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
.... Visotzky.............................. 85 Samina F...... 88 Miroslav Volf ...... 89 Khurrum Wahid .................................... 86 Sayyid M.................... Sundas ............................... 87 Omar Uddin ................. 91 HamzaYusuf ........................................................................................................... Syeed .......... 90 Jim Winkler ............................................ 88 Iqbal Unus ....... 91 Yusuf Islam............................... 90 Rick Warren .................... 87 Asma Mobin-Uddin ........................Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Tabassum Siraj .............. 85 Cathy Sultan .......... 92
................................... 86 Mobin Tawakkul ...................... 92 Safaa Zarzour ............ Taher ................................................................................................. 87 Warith Deen Umar ...................................... 89 Siraj Wahhaj...................... 88 Burton L......................................................... 90 Mohammed Yousuf ................ 86 Mohammed T........................................
where her major was Mass Communication. Imam and director for the Islamic Foundation of Greater St.A. Medina and a M. Senate and the U. Congress in a conference organized by National Organization of Woman. He completed further studies at the University of Chicago where he received an M. based in the United States. It drew 800. ZAPS Technocrats Inc. NOW. Abdullah is past chairman of the ISNA Fiqh Council and has been a member of the Fiqh Council of North America since 1982.A. event manager/organizer and CEO of her business. “Expo Juniors. campaign maker. Zerqa Abid is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of North Carolina State University. writer. blogger.A. speaker. in Islamic Studies and is now a Ph. Abid has worked at the American news giant. He received his B. journalist. Prior to running her own business. Abid was also chosen as a young woman leader to represent College of Humanities of NCSU in the U.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Muhammad Nur Abdullah
Sheikh Mohammad Nur Abdullah. She has also worked at ARY Digital Network of Pakistan as the General Manager of The City Channel.
Zerqa Abid is a social/political activist. in Sharia at the Islamic University. TV producer/director. and the concept of Shura in Islam. Abdullah has authored several articles on family in Islam. She received “Norma & Wally Ausley Merit Scholarship for being “The Outstanding Student of Mass Communications” in her junior year at the college.000 people in three days to the Expo Center. marriage and divorce.S.D. Makkah.” was recognized as the first mega event and legendary expo for children in Pakistan.
. and her minor was Journalism. Karachi. He also works as a marriage counselor. TV production. Louis. marketing communication specialist.. in Sharia at the Ummal Qura University.S. came to the United States from Sudan in 1978. He is the principal for the Al Salaam Day School and member of the Shari'a Scholars Association of North America. NBC News as News Editor. Her consumer show. candidate. editor. She has successfully organized international trade and consumer shows.
anxiety disorders.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention She is also a member of Golden Key International Society. She has worked extensively with Middle Eastern and Muslim families.
Salma Elkadi Abugideiri
Salma Elkadi Abugideiri is a licensed professional counselor in private practice in Reston. Abid is proud to accomplish all of the above while strictly observing Islamic dress code including head scarf and face veil. he was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of the state of Haryana. In 1981. As co-Director of the Peaceful Families Project. providing training to clergy and faith communities on issues related to domestic violence. an associate of the original "Arya Samaj". 1979-1982. 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. which continues to fight against bonded labour as a form of slavery 6
. she has been part of Faith Trust Institute’s Leadership team. is a prominent Arya Samaj scholar. She has also co-authored a
Swami Agnivesh. social activist and a champion for peace. a national effort with a focus on guiding policy and legislation that supports domestic violence survivors. and became the State's Minister for Education. an organization dedicated to educating Muslim community leaders and members about domestic violence. VA.” which is in the edited volume Change from Within: Diverse Perspectives on Domestic Violence in Muslim Communities. a Hindu reform movement founded by Swami Dayanand Saraswati in 1875. she provides educational workshops and develops resources related to domestic violence among Muslims. She received her master’s degree in counseling from George Mason University. including mood disorders. brief guide for helping professionals entitled What Islam Says About Domestic Violence. She is also a member of the Interfaith Coalition against Domestic Violence.” as well as “Domestic Violence among Muslims Seeking Mental Health Counseling. and completed a post-master’s certification program in marriage and family therapy at Virginia Tech. He is the president of the World Council of Arya Samaj. trauma. He is the Chairperson of 'United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary forms of Slavery' and also the Chairperson of Bonded Labour Liberation Front. he founded the Bonded Labour Liberation Front. while still a minister. she is associate producer of the video Garments for One Another: Ending Domestic Violence in Muslim Families. harmony and interfaith dialogue. In addition. In 1977. She provides individual and family therapy for a wide range of problems. Since 2007. and cultural adjustment issues. abuse.
Munjed Ahmad received his law degree at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington D. and suggestions to counter the bleeding of the society. The DC Green Muslims hope to encourage dialogue and action around these issues to create a more sustainable future for us all
. He is also in the private pratice of law. Ahmad's presentation will focus on the negative external and internal influences on the Muslim youths of India. He has been testifying before the Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery at the U. is an Associate Professor and Director of Radiology at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. 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. and equal rights of women.
Mansur Ahmad. Among Swami Agnivesh's immense contributions is his championing of dialogue and peace activities. Jain. the anti-caste movement. Christian. DC area to explore the Islamic basis for environmental awareness and activism. Agnivesh is accepted as peace and harmony pioneer by all religious communities such as Hindu.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention in India. Jewish etc.C. Ahmad is also the national Vice President of American Muslims for Palestine and one of the organizations cofounders.N. Mr. Dr. Sanjana has been working with a group of "green Muslims" in the Washington. PhD. such as their right to education and reading Indian scriptures. 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. Buddhist. He is an author of 10 textbooks for weekend Islamic schools. especially in the quarries in and around Delhi. BDS. Bahai. liberation of bonded labour activities. because of his efforts to build an atmosphere of peace and harmony in India. Over the past year and a half.
Sanjana works on environmental issues in both her personal and professional life. Human Rights Commission in Geneva. a movement against alcoholism.
His most recent book is Journey into Islam and his current project. He is regularly interviewed by CNN. Pakistan) but soon after his birth his family migrated to the UK. In 1998 Ahmed was appointed to the House of Lords.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is currently the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies. As a Muslim peer. and Fox News and has appeared several times on the “Oprah Winfrey Show. and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He studied Public Administration at Sheffield Hallam University and joined the Labour Party when he was 18 years old. At the age of 40. American University in Washington DC. of Rotherham in the County of South Yorkshire. including Chinese and Indonesian. where he was brought up. becoming the first Muslim life peer as Baron Ahmed. BBC. He attended Spurley Hey Comprehensive School. Harvard. and Secretary Michael Chertoff on Islam and foreign policy. and Cambridge Universities and is considered “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC. including Discovering Islam. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. then Thomas Rotherham Sixth Form College. He has taught at Princeton. to Saudi Arabia and has advocated 8
Lord Nazir Ahmed. having become the United Kingdom's first Muslim life peer in 1998.” is an unprecedented study based in fieldwork of Muslims in America. Baron Ahmed (born 1958) is a member of the House of Lords. the First Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the US Naval Academy. Lord Ahmed took his oath on the Qur'an. which was the basis of the BBC six-part TV series called “Living Islam.” His books have been translated into many languages. he was also one of the youngest peers to achieve this position. Many of his political activities relate to the Islamic community both in the UK and abroad. He has advised General David Petraeus. Annapolis. much of his activities relate to the Muslim community. CBS. “Journey into America. Ahmed was born in Mirpur (Azad Kashmir.” He is the author of over a dozen award-winning books. both at home and internationally. Ahmed led one of the first delegations on behalf of the British Government on the Muslim pilgrimage of the Hajj.
Following this the President pardoned Ms Gibbons and she was allowed to return to the UK. and Baroness Warsi.S. from Britain's ruling Labour Party. religion and gender. George Lakoff of UC-Berkeley and Glenn Greenwald of Salon magazine
Saquiba Ahmed is Connecting Cultures' Vice President for Business Development. the US. Ahmed speaks on wider equality issues. and has spoken several times on issues of race. he has worked on the plight of Muslims around the world ranging from the collapse of former Yugoslavia. 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. As well as being an active figure in the Indian Subcontinent. the former states of the USSR and the Far East. cultures and civilizations based on tolerance. meeting with heads of state to discuss their respective problems and how he may be able to assist them. Among the authors he has edited are Markos Moulitsas Zuniga of DailyKOs. to the Chechens and Palestinians. international terrorism and forced marriages. visited Khartoum and had a meeting with the President of Sudan.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention legislation against religious discrimination.
Safir Ahmed has been the Executive Director of Zaytuna since June. The teacher. Born in the region. He has been on many delegations to the Arab world. allowed her class to name a teddy bear Muhammad. including the The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi and Caesarean Moon Births as well as his articles for Seasons Journal and other publications. On international assignments. she utilized her conflict resolution skills to negotiate and mediate disputes between mission consultants and local project managers. At home. Her work history spans beyond US boundaries. Gillian Gibbons. Lord Ahmed was among the founders of The World Forum. Lord Ahmed. Safir is also an independent book editor and editorial consultant and has been a journalist for more than 20 years. Senate campaign in 2004. In November 2007 Ahmed was involved in a diplomatic effort to secure the release of Gillian Gibbons from custody in Sudan. an opposition Conservative. 2008 and since 2005 has overseen the Publications division at Zaytuna where he helped edit Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s writings. He is seen as one of the leaders of the Muslim community. Eastern Europe. 9
. working for the World Bank. He has served on the boards of various nonprofits and was a Communications Director for a U. to international bodies such as his board membership on the SAARC Foundation. Ahmed has a personal interest in seeing a peaceful resolve to the ongoing bloody dispute in Kashmir and seeks international mediation to achieve this. Ahmed 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. Africa.
Saquiba also served as the Sodexho Relationship Manager for Working Mother Media. communications. with a focus on cross cultural communications.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. 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. She is also part of Mosaic. Saquiba’s research interests lie within Industrial and Organizational Psychology. and delivers her own creative writing workshops in schools. corporate leaders and diversity professionals to speak and work openly on the most crucial issues. to bring the Zahra series to the market which follows the adventures of a young British Muslim girl.000 people in eight villages. a four year relationship uniting corporate America to create a safe haven for executive women of color. and implementation of Sodexo’s nationwide Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Program. Her new book. BIBI Publishing. ‘Zahra’s Trip to Misr’ is scheduled for release in September 2009.
. Within Sodexo she was a member of all the network groups and is a founding members of the Pan Asian Network Group (PANG). A graduate of the University of Maryland. College Park. she was primarily responsible for managing programs and events for diverse external partners. a Muslim charity led by HRH Prince Charles. Saquiba is a Certified Trainer for Diversity Awareness for Frontline Employees.
Sufiya Ahmed set up her own company. the former of which was shortlisted in the Best Published Book Category at the 2008 Muslim Writers Awards in London. and managing the vendor. Sufiya’s published novels include ‘Zahra’s First Term at the Khadija Academy’ and ‘Zahra’s Great Debate’. As an HR Generalist for Corporate Human Resources reporting to the Vice President of Human Resources. resulting in a benchmark of best practices for America's companies to examine and adopt. an event organised by the ruling Sheikh to encourage Arab children to the joys of reading. 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.
In 2005. Cross-Cultural Understanding.
Assad R. Apart from his official legislative duties. United American Muslim Association. an organization of Muslim women which focuses on human rights and social justice. 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 retired from active imam duties and periodically visits various masajid to give speeches. and represents Muslim women in United Nations forums as a Non-Governmental Organization. respectively. He moved to USA in 1980 and has spend most of his time as and imam first at the Turkish Society of Rochester. Assad worked directly with the NJ AFL-CIO to organize and mobilize over one million labor workers which led to the election of Jon Corzine (DNJ) as Governor in New Jersey and an increase in the majority for Democrats in the State Assembly. Brooklyn NY.
Mehmet Atkas is President of Religious Counsel.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Assad R.. Conflict Resolution. 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 then Islamic Cultural Center of Rochester. He has also spent a substantive amount of time working on political campaigns throughout America. Turkey. al-Adawiya organizes and participates in conferences. Kemal Aktas was born in Corum. He provided material assistance to and campaigned with both Reps. Gender Equity. He is married with three children and lives in Boston MA. Akhter
current President of the Congressional Muslim Staff Association (CMSA). Assad serves as the
Aisha Al-Adawiya is the Founder and Executive Director of Women In Islam Inc. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Andre Carson (D-IN) as they became the first and second Muslim Members of Congress in 2006 and 2008. symposia and other forums on Islam. She also coordinates Islamic 11
. 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. Rochester. NY. 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.
She also serves as a consultant to numerous interfaith organizations and documentary projects on the Muslim American experience. Alam
Dr.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.
Abdalla Idris Ali
Mohammad S. al-Adawiya specializes in developing educational forums on human rights and social justice. crosscultural understanding. His expertise is in the area of Islamic education and Islamic Schools in North America. a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IoP. He is also a frequent guest on many talk shows in the New York City area offering his political insight. a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET.
Abdalla Idris Ali is a public speaker and fund-raiser. He also is on the Board of Advisors of the American Muslim Council and past Board member of the Council of Islamic Schools in North America. Ms. As an ISNA School principal. alAdawiya is a guest host and producer on Tahrir. Ms. UK). He covers the political scene in the New York City area and is a former Capitol Hill reporter that was on the campaign trail covering the 2008 Presidential Election. a Fellow of the 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. WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York City. He has written various articles in Islamic Horizons and is a member of the ATP Editorial Board. and has served as ISNA’s President from 1992-1997. and peace-building. a networking group for Muslim journalists. Mohammad S. Alam is a Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of South Alabama. Al-Adawiya serves on numerous boards related to the interests of the global Islamic community. Sheikh Abdalla Idris co-organized the Canadian Islamic Banking conferences for 1996 and 1997. UK).
Aman Ali is a reporter for USA Today and a board member of the Muslim American Journalists Association. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). interfaith initiatives. Ms. he developed and implemented Islamic and Arabic Studies curricula for elementary and junior high students.
Wajahat Ali is a playwright. Ali has been involved on volunteer projects such as Masjid planning. ventilation and air conditioning) and plumbing systems.domesticcrusaders. and www.com]. where he contributes to the engineering and design of high performance HVAC (heating. humorist. MI.GotIslam. blogger and Attorney at Law. This was seen as part of Asian Americans displaying “political clout beyond traditional strongholds in California and Hawaii. is the first 13
. and is pursuing post-graduate studies.com. EIT is a Mechanical Engineer at URS Corporation. 2001. and assessing energy conservation measures on new and existing buildings. Barve (for the 17th District). and retail facilities. holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Currently he is involved in designing health care. Recently Mr. "The Domestic Crusaders [www. Mr. “Maryland became the first state to send two South Asians to the state legislature”. 11. He currently lives with his wife in Dearborn Heights. having been elected to represent the 39th District in the 2006 elections. as “He is the first Muslim in the Maryland State legislature. whose play. LEED AP. financing for minor Masjid renovations.
Shariq Ali.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Saqib Ali Shariq Ali
Saqib Ali is a State Delegate in the Maryland House of Delegates.” 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. transit. journalist. Ali is of Indian and Pakistani descent and having elected both Ali and Kumar P.” Ali’s election is also seen as evidence of another American minority moving towards civic empowerment by participating in the political process. Ali is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a product of the Islamic community of greater Detroit.
"Ramadan Blues.S. including The Dennis Miller Show. He served as co-chair of the Interfaith Coalition to Heal Los Angeles." was a finalist for the LinkTV Muslim American Film Contest. After June 2006. The Los Angeles Times. He is an Associate Editor of Altmuslim. He has appeared on radio and TV talk shows. Judgments. synagogues. His first movie. The Guardian. After completing his engineering degree from Baghdad University College of Engineering. NY. He was also recently honored as a "Muslim Leader of Tomorrow" for his journalism. Salam also 14
. and a contributing editor to the award winning Illume Magazine He is a contributor to the Washington Post. Middle East politics. His blog. churches. He acted as a translator and liaison for the other Iraqi families that were being resettled in Albany. His first short story. Salam has had the opportunity to speak to congregations at community-sponsored events. democracy. he worked for the Japanese Embassy. Tonight with Deborah Norville. the Balkan Crisis.
Yasir Al Mahdawy
Mr. He has written extensively on Islam.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention major play about the American Muslims experience making its New York premiere on 9-11-09 at the world famous Nuyorican Theater. He is the recipient of Muslim Public Affairs Council's prestigious "Emerging Muslim American Artist" Award `of 2009. and college campuses. which formed as a result of the Los Angeles uprising in the Summer of 1992. and Huffington Post.
Salam Al-Marayati serves as the Executive Director of MPAC. high schools. the leading American Muslim online magazine. and shortly thereafter he began volunteering with USCRI Albany. For the past 16 years. "Ms. Al Mahdawy was born in Iraq in March of 1973 and grew up in Baghdad in the same house his family lives in today. The Chicago Tribune.com.wordpress. Finally in May 2008 he started working as Reception and Placement Case Manager at the agency.
In late 2007 he arrived in Albany.com. He was honored as an "An Influential Muslim American Artist" by the State Department and invited to their Annual Ramadan dinner. He values working at USCRI Albany because it allows him to provide services to new comers to the U. The LA Daily News. The San Francisco Chronicle and USA Today.com) is ranked in the top 7% of all political blogs and recently rated "Great" by blogged. Salam has also been deeply involved in interfaith activities. and the Transcaucus conflict. His articles and interviews have appeared on such prominent newspapers as The Wall Street Journal. human rights. the United Nations and a French NGO. and has been featured on C-SPAN and NBC. temples. he fled Iraq and lived in Jordan for more than one year before being approved for resettlement in the United States. "Goatmilk: An Intellectual Playground" (goatmilk." was published in the anthology "Pow Wow" published by Perseus/De Capo Press. Politically Incorrect. The Christian Science Monitor.
Iyad worked as an Islamic Studies/Arabic Teacher. She has developed courses in Arabic Studies examining the link between Islamic Philosophy. the 15
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Shahed Amanullah is an award-winning journalist and editor-in-chief of altmuslim. he worked with the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America as a District Executive for Powhatan District that served more than 80 scouting units. Named by Islamica Magazine as one of “Ten Young Muslim Visionaries. 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. San Jose Mercury News. and Family and Women's issues. San Francisco Chronicle. His television appearances include “Nightline with Ted Koppel”. and youth program director in several Islamic Centers in Michigan and Ohio. She has developed Quranic models through various courses toward building "Quranic family structure". language and the culture at previous institutes. She is a Board Member on different academic. New York Times. an online newsmagazine covering issues related to Islam in the West. His work and writings have been featured in Newsweek. BeliefNet. For the period between October 2005 and August 2006. and others. Currently.” he writes and speaks regularly about the challenges and opportunities facing Islam in the West. youth leader. Christian Science Monitor. Aisha’s Commentaries and Their Methodological Premises in Hadith Sciences. include: Al Qazali and his Methodology in Fiqh legislation. Her research interests have focused on Islamic studies (Fiqh & Usul al fiqh). educational. Washington Post. During that period. he organized about several youth camps. civic and academic institutions seeking to understand the role of Islam and Muslims in America and throughout the world. Ms.
Zainab Alwani is a PhD candidate in Islamic Studies. events and programs in that area. Alwani also teaches Women and Family in Quran at GSISS. Between January 1999 and September 2005. Iyad joined ISNA since August 2006 as the Director of the Youth Programming and Services Department. Los Angeles Times.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention works as an advisor to several political. CNN Headline News. BBC News.com.
Iyad Alnachef earned his Masters in Youth Development from Michigan State University. and the Voice of America. National Public Radio. and social organizations. What Islam Says about Domestic Violence: A Guide for Helping Muslim Families.
Shahed has served as a board member of the United Muslims of America. unitedmuslims. the world’s largest database of Halal restaurants and markets. Her research focuses on stress and mental health among Arab Americans in the post 9/11 era. and Middle East. the Muslim Public Service Network. and halalapalooza. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Toledo. as well as a Yale Child Study Center study of Arab Muslim youth identity. Patricia Anton accepted Islam in 1997 as a student at Ohio State University. She has gained widespread recognition for developing cultural competence training curriculums for social service providers working with Muslims and Arabs. signature properties include zabihah. an extensive list of reviewed mosques and schools in Muslim-minority countries. UK. Mona Amer
Dr. Ohio. Ohio. Amer is Editorin-Chief for the scientific Journal of Muslim Mental Health and consults for state and federal agencies.com.com. a network of Islamic-themed websites with over 6 million annual visitors. He is also a general partner in Zakat Community Ventures. followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Program
Originally from Medina.org. Dr. German National Radio. and her research has been featured in international radio and print media including leading Arabic newspaper Asharq Alawsat. where she received her BA in International Studies. a comprehensive guide to Islamic ecommerce. She has been invited to give keynote talks in the US. and a USA Today cover story. a resource for civic engagement.com. Mona Amer is an Assistant Professor at The American University in Cairo and Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University School of Medicine. salatomatic. She was awarded the prestigious APA Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology for her work with Muslim and Arab Americans.com. the first “venture philanthropy” fund dedicated to promoting Islamic charitable values. and “Hannity & Colmes. for Recovery and Community Health as the sole recipient of the 2005-7 American Psychological Association’s (APA) Minority Fellowship Program SAMHSA postdoctorate award. and the Muslim Youth Camp of California.” Shahed is also the founder of Halalfire Media LLC.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention “Today Show”. Patricia was awarded a Graduate Fellowship in NonProfit Management and Governance through 16
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Moutasem established the AlMadina Institute. where she has served as board member. Moutasem Atiya.G. speaking engagements. Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui. an IT professional and Islamic activist. has been actively involved in the Maryland and Metropolitan DC communities through classes. is the literary executor of the great 20th century Islamic scholar Dr. She has also served on the board of Asia Relief. Anton has worked for several Muslim organizations including The Islamic Society of North America. INDIA and has been living in US since 1995. He has bachelors in Finance from Osmania University and a 17
. the International Institute of Islamic Thought.” Project L. and Friday khutbahs on a regular basis for the past 10 years. and Cordoba University.H. Islamic Relief. earned an MA in Islamic Studies from Cordoba University. Anton is co-founder of Medina Center in Bethesda.
Sadida Athaullah. India. He has studied the Islamic Sciences from three of the luminaries of our time. Maryland. George Mason University. MD with his wife and son. and the Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger. which opened its doors in 2008. Shaykh Mohsen An-Najjar. and Shaykh Muhammad bin Yahya AlNinowy.
Azhar Azeez was born in 1971 in HYDERABAD. She has also worked on contract with the United States Institute of Peace.
Br. Muhammad Hamidullah and Director of the Muhammad Hamidullah Center.I. she is a founding member of the Muslim Peace Fellowship and sits on its board. born and raised in Hyderabad. As a mobile institution providing higher learning to Muslim Americans. Moutasem currently resides in Columbia. AlMadina Institute uses time tested methods to ensure appropriate transmission of knowledge and infuse its practical application in daily lives.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Indiana University. She has contributed to developing trainings and manuals for “Say Peace: An Islamic Model of Conflict Resolution.T. Regularly involved in peace and justice issues. and has continued her graduate studies at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. (Learning Islamic Guidance on Human Tolerance). Br. She has also studied Arabic at Yarmouk University in Jordan. Br. and the Institute for Defense Analysis. Athaullah holds an Master's degree in Education and works for the public school system of western Maryland.
000 subscribers every week on issues related to Islam & Muslims. stations and newspapers such as affiliates of CBS. He is married and has two kids and currently resides in Dallas. He is a member of ISNA Executive Council (Central Zone Representative) since 2003 and is also the founder and current President of Islamic Association of Carrollton. PBS KERA. For last 14 years he worked for major US corporations such as General Electric. 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. He is a regular speaker and a fundraiser for various local. TX. groups within the firm.
Ihsan Bagby is currently the Associate Professor Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky. Azam then set out to create a brand new firm focused on the needs of small businesses and professionals. He has made several media appearances and was interviewed by many local and national T.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and currently is pursuing his PhD in Islamic studies. NBC. Associated Press. Dallas Morning news etc.V. Today Lakeshore Law Group LLP represents many prominent physicians. especially those in the South Asian community. He speaks regularly on local & national radio programs and has written for various newspapers and magazines. Mr. Azam also serves as legal advisor to several Muslim community nonprofit organizations and is on the board of the Pakistani American Bar Association of North America and the Downtown Islamic Center. He is the founder & moderator of the weekly global e-mail newsletter which goes out to over 15. Mr. USA today. FOX. ABC. TX. he worked as an associate at a prominent Chicago corporate law firm. regional and national Islamic organizations. He coordinates the Corporate and Transactional 18
Salman Azam is one of the founders of the Lakeshore Law Group LLP and is the Managing Partner of the firm. He was also a founding member & past President of Council on American Islamic Relations – Dallas/ Fort Worth Chapter. Texas one of the large mosques in the suburbs of Dallas. CNN. After graduating from DePaul University School of Law. small and medium-sized businesses in the Chicago area and across the country. American General Life and Capital One.
Owais is a graduate of Georgetown University. Amnah Taufique. Trainer and Facilitator specializing in Leadership in Family Business. Yawar also works as a life coach and mentor for prominent family businesses in India and South Africa. Coach. competence. Thanks to his openness. lectures. He currently lives with his wife. NY.
. Owais is an active member of the ADAMS center and volunteers with the educational wing of ADAMS. Its experiential learning format enhances the application of inherent and learned knowledge and skills. which provides classes. by applying case studies from both family businesses and multi-national corporations. Yawar brings to bear his varied experience in bauxite mining. tourism marketing and teaching which gives him the advantage of speaking from the perspective of a practitioner and not merely as a theorist. the Qurtuba Institute. Drs. Owais also participates in ADAMS outreach through interfaith and community service activities. Mohamad Ashraf and Mubeena Balti. He transcends cultural boundaries by blending Eastern values with Western systems. yet stay together. tea and rubber plantations. 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. in Sterling. International Speaker. VA. He served a term as the President of the Muslim Students Association during his time at Georgetown. national and global organizations aimed at identifying and nurturing leadership potential.
Owais Balti was born in Buffalo. valuebased professionalism and the ability to speak five languages. Yawar has instilled leadership and management fundamentals within many local. His parents. are members of the ISNA Founder’s Committee and active leaders in the Islamic Society of Niagara Frontier. Owais works in the area of Financial Planning and Analysis.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Mirza Yawar Baig Owais Balti
Founder and President of Yawar Baig and Associates. with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. enabling the critical transition from being ‘Person-driven to becoming Process-driven’ to create Enduring Leadership.
He teaches courses on Islamic Law and Society. Religious Studies. While at American University. in Philosophy and Islamic Studies from the University of California. rather than looking down from the ivory tower. Asad has also been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. he went on to earn his Juris Doctor from The American University's Washington College of Law in 2000. participated in interschool moot court competitions and served as a judge in many competitions. the American Bar Association's official journal on administrative law. BaYunus
Asad M. also served as an adjunct professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California. Dr. a term used for academics directly connecting their research to the people. Bazian between 2002-2007. In addition to Berkeley. Asad was a defense attorney for Fertig & Gramling Law Partnership. is a reflection of his desire to contribute to a better understanding of Muslim attachment and informed political attitudes toward the 20
. received his Ph. Berkeley. Asad worked as a Level III Critical Care Paramedic.C. New York. Dr. Bazian is a visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary's College of California and adviser to the Religion. serving mainly rural and elderly patients through the Broome Volunteer Emergency Squad. Bazian's published book. Ba-Yunus is an Associate at the law firm of Lubell &Rosen. . In Spring 2009. Dr. After graduating in 1997.
Dr. Hatem Bazian. Dr. While earning his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from State University of New York at Binghamton. and Middle Eastern Studies.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Asad M. he was a Note & Comment Editor for the Administrative Law Review. Prior to joining Lubell & Rosen. He is a native of Cortland. the Mager Law Group and worked as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County. Berkeley. Bar in 2002. Dr. Currently.D. Bazian founded at Berkeley the Center for the Study and Documentation of Islamophobia. DeConstructing Islamophobia and Othering of Islam. Jerusalem in Islamic Consciousness. a research unit dedicated to the systematic study of Othering Islam and Muslims. Asad was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2001 and the Washington D. Politics and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley as well as Academic Affairs Chair at Zaytuna College of California. Bazian is known for being an organic intellectual. Bazian is a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies. Islam in America: Communities and Institutions. practices in the area of medical malpractice defense litigation.
The Silicon Rush: Documenting Muslim Communities in the the Silicon Valley. “Islamophobie: dans le monde moderne” and an entry to Oxford's Human Rights Encyclopedia covering HR under the Palestinian Authority. and Central American Solidarity struggles. Chapter. Amana Mutual Funds. such as Mar-Jac Poultry. Anti-Globalization Movement. She is currently the Administrator for the Institute of Quality of Life at Georgetown University. the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS). Bazian is working on two books. DC
Dr. She is involved in many organizations in a volunteer capacity.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Sacred City and Palestine in general. and organizational management. Dr. He served as President of the Muslim Students Association of the United States & Canada. Barzinji served as advisor and consultant to various educational. educational. 21
Hazami Barmada is Executive Director for the 2008 9/11 Unity Walk. think-tanks. SAAR Foundation. He has over forty years of progressive experience in development and leadership of diverse organizations (business. Bazian has played a significant role almost in every human and civil rights movement in the Bay Area.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from Rhodes College. Dr. and the Association of Muslim Scientists & Engineers (AMSE). Bazian most recent publication is a chapter published in France. He is a founding member of International Charitable Foundation (KWT). Bank Islam Malaysia. Member of (MSA). a Trustee and Vice President for Research & Publications of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). 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. international communications. Nada International. Banking. political and charitable). Safa Trust. nationally and internationally including the defense of Affirmative Action in California.
Jamal M. As an activist. and North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). Barmada received a B. and Virtual Internment: Muslims and the War on Terrorism. Currently. 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. Dr. Jamal al-Barzinji is a founding member. Majlis AlShura of The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He delivered numerous lectures and wrote articles on various topics on Islamic Thought. Dean of School of Islamic Revealed Knowledge & Social Sciences of International Islamic University Malaysia. Anti-Apartheid. American With Disabilities Act. charitable and professional organizations.
and Europe. Mr. he served at the World Bank for 15 years. and the London School of Economics.Sc. Beckmann earned degrees from Yale. Dr.S. Beshir is the recipient of the 22
. NY Muslim Center and Principal of the center’s weekend school.Sc. Education and Islamic Presence in the U. Imam Beg’s Educational Background includes Kamil from hadith. Principal of Islamia Aliya Madrasa. He has written many books and articles. and a B. in Chemical Engineering.” and “Parenting Skills” as well as other parenting books in Arabic. Bangladesh. He is a clergyman as well as an economist.
Mohamed Rida Beshir
Dr. Kumila.A. He has been president of Bread for the World for 15 years. Barzinji holds a Ph.S. Barisal David Beckmann is one of the foremost U. advocates for hungry people.Dowrah hadith from dawandinesab. England (1962).” “Blissful Marriage. Before that. Mohamed Rida Beshir is the co-author of four best-selling books on family issues and parenting: “Parenting in the West. Dr.D. and founder of Anitur Rahman complex.S. and Tafseer from Mukahtil Mukarama. Beshir. Current Affairs. including: Transforming the Politics of Hunger and Grace at the table: Ending Hunger in God’s World. Quiraat from Muminbari. with a minor in Management from Louisiana State University. and five universities have awarded him honorary doctorates. tafseer and fekaguru from Aliyah madrasa. Christ Seminary. Several of his parenting books have been translated to many other languages.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Islamic Movements. leading large-scale and successful campaigning to strengthen U. who is teaching two parenting courses with the Islamic American University. is a regular contributor to the family section of several Magazines and an adviser for the Islam online website’s family section. (1974). and M. overseeing large projects and driving innovations to make the Bank more effective in reducing poverty. U.
Mirza AbuJafar Beg
Moulana Mirza AbuJafar BegImam is Imam and Khatib of the Jamaica. in Chemical Engineering & Fuel Technology from the University of Sheffield.” “Muslim Teens. Dhaka. He is a former Imam and Khatib of Masjidul Akbar Dhaka.S. Dr. political commitment to overcoming hunger and poverty.
MAC and MAS conventions with the Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN). MSA. Isra has pursued a range of interests. and a Ph. 23
Isra Bhatty was born in Leeds. criminal justice policy. with over 30 years of experience in Da’wa in North America. in Development Studies from Sussex University in the UK. ISNA. and counter-terrorism strategy. Currently. and co-founded and chaired The Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW). She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a college junior and won several prizes for leadership. Iman is a regional expert with more then 22 years experience in the social sector of the Arab World and the Africa region. she works on government outreach to Muslim and Asian minority communities. Iman Bibars is launching Ashoka's program in the ARAB WORLD. Her research and work interests are in disability policy. criminal law. including UNICEF.D. such as female heads of households in the poorest slums of Egypt. social intervention for “at-risk” minority youth. He has held various volunteer national/local elected positions with MSA.. and service to the south-side community. GTZ and KFW. an NGO providing credit and legal aid for poor women who head their households.K. Iman has a BA and an MA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo (AUC). street children. England and raised in northern Chicagoland. and a law student at Yale Law School. Outside of school. He is a regular speaker in ISNA. she is an MPhil candidate in Evidence Based Social Intervention at the University of Oxford.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention City of Ottawa Certificate of Appreciation for the year 2003 for his volunteer work in the area of Education as well as other City of Ottawa awards for valuable services to community children in year 2006. She has committed her life to work with marginalized and voiceless groups. CARE-Egypt. Iman is herself a social entrepreneur. street vendors and garbage collectors. He is actively developing and delivering training programs to various Muslim communities all over the world. She has served as a multi-lingual translator for detainees at Guantánamo Bay and has worked closely
. and MAS. Iman also joined the Georgetown University Arab Studies MA Program and was a Parvin Fellow at Princeton. In the U. Catholic Relief Services. Egypt. ICNA. scholarship. Dr. where she is studying on a Rhodes Scholarship. She graduated from The University of Chicago in 2006 with majors in Economics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She has worked with many international agencies and NGOs.
Based in Cairo. He is an Engineer by profession. He is one of the founders of Human Concern International.
com. He was the Imam and religious leader at The Islamic Center in El Paso since his arrival until the end of 2007.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Shaykh Yaser Birjas is originally from the Holy Land and was born in Kuwait in 1970. He started his career in Electronic Engineering in 1988 in the UAE. He He is a member of Zoning Board of City of Lawrance. He is also an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute. 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. MA and School Committee Candidate for City of Lawrance. In 1997. he immigrated to the U. he went to work as a relief program aide under the international umbrella of relief agencies to rebuild the war-torn Bosnia. Yaser Birjas is presently residing in El Paso. an organization that provides trademark double-weekend seminars in Islamic studies. reporter for AKRA FM radio station. He has BS in Arabic Literature and Language from Selcuk University. Texas. Turkey.S.com and mgreenpages. He is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of habername.com.com an online wholesale Turkish products business. Konya. MA. He is married with three children and lives in Lawrance MA. then in Madinah where he graduated as class Valedictorian with the highest honors from The Islamic University of Madinah’s College of Shariah (Fiqh and Usool) in 1996. and in the year 2000. He is also the president of kemalpasha. Southern Connecticut State University. after the war was over. MA. a Turkish Daily Online Newspaper. Mr Bozkurt is the founder and publisher of the Green Pages Muslim Business Directory and Editor-in-Chief of habername.
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. State Delegate for Democtatic Party. Istanbul Turkey and currently pursuing MS degree in Information Library Science . MS in Banking and Insurance from Marmara University. MA. New Haven CT. And a co-founder of Practimate. Thereafter. Boston.
including Bumpin’ in My SUV and the Baghdad Blues. Get Outta Your Chair. blues. Previously he served as Counsel to Muslim Advocates’ Program to Combat Racial & Religious Profiling. DC. American Muslim Studies Program (AMSP) at the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. was released in 2008 and features music from the funk. From 1999-2004. Bukhari’s research interests focused on religion and politics in the United States and South Asia. he worked as executive director of the Pakistan Institute of Public Opinion (PIPO). he served as Professor Lawrence Lessig’s Constitutional Law Teaching Assistant and as Executive Editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal. Based in Washington. is Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) and the People’s Campaign for the Constitution (PCC). Islamabad. from 2003 to 2008.
Dr. He is also serving as Executive Director of the Center for Islam and Public Policy (CIPP). 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. From 1978-1983. house. Dr. Dr. and South Asian fusion traditions. In January. drum 'n bass. Georgetown University.000. Dr. Bukhari was elected President of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) for 20092010. hip-hop. Shahid has performed around the world for audiences as large as 50.25 million for this purpose. Zahid H. A 2003 graduate of Stanford Law School.
Shahid Buttar. DC.D. He has published and presented papers on Islam and development. two organizations aimed at raising awareness about the impacts of national security policies on civil liberties and privacy interests. Washington. His debut CD.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Zahid Hussain Bukhari
University of Karachi and Ph. he also worked as Director Project MAPS: Muslims in American Public Square. Bukhari is currently working as Director. As a musician. which examined the role and contribution of the Muslim community to the American public life. The Pew Charitable Trusts awarded a grant of $1. Buttar has long advocated in defense of the Constitution. Bukhari has a Masters in Economics from the
. Buttar also served the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy as Associate Director for Communications & Outreach. He has a vast experience in all aspects of survey research. a member of Gallup International. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. He is also editor of two volumes of the Project MAPS: Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square: Fears.
Mas’ood now resides in northern California with his wife and two sons. 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.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Ms. He went on to obtain a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice Management from Concordia University-Wisconsin and a Masters in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. 26
. media. Maryland. As an undergraduate in 1993. and has served on several other boards including the National Council of the Fellowship of Reconciliation.
Islamic-oriented site on the Internet. current events.
Mas’ood Cajee is a California-based dentist. Literature and Culture from Syracuse University in New York State. He continues to advise various community.com. In 2003. Mas’ood created cybermuslim. integrity and determination. Currently he is a contributing editor at Fellowship magazine and a columnist for altmuslim. in International Relations and French Language. he learned from a young age the values of compassion. Cady worked with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in New York City as a Program Associate supporting resettlement around the United States. counterpunch. Congresswoman Julia Carson. and policy issues for various publications including the Buddhist journal Turning Wheel. Ms. and philanthropic organizations in the United States and abroad. Cady supports partner agencies in the Reception and Placement Program.org. Mas’ood also serves as a senior member of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. He has written on interfaith relations. France and is proficient in French. Raised and mentored by his grandmother. Having visited 45 states and over 25 countries on four continents. and Muslim thought leader. Ms.A. the nation’s oldest and largest interfaith peace and justice organization. Beliefnet. he completed a Masters in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and was a California Endowment Scholar in Health Policy at Harvard University. Indiana. A board member of the Muslim Peace Fellowship. Cady received a dual B. Adbusters. Fellowship. She studied in Strasbourg. Minaret. the first
Congressman André Carson is a 34-year-old native of Indianapolis.com. journalist. Prior to working at USCRI HQ. and Britain’s QNews.
a new justice-based global initiative of the Collegiate Church of New York. working to responsibly bring an end to the war in Iraq and to restore America’s role as a respected global leader. 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. he was a principle architect of the church's award winning "God is still speaking. At the United Church of Christ. Robert Chase was called to be the Founding Director of Intersections. André devoted himself to law enforcement and the protection of Hoosiers across Indianapolis. insurance. he was responsible for the denomination's efforts in public relations. real estate. Chase served as Director of Communication for the 1.000. Adjunct Professor . Co-Chair of 2009 National Convention Program
In September 2007. Phd Student at Temple University . radio. Among other marketing efforts for the UCC. Congressman Carson currently serves on the prestigious Financial Services Committee. and securities.Department of religion. Department of Religion. Member of ISNA Executive Council . His ambitious agenda includes working to create economic opportunity for Hoosiers.2 million member United Church of Christ. pushing forward comprehensive affordable healthcare legislation. which oversees all components of the nation's housing and financial services sectors including banking. Board member of New Jersey Muslim Attorneys. a full-service communications company. The Rev.
. was responsible for the UCC's multiple web sites and served as publisher of United Church News with its circulation of more than 200. Previously. the church's historic media justice agency. video and emerging electronic technologies.EZ Representative. He also served as Executive Director of the UCC's Office of Communication. Inc. 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.
Sami Catovic is a NewJersey attorney. public and assisted housing..Temple University.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
For almost a full decade." identity campaign. marketing and education through print.
Dadabhoy. Shaykh Yusuf is a well-known and respected Shariah advisor and Islamic 28
Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo
scholar whose career spans more than 30 years. California. broadly defined to include banking. Raised in Southern California. leasing funds. DC area. the first English reference on the fatawa issued by Shariah boards.
Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo is currently the Chief Shariah Officer and Board Member at Shariah Capital. mutual funds. IFSB is the international standardsetting body of regulatory and supervisory agencies that have a vested interest in ensuring the soundness and stability of the Islamic financial services industry. His written work has appeared in journals and newsletters and as chapters in books. 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 three-volume publication has become the standard reference for Islamic financial institutions. banks. Dadabhoy spent over 15 years at Wells Fargo and was most recently a District Manager in Long Beach. he serves as a Shariah advisor to over 20 global financial entities. Dadabhoy
Owaiz M. Shaykh Yusuf is also a special consultant.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Owaiz M. Based in the Washington. capital markets and insurance. including index providers. Prior to that. In addition. he earned a BA in Business Administration from California State University at Fullerton. including Euromoney’s “Islamic Asset Management”. co-founding the UPLIFT Charitable Corporation in 2006. institutional investors. Shaykh Yusuf is the author of “A Compendium of Legal Opinions on the Operations of Islamic Banks”. home finance providers. Dadabhoy is active with charitable and community activities. Mr. real estate funds. joined Saturna Capital in August of 2008. He is married with two children and enjoys spending time with his family in various outdoor activities. “Islamic Retail Finance and Islamic Finance: Innovation & Growth”. 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. His entries on the terminology of Islamic Finance appear in The Oxford Dictionary of Islam. Shaykh Yusuf wrote the introduction to “Islamic Bonds”. the 2003 book that introduced Sukuk and transformed the world’s Islamic capital markets. Mr. alternative asset managers and others. Investment Manager.
and the online curriculum World History for Us All.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
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. and is currently in the doctoral program at George Mason University. a children’s book Ramadan (Carolrhoda Books. she was Senior Researcher for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. and Crescent International. and many articles and book chapters. Muslim Alliance in North America (1st and 2nd) Annual Conference. a Masters of Professional Studies degree from the New York Theological Seminary. 2002). and developing instructional resources.A. She contributed to online teaching resources such as the IslamProject. teaching resources for the Council on Islamic Education and the National Center for History in the Schools. in History from the University of Rochester. and others. the Smithsonian Freer Gallery teaching guide Arts of Islam.
Susan Douglass has an M. a small narrative that focuses on incarcerated Muslims. 2000). She served as an Affiliated Scholar with the Council on Islamic Education for over a decade. Major publications include World Eras: Rise and Spread of Islam. 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. Other writings include You Are Almost There.org. During 2006. DeVeaux received a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Bernard M. Baruch College (CUNY). as well as co-authoring a paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association (1995). 622-1500 (Thompson/Gale. The Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. DeVeaux has published papers in New Directions in Evaluation: a Publication of the American Evaluation Association. For the past three years she has conducted the educational outreach program 29
. a B. Teaching About Religion in National and State Social Studies Standards (Freedom Forum First Amendment Center and Council on Islamic Education. Imagine This. and a Masters of Arts degree from The College at New Paltz (SUNY). reviewing state standards. 2002). reviewing over a dozen commercial textbooks in development. New York). and designed The Indian Ocean in World History online resource. NAACP Criminal Justice Conferences (Jamaica.A. a chapbook of poems and has had several other poems featured in various publications. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University.
He is presently Vice President of AADT and the Primary Coordinator/Spokesperson for the
Rev. He has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Milan. and homeowner associations.J. and was recently elected to the Texas State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC) as the male representative of the Asian American Democrats of Texas (AADT). He has also led the efforts to establish Islamic Boy Scouts troops in the local communities. a nonpartisan government watchdog organization. A. effective May 2007.
A.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention at the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding. school district committees. One of his primary areas of focus has been full-time Islamic Education. 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. Durrani
A.J. over 70 Precincts Chairs in the Houston area. established to improve and increase political awareness in "new Americans". Robert William (Bob) Edgar is president and CEO of Common Cause. including building cross sector collaborations.J. She brings experience developing all aspects of service and policy organizations. which is a non-profit political action group. He served as a Democratic member of the United 30
. Coalition of New American Communities (CONAC). For the past 17 years she has worked exclusively with organizations serving the poor and advocating for social justice. J. Dr. and fundraising.
Jean F. CONAC efforts have led to thousands of new registered voters. and in the management of their growth. Italy and an MS from Penn State Univ. Besides Islamic-related community activities. and he has been instrumental in the creation and establishment of five Islamic schools. Durrani is a grassroots political activist in the greater Houston area. program development and evaluation. has held leadership positions in mainstream civic and local community organizations like charitable institutions. and for-profit businesses. A. strategic planning and marketing. public and community relations.the election of three Muslims to the Texas SDEC. and recently culminated in a historic first -. Duff
Jean Duff is a seasoned management professional with broad experience in the start-up of non-profit social enterprises. She is the Executive Director of CIFA (Center for Interfaith Action).
Maha ElGenaidi is the Founder and President of Islamic Networks Group (ING). and is author of seven training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims. She is the recipient of numerous civil rights awards which include the “Civil Rights Leadership Award” from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations. has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. the leading U. and Advisor to California's Commission on Police Officers Standards & Training (POST) for hate crimes and cultural diversity training. Ms. Bob Edgar was named president and CEO of Common Cause. (NCC). Representative 31
. non-profit "citizens" lobby working to make government at all levels more honest. corporations and other public institutions. ElGenaidi has spoken to hundreds of schools. Bob arrived at Common Cause with a long history of leadership and public service that included 12 years in Congress. and to connect citizens with their democracy. open and accountable.S. and the "Citizen of the Year" Award from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.S.S. She is a former commissioner on Lt. The Fifth Congressional District is the most vibrant and ethnically diverse district in Minnesota with a rich history and traditions. a national nonpartisan. the “Human Relations Award” from the Santa Clara County Human Relations office. representing the 7th district of Pennsylvania. Prior to his position as president and CEO of Common Cause. The Fifth District includes the City of Minneapolis and the surrounding suburbs. as well as eight training modules for public institutions on "developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community". Ms. 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. Governor Cruz Bustamante's "Commission for One California". n May 2007. and former Co-
Keith Ellison has represented the Fifth Congressional District of Minnesota in the U. he came from the post of general secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U. Commissioner on Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission. organization in the movement for Christian unity.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention States House of Representatives from 1975 to 1987. 2007. House of Representatives since taking office on January 4. ElGenaidi is currently ING's CEO. churches. chair and Vice-chair of the Bay Area Hate Crimes Investigators Association (BAHCIA).
Human Rights (EHR) and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). and submitted an article to the American Journal of Law and Society . and promoting civil and human rights. He serves as a national liaison and representative for ISNA at numerous interreligious conventions and conferences. Mohamed has contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of Philanthropy in America and the American Journal of Islamic Social Science.D degree in Islamic History from Ankara University. His priorities in Congress are: promoting peace. Gazi Erdem has a BS Degree in Religious Studies from the Divinity Faculty of Uludag University. Turkey where he studied Christians under Ottoman Empire between 1856 and 1876. a Master of Law from Indiana University in Bloomington. 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). and other media outlets. Alarabia. the Evangelicals for
Dr. IN. UK where he studies Orthodox Church under Ottoman Empire in the Sixteenth Century. Al-hurah. CSpan. Turkey for many years." His roots as a community activist and his message of inclusivity through democratic participation resonates throughout the Fifth District. Elsanousi has appeared on Aljazeera. and has basic fluency in Urdu. After serving as an imam and preacher (Vaiz) in Bursa. He has been the Attache for Religious 32
. Elsanousi is the Director of Communications and Community Outreach for ISNA. Bursa. 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. first one is Islamic History from Uludag University. Mr. strengthening ISNA’s relationships with the Muslim community in North America. Pakistan. His responsibilities with ISNA include fostering interfaith relations. He is proficient in Arabic and English. the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission (IBC).
Mr. He completed his Ph. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Shariah and Law from the International Islamic University in Islamabad. Mr. Turkey. Ankara. He holds Two MA degrees. 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. prosperity for working families.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Ellison's philosophy is one of "generosity and inclusiveness. he has hold for various managerial positions at the Religious Affairs of Turkey (Diyanet).
change management principles. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion. Dr. Dr. 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.
John Esposito is a University Professor as well as Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. a leading non-profit formed to advance the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by ending malariarelated deaths by 2012. Iman M. Islam and Democracy and
Mr. Makers of Contemporary Islam (with John Voll).
Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur is an author and activist (faith-based initiatives and gender equality in Islam). and Who Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think: With Dalia Mogahed. 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. and the impact of Islamic movements from North Africa to Southeast Asia. Islam and Politics. Faris is a senior management consultant. A consultant to the Department of State as well as corporations and the media worldwide. with a career spanning multiple industries from training and political advocacy to technology and construction. Religious leadership. Islamic Cililizations. Interreligious Dialogue in Islamic Sources and History. The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?. What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam. Iman grew up in the North American Muslim community. Islam: The Straight Path. Esposito is Editor-in-Chief of the 4 volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World. Through his decades of experience in a diversity of organizations and industries. and proven coaching methods. Esposito specializes in Islam. She also consults on a variety of interfaith projects and volunteerism efforts. political Islam. She works with Malaria No More. Ottoman History and Christians under the Ottoman Empire. Erdem is expert in many areas such as Islamic History.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Affairs to the NY Consulate General of Turkey. His more than 30 books include: Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam (a Washington Post and Boston Globe best seller). his family was one of the pioneers that helped establish the 33
host of the local Muslim radio show. CA. He is extensively involved in youth work. There was always a community project to help with and to learn from whether it was a relief effort. humanitarian and health care services to the orphans and the needy in India. This organization provides an alternative for home buyers looking for ways to avoid interest-based bank loans. Ghulam Nabi Fai is the Executive Director of the Washington-based Kashmiri American Council /Kashmir Center. He was the founding member of Muslim Community Association. From his formative years. Santa Clara. IMRC has been working since 1982 to provide education. a youth activity. or mosque building. IMRC also provides medical and emergency aid during natural disasters and man made disasters such as riots. and working groups.in 2007. regional and national Muslim community lectures.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention community. He has been active in Muslim community in North America since the early 70’s. He is the founder and board member of North American Islamic Shelter for the Abused (NISA) that supports victims of domestic abuse. He is the founding chairman of the San Francisco 34
. CA and Islamic Society of East Bay. India.
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Manzoor Ghori is the founder and chairman of the Indian Muslim Relief & Charities (IMRC). He is the founder & chairman of Jahangirabad Education Trust. delivering lectures to high school students and training youth leaders. Iman is supported by his wife Zameela. in 1994. Fremont. conferences. 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. including: annual festivals on the occasion of Eid. including Abraar School. and the rest of his community-minded family. and coordinator and contributor to a variety of local. Manzoor Ghori founded Ameen Housing Cooperative Inc. This trust launched Jahangirabad Media Institute in 2005 and is about to launch a university Jahangirabad Institute of Technology . He has also been involved with local projects. Iman continues his involvement as a leader and organizer. an advocacy group for justice and mutual understanding and Islamic Network Group (ING) which delivers educational programs relating to Islam and Muslims. managing youth camps. as board member of several local organizations. Manzoor was also on the advisory board of Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR). daughter Ayesha. Today.
7th. The Washington Post. 6th. Petersburg. He was invited to attend the 3rd. Wall Street Journal. JOURNEY THROUGH TEN THOUSAND VEILS. Since then. The Washington Times. 2nd. Plain Dealer. 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. He addressed the preliminary session at the Centennial Conference of Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in August 1993. Hawaii in June 2006. He is married and has two children. it is by entering into the heart of Islam that the author was liberated. He attended the 1st. on a journey of transformation culminating in West Africa. elevated. in December 1994 in Casablanca. On the contrary. she embraced Islam in El Khalil. she has studied with Sufi Masters intensively around the world. in December 1997 in Tehran. He addressed the 14th International Conference on Conflict Resolution in St. Her book. 4th and 5th sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva in 2006 & 2007. His articles appeared in The New York Times.) at the hands of an ancient Sufi Sheikh. dispelling many stereotypes such as the proposition.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention based Global Peace Forum and the Chairman London-based Justice Foundation. He participated in the 42nd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March 1998. Iran. and guided to realize the true purpose of her existence. Chicago tribune. which documents both the inner and outer journey. 35
. her life became a journey in search of the liberating Truth. Dr.s. 9th and 10th Summit of the Head of the States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in January 1981 in Makkah. He has been living in exile since August 1980 for his political beliefs. that women are inevitably oppressed in Islam. is a revealing social commentary. Morocco. Born Jewish.
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Sheikha Maryam Kabeer Faye was guided from a young age to make the journey in search of Truth. Dr. Qatar.Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities at Geneva. December 1992 in Dakar. Financial Times. Baltimore Sun and many other foreign policy journals in the United States and around the world. The Alchemy of Transformation on the Sufi Path. 2003 in Putrajaya. Fai is also the Member of the Board of Director of Istanbul-based the Union of the NGOs of the Islamic World. ten minutes away from the burial place of the Prophet Ibrahim (a. Saudi Arabia. 8th. At twelve. Senegal. He addressed the 46th thru 61st Sessions of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) at Geneva. Russia in May 2006. and in October. He also addressed the Fourth International Conference on Global Good in Honolulu. she was given a scroll with a painting of an ancient man walking through mountains. were the words: SEEK AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE. From that moment on. in November 2000 in Doha. upon which. 3rd. and also participated in the 41st thru 57th Sessions of the United Nations Sub .
and blogger who writes about issues related to Muslims. Dr. feminism. and understanding. She founded and currently serves as editor of Muslimah Media Watch. race. San Francisco and
. Arkansas. Safiya was also the student editor of the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture for two years.
Safiya is currently the Muslim Public Affairs Council Program Director in the Washington DC office.
Fatemeh Fakhraie is an editor. She is also an associate editor of the new online magazine Altmuslimah. Jess Ghannam is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences at the University of California. Safiya taught Introduction to Comparative Politics at the University of Arkansas for two years.. speaker and writer on Islam and spirituality. Safiya clerked for the Arkansas Attorney General in the Public Protection Division where she focused on fraud and discrimination cases. Adjunct Professor of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. VA where she researched and administered VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) and asylum cases for Muslim women who were victims of domestic violence. Morocco and Russia. Safiya is fluent in Hindi and Urdu and was born in Little Rock. She has studied and worked in many countries including India. ReligionDispatches. writer. While completing her M. As an Equal Justice Works Fellow she worked at the Tahirih Justice Center in Falls Church. building bridges of light. She earned a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in May 2006 from the University of Arkansas. She travels extensively throughout the world. He is a Psychoanalyst and practices in San Francisco and the East Bay. including Racialicious. and politics in several print and online outlets. Dr. Ghannam is also a Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) for the State of California. Ghannam specializes in working with chronic illness.A.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Sheikha Maryam Kabeer Faye is a teacher. He also works and does research in the area of Global Health and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. a website dedicated to analyzing representations of Muslim women in global media. including chronic pain and cancer. and Bitch magazine. 36
Gutow went on to become the founding executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council. where he received his ordination in 2003. Gutow.
Rabbi Steve Gutow is Executive Director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.
. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2007. This fall. DC. Louis. Louis Rabbinical Association representative to the Jewish Community Relations Council of St.
Linda Gustitus serves as President of the National Religious Campaign against torture. who spent more than a decade practicing law in Texas. Gutow became the first full-time rabbi at the Reconstructionist Minyan of St. She is the founder of the Washington Region Religious Campaign Against Torture and is an attorney. He also organized the pro-Israel lobby's efforts in six southwestern states and helped create chapters in nearly 40 cities. where he led national groups in formulating strategies to maintain First Amendment religious freedoms. Linda is the past board chair of the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation and lives in Washington. Gutow focused his career on his faith and community and attended the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. where he forged alliances with
Sara Hakeem has recently matriculated from Teach for America – Chicago’s 2007 corps.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Republicans and Democrats. After working for nearly 30 years as an attorney and in Jewish and political activities. Louis where he served as the St. served as chair of the Dallas Jewish Community Relations Council and then went on to serve as the founding regional director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's Southwest Region. she has taught 7th grade Language Arts at Gary Elementary School in Chicago. Following his ordination. For the past two years. she will begin a PhD program in Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.
Member. Virginia. including Ghazali's Ihya-Uloom-al-Deen. Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington Assembly. editor. Harris has spent the last fifteen years concentrating on the theory and practice of Islamic nonviolence. She founded the Muslim Peace Fellowship in 1994 and serves as its Executive Director. sometime translator. Muslim Sikh Advisory Committee to the FBI Washington Field Office. Chair. freelance theologian. After two decades of general spiritual studies. Fairfax Youth Partnership. Member of the Arab. gaining ijaza in several disciplines. Imam Magid is also well known as an effective communicator to our youth and for work with other organizations and interfaith dialogue. She is presently organizing the Muslim "house" of a tripartite Abrahamic peace community centered around an organic gardening project at the Stony Point Conference Center in Stony Point. peace activist. and aspiring servant of Allah. He was born in Sudan.
. the son of a leading Islamic Scholar and the Mufti of Sudan.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Rabia Terri Harris
Mohamed Hagmagid Ali
Rabia Terri Harris is an essayist. Imam Magid is also well known for his counseling and family counseling expertise. His other Islamic activities and responsibilities include: East Zone Representative on ISNA Executive Council from 2001 to present. NY. her Master’s from Columbia University in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures. practicing chaplain. Imam Magid studied at the hand of his father and other notable scholars. Harris received her Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in the field of Religion. Fairfax (VA) Faith Communities in Action. Board. and holds a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary. public intellectual.
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.
In 2007 Hanson was reelected on the second ballot. graduated from Howard University. She teaches workshops on “How To Prevent Breast Cancer Through Diet and Self-Breast Exams”. “What A Woman Doesn’t Know Can Hurt Her”. thus will become during this term the longest-serving Presiding Bishop in the ELCA's history.
Mark S. Hanson was elected President of the Lutheran World Federation. providing health services to the homeless. to women in shelters. In 2003. a faith-based practice. Minneapolis: 2002). as well as authored a rape prevention pamphlet entitled. as well as organizing community based outreach programs which include.
She has been a practicing Muslim for over 25 years. and to those in foster care. and the Medical University of South Carolina. she established Al-Nisaa. a role which he serves concurrently with his role as ELCA Presiding Bishop. Hanson is author of Faithful Yet Changing: The Church in Challenging Times (Augsburg Fortress.allowing them to be able to participate in the Special Olympics. In 1995. “Fertility Awareness – How To Achieve or Avoid Pregnancy”. adolescent health services/AIDS prevention program. performing physicals to the mentally and physically challenged . Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He serves on the executive council on the executive board of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U. (The ELCA's first Presiding Bishop. Wholistic Health. teaching at Coppin State University.)
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providing free blood pressure screenings in community centers for the elderly. providing. to those in group homes. “Maintaining Vaginal Health Naturally”. Sister Asma Hanif is presently operating a holistic health center. and organizing volunteer health services in public schools. Clinical Herbologist and Natural Childbirth Instructor. Education and Social Services Center. Herbert W.A. Naturopathic Physician. Hanson is the third.S. Chilstrom. in order to provide health services for underserved and uninsured women and children. She is a Certified Nurse Midwife. served two 4-year terms. and current.
He has Postgraduate training at the St Louis University. TX. Aziza has given various speeches to audiences across the country that included introductions to Islam. substantive dialogue. identity. He has approximately 25 publications and abstracts. community organizing. forgiveness and peace in Islamic tradition. national and global
Maher Hathout is a leading spokesperson for the American Muslim community. MD is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston. New Ground doesn t shy away from discussing the tough topics such as. local. at conferences. and youth leadership training. Pakistan . He is also a Charter Member of the Pacific 40
. gender. 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. university/college campuses. Hathout is MPAC's Senior Advisor. 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. various presentations at national and international meetings.
Waheedul Haque. Karachi. explore issues at the personal.
Aziza Co-Directs NewGround: A MuslimJewish Partnership for Change. Aziza also coordinates inter-faith relations for MPAC by working with religious leadership in Southern California in the areas of social justice. Dialogue sessions are based on the premise that honest communication forges meaningful relationships. Dr. from these grow camaraderie and genuine friendship. community education and outreach. She has led numerous workshops for international scholar forums. He graduated from Dow Medical College. Facilitated conversations. pluralism and Israel/Palestine. is a retired physician best known for his tireless commitment to public service. civic and religious groups on inter-faith dialogue.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention levels. Among the numerous offices he holds. and conflict resolution in Muslim communities. and youth engagement.
and then moved to The Methodist Hospital at Houston. Ottawa. Readers of her novels. The New York Times.S. Dr. She is actively involved with resident teaching and research. TX She graduated from Osmania Medical College. MD is Professor of Pathology at Cornell Weill Medical School. Kuwait. His articles and interviews have appeared in such prominent newspapers as The Los Angeles Times. democracy." "Emerging Trends in Islamic Movements. human rights.
Abida K." He has traveled to Australia. Hathout has written extensively on Islam." and "the Future of the Middle East. Middle East politics. Egypt. and underwent postgraduate training in Obstetrics & Gynecology in Hyderabad. and Bosnia. India. Dr. and attained the rank of full Professor at The University of Texas Medical School at Galveston. 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. and sits on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Alliance. Dr.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Council on International Policy. 41
. and Attending Pathologist at the Methodist Hospital. Policy. She was Director of Anatomic Pathology for several years. Haque. TX. She has been Treasurer and Secretary of IMANA from 2006-2008. He appears frequently on national television and radio talk shows. Hyderabad.com. Currently she is Vice President of IMANA. Currently she is Professor and Attending Pathologist at The Methodist Hospital." "Islamic Democracy. New York.
Najiyah Diana Helwani is a home-grown Kansas girl who feels blessed to be Muslim and of Midwestern heritage.wordpress. and had postgraduate training in Pathology at the Ottawa Medical College. the western partner of the Council on Foreign Relations. She then moved with her family to USA in 1979. Dr. and South Africa to lecture on Islam and Muslims. Houston. Haque emigrated to Canada. Canada. Houston. Haque
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Abida K. Dr. The Wall Street Journal and The Christian Science Monitor. Haque has been a member of IMANA for the past 20 years. India. Haque has more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and presentations. and contributed approximately 50 book chapters on Pulmonary Pathology in these texts. Hathout has been invited to Capitol Hill and the State Department several times to address a variety of topics such as "Islam and U. Currently at work on Sophia’s second adventure. Najiyah invites readers to share their time travel wish lists on her website http://najiyahhelwani. Pakistan. TX. Malaysia. Before that she has served as the Chair of IMANA Bylaws committee.
LAXART in Los Angeles. NY. founder and president of Connecting Cultures.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention integration of immigrant and refugee families. Her six children remind her what is important in life. CT. She is the author of “Doing Business in the Middle East and North Africa” and “Finding Diversity. England. Additionally Hewitt has received a 2008 Art Matters Grant and a 2009-2010 Radcliffe Fellowship Residency at Harvard University. Studio Museum in Harlem.dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence. where she teaches English at Yarmouk University and is collaborating on writing the history of Kansas City’s Muslims and Arabs with her husband Bassam. She was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Sculpture Center in New York. Ohio. Syria. the Yale School of Art (2004) and at New York University as a Clark Fellow for Africana/Cultural Studies (2001-02). TX. Luby participated in a study visit to Saudi Arabia. Arab and American cultures. 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.
Leslie Hewitt was raised in New York City and studied at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (2000).” She is frequently used as an expert by national media and major international news programs and recently received press in Associated Press.S. and she is also blessed to have a wonderful co-wife and three co-kids in Damascus. a faculty member of COMPASS . CA. Project Row Houses in Houston. chair of the Leadership Development Committee of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Peaceful Families Project . Islamic awareness and religious diversity. cultural competency. Artists Space in New York. a current executive committee member of the Muslim Alliance in North America. The Contemporary Art Museum in Houston. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions also include The High Museum in Atlanta. She has been selected to 42
. and especially Muslim adolescents. and Arab Relations. Husain is a former two-term national president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA). Switzerland and Thomas Dane in London. Dr. in the United States. The Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford. and his research interests include the
Najiyah lives in Damascus. Arndt & Partner in Zurich.the state of the art management training program of MSA National. New York.
Altaf Husain is a native of Cleveland.. TX. NY. D’Amelio Terras in New York. is a training specialist with over fifteen years of experience in the areas of cross-cultural communication. GA. The Washington Post. Inc.
ISNA National Convention 2002(Washington DC) Steering Committee Chair(2002). churches. Citizens Affairs Committee Co-Chair. ISNA East Zone Conference Steering Committee Chair(2006 and 2007). She received her M. Cub/Boy Scout Chartered Organizational Representative(2004-Current). Chair of DC Area Eid Committee(1997Current). Board Member. Past President of ADAMS(2002-2008). CCMO Election Committee Chair(2003-2007).000 circulation -1994/1995). colleges. Board Member.
Rizwan O. ISNA Election Committee(2005-2008). Mr. and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. University of Texas Daily Texan(50.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention present at Iraqi Reconstruction conferences. Jaka graduated with Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from University of Texas at Austin in 1995. 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. and B.May 2009). Texas Student Publications(1995). ISN DC) Steering Committee Chair(2009). Editorial Columnist. Past Vice President of ADAMS(2000-2002). as well as author and editor of training modules for public institutions on developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community. Through ING she has delivered hundreds of presentations in schools. Jaka Mr. Jaka's community involvement includes: Board Member of ADAMS(June 2008. of University of Texas. universities. and other venues on Islam and related subjects. University of Texas Student Government Representative(1992). University of Texas Student Government(1993). Berkeley. Chair of the Board of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. ISNA Youth Strategic Planning Committee(2004). Ameena is an editor of ING training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims. Ashburn Soccer Club Coach(2003-2005).
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. Dulles little League Baseball Manager/Coach(20042008). in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California. and presently works as a 43
. Islamic Society of North America(ISNA)(2008-Current). She currently team teaches a class on Islam at San Francisco City College. in History from the University of Illinois.A.A. 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. Member of Goose Creek District(Loudoun County) Boy Scouts of America Committee(200 A National Convention 2009(Washington 6current).
GA where she was raised in an active Muslim community in association with Imam W. She obtained her Ph.D. an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions of Education. an American Muslim women’s magazine. the Institution of Engineering & Technology. Tuskegee. and has served in the past on the boards of Center for Christian. in Ohio. In her spare time. Mohammed.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Manager of Technology Sales Consulting in the Technology Industry. and Muslim Understanding in New York. AL. Dayton Islamic School. Shaik Jeelani is professor of Mechanical Engineering. He is an elected fellow of the Optical Society of America. which explores relations between African American and South Asian immigrant Muslims in the United States. She lectures frequently within Muslim communities. Class. presented her research to several scholarly communities including Harvard and Princeton. Jamillah is originally from Atlanta.D. He is North American Editor of Optics and Laser Technology. in Islamic Studies at Duke University. women and Islam.D. the Institute of Physics. a Member of the Editorial Board of Microwave and Optical Technology Letters and of World Journal of Modeling and Simulation. He has served as guest editor of 16 technical journal issues. and Gender within the Ummah. Mohammad Karim serves on the boards of North American Bangladeshi Islamic Community (NABIC) and Virginia Coalition for Community and Justice (VCCJ). Islamic Council of Ohio. She specializes in Islam in America. Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs. Inc. and Bangladesh Academy of Sciences. She is author of the book American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race. Program in Materials Science and Engineering at Tuskegee University
Jamillah Karim is Assistant Professor in religion at Spelman College. Karim is author of 15 text books and over 325 research papers. the Society of Photo-Instrumentation Engineers. and race and immigration. and Director of Ph. Islamic Education 44
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Mohammad Karim is Vice President for Research of the Old Dominion University.
Dr. she contributes to Azizah.. Director of Center for Advanced Materials at Tuskegee University.
She is the author of five books among which are Basortusuz Demokrasi (Turkish).Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Foundation of Knoxville in Tennessee. Merve Kavakci is a Lecturer of International Affairs at George Washington University. Dr. She is a consultant for US Congress Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe and a columnist for Turkish daily Vakit newspaper. She is hafiz-al Qur’an. and Persian and forthcoming in English.D. 1938 in Hendek. and allied Islamic Sciences. Sakarya. Kavakci sits at the Editorial Board of academic journal. and Waiz in the governorships Fatih and Beyoglu in Istanbul. Hadih. D in political science from Howard University. Kavakci was elected to the Turkish Parliament. Turkey. After working as Assistant Professor and as Associate Professor in the Institute of 45
. got his Ph. Imam (Kara Ahmed Pasha Mosque in Topkapi). Mediterranean Quarterly. Tafsir. Fiqh. Yusuf Ziya Kavakci was born on June 22. National Conference of Christians and Jews in Ohio. in Islamic History and Culture from Faculty of Arts. the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in 1999. However she was prevented from serving her term by the secular fundamentalists due to her headscarf.
Dr. He worked as Muadhdhin (Professional caller to prayer. translated to Arabic
Dr. At an early age (8-9 years) he accomplished memorizing whole Qur'an (Hifz al-Qur'an). Kavakci holds a Ph. and Avicenna Academy in Bronx. Istanbul University. Qira'ah. Prior to her academic career she served as the head of foreign affairs of Welfare-Virtue Party’s Women’s Commission. Arabic (Sarf and Nahw). 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. 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. French and Italian. 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. Hirka-i Sharif Mosque). graduated from Hasircilar Qur'anic School (Adapazari) with a training in Tajwid. She took her case to European Court of Human Rights and won in 2007.
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,
with honors in political science and economics from Wellesley College in 1991 and her J. she worked for six years directly for Senator Russell D. 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. and Property Rights.D. Khera received her B. Prior to her service with the Senate Judiciary Committee. and was the Senator's lead staff member in developing anti-racial profiling legislation and organizing subcommittee hearings on racial profiling.
Ambassador Riaz Khokher is considered one of the most seasoned and experienced diplomat of Pakistan. Ambassador Khokher also served as Pakistan's ambassador to India. from University of Iowa in 1995. Subcommittee on the Constitution. and was an editor with the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. in political science from University of California at Berkeley in 1991 and a J. which resulted in the firm being honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention He earned a B.A.D.S. a Presbyterian minister. At Wellesley. Feingold (D-WI). serving as the lead associate on several pro bono employment discrimination cases.A. she served as president of the student body and co-founded the first Muslim students organization. In the Senate. Killmer
Reverend Richard L. Khera was Counsel to the U. Killmer. Ms. specializing in commercial and administrative litigation. Ms. At Cornell. from Cornell Law School in 1994.
Farhana Khera is the first Executive Director of Muslim Advocates and the National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML). He was the former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan serving from June 2002 to February 2005. Senate Judiciary Committee. Dixon & Masback. Prior to joining Muslim Advocates and NAML in 2005. al-Muslimat ("The Muslim Women"). the United States and China before taking the top post of foreign ministry. Ms. Khera was an associate with Hogan & Hartson. Civil Rights. is the Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign Against 49
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He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and has two degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has also served as a Visiting Fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1985-1988. and codirected the Child and Family Justice Project. Mr. Killmer worked for the National Council of Churches previously from 19701980. DC. 1988) when the popular view of Russia was one of technological incompetence in the communist world. Zweigs’s works are being revived by NY Times Books. Mr. Kiser was perplexed by Zweig’s suicide in 1942.
John Kiser’s books have a contrarian flavor: Profiles of entrepreneurial scientists (Communist Entrepreneurs: Unknown Innovators. Previously. Mr. He was appointed to that position on May 2007. 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. From 1980 to 1996. living safely in Brazil. This led to a reflection on Zweig’s life built on faith in humanism and individualism. making him a hero in the Muslim and Christian worlds of the 19th century. he had served as the program director of the Churches Center for Theology and Public Policy located at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington.-sponsored torture. Underlying these books is an inquiry into what guides and sustains people in difficult times. he founded the Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light and co-founded the Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger. intellectual openness and warrior courage. and now Commander of the Faithful: A Story of True Jihad. Kentucky after the merger of the Presbyterian Church US and the United Presbyterian Church. Killmer has written many articles and resources for publication and co-authored two books. Killmer was the director of Environmental Justice and director of the Economic Justice and Domestic Hunger Program Ministry of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. He received the Climate Protection award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency for his work while at the National Council of Churches. Popular in 1930s and 40s. Domestic Hunger and Poverty. wealthy. Muslim-Christian harmony (Monks of Tibhirine: Faith Love and Terror in Algeria. He served there from June 2002 to May 2007. Commander of the Faithful is the third book of a trilogy that began with Stefan Zweig: Death of a Modern Man (1995). From 1996 to May 2002. 50
. During that period he directed the Special Ministries/Vietnam Generation.S. Abd elKader was a man of deep faith combined with chivalrous humanity. While in that position.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. 2002) when people were touting irreconcilable differences between Islam and the West.
Turkey. He is the Imam of Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier at Binghamton. specializing on the Islamic Scholars and Knowledge Production in Ottoman History. and earned his Law Degree at Istanbul University School of Law. New York. in Middle Eastern History. named as Hafsa Nihal. There he studied five years of Islamic Law as well as Modern European Law. He has taught. Sufism at Broome Community College. Brooklyn-based artist Nsenga Knight. and he has give lectures on Islam and Muslim Societies at various public forums. He has memorized the entire Qur'an. He moved to Binghamton as Imam in 1993 and joined Graduate Program at SUNY Binghamton. schools and clubs in and around our locality. with Professor and Rabbi Lance Sussman. Knight chose women because their stories were seldom told. He is member of Broome County Council of Churches Interfaith Committee. Reared in the indigenous Muslim communities of Brooklyn. explores the spiritual and community lives of Black women who converted to Islam prior to 1975 and pioneered Brooklyn’s oldest Muslim communities. He has been Imam of the Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier since 1993. Turkey. Nsenga has experienced the transition. Egypt. classes on World Religions and Biblical History at SUNY Binghamton.
Shayk Kasim Kopuz was born in Rize. Istanbul. Istanbul Turkey. in 1992.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. to continue his higher Islamic studies at Al-Azhar University. which is renowned world famous oldest Islamic University. Kopuz has studied traditional Islamic sciences starting at a very early age. expansion and diversity of the Muslim community in New York City. which earned him title of Hafiz and then he learned Arabic and traditional 51
Through Photography. video and oral history. He earned MA in Middle East History at Binghamton University in 1999. Zehra Betuland Hamidullah Eren Kopuz. and because "who these women are have a very direct effect on who I am. He moved to Cairo. Then studied towards MA in Islamic Law at Marmara University. churches. He is currently working on his PhD. a religious seminary in Istanbul. He is married and has three children.
DE He has performed extensive multidisciplinary research and founded several successful start-up companies . Radwan acquired his early religious education in the old city of Damascus. Usual al-Tasfeer (Quranic Hermeneutic). He moved to the USA in 1987. seeking knowledge is a lifelong journey. a non for profit educational ministry dedicated to share the mercy and love of God. Some of the areas that were covered during his journey of seeking knowledge are: the Science of Hadeeth (Prophetic Narrations). He is the founding imam of Love God Congregation at al-Wadood mosque in Norfolk.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Imam Radwan Kouatli is the founder of Love God institute. Mr. his birthplace. Nurtel Telecom. He was the president of MSA both at the University of Rochester and Syracuse University. board member etc. with a major focus in marketing. He also completed all the requirements except dissertation for the PhD in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering in Syracuse University. He also coordinated settlement of Kosovo Refuges in the Syracuse Area. Since 1997. Usul-al Fiqh (Science of Exegesis). New Castle. He and his wife Hollie have four beautiful children. Istanbul Turkey and MS in Chemical Engineering and Microelectronics from University of Rochester. and became a US citizen in 1999.S.
Murat Kose is Founder and President.A. Radwan is also the author of Live Your Life on Purpose.
. he served as imam with several congregations and delivered lectures and sermons in mosques. Imam Radwan is married. Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) and Aqeedah (Theology). Syracuse NY. He has always being active at local community at various capacities as teacher/principle of Sunday School. NE where he lives and serves as the teaching imam. graduated in 1991 with honors from the University of Central Florida with a B. universities and places of worship. He along with his wife currently runs a volunteer tutoring program for elementary. has BS in Chemical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University. Kose is married with five children and lives in New Castle DE. middle and high school students at the Islamic Society of Delaware. Rochester NY. The first (in the USA) Halal Meal Plan was implemented during his presidency at Syracuse University. To Radwan.B.
Islamic awareness and cross-cultural communication.S.L. State Department focusing on U. Nike. He has appeared as a CNN commentator on several occasions. M. Senior Rabbi is senior rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation. in 1977. He has lectured to the National Council on U.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think. the Executive Board of Israel Bonds of the Greater Washington 53
Outside of politics he has worked as a priest.
Rabbi Bruce Lustig. Allah Made Me Funny: The Official Muslim Comedy Tour. he has shown community involvement in the Jewish Council for the Aging. and Disney. from 1975 to 1976. including during CNN’s historic live coverage of the Hajj in 1998. He was the chairman of the Youth of the Christian People's Party. Kronemer served a one-year appointment at the Bureau of Human Rights in the U. Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain. On the local level Lånke was a member of Trondheim city council from 1991 to 1993. Mr.000 member Congregation. Mr. Aetna. Mr. including the Christian Science Monitor and the Washington Post.
Alexander Kronemer.. He has a Master’s in Theological Studies from Harvard University.theol. Since 1997 he is a member of the national Christian Democratic Party board. Talking through Walls: How the Struggle to Build a Mosque United a Community. In 2000. and Who
Ola Torgeir Lånke is a Norwegian politician for the Christian Democratic Party.H. Kronemer is the Co-Executive Producer of the UPF films: Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet. On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly. Harvard.S. foreign policy and Islam. having graduated from the MF Norwegian School of Theology as cand.-Arab Relations. A Prince Among Slaves: The True Story of an African Prince Enslaved in the American South. co-founder of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) is a frequent writer and lecturer on religious diversity. the youth wing of the Christian Democratic Party. Along with the daily responsibilities of leading a 3.S. and has been reelected on three occasions. He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Sør-Trøndelag in 1993. Kronemer has published essays in numerous newspapers and journals.A.
academic institutions. Edina has also participated in numerous national and international conferences and interfaith dialogues speaking on a variety of issues related to American Muslims. Rabbi Lustig received a Bachelor of Arts degree (with honors) from the University of Tennessee. He is a graduate from Deoband and is currently a member of the Parliament of India representing Uttar Pradesh. the National Liaison for National Day of Prayer. and Los Angeles Times. Chicago Tribune. Edina represented MPAC at a United Nations seminar on "Confronting Islamophobia.
Mahmood A. BBC. Washington Times." In 2003. In all settings.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Area. including CNN. Bihar and Orissa. Edina has appeared on national media outlets. 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. December 2004. and community groups. and the History Channel. Jews and Muslims for dialogue. interfaith leaders. and flood affected areas in Assam. the UAHC Rabbinic Network on Youth Suicide. representatives to the International Conference of Muslim Young Leaders. Madani
As MPAC's Communications Director. tsunami affected areas in Andhra Pradesh. In
Maulana Mahmood A. Edina acts as a spokeswoman for the American Muslim community to media outlets. contributing part of the American fabric. government officials. Madani is an Islamic scholar from a long line of Islamic scholars. which served as a precursor to the annual conference of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). Edina's work has also been featured in several leading newspapers. An enthusiastic social worker. He is a pro-active leader of Washington's Interfaith Community and organized the nation's first Abrahamic Summit bringing together Christians. Edina was invited by the Malaysian government to be one of two U. undertook several rehabilitation projects in earthquake affected areas in Gujarat and Kashmir Valley. He holds a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
. Associated Press. and the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society. he has a long track record of providing relief and rehabilitation to the victims of man-made or natural disasters. including the Wall Street Journal.S. the Mayors Faith Advisory Board. District of Columbia Division. Since joining MPAC. MSNBC. He is also the author of Composite Nationalism.
D. organizational development. Previously. Rose.C. cultural competence and workforce development. Sheikh Maghraoui holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a master in Physics. Dr. a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Dhaka University. Previously he served at the Shari'a Scholars Association of North America and Fiqh Council of North America. trainer.C. a native of Bangladesh. Head of the National Association of Muslim Chaplains in Higher Education. and facilitator with extensive experience in international and development management in the areas of NGO and socio-cultural development. holds a Master of Arts degree from the Aligarh University. D. PRIP Trust (Former PACT/USAID Project) in Bangladesh. Sakil. Bangladesh and an International Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies from the European Peace University in Austria. He has recently started his PhD Coursework at University of Maryland. Sakil is a development worker.C. manager. 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. College Park. CARE International. gender. He is currently a resident Scholar at the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (Florida) and counselor to many National Islamic Organizations. policy advocacy. he served as a Program Manager for Capacity Building and Advocacy at World Learning for International Development. Union College and St. he has a thorough understanding of cultural. Washington D.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Washington. political.. He served as Muslim chaplain of Howard University in Washington.
Sakil Malik is the Director. India. project design and planning. As a development worker. small-enterprise development and micro credit.
Johari Abdul Malik
Johari Abdul Malik is the President of the Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations. D. International Development Division at the International Reading Association.C. Inc. 55
Originally from Algeria. and a founding member of the Muslim Advocacy Commission of
. He manages multimillion dollar grant funded projects around the world. 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. Program Coordinator for Child Welfare League of America's International Office in Washington. He also worked for SITBRAC Global Partnership and TAF Democracy Partnership Program. Graduate School of Islamic & Social Sciences. President of the Muslim Society of Washington. He taught at Syracuse University. and the Advocacy Institute..
Mr. He then received an executive master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California-Irvine (UCI). He is also the Director of Columbia's Institute of African Studies. In 2001. high schools. synagogues. Al-Marayati is the director and one of the founders of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). 1960 in Baghdad. Al-Marayati served as a Board member of the American committee to Save Bosnia. Urdu. Maryland with his son Shafin. Al-Marayati serves as a commissioner of the Human Relations Commission in Los Angeles. he was one of nine scholars to present at the Nobel Peace Prize Centennial Symposium. English. He has been director of MPAC for the past ten years. AlMarayati
Mr. Mr. 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.
Mahmood Mamdani is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government in the Departments of Anthropology and Political Science at Columbia University in the United States. His family left Iraq and immigrated to the United States in 1964. At his present position.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention economic and social issues in developing countries. Salam S. Senegal. Hindi. daughter Samreen
Salam S. Al-Marayati has had the opportunity to speak to congregations at community-sponsored events. a commission formed to improve access to city government. He has been named as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by the US magazine Foreign Policy in May 2008. Mr. temples. Also.
Mr. Mamdani's reputation as an expert in African history. churches. and Arabic. Al-Marayati worked as a process chemical engineer in the semiconductor industry for two years. a committee formed to lobby Congress and the Administration to end the genocide in Bosnia. politics and international relations has made him an important voice in contemporary debates about Africa. Mr. reduce discrimination. He is now an American citizen. Iraq. and promote respect. a public service agency aimed at disseminating accurate information about Islam to the American public. Al-Marayati was born on September 2. Sakil has published his articles in international newsletters and journals. and college campuses. tolerance and justice. Bengali. He later changed careers and served as a liaison to the Muslim community for Los Angeles City Councilman Robert Farrel. Al-Marayati earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Bio-Chemistry from the University of California (UCLA). He is a former President of the Council for Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA) Dakar. Mr. Sakil lives in Laurel. Sakil is fluent in five languages.
He has appeared on radio and TV talk shows including C-SPAN and NBC. and the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and and lectures around the country on topics related to ecumenical and interreligious dialogue." Father Massa is a member of the North American Academy of Ecumenists. the Society of Catholic Liturgy.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention He has written extensively on Islam. Father Massa has long been a proponent of interreligious dialogue. the Balkan Crisis. co-owner of the LIFE Homeschool group. in systematic theology in 1997. The Los Angeles Times. The Chicago Tribune. The Christian Science Monitor. Yvonne Haddad and Dr. Martinez is the founder of the Ashburn-Sterling Homeschoolers group. the All Dulles Area Muslim Society. the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington. Father Massa stated "Together. the Girl Scouts Council of the Nation's Capital. designed to help parents new to home schooling. His articles and interviews have appeared on such prominent newspapers as The Wall Street Journal. In an interview given last year. She has written for Islamic Horizons and Educating the Muslims of America (ed. Dr. Lououn Youth Soccer Association. She volunteers for the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. 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. democracy. the National Association of Ecumenical Officers.
Priscilla Martinez is a homeschooling mother of six children in metropolitan Washington DC.D. and Upper Loudoun Little League.S episcopal conference's Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. 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. and founder of the ADAMS chapter of Homeschoolers Educating Assisting and Reaching-out Through Service (HEARTS). and the Transcaucus conflict. He serves as executive director of the U. The LA Daily News. Jane Smith). human rights. Middle East politics. where he earned his Ph. Martinez frequently delivers seminars and workshops
. The San Francisco Chronicle and USA Today.
Father James Massa
Father James Massa is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and a graduate of Fordham University.
Teheran. Leeds. The University of Chicago. Mazrui has also been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. Mazrui also holds three concurrent faculty appointments as Albert Luthuli Professor-at-Large in the Humanities and Development Studies at the University of Jos in Nigeria. in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago in 1999.D. and Islamic legal theory. 58
. 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. Dr.A.
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Ali Al'amin Mazrui is an academic and political writer on African and Islamic studies and North-South relations. Harvard University. Her publications include studies on slavery. and at other institutions in Cairo. Ohio State University. McGill University. Bonita worked at a full service Domestic Violence Shelter in Columbus.
Humanities and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Nairobi. Prior to her Ph. New York and Chancellor of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Canada. Sr.D. He is an Albert Schweitzer Professor in the
Bonita R. OH. McGee received a Masters in Islamic Sciences from the School of Islamic and Social Sciences in 2004. and Sussex. Bridgewater State College. poverty. Philosophy. White Professor-at-Large Emeritus and Senior Scholar in Africana Studies at Cornell University. Georgetown..
Ingrid Mattson is the current President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and served as ISNA Vice-President from 2001 to 2006. Australia. Mazrui retired as the inaugural Walter Rodney Professor at the University of Guyana. Interpretation and Culture and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies (IGCS). Previously Sr. amongst others. Dr. Andrew D. in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo in Ontario. Mattson obtained her B. Nairobi. African Studies. Denver. focusing on Islamic law and society. Guyana. Oxford University.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Ingrid Mattson. She earned her Ph. Baghdad. National University of Singapore. London. Colgate University. Ithaca. Professor in Political Science. Kenya. In 1999. In addition to his appointments as the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities.
and Martin Luther King Day. which encourages respect.
Jack Moline has been the rabbi of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria since 1987. Days of Remembrance. University of Kentucky A. KY and is also Co-Director Geisinger Cancer Institute. a social service organization serving the Muslim community in Greater Columbus and surrounding areas. Chandler Medical Center. understanding. he has been an effective member of the Interfaith Counci. Bonita began her efforts to stop violence against women and antioppression work in her years as an undergraduate at The Ohio State University. Dept.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). Lexington. Bonita served as Program Chair for ISNA’s Domestic Violence Awareness Activities and developed a website on domestic violence for ISNA. Jack Moline partners with other Alexandria clergy in their mission to increase tolerance and understanding of all faiths and peoples. including the Call to Community. Sr. Wilkes Barre.
Mohammed Mohiuddin is Chairman and Professor.a domestic violence shelter in Columbus. a national organization addressing social issues and promoting social work and related fields in the Muslim Community. and he was instrumental in launching Operation Understanding. of Radiation Medicine. 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. She continues to provide trainings and assessments for communities in need to address the issue of domestic violence and serves on the board of the Islamic Social Service Association. and training to both Muslim and Non-Muslim in an effort to bridge gaps to address the social issues in the community effectively.11 Remembrance. referral. Other volunteer efforts include being a volunteer with SARNCO (Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio) as patient advocate for rape survivors. Director Henry cancer Center. PA. She participated in the Rape Education and Prevention Program and later volunteered with Choices. and he has been a respected advocate for tolerance and understanding in the City of Alexandria for 20 years.B. and over the years. Jack Moline has supported many city programs and activities that focus on education and the greater needs of the Alexandria community. and cooperation between the African-American and Jewish communities. 9 . Muslim Family Services offers support. Sr.
Mubarak was the first female to be elected as president of the Muslim Students Association National (MSA) since its establishment in 1963. He is a full-time faculty member in the Division of Humanities/Department of History at Essex County College.
. Islamic reform and gender issues in Islam. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and English from Florida State University. Her research interests include the development of Islamic family law. NJ community. 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. In 2005-2006. In 2004. Mubarak received her Master’s degree in Contemporary Arab Studies with a concentration in Women and Gender from Georgetown University.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Mikal N. Nash
Hadia Mubarak is a full-time doctoral student at Georgetown University's Islamic Studies department. He is a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University and has taught Islam in the Black Experience and related courses in the Department of African-American and African Studies on the Newark campus and the Department of Africana Studies on the New Brunswick campus. a researcher with the Gallup Organization’s Center for Muslim Studies and a researcher with American University’s Islam in the Age of Globalization project. he was a participant in the American Cities and Public Spaces Project. Mubarak previously worked as a Senior Researcher with the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. Nash (formerly Michael Nash) is a native Newarker and a pioneering researcher on the history of Islam in the Greater Newark.
C. Mir previously also served as the Chief of Gastroenterology. Mir is the Medical Director of the Center for Digestive Diseases and Endoscopy at Summa Barberton Hospital. Professionally. Medical Director of the Digestive Wellness Center in Norton.
Uzma Mirza is a registered and licensed Architect. and President of Summit Gastroenterology Associates in Norton. One of her visions is a Green Mosque for the 21st century. Dr. Brussels. Dr. She is a member of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. as she phrases: ‘the stitching of a Sustainable human’. in mind. Mir is the President of World Kashmir Awareness. In addition she is an Artist and a writer.
Dr. She has been practicing for 13 years in the USA. 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. LEED certified with the US Green Building Council. with three internationally distinct firms. She is a Muslim woman business owner building a social entrepreneurship of profit. She is presently working on a Library for the Lost Boys of Panyijiar. Dr. non-profit with the environment. Dr. Presently. the AIA. with woman in mind.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Ghulam N. of each other with the thread of philanthropy and her written work. Washington D. Architecture. Her spiritual Art. pending publication the weave. Her Art is a spiritual Art called Pen and Inkpot. Her Art and Architecture are compliments.. including at conferences across the United States and in London. 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. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Summa Barberton Hospital. Mir has spoken widely regarding the options for peacefully resolving the Kashmir conflict. She is also president and founder of The Pen and Inkpot Foundation. a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa. people and spirituality. an independent advocacy organization working towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict over Kashmir. AYN Architect. Originally hails from Canada. with offices in London. Ohio. Ohio. Ohio. writing and Philanthropy celebrate. Mir practices as a Gastroenterologist in Northeastern Ohio. Ohio. Ohio. Barberton. Dr. South Sudan. Chief of the
. and Akron. He also serves as the President of the World Kashmir Freedom Movement. NCARB and the US Green building Council. and Islamabad. she is principal and founder of a Sustainable and green Architecture practice called.
the DC Eid Committee. From 19871995. VA. Sr. At the University of Maryland. Asma was a member of the ISNA Shura and MYC. the year it was dissolved) of the Saar Foundation. and foreign securities and provides international business management services.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Sr. Sr. Mirza also served as Vice President (1984-1994) and President (1995-2000. Inc. the MYNA Advisory Board. Mirza has more than 20 years of experience in stock investments and portfolio management involving assets ranging from $1-$10 million. Previously. In addition. streamlining or expanding the same. since its inception. She was also a member of the ADAMS Center Girls Scouts for 12 years. Since 1984. Dr. Yaqub Mirza has been President and CEO of Sterling Management Group. Inc. Egypt. Mirza has served as a Trustee and Treasurer and later as Chairman (198762
. She currently lives with her family in Herndon. Canada. Chile. Dr. (“Mar-Jac”) since 1995. Dr. Turkey and Zimbabwe. Currently she serves on the MSA National Board as Exofficio while working as an Organizational Strategy Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. Dr. MarJac and its affiliates operated in the United States. of Sterling Advisory Services. acquisitions and sales of various sized companies and real estate projects located in different parts of the world. and an active participant in the ADAMS Center Sisters Youth Group. (“SMG”) since 1998. Previously she served as Georgetown MSA President (2004-2005). After many of the acquisitions. Asma holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and Bachelors in Management and Operations Information Management from Georgetown University. Dr. Treasurer (20062007) and founder and Director of the MSA Legacy Fund (2006-2007). a Virginia not-for-profit corporation. Mirza has been actively negotiating mergers. Sr. MarJac makes proprietary investments in U. M. 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. MSA National East Zone Rep (2005-2006).S.
Dr. Malaysia. and President and CEO of MarJac Investments. Asma Mirza served as President of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) National for two terms from 2007-2009. Asma was Vice President of the MBA Consulting Club and was nominated by her classmates to speak at the MBA Graduation Ceremony. Inc. he served as Executive Vice President of MarJac.
a Ph. He is a Ph. and consultation on the collection and analysis of Gallup's unprecedented survey representing the opinions of more than 1 billion Muslims worldwide. Qatar (2009). A French translation arrived in 2007. She is coauthor of the book Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think (Gallup Press. Mogahed provides leadership. in Physics (1974) and M.A. as well as guest appearances on CNN and NPR. al-Hurra and The National (Abu Dhabi) among others. Christian and Jewish institutions.A.
Haroon Moghul is Director of Public Relations for the Islamic Center at New York University. Dr. Mirza holds a M. is disseminating the findings of the Gallup World Poll to key opinion leaders in the Muslim World and the West. He has been interviewed on Voice of America. world leader of RAID technology and network management products from December 1988 until September 1999 when Mylex was acquired by IBM for $240 million.muslimwestfacts. A contributing editor and end-page columnist for Islamica. through which Gallup. a Chilean producer of juice concentrates. 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. He also serves on the Board of numerous other companies. "The Order of Light. Dr.com). in Teaching Science (1975) from University of Texas at Dallas. a NASDAQ listed. directs the Muslim-West Facts Initiative (www. She also
. March 2008).Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention February 2003). which won several Brass Crescent Awards (in 2004 and 2005). Mirza currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jugos Concentrados. and is now an Advisor to the Board of Trustees of the Amana Mutual Funds. candidate at Columbia University. which are registered with the Securities & Exchange Commission as an open-end investment company and managed by Saturna Capital Corporation. Avari. traded on the Santiago Stock Exchange. 63
Dalia Mogahed is a Senior Analyst at Gallup and Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. In addition. Haroon also maintains a popular blog. including Dawn. strategic direction. (“Jucosa”). the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota. His speaking engagements include the University of Pennsylvania. His first novel. and has led educational and interfaith workshops to advance understanding and dialogue.Sc. including wins for Best Muslim Blog and Best Writing. His essays have been published in a variety of media." was released by Penguin in 2006. Haroon has spoken at numerous Muslim. from University of Karachi (1969). The Friday Times and Tikkun. S. He served on the Board of Mylex Corporation.D. in collaboration with the Coexist Foundation.D.
Deen Muhammad. University of Tennessee. His early experiences abroad and family tradition of activism have contributed to his focus on building bridges between communities by promoting common understanding. Sultan studied Arabic and Islamic sciences on scholarship abroad and is the son of the late Imam Sultan Muhammad. Certified Diplomat in the Subspecialty of Nuclear Cardiology
Abdul Malik Mujahid is the Chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. Dept of Medicine.MPH University of Pittsburgh . Karachi University . As the national coordinator of Bosnia Task Force. At an early age. cultural engagement.
Sultan Muhammad is a native Chicagoan. and an award winning author. Marshall University . is a community organizer with a background in strategic communications and multimedia production. He publishes educational resources and is co-founder of a Chicagobased multi-media production company. nephew of Imam W. He is also a board member of the Parliament of the World Religions. PA Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine. Pakistan . and greatgrandson of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. and social transformation. 64
. USA he successfully led efforts to declare rape as a war crime. Karachi .Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Haroon is married and lives in New York City. 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.
Abdul Malik Mujahid
Marriyam Moten graduated Dow Medical College . is founder of Sound Vision.
Rayyan continued to produce media for nonprofit organizations as a volunteer service. where she also served in the Americorps and on the board of the GW Muslim Students Association. Nasreen currently resides with her loving family in her hometown of Arlington. Husain Nagamia is Chief Emeritus of Department of Cardio Vascular and Thoracic Surgery and Cardiac Transplant Center at Tampa General Hospital Tampa. she will be working as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. interest-free microcredit program for Metro Manila Muslims who have fled conflict in Mindanao. Rayyan concentrated his talents as PR chair producing media and promoting MYNA among the chapters. nationally as well as Internationally. During her grant. After this period.
Dr. Starting September 2009. Dr. He is currently Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of South Florida Medical School. He is a member of Founder’s Committee for Islamic Society of North American (ISNA). and is the founder/chairman of International Institute of Islamic Medicine (IIIM) a organization of IMANA dedicated to research in History of Islamic Medicine. Rayyan was a member of Strive
Media Institute. FL. Between 20052008. He has been a past president of Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA). Mustafa earned a Bachelor of Science in accountancy and a minor in sociology at the George Washington University.
Nasreen C. Nagamia has been actively involved in establishing and volunteering for a number of Islamic Organizations locally. After college. Virginia. he was introduced to MYNA for the first time and became the Wisconsin/Illinois/Indiana regional representative. creating national webcasts and tv shows/specials. insha Allah. Fulbright Scholar and a research associate at the Economics Research Center of the University of the Philippines. she went on to live in the Philippines for nine months as a U. Tampa. Florida. He serves as Vice Chairman of International 65
Rayyan Najeeb will be attending Northwestern in the fall. After establishing a MYNA chapter in Milwaukee. In 2007. past Editor-inChief of Journal of the Islamic Medical Association of North America (JIMA).S. she studied a community-based.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
South Africa. Ansar Financial Group Companies are managing investments on Interest-free basis in various Projects and Joint Ventures in excess of $80 Million in Canada. Sayed A. Tehran.
Sayed A. Riyadh.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Society of History of Islamic Medicine (ISHIM) based in Doha. and Ansar Cooperative Housing Corporation. Br. During the past twenty years he has made a number of presentations on ISLAMIC FINANCE in various INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC BANKING AND FINANCE conferences held in Chicago. Khartoum. Kuala Lumpur. Canada. He is also the Chair of the Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation (CITF) that is the Trust wing of ISNA Canada. Pervez Nasim is also Chairman & CEO of a number of Ansar Financial Group of Companies that organized the 3rd International Islamic Banking.
Br. and is an author of several books in the area of project management and leadership. Brunei Darussalam and at Harvard University. Qatar. Nagamia has published and presented numerous articles and papers on the “History of Islamic Medicine”. and is authoring a book on this subject.
Br. Nassar is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Pakistan. China. Qatar. Dr. India. London School of Economics in England and at Crans Montana Forum in Geneva. Nassar is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University and the director of the Fastening and Joining Research Institute (FAJRI). Toronto. Japan. Dr. Saudi Arabia.K. Los Angles.
Ayman Nassar works for IBM leading endto-end next generation BSS/OSS application development for a global service provider. He is a founding member and Chair of the Board of the Islamic Cooperative Housing Corporation Ltd. Trinidad. Jordan. Monterrey Mexico. Libya. 66
. Switzerland. Houston. He also teaches project management and systems engineering courses. Canada in May 2007. Nassar
Dr. He has lectured all over the world on Islamic Medicine including: USA (many cities). Finance & Insurance (Takaful) Conference held in Ottawa. UAE. 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. Pervez Nasim is a Bachelor of Commerce and a Certified Management Accountant.. and he has been volunteering his time since its inception in 1980 in Toronto. first Interest-Free Home Ownership and Investment projects in North America. Chittagong. U.
Besides his BS and MS in electrical engineering and working in the fields of telecommunications and satellite communications in the last 20 years. Nassimi has a unique and combined educational background in engineering and Islamic studies. he has also studied the Arabic language. and lectures on Islamic topics at various forums in the DC area. He is originally from Afghanistan. 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.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
studies and recently earned his Ph. teacher. in Islamic studies. Unfazed. He gives Jum’a Khutbahs in various Masajid. counselor. and CBC’s The National. she coolly switched career plans and received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism from Ryerson in 1992. He is a frequent and passionate speaker in different Muslim Satellite TV shows on the subjects of Qur’an and Islamic Thought. Nawaz worked as a freelance writer/broadcaster with CBC radio. including as an Imam. He has been an activist and a student of Islam in the last 22 years in the United States. born in Liverpool and raised in Toronto.D. 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.
Dr. He has been volunteering to serve the community in various capacities. 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. In 2005. marriage celebrant. Daoud Nassimi lives in Northern Virginia and he is the vice-chairman of the Council of Muslim Organizations in Greater Washington. Nawaz’s documentary entitled Me and the Mosque. Nawaz. His PhD Thesis was on a comparative review of some English translations of the Qur’an. DC (CCMO). and in various capacities with CBC Newsworld. CTV’s Canada AM. which debuted to large audiences and tremendous acclaim in 2007. board member. Other short film credits include Fred’s Burqa and Random Check. a co-production with the National 67
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Ashraf Nubani is an attorney and Managing Partner of Busch & Nubani. Dr. D.D. Nyang has served as consultant to several national and international agencies and on the boards of the African Studies Association. was broadcast on CBC’s Rough Cuts. Georgia . He received his law degree (J. WI. such as Tawheed. the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies.C. and Ihsaan. Shaykh Muhammad has authored many books. and specializes in immigration law. African and Middle Eastern affairs. and many others. memorizing the Glorious Qur'an and acquiring knowledge in many of the Islamic disciplines. “Explanation of the Bayquni Text in Hadith”. and co-principal investigator of Project MAPS. Muhammad bin Yahya Al-Husayni AlNinowy began his study under his father.C.  He has written extensively on Islamic. some of which are being translated into English and published. in government from the University of Virginia. P. in Annandale. He delved further into the fields of Hadeeth and Ihsaan on the hands of various expert scholars of both fields worldwide. Sulayman S. Usool. “Imam Muslim’s methodology in Hadith”. Mr. such as: “Hadithi commentary on the Shamaa’el of Imam Tirmithi”. Muhammad is the director of the American Islamic Institute. Nubani is licensed to practice Law in New York and Virginia. Nubani also has a Masters degree in History from Southern Illinois University -Carbondale. Virginia. Sayyed Yahya. Hanafi/Shafi’i Fiqh. He holds a master’s degree in public administration and a Ph. “Imam Nasa’iy’s Khasaa’es”. A former deputy ambassador and head of chancery of the Gambia Embassy in Jeddah. He received his bachelors in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nyang
Dr. IN. IL. and senior Imam of Al Madina Masjid in Atlanta.) from Indiana University Law School -
Dr. Saudi Arabia. Bloomington.
Sulayman S.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Film Board and the CBC.D. and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists. Mr. Nyang is professor and chairman of the African Studies Department at Howard University in Washington.
Serban received his M. he worked as a Research Assistant at Streit Council for a Union of Democracies in Washington. and affiliates. one of the largest advanced Institutes of Islamic Studies in North America. Connecticut.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Serban Popescu Yasir Qadhi
Mr. State Department Reception & Placement program. where he lives with his wife and four children. specializing in hadith studies.
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi was born in Houston. where he spent ten years. coordinating human resources for USCRI headquarters and field offices. and B. review. and submission of family reunification sponsorship documents from USCRI network agencies participating in the U. and providing primary support to the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Overseas Processing Entities. Popescu began employment with USCRI as an Administrative Assistant. DC. Prior to joining USCRI.A. he decided to pursue an education in Islamic studies. There. liaising with the Refugee Processing Center.A. In addition to his studies. to parents who were of the first emigrants to Houston from Pakistan (his father came to America in 1963 and is an Islamic activist and author as well).
. Popescu’s main duties include collection. he completed a second bachelor's degree. he is also the Dean of Academic Affairs of AlMaghrib Institute.A. Mr. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston. After working for Dow Chemical for a short stint. Currently. in Theology. he is completing his PhD in Islamic studies at Yale University in New Haven. in Nationalism Studies from the Central European University. and left for the Islamic University of Madinah. He speaks French and Romanian.S. Texas. and processing assurance forms. in 1975. in Philosophy from the University of Bucharest. and then went on to complete an M.
Quadri graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree from the college of Business in Information Decision Sciences. which recently observed its 27th anniversary. He also founded the first regularly scheduled Islamic youth camp in the USA.
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Amjad Quadri is currently the Assistant Vice President of Business Development and New Markets at University Islamic Financial. now owned by Hewitt Associates. Oklahoma. Al Hilal Youth Camp. and is the past chairman of Society of Automotive Engineers Rocky Mountain Area. Mr. Arizona. Quadri helped form advisory councils of local imams and community leaders in three states and started two new offices. McKinsey & Company. In the early days of the MSA. He is graduate of Oklahoma State University and Stuart School of Business (IIT Chicago). he has served as Vice President of one of the largest Mosques in the US.. Mr. and the past president of Colorado Engineering Society. Before moving into his current role at University Islamic Financial Corp. He worked on Y2K conversion projects for several large corporations. he served as the member the board of directors of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). he worked in the information technology industry. In his spare time. the latter which he currently supervises. Amjad's first foray into Islamic finance was as a field sales consultant for Guidance Financial Group. including IBM.
Dr. He served as a member of board of Directors of Islamic Association of Greater Detroit. In addition. Khurshid Qureshi is the past the president of the Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers (AMSE). among other things. He then spent three years as a release engineer/project manager for Cyborg Systems. Kansas and Arkansas. He has also completed Executive Management program at UCLA. he helped to establish chapters in Texas. and CNA. He is a frequent speaker on Islamic & geo political issues on international circuit. Before entering the world of Islamic finance.
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Ajmel Quereshi is currently Skadden Fellowship Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland and Director of the affiliate's Immigrants' Rights Project. While there, he manages a variety of cases involving challenges to local antiimmigrant initiatives and frequently testifies before the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates. Before coming to the ACLU of MD, he clerked for Chief Judge James G. Carr of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Mr. Quereshi received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2007, magna cum laude, and his bachelor's degree from Marquette University in 2003, cum laude. He has had articles published in the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture and the Human Rights Brief on a variety of topics including Islam and the Iraqi Constitution and recommendations to the Obama administration for changes in immigration policy
Dr. Saifur Rahman professor of electrical and computer engineering and the director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a director of the IEEE Board of Governors, and Vice President of the IEEE Publications Board in 2006. Dr. Rahman is a member of the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE.
Zeyba Rahman has been a producer/artistic director of live performances, television, film and forums for dialogue for more than sixteen years. She brings project management experience, gained as an executive on Wall Street, to bear on projects with cultural and educational organizations both nationally and internationally. These have included Asia Society, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the World Bank’s World Faiths Development Dialogue at Canterbury Cathedral in England, The 71
Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention World Millennium Peace Summit for Spiritual and Religious Leaders at the United Nations, and the Moroccan world music festivals in Essaouira and Rabat among others. In film, as a producer and partner for Jungli Billi Productions, she has completed production of Sawt-e-Sarmad: The Sound that Intoxicates Man (2004) and is in production with the documentaries NYC (2003-04) and Early Cabbage (2002-04). Dramatic feature film projects in development for Jungli Billi include Noor and a 14-part television series titled The Wandering Minstrel, a travel series exploring world music. As Chairwoman of World Music Institute, Director-North America, Fès Festival of World Sacred Music and its Giving A Soul to Globalization Colloquium, a public speaker and a producing partner for Jungli Billi Productions, Zeyba is deeply committed to the advancement of human rights and respect for cultural diversity improving the images of Muslims in America. Fatima started her career, working for ABC 7 in Los Angeles, where she refined her communication skills and contacts. Her work as a writer, field reporter and producer has been featured on many websites and newspapers throughout Southern California. Fatima has also participated in conferences for journalists across the nation. She is excited about her new position and feels it is extremely important for MPAC to have a major role in how Hollywood shapes their messages about Muslim Americans.
Hussein Rashid is a PhD candidate in Harvard University's NELC focusing on South Asian immigrant communities in the US. He has an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and a BA from Columbia College. In 1996 he aided Estonia in trying to establish commercial relations between Estonia and India, Pakistan, and Iran. During 2003 he worked with the Harvard ILS’s to create position papers on the draft Afghan constitution. He also advised a 2004 Democratic Presidential candidate’s foreign policy team on the religious issues in Iraq before consulting for a South Asia PAC. He researched the impact of 9/11 on Muslim adolescents throughout the US and Muslim blogs. In 2006 he became one of the Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow. His current research interests include the representation of 72
Fatima Rahmatullah- As MPAC's Hollywood Liaison, Fatima facilitates connections between the American Muslim community and Hollywood's film industry, both on the artistic side and business end. She works with writers, directors, producers, movie studios, and media outlets on
Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Muslims in graphic novels. He is an occasional speaker for the Interfaith Alliance, Faith in Public Life, and a teacher at the Center for Religious Inquiry. He is currently a visiting faculty member at Hofstra University. His media appearances include Air America Radio and CBS Evening News. He writes for Religion Dispatches, AltMuslimah, Talk Islam, Change the Story, and at his own blog islamicate (islamicate.com). Trustee Suffolk County Coalition against Domestic Violence. He is part of the Trustee Foundation of the Faithful, NY. He is a member of the Anti-bias Task Force of Town of Islip, Long Island, NY.
Ms. Sabeeha Rehman is the Director of Interfaith Programs at the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA). As a professional, Ms. Rehman has had a 25-year career as a Healthcare Executive and has served as a hospital administrator in New York, New Jersey, and overseas. Ms. Rehman has dedicated many years to the teaching of Islam to the Muslim youth. As a Sunday School teacher for several years, she taught Level 1 through Senior Level, including Contemporary Issues in the Young Adults Forum. As a member of the Education Committee for the Sunday School, Ms. Rehman was involved in the design of the Islamic curriculum of the Sunday School, selection of faculty, establishment of Muslim Summer Camp, and planning special events for young Muslims. She developed the first newsletter for the mosque, served as its Editor, and chaired the Editorial Board.
Br. Hafiz Rehman was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a pediatrician by profession. He serves as the senior Pediatric attending in two Long Island Hospitals and Chairman of the Performance Improvement Committee. He has been the Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at New York Institute of Technology, NY College of Osteopathic Medicine -- 1966 He has served as the Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics New York College of Osteopathic Medicine --- 1999 He is the President of IMANA --- Islamic Medical Association of North America --2008-2009. He is a life Member of APPNA. He has been the past President of Masjid Darul Quran in Bay Shore. NY He has served as a past President of Council of Masajid and Islamic Organizations of Long Island. He is a member of Bay Shore Interfaith council. He is an Honorary
and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Among others. He has served as New York and United Nations correspondent for the Jerusalem Post. and nonprofit organizations. Nadia is the consultant program officer for the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program. a project directed by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz. AMCLI is housed at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture. she has consulted for the World Bank. where she co-founded the Global Policy Innovations Program. and her bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations from Stanford University. UN Alliance of Civilizations. and the New York Daily News. Ruby covered President Anwar Sadat's historic trip to Jerusalem and the breakup of the Soviet Union. and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Nadia was the interim director for the Women Leaders Intercultural Forum. Today. Nadia received her master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Walter Ruby has served as Muslim Jewish Relations Officer with the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding in New York since March 2008. A strong advocate of MuslimJewish communication and reconciliation. Between 2000 and 2004. the Brookings Institution. In addition to her work with AMCLI. he organized The Foundation-sponsored First National summit of imams and rabbis in November 2007 in New York. and works in partnership with Georgetown’s Alwaleed bin Talal Center for MuslimChristian Understanding. and Moscow correspondent for The Jerusalem Post and The Forward. the Carnegie Corporation.
. UNDP. the Four Freedoms Fund. Nadia
was the Assistant Director of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue. and a junior associate in Stiglitz’s office at the World Bank from 1999-2000. foundations. Ruby writes for many newspapers including the New York Jewish Week. As a career reporter. the Rothschild Foundation. a faith-based leadership training and civic engagement program that strengthens young leaders in the Muslim community who are working towards the full participation of Muslims in American public life. Nadia consults regularly for several international organizations. and the Principal of Roumani Consulting LLC. a Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. Nadia is the President of the Board of Directors of the Muslim Public Service Network. and a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Nadia Roumani is the Director of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute.
Since its establishment.A.D. Pakistan and M. Saeed earned his B. and Ph. East Bay. Dr. Since Ms. Saeed was strategic force behind the creation of a first and second Muslim Bloc vote. the Islamic Horizons. Salahuddin’s relocation to the South Florida area with her family. Saeed spearheaded the campaign against the USA Patriot Act that led to the California State Resolution SJR10 against the USA PATRIOT act.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Dr. Current she is pursuing a 75
. In 2000. In 2000 and 2004. For the last four years of her teaching career she has been in an Islamic school. including the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID). which is the nationwide coalition of Muslim Organizations. she earned the National Board Certification. She initiated the formation of the Muslim Teacher Association (MTA) along with other concerned Muslim Educators in 2003.A. in Political Science from University of Punjab. He is the currently chair of American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT). Dr. Plainfield. organizing community workshops and training opportunities for teachers in Muslim Schools. she has given many volunteer hours. 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. Agha Saeed is the Founder and Chairman of American Muslim Alliance and a lecturer in the Program in Asian Studies at California State University. Indiana. Dr. 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). He also serves on the board of several leading Muslim organizations. Salahuddin
Patricia Zahirah Salahuddin has been an educator for the past 23 years.
Patricia Z. and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS). in Rhetoric from University of California at Berkeley. She taught students of various grade levels and age groups. MTA has sponsored five conferences for teachers.
Abdul-Salaam was a Presidential Ceremonial Guard in the US Navy. In 2008. Mr. Abdul-Salaam has provided investigatory services for the Law Office of Dennis R. Scheib for more than 5 years. Mr. Mr.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention doctoral degree at the Florida International University (FIU) and serving on the Board of the Council of Islam Schools in North America (CISNA) as the secretary. a non-profit organization which complete a documentary called “On A Wing and A Prayer”. Monem is active with the Muslim community in North America through ISNA. 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. specializing in federal and state criminal defense investigations. Raised in Texas. and has been involved in criminal defense investigation for more than 20 years. and among other achievements. as there WZ rep. was instrumental in locating the witness whose testimony led to Gucci Mane’s acquittal. under 40. a deputy sheriff in Littleton. Monem received the “20 Rising Stars” Award from Institutional Investor News.
Monem Salam. Saturna Capital’s Director of Islamic Investing and Deputy Portfolio Manager. Salam received his degrees from the University of Texas: BA (Austin) and MBA (Dallas). Boardmember of CAIR-WA and current Chairman of Peaceful Communications. Colorado. Boardmember of the Muslim Public Service Network. 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. who the magazine feels will change in the industry in a positive way in the next 10 years. The award is given to 20 leaders in the mutual fund industry. was born in Pakistan in 1972. He worked as Chief Investment Officer for ITG & Associates (Dallas) until 1999.
Rashid Abdul-Salaam is owner and president of Rasheed & Associates.
He also serves on the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee. he is also the Programs Associate for the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association. and university professor. Along with his legislative duties. Imam Salie has successfully
Ako Abdul-Samad is the Iowa State Representative from the 66th District. Arabic and Islamic Studies. Jihad was an inner-city high school teacher for four years.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Jihad F. a native of Cape Town. Salie will speak at Melbourne’s PWR on the intra-faith code of conduct in Michigan. Jihad is originally from Los Angele
organized an international conference on Religion. the Labor committee.
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Imam Achmat Salie. South Africa. and a doctorate in business administration. Peace. the State Government committee. Previously. is an avid traveler and reader. Saleh
Jihad F. Since 2007. and spoke at the Parliament of World Religions in Barcelona. He has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2007. Spain. In addition to his title as Imam. DC. and the Human Resources committee. interfaith and youth coordinator. where he is vice chair. he had been a member of the Des Moines school board. Abdul-Samad also serves on the Health and Human Services Committee of the Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments. education. Abdul-Samad is the founder and CEO of Creative Visions Human Development Institute. Meeks (D-NY). He has earned graduate degrees from Stanford University's School of Education and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs. peace and eco-justice advocate. Achmat Salie is a counselor. Saleh is the Education and Judiciary Legislative Assistant for Congressman Gregory W. Jihad has been an adviser to the IIC Summer Internship Program and a consultant on IIC projects to increase civic engagement within the American Muslim community. Abdul-Samad currently serves on several committees in the Iowa House . a non-profit organization in Des Moines.the Education committee. and Conflict. and will join the weeklong Oxford Round Table panel at Oxford at the end of July. He has degrees in Islamic jurisprudence (alim fadil). Prior to moving to Washington.
he is at the forefront of the strengthening ties among the Jewish.
Beverly joined Ashoka as the Vice President of Global Marketing from Fleishman Hillard. using her expertise in "social marketing" as the foundation for the portfolio. News outlets such as the New York Times. at the U. Washington Post. Latino and AsianAmerican ethnic communities as well as promoting dialogue and cooperation among the Jewish. In other lives. legislative advocacy. a “Web Winner. Bev developed an eye care project while at the American 78
Rabbi Marc Schneier is a leading personality and spokesperson for the Jewish community. advocacy and media relations trainings across the United States. 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.
. "America Responds to AIDS" and simultaneously directed the Office on Smoking and Health's public information function. As one of the leading voices in the field of intergroup and race relations.
Corey Saylor is legislative director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). MSNBC and NPR have sought Saylor’s opinions. Beverly's interest in social issues spans most of her career. Rabbi Schneier is President and Founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) and serves as Chairman of the World Jewish Congress American Section. Muslim. Center for Disease Control. CNN. reconciliation and understanding. as well as its Commission on Intergroup Relations. an international communications agency. The Philadelphia Inquirer named a Saylormaintained blog focused on the 2005-2006 reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT ACT.S.S. and media relations experience. she helped design and manage the first U.” Saylor has conducted dozens of civic empowerment. At Fleishman. Fox News. and Christian faith communities. education/prevention campaign for HIV/AIDS. Newsweek. Saylor has more than a decade of nonprofit political communications. Subsequently. Saylor played a role in advocacy campaigns drawing concessions from corporate giants such as Burger King and Bell Helicopter-Boeing. she built and helped manage their social issues portfolio.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
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. religion and international affairs. She has worked globally on the problem of education reform. CN8. Ph. he the founded the The Review of Faith & International Affairs. is the president of the Institute for Global Engagement.S. with the Reagan White House. and religious freedom. He is a member at the Council on Foreign Relations (New York). and Beijing. She is an Associate Editor of the Social Marketing Quarterly and a Steering Committee Member of the annual "Innovations in Social Marketing Conference". foreign policy. Peshawar. 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..S. MSNBC. and CNN. His many speaking engagements have led him around the world.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Academy of Ophthalmology.D. with an emphasis on getting and retaining girls in school in developing countries. He cofounded the National Security Internship (NSI). He is the author of The U. including Doha. Seiple has appeared on BBC. Moscow. a selfprofessed "think-tank with legs" promoting
George Selim is a policy advisor at the U. humanitarian intervention. and the Fletcher School for Law & Diplomacy. Beverly has published articles and given numerous presentations around the world on social marketing and is dedicated to promoting the field.S. Law. International Religious Freedom Advocacy: A Guide to Organizations. Hanoi. Oslo. sustainable environments for religious freedom worldwide. With a recognized expertise in national and homeland security U. Fox News. on civil society issues and changing health and environmental behaviors when at the Academy for Educational Development. the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London). After graduating from Stanford. Military/NGO Relationship in Humanitarian Interventions and co-author of a new book. and NGOs. Central & East Asia. the Naval Postgraduate School. Muslim-Christian relations. and is Founder of IGE’s Council on Faith & 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". Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. 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).
beginning in 1973 when he co-founded Breira. homeland security and intelligence seminars.
Zakia Iman Shahbaz
Zakia Iman Shahbaz. and Israel) and the Interfaith Committee for Peace in the Middle East. and has traveled to many countries in the Middle East. bi-partisan effort to bring spiritual reflection to the work of the US Congress. Her dream of writing and illustrating stories for children was awakened with the birth of her grandsons. with a Masters degree in Education and a Major in Art. She has taught in public and private schools in USA. in Sharjah. an interfaith. Damascus. Rabbi Serotta has been very active in community affairs throughout his career. 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. where he directed the Hillel Foundation Director for 20 years. in 1980 he was the Founding Co-Chair of New Jewish Agenda. and on-the-jobtraining at DHS or the FBI. UAE in 2005. Through this internship.
Rabbi Gerald Serotta has been involved in interfaith work through the Fellowship of Reconciliation (beginning with a reconciliation mission in 1975 to Cairo.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention program that combines language. Rabbi Serotta served as a university chaplain for 27 years. 80
. and is looking forward to the release of her next book. Palestine. meeting and befriending people of diverse backgrounds. A Medal for Nabila. She realized that Muslims need to write their own stories. He isn't doing it by training soldiers. but instead by tapping into a group of Arabic-speaking college students who want a career in public service. Maryland and served as Campus Rabbi at The George Washington University. MWWWI is a networking. is a retired elementary and art school teacher. and present possible strategies for resolving them in a way that both Muslms and non-muslims alike can appreciate. He has served on a numerous other Boards including those of Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal and Tikkun Magazine. Gerald Serotta is the Associate Rabbi at Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase. and Sharjah. He recently completed a Sabbatical assignment as Senior Rabbinic Scholar-inResidence at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. UAE. newsletters. and an annual folio. the problems they have to confront. Bahrain. Amman. He has a decades long record of activism in seeking solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. an American. Beirut. She is realizing this goal with the publication of her first book. He is also a Board Member of the Faith and Politics Institute. He currently serves as Co-Chair of Rabbis for Human Rights. She wants to present stories that illustrate the everyday lives of Muslim children and families. Selim helping to build the next generation of Americans trained to combat terrorist activities. North America. Zakia founded the (Muslim Women Writers' Workshop )MWWWI. A Trophy for Bilal. nurturing organization that conducts monthly writing workshops. Middle Eastern studies.
Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention His undergraduate degree is from Harvard and he has an honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Divinity) degree from Hebrew Union College. He has memorized the entire Arabic text of al-Qur’an since childhood. of Islamic inheritance and Sadqa Jaaria. Shaikh speaks regularly throughout the country on the issue
. and from New York Theological Seminary in Pastoral Counseling. from the University of Wales. the Tri-State Muslim Education Initiative. adjunct faculty at the University of Wales. Aside from his traditional practice focusing on estate planning. He then left for Syria to pursue
Ahmed Shaikh is an attorney and principal at Ahmed Shaikh. As Imam of Masjid al-Islam from 1988 to 1994 he spear-headed a community renewal and grassroots anti-drug effort. trust and probate matters in Southern California. He has taught as the full time faculty at the International Islamic University.C. he accepted Islam in 1977 while serving in the United States Air Force.
Zulfiqar Ali Shah
Zulfiqar Ali Shah serves as the Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee. California. He is the current Executive Director of the Fiqh Council of North America. While at Rutgers. in Theology and Religious Studies. He has been active in the Interfaith Council. After a year of studying Arabic in Cairo. he has brought both sensitivity about race and poverty issues and scholarly discipline to his faith-based work. Islamabad. Thomas University and Florida Community College. He has a Ph.
Imam Zaid Shakir is amongst the most respected and influential Islamic scholars in the West. Born in Berkeley. Pakistan and. co-founding Masjid al-Islam. he settled in New Haven. He obtained a BA with honors in International Relations at American University in Washington D. NCCJ and many other ecumenical forums since 1992. and also taught political science and Arabic at Southern Connecticut State University. He has been an instructor in the International Conflict Resolution program at Eastern Mennonite University. D. Connecticut and continued his community activism. University of North Florida. Mr. Egypt. UK. and later earned his MA in Political Science at Rutgers University. As an American Muslim who came of age during the civil rights struggles. which serves as the highest Muslim jurisprudential body in North America. St. Masjid al-Huda. where he was ordained Rabbi in New York in 1974. He also did graduate work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He holds Masters degrees from Hebrew Union College in Hebrew Literature. a professional law Corporation based in Southern California. and co-founded a local Islamic center. he led a successful campaign for disinvestment from South Africa. and the Connecticut Muslim Coordinating Committee.
He is a frequent speaker at local and national Muslim events and has emerged as one of the nation’s top Islamic scholars and a voice of conscience for American Muslims and non-Muslim. and Islamic spirituality. and spirituality with some of the top Muslim scholars of our age. he has taught Islamic principles. He is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle Campus. That same year. In 2001. a translation from Arabic to English with commentary of Al Muhasibi's "Treatise For The Seekers of Guidance" was published by NID Publishers. He worked as a police officer in both African American and European communities. For seven years in Syria. he moved to Hayward. In 2003. he and his wife Esther established the South Shore Islamic Community Center Since 1975. In 2006. history. In 2005. Zaytuna Institute published “Scattered Pictures: Reflections of An American Muslim” an anthology of diverse essays penned by Zaid Shakir. he immersed himself in an intense study of Arabic. and writing and speaking frequently on a host of issues. In addition. The mission of this organization is to Reduce prison violence. and the history and life of Prophet Muhammad. Islamic law. and Chicago State University. In 1995. he graduated from Syria’s prestigious Abu Noor University and returned to Connecticut. California to serve as a scholar-in-residence and lecturer at Zaytuna Institute. his translation from Arabic into English of “The Heirs of the Prophets” was published by Starlatch Press. and recidivism. He is President and Founder of the Islamic Inmates Correctional Association of America. His professional career begins in the medical field as a renowned scientist specializing in cancer genetics and molecular medicine. he was concerned about the extremely disproportionate number of African Dr. M. serving again as the Imam of Masjid al-Islam. and briefly in Morocco.S. Majored in Administration of Criminal Justice. Quranic studies. where he now teaches courses on Arabic.
Sidney Rahim Sharif
Sidney Sharif worked as a police officer in the City of Chicago for 28 years from 1959 through 1988. Majored in Corrections and Criminal Justice. Islamic law. American men who were/are arrested.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention his studies in the traditional Islamic sciences. He also currently conducts Islamic prison ministry at Wilmot Arizona State prison in Tucson. BA. prosecuted and imprisoned for crimes. he was concerned about crime and its costs in human suffering. as a 82
. Sherif was born in Ethiopia and came to the USA as a young teen on a full academic university scholarship. Throughout his career.
Sherif also received post-doctoral fellowships from Stanford. He has also taught at Egyptian Schools before going to the U. Research & Development Directorate. he has given numerous speeches. In his position as a leader in the Muslim community. Dr. He also sat on a number of committees that reviewed grant applications. Professor Sherif served as a medical and health consultant for the United Nations as a visiting scholar in Ethiopia.Sc. He was born in Egypt. and Program Coordinator. the American Heart Association. He held positions at NSF since 1976 managing programs with India and South Asia and then with the North Africa. Sherif was president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at three different universities as an undergraduate and graduate student. the American Leukemia Society and numerous other agencies. and since joining the NSF on the status of scientific research in the developing world. Davis and Berkeley in 1965.S.D. delivered countless Friday Qhutbas and conducted copious Da’awa activities.
Osman A. Shinaishin is the Senior Program Manager. Earlier he worked as a Research Acoustics Engineer at the General Electric Company R&D Center in New York and at the Boeing Company in Seattle. and a Ph. NY.
. Acoustics Unit at Mechanical Technology Inc. Prior to that he was Program Manager. He is well published and served on the editorial board of many scientific journals. Much of his publications is on dynamics. Washington. India.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention medical doctor with a keen interest in oncology and cancer research. Shinaishin
O. the American Cancer Society. Albany. 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. graduated with a B. Environmental Protection Agency. acoustics. the National Science Foundation. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California. A. Dr. 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. in Agricultural Sciences from Cairo University in 1952.S. He currently heads Badr International Ethiopian Muslim organization headquartered in Washington DC. teaching biochemistry. degree in Agricultural Engineering from Michigan State University in 1960. for North Africa. and as a professor. received a M. Near East and South Asian the Office of International Science and Engineering at the US National Science Foundation. He has been awarded research grants from national funding agencies including the National Institutes of Health. and Thailand. Near East and South Asia.
Fiqh and Da'wah. England and later went on to complete a degree in Comparative Religion at Harvard University. Currently. Siddiqi also serves as a member of the ISNA Majlis AshShura and Chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America.
Abdulkader Sinno is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University. He is the Vice President of the Academy of Judaic Christian and Islamic Studies at UCLA. He also lectures on Islam and interfaith dialogue in North America and abroad. As a member and now Chairman of the Executive Board of Majlis al-Shura of Southern California. he has provided Qur'an
Shazia Siddiqi is an MA candidate in Art Therapy and Community Counseling at Wayne State University. Ramadan and has published many academic papers and articles in encyclopedias and journals.
Muzammil Siddiqi received his BA in Islamic and Arabic Studies from the Islamic University of Medina. Saudi Arabia and MA in Theology from Birmingham University. Siddiqi has organized and participated in several national and international Islamic conferences on Sirah. Since 1982. Dr. He received his PhD from UCLA and was a CISAC Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. Bloomington. Siddiqi has authored books on Hajj & Umra. Siddiqi works as an Educator and Religious Director of the Islamic Society of Orange County where he has served since 1981. 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). Because of his devotion to the preservation of Islam in America. Dr. Dr. Dr. National Executive Director of the Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament (MIST). She is a member of the ISNA Majlis Youth Committee.2000. and a 2009 Carnegie Scholar. Siddiqi served as the President of ISNA from 1996 . His is author of Organizations at War in 84
. Dr. and Chair of the Islamic Association of Greater Detroit (IAGD)'s Community Affairs Committee. as well as his weekly column in Pakistan Link.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
commentary in a weekly radio program. he has organized numerous training programs for Muslim adults and youth.
As a former English instructor. A Beirut Heart: One Woman’s War. teenagers. Hindi. peace activists and Israeli soldiers. raised and educated in Washington. businessmen. Her collection of interviews was published in December 2003. D. Bengali. along with a certificate in Refugee Studies from Georgetown University. A second edition of Israeli and Palestinian Voices: A Dialogue with Both Sides was published in April 2006. immersed in Lebanese culture. research design. She supervises USCRI’s volunteer and financial literacy programs. She began at USCRI as a refugee protection researcher and writer for the 2008 World Refugee Survey. In 1969 she moved to Beirut. In March 2002. Ms. conflict processes and state building. Cathy’s memoir of her 14 years in Beirut. Siraj provides support to USCRI as an officer in USCRI's Matching Grant Program. teachers.C. and Urdu. She and her family spent the next 8 years under the bombs and only returned to the United States in 1983. In May 2008 Scarletta Press published Cathy’s latest book Tragedy in South Lebanon: The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006. Siraj has lived in India and Saudi Arabia and speaks. Ms. She interviewed Palestinians in refugee camps. until civil war began in April 1975. Siraj taught collegelevel as well as Advanced Placement English in the United States and Saudi Arabia. politics of Muslims in the West. Ms. She led a tranquil life.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Afghanistan (2008) and Beyond and editor of Muslims in Western Politics (2009). Cathy traveled to Jerusalem and the West Bank to better understand the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Europe and North Africa. reads. Siraj earned a double Master's in Public Policy and Arab Studies. and comparative politics. He has researched and traveled extensively in the Middle East. Lebanon with her Lebanese husband and two small children.
. He is a fluent speaker of Arabic and French and has knowledge of Hebrew. and writes Arabic. USA Book News awarded it Best Autobiography of 2006. Sultan sits on the Executive Board of the National Peace Foundation. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Middle Eastern politics.
Cathy Sultan was born. was published by Scarletta Press in November 2005. On behalf of NPF she co-leads trips to Israel/Palestine with Interfaith Peace Builders once a year.
D. Dr.amuslimvoice. A naturalized American citizen. California . Illinois. for last 17 years. in 1984. he pioneered its transformation into the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). She believes through education and interaction we can build an inclusive and beloved nation where all of us feel safe and at home. in Sociolinguistics from the Indiana University at Bloomington.com). civic engagement through volunteerism. served as its Editor-in-Chief (19841994). Villa Park. Sundas. Dr. Sundas
Samina F. Sundas is the founder and Executive Director of the American Muslim Voice Foundation (www. a national professional organization founded 31 years ago. During 1984-1988. he was Secretary General of the International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations (IIFSO) in which capacity he traveled widely through the former Soviet Union. he is the curriculum director and has successfully developed and implemented 86
Sayyid M. Syeed. Her focus is in youth leadership development. in Washington. She is committed to fostering friendships among all Americans by bridging cultural and religious gaps. Asia. who has received over a dozen awards for community and peace building.
Interfaith and Community Alliances. the Caribbean. Syeed
Professor Taher is the President of North American Educational Foundation (a notfor-profit organization). Her dream is to creating a culture of peace. mutual respect and harmony. from March 2006. DC. protecting civil liberties and constitutional rights for all. acceptance. Syeed has been General Secretary of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS). is a resident of Palo Alto.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Samina F. Africa. Presently.A Web Resource for Weekend Islamic School. and South America. Taher
Sayyid M. Syeed obtained his Ph. He has served as the Principal of the Weekend Islamic School. Dr. He is the chief architect of Babul-Ilm project . As President of the Muslim Students Association of USA & Canada (1980-1983).
Mohammed T. immigration reform. and Europe. one of the founders of the quarterly American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS). Syeed resumed responsibilities as National Director of ISNA’s Office of
. and community and peace building.She is the proud mother of two young adults. at the Islamic Foundation. Misbah and Saqib. Indiana.
He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Michigan. was published in 2009 and is the story of a Muslim –American girl who attends a classmate’s party during Ramadan while she is fasting so she has the challenge of participating in the fun while not being able to share in the food and desserts. He received his B. Her third book. in Computer Science/Networking from Northeastern University. Currently serving her second term as President of CAIR-Ohio. community activist.S. and his M. “Impact of using computer simulation on students learning in a Technology based course”. Asma Mobin-Uddin is a pediatrician. Her second book. Her op ed columns have been published in newspapers locally. Addison. He is a Senior Professor in the College of Engineering & Science at DeVry University. Asma frequently writes about topics related to Islam and Muslims. and was a 2009 Storytelling World Resource Awards Honor Book. He is the author of a popular book. “A Guide to Reading Qur’an”.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention the curriculum for grades Pre-school through 11. across the United States.
Dr. The Best Eid Ever. A Party in Ramadan. Chicago. and award-winning author of children’s books about the Muslim-American experience. His doctoral thesis is on. in engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University. He has a background in chemical engineering with a Master’s focus on pharmaceutical operations. Hyderabad. and internationally. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Illinois. 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. Her first book.
Mobin Tawakkul created the Disability Needs & Awareness Working Group (DNAWG) for a non-profit organization called American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP). the 2008 Middle East Outreach Council Book Award Honorable Mention.S. won the 2008 Skipping Stones Honor Award. My Name is Bilal.
Omar Uddin serves as President of Muslim Youth of North America Northwest
. He is profoundly deaf and relies on a cochlear implant device. for the Weekend Islamic School. 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. He is currently working on drug product quality issues for the Food & Drug Administration. India.
and built on Visotzky's experience leading seminars in Manhattan with a mixed group of students. 1997. originally from Columbus. Cyprus and Europe in his sojourn to study history. Warsaw. Director of Child Development Fund (CDF). Vice President. who also studied moral development at Harvard University under Lawrence Kohlberg. In 1975 he became one of the first two Muslims hired as full time Imams in prisons in America. He helped build New York's Imam council. in capitals such as Washington. "Prince of Egypt. 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.
Iqbal Unus is the Headquarters Director of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). investigate world events first hand.
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Burton L. Virginia. and President (in 1975) of the Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada (MSA). Qatar (where he was in the first group of Jews invited to dialogue by the Emir). Visotzky
Burton L. is a Conservative Rabbi and professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary (NY). and imams to improve the life of our time. Turkey. Egypt. and spread the teaching of Islam. Umar advocated the hiring and assignment of Muslim religious workers throughout the U. President of the Muslim Students Association of Atlanta. businessmen and professionals of various religious backgrounds. priests. This explored a modern incarnation of the Jewish theological traditions of midrash. and Madrid. He also served as a principal consultant for DreamWorks 1998 film. He traveled to Mecca." He is engaged in Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue internationally. He is the former Dean of Students/Registrar at the School of Islamic and Social Sciences (SISS) in Leesburg. His volunteer involvement in Islamic work began in North America as the
. 1996). Visotzky served as collaborator and onscreen participant in Bill Moyers' ten-hour series. He worked with rabbis. ranking Chaplain for New York's prison system for 25 years. founded the National Association of Muslim Chaplains.
Imam Umar. South Africa. ministers. Visotzky. and Director of IIFTIHAR-USA.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention University medical school. Doha.S. Later he served successively as Regional Representative. Georgia in 1970. "Genesis: A Living Conversation" (PBS. Rome. OH. Cairo. Senegal. Spain (where he was in the first group of Jews invited by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia).
He has been a member in both the Episcopal Church (USA) and the Evangelical Church in Croatia.A). Among other achievements. where he studied under Jürgen Moltmann. California. and peace-making. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the American Muslim Council (AMC). He received his training from Ummul Quran University in Mecca and has become a world-renowned speaker on Islam. conflict resolution. Reconciliation and Justice" to a new text on the atonement. especially about his anti-drug campaigns in his native Bedford-Stuyvesant.
. and University of Tübingen. Imam Wahhaj was the first person to give an Islamic invocation to the United States Congress in 1991. "Forgiveness. Zagreb (B. His book Exclusion and Embrace. Stricken by God? Nonviolent Identification and the Victory of Christ.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Miroslav Volf is an influential Christian theologian and currently the Henry B.A) in Pasadena. Recently he contributed the essay. He is widely known for his works on systematic theology. Volf was born in Osijek. Imam Siraj has appeared on several national television talk shows and interviews. Volf is formerly a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary
Imam Siraj Wahhaj is the current Imam of Masjid Al-Taqwa in Brooklyn. and studied at Evangelical-Theological Faculty. ethics. New York. He received high praises from the media and NYPD for initiating his anti-drug patrols in Brooklyn in 1988. Croatia. Imam Wahhaj has been on the ISNA Majlis AshShura since 1987 and has also previously served as ISNA Vice-President. He has been a member 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. was selected as among the 100 best religious books of the 20th Century by Christianity Today. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale University Divinity School and Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. Fuller Theological Seminary (M.
including their global P. including successfully defending three innocent Muslim medical students falsely accused of terrorism in Florida on the anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11. Warren gave the invocation at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in January 2009. Asia and Europe.E. Vizcaino & Maher LLP.E. a network of tens of thousands of churches from all denominations in 160 countries. He has trained over 350. troops from Iraq. Khurrum has testified on civil rights issues several times before various government organizations.
Rick Warren is often called "America's most influential spiritual leader. or Starbucks in impact. He has defended individuals and organizations. Calling him a "spiritual entrepreneur. a campaign that called for a prompt timetable for the withdrawal of U.
Khurrum Wahid is an attorney and founding partner in the law firm of Wahid. California. which services those infected with and affected by AIDS. having led delegations to the Middle East.C. Jim has taken his passion for peaceful resolutions abroad as well. "If Warren's ministry was a business it would be compared with Dell. In 2006 he was heavily involved in the “Declaration of Peace” movement." He founded Saddleback Church in Orange County.A. Google. a civil and criminal litigation firm based in Florida."
. He also founded the Purpose Driven Movement. which is now one of the largest and best-known churches in the world. Jim is the top executive at the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society. plan and Acts of Mercy.
As the General Secretary. 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.000 pastors worldwide. Mr.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention
Forbes magazine said. including twice before the United States Commission on Civil Rights." Rick and Kay Warren give away 90 percent of the profits from their books to charitable causes. as proven by his willingness to be arrested in front of the White House during a peaceful protest for the Declaration of Peace.S.
He received teaching licenses in various Islamic subjects from several wellknown scholars in various countries. Saudi Arabia. board member of the Faith and Politics Institute.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mr. Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) certification from Housing University in 2006. He tried to find solutions from many challenges and did not let obstacles get in the way of progressive thinking and attaining independence. which provides accessibility. USA in 1992.
Mohammed acquired polio at the age of 2 and could not go to school until he was almost 12 years old. a master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Wayne State University. as well as North and West Africa. India in 1988. Fair Housing & ADA/ABA Guidelines from Harvard University in 2007 and Assistive Technology Applications from California State University in 2008. He is the President and Founder of HelpHandicap Foundation. Winkler is a member of the Justice and Advocacy Commission of the National Council of Churches of the United States of America. USA. universal design and assistive technology solutions for people with various disabilities. Shaykh Hamza is the first American lecturer to teach in Morocco's 91
. A. He walks with the help of leg braces and crutches. he became Muslim and subsequently traveled to the Muslim world and studied for ten years in the U. In addition. E. 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. In 1977. Certified
Shaykh HamzaYusuf was born in Washington State and raised in Northern California. Universal Design. he offers weekly commentary on social issues through the board's weekly enewsletter Faith in Action. he returned to the USA and took degrees in Religious Studies and Health Care. a nonprofit organization that is working to empower people with disabilities in India. He has traveled all over the world giving talks on Islam. a member of the steering committee of the Campaign for a National Health Plan. He is also an Accessibility Specialist and Founder of AccessAgain LLC. board member of the Churches for the Middle East Peace and a board member of Africa Action. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Osmania University. After ten years of studies abroad. USA. Mohammed has published several articles on disability related topics. he has also contributed a book chapter for a book on disability and is currently working on his own book on disability.. He came to USA in 1990 and associated himself with a number of disability related initiatives.
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Born Steven Demetre Georgiou. a well respected charity actively operating in some of the poorest parts of the world. He is also the Vice-Chairman of the Universal School Board of Directors. His quest for answers was fulfilled and he embraced Islam in 1977. was released earlier this year to widespread critical acclaim. A well-known Muslim activist. the Karaouine in Fes. His pioneering work in education and tireless support for humanitarian causes has received international recognition. In addition. serves as the Chairman for CAIR-Chicago and has spoken at a number of national and regional conferences. he undertook an ongoing search for peace and spiritual truth. Shaykh Hamza currently resides in Northern California with his wife and five children. the son of a Greek Cypriot father and Swedish mother. A stage musical based on his repertoire of songs. Following a bout of tuberculosis early on in his career. After almost drowning in the Pacific Ocean at Malibu he received a translation of the Qur'an from his elder brother.
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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 Mediterranean Prize for Peace. is the Program Chair for the ISNA Education Forum. Roadsinger. 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.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention prestigious and oldest University. Moonshadow. He is active with the Catholic-Muslim Education Project and Play for Peace. the U. he performed as Cat Stevens and was one of the biggest solo artists of his generation. He changed his name to Yusuf Islam and walked away from the music business to start a new life and raise a family.N affiliated NGO which Yusuf Islam founded in 2000. Moonshadow. 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. Wild World and Father & Son and selling over 50 million LPs. including being honoured with the 'Man for Peace' award in 2004 by a committee of Nobel peace laureates. penning such classics as Matthew & Son. is in pre-production and set to open in London’s West End in early 2010. Yusuf’s latest album. he has translated into modern English several classical Arabic traditional texts and poems. and more recently in January 2007. he has served as the Principal of Universal School in Chicago for over 10 years. Yusuf Islam grew up in the heart of London’s theatre district.