Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Zahid Hussain Bukhari ......................... 25  Shahid Buttar ........................................ 25  Sarah Cady ............................................ 26  Mas’ood Cajee ...................................... 26  André Carson ........................................ 26  Sami Catovic ......................................... 27  Robert Chase ......................................... 27  Owaiz M. Dadabhoy ............................. 28  Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo......................... 28  Mika’il DeVeaux .................................. 29  Susan Douglass ..................................... 29  Jean F. Duff ........................................... 30  A. J. Durrani.......................................... 30  Bob Edgar ............................................. 30  Maha ElGenaidi .................................... 31  Keith Ellison ......................................... 31  Mohamed Elsanousi .............................. 32  Gazi Erdem ........................................... 32  John Esposito ........................................ 33  Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur ....................... 33  Iman Faris ............................................. 33  Manzoor Ghori ...................................... 34  Ghulam Nabi Fai ................................... 34  Maryam Kabeer Faye ............................ 35  Fatemeh Fakhraie .................................. 36  Jess Ghannam........................................ 36  Safiya Ghori .......................................... 36  Linda Gustitus ....................................... 37  Steve Gutow .......................................... 37  Sara Hakeem ......................................... 37  Rabia Terri Harris ................................. 38  Mohamed Hagmagid Ali....................... 38  Asma Hanif ........................................... 39  Mark Hanson ......................................... 39  Waheedul Haque ................................... 40  Aziza Hasan .......................................... 40  Maher Hathout ...................................... 40  Abida K. Haque .................................... 41  Najiyah Diana Helwani ......................... 41  Leslie Hewitt ......................................... 42  Altaf Husain .......................................... 42  Lubna Ismail ......................................... 42  Ameena Jandali ..................................... 43  Rizwan Jaka .......................................... 43  Shaik Jeelani ......................................... 44  Jamillah Karim ...................................... 44  2

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Muhammad Nur Abdullah ...................... 5  Zerqa Abid .............................................. 5  Salma Elkadi Abugideiri ......................... 6  Swami Agnivesh ..................................... 6  Mansur Ahmad........................................ 7  Munjed Ahmad ....................................... 7  Sanjana Ahmad ....................................... 7  Akbar Ahmed .......................................... 8  Nazir Ahmed ........................................... 8  Safir Ahmed ............................................ 9  Saquiba Ahmed ....................................... 9  Sufiya Ahmed ....................................... 10  Assad R. Akhter .................................... 11  Mehmet Aktas ....................................... 11  Aisha Al-Adawiya ................................ 11  Mohammad S. Alam ............................. 12  Abdalla Idris Ali ................................... 12  Aman Ali ............................................... 12  Saqib Ali ............................................... 13  Shariq Ali .............................................. 13  Wajahat Ali ........................................... 13  Yasir Al Mahdawy ................................ 14  Salam Al-Marayati ................................ 14  Iyad Alnachef ........................................ 15  Zainab Alwani ....................................... 15  Shahed Amanullah ................................ 15  Dr. Mona Amer ..................................... 16  Patricia Anton ....................................... 16  Sadida Athaullah ................................... 17  Moutasem Atiya .................................... 17  Azhar Azeez .......................................... 17  Salman Azman ...................................... 18  Ihsan Bagby .......................................... 18  Mirza Yawar Baig ................................. 19  Owais Balti............................................ 19  Hazami Barmada ................................... 21  Jamal M. al-Barzinji.............................. 21  David Beckmann ................................... 22  Mirza AbuJafar Beg .............................. 22  Mohamed Rida Beshir .......................... 22  Isra Bhatty ............................................. 23  Yaser Birjas ........................................... 24  Kemal Bozkurt ...................................... 24 

Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mohammad Karim ................................ 44  Merve Kavakci ...................................... 45  Yusuf Kavakci ...................................... 45  Asma Khalid ......................................... 46  Hena Khan ............................................ 46  M.J. Khan .............................................. 47  Muqtedar Khan ..................................... 47  Zeba Khan ............................................. 48  Suhail Khan ........................................... 48  Farhana Khera ....................................... 49  Riaz Khokher ........................................ 49  Richard L. Killmer ................................ 49  John Kiser ............................................. 50  Nsenga Knight ...................................... 51  Kasim Kopuz ........................................ 51  Radwan Kouatli .................................... 52  Murat Kose............................................ 52  Alexander Kronemer ............................. 53  Ola Lanke .............................................. 53  Bruce Lustig .......................................... 53  Edina Lekovic ....................................... 54  Mahmood A. Madani ............................ 54  Mokhtar Maghraoui .............................. 55  Johari Abdul Malik ............................... 55  Sakil Malik ............................................ 55  Mahmood Mamdani .............................. 56  Salam S. Al-Marayati............................ 56  Priscilla Martinez .................................. 57  Father James Massa .............................. 57  Ingrid Mattson. ...................................... 58  Ali Al’amin Mazrui............................... 58  Bonita McGee ....................................... 58  Mohammed Mohiuddin ........................ 59  Jack Moline ........................................... 59  Hadia Mubarak...................................... 60  Mikal N. Nash ....................................... 60  Ghulam N. Mir ...................................... 61  Uzma Mirza .......................................... 61  Asma Mirza........................................... 62  Yaqub Mirza ......................................... 62  Dalia Mogahed ...................................... 63  Haroon Moghul ..................................... 63  Marriyam Moten ................................... 64  Sultan Muhammad ................................ 64  Abdul Malik Mujahid ........................... 64  Nasreen C. Mustafa............................... 65  Rayyan Najeeb ...................................... 65  Husain Nagamia .................................... 65  Pervez Nasim ........................................ 66  Ayman Nassar ....................................... 66  Sayed A. Nassar .................................... 66  Daoud Nassimi ...................................... 67  Zarqa Nawaz ......................................... 67  Muhammad Ninowy ............................. 68  Ashraf Nubani ....................................... 68  Sulayman S. Nyang ............................... 68  Serban Popescu ..................................... 69  Yasir Qadhi ........................................... 69  Amjad Quadri........................................ 70  Ajmel Quereshi ..................................... 71  Saifur Rahman ...................................... 71  Zeyba Rahman ...................................... 71  Fatima Rahmatullah .............................. 72  Hussein Rashid...................................... 72  Hafiz Rehman ....................................... 73  Sabeeha Rehman ................................... 73  Nadia Roumani ..................................... 74  Walter Ruby .......................................... 74  Agha Saeed ........................................... 75  Louay Safi ............................................. 75  Patricia Z. Salahuddin ........................... 75  Rashid Abdul-Salaam ........................... 76  Monem Salam ....................................... 76  Jihad F. Saleh ........................................ 77  Achmat Salie ......................................... 77  Ako Abdul Samad ................................. 77  Corey Saylor ......................................... 78  Marc Schneier ....................................... 78  Beverly Schwartz .................................. 78  Chris Seiple ........................................... 79  George Selim ........................................ 79  Zakia Iman Shahbaz .............................. 80  Gerry Serotta ......................................... 80  Zulfiqar Ali Shah .................................. 81  Ahmed Shaikh ....................................... 81  Zaid Shakir ............................................ 81  Sidney Rahim Sharif ............................. 82  Zaki Sherif ............................................ 82  Osman A. Shinaishin ............................ 83  Muzammil Siddiqi ................................ 84  Shazia Siddiqi ....................................... 84  Abdulkader Sinno ................................. 84  3

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

Medina and a M. editor. Senate and the U.       5 . Makkah. marriage and divorce.S. He also works as a marriage counselor. Karachi. speaker. Zerqa Abid is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of North Carolina State University. It drew 800.A. and her minor was Journalism. Prior to running her own business. NOW. in Sharia at the Islamic University. based in the United States.A. He is the principal for the Al Salaam Day School and member of the Shari'a Scholars Association of North America. Congress in a conference organized by National Organization of Woman.D. where her major was Mass Communication. Louis. Abdullah has authored several articles on family in Islam. TV producer/director. He received his B. writer.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention     Muhammad Nur Abdullah      Zerqa Abid  Sheikh Mohammad Nur Abdullah. in Islamic Studies and is now a Ph. campaign maker.. blogger. Imam and director for the Islamic Foundation of Greater St.000 people in three days to the Expo Center. candidate. He completed further studies at the University of Chicago where he received an M.” was recognized as the first mega event and legendary expo for children in Pakistan.A. Abid was also chosen as a young woman leader to represent College of Humanities of NCSU in the U. Abdullah is past chairman of the ISNA Fiqh Council and has been a member of the Fiqh Council of North America since 1982. journalist.S. She has successfully organized international trade and consumer shows. She has also worked at ARY Digital Network of Pakistan as the General Manager of The City Channel. Abid has worked at the American news giant. and the concept of Shura in Islam. event manager/organizer and CEO of her business. marketing communication specialist. in Sharia at the Ummal Qura University. came to the United States from Sudan in 1978. Zerqa Abid is a social/political activist. NBC News as News Editor. “Expo Juniors. TV production. She received “Norma & Wally Ausley Merit Scholarship for being “The Outstanding Student of Mass Communications” in her junior year at the college. ZAPS Technocrats Inc. Her consumer show.

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

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

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

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

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 implementation of Sodexo’s nationwide Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Program. resulting in a benchmark of best practices for America's companies to examine and adopt. Within Sodexo she was a member of all the network groups and is a founding members of the Pan Asian Network Group (PANG). the former of which was shortlisted in the Best Published Book Category at the 2008 Muslim Writers Awards in London.   Sufiya Ahmed  Sufiya Ahmed set up her own company. and managing the vendor. Saquiba’s research interests lie within Industrial and Organizational Psychology.000 people in eight villages. Saquiba is a Certified Trainer for Diversity Awareness for Frontline Employees. with a focus on cross cultural communications. ‘Zahra’s Trip to Misr’ is scheduled for release in September 2009. As an HR Generalist for Corporate Human Resources reporting to the Vice President of Human Resources. BIBI Publishing. College Park. corporate leaders and diversity professionals to speak and work openly on the most crucial issues. 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. and delivers her own creative writing workshops in schools. A graduate of the University of Maryland. an event organised by the ruling Sheikh to encourage Arab children to the joys of reading. Her new book. 10 . Saquiba also served as the Sodexho Relationship Manager for Working Mother Media. a four year relationship uniting corporate America to create a safe haven for executive women of color. 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. Sufiya’s published novels include ‘Zahra’s First Term at the Khadija Academy’ and ‘Zahra’s Great Debate’. She is also part of Mosaic. she was primarily responsible for managing programs and events for diverse external partners. to bring the Zahra series to the market which follows the adventures of a young British Muslim girl. a Muslim charity led by HRH Prince Charles.

Conflict Resolution. Cross-Cultural Understanding. He retired from active imam duties and periodically visits various masajid to give speeches. He previously worked for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (DTX) where he helped create the Congressional Pakistan Caucus and was the lead staffer for the House Science Committee. He 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. al-Adawiya organizes and participates in conferences. United American Muslim Association. He is married with three children and lives in Boston MA.. and represents Muslim women in United Nations forums as a Non-Governmental Organization. He provided material assistance to and campaigned with both Reps. Akhter  current President of the Congressional Muslim Staff Association (CMSA).Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention     Assad R. Brooklyn NY. Turkey. an organization of Muslim women which focuses on human rights and social justice. Gender Equity. Assad R. respectively. 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 received traditional Islamic education from private teachers and institutions and worked as an imam and Vaiz (official religious speaker) in various cities in Turkey. In 2005. Rochester. Ms. NY. Kemal Aktas was born in Corum. She also coordinates Islamic 11 . symposia and other forums on Islam. He moved to USA in 1980 and has spend most of his time as and imam first at the Turkish Society of Rochester. 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. Apart from his official legislative duties. He has also spent a substantive amount of time working on political campaigns throughout America. Assad serves as the     Aisha Al­Adawiya Aisha Al-Adawiya is the Founder and Executive Director of Women In Islam Inc.   Mehmet Aktas  Mehmet Atkas is President of Religious Counsel. 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. and then Islamic Cultural Center of Rochester.

As an ISNA School principal. Ms. His expertise is in the area of Islamic education and Islamic Schools in North America. Mohammad S. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). crosscultural understanding. 12 . Al-Adawiya serves on numerous boards related to the interests of the global Islamic community. Alam is a Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of South Alabama. Aman Ali  Aman Ali is a reporter for USA Today and a board member of the Muslim American Journalists Association. a Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). He is also a frequent guest on many talk shows in the New York City area offering his political insight. UK). Abdalla Idris Ali is a public speaker and fund-raiser. Sheikh Abdalla Idris co-organized the Canadian Islamic Banking conferences for 1996 and 1997. a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET. and peace-building. 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. Ms. a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IoP. and has served as ISNA’s President from 1992-1997.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention input for the Preservation of the Black Religious Heritage Documentation Project of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. he developed and implemented Islamic and Arabic Studies curricula for elementary and junior high students. She also serves as a consultant to numerous interfaith organizations and documentary projects on the Muslim American experience. a networking group for Muslim journalists. Alam  Dr. WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York City. al-Adawiya specializes in developing educational forums on human rights and social justice. He has written various articles in Islamic Horizons and is a member of the ATP Editorial Board.   Abdalla Idris Ali  Mohammad S. He also is on the Board of Advisors of the American Muslim Council and past Board member of the Council of Islamic Schools in North America. Ms. alAdawiya is a guest host and producer on Tahrir. interfaith initiatives. He serves as a member on the Board of Trustees for the Islamic Teaching Center (ITC) and North American Islamic Trust. UK).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Governor Cruz Bustamante's "Commission for One California". Prior to his position as president and CEO of Common Cause. Representative 31 . organization in the movement for Christian unity. ElGenaidi has spoken to hundreds of schools. has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. corporations and other public institutions. Bob arrived at Common Cause with a long history of leadership and public service that included 12 years in Congress. She is a former commissioner on Lt. 2007. Ms. Bob Edgar was named president and CEO of Common Cause. churches. She is the recipient of numerous civil rights awards which include the “Civil Rights Leadership Award” from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations. Ms. ElGenaidi is currently ING's CEO. and the "Citizen of the Year" Award from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.S. representing the 7th district of Pennsylvania. (NCC). Commissioner on Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission. he came from the post of general secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U. open and accountable. and former Co- Keith Ellison has represented the Fifth Congressional District of Minnesota in the U.S. chair and Vice-chair of the Bay Area Hate Crimes Investigators Association (BAHCIA). and is author of seven training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims.   Maha ElGenaidi    Keith Ellison  Maha ElGenaidi is the Founder and President of Islamic Networks Group (ING). the leading U. non-profit "citizens" lobby working to make government at all levels more honest. The Fifth Congressional District is the most vibrant and ethnically diverse district in Minnesota with a rich history and traditions. police departments. the “Human Relations Award” from the Santa Clara County Human Relations office. as well as eight training modules for public institutions on "developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community".S. House of Representatives since taking office on January 4. 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.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention States House of Representatives from 1975 to 1987. and to connect citizens with their democracy. n May 2007. a national nonpartisan. The Fifth District includes the City of Minneapolis and the surrounding suburbs. and Advisor to California's Commission on Police Officers Standards & Training (POST) for hate crimes and cultural diversity training.

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

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

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

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

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

Gutow focused his career on his faith and community and attended the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. 37 . Louis where he served as the St. This fall. Gutow became the first full-time rabbi at the Reconstructionist Minyan of St. Sara Hakeem  Steve Gutow  Rabbi Steve Gutow is Executive Director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. DC. Louis Rabbinical Association representative to the Jewish Community Relations Council of St.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Republicans and Democrats. For the past two years. she will begin a PhD program in Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. where he received his ordination in 2003. Following his ordination. Gutow went on to become the founding executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council. who spent more than a decade practicing law in Texas. 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. 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. Linda is the past board chair of the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation and lives in Washington. Louis. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2007. After working for nearly 30 years as an attorney and in Jewish and political activities. where he led national groups in formulating strategies to maintain First Amendment religious freedoms. she has taught 7th grade Language Arts at Gary Elementary School in Chicago. He also organized the pro-Israel lobby's efforts in six southwestern states and helped create chapters in nearly 40 cities. Gutow. Linda Gustitus  Linda Gustitus serves as President of the National Religious Campaign against torture.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Islamic Research, Istanbul University, he helped to establish the first college of Islamic Studies in modern Turkey. The College of Islamic Studies is now a part of Ataturk University, Erzurum where Dr. Kavakci worked as senior faculty. He chaired Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh and other departments and got full professorship in Islamic Law and worked as Dean of the College. His professorship in Islamic Law was the first such position in Turkey after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. He was educated in the traditional Ottoman way of Islamic Studies as well as in modern methods of teaching in today's universities. He is a board certified attorney in Turkey and practiced Law in Libya, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and attended numerous International Conferences on Islam. He was involved in the activities of the Islamic Conference and was in charge of the Muslim Minority students sponsored by Islamic Development Bank in Turkey.

  Hena Khan 

Asma Khalid  
Asma Khalid is an aspiring international correspondent. She is a Reporter for the National Public Radio, National desk. She was born and raised around Chicago, but has spent the past few years studying in and exploring parts of Europe and Asia. Asma recently graduated from the University of Cambridge with an M.Phil (don't ask her to explain what that means) in Middle Easters/Islamic Studies. Though most of her journalism experience stems from print, she's increasingly fascinated with radio and its power to convey people's emotions in a way that's physically impossible in other types of media.

Hena Khan is a Pakistani-American writer who lives in Rockville, MD with her husband and two sons. She is the author of nine children’s books for Scholastic Book Clubs, including several titles from the popular Spy University series. Night of the Moon, published by Chronicle Books, is her first picture book, and her first book on a Muslim theme. Hena was moved to write the book by a desire for Muslim-American children, including her own, to identify with the story of Yasmeen and her family as they celebrate a very special time of the year— Ramadan. She also hoped to share some of the cultural traditions of Ramadan and Eid with people from other backgrounds, and to foster understanding of the MuslimAmerican community. Night of the Moon has received very positive reviews from the industry, including a starred review from Booklist, and it was selected to be a Parents’ Choice Approved Book.

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  M.J. Khan  

    Muqtedar Khan 

MJ Khan is a living example of the American Dream. Earning two Bachelor of Science Degrees in Physics, Mathematics and Engineering from the Universities of Sind and Karachi, Pakistan; he went on to earn two Masters Degrees, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, and a Masters of Business Administration from Rice University. Councilman Khan was elected to Houston City Council, District F in December 2003. He currently serves on several local boards as well as seven City of Houston committees including the International Liaison and Protocol Committee and the Flooding and Drainage Committee – both of which he chairs. Known for his leadership in the community, Council Member Khan has been honored by the City of Houston and other prestigious organizations. In April of 2007, USCIS-U.S. Department of State honored Council Member Khan with the Outstanding American by Choice Award in Washington, D.C. Secretary Condoleezza Rice, Department of State (DOS), gave the keynote address to the recipients. In 2008, Council member Khan received the Asian American Leadership Award from Asia Society Texas Center and the Leadership Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

Dr. Muqtedar Khan is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware. He is also the Director of the Islamic Studies Program. He earned his Ph.D. in International Relations, Political Philosophy, and Islamic Political Thought, from Georgetown University in May 2000. Dr. Khan is a Fellow with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He was a Senior Nonresident Fellow with the Brookings Institution [2003-2008] and a Fellow of the Alwaleed Center at Georgetown University [2006-2007]. He has been the President, Vice President and General Secretary of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists. He is the author of American Muslims: Bridging Faith and Freedom (Amana, 2002), Jihad for Jerusalem: Identity and Strategy in International Relations (Praeger, 2004), Islamic Democratic Discourse (Lexington Books, 2006) and Debating Moderate Islam: The Geopolitics of Islam and the West (University of Utah Press, 2007). Dr. Khan frequently comments on BBC, CNN International, FOX and VOA TV, Bridges TV, NPR and other radio and TV networks. His political commentaries appear regularly in newspapers in over 20 47

Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention countries. He has lectured in North America, East Asia, Middle East and Europe. Dr. Khan is from Hyderabad in India. He is married to Reshma and has a son Rumi, and a daughter Ruhi. encouraged her to explore and appreciate her own.

Suhail Khan 
Suhail A. Khan is the Senior Fellow for Christian-Muslim Understanding at the Institute for Global Engagement. He is a Washington, DC based attorney and has previously held many government positions. Khan served as Policy Director and Press Secretary for U.S. Congressman Tom Campbell (R-CA) where he worked closely on a variety of legislative initiatives, including religious freedom. More recently, Khan served as a senior political appointee with the Bush administration. He served in the White House Office of Public Liaison assisting in the President's outreach to various faith communities. Khan also served as Assistant to the Secretary for Policy under U.S. Secretary Mary Peters at the U.S. Department of Transportation. While at the Department of Transportation, Khan was awarded the Secretary's Team Award in 2005 and the Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement in 2007. Khan serves on the boards of the American Conservative Union, the Islamic Free Market Institute, the Muslim Public Service Network, and the Indian American Republican Council. He has spoken at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the Council for National Policy (CNP), the Harbour League, and the National Press Club. He has written opinion pieces for various publications including the Washington Post/Newsweek Forum On Faith. He was born in Boulder, Colorado to parents who emigrated to the United States from southern India. Khan is the oldest of five children, grew up in California, earned his high school diploma from St. Lawrence Academy, a private Catholic college preparatory school in Santa Clara, in 1987. 48

Zeba Khan 

Zeba Khan is Founder and Director of Muslims Americans For Obama, 2008. Born and raised in Ohio by civically minded Indian-Muslim immigrants, she learned early on that giving back to her community was her duty as an American and as a Muslim – whether that was going door-todoor with her father collecting money for the homeless in her city or pitching in with an interfaith Habitat-for-Humanity home with her mother. Her parents, as progressive as they were religious, sent her to a Jewish day school for nine years, where she learned about Judaism how to speak Hebrew. On the weekends, she attended Sunday school at her local mosque, learning Arabic and about Islam. Her parents made sure that she knew the differences between Islam and Judaism, explaining the Islamic perspective on every topic she was taught at school. At the same time, they were ever careful to explain the respect Muslims should have for their Abrahamic brothers and sisters in faith. She truly believes that her own adherence to Islam as an adult is in part credited to her religious Jewish friends from her youth who welcomed her into their homes and community and shared with her the joy and spiritual fulfillment they felt from practicing their faith. Their commitment to their faith,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. the latter which he currently supervises.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Amjad Quadri        Khurshid Qureshi  Amjad Quadri is currently the Assistant Vice President of Business Development and New Markets at University Islamic Financial. He is a frequent speaker on Islamic & geo political issues on international circuit. He served as a member of board of Directors of Islamic Association of Greater Detroit. In addition. Khurshid Qureshi is the past the president of the Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers (AMSE). Mr. and CNA. which recently observed its 27th anniversary. Oklahoma. McKinsey & Company. Quadri helped form advisory councils of local imams and community leaders in three states and started two new offices. he worked in the information technology industry. He is graduate of Oklahoma State University and Stuart School of Business (IIT Chicago). Amjad's first foray into Islamic finance was as a field sales consultant for Guidance Financial Group. among other things. Before moving into his current role at University Islamic Financial Corp. Arizona. 70 . he served as the member the board of directors of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). In his spare time. He also founded the first regularly scheduled Islamic youth camp in the USA. he has served as Vice President of one of the largest Mosques in the US. Al Hilal Youth Camp. He has also completed Executive Management program at UCLA. He worked on Y2K conversion projects for several large corporations. In the early days of the MSA. and is the past chairman of Society of Automotive Engineers Rocky Mountain Area. and the past president of Colorado Engineering Society. He then spent three years as a release engineer/project manager for Cyborg Systems. including IBM. now owned by Hewitt Associates. he helped to establish chapters in Texas. Before entering the world of Islamic finance. Quadri graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree from the college of Business in Information Decision Sciences. Kansas and Arkansas. Mr..

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    Ajmel Quereshi 

  Saifur Rahman 

Ajmel Quereshi is currently Skadden Fellowship Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland and Director of the affiliate's Immigrants' Rights Project. While there, he manages a variety of cases involving challenges to local antiimmigrant initiatives and frequently testifies before the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates. Before coming to the ACLU of MD, he clerked for Chief Judge James G. Carr of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Mr. Quereshi received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2007, magna cum laude, and his bachelor's degree from Marquette University in 2003, cum laude. He has had articles published in the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture and the Human Rights Brief on a variety of topics including Islam and the Iraqi Constitution and recommendations to the Obama administration for changes in immigration policy

Dr. Saifur Rahman professor of electrical and computer engineering and the director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a director of the IEEE Board of Governors, and Vice President of the IEEE Publications Board in 2006. Dr. Rahman is a member of the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE.

Zeyba Rahman 

   

Zeyba Rahman has been a producer/artistic director of live performances, television, film and forums for dialogue for more than sixteen years. She brings project management experience, gained as an executive on Wall Street, to bear on projects with cultural and educational organizations both nationally and internationally. These have included Asia Society, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the World Bank’s World Faiths Development Dialogue at Canterbury Cathedral in England, The 71

Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention World Millennium Peace Summit for Spiritual and Religious Leaders at the United Nations, and the Moroccan world music festivals in Essaouira and Rabat among others. In film, as a producer and partner for Jungli Billi Productions, she has completed production of Sawt-e-Sarmad: The Sound that Intoxicates Man (2004) and is in production with the documentaries NYC (2003-04) and Early Cabbage (2002-04). Dramatic feature film projects in development for Jungli Billi include Noor and a 14-part television series titled The Wandering Minstrel, a travel series exploring world music. As Chairwoman of World Music Institute, Director-North America, Fès Festival of World Sacred Music and its Giving A Soul to Globalization Colloquium, a public speaker and a producing partner for Jungli Billi Productions, Zeyba is deeply committed to the advancement of human rights and respect for cultural diversity improving the images of Muslims in America. Fatima started her career, working for ABC 7 in Los Angeles, where she refined her communication skills and contacts. Her work as a writer, field reporter and producer has been featured on many websites and newspapers throughout Southern California. Fatima has also participated in conferences for journalists across the nation. She is excited about her new position and feels it is extremely important for MPAC to have a major role in how Hollywood shapes their messages about Muslim Americans.

  Hussein Rashid 

  Fatima Rahmatullah 

Hussein Rashid is a PhD candidate in Harvard University's NELC focusing on South Asian immigrant communities in the US. He has an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and a BA from Columbia College. In 1996 he aided Estonia in trying to establish commercial relations between Estonia and India, Pakistan, and Iran. During 2003 he worked with the Harvard ILS’s to create position papers on the draft Afghan constitution. He also advised a 2004 Democratic Presidential candidate’s foreign policy team on the religious issues in Iraq before consulting for a South Asia PAC. He researched the impact of 9/11 on Muslim adolescents throughout the US and Muslim blogs. In 2006 he became one of the Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow. His current research interests include the representation of 72

Fatima Rahmatullah- As MPAC's Hollywood Liaison, Fatima facilitates connections between the American Muslim community and Hollywood's film industry, both on the artistic side and business end. She works with writers, directors, producers, movie studios, and media outlets on

Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Muslims in graphic novels. He is an occasional speaker for the Interfaith Alliance, Faith in Public Life, and a teacher at the Center for Religious Inquiry. He is currently a visiting faculty member at Hofstra University. His media appearances include Air America Radio and CBS Evening News. He writes for Religion Dispatches, AltMuslimah, Talk Islam, Change the Story, and at his own blog islamicate (islamicate.com). Trustee Suffolk County Coalition against Domestic Violence. He is part of the Trustee Foundation of the Faithful, NY. He is a member of the Anti-bias Task Force of Town of Islip, Long Island, NY.

Sabeeha Rehman 

  Hafiz Rehman 
Ms. Sabeeha Rehman is the Director of Interfaith Programs at the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA). As a professional, Ms. Rehman has had a 25-year career as a Healthcare Executive and has served as a hospital administrator in New York, New Jersey, and overseas. Ms. Rehman has dedicated many years to the teaching of Islam to the Muslim youth. As a Sunday School teacher for several years, she taught Level 1 through Senior Level, including Contemporary Issues in the Young Adults Forum. As a member of the Education Committee for the Sunday School, Ms. Rehman was involved in the design of the Islamic curriculum of the Sunday School, selection of faculty, establishment of Muslim Summer Camp, and planning special events for young Muslims. She developed the first newsletter for the mosque, served as its Editor, and chaired the Editorial Board.

Br. Hafiz Rehman was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a pediatrician by profession. He serves as the senior Pediatric attending in two Long Island Hospitals and Chairman of the Performance Improvement Committee. He has been the Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at New York Institute of Technology, NY College of Osteopathic Medicine -- 1966 He has served as the Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics New York College of Osteopathic Medicine --- 1999 He is the President of IMANA --- Islamic Medical Association of North America --2008-2009. He is a life Member of APPNA. He has been the past President of Masjid Darul Quran in Bay Shore. NY He has served as a past President of Council of Masajid and Islamic Organizations of Long Island. He is a member of Bay Shore Interfaith council. He is an Honorary

   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

trust and probate matters in Southern California. Masjid al-Huda. he led a successful campaign for disinvestment from South Africa. the Tri-State Muslim Education Initiative. He has been an instructor in the International Conflict Resolution program at Eastern Mennonite University. He obtained a BA with honors in International Relations at American University in Washington D. Connecticut and continued his community activism. from the University of Wales. Egypt. Imam Zaid Shakir is amongst the most respected and influential Islamic scholars in the West. in Theology and Religious Studies. he settled in New Haven. He has memorized the entire Arabic text of al-Qur’an since childhood. Thomas University and Florida Community College. he has brought both sensitivity about race and poverty issues and scholarly discipline to his faith-based work. He holds Masters degrees from Hebrew Union College in Hebrew Literature. and co-founded a local Islamic center. California. Pakistan and. and later earned his MA in Political Science at Rutgers University. As Imam of Masjid al-Islam from 1988 to 1994 he spear-headed a community renewal and grassroots anti-drug effort. and from New York Theological Seminary in Pastoral Counseling. St.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention His undergraduate degree is from Harvard and he has an honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Divinity) degree from Hebrew Union College. He is the current Executive Director of the Fiqh Council of North America. He has taught as the full time faculty at the International Islamic University. Islamabad. Born in Berkeley. He has a Ph. NCCJ and many other ecumenical forums since 1992. which serves as the highest Muslim jurisprudential body in North America. While at Rutgers. Shaikh speaks regularly throughout the country on the issue 81 . He then left for Syria to pursue Ahmed Shaikh  Ahmed Shaikh is an attorney and principal at Ahmed Shaikh. where he was ordained Rabbi in New York in 1974. a professional law Corporation based in Southern California.C. of Islamic inheritance and Sadqa Jaaria. adjunct faculty at the University of Wales. he accepted Islam in 1977 while serving in the United States Air Force. co-founding Masjid al-Islam. and the Connecticut Muslim Coordinating Committee. Mr. As an American Muslim who came of age during the civil rights struggles. Zaid Shakir  Zulfiqar Ali Shah  Zulfiqar Ali Shah serves as the Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee. After a year of studying Arabic in Cairo. He has been active in the Interfaith Council. University of North Florida. and also taught political science and Arabic at Southern Connecticut State University. UK. He also did graduate work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Aside from his traditional practice focusing on estate planning. D.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saudi Arabia. He is also an Accessibility Specialist and Founder of AccessAgain LLC. He is the President and Founder of HelpHandicap Foundation. a master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Wayne State University. a member of the steering committee of the Campaign for a National Health Plan. he became Muslim and subsequently traveled to the Muslim world and studied for ten years in the U. A.. In addition. he returned to the USA and took degrees in Religious Studies and Health Care. as well as North and West Africa. E. a nonprofit organization that is working to empower people with disabilities in India.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mr. Winkler is a member of the Justice and Advocacy Commission of the National Council of Churches of the United States of America. USA. which provides accessibility. Universal Design. He also founded Zaytuna Institute which has established an international reputation for presenting a classical picture of Islam in the West and which is dedicated to the revival of traditional study methods and the sciences of Islam. He walks with the help of leg braces and crutches. Certified Shaykh HamzaYusuf was born in Washington State and raised in Northern California. He came to USA in 1990 and associated himself with a number of disability related initiatives. Fair Housing & ADA/ABA Guidelines from Harvard University in 2007 and Assistive Technology Applications from California State University in 2008. Shaykh Hamza is the first American lecturer to teach in Morocco's 91 . He received his bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Osmania University. he offers weekly commentary on social issues through the board's weekly enewsletter Faith in Action. Mohammed Yousuf  HamzaYusuf   Mohammed acquired polio at the age of 2 and could not go to school until he was almost 12 years old. He has traveled all over the world giving talks on Islam. Mohammed has published several articles on disability related topics. He received teaching licenses in various Islamic subjects from several wellknown scholars in various countries. board member of the Churches for the Middle East Peace and a board member of Africa Action. board member of the Faith and Politics Institute. he has also contributed a book chapter for a book on disability and is currently working on his own book on disability. universal design and assistive technology solutions for people with various disabilities. USA in 1992. He tried to find solutions from many challenges and did not let obstacles get in the way of progressive thinking and attaining independence. USA. In 1977. Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) certification from Housing University in 2006. After ten years of studies abroad. India in 1988.

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

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