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