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Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Zahid Hussain Bukhari ......................... 25 Shahid Buttar ........................................ 25 Sarah Cady ............................................ 26 Mas’ood Cajee ...................................... 26 André Carson ........................................ 26 Sami Catovic ......................................... 27 Robert Chase ......................................... 27 Owaiz M. Dadabhoy ............................. 28 Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo......................... 28 Mika’il DeVeaux .................................. 29 Susan Douglass ..................................... 29 Jean F. Duff ........................................... 30 A. J. Durrani.......................................... 30 Bob Edgar ............................................. 30 Maha ElGenaidi .................................... 31 Keith Ellison ......................................... 31 Mohamed Elsanousi .............................. 32 Gazi Erdem ........................................... 32 John Esposito ........................................ 33 Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur ....................... 33 Iman Faris ............................................. 33 Manzoor Ghori ...................................... 34 Ghulam Nabi Fai ................................... 34 Maryam Kabeer Faye ............................ 35 Fatemeh Fakhraie .................................. 36 Jess Ghannam........................................ 36 Safiya Ghori .......................................... 36 Linda Gustitus ....................................... 37 Steve Gutow .......................................... 37 Sara Hakeem ......................................... 37 Rabia Terri Harris ................................. 38 Mohamed Hagmagid Ali....................... 38 Asma Hanif ........................................... 39 Mark Hanson ......................................... 39 Waheedul Haque ................................... 40 Aziza Hasan .......................................... 40 Maher Hathout ...................................... 40 Abida K. Haque .................................... 41 Najiyah Diana Helwani ......................... 41 Leslie Hewitt ......................................... 42 Altaf Husain .......................................... 42 Lubna Ismail ......................................... 42 Ameena Jandali ..................................... 43 Rizwan Jaka .......................................... 43 Shaik Jeelani ......................................... 44 Jamillah Karim ...................................... 44 2
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Muhammad Nur Abdullah ...................... 5 Zerqa Abid .............................................. 5 Salma Elkadi Abugideiri ......................... 6 Swami Agnivesh ..................................... 6 Mansur Ahmad........................................ 7 Munjed Ahmad ....................................... 7 Sanjana Ahmad ....................................... 7 Akbar Ahmed .......................................... 8 Nazir Ahmed ........................................... 8 Safir Ahmed ............................................ 9 Saquiba Ahmed ....................................... 9 Sufiya Ahmed ....................................... 10 Assad R. Akhter .................................... 11 Mehmet Aktas ....................................... 11 Aisha Al-Adawiya ................................ 11 Mohammad S. Alam ............................. 12 Abdalla Idris Ali ................................... 12 Aman Ali ............................................... 12 Saqib Ali ............................................... 13 Shariq Ali .............................................. 13 Wajahat Ali ........................................... 13 Yasir Al Mahdawy ................................ 14 Salam Al-Marayati ................................ 14 Iyad Alnachef ........................................ 15 Zainab Alwani ....................................... 15 Shahed Amanullah ................................ 15 Dr. Mona Amer ..................................... 16 Patricia Anton ....................................... 16 Sadida Athaullah ................................... 17 Moutasem Atiya .................................... 17 Azhar Azeez .......................................... 17 Salman Azman ...................................... 18 Ihsan Bagby .......................................... 18 Mirza Yawar Baig ................................. 19 Owais Balti............................................ 19 Hazami Barmada ................................... 21 Jamal M. al-Barzinji.............................. 21 David Beckmann ................................... 22 Mirza AbuJafar Beg .............................. 22 Mohamed Rida Beshir .......................... 22 Isra Bhatty ............................................. 23 Yaser Birjas ........................................... 24 Kemal Bozkurt ...................................... 24
Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mohammad Karim ................................ 44 Merve Kavakci ...................................... 45 Yusuf Kavakci ...................................... 45 Asma Khalid ......................................... 46 Hena Khan ............................................ 46 M.J. Khan .............................................. 47 Muqtedar Khan ..................................... 47 Zeba Khan ............................................. 48 Suhail Khan ........................................... 48 Farhana Khera ....................................... 49 Riaz Khokher ........................................ 49 Richard L. Killmer ................................ 49 John Kiser ............................................. 50 Nsenga Knight ...................................... 51 Kasim Kopuz ........................................ 51 Radwan Kouatli .................................... 52 Murat Kose............................................ 52 Alexander Kronemer ............................. 53 Ola Lanke .............................................. 53 Bruce Lustig .......................................... 53 Edina Lekovic ....................................... 54 Mahmood A. Madani ............................ 54 Mokhtar Maghraoui .............................. 55 Johari Abdul Malik ............................... 55 Sakil Malik ............................................ 55 Mahmood Mamdani .............................. 56 Salam S. Al-Marayati............................ 56 Priscilla Martinez .................................. 57 Father James Massa .............................. 57 Ingrid Mattson. ...................................... 58 Ali Al’amin Mazrui............................... 58 Bonita McGee ....................................... 58 Mohammed Mohiuddin ........................ 59 Jack Moline ........................................... 59 Hadia Mubarak...................................... 60 Mikal N. Nash ....................................... 60 Ghulam N. Mir ...................................... 61 Uzma Mirza .......................................... 61 Asma Mirza........................................... 62 Yaqub Mirza ......................................... 62 Dalia Mogahed ...................................... 63 Haroon Moghul ..................................... 63 Marriyam Moten ................................... 64 Sultan Muhammad ................................ 64 Abdul Malik Mujahid ........................... 64 Nasreen C. Mustafa............................... 65 Rayyan Najeeb ...................................... 65 Husain Nagamia .................................... 65 Pervez Nasim ........................................ 66 Ayman Nassar ....................................... 66 Sayed A. Nassar .................................... 66 Daoud Nassimi ...................................... 67 Zarqa Nawaz ......................................... 67 Muhammad Ninowy ............................. 68 Ashraf Nubani ....................................... 68 Sulayman S. Nyang ............................... 68 Serban Popescu ..................................... 69 Yasir Qadhi ........................................... 69 Amjad Quadri........................................ 70 Ajmel Quereshi ..................................... 71 Saifur Rahman ...................................... 71 Zeyba Rahman ...................................... 71 Fatima Rahmatullah .............................. 72 Hussein Rashid...................................... 72 Hafiz Rehman ....................................... 73 Sabeeha Rehman ................................... 73 Nadia Roumani ..................................... 74 Walter Ruby .......................................... 74 Agha Saeed ........................................... 75 Louay Safi ............................................. 75 Patricia Z. Salahuddin ........................... 75 Rashid Abdul-Salaam ........................... 76 Monem Salam ....................................... 76 Jihad F. Saleh ........................................ 77 Achmat Salie ......................................... 77 Ako Abdul Samad ................................. 77 Corey Saylor ......................................... 78 Marc Schneier ....................................... 78 Beverly Schwartz .................................. 78 Chris Seiple ........................................... 79 George Selim ........................................ 79 Zakia Iman Shahbaz .............................. 80 Gerry Serotta ......................................... 80 Zulfiqar Ali Shah .................................. 81 Ahmed Shaikh ....................................... 81 Zaid Shakir ............................................ 81 Sidney Rahim Sharif ............................. 82 Zaki Sherif ............................................ 82 Osman A. Shinaishin ............................ 83 Muzammil Siddiqi ................................ 84 Shazia Siddiqi ....................................... 84 Abdulkader Sinno ................................. 84 3
................ 88 Burton L...................................................... 90 Jim Winkler ................................. 92 4 . Sundas ....... Syeed ... 91 HamzaYusuf .... 85 Cathy Sultan ......... 87 Warith Deen Umar ......................................... 89 Siraj Wahhaj........................... 91 Yusuf Islam.......................................... Visotzky.. 88 Miroslav Volf ................. 87 Omar Uddin ................................................................................................ 90 Rick Warren ........... 86 Mobin Tawakkul ............ 92 Safaa Zarzour ................ 88 Iqbal Unus ...........Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Tabassum Siraj ............................................................................. 90 Mohammed Yousuf ............................................. 85 Samina F..................................................................................................................................... Taher .......... 87 Asma Mobin-Uddin ......................... 86 Mohammed T.................. 86 Sayyid M....................................... 89 Khurrum Wahid .......
She received “Norma & Wally Ausley Merit Scholarship for being “The Outstanding Student of Mass Communications” in her junior year at the college. editor. He completed further studies at the University of Chicago where he received an M. He received his B. 5 . Prior to running her own business. TV producer/director. Louis. Abdullah has authored several articles on family in Islam.D. marriage and divorce. blogger. Her consumer show. Karachi. NBC News as News Editor. He is the principal for the Al Salaam Day School and member of the Shari'a Scholars Association of North America.A. speaker.S. She has successfully organized international trade and consumer shows. Zerqa Abid is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of North Carolina State University. came to the United States from Sudan in 1978.S. event manager/organizer and CEO of her business. Abdullah is past chairman of the ISNA Fiqh Council and has been a member of the Fiqh Council of North America since 1982. Abid was also chosen as a young woman leader to represent College of Humanities of NCSU in the U. marketing communication specialist. Medina and a M. It drew 800. in Sharia at the Islamic University.A.A.000 people in three days to the Expo Center. writer. in Sharia at the Ummal Qura University. Imam and director for the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. campaign maker. “Expo Juniors. based in the United States. Makkah. NOW. Congress in a conference organized by National Organization of Woman. and her minor was Journalism. She has also worked at ARY Digital Network of Pakistan as the General Manager of The City Channel. journalist. TV production.. Zerqa Abid is a social/political activist. ZAPS Technocrats Inc. Senate and the U. Abid has worked at the American news giant. in Islamic Studies and is now a Ph. He also works as a marriage counselor.” was recognized as the first mega event and legendary expo for children in Pakistan. and the concept of Shura in Islam.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Muhammad Nur Abdullah Zerqa Abid Sheikh Mohammad Nur Abdullah. candidate. where her major was Mass Communication.
She is also a member of the Interfaith Coalition against Domestic Violence. and completed a post-master’s certification program in marriage and family therapy at Virginia Tech. including mood disorders. VA.” which is in the edited volume Change from Within: Diverse Perspectives on Domestic Violence in Muslim Communities. an organization dedicated to educating Muslim community leaders and members about domestic violence.” as well as “Domestic Violence among Muslims Seeking Mental Health Counseling. 1979-1982. Since 2007. He is the Chairperson of 'United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary forms of Slavery' and also the Chairperson of Bonded Labour Liberation Front.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention She is also a member of Golden Key International Society. she has been part of Faith Trust Institute’s Leadership team. As co-Director of the Peaceful Families Project. She received her master’s degree in counseling from George Mason University. he founded the Bonded Labour Liberation Front. a Hindu reform movement founded by Swami Dayanand Saraswati in 1875. is a prominent Arya Samaj scholar. she provides educational workshops and develops resources related to domestic violence among Muslims. while still a minister. abuse. a national effort with a focus on guiding policy and legislation that supports domestic violence survivors. an associate of the original "Arya Samaj". In addition. and cultural adjustment issues. harmony and interfaith dialogue. and became the State's Minister for Education. She provides individual and family therapy for a wide range of problems. social activist and a champion for peace. In 1977. Abid is proud to accomplish all of the above while strictly observing Islamic dress code including head scarf and face veil. providing training to clergy and faith communities on issues related to domestic violence. which continues to fight against bonded labour as a form of slavery 6 . Salma Elkadi Abugideiri Salma Elkadi Abugideiri is a licensed professional counselor in private practice in Reston. she is associate producer of the video Garments for One Another: Ending Domestic Violence in Muslim Families. anxiety disorders. In 1981. brief guide for helping professionals entitled What Islam Says About Domestic Violence. She has also co-authored a Swami Agnivesh Swami Agnivesh. She has worked extensively with Middle Eastern and Muslim families. he was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of the state of Haryana. 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. He is the president of the World Council of Arya Samaj. trauma.
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. especially in the quarries in and around Delhi. BDS. such as their right to education and reading Indian scriptures. PhD. Ahmad's presentation will focus on the negative external and internal influences on the Muslim youths of India. Jain. and equal rights of women. He has been testifying before the Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery at the U. the anti-caste movement. Muslim. liberation of bonded labour activities. Human Rights Commission in Geneva. Jewish etc.C. Dr. 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. Mr. Sanjana Ahmad Mansur Ahmad Mansur Ahmad. He is also in the private pratice of law. Among Swami Agnivesh's immense contributions is his championing of dialogue and peace activities. Christian. because of his efforts to build an atmosphere of peace and harmony in India. Sanjana works on environmental issues in both her personal and professional life. Sanjana has been working with a group of "green Muslims" in the Washington. The DC Green Muslims hope to encourage dialogue and action around these issues to create a more sustainable future for us all 7 . Ahmad is also the national Vice President of American Muslims for Palestine and one of the organizations cofounders. Munjed Ahmad Munjed Ahmad received his law degree at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington D. Over the past year and a half. a movement against alcoholism. is an Associate Professor and Director of Radiology at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. DC area to explore the Islamic basis for environmental awareness and activism. Bahai.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention in India. Agnivesh is accepted as peace and harmony pioneer by all religious communities such as Hindu.N. He is an author of 10 textbooks for weekend Islamic schools. and suggestions to counter the bleeding of the society.
Ahmed was born in Mirpur (Azad Kashmir. including Chinese and Indonesian.” is an unprecedented study based in fieldwork of Muslims in America. he was also one of the youngest peers to achieve this position. and Secretary Michael Chertoff on Islam and foreign policy. As a Muslim peer. becoming the first Muslim life peer as Baron Ahmed. Harvard. of Rotherham in the County of South Yorkshire.” His books have been translated into many languages. Many of his political activities relate to the Islamic community both in the UK and abroad. including Discovering Islam. He attended Spurley Hey Comprehensive School. where he was brought up. Pakistan) but soon after his birth his family migrated to the UK.” He is the author of over a dozen award-winning books. Lord Ahmed took his oath on the Qur'an. much of his activities relate to the Muslim community. to Saudi Arabia and has advocated 8 . and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Baron Ahmed (born 1958) is a member of the House of Lords. which was the basis of the BBC six-part TV series called “Living Islam. He has taught at Princeton. BBC. He has advised General David Petraeus. having become the United Kingdom's first Muslim life peer in 1998. both at home and internationally. the First Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the US Naval Academy.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Akbar Ahmed Nazir Ahmed Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is currently the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies. and Fox News and has appeared several times on the “Oprah Winfrey Show. His most recent book is Journey into Islam and his current project. He studied Public Administration at Sheffield Hallam University and joined the Labour Party when he was 18 years old. then Thomas Rotherham Sixth Form College. and Cambridge Universities and is considered “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC. CBS. Lord Nazir Ahmed. At the age of 40. Ahmed led one of the first delegations on behalf of the British Government on the Muslim pilgrimage of the Hajj. American University in Washington DC. Annapolis. In 1998 Ahmed was appointed to the House of Lords. He is regularly interviewed by CNN. “Journey into America. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke.
 At home. Safir is also an independent book editor and editorial consultant and has been a journalist for more than 20 years. 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.S. On international assignments. 9 . Gillian Gibbons. an opposition Conservative. international terrorism and forced marriages. he has worked on the plight of Muslims around the world ranging from the collapse of former Yugoslavia. In November 2007 Ahmed was involved in a diplomatic effort to secure the release of Gillian Gibbons from custody in Sudan. Among the authors he has edited are Markos Moulitsas Zuniga of DailyKOs. George Lakoff of UC-Berkeley and Glenn Greenwald of Salon magazine Saquiba Ahmed Saquiba Ahmed is Connecting Cultures' Vice President for Business Development. Africa. Following this the President pardoned Ms Gibbons and she was allowed to return to the UK. He has been on many delegations to the Arab world. the US. visited Khartoum and had a meeting with the President of Sudan. allowed her class to name a teddy bear Muhammad. cultures and civilizations based on tolerance. Eastern Europe. Safir Ahmed Safir Ahmed has been the Executive Director of Zaytuna since June. Lord Ahmed was among the founders of The World Forum. religion and gender. 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. Her work history spans beyond US boundaries. 2008 and since 2005 has overseen the Publications division at Zaytuna where he helped edit Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s writings. meeting with heads of state to discuss their respective problems and how he may be able to assist them.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention legislation against religious discrimination. Born in the region. Senate campaign in 2004. Ahmed speaks on wider equality issues. As well as being an active figure in the Indian Subcontinent. the former states of the USSR and the Far East. and Baroness Warsi. He has served on the boards of various nonprofits and was a Communications Director for a U. working for the World Bank. she utilized her conflict resolution skills to negotiate and mediate disputes between mission consultants and local project managers. and has spoken several times on issues of race. The teacher. including the The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi and Caesarean Moon Births as well as his articles for Seasons Journal and other publications. Lord Ahmed. 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. to the Chechens and Palestinians. He is seen as one of the leaders of the Muslim community. from Britain's ruling Labour Party.
she was primarily responsible for managing programs and events for diverse external partners. the former of which was shortlisted in the Best Published Book Category at the 2008 Muslim Writers Awards in London. with a focus on cross cultural communications. a four year relationship uniting corporate America to create a safe haven for executive women of color. communications. Saquiba also served as the Sodexho Relationship Manager for Working Mother Media. Sufiya’s published novels include ‘Zahra’s First Term at the Khadija Academy’ and ‘Zahra’s Great Debate’. 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. Within Sodexo she was a member of all the network groups and is a founding members of the Pan Asian Network Group (PANG). corporate leaders and diversity professionals to speak and work openly on the most crucial issues.000 people in eight villages.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Some of her mediation efforts resulted in opening up lines of communications to facilitate the implementation of an irrigation system that provided irrigation to over 40. College Park. and delivers her own creative writing workshops in schools. She is also part of Mosaic. ‘Zahra’s Trip to Misr’ is scheduled for release in September 2009. Sufiya Ahmed Sufiya Ahmed set up her own company. 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. a Muslim charity led by HRH Prince Charles. Saquiba’s research interests lie within Industrial and Organizational Psychology. an event organised by the ruling Sheikh to encourage Arab children to the joys of reading. Her new book. Currently Sufiya is acting as a judge in the children’s category at the 2009 MWA with Penguin editors and she has just returned from participating in the international Abu Dhabi book fair. BIBI Publishing. and implementation of Sodexo’s nationwide Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Program. and managing the vendor. Saquiba is a Certified Trainer for Diversity Awareness for Frontline Employees. to bring the Zahra series to the market which follows the adventures of a young British Muslim girl. 10 . A graduate of the University of Maryland.
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. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Andre Carson (D-IN) as they became the first and second Muslim Members of Congress in 2006 and 2008. Cross-Cultural Understanding.. He retired from active imam duties and periodically visits various masajid to give speeches. She also coordinates Islamic 11 . He is married with three children and lives in Boston MA. United American Muslim Association. an organization of Muslim women which focuses on human rights and social justice. 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. and then Islamic Cultural Center of Rochester. Kemal Aktas was born in Corum. NY. Assad R. 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. Mehmet Aktas Mehmet Atkas is President of Religious Counsel. Assad serves as the Aisha AlAdawiya Aisha Al-Adawiya is the Founder and Executive Director of Women In Islam Inc. Conflict Resolution. Turkey. Akhter current President of the Congressional Muslim Staff Association (CMSA). al-Adawiya organizes and participates in conferences. Gender Equity. He has also spent a substantive amount of time working on political campaigns throughout America. Brooklyn NY.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Assad R. In 2005. He moved to USA in 1980 and has spend most of his time as and imam first at the Turkish Society of Rochester. Apart from his official legislative duties. symposia and other forums on Islam. 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. respectively. He provided material assistance to and campaigned with both Reps. Ms. Rochester. 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. and represents Muslim women in United Nations forums as a Non-Governmental Organization.
Alam is a Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of South Alabama. alAdawiya is a guest host and producer on Tahrir. UK). Alam Dr. WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York City. Abdalla Idris Ali is a public speaker and fund-raiser. Aman Ali Aman Ali is a reporter for USA Today and a board member of the Muslim American Journalists Association. He serves as a member on the Board of Trustees for the Islamic Teaching Center (ITC) and North American Islamic Trust. a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IoP. Sheikh Abdalla Idris co-organized the Canadian Islamic Banking conferences for 1996 and 1997. and has served as ISNA’s President from 1992-1997. a networking group for Muslim journalists. UK). a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention input for the Preservation of the Black Religious Heritage Documentation Project of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). crosscultural understanding. Ms. al-Adawiya specializes in developing educational forums on human rights and social justice. 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. Abdalla Idris Ali Mohammad S. Ms. and peace-building. a Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). he developed and implemented Islamic and Arabic Studies curricula for elementary and junior high students. He has written various articles in Islamic Horizons and is a member of the ATP Editorial Board. She also serves as a consultant to numerous interfaith organizations and documentary projects on the Muslim American experience. Ms. Al-Adawiya serves on numerous boards related to the interests of the global Islamic community. interfaith initiatives. He is also a frequent guest on many talk shows in the New York City area offering his political insight. His expertise is in the area of Islamic education and Islamic Schools in North America. As an ISNA School principal. Mohammad S. 12 . He covers the political scene in the New York City area and is a former Capitol Hill reporter that was on the campaign trail covering the 2008 Presidential Election.
as “He is the first Muslim in the Maryland State legislature. is the first 13 . and assessing energy conservation measures on new and existing buildings. Barve (for the 17th District). Currently he is involved in designing health care. holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering. “Maryland became the first state to send two South Asians to the state legislature”. 2001.” 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. and www. Ali is of Indian and Pakistani descent and having elected both Ali and Kumar P. This was seen as part of Asian Americans displaying “political clout beyond traditional strongholds in California and Hawaii. Ali has been involved on volunteer projects such as Masjid planning. humorist. ventilation and air conditioning) and plumbing systems. transit. LEED AP. Wajahat Ali Wajahat Ali is a playwright. and is pursuing post-graduate studies. "The Domestic Crusaders [www. and retail facilities. having been elected to represent the 39th District in the 2006 elections.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Saqib Ali Shariq Ali Saqib Ali is a State Delegate in the Maryland House of Delegates. MI. where he contributes to the engineering and design of high performance HVAC (heating. journalist. Shariq Ali. EIT is a Mechanical Engineer at URS Corporation.com.GotIslam.domesticcrusaders. whose play.” 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. 11. Mr. He currently lives with his wife in Dearborn Heights. blogger and Attorney at Law. Recently Mr. financing for minor Masjid renovations.com].
Salam has also been deeply involved in interfaith activities. the leading American Muslim online magazine. His first movie. human rights. The San Francisco Chronicle and USA Today.S. he fled Iraq and lived in Jordan for more than one year before being approved for resettlement in the United States. Politically Incorrect. Middle East politics. and Huffington Post. NY. His articles and interviews have appeared on such prominent newspapers as The Wall Street Journal. The Los Angeles Times. temples. "Goatmilk: An Intellectual Playground" (goatmilk.com) is ranked in the top 7% of all political blogs and recently rated "Great" by blogged. After completing his engineering degree from Baghdad University College of Engineering. democracy. Al Mahdawy was born in Iraq in March of 1973 and grew up in Baghdad in the same house his family lives in today. He is an Associate Editor of Altmuslim. He has appeared on radio and TV talk shows. he worked for the Japanese Embassy. Salam has had the opportunity to speak to congregations at community-sponsored events. He was honored as an "An Influential Muslim American Artist" by the State Department and invited to their Annual Ramadan dinner. The Chicago Tribune." was a finalist for the LinkTV Muslim American Film Contest. Finally in May 2008 he started working as Reception and Placement Case Manager at the agency. The Guardian. and shortly thereafter he began volunteering with USCRI Albany. He served as co-chair of the Interfaith Coalition to Heal Los Angeles. and the Transcaucus conflict. Tonight with Deborah Norville. For the past 16 years. Salam Al-Marayati serves as the Executive Director of MPAC.com. He was also recently honored as a "Muslim Leader of Tomorrow" for his journalism.com. He has written extensively on Islam. which formed as a result of the Los Angeles uprising in the Summer of 1992. churches.wordpress. and a contributing editor to the award winning Illume Magazine He is a contributor to the Washington Post. high schools. The Christian Science Monitor. the United Nations and a French NGO. His first short story. the Balkan Crisis. "Ramadan Blues. "Ms. His blog. Salam also 14 . He acted as a translator and liaison for the other Iraqi families that were being resettled in Albany. The LA Daily News. including The Dennis Miller Show. He is the recipient of Muslim Public Affairs Council's prestigious "Emerging Muslim American Artist" Award `of 2009. and college campuses." was published in the anthology "Pow Wow" published by Perseus/De Capo Press. Salam AlMarayati Yasir Al Mahdawy Mr. Judgments. He values working at USCRI Albany because it allows him to provide services to new comers to the U.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. and has been featured on C-SPAN and NBC. synagogues. In late 2007 he arrived in Albany. After June 2006.
an online newsmagazine covering issues related to Islam in the West. events and programs in that area. For the period between October 2005 and August 2006. Iyad Alnachef Iyad Alnachef earned his Masters in Youth Development from Michigan State University. the 15 . Currently. A few of her publications Shahed Amanullah is an award-winning journalist and editor-in-chief of altmuslim. San Francisco Chronicle. and Family and Women's issues.com. What Islam Says about Domestic Violence: A Guide for Helping Muslim Families. Between January 1999 and September 2005. and others. Alwani also teaches Women and Family in Quran at GSISS. His work and writings have been featured in Newsweek. Shahed Amanullah Zainab Alwani Zainab Alwani is a PhD candidate in Islamic Studies. Aisha’s Commentaries and Their Methodological Premises in Hadith Sciences. During that period. Iyad joined ISNA since August 2006 as the Director of the Youth Programming and Services Department. National Public Radio. BeliefNet. youth leader. CNN Headline News. His television appearances include “Nightline with Ted Koppel”. include: Al Qazali and his Methodology in Fiqh legislation. Iyad worked as an Islamic Studies/Arabic Teacher. She has developed Quranic models through various courses toward building "Quranic family structure". Her research interests have focused on Islamic studies (Fiqh & Usul al fiqh). She has developed courses in Arabic Studies examining the link between Islamic Philosophy. Christian Science Monitor. San Jose Mercury News. he organized about several youth camps. She is a Board Member on different academic. language and the culture at previous institutes. Ms. and the Voice of America. educational. and youth program director in several Islamic Centers in Michigan and Ohio. 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. civic and academic institutions seeking to understand the role of Islam and Muslims in America and throughout the world. New York Times.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention works as an advisor to several political. Los Angeles Times. BBC News.” he writes and speaks regularly about the challenges and opportunities facing Islam in the West. and social organizations. Washington Post. she teaches Islamic and Arabic Studies along with the Culture of Middle East at Northern Virginia Community College NOVA and the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Ohio. the first “venture philanthropy” fund dedicated to promoting Islamic charitable values. Patricia was awarded a Graduate Fellowship in NonProfit Management and Governance through 16 . and Middle East. a network of Islamic-themed websites with over 6 million annual visitors.com. She has gained widespread recognition for developing cultural competence training curriculums for social service providers working with Muslims and Arabs. signature properties include zabihah. Mona Amer Patricia Anton Dr. an extensive list of reviewed mosques and schools in Muslim-minority countries. and her research has been featured in international radio and print media including leading Arabic newspaper Asharq Alawsat. She has been invited to give keynote talks in the US. the world’s largest database of Halal restaurants and markets. a comprehensive guide to Islamic ecommerce.com. He is also a general partner in Zakat Community Ventures.” Shahed is also the founder of Halalfire Media LLC. unitedmuslims. a resource for civic engagement. Patricia Anton accepted Islam in 1997 as a student at Ohio State University. Shahed has served as a board member of the United Muslims of America. 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 halalapalooza.org.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention “Today Show”. Ohio. and “Hannity & Colmes. where she received her BA in International Studies.com. Dr. 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. as well as a Yale Child Study Center study of Arab Muslim youth identity. German National Radio. and a USA Today cover story. followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Program Originally from Medina. Along with altmuslim. Her research focuses on stress and mental health among Arab Americans in the post 9/11 era. and the Muslim Youth Camp of California. the Muslim Public Service Network. Dr. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Toledo. Amer is Editorin-Chief for the scientific Journal of Muslim Mental Health and consults for state and federal agencies. UK.com.
T. Anton has worked for several Muslim organizations including The Islamic Society of North America. where she has served as board member. Athaullah holds an Master's degree in Education and works for the public school system of western Maryland. an IT professional and Islamic activist. Shaykh Mohsen An-Najjar. Moutasem established the AlMadina Institute. and Shaykh Muhammad bin Yahya AlNinowy. and the Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger. earned an MA in Islamic Studies from Cordoba University. which opened its doors in 2008. Br. He has studied the Islamic Sciences from three of the luminaries of our time.H. and Friday khutbahs on a regular basis for the past 10 years. and the Institute for Defense Analysis. Br. INDIA and has been living in US since 1995. Moutasem Atiya. As a mobile institution providing higher learning to Muslim Americans. Azhar Azeez was born in 1971 in HYDERABAD. has been actively involved in the Maryland and Metropolitan DC communities through classes. Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui.” Project L.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Indiana University. George Mason University.I. she is a founding member of the Muslim Peace Fellowship and sits on its board. Regularly involved in peace and justice issues.G. born and raised in Hyderabad. He has bachelors in Finance from Osmania University and a 17 . the International Institute of Islamic Thought. She has contributed to developing trainings and manuals for “Say Peace: An Islamic Model of Conflict Resolution. speaking engagements. She has also worked on contract with the United States Institute of Peace. (Learning Islamic Guidance on Human Tolerance). is the literary executor of the great 20th century Islamic scholar Dr. She has also served on the board of Asia Relief. Anton is co-founder of Medina Center in Bethesda. and Cordoba University. India. AlMadina Institute uses time tested methods to ensure appropriate transmission of knowledge and infuse its practical application in daily lives. MD with his wife and son. Islamic Relief. and has continued her graduate studies at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Maryland. Azhar Azeez Sadida Athaullah. Moutasem Atiya Sadida Athaullah Br. She has also studied Arabic at Yarmouk University in Jordan. Moutasem currently resides in Columbia. Muhammad Hamidullah and Director of the Muhammad Hamidullah Center.
Today Lakeshore Law Group LLP represents many prominent physicians. NBC. Azam then set out to create a brand new firm focused on the needs of small businesses and professionals. stations and newspapers such as affiliates of CBS. Mr. TX.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and currently is pursuing his PhD in Islamic studies. Salman Azam is one of the founders of the Lakeshore Law Group LLP and is the Managing Partner of the firm. Associated Press. He is the founder & moderator of the weekly global e-mail newsletter which goes out to over 15. He coordinates the Corporate and Transactional 18 . He has made several media appearances and was interviewed by many local and national T. ABC. especially those in the South Asian community. Mr. He is married and has two kids and currently resides in Dallas. He was also a founding member & past President of Council on American Islamic Relations – Dallas/ Fort Worth Chapter. USA today. PBS KERA. Texas one of the large mosques in the suburbs of Dallas. American General Life and Capital One.000 subscribers every week on issues related to Islam & Muslims. CNN. groups within the firm. He obtained his PhD from the University of Michigan in Near Eastern Studies and his research for the last ten years has focused on Muslim in America. 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. TX. he worked as an associate at a prominent Chicago corporate law firm. After graduating from DePaul University School of Law.V. regional and national Islamic organizations. FOX. Ihsan Bagby Salman Azman Ihsan Bagby is currently the Associate Professor Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky. He is a regular speaker and a fundraiser for various local. small and medium-sized businesses in the Chicago area and across the country. 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. Dallas Morning news etc. For last 14 years he worked for major US corporations such as General Electric. KDTN. He speaks regularly on local & national radio programs and has written for various newspapers and magazines.
19 . Thanks to his openness. NY. Owais works in the area of Financial Planning and Analysis. He served a term as the President of the Muslim Students Association during his time at Georgetown. Owais also participates in ADAMS outreach through interfaith and community service activities. Owais Balti was born in Buffalo. Yawar has instilled leadership and management fundamentals within many local. Owais is an active member of the ADAMS center and volunteers with the educational wing of ADAMS. VA. which provides classes. His parents. International Speaker. Coach. are members of the ISNA Founder’s Committee and active leaders in the Islamic Society of Niagara Frontier. Mohamad Ashraf and Mubeena Balti. yet stay together. Amnah Taufique. and seminars to promote greater Islamic literacy and deeper respect for the traditional sciences of Islamic scholarship. Drs. by applying case studies from both family businesses and multi-national corporations. valuebased professionalism and the ability to speak five languages. national and global organizations aimed at identifying and nurturing leadership potential. in Sterling. the Qurtuba Institute. enabling the critical transition from being ‘Person-driven to becoming Process-driven’ to create Enduring Leadership. Its experiential learning format enhances the application of inherent and learned knowledge and skills. tea and rubber plantations.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mirza Yawar Baig Owais Balti Founder and President of Yawar Baig and Associates. tourism marketing and teaching which gives him the advantage of speaking from the perspective of a practitioner and not merely as a theorist. competence. with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. Trainer and Facilitator specializing in Leadership in Family Business. Owais is a graduate of Georgetown University. Yawar brings to bear his varied experience in bauxite mining. He transcends cultural boundaries by blending Eastern values with Western systems. Yawar also works as a life coach and mentor for prominent family businesses in India and South Africa. lectures. Yawar’s Enduring Leadership program shows business families how to grow. He currently lives with his wife.
a term used for academics directly connecting their research to the people. Asad was a defense attorney for Fertig & Gramling Law Partnership. rather than looking down from the ivory tower. is a reflection of his desire to contribute to a better understanding of Muslim attachment and informed political attitudes toward the 20 . DeConstructing Islamophobia and Othering of Islam. He is a native of Cortland. Dr. Dr. Asad was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2001 and the Washington D. While at American University. Bazian founded at Berkeley the Center for the Study and Documentation of Islamophobia. BaYunus Hatem Bazian Asad M. Dr. the Mager Law Group and worked as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County. participated in interschool moot court competitions and served as a judge in many competitions. Hatem Bazian. Ba-Yunus is an Associate at the law firm of Lubell &Rosen. he went on to earn his Juris Doctor from The American University's Washington College of Law in 2000. Bazian is a visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary's College of California and adviser to the Religion. Bazian's published book. Prior to joining Lubell & Rosen. Dr. Politics and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley as well as Academic Affairs Chair at Zaytuna College of California. Religious Studies. a research unit dedicated to the systematic study of Othering Islam and Muslims. Dr. Jerusalem in Islamic Consciousness.D. New York. Asad has also been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.C. In addition to Berkeley. also served as an adjunct professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California. Bazian between 2002-2007. In Spring 2009. received his Ph. After graduating in 1997. Islam in America: Communities and Institutions. Asad worked as a Level III Critical Care Paramedic.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Asad M. . in Philosophy and Islamic Studies from the University of California. Dr. Currently. serving mainly rural and elderly patients through the Broome Volunteer Emergency Squad. He teaches courses on Islamic Law and Society. Berkeley. Bazian is a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies. Berkeley. While earning his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from State University of New York at Binghamton. Bar in 2002. he was a Note & Comment Editor for the Administrative Law Review. practices in the area of medical malpractice defense litigation. Bazian is known for being an organic intellectual. the American Bar Association's official journal on administrative law. and Middle Eastern Studies.
Bazian is working on two books. The Silicon Rush: Documenting Muslim Communities in the the Silicon Valley. and organizational management. Safa Trust. think-tanks. Jamal al-Barzinji is a founding member. She is currently the Administrator for the Institute of Quality of Life at Georgetown University. and Central American Solidarity struggles. Nada International. Anti-Globalization Movement. Barmada received a B. DC . He is a founding member of International Charitable Foundation (KWT). Banking. Chapter. Dr. such as Mar-Jac Poultry. political and charitable). He delivered numerous lectures and wrote articles on various topics on Islamic Thought. As an activist. and North American Islamic Trust (NAIT).A. 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. Dr. nationally and internationally including the defense of Affirmative Action in California. educational.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Sacred City and Palestine in general. Bazian most recent publication is a chapter published in France. Currently. the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS). Anti-Apartheid. Jamal M. He served as President of the Muslim Students Association of the United States & Canada. in Anthropology and Sociology from Rhodes College. charitable and professional organizations. Dr. He has over forty years of progressive experience in development and leadership of diverse organizations (business. Amana Mutual Funds. Barzinji served as advisor and consultant to various educational. “Islamophobie: dans le monde moderne” and an entry to Oxford's Human Rights Encyclopedia covering HR under the Palestinian Authority. Majlis AlShura of The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). international communications. a Trustee and Vice President for Research & Publications of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). Bazian has played a significant role almost in every human and civil rights movement in the Bay Area. SAAR Foundation. Member of (MSA). American With Disabilities Act. She is involved in many organizations in a volunteer capacity. Bank Islam Malaysia. 21 Hazami Barmada Hazami Barmada is Executive Director for the 2008 9/11 Unity Walk. and the Association of Muslim Scientists & Engineers (AMSE). 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. Dean of School of Islamic Revealed Knowledge & Social Sciences of International Islamic University Malaysia. and Virtual Internment: Muslims and the War on Terrorism. alBarzinji Dr.
and a B.S. and Europe. Current Affairs.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Islamic Movements. and five universities have awarded him honorary doctorates. tafseer and fekaguru from Aliyah madrasa. and the London School of Economics. and Tafseer from Mukahtil Mukarama. Several of his parenting books have been translated to many other languages. Dr. is a regular contributor to the family section of several Magazines and an adviser for the Islam online website’s family section.Dowrah hadith from dawandinesab. in Chemical Engineering. political commitment to overcoming hunger and poverty. Barisal David Beckmann is one of the foremost U.S. Education and Islamic Presence in the U. Beshir. Before that. with a minor in Management from Louisiana State University. He is a clergyman as well as an economist. Dr.” “Muslim Teens. Mohamed Rida Beshir Dr. Bangladesh. England (1962). U. advocates for hungry people.Sc. He has been president of Bread for the World for 15 years. overseeing large projects and driving innovations to make the Bank more effective in reducing poverty. Mr.” and “Parenting Skills” as well as other parenting books in Arabic. Barzinji holds a Ph.A. Kumila. Dr.Sc. Mirza AbuJafar Beg David Beckmann Moulana Mirza AbuJafar BegImam is Imam and Khatib of the Jamaica. Beshir is the recipient of the 22 . NY Muslim Center and Principal of the center’s weekend school. Mohamed Rida Beshir is the co-author of four best-selling books on family issues and parenting: “Parenting in the West.S. (1974).” “Blissful Marriage. leading large-scale and successful campaigning to strengthen U. in Chemical Engineering & Fuel Technology from the University of Sheffield. Christ Seminary. Quiraat from Muminbari.D. He has written many books and articles. and founder of Anitur Rahman complex. he served at the World Bank for 15 years. Imam Beg’s Educational Background includes Kamil from hadith. Principal of Islamia Aliya Madrasa.S. Dhaka. Beckmann earned degrees from Yale. and M. including: Transforming the Politics of Hunger and Grace at the table: Ending Hunger in God’s World. He is a former Imam and Khatib of Masjidul Akbar Dhaka. who is teaching two parenting courses with the Islamic American University.
England and raised in northern Chicagoland. Iman has a BA and an MA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo (AUC). Outside of school. and a law student at Yale Law School. She has worked with many international agencies and NGOs. and service to the south-side community. an NGO providing credit and legal aid for poor women who head their households. She graduated from The University of Chicago in 2006 with majors in Economics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Iman Bibars Isra Bhatty Based in Cairo. with over 30 years of experience in Da’wa in North America. He is actively developing and delivering training programs to various Muslim communities all over the world. and counter-terrorism strategy. and MAS. He has held various volunteer national/local elected positions with MSA. street vendors and garbage collectors.D. GTZ and KFW. Her research and work interests are in disability policy. such as female heads of households in the poorest slums of Egypt. In the U. scholarship. social intervention for “at-risk” minority youth. MAC and MAS conventions with the Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN). she works on government outreach to Muslim and Asian minority communities. Egypt. She has committed her life to work with marginalized and voiceless groups. Iman also joined the Georgetown University Arab Studies MA Program and was a Parvin Fellow at Princeton. ICNA. Iman is a regional expert with more then 22 years experience in the social sector of the Arab World and the Africa region.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention City of Ottawa Certificate of Appreciation for the year 2003 for his volunteer work in the area of Education as well as other City of Ottawa awards for valuable services to community children in year 2006. Iman is herself a social entrepreneur. Iman Bibars is launching Ashoka's program in the ARAB WORLD.. Dr. street children. ISNA. 23 Isra Bhatty was born in Leeds. Currently. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a college junior and won several prizes for leadership. criminal law. He is one of the founders of Human Concern International. She has served as a multi-lingual translator for detainees at Guantánamo Bay and has worked closely . He is a regular speaker in ISNA. He is an Engineer by profession. and co-founded and chaired The Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW). criminal justice policy. where she is studying on a Rhodes Scholarship. MSA. in Development Studies from Sussex University in the UK. Isra has pursued a range of interests. she is an MPhil candidate in Evidence Based Social Intervention at the University of Oxford. including UNICEF. and a Ph.K. CARE-Egypt. Catholic Relief Services.
Boston. Texas. 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. Kemal Bozkurt is Reference Librarian at Lawrance Public Library in MA. He was the Imam and religious leader at The Islamic Center in El Paso since his arrival until the end of 2007.com an online wholesale Turkish products business. He started his career in Electronic Engineering in 1988 in the UAE.com. an organization that provides trademark double-weekend seminars in Islamic studies. He is also the president of kemalpasha.com. reporter for AKRA FM radio station.com and mgreenpages. Konya. 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. New Haven CT. In 1997. he immigrated to the U. MA. MA. Southern Connecticut State University. and in the year 2000.S. 24 . Turkey. Yaser Birjas is presently residing in El Paso. State Delegate for Democtatic Party.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Yaser Birjas Kemal Bozkurt Shaykh Yaser Birjas is originally from the Holy Land and was born in Kuwait in 1970. Thereafter. MS in Banking and Insurance from Marmara University. he went to work as a relief program aide under the international umbrella of relief agencies to rebuild the war-torn Bosnia. He is married with three children and lives in Lawrance MA. He is also an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute. MA. He is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of habername.com a world-class marriage training program for practical practicing Muslims in the West. He He is a member of Zoning Board of City of Lawrance. a Turkish Daily Online Newspaper. And a co-founder of Practimate. Istanbul Turkey and currently pursuing MS degree in Information Library Science . MA and School Committee Candidate for City of Lawrance. Mr Bozkurt is the founder and publisher of the Green Pages Muslim Business Directory and Editor-in-Chief of habername. He has BS in Arabic Literature and Language from Selcuk University. after the war was over.
Buttar has long advocated in defense of the Constitution. a member of Gallup International. Get Outta Your Chair. Based in Washington. drum 'n bass. Dr. As a musician. Muslim public opinion in the US and other related topics in national and international forums. Zahid H. The Pew Charitable Trusts awarded a grant of $1. Bukhari’s research interests focused on religion and politics in the United States and South Asia. He has published and presented papers on Islam and development.D.25 million for this purpose. Islamabad. was released in 2008 and features music from the funk. he worked as executive director of the Pakistan Institute of Public Opinion (PIPO). Dr. He is also serving as Executive Director of the Center for Islam and Public Policy (CIPP). hip-hop. Washington. DC.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Zahid Hussain Bukhari University of Karachi and Ph. He is also editor of two volumes of the Project MAPS: Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square: Fears. Bukhari is currently working as Director. Dr. Hopes and Aspirations and Muslim in America: Engaging Polity and Society in Post 9/11 Era (forthcoming). Buttar also served the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy as Associate Director for Communications & Outreach. and South Asian fusion traditions. including Bumpin’ in My SUV and the Baghdad Blues. From 1999-2004. Dr. His debut CD. Bukhari has a Masters in Economics from the 25 . is Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) and the People’s Campaign for the Constitution (PCC). he also worked as Director Project MAPS: Muslims in American Public Square.000. Shahid has performed around the world for audiences as large as 50. He has a vast experience in all aspects of survey research. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. which examined the role and contribution of the Muslim community to the American public life. American Muslim Studies Program (AMSP) at the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. from 2003 to 2008. Shahid Buttar Shahid Buttar. A 2003 graduate of Stanford Law School. Previously he served as Counsel to Muslim Advocates’ Program to Combat Racial & Religious Profiling. house. he served as Professor Lawrence Lessig’s Constitutional Law Teaching Assistant and as Executive Editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal. In January. Bukhari was elected President of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) for 20092010. From 1978-1983. DC. two organizations aimed at raising awareness about the impacts of national security policies on civil liberties and privacy interests. Georgetown University. blues.
Cady received a dual B. and philanthropic organizations in the United States and abroad. Raised and mentored by his grandmother. Mas’ood also serves as a senior member of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Ms.com. the nation’s oldest and largest interfaith peace and justice organization.org. and has served on several other boards including the National Council of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. he learned from a young age the values of compassion. integrity and determination. 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. As an undergraduate in 1993. and Muslim thought leader. He continues to advise various community. 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. Prior to working at USCRI HQ. Currently he is a contributing editor at Fellowship magazine and a columnist for altmuslim. Cady supports partner agencies in the Reception and Placement Program. Mas’ood created cybermuslim. 26 . He has written on interfaith relations.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Sarah Cady Ms. Literature and Culture from Syracuse University in New York State. Mas’ood now resides in northern California with his wife and two sons. A board member of the Muslim Peace Fellowship. Maryland. Adbusters. the first Congressman André Carson is a 34-year-old native of Indianapolis. in International Relations and French Language. Beliefnet. current events. and policy issues for various publications including the Buddhist journal Turning Wheel. She studied in Strasbourg. Indiana. counterpunch. France and is proficient in French. journalist. Islamic-oriented site on the Internet.A. Having visited 45 states and over 25 countries on four continents. media. and Britain’s QNews. Fellowship. Minaret. 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. Cady worked with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in New York City as a Program Associate supporting resettlement around the United States. In 2003. André Carson Mas’ood Cajee Mas’ood Cajee is a California-based dentist. Congresswoman Julia Carson.com. Ms.
he was a principle architect of the church's award winning "God is still speaking. marketing and education through print. Department of Religion. insurance. At the United Church of Christ. and securities. Board member of New Jersey Muslim Attorneys. radio. Inc.2 million member United Church of Christ. a new justice-based global initiative of the Collegiate Church of New York. pushing forward comprehensive affordable healthcare legislation. real estate. was responsible for the UCC's multiple web sites and served as publisher of United Church News with its circulation of more than 200. Chase served as Director of Communication for the 1. He also served as Executive Director of the UCC's Office of Communication. Adjunct Professor . video and emerging electronic technologies. Congressman Carson currently serves on the prestigious Financial Services Committee. 27 . Co-Chair of 2009 National Convention Program In September 2007. working to responsibly bring an end to the war in Iraq and to restore America’s role as a respected global leader.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention For almost a full decade." identity campaign. 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. the church's historic media justice agency. Robert Chase was called to be the Founding Director of Intersections. Chase has served congregations in New York and New Jersey and was founder and President of Creative Connections in Media.Temple University. His ambitious agenda includes working to create economic opportunity for Hoosiers.EZ Representative. André devoted himself to law enforcement and the protection of Hoosiers across Indianapolis. The Rev. a full-service communications company. he was responsible for the denomination's efforts in public relations. which oversees all components of the nation's housing and financial services sectors including banking. public and assisted housing. Among other marketing efforts for the UCC.Department of religion. Robert Chase Sami Catovic Sami Catovic is a NewJersey attorney..000. Member of ISNA Executive Council . 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. Previously. Phd Student at Temple University .
Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo scholar whose career spans more than 30 years. California. the first English reference on the fatawa issued by Shariah boards. co-founding the UPLIFT Charitable Corporation in 2006. mutual funds. alternative asset managers and others. Shaykh Yusuf is also a special consultant. he earned a BA in Business Administration from California State University at Fullerton. He is married with two children and enjoys spending time with his family in various outdoor activities. Based in the Washington. Dadabhoy Owaiz M. 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. Investment Manager. banks. “Islamic Retail Finance and Islamic Finance: Innovation & Growth”. Shaykh Yusuf is a well-known and respected Shariah advisor and Islamic 28 . real estate funds. broadly defined to include banking. 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. capital markets and insurance. Dadabhoy spent over 15 years at Wells Fargo and was most recently a District Manager in Long Beach. His entries on the terminology of Islamic Finance appear in The Oxford Dictionary of Islam. home finance providers. he serves as a Shariah advisor to over 20 global financial entities. DC area. Dadabhoy. joined Saturna Capital in August of 2008. including index providers. Mr. institutional investors. Raised in Southern California. Shaykh Yusuf wrote the introduction to “Islamic Bonds”. Mr. IFSB is the international standardsetting body of regulatory and supervisory agencies that have a vested interest in ensuring the soundness and stability of the Islamic financial services industry. Shaykh Yusuf is the author of “A Compendium of Legal Opinions on the Operations of Islamic Banks”. the 2003 book that introduced Sukuk and transformed the world’s Islamic capital markets. Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo is currently the Chief Shariah Officer and Board Member at Shariah Capital. In addition.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Owaiz M. leasing funds. Prior to that. Dadabhoy is active with charitable and community activities. His written work has appeared in journals and newsletters and as chapters in books. including Euromoney’s “Islamic Asset Management”. His three-volume publication has become the standard reference for Islamic financial institutions.
Other writings include You Are Almost There. a children’s book Ramadan (Carolrhoda Books. NAACP Criminal Justice Conferences (Jamaica. 2002). DeVeaux received a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Bernard M. She served as an Affiliated Scholar with the Council on Islamic Education for over a decade. and a Masters of Arts degree from The College at New Paltz (SUNY). and the online curriculum World History for Us All. a B.org. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. Susan Douglass has an M. She contributed to online teaching resources such as the IslamProject. Imagine This. New York). For the past three years she has conducted the educational outreach program 29 . and developing instructional resources. and many articles and book chapters. Baruch College (CUNY). The Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. 2000). 622-1500 (Thompson/Gale. reviewing state standards. she was Senior Researcher for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. He has presented papers and made presentations at a variety of venues including: the 45th and 46th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology. a chapbook of poems and has had several other poems featured in various publications.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mika’il DeVeaux Susan Douglass Mika’il DeVaux has over 25 years of experience working with men incarcerated in New York State maximum-security prisons and many who released following long periods of confinement. DeVeaux has published papers in New Directions in Evaluation: a Publication of the American Evaluation Association. teaching resources for the Council on Islamic Education and the National Center for History in the Schools. and Crescent International. During 2006.A. a small narrative that focuses on incarcerated Muslims. Major publications include World Eras: Rise and Spread of Islam. and is currently in the doctoral program at George Mason University. Teaching About Religion in National and State Social Studies Standards (Freedom Forum First Amendment Center and Council on Islamic Education. and designed The Indian Ocean in World History online resource. and others.A. in History from the University of Rochester. 2002). as well as co-authoring a paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association (1995). Muslim Alliance in North America (1st and 2nd) Annual Conference. reviewing over a dozen commercial textbooks in development. the Smithsonian Freer Gallery teaching guide Arts of Islam. a Masters of Professional Studies degree from the New York Theological Seminary.
Durrani is a grassroots political activist in the greater Houston area. J. and fundraising. and in the management of their growth.J. over 70 Precincts Chairs in the Houston area. and was recently elected to the Texas State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC) as the male representative of the Asian American Democrats of Texas (AADT). program development and evaluation. A. 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. and homeowner associations. He has also led the efforts to establish Islamic Boy Scouts troops in the local communities. a nonpartisan government watchdog organization. She brings experience developing all aspects of service and policy organizations. Jean F. Coalition of New American Communities (CONAC). has held leadership positions in mainstream civic and local community organizations like charitable institutions. school district committees. Besides Islamic-related community activities. He is presently Vice President of AADT and the Primary Coordinator/Spokesperson for the Rev. and for-profit businesses. Durrani Bob Edgar A. effective May 2007.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention at the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding. which is a non-profit political action group.the election of three Muslims to the Texas SDEC. Dr. For the past 17 years she has worked exclusively with organizations serving the poor and advocating for social justice. He has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Milan. Duff Jean Duff is a seasoned management professional with broad experience in the start-up of non-profit social enterprises. A. Italy and an MS from Penn State Univ. including building cross sector collaborations. He served as a Democratic member of the United 30 . CONAC efforts have led to thousands of new registered voters. and recently culminated in a historic first -. and he has been instrumental in the creation and establishment of five Islamic schools.J. A. She is the Executive Director of CIFA (Center for Interfaith Action). strategic planning and marketing.J. public and community relations. established to improve and increase political awareness in "new Americans". One of his primary areas of focus has been full-time Islamic Education. Robert William (Bob) Edgar is president and CEO of Common Cause.
churches. the “Human Relations Award” from the Santa Clara County Human Relations office. Maha ElGenaidi Keith Ellison Maha ElGenaidi is the Founder and President of Islamic Networks Group (ING).Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention States House of Representatives from 1975 to 1987. and former Co- Keith Ellison has represented the Fifth Congressional District of Minnesota in the U. the leading U.S. he came from the post of general secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U. (NCC). a national nonpartisan. as well as eight training modules for public institutions on "developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community". The Fifth Congressional District is the most vibrant and ethnically diverse district in Minnesota with a rich history and traditions. 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. non-profit "citizens" lobby working to make government at all levels more honest. representing the 7th district of Pennsylvania. ElGenaidi has spoken to hundreds of schools. Governor Cruz Bustamante's "Commission for One California". has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. Representative 31 . Ms. chair and Vice-chair of the Bay Area Hate Crimes Investigators Association (BAHCIA). Bob Edgar was named president and CEO of Common Cause.S. She is a former commissioner on Lt. organization in the movement for Christian unity. and the "Citizen of the Year" Award from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. corporations and other public institutions. police departments.S. He was the general secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA for seven years immediately before arriving at Common Cause. Bob arrived at Common Cause with a long history of leadership and public service that included 12 years in Congress. and Advisor to California's Commission on Police Officers Standards & Training (POST) for hate crimes and cultural diversity training. 2007. Ms. Commissioner on Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission. ElGenaidi is currently ING's CEO. House of Representatives since taking office on January 4. Prior to his position as president and CEO of Common Cause. open and accountable. n May 2007. and to connect citizens with their democracy. The Fifth District includes the City of Minneapolis and the surrounding suburbs.
Alarabia. 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. His responsibilities with ISNA include fostering interfaith relations. strengthening ISNA’s relationships with the Muslim community in North America. After serving as an imam and preacher (Vaiz) in Bursa. the Evangelicals for Dr. He has been the Attache for Religious 32 .Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Ellison's philosophy is one of "generosity and inclusiveness. He serves as a national liaison and representative for ISNA at numerous interreligious conventions and conferences." His roots as a community activist and his message of inclusivity through democratic participation resonates throughout the Fifth District. He completed his Ph. Bursa. and other media outlets. prosperity for working families. Mr. He holds Two MA degrees. Turkey for many years. UK where he studies Orthodox Church under Ottoman Empire in the Sixteenth Century. Turkey. He is proficient in Arabic and English. he has hold for various managerial positions at the Religious Affairs of Turkey (Diyanet). and promoting civil and human rights. Elsanousi has appeared on Aljazeera. and a graduate diploma in philanthropic studies from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy. IN. and submitted an article to the American Journal of Law and Society . Elsanousi also serves on the board of directors and advisors for several interfaith organizations including the board of governors of the Religious Communicators Council (RCC). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Shariah and Law from the International Islamic University in Islamabad. Mr. Bursa Turkey where he studied The Knowledge at the era of Me’mun the Abbasid Caliph and the other degree is in Islamic Studies from Selly Oak College of Birmingham University. Ankara. a Master of Law from Indiana University in Bloomington. and has basic fluency in Urdu. His priorities in Congress are: promoting peace. Pakistan. first one is Islamic History from Uludag University.D degree in Islamic History from Ankara University. Human Rights (EHR) and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission (IBC). Elsanousi is the Director of Communications and Community Outreach for ISNA. Al-hurah. and supervising ISNA’s projects with interfaith organizations and the federal government. Mohamed Elsanousi Gazi Erdem Mr. CSpan. Mohamed has contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of Philanthropy in America and the American Journal of Islamic Social Science.
His more than 30 books include: Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam (a Washington Post and Boston Globe best seller). a leading non-profit formed to advance the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by ending malariarelated deaths by 2012. Ottoman History and Christians under the Ottoman Empire. political Islam. with a career spanning multiple industries from training and political advocacy to technology and construction. Saleemah AbdulGhafur Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur is an author and activist (faith-based initiatives and gender equality in Islam). Islam and Democracy and Iman Faris Mr. Islamic Cililizations. Erdem is expert in many areas such as Islamic History. and Who Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think: With Dalia Mogahed. Iman M. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion. Esposito is Editor-in-Chief of the 4 volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World. Esposito is Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Esposito specializes in Islam. Makers of Contemporary Islam (with John Voll). Through his decades of experience in a diversity of organizations and industries. The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?. he brings his clients a global awareness of best practices. Islam and Politics. What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam. Iman grew up in the North American Muslim community. change management principles. 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. Dr. Religious leadership. his family was one of the pioneers that helped establish the 33 . John Esposito John Esposito is a University Professor as well as Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. Faris is a senior management consultant. A consultant to the Department of State as well as corporations and the media worldwide. and proven coaching methods. She works with Malaria No More. She also consults on a variety of interfaith projects and volunteerism efforts. Islam: The Straight Path. Interreligious Dialogue in Islamic Sources and History. Dr.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Affairs to the NY Consulate General of Turkey.
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. as board member of several local organizations. He has also been involved with local projects. in 1994. This organization provides an alternative for home buyers looking for ways to avoid interest-based bank loans. host of the local Muslim radio show. regional and national Muslim community lectures. and coordinator and contributor to a variety of local. Dr. delivering lectures to high school students and training youth leaders. From his formative years. including Abraar School. CA. He was the founding member of Muslim Community Association. He is the founder & chairman of Jahangirabad Education Trust. He is extensively involved in youth work. Iman continues his involvement as a leader and organizer. He is the founder and board member of North American Islamic Shelter for the Abused (NISA) that supports victims of domestic abuse. a youth activity. IMRC has been working since 1982 to provide education. Manzoor was also on the advisory board of Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR). He has been active in Muslim community in North America since the early 70’s. and the rest of his community-minded family. or mosque building. He is the founding chairman of the San Francisco 34 . There was always a community project to help with and to learn from whether it was a relief effort. conferences. daughter Ayesha. 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. IMRC also provides medical and emergency aid during natural disasters and man made disasters such as riots. Santa Clara. including: annual festivals on the occasion of Eid. India. and working groups. Ghulam Nabi Fai is the Executive Director of the Washington-based Kashmiri American Council /Kashmir Center. humanitarian and health care services to the orphans and the needy in India. Manzoor Ghori Ghulam Nabi Fai Manzoor Ghori is the founder and chairman of the Indian Muslim Relief & Charities (IMRC). Iman is supported by his wife Zameela. Manzoor Ghori founded Ameen Housing Cooperative Inc.in 2007.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention community. Today. CA and Islamic Society of East Bay. Fremont. This trust launched Jahangirabad Media Institute in 2005 and is about to launch a university Jahangirabad Institute of Technology .
On the contrary. she has studied with Sufi Masters intensively around the world. and guided to realize the true purpose of her existence. were the words: SEEK AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE. Chicago tribune. dispelling many stereotypes such as the proposition.Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities at Geneva. Fai has been a leading spokesman for the Kashmir cause for over three decades and has traveled to over forty countries lecturing on the subject. Russia in May 2006. Qatar. He also addressed the Fourth International Conference on Global Good in Honolulu. Hawaii in June 2006. He addressed the 46th thru 61st Sessions of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) at Geneva. Dr. The Washington Post. The Alchemy of Transformation on the Sufi Path. in December 1997 in Tehran. Fai is also the Member of the Board of Director of Istanbul-based the Union of the NGOs of the Islamic World. 9th and 10th Summit of the Head of the States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in January 1981 in Makkah. 2nd. He attended the 1st. in December 1994 in Casablanca. 6th. The Washington Times. He is married and has two children. Morocco. Since then. which documents both the inner and outer journey. JOURNEY THROUGH TEN THOUSAND VEILS. in November 2000 in Doha. Iran. and also participated in the 41st thru 57th Sessions of the United Nations Sub . Baltimore Sun and many other foreign policy journals in the United States and around the world. His articles appeared in The New York Times. Senegal. 3rd. and in October. At twelve. 35 . He participated in the 42nd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March 1998. on a journey of transformation culminating in West Africa. 2003 in Putrajaya. it is by entering into the heart of Islam that the author was liberated. Born Jewish. her life became a journey in search of the liberating Truth. 4th and 5th sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva in 2006 & 2007. elevated.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention based Global Peace Forum and the Chairman London-based Justice Foundation. He has been living in exile since August 1980 for his political beliefs. 7th. Maryam Kabeer Faye Sheikha Maryam Kabeer Faye was guided from a young age to make the journey in search of Truth. ten minutes away from the burial place of the Prophet Ibrahim (a. December 1992 in Dakar.s. is a revealing social commentary. He was invited to attend the 3rd. Plain Dealer. He addressed the preliminary session at the Centennial Conference of Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in August 1993.) at the hands of an ancient Sufi Sheikh. Wall Street Journal. He addressed the 14th International Conference on Conflict Resolution in St. Malaysia respectively. upon which. Saudi Arabia. From that moment on. that women are inevitably oppressed in Islam. Her book. Financial Times. she was given a scroll with a painting of an ancient man walking through mountains. she embraced Islam in El Khalil. Dr. Petersburg. 8th.
She is also an associate editor of the new online magazine Altmuslimah. Morocco and Russia. building bridges of light. She travels extensively throughout the world. Fatemeh Fakhraie Safiya Ghori Fatemeh Fakhraie is an editor. As an Equal Justice Works Fellow she worked at the Tahirih Justice Center in Falls Church. She has studied and worked in many countries including India. Safiya taught Introduction to Comparative Politics at the University of Arkansas for two years. Adjunct Professor of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. Safiya is currently the Muslim Public Affairs Council Program Director in the Washington DC office. VA where she researched and administered VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) and asylum cases for Muslim women who were victims of domestic violence. and blogger who writes about issues related to Muslims. While completing her M.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Sheikha Maryam Kabeer Faye is a teacher. including Racialicious. 36 Jess Ghannam Dr. She earned a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in May 2006 from the University of Arkansas. She founded and currently serves as editor of Muslimah Media Watch. San Francisco and . Ghannam is also a Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) for the State of California. a website dedicated to analyzing representations of Muslim women in global media. Safiya clerked for the Arkansas Attorney General in the Public Protection Division where she focused on fraud and discrimination cases. knowledge.A. Ghannam specializes in working with chronic illness. speaker and writer on Islam and spirituality. race. Safiya was also the student editor of the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture for two years.. He is a Psychoanalyst and practices in San Francisco and the East Bay. feminism. and politics in several print and online outlets. He also works and does research in the area of Global Health and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Jess Ghannam is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences at the University of California. Safiya is fluent in Hindi and Urdu and was born in Little Rock. including chronic pain and cancer. and understanding. writer. and Bitch magazine. Arkansas. Dr. ReligionDispatches. Dr.
Following his ordination. Gutow focused his career on his faith and community and attended the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Republicans and Democrats. Gutow. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2007. She is the founder of the Washington Region Religious Campaign Against Torture and is an attorney. 37 . where he led national groups in formulating strategies to maintain First Amendment religious freedoms. This fall. Gutow went on to become the founding executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council. DC. Louis Rabbinical Association representative to the Jewish Community Relations Council of 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. who spent more than a decade practicing law in Texas. Sara Hakeem Steve Gutow Rabbi Steve Gutow is Executive Director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. Linda is the past board chair of the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation and lives in Washington. Linda Gustitus Linda Gustitus serves as President of the National Religious Campaign against torture. she has taught 7th grade Language Arts at Gary Elementary School in Chicago. Louis where he served as the St. Louis. where he forged alliances with Sara Hakeem has recently matriculated from Teach for America – Chicago’s 2007 corps. After working for nearly 30 years as an attorney and in Jewish and political activities. Gutow became the first full-time rabbi at the Reconstructionist Minyan of St. He also organized the pro-Israel lobby's efforts in six southwestern states and helped create chapters in nearly 40 cities. she will begin a PhD program in Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. where he received his ordination in 2003. For the past two years.
Board. Harris received her Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in the field of Religion. gaining ijaza in several disciplines. Imam Mohamed Hagmagid Ali is the Vice President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and also serves as the executive director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling. Harris has spent the last fifteen years concentrating on the theory and practice of Islamic nonviolence. 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. Imam Magid studied at the hand of his father and other notable scholars. sometime translator. She founded the Muslim Peace Fellowship in 1994 and serves as its Executive Director. public intellectual. Imam Magid is also well known for his counseling and family counseling expertise. Member of the Arab. peace activist. 38 .Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Rabia Terri Harris Mohamed Hagmagid Ali Rabia Terri Harris is an essayist. His other Islamic activities and responsibilities include: East Zone Representative on ISNA Executive Council from 2001 to present. Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington Assembly. Fairfax (VA) Faith Communities in Action. including Ghazali's Ihya-Uloom-al-Deen. NY. Imam Magid is also well known as an effective communicator to our youth and for work with other organizations and interfaith dialogue. and aspiring servant of Allah. practicing chaplain. Fairfax Youth Partnership. her Master’s from Columbia University in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures. the son of a leading Islamic Scholar and the Mufti of Sudan. and holds a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary. Virginia. editor. He was born in Sudan. After two decades of general spiritual studies. Muslim Sikh Advisory Committee to the FBI Washington Field Office. Chair. freelance theologian. Member.
graduated from Howard University. Minneapolis: 2002). Hanson was elected President of the Lutheran World Federation. in order to provide health services for underserved and uninsured women and children. (The ELCA's first Presiding Bishop. and current. adolescent health services/AIDS prevention program. In 1995. Hanson is author of Faithful Yet Changing: The Church in Challenging Times (Augsburg Fortress. She is a Certified Nurse Midwife. Naturopathic Physician. She teaches workshops on “How To Prevent Breast Cancer Through Diet and Self-Breast Exams”. teaching at Coppin State University. served two 4-year terms.A.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Asma Hanif providing free blood pressure screenings in community centers for the elderly. she established Al-Nisaa. performing physicals to the mentally and physically challenged . In 2007 Hanson was reelected on the second ballot. Education and Social Services Center. “Maintaining Vaginal Health Naturally”. to those in group homes.) 39 .allowing them to be able to participate in the Special Olympics. Wholistic Health. Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. a role which he serves concurrently with his role as ELCA Presiding Bishop. Hanson is the third. to women in shelters. and the Medical University of South Carolina. providing. Mark S. as well as organizing community based outreach programs which include. “Fertility Awareness – How To Achieve or Avoid Pregnancy”. Sister Asma Hanif is presently operating a holistic health center. “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 Hanson She has been a practicing Muslim for over 25 years. and to those in foster care. as well as authored a rape prevention pamphlet entitled. a faith-based practice. Clinical Herbologist and Natural Childbirth Instructor. In 2003. He serves on the executive council on the executive board of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U. providing health services to the homeless. Chilstrom. Herbert W.S. and organizing volunteer health services in public schools.
pluralism and Israel/Palestine. national and global Maher Hathout is a leading spokesperson for the American Muslim community. is a retired physician best known for his tireless commitment to public service. Waheedul Haque Waheedul Haque. He has Postgraduate training at the St Louis University. Among the numerous offices he holds. Facilitated conversations. various presentations at national and international meetings. Maher Hathout Aziza Hasan Aziza Co-Directs NewGround: A MuslimJewish Partnership for Change. from these grow camaraderie and genuine friendship. Pakistan . 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. TX. and conflict resolution in Muslim communities. 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. MD is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston. university/college campuses. civic and religious groups on inter-faith dialogue. New Ground doesn t shy away from discussing the tough topics such as. He graduated from Dow Medical College.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention levels. Dialogue sessions are based on the premise that honest communication forges meaningful relationships. Aziza has given various speeches to audiences across the country that included introductions to Islam. gender. identity. community organizing. at conferences. and youth engagement. She has led numerous workshops for international scholar forums. and youth leadership training. Aziza also coordinates inter-faith relations for MPAC by working with religious leadership in Southern California in the areas of social justice. Dr. local. explore issues at the personal. community education and outreach. forgiveness and peace in Islamic tradition. Karachi. Hathout is MPAC's Senior Advisor. He has approximately 25 publications and abstracts. He is also a Charter Member of the Pacific 40 . substantive dialogue.
Kuwait.wordpress. Currently she is Vice President of IMANA." He has traveled to Australia. TX. The New York Times. and Attending Pathologist at the Methodist Hospital." "Islamic Democracy. and attained the rank of full Professor at The University of Texas Medical School at Galveston. Readers of her novels. Dr. Co-Edited 5 books on Pulmonary Pathology. Malaysia. Canada. Dr. Haque Najiyah Diana Helwani Abida K. Najiyah Diana Helwani is a home-grown Kansas girl who feels blessed to be Muslim and of Midwestern heritage." "Emerging Trends in Islamic Movements. and Bosnia. Pakistan. She was Director of Anatomic Pathology for several years. democracy. Najiyah invites readers to share their time travel wish lists on her website http://najiyahhelwani. India. Haque has more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and presentations. She is actively involved with resident teaching and research. the western partner of the Council on Foreign Relations. and then moved to The Methodist Hospital at Houston. Abida K. poems and short stories will be delighted to see how well the two value systems compliment each other. Haque emigrated to Canada. and contributed approximately 50 book chapters on Pulmonary Pathology in these texts. India. Currently at work on Sophia’s second adventure. TX. Middle East politics. Dr. TX She graduated from Osmania Medical College. 41 . The Wall Street Journal and The Christian Science Monitor. She then moved with her family to USA in 1979. Before that she has served as the Chair of IMANA Bylaws committee. He appears frequently on national television and radio talk shows.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Council on International Policy. Hathout has been invited to Capitol Hill and the State Department several times to address a variety of topics such as "Islam and U.S. Houston. Haque has been a member of IMANA for the past 20 years. MD is Professor of Pathology at Cornell Weill Medical School. Currently she is Professor and Attending Pathologist at The Methodist Hospital. Hathout has written extensively on Islam. New York. Ottawa.com. and sits on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Alliance. Haque. and had postgraduate training in Pathology at the Ottawa Medical College. and South Africa to lecture on Islam and Muslims. She has been Treasurer and Secretary of IMANA from 2006-2008. Dr. Houston." and "the Future of the Middle East. and underwent postgraduate training in Obstetrics & Gynecology in Hyderabad. Egypt. Policy. Hyderabad. human rights. His articles and interviews have appeared in such prominent newspapers as The Los Angeles Times. Dr.
The Washington Post. Luby participated in a study visit to Saudi Arabia. and Arab Relations. a current executive committee member of the Muslim Alliance in North America. England. TX. The Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford.dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence. NY. Leslie Hewitt Leslie Hewitt was raised in New York City and studied at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (2000). Islamic awareness and religious diversity. Najiyah lives in Damascus. Husain is a former two-term national president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA). the Yale School of Art (2004) and at New York University as a Clark Fellow for Africana/Cultural Studies (2001-02).Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention integration of immigrant and refugee families. chair of the Leadership Development Committee of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Peaceful Families Project .. Arab and American cultures. and especially Muslim adolescents. Sculpture Center in New York. founder and president of Connecting Cultures. in the United States. NY. Arndt & Partner in Zurich. New York. 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. Artists Space in New York. CT. Additionally Hewitt has received a 2008 Art Matters Grant and a 2009-2010 Radcliffe Fellowship Residency at Harvard University. Studio Museum in Harlem. She has been selected to 42 . Her six children remind her what is important in life. The Contemporary Art Museum in Houston. Ohio. TX.” She is frequently used as an expert by national media and major international news programs and recently received press in Associated Press. D’Amelio Terras in New York.S. is a training specialist with over fifteen years of experience in the areas of cross-cultural communication. She is the author of “Doing Business in the Middle East and North Africa” and “Finding Diversity. CA. Switzerland and Thomas Dane in London. a faculty member of COMPASS . Inc. GA. cultural competency. 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. Syria. and his research interests include the Lubna Ismail.the state of the art management training program of MSA National. Lubna Ismail Altaf Husain Altaf Husain is a native of Cleveland. Project Row Houses in Houston. Dr. LAXART in Los Angeles. She was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. and she is also blessed to have a wonderful co-wife and three co-kids in Damascus. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions also include The High Museum in Atlanta.
000 circulation -1994/1995).Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention present at Iraqi Reconstruction conferences. CCMO Election Committee Chair(2003-2007). and presently works as a 43 . 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. Mr. Jaka's community involvement includes: Board Member of ADAMS(June 2008. Dulles little League Baseball Manager/Coach(20042008). ISNA East Zone Conference Steering Committee Chair(2006 and 2007). University of Texas Daily Texan(50. Board Member. Member of Goose Creek District(Loudoun County) Boy Scouts of America Committee(200 A National Convention 2009(Washington 6current). Editorial Columnist. She currently team teaches a class on Islam at San Francisco City College. University of Texas Student Government(1993). Jaka graduated with Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from University of Texas at Austin in 1995. Chair of the Board of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. Board Member. Ashburn Soccer Club Coach(2003-2005). Texas Student Publications(1995). She received her M. Through ING she has delivered hundreds of presentations in schools. colleges. ISNA Youth Strategic Planning Committee(2004). Islamic Society of North America(ISNA)(2008-Current). Citizens Affairs Committee Co-Chair. University of Texas Student Government Representative(1992). Past President of ADAMS(2002-2008). and B. and other venues on Islam and related subjects. Cub/Boy Scout Chartered Organizational Representative(2004-Current). churches. in History from the University of Illinois. Ameena is an editor of ING training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims. Chair of DC Area Eid Committee(1997Current). Rizwan O. Past Vice President of ADAMS(2000-2002). ISNA Election Committee(2005-2008). and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. Rizwan Jaka Ameena Jandali Ameena Jandali is a founding member of Islamic Networks Group where she works as Content Development Director and volunteers as long time speaker and trainer. ISNA National Convention 2002(Washington DC) Steering Committee Chair(2002).A. of University of Texas. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California. as well as author and editor of training modules for public institutions on developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community. universities. Berkeley. ISN DC) Steering Committee Chair(2009). Jaka Mr.A.May 2009). 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.
She specializes in Islam in America. Islamic Education 44 . He is North American Editor of Optics and Laser Technology. and Director of Ph. and has served in the past on the boards of Center for Christian. she contributes to Azizah. AL. the Institution of Engineering & Technology. Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs. presented her research to several scholarly communities including Harvard and Princeton. He has served as guest editor of 16 technical journal issues. the Institute of Physics. Program in Materials Science and Engineering at Tuskegee University Jamillah Karim Jamillah Karim is Assistant Professor in religion at Spelman College. Dayton Islamic School. Mohammad Karim serves on the boards of North American Bangladeshi Islamic Community (NABIC) and Virginia Coalition for Community and Justice (VCCJ). She lectures frequently within Muslim communities.. Shaik Jeelani is professor of Mechanical Engineering. She obtained her Ph.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Manager of Technology Sales Consulting in the Technology Industry. Inc. and Gender within the Ummah. and Bangladesh Academy of Sciences. the Society of Photo-Instrumentation Engineers. an American Muslim women’s magazine. In her spare time. He is an elected fellow of the Optical Society of America. Islamic Council of Ohio. Mohammed. Shaik Jeelani Mohammad Karim Dr. in Islamic Studies at Duke University. She is author of the book American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race. in Ohio. and Muslim Understanding in New York. which explores relations between African American and South Asian immigrant Muslims in the United States. a Member of the Editorial Board of Microwave and Optical Technology Letters and of World Journal of Modeling and Simulation. Karim is author of 15 text books and over 325 research papers.D. Tuskegee. an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions of Education. Class. women and Islam. Jamillah is originally from Atlanta.D. and race and immigration. Karim has Mohammad Karim is Vice President for Research of the Old Dominion University. Director of Center for Advanced Materials at Tuskegee University. Jewish. GA where she was raised in an active Muslim community in association with Imam W.D.
National Conference of Christians and Jews in Ohio. Turkey. 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. Yusuf Ziya Kavakci was born on June 22. She took her case to European Court of Human Rights and won in 2007. and Avicenna Academy in Bronx.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Foundation of Knoxville in Tennessee. She is hafiz-al Qur’an. and Persian and forthcoming in English. After working as Assistant Professor and as Associate Professor in the Institute of 45 . and allied Islamic Sciences. the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in 1999. Imam (Kara Ahmed Pasha Mosque in Topkapi). Kavakci was elected to the Turkish Parliament. She is a consultant for US Congress Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe and a columnist for Turkish daily Vakit newspaper. Dr. translated to Arabic Dr. He worked as Muadhdhin (Professional caller to prayer. Arabic (Sarf and Nahw). Istanbul University. Merve Kavakci Yusuf Kavakci Dr.D. French and Italian. Mediterranean Quarterly. 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. Hirka-i Sharif Mosque). However she was prevented from serving her term by the secular fundamentalists due to her headscarf. Qira'ah. Fiqh. in Islamic History and Culture from Faculty of Arts. Kavakci holds a Ph. Merve Kavakci is a Lecturer of International Affairs at George Washington University. Sakarya. Kavakci sits at the Editorial Board of academic journal. She is the author of five books among which are Basortusuz Demokrasi (Turkish). graduated from Hasircilar Qur'anic School (Adapazari) with a training in Tajwid. 1938 in Hendek. D in political science from Howard University. 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. got his Ph. Hadih. and Waiz in the governorships Fatih and Beyoglu in Istanbul. Prior to her academic career she served as the head of foreign affairs of Welfare-Virtue Party’s Women’s Commission. Tafsir. At an early age (8-9 years) he accomplished memorizing whole Qur'an (Hifz al-Qur'an).
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,
In the Senate. specializing in commercial and administrative litigation.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention He earned a B. Civil Rights.S. Khera was an associate with Hogan & Hartson. a Presbyterian minister. At Cornell. and Property Rights. al-Muslimat ("The Muslim Women"). in political science from University of California at Berkeley in 1991 and a J. Riaz Khoker and the Indian ambassador to the United States were both interviewed by Michael Moore to highlight the fact that both countries have levels of extreme poverty yet spend 60% or more of their budgets on defense related assets and program which in turn will become obsolete anyway Richard L. she served as president of the student body and co-founded the first Muslim students organization. and was the Senator's lead staff member in developing anti-racial profiling legislation and organizing subcommittee hearings on racial profiling. Prior to joining Muslim Advocates and NAML in 2005. she worked for six years directly for Senator Russell D. Khera was Counsel to the U. Feingold (D-WI). Killmer.D. Ms. He was the former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan serving from June 2002 to February 2005.D. Senate Judiciary Committee. from Cornell Law School in 1994. At Wellesley. and was an editor with the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. Khera received her B. Prior to her service with the Senate Judiciary Committee. the United States and China before taking the top post of foreign ministry. with honors in political science and economics from Wellesley College in 1991 and her J. Ms. Dixon & Masback. from University of Iowa in 1995. Subcommittee on the Constitution. Killmer Reverend Richard L. Ambassador Riaz Khokher is considered one of the most seasoned and experienced diplomat of Pakistan.A. Ambassador Khokher also served as Pakistan's ambassador to India. Farhana Khera Riaz Khokher Farhana Khera is the first Executive Director of Muslim Advocates and the National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML). which resulted in the firm being honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. is the Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign Against 49 . Ms. serving as the lead associate on several pro bono employment discrimination cases.A. She also worked with Ross.
1988) when the popular view of Russia was one of technological incompetence in the communist world. living safely in Brazil. Zweigs’s works are being revived by NY Times Books. From 1980 to 1996. and now Commander of the Faithful: A Story of True Jihad. DC. and codirected the Child and Family Justice Project. Popular in 1930s and 40s. He was appointed to that position on May 2007. world famous and with young new wife. he founded the Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light and co-founded the Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger. 50 . making him a hero in the Muslim and Christian worlds of the 19th century. Mr. 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. 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.S. During that period he directed the Special Ministries/Vietnam Generation. 2002) when people were touting irreconcilable differences between Islam and the West. Muslim-Christian harmony (Monks of Tibhirine: Faith Love and Terror in Algeria. Kentucky after the merger of the Presbyterian Church US and the United Presbyterian Church. he had served as the program director of the Churches Center for Theology and Public Policy located at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington. While in that position. Mr. From 1996 to May 2002. Abd elKader was a man of deep faith combined with chivalrous humanity. Killmer has written many articles and resources for publication and co-authored two books. Kiser was perplexed by Zweig’s suicide in 1942. Killmer worked for the National Council of Churches previously from 19701980. Domestic Hunger and Poverty. Previously. wealthy. He served there from June 2002 to May 2007.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Torture – an interfaith organization of over 250 religious organizations committed to ending U. He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and has two degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. Underlying these books is an inquiry into what guides and sustains people in difficult times. Commander of the Faithful is the third book of a trilogy that began with Stefan Zweig: Death of a Modern Man (1995). intellectual openness and warrior courage. He received the Climate Protection award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency for his work while at the National Council of Churches. This led to a reflection on Zweig’s life built on faith in humanism and individualism. John Kiser John Kiser’s books have a contrarian flavor: Profiles of entrepreneurial scientists (Communist Entrepreneurs: Unknown Innovators.-sponsored torture. He has also served as a Visiting Fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1985-1988. Mr.
He earned MA in Middle East History at Binghamton University in 1999. and earned his Law Degree at Istanbul University School of Law. explores the spiritual and community lives of Black women who converted to Islam prior to 1975 and pioneered Brooklyn’s oldest Muslim communities. in Middle Eastern History. He is married and has three children. New York. He moved to Binghamton as Imam in 1993 and joined Graduate Program at SUNY Binghamton. Then studied towards MA in Islamic Law at Marmara University. He moved to Cairo. which is renowned world famous oldest Islamic University.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Islamic Sciences in traditional Islamic School in Rize and then continued his traditional as well as modern education at Istanbul Imam Hatip Lisesi. Kopuz has studied traditional Islamic sciences starting at a very early age. He is the Imam of Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier at Binghamton. expansion and diversity of the Muslim community in New York City. specializing on the Islamic Scholars and Knowledge Production in Ottoman History. classes on World Religions and Biblical History at SUNY Binghamton. He is currently working on his PhD. in 1992. schools and clubs in and around our locality. Sufism at Broome Community College. Brooklyn-based artist Nsenga Knight. Turkey. Istanbul. and he has give lectures on Islam and Muslim Societies at various public forums. to continue his higher Islamic studies at Al-Azhar University. named as Hafsa Nihal. video and oral history. He is member of Broome County Council of Churches Interfaith Committee. Reared in the indigenous Muslim communities of Brooklyn. churches. He has memorized the entire Qur'an. Turkey. Knight chose women because their stories were seldom told. with Professor and Rabbi Lance Sussman. Egypt. Nsenga Knight Through Photography. a religious seminary in Istanbul. He has taught. which earned him title of Hafiz and then he learned Arabic and traditional 51 . Zehra Betuland Hamidullah Eren Kopuz. There he studied five years of Islamic Law as well as Modern European Law. Nsenga has experienced the transition. Kasim Kopuz Shayk Kasim Kopuz was born in Rize. He has been Imam of the Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier since 1993. and because "who these women are have a very direct effect on who I am. Istanbul Turkey.
and became a US citizen in 1999. He was the president of MSA both at the University of Rochester and Syracuse University. seeking knowledge is a lifelong journey. 52 . Kose is married with five children and lives in New Castle DE. has BS in Chemical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University. Some of the areas that were covered during his journey of seeking knowledge are: the Science of Hadeeth (Prophetic Narrations). Radwan is also the author of Live Your Life on Purpose. Radwan acquired his early religious education in the old city of Damascus. He also coordinated settlement of Kosovo Refuges in the Syracuse Area. a non for profit educational ministry dedicated to share the mercy and love of God. He is the founding imam of Love God Congregation at al-Wadood mosque in Norfolk. middle and high school students at the Islamic Society of Delaware. Since 1997. Rochester NY. universities and places of worship. his birthplace. He has always being active at local community at various capacities as teacher/principle of Sunday School. Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) and Aqeedah (Theology). graduated in 1991 with honors from the University of Central Florida with a B. board member etc. Istanbul Turkey and MS in Chemical Engineering and Microelectronics from University of Rochester. NE where he lives and serves as the teaching imam. The first (in the USA) Halal Meal Plan was implemented during his presidency at Syracuse University.S. Murat Kose is Founder and President. He and his wife Hollie have four beautiful children.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Radwan Kouatli Murat Kose Imam Radwan Kouatli is the founder of Love God institute. He moved to the USA in 1987. Nurtel Telecom. He also completed all the requirements except dissertation for the PhD in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering in Syracuse University. Syracuse NY. To Radwan. with a major focus in marketing. He along with his wife currently runs a volunteer tutoring program for elementary. Mr. he served as imam with several congregations and delivered lectures and sermons in mosques. Usul-al Fiqh (Science of Exegesis). DE He has performed extensive multidisciplinary research and founded several successful start-up companies . Usual al-Tasfeer (Quranic Hermeneutic).B.A. Imam Radwan is married. New Castle.
A. Allah Made Me Funny: The Official Muslim Comedy Tour. In 2000. Harvard. he has shown community involvement in the Jewish Council for the Aging. Kronemer is the Co-Executive Producer of the UPF films: Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet. He has a Master’s in Theological Studies from Harvard University.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Alexander Kronemer Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think. On the local level Lånke was a member of Trondheim city council from 1991 to 1993. Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain. Mr. He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Sør-Trøndelag in 1993. A Prince Among Slaves: The True Story of an African Prince Enslaved in the American South. having graduated from the MF Norwegian School of Theology as cand..000 member Congregation.theol. Outside of politics he has worked as a priest. Mr. including the Christian Science Monitor and the Washington Post. foreign policy and Islam.S. co-founder of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) is a frequent writer and lecturer on religious diversity. Ola Lanke Alexander Kronemer. and Disney. and has been reelected on three occasions. Kronemer served a one-year appointment at the Bureau of Human Rights in the U. On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly. Talking through Walls: How the Struggle to Build a Mosque United a Community.S. the youth wing of the Christian Democratic Party.H.-Arab Relations. M. including during CNN’s historic live coverage of the Hajj in 1998. in 1977. State Department focusing on U.S. He has lectured to the National Council on U. He has appeared as a CNN commentator on several occasions. and Who Ola Torgeir Lånke is a Norwegian politician for the Christian Democratic Party. Along with the daily responsibilities of leading a 3. Mr. He was the chairman of the Youth of the Christian People's Party. Nike. Since 1997 he is a member of the national Christian Democratic Party board. Islamic awareness and cross-cultural communication. Aetna. from 1975 to 1976. Bruce Lustig Rabbi Bruce Lustig. Kronemer has published essays in numerous newspapers and journals. the Executive Board of Israel Bonds of the Greater Washington 53 . Senior Rabbi is senior rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation.L.
the Mayors Faith Advisory Board. and flood affected areas in Assam. Madani As MPAC's Communications Director. and the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society. which served as a precursor to the annual conference of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). Edina acts as a spokeswoman for the American Muslim community to media outlets. the UAHC Rabbinic Network on Youth Suicide. He is also the author of Composite Nationalism. Chicago Tribune. He is a graduate from Deoband and is currently a member of the Parliament of India representing Uttar Pradesh. academic institutions. Bihar and Orissa. tsunami affected areas in Andhra Pradesh. undertook several rehabilitation projects in earthquake affected areas in Gujarat and Kashmir Valley. Associated Press.S. He is a pro-active leader of Washington's Interfaith Community and organized the nation's first Abrahamic Summit bringing together Christians. December 2004. Washington Times. the National Liaison for National Day of Prayer. 54 ." In 2003. He holds a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. and Los Angeles Times. Edina has appeared on national media outlets. including CNN. including the Wall Street Journal. An enthusiastic social worker. Edina's work has also been featured in several leading newspapers. Jews and Muslims for dialogue. Edina Lekovic Mahmood A. Edina has also participated in numerous national and international conferences and interfaith dialogues speaking on a variety of issues related to American Muslims. 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. In all settings. representatives to the International Conference of Muslim Young Leaders. In Maulana Mahmood A. BBC. contributing part of the American fabric. and community groups. Rabbi Lustig received a Bachelor of Arts degree (with honors) from the University of Tennessee.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Area. Edina was invited by the Malaysian government to be one of two U. interfaith leaders. and the History Channel. Since joining MPAC. MSNBC. he has a long track record of providing relief and rehabilitation to the victims of man-made or natural disasters. Madani is an Islamic scholar from a long line of Islamic scholars. government officials. District of Columbia Division. Edina represented MPAC at a United Nations seminar on "Confronting Islamophobia.
he served as a Program Manager for Capacity Building and Advocacy at World Learning for International Development. and a founding member of the Muslim Advocacy Commission of . project design and planning. Program Coordinator for Child Welfare League of America's International Office in Washington. Sakil. President of the Muslim Society of Washington. He is currently a resident Scholar at the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (Florida) and counselor to many National Islamic Organizations. D. D. a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Dhaka University. Bangladesh and an International Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies from the European Peace University in Austria. and facilitator with extensive experience in international and development management in the areas of NGO and socio-cultural development. a native of Bangladesh. He served as Muslim chaplain of Howard University in Washington. 55 Originally from Algeria. organizational development. policy advocacy. He manages multimillion dollar grant funded projects around the world. he has a thorough understanding of cultural. cultural competence and workforce development. Rose. political. trainer. PRIP Trust (Former PACT/USAID Project) in Bangladesh. D. International Development Division at the International Reading Association. Previously he served at the Shari'a Scholars Association of North America and Fiqh Council of North America. Sakil Malik Sakil Malik is the Director. He taught at Syracuse University.C. Sheikh Maghraoui holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a master in Physics. and the Advocacy Institute. 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. Dr.C. holds a Master of Arts degree from the Aligarh University. Johari Abdul Malik Johari Abdul Malik is the President of the Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations.C.C.. Union College and St. Inc. CARE International. Sakil is a development worker. Graduate School of Islamic & Social Sciences. College Park. gender. small-enterprise development and micro credit. Previously. Washington D.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mokhtar Maghraoui Washington. India.. He also worked for SITBRAC Global Partnership and TAF Democracy Partnership Program. He has recently started his PhD Coursework at University of Maryland. 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. As a development worker. Head of the National Association of Muslim Chaplains in Higher Education.
Al-Marayati worked as a process chemical engineer in the semiconductor industry for two years. a public service agency aimed at disseminating accurate information about Islam to the American public. He is a former President of the Council for Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA) Dakar. Sakil lives in Laurel. reduce discrimination. Also. Al-Marayati earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Bio-Chemistry from the University of California (UCLA). 1960 in Baghdad. churches. he was one of nine scholars to present at the Nobel Peace Prize Centennial Symposium. Mr. Mamdani's reputation as an expert in African history. Al-Marayati was born on September 2. He is also the Director of Columbia's Institute of African Studies. He has been director of MPAC for the past ten years. tolerance and justice. synagogues. He then received an executive master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California-Irvine (UCI). Mr. and college campuses. Hindi. Urdu. Mr. daughter Samreen Salam S. Bengali. Salam S. politics and international relations has made him an important voice in contemporary debates about Africa. Iraq. He has been named as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by the US magazine Foreign Policy in May 2008. Sakil is fluent in five languages. Al-Marayati serves as a commissioner of the Human Relations Commission in Los Angeles. Al-Marayati is the director and one of the founders of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). Al-Marayati has had the opportunity to speak to congregations at community-sponsored events. 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 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. a commission formed to improve access to city government. In 2001. and promote respect. Maryland with his son Shafin. AlMarayati Mahmood Mamdani Mr. Mr. At his present position. He is now an American citizen. Al-Marayati served as a Board member of the American committee to Save Bosnia. 56 . a committee formed to lobby Congress and the Administration to end the genocide in Bosnia. Sakil has published his articles in international newsletters and journals. Senegal.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention economic and social issues in developing countries. and Arabic. Mr. His family left Iraq and immigrated to the United States in 1964. Mr. He later changed careers and served as a liaison to the Muslim community for Los Angeles City Councilman Robert Farrel. temples. English. high schools.
The Christian Science Monitor. where he earned his Ph. the All Dulles Area Muslim Society.D. Priscilla Martinez is a homeschooling mother of six children in metropolitan Washington DC. Jane Smith). and Upper Loudoun Little League. Yvonne Haddad and Dr. co-owner of the LIFE Homeschool group. Lououn Youth Soccer Association. The Chicago Tribune. In an interview given last year.S episcopal conference's Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. Father Massa stated "Together. and founder of the ADAMS chapter of Homeschoolers Educating Assisting and Reaching-out Through Service (HEARTS). He has appeared on radio and TV talk shows including C-SPAN and NBC. 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. human rights. Martinez is the founder of the Ashburn-Sterling Homeschoolers group. the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington." Father Massa is a member of the North American Academy of Ecumenists. Middle East politics.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention He has written extensively on Islam. The LA Daily News. Martinez frequently delivers seminars and workshops 57 . Father Massa has long been a proponent of interreligious dialogue. Dr. democracy. He serves as executive director of the U. the National Association of Ecumenical Officers. and the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and and lectures around the country on topics related to ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. the Balkan Crisis. The Los Angeles Times. The San Francisco Chronicle and USA Today. His articles and interviews have appeared on such prominent newspapers as The Wall Street Journal. the Girl Scouts Council of the Nation's Capital. designed to help parents new to home schooling. Father James Massa Priscilla Martinez Father James Massa is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and a graduate of Fordham University. in systematic theology in 1997. the Society of Catholic Liturgy. She has written for Islamic Horizons and Educating the Muslims of America (ed. 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 the Transcaucus conflict. She volunteers for the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Canada. Oxford University. Ithaca. Mattson obtained her B. Bonita worked at a full service Domestic Violence Shelter in Columbus. Philosophy. 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. The University of Chicago. Mazrui retired as the inaugural Walter Rodney Professor at the University of Guyana. poverty. Baghdad. McGee received a Masters in Islamic Sciences from the School of Islamic and Social Sciences in 2004. Dr.D. Her publications include studies on slavery. OH. Bridgewater State College. focusing on Islamic law and society. Ingrid Mattson is the current President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and served as ISNA Vice-President from 2001 to 2006. Ohio State University. African Studies. and Islamic legal theory. Harvard University. National University of Singapore.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Ingrid Mattson. Denver. Ali Al’amin Mazrui Bonita McGee Ali Al'amin Mazrui is an academic and political writer on African and Islamic studies and North-South relations. 58 . in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo in Ontario. McGill University. Kenya. London.D. 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. She earned her Ph.. In 1999. Australia. Guyana. New York and Chancellor of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. amongst others. Nairobi. Andrew D. Colgate University. in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago in 1999. Sr. Nairobi. Interpretation and Culture and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies (IGCS).A. White Professor-at-Large Emeritus and Senior Scholar in Africana Studies at Cornell University. Mazrui has also been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. He is an Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Bonita R. In addition to his appointments as the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities. and Sussex. Previously Sr. Leeds. Georgetown. Dr. Humanities and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Teheran. Prior to her Ph. and at other institutions in Cairo. Professor in Political Science.
Other volunteer efforts include being a volunteer with SARNCO (Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio) as patient advocate for rape survivors. Sr. Lexington. understanding. 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. of Radiation Medicine. She participated in the Rape Education and Prevention Program and later volunteered with Choices. 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. and Martin Luther King Day. a social service organization serving the Muslim community in Greater Columbus and surrounding areas. Jack Moline Jack Moline has been the rabbi of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria since 1987. Sr. 59 . Bonita began her efforts to stop violence against women and antioppression work in her years as an undergraduate at The Ohio State University. Days of Remembrance. and training to both Muslim and Non-Muslim in an effort to bridge gaps to address the social issues in the community effectively. and he has been a respected advocate for tolerance and understanding in the City of Alexandria for 20 years. Jack Moline partners with other Alexandria clergy in their mission to increase tolerance and understanding of all faiths and peoples. Mohammed Mohiuddin Mohammed Mohiuddin is Chairman and Professor. referral. Muslim Family Services offers support. Jack Moline has supported many city programs and activities that focus on education and the greater needs of the Alexandria community. Dept. Wilkes Barre.B.11 Remembrance.a domestic violence shelter in Columbus. PA. Chandler Medical Center. University of Kentucky A. which encourages respect. KY and is also Co-Director Geisinger Cancer Institute. and cooperation between the African-American and Jewish communities. 9 .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). including the Call to Community. Director Henry cancer Center. and over the years. She continues to provide trainings and assessments for communities in need to address the issue of domestic violence and serves on the board of the Islamic Social Service Association. he has been an effective member of the Interfaith Counci. Bonita served as Program Chair for ISNA’s Domestic Violence Awareness Activities and developed a website on domestic violence for ISNA.
a research institute at the Library of Congress sponsored by the Community College Humanities Association and funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Nash Hadia Mubarak is a full-time doctoral student at Georgetown University's Islamic Studies department. NJ community. Mubarak was the first female to be elected as president of the Muslim Students Association National (MSA) since its establishment in 1963. Mikal N. In 2004. Her research interests include the development of Islamic family law. 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. 60 . Nash (formerly Michael Nash) is a native Newarker and a pioneering researcher on the history of Islam in the Greater Newark.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Hadia Mubarak Mikal N. Mubarak previously worked as a Senior Researcher with the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. Islamic reform and gender issues in Islam. He is a full-time faculty member in the Division of Humanities/Department of History at Essex County College. In 2005-2006. He is a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University and has taught Islam in the Black Experience and related courses in the Department of African-American and African Studies on the Newark campus and the Department of Africana Studies on the New Brunswick campus. he was a participant in the American Cities and Public Spaces Project. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and English from Florida State University. Mubarak received her Master’s degree in Contemporary Arab Studies with a concentration in Women and Gender from Georgetown University.
In addition she is an Artist and a writer. Washington D. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Summa Barberton Hospital. Brussels. with woman in mind.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Ghulam N. Dr. she is principal and founder of a Sustainable and green Architecture practice called. Her Art and Architecture are compliments. Mir practices as a Gastroenterologist in Northeastern Ohio. people and spirituality. LEED certified with the US Green Building Council. She is a Muslim woman business owner building a social entrepreneurship of profit. Dr. Her Art is a spiritual Art called Pen and Inkpot. Ohio. NCARB and the US Green building Council. and Islamabad. 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. 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. Originally hails from Canada. One of her visions is a Green Mosque for the 21st century. with three internationally distinct firms.. Dr. Uzma Mirza Uzma Mirza is a registered and licensed Architect. as she phrases: ‘the stitching of a Sustainable human’. Mir has spoken widely regarding the options for peacefully resolving the Kashmir conflict. Dr. Medical Director of the Digestive Wellness Center in Norton. She is a member of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. including at conferences across the United States and in London.C. South Sudan. She is also president and founder of The Pen and Inkpot Foundation. the AIA. She has been practicing for 13 years in the USA. Dr. Mir is the President of World Kashmir Awareness. Barberton. Ohio. writing and Philanthropy celebrate. Architecture. a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa. Ohio. He also serves as the President of the World Kashmir Freedom Movement. of each other with the thread of philanthropy and her written work. an independent advocacy organization working towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict over Kashmir. Professionally. pending publication the weave. Ohio. Mir previously also served as the Chief of Gastroenterology. non-profit with the environment. Mir is the Medical Director of the Center for Digestive Diseases and Endoscopy at Summa Barberton Hospital. in mind. Chief of the 61 . AYN Architect. with offices in London. Ohio. She is presently working on a Library for the Lost Boys of Panyijiar. Dr. Presently. Her spiritual Art. and President of Summit Gastroenterology Associates in Norton. and Akron.
streamlining or expanding the same. At the University of Maryland. Sr. She currently lives with her family in Herndon. Inc. Sr. a Virginia not-for-profit corporation. Asma was a member of the ISNA Shura and MYC. Asma Mirza served as President of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) National for two terms from 2007-2009. Inc. MSA National East Zone Rep (2005-2006). the year it was dissolved) of the Saar Foundation. MarJac and its affiliates operated in the United States. In addition. Egypt. Since 1984.S. Canada. acquisitions and sales of various sized companies and real estate projects located in different parts of the world. Dr. Treasurer (20062007) and founder and Director of the MSA Legacy Fund (2006-2007). Inc. Asma holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and Bachelors in Management and Operations Information Management from Georgetown University. Mirza also served as Vice President (1984-1994) and President (1995-2000. and an active participant in the ADAMS Center Sisters Youth Group. After many of the acquisitions. the MYNA Advisory Board. Sr. Previously. Turkey and Zimbabwe. Chile. From 19871995. he served as Executive Vice President of MarJac. of Sterling Advisory Services. MarJac makes proprietary investments in U. VA. Malaysia. 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. Mirza has served as a Trustee and Treasurer and later as Chairman (198762 . Dr. the DC Eid Committee. Dr. Currently she serves on the MSA National Board as Exofficio while working as an Organizational Strategy Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. M. Previously she served as Georgetown MSA President (2004-2005). Dr. Dr. Mirza has been actively negotiating mergers. She was also a member of the ADAMS Center Girls Scouts for 12 years. and President and CEO of MarJac Investments. Yaqub Mirza has been President and CEO of Sterling Management Group. since its inception. Asma was Vice President of the MBA Consulting Club and was nominated by her classmates to speak at the MBA Graduation Ceremony. (“Mar-Jac”) since 1995. Mirza has more than 20 years of experience in stock investments and portfolio management involving assets ranging from $1-$10 million. Dr. (“SMG”) since 1998. and foreign securities and provides international business management services.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Asma Mirza Yaqub Mirza Sr.
Qatar (2009). He served on the Board of Mylex Corporation. 63 Dalia Mogahed Dalia Mogahed is a Senior Analyst at Gallup and Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. A contributing editor and end-page columnist for Islamica.Sc. which are registered with the Securities & Exchange Commission as an open-end investment company and managed by Saturna Capital Corporation. a Chilean producer of juice concentrates. strategic direction. He has been interviewed on Voice of America. through which Gallup.D. Avari.com). Mirza holds a M. Mogahed provides leadership. world leader of RAID technology and network management products from December 1988 until September 1999 when Mylex was acquired by IBM for $240 million. The Friday Times and Tikkun. She also . including Dawn. Haroon has spoken at numerous Muslim. including wins for Best Muslim Blog and Best Writing. Dr. which won several Brass Crescent Awards (in 2004 and 2005). He also serves on the Board of numerous other companies. al-Hurra and The National (Abu Dhabi) among others. directs the Muslim-West Facts Initiative (www. Dr. Haroon Moghul Haroon Moghul is Director of Public Relations for the Islamic Center at New York University. She is coauthor of the book Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think (Gallup Press. from University of Karachi (1969). as well as guest appearances on CNN and NPR. Haroon also maintains a popular blog. His speaking engagements include the University of Pennsylvania. and consultation on the collection and analysis of Gallup's unprecedented survey representing the opinions of more than 1 billion Muslims worldwide.muslimwestfacts. His essays have been published in a variety of media. Christian and Jewish institutions.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention February 2003).A. Haroon has been selected as one of 300 Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow and participated in the Third Annual Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow Conference in Doha. March 2008).D. in Physics (1974) and M." was released by Penguin in 2006. His first novel. (“Jucosa”). in collaboration with the Coexist Foundation. He is a Ph. a NASDAQ listed. the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota. 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.A. in Teaching Science (1975) from University of Texas at Dallas. "The Order of Light. a Ph. is disseminating the findings of the Gallup World Poll to key opinion leaders in the Muslim World and the West. and has led educational and interfaith workshops to advance understanding and dialogue. A French translation arrived in 2007. traded on the Santiago Stock Exchange. In addition. S.
Certified Diplomat in the Subspecialty of Nuclear Cardiology Sultan Muhammad Abdul Malik Mujahid is the Chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. Sultan is IMAN’s (Inner-city Muslim Action Network) Lead Organizer on Chicago’s South-side and works around human rights issues facing marginalized communities.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Haroon is married and lives in New York City. At an early age. His early experiences abroad and family tradition of activism have contributed to his focus on building bridges between communities by promoting common understanding. Deen Muhammad. and social transformation. Pakistan . Dept of Medicine. Karachi . He publishes educational resources and is co-founder of a Chicagobased multi-media production company. nephew of Imam W. PA Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine.MPH University of Pittsburgh . is a community organizer with a background in strategic communications and multimedia production. 64 . and greatgrandson of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Karachi University . Sultan studied Arabic and Islamic sciences on scholarship abroad and is the son of the late Imam Sultan Muhammad. As the national coordinator of Bosnia Task Force. is founder of Sound Vision. He is also a board member of the Parliament of the World Religions. USA he successfully led efforts to declare rape as a war crime. Sultan Muhammad is a native Chicagoan. Marriyam Moten Abdul Malik Mujahid Marriyam Moten graduated Dow Medical College . University of Tennessee. Marshall University . cultural engagement. and an award winning author.
S. and is the founder/chairman of International Institute of Islamic Medicine (IIIM) a organization of IMANA dedicated to research in History of Islamic Medicine. Starting September 2009. Dr. nationally as well as Internationally. past Editor-inChief of Journal of the Islamic Medical Association of North America (JIMA). After college. FL. Mustafa Media Institute. interest-free microcredit program for Metro Manila Muslims who have fled conflict in Mindanao. where she also served in the Americorps and on the board of the GW Muslim Students Association. Husain Nagamia Dr. After establishing a MYNA chapter in Milwaukee. He is currently Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of South Florida Medical School. He has been a past president of Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA). Tampa. 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. creating national webcasts and tv shows/specials. she went on to live in the Philippines for nine months as a U. In 2007. He serves as Vice Chairman of International 65 Rayyan Najeeb Rayyan Najeeb will be attending Northwestern in the fall. After this period. Virginia. Fulbright Scholar and a research associate at the Economics Research Center of the University of the Philippines. During her grant. Between 20052008. she studied a community-based. Rayyan concentrated his talents as PR chair producing media and promoting MYNA among the chapters. Florida. she will be working as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Nasreen C. he was introduced to MYNA for the first time and became the Wisconsin/Illinois/Indiana regional representative. insha Allah. He is a member of Founder’s Committee for Islamic Society of North American (ISNA). Rayyan was a member of Strive . Nagamia has been actively involved in establishing and volunteering for a number of Islamic Organizations locally.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Nasreen C. Mustafa earned a Bachelor of Science in accountancy and a minor in sociology at the George Washington University. Rayyan continued to produce media for nonprofit organizations as a volunteer service.
Nagamia has published and presented numerous articles and papers on the “History of Islamic Medicine”. 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. Chittagong. Pervez Nasim Br. Canada.. Jordan. and is authoring a book on this subject. Pervez Nasim is also Chairman & CEO of a number of Ansar Financial Group of Companies that organized the 3rd International Islamic Banking. Br. Pervez Nasim is a Bachelor of Commerce and a Certified Management Accountant. Ansar Financial Group Companies are managing investments on Interest-free basis in various Projects and Joint Ventures in excess of $80 Million in Canada. Nassar is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). South Africa. 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. UAE. Dr. He is a founding member and Chair of the Board of the Islamic Cooperative Housing Corporation Ltd. first Interest-Free Home Ownership and Investment projects in North America. Tehran. Switzerland. Sayed A. Brunei Darussalam and at Harvard University. He has lectured all over the world on Islamic Medicine including: USA (many cities). Qatar. Riyadh. London School of Economics in England and at Crans Montana Forum in Geneva. He is also the Chair of the Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation (CITF) that is the Trust wing of ISNA Canada. U. Nassar Dr. Sayed A. and is an author of several books in the area of project management and leadership. Toronto. Dr. Kuala Lumpur.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Society of History of Islamic Medicine (ISHIM) based in Doha. Qatar. China. Los Angles. Saudi Arabia. Canada in May 2007. Japan. He also teaches project management and systems engineering courses. Houston. Finance & Insurance (Takaful) Conference held in Ottawa. Monterrey Mexico. Nassar is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University and the director of the Fastening and Joining Research Institute (FAJRI). Pakistan. and Ansar Cooperative Housing Corporation. 66 .K. Ayman Nassar Br. and he has been volunteering his time since its inception in 1980 in Toronto. India. Trinidad. Ayman Nassar works for IBM leading endto-end next generation BSS/OSS application development for a global service provider. Khartoum. Libya.
teacher.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Daoud Nassimi studies and recently earned his Ph. counselor. Zarqa Nawaz Dr. she coolly switched career plans and received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism from Ryerson in 1992. 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. He has been volunteering to serve the community in various capacities.D. Nawaz. and CBC’s The National. marriage celebrant. His PhD Thesis was on a comparative review of some English translations of the Qur’an. Nawaz worked as a freelance writer/broadcaster with CBC radio. Besides his BS and MS in electrical engineering and working in the fields of telecommunications and satellite communications in the last 20 years. Nawaz’s documentary entitled Me and the Mosque. Dr. born in Liverpool and raised in Toronto. He has been an activist and a student of Islam in the last 22 years in the United States. in Islamic studies. He is originally from Afghanistan. a co-production with the National 67 . Nassimi has a unique and combined educational background in engineering and Islamic studies. finished a second Masters degree in Islamic Zarqa Nawaz is the driving force behind Fundamentalist Films and the creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie. DC (CCMO). In 2005. Unfazed. He is a frequent and passionate speaker in different Muslim Satellite TV shows on the subjects of Qur’an and Islamic Thought. which debuted to large audiences and tremendous acclaim in 2007. he has also studied the Arabic language. board member. Daoud Nassimi lives in Northern Virginia and he is the vice-chairman of the Council of Muslim Organizations in Greater Washington. and chairman. 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. including as an Imam. and lectures on Islamic topics at various forums in the DC area. Other short film credits include Fred’s Burqa and Random Check. He gives Jum’a Khutbahs in various Masajid. CTV’s Canada AM. and in various capacities with CBC Newsworld.
some of which are being translated into English and published. He received his law degree (J.D. Nyang Dr.C. Nyang is professor and chairman of the African Studies Department at Howard University in Washington.  He has written extensively on Islamic. in government from the University of Virginia. the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies. Bloomington. Saudi Arabia. Hanafi/Shafi’i Fiqh. P.. Nubani also has a Masters degree in History from Southern Illinois University -Carbondale.) from Indiana University Law School - 68 . Dr. African and Middle Eastern affairs. Virginia. Usool. He delved further into the fields of Hadeeth and Ihsaan on the hands of various expert scholars of both fields worldwide. Georgia . Shaykh Muhammad has authored many books. D. Muhammad is the director of the American Islamic Institute. Nubani is licensed to practice Law in New York and Virginia. IL. and senior Imam of Al Madina Masjid in Atlanta. Muhammad Ninowy Sulayman S. Sulayman S. Sayyed Yahya. Dr.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Film Board and the CBC. Muhammad bin Yahya Al-Husayni AlNinowy began his study under his father.D. A former deputy ambassador and head of chancery of the Gambia Embassy in Jeddah.C. Ashraf Nubani Ashraf Nubani is an attorney and Managing Partner of Busch & Nubani. and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists. “Imam Muslim’s methodology in Hadith”. Mr. IN. He received his bachelors in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nyang has served as consultant to several national and international agencies and on the boards of the African Studies Association. in Annandale. WI. memorizing the Glorious Qur'an and acquiring knowledge in many of the Islamic disciplines. Mr. He holds a master’s degree in public administration and a Ph. such as: “Hadithi commentary on the Shamaa’el of Imam Tirmithi”. and specializes in immigration law. and co-principal investigator of Project MAPS. “Imam Nasa’iy’s Khasaa’es”. and Ihsaan. “Explanation of the Bayquni Text in Hadith”. such as Tawheed. was broadcast on CBC’s Rough Cuts. and many others.
in Theology. to parents who were of the first emigrants to Houston from Pakistan (his father came to America in 1963 and is an Islamic activist and author as well). and left for the Islamic University of Madinah. liaising with the Refugee Processing Center.A.A. and B. specializing in hadith studies. Texas. in 1975. Popescu began employment with USCRI as an Administrative Assistant. Popescu’s main duties include collection. in Nationalism Studies from the Central European University.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Serban Popescu Yasir Qadhi Mr. He speaks French and Romanian.A. and submission of family reunification sponsorship documents from USCRI network agencies participating in the U. Currently. Prior to joining USCRI. State Department Reception & Placement program. Mr. After working for Dow Chemical for a short stint. and processing assurance forms. he is completing his PhD in Islamic studies at Yale University in New Haven. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston. where he spent ten years. he completed a second bachelor's degree. one of the largest advanced Institutes of Islamic Studies in North America. he is also the Dean of Academic Affairs of AlMaghrib Institute. he worked as a Research Assistant at Streit Council for a Union of Democracies in Washington. and providing primary support to the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.S. Connecticut. Shaykh Yasir Qadhi was born in Houston. DC. There. review. and then went on to complete an M. where he lives with his wife and four children. coordinating human resources for USCRI headquarters and field offices. and affiliates. Overseas Processing Entities. Serban received his M. 69 . he decided to pursue an education in Islamic studies. in Philosophy from the University of Bucharest. In addition to his studies.
he helped to establish chapters in Texas. 70 . including IBM. now owned by Hewitt Associates. Before entering the world of Islamic finance.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Amjad Quadri Khurshid Qureshi Amjad Quadri is currently the Assistant Vice President of Business Development and New Markets at University Islamic Financial. and CNA. He served as a member of board of Directors of Islamic Association of Greater Detroit. He is graduate of Oklahoma State University and Stuart School of Business (IIT Chicago). Oklahoma. he has served as Vice President of one of the largest Mosques in the US. and the past president of Colorado Engineering Society. and is the past chairman of Society of Automotive Engineers Rocky Mountain Area. He is a frequent speaker on Islamic & geo political issues on international circuit. Arizona. he served as the member the board of directors of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Quadri helped form advisory councils of local imams and community leaders in three states and started two new offices. Mr. In the early days of the MSA. Kansas and Arkansas.. Before moving into his current role at University Islamic Financial Corp. He worked on Y2K conversion projects for several large corporations. He then spent three years as a release engineer/project manager for Cyborg Systems. Khurshid Qureshi is the past the president of the Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers (AMSE). among other things. Amjad's first foray into Islamic finance was as a field sales consultant for Guidance Financial Group. Al Hilal Youth Camp. 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. In addition. he worked in the information technology industry. He has also completed Executive Management program at UCLA. McKinsey & Company. Dr. Mr. In his spare time. the latter which he currently supervises. He also founded the first regularly scheduled Islamic youth camp in the USA.
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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
where she co-founded the Global Policy Innovations Program. Among others.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Nadia Roumani Nadia Roumani is the Director of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute. 74 . the Brookings Institution. Nadia was the interim director for the Women Leaders Intercultural Forum. 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. UN Alliance of Civilizations. he organized The Foundation-sponsored First National summit of imams and rabbis in November 2007 in New York. a Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. Nadia was the Assistant Director of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue. Between 2000 and 2004. and a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs. and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. and the New York Daily News. Ruby covered President Anwar Sadat's historic trip to Jerusalem and the breakup of the Soviet Union. A strong advocate of MuslimJewish communication and reconciliation. and Moscow correspondent for The Jerusalem Post and The Forward. Ruby writes for many newspapers including the New York Jewish Week. and nonprofit organizations. the Rothschild Foundation. Walter Ruby Walter Ruby has served as Muslim Jewish Relations Officer with the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding in New York since March 2008. and a junior associate in Stiglitz’s office at the World Bank from 1999-2000. As a career reporter. and works in partnership with Georgetown’s Alwaleed bin Talal Center for MuslimChristian Understanding. Today. Nadia is the President of the Board of Directors of the Muslim Public Service Network. she has consulted for the World Bank. the Carnegie Corporation. and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. He has served as New York and United Nations correspondent for the Jerusalem Post. and her bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations from Stanford University. Nadia consults regularly for several international organizations. In addition to her work with AMCLI. a project directed by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz. Nadia received her master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. the Four Freedoms Fund. Nadia is the consultant program officer for the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program. AMCLI is housed at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture. and the Principal of Roumani Consulting LLC. UNDP. foundations.
she earned the National Board Certification. organizing community workshops and training opportunities for teachers in Muslim Schools. 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. Current she is pursuing a 75 . He is the currently chair of American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT). Saeed was strategic force behind the creation of a first and second Muslim Bloc vote. In 2000. He also serves on the board of several leading Muslim organizations.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Agha Saeed Louay Safi Dr. In 2000 and 2004.A. Since its establishment. Pakistan and M. Saeed spearheaded the campaign against the USA Patriot Act that led to the California State Resolution SJR10 against the USA PATRIOT act. Saeed earned his B. MTA has sponsored five conferences for teachers. which is the nationwide coalition of Muslim Organizations. Indiana. she has given many volunteer hours. in Rhetoric from University of California at Berkeley. Salahuddin’s relocation to the South Florida area with her family. She taught students of various grade levels and age groups. and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS).A.D. Agha Saeed is the Founder and Chairman of American Muslim Alliance and a lecturer in the Program in Asian Studies at California State University. the Islamic Horizons. She initiated the formation of the Muslim Teacher Association (MTA) along with other concerned Muslim Educators in 2003. 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). Plainfield. Dr. Salahuddin Patricia Zahirah Salahuddin has been an educator for the past 23 years. Dr. For the last four years of her teaching career she has been in an Islamic school. Since Ms. and Ph. East Bay. in Political Science from University of Punjab. Patricia Z. including the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID).
Abdul-Salaam has provided investigatory services for the Law Office of Dennis R. He worked as Chief Investment Officer for ITG & Associates (Dallas) until 1999. In 2008. and has been involved in criminal defense investigation for more than 20 years. and among other achievements. was instrumental in locating the witness whose testimony led to Gucci Mane’s acquittal. 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. under 40. Colorado. Mr. The award is given to 20 leaders in the mutual fund industry.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 deputy sheriff in Littleton. Monem received the “20 Rising Stars” Award from Institutional Investor News. Boardmember of the Muslim Public Service Network. a non-profit organization which complete a documentary called “On A Wing and A Prayer”. Mr. was born in Pakistan in 1972. then as a representative with Morgan Stanley (suburban Dallas) until joining Saturna Capital in June 2003. Boardmember of CAIR-WA and current Chairman of Peaceful Communications. Monem Salam Rashid AbdulSalaam Rashid Abdul-Salaam is owner and president of Rasheed & Associates. Raised in Texas. Mr. Saturna Capital’s Director of Islamic Investing and Deputy Portfolio Manager. specializing in federal and state criminal defense investigations. as there WZ rep. 76 . Scheib for more than 5 years. Salam received his degrees from the University of Texas: BA (Austin) and MBA (Dallas). Monem is also the coauthor of a new book called “A Muslim’s Guide to Investing And Personal Finance”. Abdul-Salaam was a Presidential Ceremonial Guard in the US Navy. who the magazine feels will change in the industry in a positive way in the next 10 years. Monem is active with the Muslim community in North America through ISNA. Monem Salam.
Prior to moving to Washington. Jihad was an inner-city high school teacher for four years. and a doctorate in business administration. where he is vice chair. peace and eco-justice advocate. Ako Abdul Samad Achmat Salie Imam Achmat Salie. the State Government committee. and spoke at the Parliament of World Religions in Barcelona. Arabic and Islamic Studies.the Education committee. Previously.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Jihad F. Saleh Jihad F. Peace. Since 2007. education. Spain. Meeks (D-NY). a non-profit organization in Des Moines. Saleh is the Education and Judiciary Legislative Assistant for Congressman Gregory W. and will join the weeklong Oxford Round Table panel at Oxford at the end of July. is an avid traveler and reader. Abdul-Samad is the founder and CEO of Creative Visions Human Development Institute. 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. and university professor. interfaith and youth coordinator. he is also the Programs Associate for the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association. Imam Salie has successfully Ako Abdul-Samad is the Iowa State Representative from the 66th District. Abdul-Samad currently serves on several committees in the Iowa House . South Africa. He has degrees in Islamic jurisprudence (alim fadil). DC. and the Human Resources committee. In addition to his title as Imam. he had been a member of the Des Moines school board. Jihad is originally from Los Angele organized an international conference on Religion. He also serves on the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee. Along with his legislative duties. a native of Cape Town. the Labor committee. Achmat Salie is a counselor. Salie will speak at Melbourne’s PWR on the intra-faith code of conduct in Michigan. 77 . and Conflict. He has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2007. He has earned graduate degrees from Stanford University's School of Education and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs. Abdul-Samad also serves on the Health and Human Services Committee of the Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments.
using her expertise in "social marketing" as the foundation for the portfolio. Saylor has more than a decade of nonprofit political communications. legislative advocacy. advocacy and media relations trainings across the United States.” Saylor has conducted dozens of civic empowerment. Bev developed an eye care project while at the American 78 Marc Schneier Rabbi Marc Schneier is a leading personality and spokesperson for the Jewish community. In the mid-seventies she was Executive Director of the Minnesota Association for Non-Smoker's Rights and was instrumental in passing the nation's first non-smoking in public places state law. Washington Post. and Christian faith communities. MSNBC and NPR have sought Saylor’s opinions. she helped design and manage the first U. and media relations experience. Muslim. at the U. . Rabbi Schneier is President and Founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) and serves as Chairman of the World Jewish Congress American Section. CNN. as well as its Commission on Intergroup Relations. At Fleishman. Saylor played a role in advocacy campaigns drawing concessions from corporate giants such as Burger King and Bell Helicopter-Boeing. Subsequently. she built and helped manage their social issues portfolio.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Corey Saylor African-American. Newsweek.S. Latino and AsianAmerican ethnic communities as well as promoting dialogue and cooperation among the Jewish. a “Web Winner. The Philadelphia Inquirer named a Saylormaintained blog focused on the 2005-2006 reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT ACT. reconciliation and understanding. News outlets such as the New York Times. he is at the forefront of the strengthening ties among the Jewish. "America Responds to AIDS" and simultaneously directed the Office on Smoking and Health's public information function. Fox News.S. In other lives. Beverly Schwartz Beverly joined Ashoka as the Vice President of Global Marketing from Fleishman Hillard. As one of the leading voices in the field of intergroup and race relations. an international communications agency. Beverly's interest in social issues spans most of her career. Center for Disease Control. Corey Saylor is legislative director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). education/prevention campaign for HIV/AIDS.
and CNN. He cofounded the National Security Internship (NSI). a selfprofessed "think-tank with legs" promoting George Selim is a policy advisor at the U. Muslim-Christian relations.S. Central & East Asia. and is Founder of IGE’s Council on Faith & International Affairs. Fox News. Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. is the president of the Institute for Global Engagement. He is a member at the Council on Foreign Relations (New York). sustainable environments for religious freedom worldwide..D. humanitarian intervention. with an emphasis on getting and retaining girls in school in developing countries. The focus of Beverly's Master of Science degree while at the University of Minnesota and the City University of New York was behavioral science. Peshawar. religion and international affairs. International Religious Freedom Advocacy: A Guide to Organizations. MSNBC. Seiple has appeared on BBC.S. the Naval Postgraduate School. and NGOs. He is the author of The U. on civil society issues and changing health and environmental behaviors when at the Academy for Educational Development. an intensive nine-week summer 79 . with the Reagan White House. the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London). Ph. Law. and Beijing.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Academy of Ophthalmology. Military/NGO Relationship in Humanitarian Interventions and co-author of a new book. She is an Associate Editor of the Social Marketing Quarterly and a Steering Committee Member of the annual "Innovations in Social Marketing Conference". Oslo. George Selim Chris Seiple Chris Seiple. Hanoi. After graduating from Stanford. She has worked globally on the problem of education reform. 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". and the Fletcher School for Law & Diplomacy.S. foreign policy. 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). CN8. he the founded the The Review of Faith & International Affairs. With a recognized expertise in national and homeland security U. including Doha. Beverly has published articles and given numerous presentations around the world on social marketing and is dedicated to promoting the field. Moscow. His many speaking engagements have led him around the world. and religious freedom.
MWWWI is a networking. Gerry Serotta Zakia Iman Shahbaz Zakia Iman Shahbaz. and Israel) and the Interfaith Committee for Peace in the Middle East. an American. the problems they have to confront. He recently completed a Sabbatical assignment as Senior Rabbinic Scholar-inResidence at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. but instead by tapping into a group of Arabic-speaking college students who want a career in public service. nurturing organization that conducts monthly writing workshops. She has taught in public and private schools in USA. She wants to present stories that illustrate the everyday lives of Muslim children and families. Gerald Serotta is the Associate Rabbi at Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase. Rabbi Serotta has been very active in community affairs throughout his career. and present possible strategies for resolving them in a way that both Muslms and non-muslims alike can appreciate.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention program that combines language. Through this internship. He has a decades long record of activism in seeking solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her dream of writing and illustrating stories for children was awakened with the birth of her grandsons. beginning in 1973 when he co-founded Breira. Damascus. A Medal for Nabila. with a Masters degree in Education and a Major in Art. is a retired elementary and art school teacher. and an annual folio. 80 . Maryland and served as Campus Rabbi at The George Washington University. newsletters. Selim helping to build the next generation of Americans trained to combat terrorist activities. Rabbi Gerald Serotta has been involved in interfaith work through the Fellowship of Reconciliation (beginning with a reconciliation mission in 1975 to Cairo. UAE in 2005. Rabbi Serotta served as a university chaplain for 27 years. UAE. He currently serves as Co-Chair of Rabbis for Human Rights. bi-partisan effort to bring spiritual reflection to the work of the US Congress. 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. Palestine. and is looking forward to the release of her next book. A Trophy for Bilal. an interfaith. homeland security and intelligence seminars. North America. and has traveled to many countries in the Middle East. She realized that Muslims need to write their own stories. in Sharjah. She is realizing this goal with the publication of her first book. where he directed the Hillel Foundation Director for 20 years. and on-the-jobtraining at DHS or the FBI. Beirut. Bahrain. in 1980 he was the Founding Co-Chair of New Jewish Agenda. He has served on a numerous other Boards including those of Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal and Tikkun Magazine. meeting and befriending people of diverse backgrounds. He is also a Board Member of the Faith and Politics Institute. Amman. and Sharjah. Zakia founded the (Muslim Women Writers' Workshop )MWWWI. Middle Eastern studies. He isn't doing it by training soldiers.
UK. D.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 brought both sensitivity about race and poverty issues and scholarly discipline to his faith-based work. He also did graduate work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. from the University of Wales. where he was ordained Rabbi in New York in 1974. Born in Berkeley. Zaid Shakir Zulfiqar Ali Shah Zulfiqar Ali Shah serves as the Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee. and later earned his MA in Political Science at Rutgers University. He is the current Executive Director of the Fiqh Council of North America. He holds Masters degrees from Hebrew Union College in Hebrew Literature. Masjid al-Huda. in Theology and Religious Studies. Aside from his traditional practice focusing on estate planning. adjunct faculty at the University of Wales. and co-founded a local Islamic center. and from New York Theological Seminary in Pastoral Counseling. Islamabad. He has taught as the full time faculty at the International Islamic University. As Imam of Masjid al-Islam from 1988 to 1994 he spear-headed a community renewal and grassroots anti-drug effort. He then left for Syria to pursue Ahmed Shaikh Ahmed Shaikh is an attorney and principal at Ahmed Shaikh. the Tri-State Muslim Education Initiative. and the Connecticut Muslim Coordinating Committee. Pakistan and. Imam Zaid Shakir is amongst the most respected and influential Islamic scholars in the West. co-founding Masjid al-Islam. St. Thomas University and Florida Community College. he led a successful campaign for disinvestment from South Africa. he settled in New Haven. Egypt. California. He has memorized the entire Arabic text of al-Qur’an since childhood. a professional law Corporation based in Southern California. which serves as the highest Muslim jurisprudential body in North America. University of North Florida. He obtained a BA with honors in International Relations at American University in Washington D. As an American Muslim who came of age during the civil rights struggles. He has been active in the Interfaith Council. and also taught political science and Arabic at Southern Connecticut State University. of Islamic inheritance and Sadqa Jaaria. He has a Ph. Connecticut and continued his community activism.C. After a year of studying Arabic in Cairo. Shaikh speaks regularly throughout the country on the issue 81 . Mr. He has been an instructor in the International Conflict Resolution program at Eastern Mennonite University. trust and probate matters in Southern California. he accepted Islam in 1977 while serving in the United States Air Force. While at Rutgers. NCCJ and many other ecumenical forums since 1992.
his translation from Arabic into English of “The Heirs of the Prophets” was published by Starlatch Press. In 2003. BA. California to serve as a scholar-in-residence and lecturer at Zaytuna Institute.S. For seven years in Syria. Sherif was born in Ethiopia and came to the USA as a young teen on a full academic university scholarship. as a 82 . Islamic law. serving again as the Imam of Masjid al-Islam. American men who were/are arrested. and Islamic spirituality. Zaki Sherif Sidney Rahim Sharif Sidney Sharif worked as a police officer in the City of Chicago for 28 years from 1959 through 1988. he and his wife Esther established the South Shore Islamic Community Center Since 1975. prosecuted and imprisoned for crimes. and briefly in Morocco. he immersed himself in an intense study of Arabic. He is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle Campus. he graduated from Syria’s prestigious Abu Noor University and returned to Connecticut. Majored in Corrections and Criminal Justice. Quranic studies. and writing and speaking frequently on a host of issues. In 2001. In 1995. He is President and Founder of the Islamic Inmates Correctional Association of America. he was concerned about the extremely disproportionate number of African Dr. where he now teaches courses on Arabic. and spirituality with some of the top Muslim scholars of our age. His professional career begins in the medical field as a renowned scientist specializing in cancer genetics and molecular medicine. and Chicago State University. history. In 2006. he moved to Hayward. He worked as a police officer in both African American and European communities. Majored in Administration of Criminal Justice. That same year. The mission of this organization is to Reduce prison violence. He also currently conducts Islamic prison ministry at Wilmot Arizona State prison in Tucson. and the history and life of Prophet Muhammad.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention his studies in the traditional Islamic sciences. In addition. and recidivism. In 2005. Islamic law. a translation from Arabic to English with commentary of Al Muhasibi's "Treatise For The Seekers of Guidance" was published by NID Publishers. he has taught Islamic principles. M. Zaytuna Institute published “Scattered Pictures: Reflections of An American Muslim” an anthology of diverse essays penned by Zaid Shakir. 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. Throughout his career. he was concerned about crime and its costs in human suffering.
and Thailand. Much of his publications is on dynamics. graduated with a B. Shinaishin O. He has also taught at Egyptian Schools before going to the U. and Program Coordinator. NY. Dr. Osman A. Research & Development Directorate. for North Africa. and a Ph. and as a professor. Earlier he worked as a Research Acoustics Engineer at the General Electric Company R&D Center in New York and at the Boeing Company in Seattle. Albany. Environmental Protection Agency.Sc. India. the American Cancer Society. Professor Sherif served as a medical and health consultant for the United Nations as a visiting scholar in Ethiopia. and since joining the NSF on the status of scientific research in the developing world. Sherif was president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at three different universities as an undergraduate and graduate student. Near East and South Asia.D. he has given numerous speeches. Shinaishin is the Senior Program Manager. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California. 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. teaching biochemistry. degree in Agricultural Engineering from Michigan State University in 1960. He has been awarded research grants from national funding agencies including the National Institutes of Health. the National Science Foundation. He held positions at NSF since 1976 managing programs with India and South Asia and then with the North Africa. He also sat on a number of committees that reviewed grant applications. acoustics. He currently heads Badr International Ethiopian Muslim organization headquartered in Washington DC. the American Heart Association. Georgetown and John Hopkins Universities.S.S. in Agricultural Sciences from Cairo University in 1952. Washington. Dr. molecular biology and cancer biology to medical and graduate students at three top tier universities in the Washington DC area. Acoustics Unit at Mechanical Technology Inc. He is well published and served on the editorial board of many scientific journals. Near East and South Asian the Office of International Science and Engineering at the US National Science Foundation.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention medical doctor with a keen interest in oncology and cancer research. Prior to that he was Program Manager. the American Leukemia Society and numerous other agencies. 83 . received a M. delivered countless Friday Qhutbas and conducted copious Da’awa activities. Davis and Berkeley in 1965. In his position as a leader in the Muslim community. Sherif also received post-doctoral fellowships from Stanford. He was born in Egypt. A.
as well as his weekly column in Pakistan Link. Dr. England and later went on to complete a degree in Comparative Religion at Harvard 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. Shazia Siddiqi Muzammil Siddiqi received his BA in Islamic and Arabic Studies from the Islamic University of Medina. Siddiqi works as an Educator and Religious Director of the Islamic Society of Orange County where he has served since 1981. Dr. He has served as chairman of the Religious Affairs Committee and has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the National American Islamic Trust (NAIT).Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Muzammil Siddiqi commentary in a weekly radio program. Siddiqi also serves as a member of the ISNA Majlis AshShura and Chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America. Siddiqi has organized and participated in several national and international Islamic conferences on Sirah. Dr. National Executive Director of the Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament (MIST). Dr. he has organized numerous training programs for Muslim adults and youth. Fiqh and Da'wah. and a 2009 Carnegie Scholar. Siddiqi has authored books on Hajj & Umra. and Chair of the Islamic Association of Greater Detroit (IAGD)'s Community Affairs Committee. Saudi Arabia and MA in Theology from Birmingham University. As a member and now Chairman of the Executive Board of Majlis al-Shura of Southern California. His is author of Organizations at War in 84 . Because of his devotion to the preservation of Islam in America. Abdulkader Sinno Abdulkader Sinno is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University. Since 1982. Dr. Siddiqi served as the President of ISNA from 1996 . Bloomington.2000. Currently. He received his PhD from UCLA and was a CISAC Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. he has provided Qur'an Shazia Siddiqi is an MA candidate in Art Therapy and Community Counseling at Wayne State University. She is a member of the ISNA Majlis Youth Committee. Ramadan and has published many academic papers and articles in encyclopedias and journals.
Cathy’s memoir of her 14 years in Beirut. Siraj taught collegelevel as well as Advanced Placement English in the United States and Saudi Arabia. until civil war began in April 1975. teenagers. Ms. and comparative politics. research design. was published by Scarletta Press in November 2005. She supervises USCRI’s volunteer and financial literacy programs. reads. teachers. immersed in Lebanese culture.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Afghanistan (2008) and Beyond and editor of Muslims in Western Politics (2009). D. She and her family spent the next 8 years under the bombs and only returned to the United States in 1983. She interviewed Palestinians in refugee camps. Hindi. A Beirut Heart: One Woman’s War. In 1969 she moved to Beirut. Bengali. politics of Muslims in the West. She began at USCRI as a refugee protection researcher and writer for the 2008 World Refugee Survey. Lebanon with her Lebanese husband and two small children. peace activists and Israeli soldiers. Cathy traveled to Jerusalem and the West Bank to better understand the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Ms. Europe and North Africa. In May 2008 Scarletta Press published Cathy’s latest book Tragedy in South Lebanon: The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006. businessmen. Ms. Siraj earned a double Master's in Public Policy and Arab Studies. conflict processes and state building. 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. He is a fluent speaker of Arabic and French and has knowledge of Hebrew. Her collection of interviews was published in December 2003. Cathy Sultan was born. raised and educated in Washington. Siraj has lived in India and Saudi Arabia and speaks.C. USA Book News awarded it Best Autobiography of 2006. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Middle Eastern politics. On behalf of NPF she co-leads trips to Israel/Palestine with Interfaith Peace Builders once a year. and Urdu. As a former English instructor. Siraj provides support to USCRI as an officer in USCRI's Matching Grant Program. Sultan sits on the Executive Board of the National Peace Foundation. Cathy Sultan Tabassum Siraj Ms. and writes Arabic. 85 . She led a tranquil life. In March 2002. He has researched and traveled extensively in the Middle East.
Syeed. As President of the Muslim Students Association of USA & Canada (1980-1983). Syeed Professor Taher is the President of North American Educational Foundation (a notfor-profit organization). He is the chief architect of Babul-Ilm project . Illinois. A naturalized American citizen. is a resident of Palo Alto.She is the proud mother of two young adults. in Washington. who has received over a dozen awards for community and peace building.amuslimvoice. at the Islamic Foundation. Misbah and Saqib. He has served as the Principal of the Weekend Islamic School. Asia. Dr. the Caribbean.D. Taher Sayyid M. from March 2006. Interfaith and Community Alliances. served as its Editor-in-Chief (19841994). Dr. Indiana. Syeed has been General Secretary of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS). immigration reform.A Web Resource for Weekend Islamic School. for last 17 years. civic engagement through volunteerism. mutual respect and harmony. DC. Villa Park. Sundas. She believes through education and interaction we can build an inclusive and beloved nation where all of us feel safe and at home. protecting civil liberties and constitutional rights for all. Her dream is to creating a culture of peace. During 1984-1988. in Sociolinguistics from the Indiana University at Bloomington. Syeed obtained his Ph. Presently. Her focus is in youth leadership development. acceptance.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Samina F. She is committed to fostering friendships among all Americans by bridging cultural and religious gaps. Mohammed T. Sundas Samina F. he was Secretary General of the International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations (IIFSO) in which capacity he traveled widely through the former Soviet Union.com). he is the curriculum director and has successfully developed and implemented 86 Sayyid M. and South America. Syeed resumed responsibilities as National Director of ISNA’s Office of . Dr. he pioneered its transformation into the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). and Europe. one of the founders of the quarterly American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS). California . and community and peace building. Sundas is the founder and Executive Director of the American Muslim Voice Foundation (www. Africa. in 1984. a national professional organization founded 31 years ago.
Addison. Her third book. Dr. in engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University. A Party in Ramadan. 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.S. in Computer Science/Networking from Northeastern University. Currently serving her second term as President of CAIR-Ohio. Her first book. He is currently working on drug product quality issues for the Food & Drug Administration. won the 2008 Skipping Stones Honor Award. Asma Mobin-Uddin is a pediatrician. across the United States. “A Guide to Reading Qur’an”. “Impact of using computer simulation on students learning in a Technology based course”.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention the curriculum for grades Pre-school through 11. He is the author of a popular book. Asma frequently writes about topics related to Islam and Muslims. He has a background in chemical engineering with a Master’s focus on pharmaceutical operations. Asma MobinUddin Mobin Tawakkul Mobin Tawakkul created the Disability Needs & Awareness Working Group (DNAWG) for a non-profit organization called American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP). He is a Senior Professor in the College of Engineering & Science at DeVry University. 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. 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. for the Weekend Islamic School. His doctoral thesis is on. and award-winning author of children’s books about the Muslim-American experience. Illinois. community activist. He is profoundly deaf and relies on a cochlear implant device. Her op ed columns have been published in newspapers locally. India. and internationally. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Michigan. Omar Uddin Omar Uddin serves as President of Muslim Youth of North America Northwest 87 . He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. and his M. Hyderabad. Her second book. My Name is Bilal. Chicago.S. the 2008 Middle East Outreach Council Book Award Honorable Mention. The Best Eid Ever. and was a 2009 Storytelling World Resource Awards Honor Book.
"Genesis: A Living Conversation" (PBS. 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. Senegal. priests. OH. originally from Columbus. Iqbal Unus Iqbal Unus is the Headquarters Director of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). and Madrid. 1996). Later he served successively as Regional Representative. He helped build New York's Imam council. Visotzky served as collaborator and onscreen participant in Bill Moyers' ten-hour series. Warsaw. Warith Deen Umar Burton L. He is the former Dean of Students/Registrar at the School of Islamic and Social Sciences (SISS) in Leesburg. Qatar (where he was in the first group of Jews invited to dialogue by the Emir). "Prince of Egypt. Virginia. Imam Umar. Visotzky Burton L. President of the Muslim Students Association of Atlanta. Cairo. 1997. in capitals such as Washington. investigate world events first hand. Cyprus and Europe in his sojourn to study history. who also studied moral development at Harvard University under Lawrence Kohlberg. and imams to improve the life of our time. He worked with rabbis. and spread the teaching of Islam. ministers. is a Conservative Rabbi and professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary (NY). and Director of IIFTIHAR-USA. Umar advocated the hiring and assignment of Muslim religious workers throughout the U. Spain (where he was in the first group of Jews invited by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia). Director of Child Development Fund (CDF). South Africa. Rome.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention University medical school. ranking Chaplain for New York's prison system for 25 years. His volunteer involvement in Islamic work began in North America as the 88 . This explored a modern incarnation of the Jewish theological traditions of midrash. Doha. Visotzky. founded the National Association of Muslim Chaplains. and President (in 1975) of the Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada (MSA). He traveled to Mecca. Georgia in 1970.S. In 1975 he became one of the first two Muslims hired as full time Imams in prisons in America. businessmen and professionals of various religious backgrounds. and built on Visotzky's experience leading seminars in Manhattan with a mixed group of students. He also served as a principal consultant for DreamWorks 1998 film. Vice President. Turkey." He is engaged in Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue internationally.
Volf was born in Osijek. Imam Wahhaj was the first person to give an Islamic invocation to the United States Congress in 1991. Imam Siraj has appeared on several national television talk shows and interviews. Fuller Theological Seminary (M. Reconciliation and Justice" to a new text on the atonement. and studied at Evangelical-Theological Faculty. conflict resolution. He has been a member of ISNA's Planning Committee and served as a member of the Board of Advisors for North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) from 1989 to 1993. "Forgiveness. and peace-making. New York. He has been a member in both the Episcopal Church (USA) and the Evangelical Church in Croatia. and University of Tübingen. 89 . He is widely known for his works on systematic theology. He received his training from Ummul Quran University in Mecca and has become a world-renowned speaker on Islam. Among other achievements. Imam Wahhaj has been on the ISNA Majlis AshShura since 1987 and has also previously served as ISNA Vice-President.A). ethics. His book Exclusion and Embrace. Croatia. Volf is formerly a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary Imam Siraj Wahhaj is the current Imam of Masjid Al-Taqwa in Brooklyn. Zagreb (B. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the American Muslim Council (AMC). Recently he contributed the essay.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Miroslav Volf Siraj Wahhaj Miroslav Volf is an influential Christian theologian and currently the Henry B. especially about his anti-drug campaigns in his native Bedford-Stuyvesant. California.A) in Pasadena. He received high praises from the media and NYPD for initiating his anti-drug patrols in Brooklyn in 1988. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale University Divinity School and Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. Stricken by God? Nonviolent Identification and the Victory of Christ. where he studied under Jürgen Moltmann. was selected as among the 100 best religious books of the 20th Century by Christianity Today.
A. Winkler’s dedication to peace and justice is paramount. Jim has taken his passion for peaceful resolutions abroad as well.C.S. having led delegations to the Middle East. He also founded the Purpose Driven Movement. Mr. Vizcaino & Maher LLP.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Khurrum Wahid Forbes magazine said. Khurrum has testified on civil rights issues several times before various government organizations. He has trained over 350." He founded Saddleback Church in Orange County. Iraq and Germany and traveled throughout the world with United Methodist’s efforts at justice work in Africa. a civil and criminal litigation firm based in Florida. a network of tens of thousands of churches from all denominations in 160 countries." 90 . Calling him a "spiritual entrepreneur." Rick and Kay Warren give away 90 percent of the profits from their books to charitable causes. or Starbucks in impact. He has defended individuals and organizations. Google. Rick Warren is often called "America's most influential spiritual leader.E. Jim Winkler Rick Warren As the General Secretary. plan and Acts of Mercy.000 pastors worldwide. Warren gave the invocation at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in January 2009. which is now one of the largest and best-known churches in the world. a campaign that called for a prompt timetable for the withdrawal of U. In 2006 he was heavily involved in the “Declaration of Peace” movement. including successfully defending three innocent Muslim medical students falsely accused of terrorism in Florida on the anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11.E. including their global P. Khurrum Wahid is an attorney and founding partner in the law firm of Wahid. troops from Iraq. California. which services those infected with and affected by AIDS. Jim is the top executive at the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society. "If Warren's ministry was a business it would be compared with Dell. including twice before the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Asia and Europe. as proven by his willingness to be arrested in front of the White House during a peaceful protest for the Declaration of Peace.
board member of the Churches for the Middle East Peace and a board member of Africa Action. Winkler is a member of the Justice and Advocacy Commission of the National Council of Churches of the United States of America. Universal Design. He walks with the help of leg braces and crutches. he returned to the USA and took degrees in Religious Studies and Health Care. India in 1988. he offers weekly commentary on social issues through the board's weekly enewsletter Faith in Action. A.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mr. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Osmania University. After ten years of studies abroad. board member of the Faith and Politics Institute. USA. Saudi Arabia. as well as North and West Africa. E. a master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Wayne State University. Fair Housing & ADA/ABA Guidelines from Harvard University in 2007 and Assistive Technology Applications from California State University in 2008. USA. USA in 1992. He received teaching licenses in various Islamic subjects from several wellknown scholars in various countries. 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.. In 1977. Shaykh Hamza is the first American lecturer to teach in Morocco's 91 . a nonprofit organization that is working to empower people with disabilities in India. He is the President and Founder of HelpHandicap Foundation. Mohammed Yousuf HamzaYusuf Mohammed acquired polio at the age of 2 and could not go to school until he was almost 12 years old. He tried to find solutions from many challenges and did not let obstacles get in the way of progressive thinking and attaining independence. Mohammed has published several articles on disability related topics. He came to USA in 1990 and associated himself with a number of disability related initiatives. which provides accessibility. Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) certification from Housing University in 2006. he became Muslim and subsequently traveled to the Muslim world and studied for ten years in the U. Certified Shaykh HamzaYusuf was born in Washington State and raised in Northern California. He is also an Accessibility Specialist and Founder of AccessAgain LLC. he has also contributed a book chapter for a book on disability and is currently working on his own book on disability. 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. universal design and assistive technology solutions for people with various disabilities. In addition.
the son of a Greek Cypriot father and Swedish mother. including being honoured with the 'Man for Peace' award in 2004 by a committee of Nobel peace laureates. is in pre-production and set to open in London’s West End in early 2010. He is also the Vice-Chairman of the Universal School Board of Directors. he has served as the Principal of Universal School in Chicago for over 10 years.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention prestigious and oldest University. A well-known Muslim activist. Yusuf Islam Safaa Zarzour Born Steven Demetre Georgiou. he has translated into modern English several classical Arabic traditional texts and poems. Shaykh Hamza currently resides in Northern California with his wife and five children. Following a bout of tuberculosis early on in his career. In addition. the U. After almost drowning in the Pacific Ocean at Malibu he received a translation of the Qur'an from his elder brother. is Safaa Zaraour is the President of the Council of Islamic Schools in North America (CISNA) and an associate attorney at the law firm of Odelson & Sterk. David. He is active with the Catholic-Muslim Education Project and Play for Peace. serves as the Chairman for CAIR-Chicago and has spoken at a number of national and regional conferences. He changed his name to Yusuf Islam and walked away from the music business to start a new life and raise a family. 92 . 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. Wild World and Father & Son and selling over 50 million LPs. the Mediterranean Prize for Peace. From 1968-1979. Yusuf Islam grew up in the heart of London’s theatre district. His pioneering work in education and tireless support for humanitarian causes has received international recognition. is the Program Chair for the ISNA Education Forum. and more recently in January 2007. A stage musical based on his repertoire of songs. the Karaouine in Fes. Roadsinger.N affiliated NGO which Yusuf Islam founded in 2000. penning such classics as Matthew & Son. Small Kindness. he undertook an ongoing search for peace and spiritual truth. 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. His quest for answers was fulfilled and he embraced Islam in 1977. Yusuf’s latest album. was released earlier this year to widespread critical acclaim. Moonshadow. he performed as Cat Stevens and was one of the biggest solo artists of his generation. a well respected charity actively operating in some of the poorest parts of the world. Moonshadow.
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