their respective problems and how he may be able to assist them. Africa. Senate campaign in 2004. Safir Ahmed Safir Ahmed has been the Executive Director of Zaytuna since June. he has worked on the plight of Muslims around the world ranging from the collapse of former Yugoslavia. The teacher. international terrorism and forced marriages. and Baroness Warsi. 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. 2008 and since 2005 has overseen the Publications division at Zaytuna where he helped edit Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s writings. Eastern Europe. He has been on many delegations to the Arab world. He has served on the boards of various nonprofits and was a Communications Director for a U. On international assignments. Following this the President pardoned Ms Gibbons and she was allowed to return to the UK.
Saquiba’s research interests lie within Industrial and Organizational Psychology. a four year relationship uniting corporate America to create a safe haven for executive women of color. a Muslim charity led by HRH Prince Charles. an event organised by the ruling Sheikh to encourage Arab children to the joys of reading. communications. Currently Sufiya is acting as a judge in the children’s category at the 2009 MWA with Penguin editors and she has just returned from participating in the international Abu Dhabi book fair. 10 . A graduate of the University of Maryland. with a focus on cross cultural communications. Her new book. she was primarily responsible for managing programs and events for diverse external partners. and delivers her own creative writing workshops in schools.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. and managing the vendor. the former of which was shortlisted in the Best Published Book Category at the 2008 Muslim Writers Awards in London. Saquiba also served as the Sodexho Relationship Manager for Working Mother Media. Saquiba is a Certified Trainer for Diversity Awareness for Frontline Employees. BIBI Publishing. Sufiya Ahmed Sufiya Ahmed set up her own company. ‘Zahra’s Trip to Misr’ is scheduled for release in September 2009. corporate leaders and diversity professionals to speak and work openly on the most crucial issues.000 people in eight villages. As an HR Generalist for Corporate Human Resources reporting to the Vice President of Human Resources. She is also part of Mosaic. Sufiya’s published novels include ‘Zahra’s First Term at the Khadija Academy’ and ‘Zahra’s Great Debate’. College Park. Within Sodexo she was a member of all the network groups and is a founding members of the Pan Asian Network Group (PANG). resulting in a benchmark of best practices for America's companies to examine and adopt. 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. to bring the Zahra series to the market which follows the adventures of a young British Muslim girl. and implementation of Sodexo’s nationwide Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Program.
Cross-Cultural Understanding. Mehmet Aktas Mehmet Atkas is President of Religious Counsel. Akhter current President of the Congressional Muslim Staff Association (CMSA). Apart from his official legislative duties. an organization of Muslim women which focuses on human rights and social justice. Ms. symposia and other forums on Islam. Gender Equity. Assad worked directly with the NJ AFL-CIO to organize and mobilize over one million labor workers which led to the election of Jon Corzine (DNJ) as Governor in New Jersey and an increase in the majority for Democrats in the State Assembly. He moved to USA in 1980 and has spend most of his time as and imam first at the Turkish Society of Rochester. She also coordinates Islamic 11 . Rochester. He retired from active imam duties and periodically visits various masajid to give speeches. He has also spent a substantive amount of time working on political campaigns throughout America.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Assad R. He provided material assistance to and campaigned with both Reps. In 2005. Turkey. 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. NY. 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 is married with three children and lives in Boston MA. 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. United American Muslim Association. 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. and represents Muslim women in United Nations forums as a Non-Governmental Organization. Kemal Aktas was born in Corum. and then Islamic Cultural Center of Rochester. Brooklyn NY. al-Adawiya organizes and participates in conferences. respectively. Assad serves as the Aisha AlAdawiya Aisha Al-Adawiya is the Founder and Executive Director of Women In Islam Inc. 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. Assad R. Conflict Resolution.
he developed and implemented Islamic and Arabic Studies curricula for elementary and junior high students. and has served as ISNA’s President from 1992-1997. Ms. a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IoP. a networking group for Muslim journalists. Alam is a Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of South Alabama. He serves as a member on the Board of Trustees for the Islamic Teaching Center (ITC) and North American Islamic Trust. Alam Dr. Aman Ali Aman Ali is a reporter for USA Today and a board member of the Muslim American Journalists Association. Sheikh Abdalla Idris co-organized the Canadian Islamic Banking conferences for 1996 and 1997. Ms. 12 . His expertise is in the area of Islamic education and Islamic Schools in North America. al-Adawiya specializes in developing educational forums on human rights and social justice. 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. a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET. As an ISNA School principal. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). interfaith initiatives. alAdawiya is a guest host and producer on Tahrir. and peace-building. UK). Ms. UK). a Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). 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. Al-Adawiya serves on numerous boards related to the interests of the global Islamic community. Abdalla Idris Ali is a public speaker and fund-raiser. Abdalla Idris Ali Mohammad S. She also serves as a consultant to numerous interfaith organizations and documentary projects on the Muslim American experience. crosscultural understanding.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention input for the Preservation of the Black Religious Heritage Documentation Project of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. He has written various articles in Islamic Horizons and is a member of the ATP Editorial Board. WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York City. He is also a frequent guest on many talk shows in the New York City area offering his political insight. Mohammad S.
is the first 13 . 11.” Ali’s election is also seen as evidence of another American minority moving towards civic empowerment by participating in the political process. and is pursuing post-graduate studies. MI. ventilation and air conditioning) and plumbing systems. Ali is of Indian and Pakistani descent and having elected both Ali and Kumar P. whose play. holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering.domesticcrusaders. “Maryland became the first state to send two South Asians to the state legislature”. where he contributes to the engineering and design of high performance HVAC (heating. Recently Mr. as “He is the first Muslim in the Maryland State legislature. "The Domestic Crusaders [www. Barve (for the 17th District). He currently lives with his wife in Dearborn Heights. blogger and Attorney at Law. and assessing energy conservation measures on new and existing buildings. and www. Wajahat Ali Wajahat Ali is a playwright. having been elected to represent the 39th District in the 2006 elections. Ali has been involved on volunteer projects such as Masjid planning.GotIslam. Ali is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a product of the Islamic community of greater Detroit. and retail facilities. Shariq Ali. LEED AP. humorist. financing for minor Masjid renovations. Mr. EIT is a Mechanical Engineer at URS Corporation. journalist.com]. This was seen as part of Asian Americans displaying “political clout beyond traditional strongholds in California and Hawaii. Currently he is involved in designing health care.com.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Saqib Ali Shariq Ali Saqib Ali is a State Delegate in the Maryland House of Delegates. transit.” 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. 2001.
com) is ranked in the top 7% of all political blogs and recently rated "Great" by blogged. He values working at USCRI Albany because it allows him to provide services to new comers to the U. and has been featured on C-SPAN and NBC. he worked for the Japanese Embassy.wordpress. Al Mahdawy was born in Iraq in March of 1973 and grew up in Baghdad in the same house his family lives in today." was published in the anthology "Pow Wow" published by Perseus/De Capo Press. democracy." was a finalist for the LinkTV Muslim American Film Contest. Salam Al-Marayati serves as the Executive Director of MPAC. He was also recently honored as a "Muslim Leader of Tomorrow" for his journalism. He has appeared on radio and TV talk shows. and Huffington Post. including The Dennis Miller Show. His first movie. he fled Iraq and lived in Jordan for more than one year before being approved for resettlement in the United States. His blog. temples. human rights. The Guardian. Judgments. the United Nations and a French NGO. The Chicago Tribune. and college campuses. "Ramadan Blues.S. He acted as a translator and liaison for the other Iraqi families that were being resettled in Albany. After completing his engineering degree from Baghdad University College of Engineering.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention major play about the American Muslims experience making its New York premiere on 9-11-09 at the world famous Nuyorican Theater. He is an Associate Editor of Altmuslim. Finally in May 2008 he started working as Reception and Placement Case Manager at the agency. He served as co-chair of the Interfaith Coalition to Heal Los Angeles. which formed as a result of the Los Angeles uprising in the Summer of 1992. and the Transcaucus conflict. NY. churches. Tonight with Deborah Norville. and shortly thereafter he began volunteering with USCRI Albany. The LA Daily News. The Los Angeles Times. For the past 16 years. His articles and interviews have appeared on such prominent newspapers as The Wall Street Journal. and a contributing editor to the award winning Illume Magazine He is a contributor to the Washington Post. After June 2006. high schools.com. In late 2007 he arrived in Albany. Salam AlMarayati Yasir Al Mahdawy Mr. "Ms. "Goatmilk: An Intellectual Playground" (goatmilk. He was honored as an "An Influential Muslim American Artist" by the State Department and invited to their Annual Ramadan dinner. He is the recipient of Muslim Public Affairs Council's prestigious "Emerging Muslim American Artist" Award `of 2009. Politically Incorrect. the Balkan Crisis. synagogues. He has written extensively on Islam. The San Francisco Chronicle and USA Today. Salam also 14 . the leading American Muslim online magazine. Middle East politics. The Christian Science Monitor.com. Salam has had the opportunity to speak to congregations at community-sponsored events. Salam has also been deeply involved in interfaith activities. His first short story.
During that period. Los Angeles Times. San Francisco Chronicle. include: Al Qazali and his Methodology in Fiqh legislation. San Jose Mercury News. Her research interests have focused on Islamic studies (Fiqh & Usul al fiqh). What Islam Says about Domestic Violence: A Guide for Helping Muslim Families. the 15 . She is a Board Member on different academic. BeliefNet. an online newsmagazine covering issues related to Islam in the West.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention works as an advisor to several political. Named by Islamica Magazine as one of “Ten Young Muslim Visionaries. 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. National Public Radio. She has developed Quranic models through various courses toward building "Quranic family structure". events and programs in that area. New York Times. and Family and Women's issues. educational.com. Aisha’s Commentaries and Their Methodological Premises in Hadith Sciences. he organized about several youth camps. CNN Headline News. and others. Between January 1999 and September 2005. Iyad Alnachef Iyad Alnachef earned his Masters in Youth Development from Michigan State University. A few of her publications Shahed Amanullah is an award-winning journalist and editor-in-chief of altmuslim. Currently. and social organizations. and the Voice of America.” he writes and speaks regularly about the challenges and opportunities facing Islam in the West. Iyad worked as an Islamic Studies/Arabic Teacher. Iyad joined ISNA since August 2006 as the Director of the Youth Programming and Services Department. civic and academic institutions seeking to understand the role of Islam and Muslims in America and throughout the world. BBC News. His work and writings have been featured in Newsweek. Ms. and youth program director in several Islamic Centers in Michigan and Ohio. Alwani also teaches Women and Family in Quran at GSISS. language and the culture at previous institutes. Washington Post. 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. Shahed Amanullah Zainab Alwani Zainab Alwani is a PhD candidate in Islamic Studies. youth leader. Christian Science Monitor. She has developed courses in Arabic Studies examining the link between Islamic Philosophy. His television appearances include “Nightline with Ted Koppel”. For the period between October 2005 and August 2006.
He is also a general partner in Zakat Community Ventures. Shahed has served as a board member of the United Muslims of America. the world’s largest database of Halal restaurants and markets. Mona Amer is an Assistant Professor at The American University in Cairo and Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University School of Medicine.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention “Today Show”. signature properties include zabihah.” Shahed is also the founder of Halalfire Media LLC. a network of Islamic-themed websites with over 6 million annual visitors.com. Along with altmuslim. UK. an extensive list of reviewed mosques and schools in Muslim-minority countries. followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Program Originally from Medina. Dr. a comprehensive guide to Islamic ecommerce. Patricia was awarded a Graduate Fellowship in NonProfit Management and Governance through 16 . She has been invited to give keynote talks in the US. unitedmuslims. and the Muslim Youth Camp of California. German National Radio. Ohio. Ohio.org. She has gained widespread recognition for developing cultural competence training curriculums for social service providers working with Muslims and Arabs. for Recovery and Community Health as the sole recipient of the 2005-7 American Psychological Association’s (APA) Minority Fellowship Program SAMHSA postdoctorate award. salatomatic. the first “venture philanthropy” fund dedicated to promoting Islamic charitable values. as well as a Yale Child Study Center study of Arab Muslim youth identity. where she received her BA in International Studies. She was awarded the prestigious APA Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology for her work with Muslim and Arab Americans. Her research focuses on stress and mental health among Arab Americans in the post 9/11 era. Dr. and halalapalooza. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Toledo. and a USA Today cover story.com. a resource for civic engagement. and her research has been featured in international radio and print media including leading Arabic newspaper Asharq Alawsat. Mona Amer Patricia Anton Dr. and “Hannity & Colmes. the Muslim Public Service Network. Patricia Anton accepted Islam in 1997 as a student at Ohio State University.com. Amer is Editorin-Chief for the scientific Journal of Muslim Mental Health and consults for state and federal agencies. and Middle East.com.
and has continued her graduate studies at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Maryland. Islamic Relief. she is a founding member of the Muslim Peace Fellowship and sits on its board. is the literary executor of the great 20th century Islamic scholar Dr. earned an MA in Islamic Studies from Cordoba University. and Friday khutbahs on a regular basis for the past 10 years. speaking engagements. has been actively involved in the Maryland and Metropolitan DC communities through classes. the International Institute of Islamic Thought. and Shaykh Muhammad bin Yahya AlNinowy. She has also worked on contract with the United States Institute of Peace. As a mobile institution providing higher learning to Muslim Americans.G. MD with his wife and son.” Project L.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Indiana University. George Mason University. Anton has worked for several Muslim organizations including The Islamic Society of North America. She has also studied Arabic at Yarmouk University in Jordan. Azhar Azeez Sadida Athaullah. Moutasem established the AlMadina Institute. Shaykh Mohsen An-Najjar. Regularly involved in peace and justice issues. and the Institute for Defense Analysis. (Learning Islamic Guidance on Human Tolerance). Moutasem Atiya. where she has served as board member.T. She has contributed to developing trainings and manuals for “Say Peace: An Islamic Model of Conflict Resolution. Athaullah holds an Master's degree in Education and works for the public school system of western Maryland. He has bachelors in Finance from Osmania University and a 17 . an IT professional and Islamic activist. AlMadina Institute uses time tested methods to ensure appropriate transmission of knowledge and infuse its practical application in daily lives. Moutasem currently resides in Columbia. Anton is co-founder of Medina Center in Bethesda. born and raised in Hyderabad. INDIA and has been living in US since 1995. Azhar Azeez was born in 1971 in HYDERABAD. India. Muhammad Hamidullah and Director of the Muhammad Hamidullah Center. Br. and the Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger. She has also served on the board of Asia Relief. He has studied the Islamic Sciences from three of the luminaries of our time. which opened its doors in 2008. Moutasem Atiya Sadida Athaullah Br.H.I. Br. Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui. and Cordoba University.
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. regional and national Islamic organizations.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and currently is pursuing his PhD in Islamic studies. Salman Azam is one of the founders of the Lakeshore Law Group LLP and is the Managing Partner of the firm. TX. He has made several media appearances and was interviewed by many local and national T. He speaks regularly on local & national radio programs and has written for various newspapers and magazines. groups within the firm. 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. American General Life and Capital One. NBC. CNN. especially those in the South Asian community. USA today. He is the founder & moderator of the weekly global e-mail newsletter which goes out to over 15. For last 14 years he worked for major US corporations such as General Electric. Mr. Texas one of the large mosques in the suburbs of Dallas. Azam then set out to create a brand new firm focused on the needs of small businesses and professionals. Mr. TX. he worked as an associate at a prominent Chicago corporate law firm. Associated Press. He is married and has two kids and currently resides in Dallas. Today Lakeshore Law Group LLP represents many prominent physicians.000 subscribers every week on issues related to Islam & Muslims. stations and newspapers such as affiliates of CBS. After graduating from DePaul University School of Law. FOX. ABC. He is a regular speaker and a fundraiser for various local. small and medium-sized businesses in the Chicago area and across the country. Dallas Morning news etc. PBS KERA. KDTN. He coordinates the Corporate and Transactional 18 . 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. Ihsan Bagby Salman Azman Ihsan Bagby is currently the Associate Professor Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky. He was also a founding member & past President of Council on American Islamic Relations – Dallas/ Fort Worth Chapter.V.
competence. Yawar has instilled leadership and management fundamentals within many local. He transcends cultural boundaries by blending Eastern values with Western systems. He served a term as the President of the Muslim Students Association during his time at Georgetown. with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. lectures. enabling the critical transition from being ‘Person-driven to becoming Process-driven’ to create Enduring Leadership. the Qurtuba Institute. Yawar also works as a life coach and mentor for prominent family businesses in India and South Africa. VA. which provides classes. Owais is a graduate of Georgetown University. in Sterling. Amnah Taufique. Trainer and Facilitator specializing in Leadership in Family Business. His parents. Drs. International Speaker. He currently lives with his wife. Yawar’s Enduring Leadership program shows business families how to grow. 19 . tourism marketing and teaching which gives him the advantage of speaking from the perspective of a practitioner and not merely as a theorist. yet stay together. Yawar brings to bear his varied experience in bauxite mining. Thanks to his openness. Owais Balti was born in Buffalo. Coach. valuebased professionalism and the ability to speak five languages. Its experiential learning format enhances the application of inherent and learned knowledge and skills.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mirza Yawar Baig Owais Balti Founder and President of Yawar Baig and Associates. national and global organizations aimed at identifying and nurturing leadership potential. are members of the ISNA Founder’s Committee and active leaders in the Islamic Society of Niagara Frontier. Owais works in the area of Financial Planning and Analysis. Owais is an active member of the ADAMS center and volunteers with the educational wing of ADAMS. NY. and seminars to promote greater Islamic literacy and deeper respect for the traditional sciences of Islamic scholarship. Mohamad Ashraf and Mubeena Balti. Owais also participates in ADAMS outreach through interfaith and community service activities. by applying case studies from both family businesses and multi-national corporations. tea and rubber plantations.
Dr. Islam in America: Communities and Institutions. and Middle Eastern Studies. Berkeley. Religious Studies. Asad was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2001 and the Washington D. Hatem Bazian. Bazian's published book. New York. Asad worked as a Level III Critical Care Paramedic. received his Ph.C. the Mager Law Group and worked as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County. He teaches courses on Islamic Law and Society. Currently.D. he was a Note & Comment Editor for the Administrative Law Review. Bazian is a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies. Berkeley. After graduating in 1997. BaYunus Hatem Bazian Asad M. Bazian between 2002-2007. rather than looking down from the ivory tower. . Politics and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley as well as Academic Affairs Chair at Zaytuna College of California. a term used for academics directly connecting their research to the people. Bazian founded at Berkeley the Center for the Study and Documentation of Islamophobia. he went on to earn his Juris Doctor from The American University's Washington College of Law in 2000. the American Bar Association's official journal on administrative law. While at American University. Bazian is a visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary's College of California and adviser to the Religion. Bazian is known for being an organic intellectual. Jerusalem in Islamic Consciousness. Ba-Yunus is an Associate at the law firm of Lubell &Rosen. In addition to Berkeley. a research unit dedicated to the systematic study of Othering Islam and Muslims. is a reflection of his desire to contribute to a better understanding of Muslim attachment and informed political attitudes toward the 20 . Prior to joining Lubell & Rosen. 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. practices in the area of medical malpractice defense litigation. Dr. Asad has also been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. DeConstructing Islamophobia and Othering of Islam. participated in interschool moot court competitions and served as a judge in many competitions. While earning his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from State University of New York at Binghamton. Dr. Bar in 2002.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Asad M. Dr. Dr. He is a native of Cortland. in Philosophy and Islamic Studies from the University of California. In Spring 2009. Asad was a defense attorney for Fertig & Gramling Law Partnership.
Amana Mutual Funds. Majlis AlShura of The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). political and charitable). Bank Islam Malaysia. and organizational management. Dr. American With Disabilities Act. educational. Dr.A. Anti-Apartheid. 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. Safa Trust. Banking. She is currently the Administrator for the Institute of Quality of Life at Georgetown University. He is a founding member of International Charitable Foundation (KWT). a Trustee and Vice President for Research & Publications of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). Dean of School of Islamic Revealed Knowledge & Social Sciences of International Islamic University Malaysia. Barzinji served as advisor and consultant to various educational. The Silicon Rush: Documenting Muslim Communities in the the Silicon Valley. Nada International. Barmada is an independent contractor and consultant for several profit and non-for-profit organizations and companies with a focus on public and intercultural relations. SAAR Foundation. Chapter. Jamal al-Barzinji is a founding member. Barmada received a B. nationally and internationally including the defense of Affirmative Action in California. Jamal M. Currently. He delivered numerous lectures and wrote articles on various topics on Islamic Thought. He served as President of the Muslim Students Association of the United States & Canada. He has over forty years of progressive experience in development and leadership of diverse organizations (business. DC . charitable and professional organizations. 21 Hazami Barmada Hazami Barmada is Executive Director for the 2008 9/11 Unity Walk.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Sacred City and Palestine in general. international communications. think-tanks. in Anthropology and Sociology from Rhodes College. She is involved in many organizations in a volunteer capacity. Bazian has played a significant role almost in every human and civil rights movement in the Bay Area. and Central American Solidarity struggles. Bazian is working on two books. such as Mar-Jac Poultry. “Islamophobie: dans le monde moderne” and an entry to Oxford's Human Rights Encyclopedia covering HR under the Palestinian Authority. and the Association of Muslim Scientists & Engineers (AMSE). As an activist. and North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). Member of (MSA). and Virtual Internment: Muslims and the War on Terrorism. Dr. Anti-Globalization Movement. the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS). Bazian most recent publication is a chapter published in France. alBarzinji Dr.
political commitment to overcoming hunger and poverty.” “Blissful Marriage. Christ Seminary. Several of his parenting books have been translated to many other languages.S. (1974). and Europe.Sc. Education and Islamic Presence in the U. Dr. Quiraat from Muminbari. He has been president of Bread for the World for 15 years. in Chemical Engineering & Fuel Technology from the University of Sheffield. Barisal David Beckmann is one of the foremost U. and the London School of Economics.” and “Parenting Skills” as well as other parenting books in Arabic.A. Dr.S.Dowrah hadith from dawandinesab. Bangladesh. England (1962). Principal of Islamia Aliya Madrasa. and five universities have awarded him honorary doctorates. he served at the World Bank for 15 years. in Chemical Engineering.” “Muslim Teens. Before that. He is a clergyman as well as an economist. Mohamed Rida Beshir is the co-author of four best-selling books on family issues and parenting: “Parenting in the West. Mirza AbuJafar Beg David Beckmann Moulana Mirza AbuJafar BegImam is Imam and Khatib of the Jamaica. Beshir. Barzinji holds a Ph. and Tafseer from Mukahtil Mukarama.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Islamic Movements. Dr.S. overseeing large projects and driving innovations to make the Bank more effective in reducing poverty. He has written many books and articles. Beshir is the recipient of the 22 . Beckmann earned degrees from Yale.D.S. with a minor in Management from Louisiana State University. and a B. Mohamed Rida Beshir Dr. Dhaka. advocates for hungry people. Imam Beg’s Educational Background includes Kamil from hadith. NY Muslim Center and Principal of the center’s weekend school. leading large-scale and successful campaigning to strengthen U. Mr. Kumila. Current Affairs. who is teaching two parenting courses with the Islamic American University. is a regular contributor to the family section of several Magazines and an adviser for the Islam online website’s family section. including: Transforming the Politics of Hunger and Grace at the table: Ending Hunger in God’s World.Sc. and M. U. and founder of Anitur Rahman complex. tafseer and fekaguru from Aliyah madrasa. He is a former Imam and Khatib of Masjidul Akbar Dhaka.
She has committed her life to work with marginalized and voiceless groups. where she is studying on a Rhodes Scholarship. ISNA. including UNICEF. street vendors and garbage collectors. Iman also joined the Georgetown University Arab Studies MA Program and was a Parvin Fellow at Princeton. She has worked with many international agencies and NGOs. scholarship. Outside of school. He is one of the founders of Human Concern International. and counter-terrorism strategy. and service to the south-side community. He is an Engineer by profession. criminal law. She graduated from The University of Chicago in 2006 with majors in Economics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. such as female heads of households in the poorest slums of Egypt. Iman is herself a social entrepreneur. Iman Bibars is launching Ashoka's program in the ARAB WORLD. criminal justice policy. Her research and work interests are in disability policy. and a law student at Yale Law School. social intervention for “at-risk” minority youth. 23 Isra Bhatty was born in Leeds.D. MAC and MAS conventions with the Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN). Catholic Relief Services. with over 30 years of experience in Da’wa in North America. and co-founded and chaired The Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW). Iman is a regional expert with more then 22 years experience in the social sector of the Arab World and the Africa region. and MAS. He is actively developing and delivering training programs to various Muslim communities all over the world. Iman Bibars Isra Bhatty Based in Cairo. He is a regular speaker in ISNA.K. England and raised in northern Chicagoland. MSA. she works on government outreach to Muslim and Asian minority communities. Iman has a BA and an MA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo (AUC). ICNA. she is an MPhil candidate in Evidence Based Social Intervention at the University of Oxford. street children. in Development Studies from Sussex University in the UK. Isra has pursued a range of interests.. CARE-Egypt. GTZ and KFW. She has served as a multi-lingual translator for detainees at Guantánamo Bay and has worked closely . and a Ph. Egypt. He has held various volunteer national/local elected positions with MSA. Currently. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a college junior and won several prizes for leadership. Dr.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. In the U. an NGO providing credit and legal aid for poor women who head their households.
com. He has BS in Arabic Literature and Language from Selcuk University. Thereafter. Mr Bozkurt is the founder and publisher of the Green Pages Muslim Business Directory and Editor-in-Chief of habername. Southern Connecticut State University.com an online wholesale Turkish products business. after the war was over. 24 . and in the year 2000. New Haven CT. a Turkish Daily Online Newspaper.com. Yaser Birjas is presently residing in El Paso. Konya. he immigrated to the U. He is also the president of kemalpasha. He is also an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute. 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 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. He is married with three children and lives in Lawrance MA. He started his career in Electronic Engineering in 1988 in the UAE. Kemal Bozkurt is Reference Librarian at Lawrance Public Library in MA. And a co-founder of Practimate. In 1997. Turkey. He He is a member of Zoning Board of City of Lawrance. Istanbul Turkey and currently pursuing MS degree in Information Library Science .S. MA. He is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of habername. He was the Imam and religious leader at The Islamic Center in El Paso since his arrival until the end of 2007.com and mgreenpages.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. MA and School Committee Candidate for City of Lawrance. Texas. State Delegate for Democtatic Party. MA. Boston. he went to work as a relief program aide under the international umbrella of relief agencies to rebuild the war-torn Bosnia. an organization that provides trademark double-weekend seminars in Islamic studies. reporter for AKRA FM radio station. MA.com a world-class marriage training program for practical practicing Muslims in the West. MS in Banking and Insurance from Marmara University.
house. was released in 2008 and features music from the funk. Previously he served as Counsel to Muslim Advocates’ Program to Combat Racial & Religious Profiling. Zahid H. DC. DC. From 1978-1983. In January.000. He is also editor of two volumes of the Project MAPS: Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square: Fears. Hopes and Aspirations and Muslim in America: Engaging Polity and Society in Post 9/11 Era (forthcoming). drum 'n bass. He has a vast experience in all aspects of survey research. he served as Professor Lawrence Lessig’s Constitutional Law Teaching Assistant and as Executive Editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal. hip-hop. Bukhari has a Masters in Economics from the 25 . and South Asian fusion traditions. blues. he also worked as Director Project MAPS: Muslims in American Public Square. A 2003 graduate of Stanford Law School. Georgetown University. Dr. American Muslim Studies Program (AMSP) at the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. two organizations aimed at raising awareness about the impacts of national security policies on civil liberties and privacy interests. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. from 2003 to 2008. Buttar has long advocated in defense of the Constitution. Muslim public opinion in the US and other related topics in national and international forums. Get Outta Your Chair. Washington. The Pew Charitable Trusts awarded a grant of $1. Islamabad. Shahid Buttar Shahid Buttar. From 1999-2004. Shahid has performed around the world for audiences as large as 50.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Zahid Hussain Bukhari University of Karachi and Ph. His debut CD. He has published and presented papers on Islam and development. Dr. Dr. As a musician. Bukhari is currently working as Director. he worked as executive director of the Pakistan Institute of Public Opinion (PIPO). including Bumpin’ in My SUV and the Baghdad Blues.25 million for this purpose. Dr. a member of Gallup International. Bukhari’s research interests focused on religion and politics in the United States and South Asia. He is also serving as Executive Director of the Center for Islam and Public Policy (CIPP).D. Buttar also served the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy as Associate Director for Communications & Outreach. is Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) and the People’s Campaign for the Constitution (PCC). which examined the role and contribution of the Muslim community to the American public life. Bukhari was elected President of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) for 20092010. Based in Washington.
Minaret.com. in International Relations and French Language. 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. Having visited 45 states and over 25 countries on four continents.A.org. Maryland. the first Congressman André Carson is a 34-year-old native of Indianapolis. and Britain’s QNews. Beliefnet. Raised and mentored by his grandmother. France and is proficient in French. and policy issues for various publications including the Buddhist journal Turning Wheel. Currently he is a contributing editor at Fellowship magazine and a columnist for altmuslim. Mas’ood also serves as a senior member of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Ms. the nation’s oldest and largest interfaith peace and justice organization. Mas’ood now resides in northern California with his wife and two sons. Cady supports partner agencies in the Reception and Placement Program. Cady received a dual B. 26 . Ms. and has served on several other boards including the National Council of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. A board member of the Muslim Peace Fellowship. 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. Islamic-oriented site on the Internet. counterpunch. Mas’ood created cybermuslim. Congresswoman Julia Carson. journalist. André Carson Mas’ood Cajee Mas’ood Cajee is a California-based dentist. he learned from a young age the values of compassion. He has written on interfaith relations. Adbusters. current events. In 2003. He continues to advise various community. and Muslim thought leader. 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. She studied in Strasbourg. Indiana. Fellowship. As an undergraduate in 1993.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Sarah Cady Ms.com. Cady worked with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in New York City as a Program Associate supporting resettlement around the United States. and philanthropic organizations in the United States and abroad. Prior to working at USCRI HQ. media. integrity and determination. Literature and Culture from Syracuse University in New York State.
. Congressman Carson currently serves on the prestigious Financial Services Committee. he was responsible for the denomination's efforts in public relations. video and emerging electronic technologies.Department of religion. insurance. Phd Student at Temple University . At the United Church of Christ. He first served as a Local Board Investigative Officer for the Indiana State Excise Police for nine years before being detailed to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security's Intelligence Fusion Center in 2006. 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.2 million member United Church of Christ. a full-service communications company.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention For almost a full decade. radio. Member of ISNA Executive Council . which oversees all components of the nation's housing and financial services sectors including banking. Department of Religion." identity campaign. Previously. His ambitious agenda includes working to create economic opportunity for Hoosiers. real estate. Among other marketing efforts for the UCC. Co-Chair of 2009 National Convention Program In September 2007.000. He also served as Executive Director of the UCC's Office of Communication. Adjunct Professor . and securities. The Rev. a new justice-based global initiative of the Collegiate Church of New York. he was a principle architect of the church's award winning "God is still speaking. working to responsibly bring an end to the war in Iraq and to restore America’s role as a respected global leader. Robert Chase Sami Catovic Sami Catovic is a NewJersey attorney. marketing and education through print.Temple University. Chase served as Director of Communication for the 1. Chase has served congregations in New York and New Jersey and was founder and President of Creative Connections in Media.EZ Representative. André devoted himself to law enforcement and the protection of Hoosiers across Indianapolis. was responsible for the UCC's multiple web sites and served as publisher of United Church News with its circulation of more than 200. Inc. Board member of New Jersey Muslim Attorneys. pushing forward comprehensive affordable healthcare legislation. Robert Chase was called to be the Founding Director of Intersections. 27 . public and assisted housing. the church's historic media justice agency.
His entries on the terminology of Islamic Finance appear in The Oxford Dictionary of Islam. banks. real estate funds. DC area. 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. Dadabhoy is active with charitable and community activities. he earned a BA in Business Administration from California State University at Fullerton. capital markets and insurance. joined Saturna Capital in August of 2008. the 2003 book that introduced Sukuk and transformed the world’s Islamic capital markets. the first English reference on the fatawa issued by Shariah boards. Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo scholar whose career spans more than 30 years. California. 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. co-founding the UPLIFT Charitable Corporation in 2006. His three-volume publication has become the standard reference for Islamic financial institutions. “Islamic Retail Finance and Islamic Finance: Innovation & Growth”. Shaykh Yusuf is the author of “A Compendium of Legal Opinions on the Operations of Islamic Banks”. Raised in Southern California. Dadabhoy spent over 15 years at Wells Fargo and was most recently a District Manager in Long Beach. home finance providers. alternative asset managers and others. Mr. Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo is currently the Chief Shariah Officer and Board Member at Shariah Capital. Dadabhoy Owaiz M. including index providers. institutional investors. He is married with two children and enjoys spending time with his family in various outdoor activities. including Euromoney’s “Islamic Asset Management”. Shaykh Yusuf is a well-known and respected Shariah advisor and Islamic 28 . broadly defined to include banking. Investment Manager. Shaykh Yusuf is also a special consultant. he serves as a Shariah advisor to over 20 global financial entities. Mr. 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. His written work has appeared in journals and newsletters and as chapters in books. mutual funds. Based in the Washington.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Owaiz M. Dadabhoy. Shaykh Yusuf wrote the introduction to “Islamic Bonds”. In addition. leasing funds.
New York).org. reviewing over a dozen commercial textbooks in development. DeVeaux received a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Bernard M. During 2006. 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.A. and Crescent International. For the past three years she has conducted the educational outreach program 29 . a small narrative that focuses on incarcerated Muslims. and others. in History from the University of Rochester. Teaching About Religion in National and State Social Studies Standards (Freedom Forum First Amendment Center and Council on Islamic Education. as well as co-authoring a paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association (1995). 622-1500 (Thompson/Gale. DeVeaux has published papers in New Directions in Evaluation: a Publication of the American Evaluation Association. She served as an Affiliated Scholar with the Council on Islamic Education for over a decade. she was Senior Researcher for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.A. a B. Imagine This.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mika’il DeVeaux Susan Douglass Mika’il DeVaux has over 25 years of experience working with men incarcerated in New York State maximum-security prisons and many who released following long periods of confinement. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. and many articles and book chapters. 2000). and the online curriculum World History for Us All. a Masters of Professional Studies degree from the New York Theological Seminary. NAACP Criminal Justice Conferences (Jamaica. 2002). Other writings include You Are Almost There. reviewing state standards. Susan Douglass has an M. 2002). and a Masters of Arts degree from The College at New Paltz (SUNY). and developing instructional resources. the Smithsonian Freer Gallery teaching guide Arts of Islam. Muslim Alliance in North America (1st and 2nd) Annual Conference. Baruch College (CUNY). She contributed to online teaching resources such as the IslamProject. teaching resources for the Council on Islamic Education and the National Center for History in the Schools. a children’s book Ramadan (Carolrhoda Books. and is currently in the doctoral program at George Mason University. a chapbook of poems and has had several other poems featured in various publications. and designed The Indian Ocean in World History online resource. Major publications include World Eras: Rise and Spread of Islam. The Journal of Offender Rehabilitation.
He has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Milan. and he has been instrumental in the creation and establishment of five Islamic schools. over 70 Precincts Chairs in the Houston area. 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.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention at the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding. Coalition of New American Communities (CONAC). She is the Executive Director of CIFA (Center for Interfaith Action). Durrani is a grassroots political activist in the greater Houston area. J. established to improve and increase political awareness in "new Americans". A. program development and evaluation. Robert William (Bob) Edgar is president and CEO of Common Cause. Besides Islamic-related community activities.J. and in the management of their growth. and homeowner associations. He served as a Democratic member of the United 30 . Duff Jean Duff is a seasoned management professional with broad experience in the start-up of non-profit social enterprises. Jean F. He has also led the efforts to establish Islamic Boy Scouts troops in the local communities. and recently culminated in a historic first -. Dr.J. He is presently Vice President of AADT and the Primary Coordinator/Spokesperson for the Rev. effective May 2007. and for-profit businesses. One of his primary areas of focus has been full-time Islamic Education.the election of three Muslims to the Texas SDEC. CONAC efforts have led to thousands of new registered voters. has held leadership positions in mainstream civic and local community organizations like charitable institutions. For the past 17 years she has worked exclusively with organizations serving the poor and advocating for social justice. school district committees. strategic planning and marketing. a nonpartisan government watchdog organization. She brings experience developing all aspects of service and policy organizations. Italy and an MS from Penn State Univ. public and community relations. and was recently elected to the Texas State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC) as the male representative of the Asian American Democrats of Texas (AADT). and fundraising. including building cross sector collaborations.J. Durrani Bob Edgar A. A. A. which is a non-profit political action group.
S. He was the general secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA for seven years immediately before arriving at Common Cause. She is the recipient of numerous civil rights awards which include the “Civil Rights Leadership Award” from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations. Bob Edgar was named president and CEO of Common Cause. Commissioner on Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention States House of Representatives from 1975 to 1987. Governor Cruz Bustamante's "Commission for One California". and former Co- Keith Ellison has represented the Fifth Congressional District of Minnesota in the U. House of Representatives since taking office on January 4. ElGenaidi has spoken to hundreds of schools. The Fifth District includes the City of Minneapolis and the surrounding suburbs. 2007. churches.S. Representative 31 . the leading U. non-profit "citizens" lobby working to make government at all levels more honest. open and accountable. Bob arrived at Common Cause with a long history of leadership and public service that included 12 years in Congress. and to connect citizens with their democracy. representing the 7th district of Pennsylvania. a national nonpartisan. and Advisor to California's Commission on Police Officers Standards & Training (POST) for hate crimes and cultural diversity training. She is a former commissioner on Lt. ElGenaidi is currently ING's CEO. Ms. Maha ElGenaidi Keith Ellison Maha ElGenaidi is the Founder and President of Islamic Networks Group (ING). n May 2007. The Fifth Congressional District is the most vibrant and ethnically diverse district in Minnesota with a rich history and traditions. has appeared on numerous television and radio programs.S. Ms. chair and Vice-chair of the Bay Area Hate Crimes Investigators Association (BAHCIA). organization in the movement for Christian unity. (NCC). the “Human Relations Award” from the Santa Clara County Human Relations office. corporations and other public institutions. as well as eight training modules for public institutions on "developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community". Prior to his position as president and CEO of Common Cause. and the "Citizen of the Year" Award from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. police departments. he came from the post of general secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U. and is author of seven training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims.
Ankara. and submitted an article to the American Journal of Law and Society . 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). His priorities in Congress are: promoting peace. He has been the Attache for Religious 32 ." His roots as a community activist and his message of inclusivity through democratic participation resonates throughout the Fifth District. Mohamed Elsanousi Gazi Erdem Mr. he has hold for various managerial positions at the Religious Affairs of Turkey (Diyanet). a Master of Law from Indiana University in Bloomington. Turkey for many years. 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. Alarabia. Mr. prosperity for working families. and a graduate diploma in philanthropic studies from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy. His responsibilities with ISNA include fostering interfaith relations. Elsanousi has appeared on Aljazeera.D degree in Islamic History from Ankara University. After serving as an imam and preacher (Vaiz) in Bursa. Bursa. Pakistan. Turkey where he studied Christians under Ottoman Empire between 1856 and 1876.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Ellison's philosophy is one of "generosity and inclusiveness. the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission (IBC). the Evangelicals for Dr. Mohamed has contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of Philanthropy in America and the American Journal of Islamic Social Science. He is proficient in Arabic and English. He completed his Ph. Turkey. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Shariah and Law from the International Islamic University in Islamabad. CSpan. and has basic fluency in Urdu. Mr. He serves as a national liaison and representative for ISNA at numerous interreligious conventions and conferences. Gazi Erdem has a BS Degree in Religious Studies from the Divinity Faculty of Uludag University. Al-hurah. and promoting civil and human rights. and supervising ISNA’s projects with interfaith organizations and the federal government. first one is Islamic History from Uludag University. IN. Human Rights (EHR) and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). and other media outlets. He holds Two MA degrees. UK where he studies Orthodox Church under Ottoman Empire in the Sixteenth Century. strengthening ISNA’s relationships with the Muslim community in North America. Elsanousi is the Director of Communications and Community Outreach for ISNA.
Iman grew up in the North American Muslim community. John Esposito John Esposito is a University Professor as well as Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. change management principles. Erdem is expert in many areas such as Islamic History. Islam and Democracy and Iman Faris Mr. Islamic Cililizations. Religious leadership. She works with Malaria No More. Esposito specializes in Islam. Iman M. Islam: The Straight Path. political Islam. Through his decades of experience in a diversity of organizations and industries. and proven coaching methods.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Affairs to the NY Consulate General of Turkey. and Who Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think: With Dalia Mogahed. with a career spanning multiple industries from training and political advocacy to technology and construction. his family was one of the pioneers that helped establish the 33 . Dr. What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam. Islam and Politics. he brings his clients a global awareness of best practices. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion. Esposito is Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Interreligious Dialogue in Islamic Sources and History. 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. She also consults on a variety of interfaith projects and volunteerism efforts. Dr. Ottoman History and Christians under the Ottoman Empire. Esposito is Editor-in-Chief of the 4 volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World. Saleemah AbdulGhafur Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur is an author and activist (faith-based initiatives and gender equality in Islam). A consultant to the Department of State as well as corporations and the media worldwide. and the impact of Islamic movements from North Africa to Southeast Asia. The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?. His more than 30 books include: Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam (a Washington Post and Boston Globe best seller). Makers of Contemporary Islam (with John Voll). Faris is a senior management consultant. a leading non-profit formed to advance the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by ending malariarelated deaths by 2012.
daughter Ayesha. He has also been involved with local projects. Manzoor Ghori Ghulam Nabi Fai Manzoor Ghori is the founder and chairman of the Indian Muslim Relief & Charities (IMRC). and coordinator and contributor to a variety of local. There was always a community project to help with and to learn from whether it was a relief effort. He is the founding chairman of the San Francisco 34 . Fremont. Iman is supported by his wife Zameela. Iman continues his involvement as a leader and organizer. as board member of several local organizations. Manzoor was also on the advisory board of Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR). From his formative years. India. including Abraar School. in 1994. Dr. This trust launched Jahangirabad Media Institute in 2005 and is about to launch a university Jahangirabad Institute of Technology . humanitarian and health care services to the orphans and the needy in India. conferences. He has been active in Muslim community in North America since the early 70’s. an advocacy group for justice and mutual understanding and Islamic Network Group (ING) which delivers educational programs relating to Islam and Muslims. Santa Clara. Ghulam Nabi Fai is the Executive Director of the Washington-based Kashmiri American Council /Kashmir Center. He was the founding member of Muslim Community Association. regional and national Muslim community lectures. He is the founder and board member of North American Islamic Shelter for the Abused (NISA) that supports victims of domestic abuse.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention community. or mosque building. Today. delivering lectures to high school students and training youth leaders. CA and Islamic Society of East Bay. He is the founder & chairman of Jahangirabad Education Trust. including: annual festivals on the occasion of Eid. and the rest of his community-minded family. managing youth camps. and working groups. CA. a youth activity. IMRC has been working since 1982 to provide education.in 2007. He is extensively involved in youth work. 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. Manzoor Ghori founded Ameen Housing Cooperative Inc. host of the local Muslim radio show. IMRC also provides medical and emergency aid during natural disasters and man made disasters such as riots. This organization provides an alternative for home buyers looking for ways to avoid interest-based bank loans.
Her book. Malaysia respectively. and in October. He addressed the 46th thru 61st Sessions of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) at Geneva. 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. Senegal. 6th. 4th and 5th sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva in 2006 & 2007. she has studied with Sufi Masters intensively around the world. The Washington Post. He participated in the 42nd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March 1998. He addressed the preliminary session at the Centennial Conference of Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in August 1993. Chicago tribune. which documents both the inner and outer journey. and also participated in the 41st thru 57th Sessions of the United Nations Sub . His articles appeared in The New York Times. ten minutes away from the burial place of the Prophet Ibrahim (a.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention based Global Peace Forum and the Chairman London-based Justice Foundation. on a journey of transformation culminating in West Africa. He has been living in exile since August 1980 for his political beliefs. 7th. 9th and 10th Summit of the Head of the States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in January 1981 in Makkah. Petersburg. she was given a scroll with a painting of an ancient man walking through mountains. she embraced Islam in El Khalil. Born Jewish. Financial Times. upon which. is a revealing social commentary. Dr.Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities at Geneva. Russia in May 2006. and guided to realize the true purpose of her existence. He attended the 1st. it is by entering into the heart of Islam that the author was liberated. 2nd. Maryam Kabeer Faye Sheikha Maryam Kabeer Faye was guided from a young age to make the journey in search of Truth. Wall Street Journal. He addressed the 14th International Conference on Conflict Resolution in St. Qatar. 35 . The Washington Times. He was invited to attend the 3rd. From that moment on. Plain Dealer. Morocco. Baltimore Sun and many other foreign policy journals in the United States and around the world. elevated. He also addressed the Fourth International Conference on Global Good in Honolulu.) at the hands of an ancient Sufi Sheikh. Saudi Arabia. were the words: SEEK AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE. Hawaii in June 2006. that women are inevitably oppressed in Islam. The Alchemy of Transformation on the Sufi Path.s. Iran. At twelve. Fai is also the Member of the Board of Director of Istanbul-based the Union of the NGOs of the Islamic World. in December 1997 in Tehran. JOURNEY THROUGH TEN THOUSAND VEILS. December 1992 in Dakar. On the contrary. He is married and has two children. her life became a journey in search of the liberating Truth. in December 1994 in Casablanca. in November 2000 in Doha. Dr. 2003 in Putrajaya. dispelling many stereotypes such as the proposition. 8th. 3rd. Since then.
race. As an Equal Justice Works Fellow she worked at the Tahirih Justice Center in Falls Church. and understanding.. VA where she researched and administered VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) and asylum cases for Muslim women who were victims of domestic violence. writer. Safiya is fluent in Hindi and Urdu and was born in Little Rock. She earned a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in May 2006 from the University of Arkansas.A. She has studied and worked in many countries including India. speaker and writer on Islam and spirituality. 36 Jess Ghannam Dr. Safiya was also the student editor of the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture for two years. Jess Ghannam is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences at the University of California. and politics in several print and online outlets. Dr. Adjunct Professor of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. Ghannam is also a Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) for the State of California. He also works and does research in the area of Global Health and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. and Bitch magazine. a website dedicated to analyzing representations of Muslim women in global media. Arkansas. She founded and currently serves as editor of Muslimah Media Watch. She is also an associate editor of the new online magazine Altmuslimah. He is a Psychoanalyst and practices in San Francisco and the East Bay. Safiya taught Introduction to Comparative Politics at the University of Arkansas for two years. ReligionDispatches. including chronic pain and cancer.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Sheikha Maryam Kabeer Faye is a teacher. Fatemeh Fakhraie Safiya Ghori Fatemeh Fakhraie is an editor. Morocco and Russia. While completing her M. San Francisco and . and blogger who writes about issues related to Muslims. feminism. Dr. Safiya is currently the Muslim Public Affairs Council Program Director in the Washington DC office. building bridges of light. She travels extensively throughout the world. Safiya clerked for the Arkansas Attorney General in the Public Protection Division where she focused on fraud and discrimination cases. knowledge. including Racialicious. Ghannam specializes in working with chronic illness.
For the past two years. Sara Hakeem Steve Gutow Rabbi Steve Gutow is Executive Director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Republicans and Democrats. She is the founder of the Washington Region Religious Campaign Against Torture and is an attorney. where he forged alliances with Sara Hakeem has recently matriculated from Teach for America – Chicago’s 2007 corps. where he received his ordination in 2003. After working for nearly 30 years as an attorney and in Jewish and political activities. Gutow. where he led national groups in formulating strategies to maintain First Amendment religious freedoms. Gutow became the first full-time rabbi at the Reconstructionist Minyan of St. Louis. she has taught 7th grade Language Arts at Gary Elementary School in Chicago. who spent more than a decade practicing law in Texas. This fall. 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. 37 . He also organized the pro-Israel lobby's efforts in six southwestern states and helped create chapters in nearly 40 cities. Gutow focused his career on his faith and community and attended the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. served as chair of the Dallas Jewish Community Relations Council and then went on to serve as the founding regional director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's Southwest Region. DC. Linda is the past board chair of the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation and lives in Washington. Following his ordination. Louis where he served as the St. Linda Gustitus Linda Gustitus serves as President of the National Religious Campaign against torture. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2007. Gutow went on to become the founding executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council.
Imam Magid is also well known as an effective communicator to our youth and for work with other organizations and interfaith dialogue. He was born in Sudan. Virginia. Fairfax Youth Partnership. Muslim Sikh Advisory Committee to the FBI Washington Field Office. including Ghazali's Ihya-Uloom-al-Deen. 38 . Harris received her Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in the field of Religion.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Rabia Terri Harris Mohamed Hagmagid Ali Rabia Terri Harris is an essayist. gaining ijaza in several disciplines. 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. editor. public intellectual. 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. and aspiring servant of Allah. Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington Assembly. Member. Chair. Harris has spent the last fifteen years concentrating on the theory and practice of Islamic nonviolence. her Master’s from Columbia University in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures. Member of the Arab. freelance theologian. the son of a leading Islamic Scholar and the Mufti of Sudan. She founded the Muslim Peace Fellowship in 1994 and serves as its Executive Director. practicing chaplain. Board. His other Islamic activities and responsibilities include: East Zone Representative on ISNA Executive Council from 2001 to present. peace activist. and holds a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary. sometime translator. Imam Magid is also well known for his counseling and family counseling expertise. NY. Fairfax (VA) Faith Communities in Action. Imam Magid studied at the hand of his father and other notable scholars. After two decades of general spiritual studies.
Hanson was elected President of the Lutheran World Federation. “What A Woman Doesn’t Know Can Hurt Her”. Hanson is author of Faithful Yet Changing: The Church in Challenging Times (Augsburg Fortress. providing. She is a Certified Nurse Midwife. (The ELCA's first Presiding Bishop. Sister Asma Hanif is presently operating a holistic health center. and to those in foster care. teaching at Coppin State University. Naturopathic Physician. to those in group homes. as well as authored a rape prevention pamphlet entitled. served two 4-year terms. thus will become during this term the longest-serving Presiding Bishop in the ELCA's history.allowing them to be able to participate in the Special Olympics. Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Education and Social Services Center. Mark S. “Maintaining Vaginal Health Naturally”. she established Al-Nisaa. Herbert W. and organizing volunteer health services in public schools. In 2007 Hanson was reelected on the second ballot. providing health services to the homeless. In 2003. performing physicals to the mentally and physically challenged . In 1995. “Fertility Awareness – How To Achieve or Avoid Pregnancy”. Wholistic Health. graduated from Howard University. a role which he serves concurrently with his role as ELCA Presiding Bishop.S. as well as organizing community based outreach programs which include. He serves on the executive council on the executive board of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U. Minneapolis: 2002).) 39 . adolescent health services/AIDS prevention program. in order to provide health services for underserved and uninsured women and children.A. Clinical Herbologist and Natural Childbirth Instructor. Mark Hanson She has been a practicing Muslim for over 25 years. a faith-based practice. and current. Hanson is the third. to women in shelters. She teaches workshops on “How To Prevent Breast Cancer Through Diet and Self-Breast Exams”. and the Medical University of South Carolina.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Asma Hanif providing free blood pressure screenings in community centers for the elderly. Chilstrom.
community organizing. She has led numerous workshops for international scholar forums. Karachi. He graduated from Dow Medical College. He is also a Charter Member of the Pacific 40 . at conferences. He has approximately 25 publications and abstracts. and youth engagement. and youth leadership training. various presentations at national and international meetings. forgiveness and peace in Islamic tradition. is a retired physician best known for his tireless commitment to public service. national and global Maher Hathout is a leading spokesperson for the American Muslim community. Waheedul Haque Waheedul Haque. 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. from these grow camaraderie and genuine friendship. 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. Dr. and conflict resolution in Muslim communities. Facilitated conversations. Pakistan . Among the numerous offices he holds.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention levels. He has Postgraduate training at the St Louis University. substantive dialogue. Aziza also coordinates inter-faith relations for MPAC by working with religious leadership in Southern California in the areas of social justice. TX. pluralism and Israel/Palestine. university/college campuses. identity. explore issues at the personal. Aziza has given various speeches to audiences across the country that included introductions to Islam. New Ground doesn t shy away from discussing the tough topics such as. Maher Hathout Aziza Hasan Aziza Co-Directs NewGround: A MuslimJewish Partnership for Change. community education and outreach. gender. Hathout is MPAC's Senior Advisor. local. MD is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston. civic and religious groups on inter-faith dialogue. Dialogue sessions are based on the premise that honest communication forges meaningful relationships.
TX. the western partner of the Council on Foreign Relations. and Bosnia. Kuwait. Currently at work on Sophia’s second adventure. Hyderabad. TX She graduated from Osmania Medical College. Haque emigrated to Canada.S. The Wall Street Journal and The Christian Science Monitor.wordpress. Haque has more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and presentations. 41 . His articles and interviews have appeared in such prominent newspapers as The Los Angeles Times. Najiyah invites readers to share their time travel wish lists on her website http://najiyahhelwani. Houston. Dr. The New York Times. Haque has been a member of IMANA for the past 20 years. He appears frequently on national television and radio talk shows. Najiyah Diana Helwani is a home-grown Kansas girl who feels blessed to be Muslim and of Midwestern heritage. Pakistan." "Emerging Trends in Islamic Movements. Dr. She is actively involved with resident teaching and research. poems and short stories will be delighted to see how well the two value systems compliment each other. TX. India. and underwent postgraduate training in Obstetrics & Gynecology in Hyderabad. Haque. Dr. She then moved with her family to USA in 1979. India.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Council on International Policy. Hathout has been invited to Capitol Hill and the State Department several times to address a variety of topics such as "Islam and U. Abida K. She was Director of Anatomic Pathology for several years. Currently she is Vice President of IMANA. New York. and South Africa to lecture on Islam and Muslims." "Islamic Democracy. Before that she has served as the Chair of IMANA Bylaws committee. Egypt. Malaysia. Hathout has written extensively on Islam. Ottawa.com. and Attending Pathologist at the Methodist Hospital. Policy. Co-Edited 5 books on Pulmonary Pathology. She has been Treasurer and Secretary of IMANA from 2006-2008." and "the Future of the Middle East. Haque Najiyah Diana Helwani Abida K. MD is Professor of Pathology at Cornell Weill Medical School. and then moved to The Methodist Hospital at Houston. and contributed approximately 50 book chapters on Pulmonary Pathology in these texts. human rights. Currently she is Professor and Attending Pathologist at The Methodist Hospital. Canada. Dr. Middle East politics. and had postgraduate training in Pathology at the Ottawa Medical College. democracy. Houston. Readers of her novels. and attained the rank of full Professor at The University of Texas Medical School at Galveston. Dr. and sits on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Alliance." He has traveled to Australia.
NY. She is the author of “Doing Business in the Middle East and North Africa” and “Finding Diversity. and Arab Relations. Additionally Hewitt has received a 2008 Art Matters Grant and a 2009-2010 Radcliffe Fellowship Residency at Harvard University.. Ohio. founder and president of Connecting Cultures. LAXART in Los Angeles. a faculty member of COMPASS . Syria. Luby participated in a study visit to Saudi Arabia. and his research interests include the Lubna Ismail. Her six children remind her what is important in life.” She is frequently used as an expert by national media and major international news programs and recently received press in Associated Press. The Washington Post. and she is also blessed to have a wonderful co-wife and three co-kids in Damascus. England. a current executive committee member of the Muslim Alliance in North America. in the United States. New York. D’Amelio Terras in New York. Dr. TX. Project Row Houses in Houston.dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention integration of immigrant and refugee families.the state of the art management training program of MSA National. TX. Artists Space in New York. The Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford. Sculpture Center in New York. She has been selected to 42 . 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. Najiyah lives in Damascus. Switzerland and Thomas Dane in London. chair of the Leadership Development Committee of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Peaceful Families Project . the Yale School of Art (2004) and at New York University as a Clark Fellow for Africana/Cultural Studies (2001-02). Islamic awareness and religious diversity. Lubna Ismail Altaf Husain Altaf Husain is a native of Cleveland. NY. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions also include The High Museum in Atlanta. and especially Muslim adolescents. cultural competency. Arndt & Partner in Zurich. Arab and American cultures. The Contemporary Art Museum in Houston. is a training specialist with over fifteen years of experience in the areas of cross-cultural communication. 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. She was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Leslie Hewitt Leslie Hewitt was raised in New York City and studied at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (2000). Inc. Husain is a former two-term national president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA). Studio Museum in Harlem.S. CT. GA. CA.
Texas Student Publications(1995). She currently team teaches a class on Islam at San Francisco City College. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California. Jaka graduated with Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from University of Texas at Austin in 1995. Rizwan O. Through ING she has delivered hundreds of presentations in schools.000 circulation -1994/1995).May 2009). CCMO Election Committee Chair(2003-2007). She received her M. Board Member.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention present at Iraqi Reconstruction conferences. and B. churches. ISNA National Convention 2002(Washington DC) Steering Committee Chair(2002). Past Vice President of ADAMS(2000-2002). and presently works as a 43 . University of Texas Student Government(1993). and other venues on Islam and related subjects. ISNA Election Committee(2005-2008). Ashburn Soccer Club Coach(2003-2005). of University of Texas. ISNA East Zone Conference Steering Committee Chair(2006 and 2007). 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. Board Member.A. Berkeley. Chair of DC Area Eid Committee(1997Current).A. 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. ISNA Youth Strategic Planning Committee(2004). University of Texas Student Government Representative(1992). ISN DC) Steering Committee Chair(2009). Member of Goose Creek District(Loudoun County) Boy Scouts of America Committee(200 A National Convention 2009(Washington 6current). University of Texas Daily Texan(50. universities. Dulles little League Baseball Manager/Coach(20042008). in History from the University of Illinois. Editorial Columnist. as well as author and editor of training modules for public institutions on developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community. Islamic Society of North America(ISNA)(2008-Current). 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. Chair of the Board of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. Jaka's community involvement includes: Board Member of ADAMS(June 2008. Cub/Boy Scout Chartered Organizational Representative(2004-Current). colleges. Ameena is an editor of ING training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims. Citizens Affairs Committee Co-Chair. Past President of ADAMS(2002-2008). and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. Jaka Mr. Mr.
the Institution of Engineering & Technology. in Ohio. He is an elected fellow of the Optical Society of America. she contributes to Azizah. and race and immigration. GA where she was raised in an active Muslim community in association with Imam W. Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs. Mohammed. Karim is author of 15 text books and over 325 research papers.D. Islamic Education 44 . AL. and has served in the past on the boards of Center for Christian. Jamillah is originally from Atlanta. She obtained her Ph. women and Islam. Shaik Jeelani is professor of Mechanical Engineering. Islamic Council of Ohio. Inc. and Muslim Understanding in New York.D..D. Class. Program in Materials Science and Engineering at Tuskegee University Jamillah Karim Jamillah Karim is Assistant Professor in religion at Spelman College. in Islamic Studies at Duke University. Karim has Mohammad Karim is Vice President for Research of the Old Dominion University. an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions of Education. the Society of Photo-Instrumentation Engineers. Tuskegee. Mohammad Karim serves on the boards of North American Bangladeshi Islamic Community (NABIC) and Virginia Coalition for Community and Justice (VCCJ). In her spare time. Director of Center for Advanced Materials at Tuskegee University. Dayton Islamic School.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Manager of Technology Sales Consulting in the Technology Industry. and Director of Ph. He is North American Editor of Optics and Laser Technology. She specializes in Islam in America. which explores relations between African American and South Asian immigrant Muslims in the United States. She lectures frequently within Muslim communities. She is author of the book American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race. Jewish. the Institute of Physics. Shaik Jeelani Mohammad Karim Dr. presented her research to several scholarly communities including Harvard and Princeton. He has served as guest editor of 16 technical journal issues. and Gender within the Ummah. a Member of the Editorial Board of Microwave and Optical Technology Letters and of World Journal of Modeling and Simulation. an American Muslim women’s magazine. and Bangladesh Academy of Sciences.
Kavakci holds a Ph. and Persian and forthcoming in English. Dr.D. Kavakci sits at the Editorial Board of academic journal. After working as Assistant Professor and as Associate Professor in the Institute of 45 . She is the author of five books among which are Basortusuz Demokrasi (Turkish). Mediterranean Quarterly. Fiqh. She took her case to European Court of Human Rights and won in 2007. 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. Imam (Kara Ahmed Pasha Mosque in Topkapi).Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Foundation of Knoxville in Tennessee. Sakarya. Istanbul University. Arabic (Sarf and Nahw). Hadih. 1938 in Hendek. Qira'ah. translated to Arabic Dr. She is a consultant for US Congress Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe and a columnist for Turkish daily Vakit newspaper. in Islamic History and Culture from Faculty of Arts. National Conference of Christians and Jews in Ohio. Prior to her academic career she served as the head of foreign affairs of Welfare-Virtue Party’s Women’s Commission. However she was prevented from serving her term by the secular fundamentalists due to her headscarf. the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in 1999. and allied Islamic Sciences. and Avicenna Academy in Bronx. Yusuf Ziya Kavakci was born on June 22. graduated from Hasircilar Qur'anic School (Adapazari) with a training in Tajwid. 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. Kavakci was elected to the Turkish Parliament. Merve Kavakci Yusuf Kavakci Dr. got his Ph. He worked as Muadhdhin (Professional caller to prayer. French and Italian. Merve Kavakci is a Lecturer of International Affairs at George Washington University. At an early age (8-9 years) he accomplished memorizing whole Qur'an (Hifz al-Qur'an). Hirka-i Sharif Mosque). Turkey. Kavakci received a bachelor's degrees in Law from The College of Law of Istanbul University and also in Islamic Studies from the Institute of Higher Islamic Studies. Tafsir. D in political science from Howard University. She is hafiz-al Qur’an. and Waiz in the governorships Fatih and Beyoglu in Istanbul.
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,
D. Ambassador Riaz Khokher is considered one of the most seasoned and experienced diplomat of Pakistan. which resulted in the firm being honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. is the Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign Against 49 . She also worked with Ross. Killmer Reverend Richard L. from University of Iowa in 1995. Ms. Killmer. Khera was Counsel to the U. Prior to joining Muslim Advocates and NAML in 2005. Ms. with honors in political science and economics from Wellesley College in 1991 and her J. In the Senate. Dixon & Masback. specializing in commercial and administrative litigation. Civil Rights. from Cornell Law School in 1994. Ms.S. and was an editor with the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. Ambassador Khokher also served as Pakistan's ambassador to India.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention He earned a B. al-Muslimat ("The Muslim Women"). the United States and China before taking the top post of foreign ministry. Farhana Khera Riaz Khokher Farhana Khera is the first Executive Director of Muslim Advocates and the National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML). He was the former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan serving from June 2002 to February 2005. 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. in political science from University of California at Berkeley in 1991 and a J.A. and Property Rights.D. a Presbyterian minister. she served as president of the student body and co-founded the first Muslim students organization. Khera received her B.A. serving as the lead associate on several pro bono employment discrimination cases. At Cornell. Prior to her service with the Senate Judiciary Committee. and was the Senator's lead staff member in developing anti-racial profiling legislation and organizing subcommittee hearings on racial profiling. Feingold (D-WI). Khera was an associate with Hogan & Hartson. Senate Judiciary Committee. Subcommittee on the Constitution. At Wellesley. she worked for six years directly for Senator Russell D.
Zweigs’s works are being revived by NY Times Books. Kentucky after the merger of the Presbyterian Church US and the United Presbyterian Church. John Kiser John Kiser’s books have a contrarian flavor: Profiles of entrepreneurial scientists (Communist Entrepreneurs: Unknown Innovators. he had served as the program director of the Churches Center for Theology and Public Policy located at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington. Killmer worked for the National Council of Churches previously from 19701980. Abd elKader was a man of deep faith combined with chivalrous humanity. 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. This led to a reflection on Zweig’s life built on faith in humanism and individualism. living safely in Brazil. He received the Climate Protection award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency for his work while at the National Council of Churches. Muslim-Christian harmony (Monks of Tibhirine: Faith Love and Terror in Algeria. From 1996 to May 2002. and now Commander of the Faithful: A Story of True Jihad. Killmer has written many articles and resources for publication and co-authored two books. Kiser was perplexed by Zweig’s suicide in 1942. From 1980 to 1996.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Torture – an interfaith organization of over 250 religious organizations committed to ending U.-sponsored torture. he served as the first director of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program working first in the national headquarters of the United Presbyterian Church in New York and then moving to Louisville. and codirected the Child and Family Justice Project. Underlying these books is an inquiry into what guides and sustains people in difficult times. he founded the Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light and co-founded the Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger. While in that position. Domestic Hunger and Poverty. Previously. intellectual openness and warrior courage. Mr. wealthy. He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and has two degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. 50 . Commander of the Faithful is the third book of a trilogy that began with Stefan Zweig: Death of a Modern Man (1995). He served there from June 2002 to May 2007.S. During that period he directed the Special Ministries/Vietnam Generation. 1988) when the popular view of Russia was one of technological incompetence in the communist world. He was appointed to that position on May 2007. Popular in 1930s and 40s. 2002) when people were touting irreconcilable differences between Islam and the West. world famous and with young new wife. Mr. Mr. making him a hero in the Muslim and Christian worlds of the 19th century. DC. He has also served as a Visiting Fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1985-1988.
Turkey. Reared in the indigenous Muslim communities of Brooklyn. He has taught. expansion and diversity of the Muslim community in New York City. Kopuz has studied traditional Islamic sciences starting at a very early age. Brooklyn-based artist Nsenga Knight. to continue his higher Islamic studies at Al-Azhar University. Istanbul Turkey. He moved to Binghamton as Imam in 1993 and joined Graduate Program at SUNY Binghamton. Zehra Betuland Hamidullah Eren Kopuz. named as Hafsa Nihal. churches. in Middle Eastern History. Nsenga Knight Through Photography. Istanbul. video and oral history. and because "who these women are have a very direct effect on who I am. Turkey. which earned him title of Hafiz and then he learned Arabic and traditional 51 . New York. in 1992. There he studied five years of Islamic Law as well as Modern European Law. He is member of Broome County Council of Churches Interfaith Committee. Nsenga has experienced the transition. and he has give lectures on Islam and Muslim Societies at various public forums. He is the Imam of Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier at Binghamton. specializing on the Islamic Scholars and Knowledge Production in Ottoman History. He is currently working on his PhD. classes on World Religions and Biblical History at SUNY Binghamton. Knight chose women because their stories were seldom told. Then studied towards MA in Islamic Law at Marmara University.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. which is renowned world famous oldest Islamic University. He has been Imam of the Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier since 1993. Egypt. schools and clubs in and around our locality. explores the spiritual and community lives of Black women who converted to Islam prior to 1975 and pioneered Brooklyn’s oldest Muslim communities. with Professor and Rabbi Lance Sussman. and earned his Law Degree at Istanbul University School of Law. Sufism at Broome Community College. He is married and has three children. He moved to Cairo. a religious seminary in Istanbul. He earned MA in Middle East History at Binghamton University in 1999. He has memorized the entire Qur'an. Kasim Kopuz Shayk Kasim Kopuz was born in Rize.
52 . Since 1997. his birthplace. board member etc.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Radwan Kouatli Murat Kose Imam Radwan Kouatli is the founder of Love God institute. Mr. He was the president of MSA both at the University of Rochester and Syracuse University. Radwan acquired his early religious education in the old city of Damascus. has BS in Chemical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University. Kose is married with five children and lives in New Castle DE. He and his wife Hollie have four beautiful children. He moved to the USA in 1987. Nurtel Telecom.A. He is the founding imam of Love God Congregation at al-Wadood mosque in Norfolk. Usul-al Fiqh (Science of Exegesis). NE where he lives and serves as the teaching imam. He along with his wife currently runs a volunteer tutoring program for elementary.S. Usual al-Tasfeer (Quranic Hermeneutic). graduated in 1991 with honors from the University of Central Florida with a B. To Radwan. He also completed all the requirements except dissertation for the PhD in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering in Syracuse University. Radwan is also the author of Live Your Life on Purpose. Istanbul Turkey and MS in Chemical Engineering and Microelectronics from University of Rochester. universities and places of worship. He also coordinated settlement of Kosovo Refuges in the Syracuse Area. with a major focus in marketing. Murat Kose is Founder and President. DE He has performed extensive multidisciplinary research and founded several successful start-up companies . Syracuse NY. Rochester NY. seeking knowledge is a lifelong journey. Imam Radwan is married. Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) and Aqeedah (Theology). he served as imam with several congregations and delivered lectures and sermons in mosques. and became a US citizen in 1999. He has always being active at local community at various capacities as teacher/principle of Sunday School. The first (in the USA) Halal Meal Plan was implemented during his presidency at Syracuse University. New Castle. a non for profit educational ministry dedicated to share the mercy and love of God. Some of the areas that were covered during his journey of seeking knowledge are: the Science of Hadeeth (Prophetic Narrations).B. middle and high school students at the Islamic Society of Delaware.
Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain. Senior Rabbi is senior rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation. and Disney.L. Ola Lanke Alexander Kronemer. Kronemer is the Co-Executive Producer of the UPF films: Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet.000 member Congregation. Islamic awareness and cross-cultural communication. He has lectured to the National Council on U.S. Bruce Lustig Rabbi Bruce Lustig. and has been reelected on three occasions. He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Sør-Trøndelag in 1993.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Alexander Kronemer Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think. including the Christian Science Monitor and the Washington Post. Outside of politics he has worked as a priest. in 1977. He has appeared as a CNN commentator on several occasions. In 2000. Kronemer served a one-year appointment at the Bureau of Human Rights in the U. Mr. Since 1997 he is a member of the national Christian Democratic Party board..H. including during CNN’s historic live coverage of the Hajj in 1998. the youth wing of the Christian Democratic Party. co-founder of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) is a frequent writer and lecturer on religious diversity. He has a Master’s in Theological Studies from Harvard University. On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly. A Prince Among Slaves: The True Story of an African Prince Enslaved in the American South. foreign policy and Islam. Allah Made Me Funny: The Official Muslim Comedy Tour. and Who Ola Torgeir Lånke is a Norwegian politician for the Christian Democratic Party. Kronemer has published essays in numerous newspapers and journals. Nike.S. Aetna. he has shown community involvement in the Jewish Council for the Aging. Talking through Walls: How the Struggle to Build a Mosque United a Community. He was the chairman of the Youth of the Christian People's Party. the Executive Board of Israel Bonds of the Greater Washington 53 . Mr. On the local level Lånke was a member of Trondheim city council from 1991 to 1993. from 1975 to 1976.S. M. Harvard. Along with the daily responsibilities of leading a 3. Mr.theol.A. having graduated from the MF Norwegian School of Theology as cand.-Arab Relations. State Department focusing on U.
he has a long track record of providing relief and rehabilitation to the victims of man-made or natural disasters. He is a graduate from Deoband and is currently a member of the Parliament of India representing Uttar Pradesh. tsunami affected areas in Andhra Pradesh. December 2004.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Area. In all settings. including CNN. representatives to the International Conference of Muslim Young Leaders. MSNBC. including the Wall Street Journal. He holds a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Jews and Muslims for dialogue. and the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society. Washington Times. and community groups. Since joining MPAC. Chicago Tribune. and Los Angeles Times. Madani As MPAC's Communications Director. Edina's work has also been featured in several leading newspapers. Bihar and Orissa. Edina was invited by the Malaysian government to be one of two U. BBC." In 2003. District of Columbia Division. contributing part of the American fabric. Edina has appeared on national media outlets. the UAHC Rabbinic Network on Youth Suicide. An enthusiastic social worker. Rabbi Lustig received a Bachelor of Arts degree (with honors) from the University of Tennessee. 54 . the Mayors Faith Advisory Board. He is also the author of Composite Nationalism. Edina represented MPAC at a United Nations seminar on "Confronting Islamophobia.S. In Maulana Mahmood A. the National Liaison for National Day of Prayer. Edina has also participated in numerous national and international conferences and interfaith dialogues speaking on a variety of issues related to American Muslims. undertook several rehabilitation projects in earthquake affected areas in Gujarat and Kashmir Valley. He is a pro-active leader of Washington's Interfaith Community and organized the nation's first Abrahamic Summit bringing together Christians. Edina acts as a spokeswoman for the American Muslim community to media outlets. Madani is an Islamic scholar from a long line of Islamic scholars. and the History Channel. which served as a precursor to the annual conference of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). and flood affected areas in Assam. government officials. interfaith leaders. academic institutions. 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. Edina Lekovic Mahmood A. Associated Press.
gender.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mokhtar Maghraoui Washington. College Park. cultural competence and workforce development. and the Advocacy Institute. and facilitator with extensive experience in international and development management in the areas of NGO and socio-cultural development. D. Sheikh Maghraoui holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a master in Physics. Inc. policy advocacy. He served as Muslim chaplain of Howard University in Washington. India. Johari Abdul Malik Johari Abdul Malik is the President of the Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations. political. Dr.C.. As a development worker. Union College and St. International Development Division at the International Reading Association. he has a thorough understanding of cultural. D. 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.C. Sakil. He also worked for SITBRAC Global Partnership and TAF Democracy Partnership Program. Program Coordinator for Child Welfare League of America's International Office in Washington. Sakil is a development worker.. Graduate School of Islamic & Social Sciences. he served as a Program Manager for Capacity Building and Advocacy at World Learning for International Development. Previously he served at the Shari'a Scholars Association of North America and Fiqh Council of North America. Washington D. Head of the National Association of Muslim Chaplains in Higher Education. Rose. small-enterprise development and micro credit. a native of Bangladesh. manager. He taught at Syracuse University. Sakil Malik Sakil Malik is the Director. He is currently a resident Scholar at the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (Florida) and counselor to many National Islamic Organizations. and a founding member of the Muslim Advocacy Commission of . Bangladesh and an International Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies from the European Peace University in Austria. D. He has recently started his PhD Coursework at University of Maryland. project design and planning. PRIP Trust (Former PACT/USAID Project) in Bangladesh.C. a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Dhaka University. 55 Originally from Algeria. He manages multimillion dollar grant funded projects around the world. organizational development. President of the Muslim Society of Washington.C. 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. CARE International. holds a Master of Arts degree from the Aligarh University. trainer. Previously.
Al-Marayati is the director and one of the founders of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). In 2001. and promote respect. daughter Samreen Salam S. Mr. 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. Mr. high schools. He has been director of MPAC for the past ten years. Sakil lives in Laurel. a commission formed to improve access to city government. churches. a committee formed to lobby Congress and the Administration to end the genocide in Bosnia. tolerance and justice. Al-Marayati serves as a commissioner of the Human Relations Commission in Los Angeles. Salam S. Sakil has published his articles in international newsletters and journals. His family left Iraq and immigrated to the United States in 1964. he was one of nine scholars to present at the Nobel Peace Prize Centennial Symposium. Al-Marayati has had the opportunity to speak to congregations at community-sponsored events. Al-Marayati earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Bio-Chemistry from the University of California (UCLA). and college campuses. Maryland with his son Shafin. AlMarayati Mahmood Mamdani Mr. He is a former President of the Council for Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA) Dakar. reduce discrimination. Sakil is fluent in five languages. Al-Marayati served as a Board member of the American committee to Save Bosnia. 56 . a public service agency aimed at disseminating accurate information about Islam to the American public. Mr. Urdu.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention economic and social issues in developing countries. Also. and Arabic. Mamdani's reputation as an expert in African history. Senegal. temples. Hindi. English. Al-Marayati worked as a process chemical engineer in the semiconductor industry for two years. 1960 in Baghdad. politics and international relations has made him an important voice in contemporary debates about Africa. At his present position. He then received an executive master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California-Irvine (UCI). He is also the Director of Columbia's Institute of African Studies. Al-Marayati was born on September 2. Bengali. 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. He is now an American citizen. synagogues. Mr. He later changed careers and served as a liaison to the Muslim community for Los Angeles City Councilman Robert Farrel. He has been named as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by the US magazine Foreign Policy in May 2008. Mr. Iraq.
Lououn Youth Soccer Association. The San Francisco Chronicle and USA Today. Father Massa stated "Together. His articles and interviews have appeared on such prominent newspapers as The Wall Street Journal. the National Association of Ecumenical Officers. in systematic theology in 1997. In an interview given last year. Yvonne Haddad and Dr. Father James Massa Priscilla Martinez Father James Massa is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and a graduate of Fordham University.D. and the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and and lectures around the country on topics related to ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. He has appeared on radio and TV talk shows including C-SPAN and NBC. Jane Smith). and the Transcaucus conflict. co-owner of the LIFE Homeschool group. Father Massa has long been a proponent of interreligious dialogue. Middle East politics. He serves as executive director of the U. the Girl Scouts Council of the Nation's Capital. Priscilla Martinez is a homeschooling mother of six children in metropolitan Washington DC.S episcopal conference's Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. She has written for Islamic Horizons and Educating the Muslims of America (ed. Martinez frequently delivers seminars and workshops 57 . She volunteers for the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The LA Daily News. Dr. The Chicago Tribune. the All Dulles Area Muslim Society. the Society of Catholic Liturgy. and Upper Loudoun Little League." Father Massa is a member of the North American Academy of Ecumenists. human rights. The Christian Science Monitor. the Balkan Crisis. designed to help parents new to home schooling.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention He has written extensively on Islam. the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington. The Los Angeles Times. Martinez is the founder of the Ashburn-Sterling Homeschoolers group. 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. where he earned his Ph. and founder of the ADAMS chapter of Homeschoolers Educating Assisting and Reaching-out Through Service (HEARTS). democracy. 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.
in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago in 1999. Andrew D. The University of Chicago.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Ingrid Mattson. Australia. OH.. Her publications include studies on slavery. Ingrid Mattson is the current President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and served as ISNA Vice-President from 2001 to 2006. He is an Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Bonita R. African Studies. Ithaca.D. In addition to his appointments as the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities. Prior to her Ph. Kenya. Bridgewater State College. Philosophy. Canada. and Sussex. Harvard University. Humanities and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Previously Sr. National University of Singapore. She earned her Ph. Sr. Baghdad. Dr. Georgetown. and Islamic legal theory. Interpretation and Culture and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies (IGCS).D. Bonita worked at a full service Domestic Violence Shelter in Columbus. Mazrui has also been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. poverty. focusing on Islamic law and society. Mazrui retired as the inaugural Walter Rodney Professor at the University of Guyana. in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo in Ontario. Nairobi. Dr. and at other institutions in Cairo. 58 . Nairobi. 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. Guyana. Mattson obtained her B. Leeds. Oxford University. Ali Al’amin Mazrui Bonita McGee Ali Al'amin Mazrui is an academic and political writer on African and Islamic studies and North-South relations. 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. White Professor-at-Large Emeritus and Senior Scholar in Africana Studies at Cornell University. amongst others. Colgate University.A. In 1999. Ohio State University. New York and Chancellor of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Denver. McGill University. London. Professor in Political Science. Teheran. McGee received a Masters in Islamic Sciences from the School of Islamic and Social Sciences in 2004.
which encourages respect. Wilkes Barre. Other volunteer efforts include being a volunteer with SARNCO (Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio) as patient advocate for rape survivors. Jack Moline Jack Moline has been the rabbi of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria since 1987. Dept.B. Sr. and cooperation between the African-American and Jewish communities. referral. 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. he has been an effective member of the Interfaith Counci. understanding. Director Henry cancer Center. PA. a social service organization serving the Muslim community in Greater Columbus and surrounding areas. Lexington. Bonita began her efforts to stop violence against women and antioppression work in her years as an undergraduate at The Ohio State University.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). KY and is also Co-Director Geisinger Cancer Institute. 59 . a national organization addressing social issues and promoting social work and related fields in the Muslim Community. and Martin Luther King Day. of Radiation Medicine. and training to both Muslim and Non-Muslim in an effort to bridge gaps to address the social issues in the community effectively. Jack Moline has supported many city programs and activities that focus on education and the greater needs of the Alexandria community. Sr. She participated in the Rape Education and Prevention Program and later volunteered with Choices. 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. including the Call to Community.11 Remembrance. Mohammed Mohiuddin Mohammed Mohiuddin is Chairman and Professor.a domestic violence shelter in Columbus. University of Kentucky A. 9 . Days of Remembrance. and he was instrumental in launching Operation Understanding. Bonita served as Program Chair for ISNA’s Domestic Violence Awareness Activities and developed a website on domestic violence for ISNA. and over the years. Jack Moline partners with other Alexandria clergy in their mission to increase tolerance and understanding of all faiths and peoples. and he has been a respected advocate for tolerance and understanding in the City of Alexandria for 20 years. Muslim Family Services offers support. Chandler Medical Center.
He is a full-time faculty member in the Division of Humanities/Department of History at Essex County College. 60 . In 2005-2006. In 2004. Islamic reform and gender issues in Islam. Mubarak was the first female to be elected as president of the Muslim Students Association National (MSA) since its establishment in 1963. Nash Hadia Mubarak is a full-time doctoral student at Georgetown University's Islamic Studies department. He is a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University and has taught Islam in the Black Experience and related courses in the Department of African-American and African Studies on the Newark campus and the Department of Africana Studies on the New Brunswick campus. a research institute at the Library of Congress sponsored by the Community College Humanities Association and funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Nash (formerly Michael Nash) is a native Newarker and a pioneering researcher on the history of Islam in the Greater Newark. Mubarak received her Master’s degree in Contemporary Arab Studies with a concentration in Women and Gender from Georgetown University. a researcher with the Gallup Organization’s Center for Muslim Studies and a researcher with American University’s Islam in the Age of Globalization project. Mikal N. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and English from Florida State University. Her research interests include the development of Islamic family law. he was a participant in the American Cities and Public Spaces Project. Mubarak previously worked as a Senior Researcher with the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. NJ community.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Hadia Mubarak Mikal N.
She has been practicing for 13 years in the USA. South Sudan. LEED certified with the US Green Building Council. she is principal and founder of a Sustainable and green Architecture practice called. Her spiritual Art. She is also president and founder of The Pen and Inkpot Foundation. people and spirituality. and Akron. Dr. an independent advocacy organization working towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict over Kashmir. NCARB and the US Green building Council. Architecture. Her Art is a spiritual Art called Pen and Inkpot. Brussels. 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. Ohio. She is a member of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. Medical Director of the Digestive Wellness Center in Norton. with offices in London.. Mir practices as a Gastroenterologist in Northeastern Ohio.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Ghulam N. Ohio. In addition she is an Artist and a writer. including at conferences across the United States and in London. Dr. a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa. Her Art and Architecture are compliments. writing and Philanthropy celebrate. as she phrases: ‘the stitching of a Sustainable human’. Dr. 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. the AIA. Professionally. Mir is the Medical Director of the Center for Digestive Diseases and Endoscopy at Summa Barberton Hospital. Ohio. Ohio. with three internationally distinct firms. She is a Muslim woman business owner building a social entrepreneurship of profit. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Summa Barberton Hospital. and Islamabad. Ohio. Dr. Dr. with woman in mind. and President of Summit Gastroenterology Associates in Norton. Presently.C. Dr. Barberton. She is presently working on a Library for the Lost Boys of Panyijiar. Washington D. AYN Architect. He also serves as the President of the World Kashmir Freedom Movement. One of her visions is a Green Mosque for the 21st century. Mir is the President of World Kashmir Awareness. pending publication the weave. Mir has spoken widely regarding the options for peacefully resolving the Kashmir conflict. Chief of the 61 . Mir previously also served as the Chief of Gastroenterology. Uzma Mirza Uzma Mirza is a registered and licensed Architect. non-profit with the environment. Originally hails from Canada. in mind. of each other with the thread of philanthropy and her written work.
Dr. Asma was Vice President of the MBA Consulting Club and was nominated by her classmates to speak at the MBA Graduation Ceremony. MarJac makes proprietary investments in U. Egypt. She currently lives with her family in Herndon. Dr. Dr. and foreign securities and provides international business management services. Asma holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and Bachelors in Management and Operations Information Management from Georgetown University. acquisitions and sales of various sized companies and real estate projects located in different parts of the world. Sr. In addition. Since 1984. 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. Sr. 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. streamlining or expanding the same. a Virginia not-for-profit corporation. the DC Eid Committee.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Asma Mirza Yaqub Mirza Sr. Dr. Sr. Inc. Dr. Dr. and an active participant in the ADAMS Center Sisters Youth Group. the year it was dissolved) of the Saar Foundation. VA. Mirza has served as a Trustee and Treasurer and later as Chairman (198762 . of Sterling Advisory Services. Previously. Mirza also served as Vice President (1984-1994) and President (1995-2000. From 19871995. since its inception. Chile. After many of the acquisitions. Previously she served as Georgetown MSA President (2004-2005). M. MSA National East Zone Rep (2005-2006). the MYNA Advisory Board. Mirza has more than 20 years of experience in stock investments and portfolio management involving assets ranging from $1-$10 million. he served as Executive Vice President of MarJac. Malaysia. (“SMG”) since 1998. Treasurer (20062007) and founder and Director of the MSA Legacy Fund (2006-2007). She was also a member of the ADAMS Center Girls Scouts for 12 years. At the University of Maryland. MarJac and its affiliates operated in the United States.S. Mirza has been actively negotiating mergers. Inc. (“Mar-Jac”) since 1995. Currently she serves on the MSA National Board as Exofficio while working as an Organizational Strategy Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. Asma was a member of the ISNA Shura and MYC. Canada. Turkey and Zimbabwe. and President and CEO of MarJac Investments. Inc.
A contributing editor and end-page columnist for Islamica. Mirza currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jugos Concentrados. the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota. in Teaching Science (1975) from University of Texas at Dallas. In addition. Mirza holds a M. which are registered with the Securities & Exchange Commission as an open-end investment company and managed by Saturna Capital Corporation. candidate at Columbia University. and consultation on the collection and analysis of Gallup's unprecedented survey representing the opinions of more than 1 billion Muslims worldwide. traded on the Santiago Stock Exchange. Haroon has spoken at numerous Muslim. Christian and Jewish institutions.D. world leader of RAID technology and network management products from December 1988 until September 1999 when Mylex was acquired by IBM for $240 million. He is a Ph. His essays have been published in a variety of media. through which Gallup. strategic direction. in collaboration with the Coexist Foundation. She also . in Physics (1974) and M.muslimwestfacts. He also serves on the Board of numerous other companies.com).Sc. He has been interviewed on Voice of America. A French translation arrived in 2007. (“Jucosa”). S. Mogahed provides leadership. is disseminating the findings of the Gallup World Poll to key opinion leaders in the Muslim World and the West. March 2008).D. and has led educational and interfaith workshops to advance understanding and dialogue. which won several Brass Crescent Awards (in 2004 and 2005). a Chilean producer of juice concentrates. He served on the Board of Mylex Corporation.A. as well as guest appearances on CNN and NPR. including Dawn. She is coauthor of the book Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think (Gallup Press. from University of Karachi (1969). Qatar (2009).A. directs the Muslim-West Facts Initiative (www. "The Order of Light. Haroon has been selected as one of 300 Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow and participated in the Third Annual Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow Conference in Doha. a Ph. Dr. including wins for Best Muslim Blog and Best Writing. 63 Dalia Mogahed Dalia Mogahed is a Senior Analyst at Gallup and Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. His speaking engagements include the University of Pennsylvania. Avari. and is now an Advisor to the Board of Trustees of the Amana Mutual Funds. The Friday Times and Tikkun. Haroon also maintains a popular blog. His first novel. a NASDAQ listed. Dr.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention February 2003). Haroon Moghul Haroon Moghul is Director of Public Relations for the Islamic Center at New York University." was released by Penguin in 2006. al-Hurra and The National (Abu Dhabi) among others.
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. Dept of Medicine. Marshall University . and an award winning author. University of Tennessee. is a community organizer with a background in strategic communications and multimedia production. Pakistan . Sultan Muhammad is a native Chicagoan.MPH University of Pittsburgh . Sultan is IMAN’s (Inner-city Muslim Action Network) Lead Organizer on Chicago’s South-side and works around human rights issues facing marginalized communities. and greatgrandson of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Karachi University . USA he successfully led efforts to declare rape as a war crime. He is also a board member of the Parliament of the World Religions. is founder of Sound Vision. 64 . His early experiences abroad and family tradition of activism have contributed to his focus on building bridges between communities by promoting common understanding. PA Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine. As the national coordinator of Bosnia Task Force. nephew of Imam W. At an early age. and social transformation. He publishes educational resources and is co-founder of a Chicagobased multi-media production company. Marriyam Moten Abdul Malik Mujahid Marriyam Moten graduated Dow Medical College . Deen Muhammad.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Haroon is married and lives in New York City. Sultan studied Arabic and Islamic sciences on scholarship abroad and is the son of the late Imam Sultan Muhammad. Karachi . cultural engagement.
Fulbright Scholar and a research associate at the Economics Research Center of the University of the Philippines. she went on to live in the Philippines for nine months as a U. Between 20052008. creating national webcasts and tv shows/specials. FL. she studied a community-based. Nagamia has been actively involved in establishing and volunteering for a number of Islamic Organizations locally. he was introduced to MYNA for the first time and became the Wisconsin/Illinois/Indiana regional representative. nationally as well as Internationally. Husain Nagamia is Chief Emeritus of Department of Cardio Vascular and Thoracic Surgery and Cardiac Transplant Center at Tampa General Hospital Tampa. Starting September 2009. and is the founder/chairman of International Institute of Islamic Medicine (IIIM) a organization of IMANA dedicated to research in History of Islamic Medicine.S. past Editor-inChief of Journal of the Islamic Medical Association of North America (JIMA). Rayyan continued to produce media for nonprofit organizations as a volunteer service. In 2007. Dr. He has been a past president of Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA). After college. Rayyan was a member of Strive . Nasreen currently resides with her loving family in her hometown of Arlington. After this period.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Nasreen C. Florida. interest-free microcredit program for Metro Manila Muslims who have fled conflict in Mindanao. Tampa. where she also served in the Americorps and on the board of the GW Muslim Students Association. He serves as Vice Chairman of International 65 Rayyan Najeeb Rayyan Najeeb will be attending Northwestern in the fall. she will be working as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. insha Allah. He is currently Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of South Florida Medical School. Virginia. Mustafa earned a Bachelor of Science in accountancy and a minor in sociology at the George Washington University. Nasreen C. During her grant. Husain Nagamia Dr. Mustafa Media Institute. After establishing a MYNA chapter in Milwaukee. He is a member of Founder’s Committee for Islamic Society of North American (ISNA). Rayyan concentrated his talents as PR chair producing media and promoting MYNA among the chapters.
Sayed A. Nassar Dr. Tehran. Saudi Arabia. Nassar is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Riyadh. first Interest-Free Home Ownership and Investment projects in North America. Finance & Insurance (Takaful) Conference held in Ottawa. He is also the Chair of the Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation (CITF) that is the Trust wing of ISNA Canada. Monterrey Mexico. China. Ayman Nassar Br. Br. Dr. Pervez Nasim is also Chairman & CEO of a number of Ansar Financial Group of Companies that organized the 3rd International Islamic Banking. London School of Economics in England and at Crans Montana Forum in Geneva. and is authoring a book on this subject. Ayman Nassar works for IBM leading endto-end next generation BSS/OSS application development for a global service provider. Kuala Lumpur. South Africa. Nagamia has published and presented numerous articles and papers on the “History of Islamic Medicine”. Dr. U. and he has been volunteering his time since its inception in 1980 in Toronto. Brunei Darussalam and at Harvard University. India. Canada. Sayed A. Canada in May 2007. Nassar is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University and the director of the Fastening and Joining Research Institute (FAJRI). Trinidad. Qatar. Pervez Nasim Br. and is an author of several books in the area of project management and leadership. Pakistan. Los Angles. 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. Libya. Jordan. He is a founding member and Chair of the Board of the Islamic Cooperative Housing Corporation Ltd. 66 . Pervez Nasim is a Bachelor of Commerce and a Certified Management Accountant. Switzerland.. UAE.K. Ansar Financial Group Companies are managing investments on Interest-free basis in various Projects and Joint Ventures in excess of $80 Million in Canada. Khartoum. Chittagong. He has lectured all over the world on Islamic Medicine including: USA (many cities). Japan.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Society of History of Islamic Medicine (ISHIM) based in Doha. Qatar. He also teaches project management and systems engineering courses. Toronto. Houston. 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. and Ansar Cooperative Housing Corporation.
He has been an activist and a student of Islam in the last 22 years in the United States. Daoud Nassimi lives in Northern Virginia and he is the vice-chairman of the Council of Muslim Organizations in Greater Washington.D. 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. DC (CCMO). including as an Imam. born in Liverpool and raised in Toronto. He is originally from Afghanistan. a co-production with the National 67 . Nassimi has a unique and combined educational background in engineering and Islamic studies. He gives Jum’a Khutbahs in various Masajid. in Islamic studies. he has also studied the Arabic language. Nawaz. teacher. and CBC’s The National. He is a frequent and passionate speaker in different Muslim Satellite TV shows on the subjects of Qur’an and Islamic Thought. Unfazed. 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. Zarqa Nawaz Dr. Nawaz’s documentary entitled Me and the Mosque. which debuted to large audiences and tremendous acclaim in 2007. and chairman. and lectures on Islamic topics at various forums in the DC area. He has been volunteering to serve the community in various capacities. His PhD Thesis was on a comparative review of some English translations of the Qur’an. board member. Nawaz worked as a freelance writer/broadcaster with CBC radio. 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. CTV’s Canada AM. Dr.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Daoud Nassimi studies and recently earned his Ph. counselor. Besides his BS and MS in electrical engineering and working in the fields of telecommunications and satellite communications in the last 20 years. In 2005. she coolly switched career plans and received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism from Ryerson in 1992. marriage celebrant. Other short film credits include Fred’s Burqa and Random Check.
.D. Hanafi/Shafi’i Fiqh. some of which are being translated into English and published. Muhammad Ninowy Sulayman S. Mr.D. P. “Imam Muslim’s methodology in Hadith”.) from Indiana University Law School - 68 . and co-principal investigator of Project MAPS. and many others. and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists. Shaykh Muhammad has authored many books. Sayyed Yahya. Saudi Arabia. IN. He received his law degree (J. Muhammad bin Yahya Al-Husayni AlNinowy began his study under his father. He received his bachelors in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Virginia. and specializes in immigration law. and Ihsaan. memorizing the Glorious Qur'an and acquiring knowledge in many of the Islamic disciplines. Mr. He holds a master’s degree in public administration and a Ph. Dr. African and Middle Eastern affairs. in Annandale. Nubani also has a Masters degree in History from Southern Illinois University -Carbondale. IL. the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies. Bloomington. Nyang has served as consultant to several national and international agencies and on the boards of the African Studies Association. Georgia .C. “Explanation of the Bayquni Text in Hadith”. He delved further into the fields of Hadeeth and Ihsaan on the hands of various expert scholars of both fields worldwide. D. Sulayman S. such as Tawheed. “Imam Nasa’iy’s Khasaa’es”. such as: “Hadithi commentary on the Shamaa’el of Imam Tirmithi”. Ashraf Nubani Ashraf Nubani is an attorney and Managing Partner of Busch & Nubani. and senior Imam of Al Madina Masjid in Atlanta. A former deputy ambassador and head of chancery of the Gambia Embassy in Jeddah. was broadcast on CBC’s Rough Cuts. WI. Nyang Dr. Muhammad is the director of the American Islamic Institute.  He has written extensively on Islamic. in government from the University of Virginia.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Film Board and the CBC. Usool. Nubani is licensed to practice Law in New York and Virginia.C. Dr. Nyang is professor and chairman of the African Studies Department at Howard University in Washington.
he decided to pursue an education in Islamic studies. Popescu began employment with USCRI as an Administrative Assistant. and left for the Islamic University of Madinah. and B. and then went on to complete an M. Overseas Processing Entities.A. Currently. in Nationalism Studies from the Central European University. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston. he is also the Dean of Academic Affairs of AlMaghrib Institute. Shaykh Yasir Qadhi was born in Houston. coordinating human resources for USCRI headquarters and field offices. specializing in hadith studies. 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). In addition to his studies. in Theology. where he spent ten years. State Department Reception & Placement program. Serban received his M. where he lives with his wife and four children. liaising with the Refugee Processing Center.A. After working for Dow Chemical for a short stint. Connecticut.S. he completed a second bachelor's degree. he worked as a Research Assistant at Streit Council for a Union of Democracies in Washington. one of the largest advanced Institutes of Islamic Studies in North America. and providing primary support to the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. DC. There. Texas. 69 .A. and processing assurance forms.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Serban Popescu Yasir Qadhi Mr. he is completing his PhD in Islamic studies at Yale University in New Haven. He speaks French and Romanian. Mr. Prior to joining USCRI. and submission of family reunification sponsorship documents from USCRI network agencies participating in the U. Popescu’s main duties include collection. and affiliates. in 1975. in Philosophy from the University of Bucharest. review.
Dr. He is graduate of Oklahoma State University and Stuart School of Business (IIT Chicago). Mr. Al Hilal Youth Camp. Amjad's first foray into Islamic finance was as a field sales consultant for Guidance Financial Group. he served as the member the board of directors of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Before entering the world of Islamic finance. now owned by Hewitt Associates. Kansas and Arkansas. He also founded the first regularly scheduled Islamic youth camp in the USA. Arizona. he has served as Vice President of one of the largest Mosques in the US. Mr. He served as a member of board of Directors of Islamic Association of Greater Detroit. he worked in the information technology industry. He has also completed Executive Management program at UCLA. Quadri helped form advisory councils of local imams and community leaders in three states and started two new offices. In addition. Before moving into his current role at University Islamic Financial Corp. He is a frequent speaker on Islamic & geo political issues on international circuit. McKinsey & Company. Khurshid Qureshi is the past the president of the Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers (AMSE).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. In his spare time. and CNA. and the past president of Colorado Engineering Society. which recently observed its 27th anniversary. He worked on Y2K conversion projects for several large corporations. He then spent three years as a release engineer/project manager for Cyborg Systems. and is the past chairman of Society of Automotive Engineers Rocky Mountain Area.. including IBM. the latter which he currently supervises. Quadri graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree from the college of Business in Information Decision Sciences. In the early days of the MSA. 70 . he helped to establish chapters in Texas. among other things. Oklahoma.
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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
UN Alliance of Civilizations. In addition to her work with AMCLI. and the New York Daily News. 74 . a project directed by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz. Walter Ruby Walter Ruby has served as Muslim Jewish Relations Officer with the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding in New York since March 2008. he organized The Foundation-sponsored First National summit of imams and rabbis in November 2007 in New York. and nonprofit organizations. Today. and the Principal of Roumani Consulting LLC. and a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs. the Brookings Institution. and her bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations from Stanford University. where she co-founded the Global Policy Innovations Program. Nadia was the interim director for the Women Leaders Intercultural Forum. AMCLI is housed at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture. Between 2000 and 2004. a Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. Nadia received her master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. UNDP. Nadia is the consultant program officer for the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program. 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. Ruby writes for many newspapers including the New York Jewish Week. As a career reporter. and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. the Carnegie Corporation. and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. the Rothschild Foundation. and works in partnership with Georgetown’s Alwaleed bin Talal Center for MuslimChristian Understanding. Nadia was the Assistant Director of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue. foundations. A strong advocate of MuslimJewish communication and reconciliation. and a junior associate in Stiglitz’s office at the World Bank from 1999-2000. she has consulted for the World Bank. Among others. Nadia consults regularly for several international organizations. He has served as New York and United Nations correspondent for the Jerusalem Post. Nadia is the President of the Board of Directors of the Muslim Public Service Network. and Moscow correspondent for The Jerusalem Post and The Forward. the Four Freedoms Fund.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Nadia Roumani Nadia Roumani is the Director of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute. Ruby covered President Anwar Sadat's historic trip to Jerusalem and the breakup of the Soviet Union.
East Bay. Plainfield. and Ph. in Political Science from University of Punjab. organizing community workshops and training opportunities for teachers in Muslim Schools. Since its establishment. and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS). which is the nationwide coalition of Muslim Organizations. He is the currently chair of American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT). She taught students of various grade levels and age groups.D. Saeed was strategic force behind the creation of a first and second Muslim Bloc vote. MTA has sponsored five conferences for teachers. Salahuddin’s relocation to the South Florida area with her family. She initiated the formation of the Muslim Teacher Association (MTA) along with other concerned Muslim Educators in 2003. Pakistan and M. she has given many volunteer hours. Indiana. Since Ms. in Rhetoric from University of California at Berkeley. For the last four years of her teaching career she has been in an Islamic school. Agha Saeed is the Founder and Chairman of American Muslim Alliance and a lecturer in the Program in Asian Studies at California State University. 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). the Islamic Horizons. In 2000 and 2004. Dr. including the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID). Salahuddin Patricia Zahirah Salahuddin has been an educator for the past 23 years.A. In 2000. Saeed earned his B. Current she is pursuing a 75 .Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Agha Saeed Louay Safi Dr. Saeed spearheaded the campaign against the USA Patriot Act that led to the California State Resolution SJR10 against the USA PATRIOT act. He also serves on the board of several leading Muslim organizations. Dr. 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. she earned the National Board Certification. Dr. Patricia Z.A.
who the magazine feels will change in the industry in a positive way in the next 10 years. He worked as Chief Investment Officer for ITG & Associates (Dallas) until 1999. as there WZ rep. Monem Salam Rashid AbdulSalaam Rashid Abdul-Salaam is owner and president of Rasheed & Associates. and among other achievements. then as a representative with Morgan Stanley (suburban Dallas) until joining Saturna Capital in June 2003. Monem is active with the Muslim community in North America through ISNA. Monem received the “20 Rising Stars” Award from Institutional Investor News. Saturna Capital’s Director of Islamic Investing and Deputy Portfolio Manager. specializing in federal and state criminal defense investigations. Mr. The award is given to 20 leaders in the mutual fund industry. 76 . under 40. a non-profit organization which complete a documentary called “On A Wing and A Prayer”.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. Abdul-Salaam has provided investigatory services for the Law Office of Dennis R. 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. Salam received his degrees from the University of Texas: BA (Austin) and MBA (Dallas). Colorado. Boardmember of the Muslim Public Service Network. Abdul-Salaam was a Presidential Ceremonial Guard in the US Navy. Mr. a deputy sheriff in Littleton. In 2008. Boardmember of CAIR-WA and current Chairman of Peaceful Communications. was instrumental in locating the witness whose testimony led to Gucci Mane’s acquittal. Monem is also the coauthor of a new book called “A Muslim’s Guide to Investing And Personal Finance”. Monem Salam. Mr. Raised in Texas. was born in Pakistan in 1972. Scheib for more than 5 years. and has been involved in criminal defense investigation for more than 20 years.
Arabic and Islamic Studies. the State Government committee. He has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2007. 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. where he is vice chair. and spoke at the Parliament of World Religions in Barcelona. Saleh is the Education and Judiciary Legislative Assistant for Congressman Gregory W. Abdul-Samad also serves on the Health and Human Services Committee of the Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments. peace and eco-justice advocate. Meeks (D-NY). Achmat Salie is a counselor.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Jihad F. DC. a native of Cape Town. he had been a member of the Des Moines school board. Jihad is originally from Los Angele organized an international conference on Religion. Imam Salie has successfully Ako Abdul-Samad is the Iowa State Representative from the 66th District. Peace. In addition to his title as Imam. Abdul-Samad is the founder and CEO of Creative Visions Human Development Institute. Since 2007. Ako Abdul Samad Achmat Salie Imam Achmat Salie. interfaith and youth coordinator. Prior to moving to Washington. Previously. the Labor committee. and university professor. He has degrees in Islamic jurisprudence (alim fadil). and a doctorate in business administration. Jihad was an inner-city high school teacher for four years. is an avid traveler and reader. and the Human Resources committee. Spain. he is also the Programs Associate for the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association. He also serves on the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee. South Africa. He has earned graduate degrees from Stanford University's School of Education and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs. and will join the weeklong Oxford Round Table panel at Oxford at the end of July. Saleh Jihad F. and Conflict. Along with his legislative duties. education. Abdul-Samad currently serves on several committees in the Iowa House . Salie will speak at Melbourne’s PWR on the intra-faith code of conduct in Michigan. 77 . a non-profit organization in Des Moines.the Education committee.
As one of the leading voices in the field of intergroup and race relations. Muslim. education/prevention campaign for HIV/AIDS. she built and helped manage their social issues portfolio. Subsequently. Rabbi Schneier is President and Founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) and serves as Chairman of the World Jewish Congress American Section. and media relations experience. Beverly Schwartz Beverly joined Ashoka as the Vice President of Global Marketing from Fleishman Hillard. she helped design and manage the first U. he is at the forefront of the strengthening ties among the Jewish. At Fleishman. a “Web Winner. Washington Post. Beverly's interest in social issues spans most of her career. advocacy and media relations trainings across the United States. .S. 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 other lives. an international communications agency. CNN. Newsweek. MSNBC and NPR have sought Saylor’s opinions. and Christian faith communities.” Saylor has conducted dozens of civic empowerment. at the U. Center for Disease Control. legislative advocacy. Corey Saylor is legislative director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). 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. reconciliation and understanding. "America Responds to AIDS" and simultaneously directed the Office on Smoking and Health's public information function. Latino and AsianAmerican ethnic communities as well as promoting dialogue and cooperation among the Jewish. The Philadelphia Inquirer named a Saylormaintained blog focused on the 2005-2006 reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT ACT. Fox News. News outlets such as the New York Times. Saylor has more than a decade of nonprofit political communications.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Corey Saylor African-American. using her expertise in "social marketing" as the foundation for the portfolio. as well as its Commission on Intergroup Relations.S. Saylor played a role in advocacy campaigns drawing concessions from corporate giants such as Burger King and Bell Helicopter-Boeing.
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). Peshawar. 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". foreign policy. Fox News. on civil society issues and changing health and environmental behaviors when at the Academy for Educational Development. the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London). religion and international affairs. MSNBC. George Selim Chris Seiple Chris Seiple. the Naval Postgraduate School. She is an Associate Editor of the Social Marketing Quarterly and a Steering Committee Member of the annual "Innovations in Social Marketing Conference". After graduating from Stanford. Central & East Asia.S. is the president of the Institute for Global Engagement. a selfprofessed "think-tank with legs" promoting George Selim is a policy advisor at the U.. Beverly has published articles and given numerous presentations around the world on social marketing and is dedicated to promoting the field. and is Founder of IGE’s Council on Faith & International Affairs. International Religious Freedom Advocacy: A Guide to Organizations. sustainable environments for religious freedom worldwide. and CNN. 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. Hanoi. She has worked globally on the problem of education reform. including Doha. Seiple has appeared on BBC.S. With a recognized expertise in national and homeland security U. with the Reagan White House. and NGOs. and the Fletcher School for Law & Diplomacy. CN8. Muslim-Christian relations.S. and Beijing. Ph. he the founded the The Review of Faith & International Affairs. with an emphasis on getting and retaining girls in school in developing countries. Moscow. an intensive nine-week summer 79 . and religious freedom. humanitarian intervention. Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Academy of Ophthalmology. He is a member at the Council on Foreign Relations (New York). He is the author of The U. Military/NGO Relationship in Humanitarian Interventions and co-author of a new book.D. He cofounded the National Security Internship (NSI). Oslo. Law. His many speaking engagements have led him around the world.
Beirut. Rabbi Serotta served as a university chaplain for 27 years. 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. She realized that Muslims need to write their own stories. and an annual folio. and has traveled to many countries in the Middle East. Selim helping to build the next generation of Americans trained to combat terrorist activities. beginning in 1973 when he co-founded Breira. North America. Through this internship. MWWWI is a networking. the problems they have to confront. is a retired elementary and art school teacher. Maryland and served as Campus Rabbi at The George Washington University. UAE. with a Masters degree in Education and a Major in Art. He has served on a numerous other Boards including those of Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal and Tikkun Magazine. Bahrain. Rabbi Gerald Serotta has been involved in interfaith work through the Fellowship of Reconciliation (beginning with a reconciliation mission in 1975 to Cairo. where he directed the Hillel Foundation Director for 20 years. She is realizing this goal with the publication of her first book. Rabbi Serotta has been very active in community affairs throughout his career. in Sharjah. Damascus. homeland security and intelligence seminars. He is also a Board Member of the Faith and Politics Institute. Middle Eastern studies. an interfaith. Gerald Serotta is the Associate Rabbi at Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase. Amman. Gerry Serotta Zakia Iman Shahbaz Zakia Iman Shahbaz. 80 . nurturing organization that conducts monthly writing workshops. an American. He has a decades long record of activism in seeking solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her dream of writing and illustrating stories for children was awakened with the birth of her grandsons. He isn't doing it by training soldiers. newsletters. Zakia founded the (Muslim Women Writers' Workshop )MWWWI. She has taught in public and private schools in USA. She wants to present stories that illustrate the everyday lives of Muslim children and families. and is looking forward to the release of her next book.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention program that combines language. and present possible strategies for resolving them in a way that both Muslms and non-muslims alike can appreciate. in 1980 he was the Founding Co-Chair of New Jewish Agenda. meeting and befriending people of diverse backgrounds. and Sharjah. but instead by tapping into a group of Arabic-speaking college students who want a career in public service. and Israel) and the Interfaith Committee for Peace in the Middle East. Palestine. and on-the-jobtraining at DHS or the FBI. A Trophy for Bilal. He currently serves as Co-Chair of Rabbis for Human Rights. A Medal for Nabila. He recently completed a Sabbatical assignment as Senior Rabbinic Scholar-inResidence at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. bi-partisan effort to bring spiritual reflection to the work of the US Congress. UAE in 2005.
Aside from his traditional practice focusing on estate planning.C. Imam Zaid Shakir is amongst the most respected and influential Islamic scholars in the West. He has memorized the entire Arabic text of al-Qur’an since childhood. a professional law Corporation based in Southern California.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. NCCJ and many other ecumenical forums since 1992. Thomas University and Florida Community College. he accepted Islam in 1977 while serving in the United States Air Force. He has taught as the full time faculty at the International Islamic University. UK. where he was ordained Rabbi in New York in 1974. After a year of studying Arabic in Cairo. Masjid al-Huda. California. of Islamic inheritance and Sadqa Jaaria. and later earned his MA in Political Science at Rutgers University. Born in Berkeley. and co-founded a local Islamic center. he led a successful campaign for disinvestment from South Africa. in Theology and Religious Studies. from the University of Wales. He has a Ph. He has been an instructor in the International Conflict Resolution program at Eastern Mennonite University. Pakistan and. co-founding Masjid al-Islam. Mr. He obtained a BA with honors in International Relations at American University in Washington D. Shaikh speaks regularly throughout the country on the issue 81 . he settled in New Haven. and from New York Theological Seminary in Pastoral Counseling. Zaid Shakir Zulfiqar Ali Shah Zulfiqar Ali Shah serves as the Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee. D. He has been active in the Interfaith Council. Islamabad. He is the current Executive Director of the Fiqh Council of North America. Egypt. Connecticut and continued his community activism. He holds Masters degrees from Hebrew Union College in Hebrew Literature. trust and probate matters in Southern California. He also did graduate work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. and the Connecticut Muslim Coordinating Committee. While at Rutgers. He then left for Syria to pursue Ahmed Shaikh Ahmed Shaikh is an attorney and principal at Ahmed Shaikh. St. adjunct faculty at the University of Wales. the Tri-State Muslim Education Initiative. As an American Muslim who came of age during the civil rights struggles. University of North Florida. As Imam of Masjid al-Islam from 1988 to 1994 he spear-headed a community renewal and grassroots anti-drug effort. and also taught political science and Arabic at Southern Connecticut State University. which serves as the highest Muslim jurisprudential body in North America. he has brought both sensitivity about race and poverty issues and scholarly discipline to his faith-based work.
he was concerned about the extremely disproportionate number of African Dr. Islamic law. a translation from Arabic to English with commentary of Al Muhasibi's "Treatise For The Seekers of Guidance" was published by NID Publishers. M. Zaki Sherif Sidney Rahim Sharif Sidney Sharif worked as a police officer in the City of Chicago for 28 years from 1959 through 1988. and the history and life of Prophet Muhammad. In 2006. That same year. prosecuted and imprisoned for crimes. In 2001.S. Quranic studies. he and his wife Esther established the South Shore Islamic Community Center Since 1975. his translation from Arabic into English of “The Heirs of the Prophets” was published by Starlatch Press. he has taught Islamic principles. American men who were/are arrested. and Islamic spirituality. and spirituality with some of the top Muslim scholars of our age. and recidivism. He worked as a police officer in both African American and European communities. Islamic law. In 2003. In 2005. he was concerned about crime and its costs in human suffering. where he now teaches courses on Arabic. California to serve as a scholar-in-residence and lecturer at Zaytuna Institute. he moved to Hayward. In 1995. Sherif was born in Ethiopia and came to the USA as a young teen on a full academic university scholarship. 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. history. His professional career begins in the medical field as a renowned scientist specializing in cancer genetics and molecular medicine. Throughout his career. Majored in Corrections and Criminal Justice. For seven years in Syria.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention his studies in the traditional Islamic sciences. In addition. and briefly in Morocco. The mission of this organization is to Reduce prison violence. and Chicago State University. Zaytuna Institute published “Scattered Pictures: Reflections of An American Muslim” an anthology of diverse essays penned by Zaid Shakir. He is President and Founder of the Islamic Inmates Correctional Association of America. he graduated from Syria’s prestigious Abu Noor University and returned to Connecticut. Majored in Administration of Criminal Justice. as a 82 . and writing and speaking frequently on a host of issues. BA. he immersed himself in an intense study of Arabic. serving again as the Imam of Masjid al-Islam. He is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle Campus. He also currently conducts Islamic prison ministry at Wilmot Arizona State prison in Tucson.
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. graduated with a B. Sherif was president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at three different universities as an undergraduate and graduate student. He has also taught at Egyptian Schools before going to the U. He has been awarded research grants from national funding agencies including the National Institutes of Health.S. acoustics. He was born in Egypt. molecular biology and cancer biology to medical and graduate students at three top tier universities in the Washington DC area. Shinaishin is the Senior Program Manager.Sc. Earlier he worked as a Research Acoustics Engineer at the General Electric Company R&D Center in New York and at the Boeing Company in Seattle. and Program Coordinator. Osman A. the American Heart Association. Albany. and Thailand. degree in Agricultural Engineering from Michigan State University in 1960. 83 . Shinaishin O. teaching biochemistry.S.D. Davis and Berkeley in 1965. Near East and South Asian the Office of International Science and Engineering at the US National Science Foundation. and a Ph. delivered countless Friday Qhutbas and conducted copious Da’awa activities. NY. and as a professor. Research & Development Directorate. the American Cancer Society. He also sat on a number of committees that reviewed grant applications. Dr. received a M. He is well published and served on the editorial board of many scientific journals. In his position as a leader in the Muslim community. He currently heads Badr International Ethiopian Muslim organization headquartered in Washington DC. he has given numerous speeches. Environmental Protection Agency. Acoustics Unit at Mechanical Technology Inc. He held positions at NSF since 1976 managing programs with India and South Asia and then with the North Africa. the National Science Foundation. Georgetown and John Hopkins Universities. Much of his publications is on dynamics. Sherif also received post-doctoral fellowships from Stanford.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention medical doctor with a keen interest in oncology and cancer research. Near East and South Asia. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California. Dr. the American Leukemia Society and numerous other agencies. India. Prior to that he was Program Manager. 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. for North Africa. in Agricultural Sciences from Cairo University in 1952. Washington. A.
Dr. Ramadan and has published many academic papers and articles in encyclopedias and journals. Siddiqi has authored books on Hajj & Umra. 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. Bloomington. Dr. Dr. and Chair of the Islamic Association of Greater Detroit (IAGD)'s Community Affairs Committee. Currently. National Executive Director of the Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament (MIST). Siddiqi has organized and participated in several national and international Islamic conferences on Sirah.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Muzammil Siddiqi commentary in a weekly radio program. Dr. 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). he has organized numerous training programs for Muslim adults and youth. as well as his weekly column in Pakistan Link. He is the Vice President of the Academy of Judaic Christian and Islamic Studies at UCLA. Siddiqi served as the President of ISNA from 1996 . Because of his devotion to the preservation of Islam in America. His is author of Organizations at War in 84 . England and later went on to complete a degree in Comparative Religion at Harvard University. Fiqh and Da'wah. As a member and now Chairman of the Executive Board of Majlis al-Shura of Southern California. Abdulkader Sinno Abdulkader Sinno is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University. he has provided Qur'an Shazia Siddiqi is an MA candidate in Art Therapy and Community Counseling at Wayne State University. Siddiqi also serves as a member of the ISNA Majlis AshShura and Chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America. He received his PhD from UCLA and was a CISAC Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. He also lectures on Islam and interfaith dialogue in North America and abroad. Siddiqi works as an Educator and Religious Director of the Islamic Society of Orange County where he has served since 1981. Saudi Arabia and MA in Theology from Birmingham University.2000. Since 1982. and a 2009 Carnegie Scholar. Dr.
Cathy’s memoir of her 14 years in Beirut. along with a certificate in Refugee Studies from Georgetown University. Ms. She began at USCRI as a refugee protection researcher and writer for the 2008 World Refugee Survey. 85 . She supervises USCRI’s volunteer and financial literacy programs. Siraj provides support to USCRI as an officer in USCRI's Matching Grant Program. and comparative politics. and writes Arabic. Siraj earned a double Master's in Public Policy and Arab Studies. She led a tranquil life. reads. Lebanon with her Lebanese husband and two small children. politics of Muslims in the West. She and her family spent the next 8 years under the bombs and only returned to the United States in 1983. research design. He has researched and traveled extensively in the Middle East. teenagers. raised and educated in Washington.C. was published by Scarletta Press in November 2005. Ms. Cathy Sultan was born. Sultan sits on the Executive Board of the National Peace Foundation. and Urdu. As a former English instructor. On behalf of NPF she co-leads trips to Israel/Palestine with Interfaith Peace Builders once a year. Bengali. immersed in Lebanese culture. conflict processes and state building. USA Book News awarded it Best Autobiography of 2006. peace activists and Israeli soldiers. Ms. Her collection of interviews was published in December 2003. Siraj has lived in India and Saudi Arabia and speaks. Hindi. Siraj taught collegelevel as well as Advanced Placement English in the United States and Saudi Arabia. She interviewed Palestinians in refugee camps. In March 2002. A second edition of Israeli and Palestinian Voices: A Dialogue with Both Sides was published in April 2006.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Afghanistan (2008) and Beyond and editor of Muslims in Western Politics (2009). He is a fluent speaker of Arabic and French and has knowledge of Hebrew. Europe and North Africa. D. In 1969 she moved to Beirut. Cathy traveled to Jerusalem and the West Bank to better understand the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. In May 2008 Scarletta Press published Cathy’s latest book Tragedy in South Lebanon: The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006. A Beirut Heart: One Woman’s War. teachers. businessmen. until civil war began in April 1975. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Middle Eastern politics. Cathy Sultan Tabassum Siraj Ms.
He is the chief architect of Babul-Ilm project .com). a national professional organization founded 31 years ago. at the Islamic Foundation. civic engagement through volunteerism. for last 17 years. he pioneered its transformation into the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). protecting civil liberties and constitutional rights for all. Her focus is in youth leadership development. DC. Misbah and Saqib. and South America. he was Secretary General of the International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations (IIFSO) in which capacity he traveled widely through the former Soviet Union. Dr. in Sociolinguistics from the Indiana University at Bloomington. Presently.D. Indiana. Illinois. As President of the Muslim Students Association of USA & Canada (1980-1983). in Washington. in 1984.A Web Resource for Weekend Islamic School. served as its Editor-in-Chief (19841994). Syeed resumed responsibilities as National Director of ISNA’s Office of .amuslimvoice. from March 2006. During 1984-1988. Her dream is to creating a culture of peace. who has received over a dozen awards for community and peace building. one of the founders of the quarterly American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS). the Caribbean. Syeed. Sundas. California . A naturalized American citizen. Syeed Professor Taher is the President of North American Educational Foundation (a notfor-profit organization). Interfaith and Community Alliances. immigration reform. She is committed to fostering friendships among all Americans by bridging cultural and religious gaps. and Europe. Mohammed T. Sundas is the founder and Executive Director of the American Muslim Voice Foundation (www. Asia. he is the curriculum director and has successfully developed and implemented 86 Sayyid M. Sundas Samina F. Villa Park. Dr. Syeed has been General Secretary of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS). is a resident of Palo Alto. and community and peace building. Syeed obtained his Ph. She believes through education and interaction we can build an inclusive and beloved nation where all of us feel safe and at home. Dr. Africa.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Samina F. He has served as the Principal of the Weekend Islamic School. mutual respect and harmony. Taher Sayyid M. acceptance.She is the proud mother of two young adults.
He has a background in chemical engineering with a Master’s focus on pharmaceutical operations. and his M. Addison. Illinois. community activist. and internationally. Her first book. Omar Uddin Omar Uddin serves as President of Muslim Youth of North America Northwest 87 . “A Guide to Reading Qur’an”. Chicago. My Name is Bilal. He is profoundly deaf and relies on a cochlear implant device. A Party in Ramadan.S. His doctoral thesis is on. 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. Hyderabad. Asma MobinUddin Mobin Tawakkul Mobin Tawakkul created the Disability Needs & Awareness Working Group (DNAWG) for a non-profit organization called American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP). Asma frequently writes about topics related to Islam and Muslims. the 2008 Middle East Outreach Council Book Award Honorable Mention. He is currently working on drug product quality issues for the Food & Drug Administration. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Michigan. Currently serving her second term as President of CAIR-Ohio. He is a Senior Professor in the College of Engineering & Science at DeVry University. Her op ed columns have been published in newspapers locally. Her third book. The Best Eid Ever. He received his B.S. won the 2008 Skipping Stones Honor Award. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. and was a 2009 Storytelling World Resource Awards Honor Book. for the Weekend Islamic School. Dr. in engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University. “Impact of using computer simulation on students learning in a Technology based course”. India. He is the author of a popular book. Her second book. across the United States. Asma Mobin-Uddin is a pediatrician. and award-winning author of children’s books about the Muslim-American experience. 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. 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.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention the curriculum for grades Pre-school through 11. in Computer Science/Networking from Northeastern University.
1996). ranking Chaplain for New York's prison system for 25 years. in capitals such as Washington. who also studied moral development at Harvard University under Lawrence Kohlberg. and Madrid. founded the National Association of Muslim Chaplains. Cyprus and Europe in his sojourn to study history. investigate world events first hand. and imams to improve the life of our time." He is engaged in Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue internationally. 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.S. "Prince of Egypt. Virginia. Doha. This explored a modern incarnation of the Jewish theological traditions of midrash. He traveled to Mecca. Director of Child Development Fund (CDF).Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention University medical school. Umar advocated the hiring and assignment of Muslim religious workers throughout the U. Turkey. His volunteer involvement in Islamic work began in North America as the 88 . Visotzky Burton L. priests. Visotzky served as collaborator and onscreen participant in Bill Moyers' ten-hour series. Georgia in 1970. Cairo. In 1975 he became one of the first two Muslims hired as full time Imams in prisons in America. and Director of IIFTIHAR-USA. Imam Umar. Iqbal Unus Iqbal Unus is the Headquarters Director of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). originally from Columbus. "Genesis: A Living Conversation" (PBS. Spain (where he was in the first group of Jews invited by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia). President of the Muslim Students Association of Atlanta. South Africa. businessmen and professionals of various religious backgrounds. Visotzky. and built on Visotzky's experience leading seminars in Manhattan with a mixed group of students. Senegal. He worked with rabbis. Vice President. and spread the teaching of Islam. Later he served successively as Regional Representative. Warsaw. Rome. OH. ministers. 1997. Warith Deen Umar Burton L. Qatar (where he was in the first group of Jews invited to dialogue by the Emir). is a Conservative Rabbi and professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary (NY). Egypt. He also served as a principal consultant for DreamWorks 1998 film. and President (in 1975) of the Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada (MSA). He is the former Dean of Students/Registrar at the School of Islamic and Social Sciences (SISS) in Leesburg. He helped build New York's Imam council.
89 . conflict resolution. His book Exclusion and Embrace. California. ethics. He received his training from Ummul Quran University in Mecca and has become a world-renowned speaker on Islam. Fuller Theological Seminary (M. Reconciliation and Justice" to a new text on the atonement. He received high praises from the media and NYPD for initiating his anti-drug patrols in Brooklyn in 1988. Zagreb (B.A). Recently he contributed the essay. Among other achievements. He is widely known for his works on systematic theology. Imam Siraj has appeared on several national television talk shows and interviews. Volf was born in Osijek. "Forgiveness. 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. especially about his anti-drug campaigns in his native Bedford-Stuyvesant. was selected as among the 100 best religious books of the 20th Century by Christianity Today.A) in Pasadena. Croatia. where he studied under Jürgen Moltmann. Volf is formerly a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary Imam Siraj Wahhaj is the current Imam of Masjid Al-Taqwa in Brooklyn. He has been a member in both the Episcopal Church (USA) and the Evangelical Church in Croatia. Stricken by God? Nonviolent Identification and the Victory of Christ. and peace-making.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Miroslav Volf Siraj Wahhaj Miroslav Volf is an influential Christian theologian and currently the Henry B. Imam Wahhaj was the first person to give an Islamic invocation to the United States Congress in 1991. Imam Wahhaj has been on the ISNA Majlis AshShura since 1987 and has also previously served as ISNA Vice-President. and University of Tübingen. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale University Divinity School and Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the American Muslim Council (AMC). New York. and studied at Evangelical-Theological Faculty.
Warren gave the invocation at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in January 2009. a campaign that called for a prompt timetable for the withdrawal of U. In 2006 he was heavily involved in the “Declaration of Peace” movement.000 pastors worldwide. Iraq and Germany and traveled throughout the world with United Methodist’s efforts at justice work in Africa. or Starbucks in impact.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Khurrum Wahid Forbes magazine said. having led delegations to the Middle East. He has trained over 350. Vizcaino & Maher LLP. Khurrum has testified on civil rights issues several times before various government organizations. Jim Winkler Rick Warren As the General Secretary. plan and Acts of Mercy." 90 . Google." Rick and Kay Warren give away 90 percent of the profits from their books to charitable causes.E. which services those infected with and affected by AIDS.C." He founded Saddleback Church in Orange County. Rick Warren is often called "America's most influential spiritual leader. He also founded the Purpose Driven Movement. Jim is the top executive at the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society. Mr. Winkler’s dedication to peace and justice is paramount.S.E.A. Asia and Europe. Khurrum Wahid is an attorney and founding partner in the law firm of Wahid. including their global P. a network of tens of thousands of churches from all denominations in 160 countries. a civil and criminal litigation firm based in Florida. He has defended individuals and organizations. including successfully defending three innocent Muslim medical students falsely accused of terrorism in Florida on the anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11. Jim has taken his passion for peaceful resolutions abroad as well. Calling him a "spiritual entrepreneur. troops from Iraq. California. as proven by his willingness to be arrested in front of the White House during a peaceful protest for the Declaration of Peace. including twice before the United States Commission on Civil Rights. which is now one of the largest and best-known churches in the world. "If Warren's ministry was a business it would be compared with Dell.
E. He came to USA in 1990 and associated himself with a number of disability related initiatives. he offers weekly commentary on social issues through the board's weekly enewsletter Faith in Action. USA in 1992. Winkler is a member of the Justice and Advocacy Commission of the National Council of Churches of the United States of America. Shaykh Hamza is the first American lecturer to teach in Morocco's 91 . Saudi Arabia. he returned to the USA and took degrees in Religious Studies and Health Care. USA. A. India in 1988. USA. a nonprofit organization that is working to empower people with disabilities in India. 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.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mr. he became Muslim and subsequently traveled to the Muslim world and studied for ten years in the U. Universal Design. In 1977. He is also an Accessibility Specialist and Founder of AccessAgain LLC. universal design and assistive technology solutions for people with various disabilities. He has traveled all over the world giving talks on Islam. a master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Wayne State University. He received teaching licenses in various Islamic subjects from several wellknown scholars in various countries. He walks with the help of leg braces and crutches. board member of the Churches for the Middle East Peace and a board member of Africa Action. He tried to find solutions from many challenges and did not let obstacles get in the way of progressive thinking and attaining independence. He is the President and Founder of HelpHandicap Foundation. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Osmania University. he has also contributed a book chapter for a book on disability and is currently working on his own book on disability. In addition. Mohammed has published several articles on disability related topics. Certified Shaykh HamzaYusuf was born in Washington State and raised in Northern California. board member of the Faith and Politics Institute. which provides accessibility. Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) certification from Housing University in 2006. After ten years of studies abroad. as well as North and West Africa.. Mohammed Yousuf HamzaYusuf Mohammed acquired polio at the age of 2 and could not go to school until he was almost 12 years old. Fair Housing & ADA/ABA Guidelines from Harvard University in 2007 and Assistive Technology Applications from California State University in 2008. a member of the steering committee of the Campaign for a National Health Plan.
Following a bout of tuberculosis early on in his career. he performed as Cat Stevens and was one of the biggest solo artists of his generation. After almost drowning in the Pacific Ocean at Malibu he received a translation of the Qur'an from his elder brother.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention prestigious and oldest University. Yusuf Islam grew up in the heart of London’s theatre district. Small Kindness. the son of a Greek Cypriot father and Swedish mother. His pioneering work in education and tireless support for humanitarian causes has received international recognition. he has translated into modern English several classical Arabic traditional texts and poems. 92 . From 1968-1979. including being honoured with the 'Man for Peace' award in 2004 by a committee of Nobel peace laureates. Yusuf’s latest album. A well-known Muslim activist. Shaykh Hamza currently resides in Northern California with his wife and five children. 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. 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. Yusuf Islam Safaa Zarzour Born Steven Demetre Georgiou. His quest for answers was fulfilled and he embraced Islam in 1977. was released earlier this year to widespread critical acclaim. is the Program Chair for the ISNA Education Forum. Moonshadow. a well respected charity actively operating in some of the poorest parts of the world. Wild World and Father & Son and selling over 50 million LPs. Moonshadow. He is also the Vice-Chairman of the Universal School Board of Directors.N affiliated NGO which Yusuf Islam founded in 2000. serves as the Chairman for CAIR-Chicago and has spoken at a number of national and regional conferences. David. A stage musical based on his repertoire of songs. Roadsinger. He is active with the Catholic-Muslim Education Project and Play for Peace. he has served as the Principal of Universal School in Chicago for over 10 years. the Karaouine in Fes. He is a frequent speaker at local and national Muslim events and has emerged as one of the nation’s top Islamic scholars and a voice of conscience for American Muslims and non-Muslims alike. he undertook an ongoing search for peace and spiritual truth. In addition. penning such classics as Matthew & Son. is in pre-production and set to open in London’s West End in early 2010. the U. the Mediterranean Prize for Peace. and more recently in January 2007. He changed his name to Yusuf Islam and walked away from the music business to start a new life and raise a family.
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