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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The teacher. 9 . He has served on the boards of various nonprofits and was a Communications Director for a U. Eastern Europe. Among the authors he has edited are Markos Moulitsas Zuniga of DailyKOs. and has spoken several times on issues of race. and Baroness Warsi. As well as being an active figure in the Indian Subcontinent. Born in the region. Lord Ahmed was among the founders of The World Forum. Safir is also an independent book editor and editorial consultant and has been a journalist for more than 20 years. Gillian Gibbons. He has been on many delegations to the Arab world. Senate campaign in 2004. from Britain's ruling Labour Party. Lord Ahmed. Ahmed speaks on wider equality issues. including the The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi and Caesarean Moon Births as well as his articles for Seasons Journal and other publications. George Lakoff of UC-Berkeley and Glenn Greenwald of Salon magazine   Saquiba Ahmed  Saquiba Ahmed is Connecting Cultures' Vice President for Business Development. Her work history spans beyond US boundaries. the US. Safir Ahmed  Safir Ahmed has been the Executive Director of Zaytuna since June. 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. international terrorism and forced marriages. religion and gender.S. the former states of the USSR and the Far East. she utilized her conflict resolution skills to negotiate and mediate disputes between mission consultants and local project managers. Following this the President pardoned Ms Gibbons and she was allowed to return to the UK. meeting with heads of state to discuss their respective problems and how he may be able to assist them. to the Chechens and Palestinians. allowed her class to name a teddy bear Muhammad. cultures and civilizations based on tolerance. to international bodies such as his board membership on the SAARC Foundation. Africa. working for the World Bank. 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. visited Khartoum and had a meeting with the President of Sudan. he has worked on the plight of Muslims around the world ranging from the collapse of former Yugoslavia.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention legislation against religious discrimination. On international assignments.[citation needed] At home. 2008 and since 2005 has overseen the Publications division at Zaytuna where he helped edit Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s writings. Ahmed has a personal interest in seeing a peaceful resolve to the ongoing bloody dispute in Kashmir and seeks international mediation to achieve this. He is seen as one of the leaders of the Muslim community. an opposition Conservative. In November 2007 Ahmed was involved in a diplomatic effort to secure the release of Gillian Gibbons from custody in Sudan.

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

He moved to USA in 1980 and has spend most of his time as and imam first at the Turkish Society of Rochester. She also coordinates Islamic 11 . In 2005. 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. NY. Assad serves as the     Aisha Al­Adawiya Aisha Al-Adawiya is the Founder and Executive Director of Women In Islam Inc. al-Adawiya organizes and participates in conferences. United American Muslim Association. an organization of Muslim women which focuses on human rights and social justice. Gender Equity. He previously worked for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (DTX) where he helped create the Congressional Pakistan Caucus and was the lead staffer for the House Science Committee.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention     Assad R. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Andre Carson (D-IN) as they became the first and second Muslim Members of Congress in 2006 and 2008. Assad R. Brooklyn NY. Cross-Cultural Understanding. Akhter currently serves as Legislative Director to Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) where he oversees the Congressman’s entire legislative agenda and manages his legislative staff. and represents Muslim women in United Nations forums as a Non-Governmental Organization. Ms. He provided material assistance to and campaigned with both Reps. He received traditional Islamic education from private teachers and institutions and worked as an imam and Vaiz (official religious speaker) in various cities in Turkey. He retired from active imam duties and periodically visits various masajid to give speeches. Conflict Resolution. respectively. symposia and other forums on Islam. Akhter  current President of the Congressional Muslim Staff Association (CMSA). Kemal Aktas was born in Corum.   Mehmet Aktas  Mehmet Atkas is President of Religious Counsel. and then Islamic Cultural Center of Rochester. He is married with three children and lives in Boston MA. Rochester. He has also spent a substantive amount of time working on political campaigns throughout America. Apart from his official legislative duties. Turkey.. 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.

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

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

Tonight with Deborah Norville. and a contributing editor to the award winning Illume Magazine He is a contributor to the Washington Post. He was honored as an "An Influential Muslim American Artist" by the State Department and invited to their Annual Ramadan dinner.wordpress. he worked for the Japanese Embassy. Al Mahdawy was born in Iraq in March of 1973 and grew up in Baghdad in the same house his family lives in today. The Guardian. Salam has also been deeply involved in interfaith activities. and the Transcaucus conflict.S. Salam Al-Marayati serves as the Executive Director of MPAC. He is the recipient of Muslim Public Affairs Council's prestigious "Emerging Muslim American Artist" Award `of 2009. which formed as a result of the Los Angeles uprising in the Summer of 1992. churches. the United Nations and a French NGO. synagogues. The LA Daily News. Politically Incorrect. For the past 16 years. In late 2007 he arrived in Albany.com) is ranked in the top 7% of all political blogs and recently rated "Great" by blogged. Finally in May 2008 he started working as Reception and Placement Case Manager at the agency. The San Francisco Chronicle and USA Today. "Ramadan Blues. He was also recently honored as a "Muslim Leader of Tomorrow" for his journalism. He has appeared on radio and TV talk shows. His first short story. and has been featured on C-SPAN and NBC. The Christian Science Monitor. including The Dennis Miller Show. democracy. Salam Al­Marayati  Yasir Al Mahdawy  Mr. After completing his engineering degree from Baghdad University College of Engineering. He values working at USCRI Albany because it allows him to provide services to new comers to the U. the Balkan Crisis. and Huffington Post. and shortly thereafter he began volunteering with USCRI Albany. human rights. After June 2006. His blog. temples. Salam has had the opportunity to speak to congregations at community-sponsored events. The Chicago Tribune. Judgments. the leading American Muslim online magazine. He served as co-chair of the Interfaith Coalition to Heal Los Angeles. He has written extensively on Islam. He is an Associate Editor of Altmuslim. His articles and interviews have appeared on such prominent newspapers as The Wall Street Journal. Middle East politics. he fled Iraq and lived in Jordan for more than one year before being approved for resettlement in the United States. NY. His first movie. "Ms. and college campuses.com." was published in the anthology "Pow Wow" published by Perseus/De Capo Press. The Los Angeles Times. Salam also 14 . high schools. He acted as a translator and liaison for the other Iraqi families that were being resettled in Albany." was a finalist for the LinkTV Muslim American Film Contest.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention major play about the American Muslims experience making its New York premiere on 9-11-09 at the world famous Nuyorican Theater. "Goatmilk: An Intellectual Playground" (goatmilk.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zahid H. two organizations aimed at raising awareness about the impacts of national security policies on civil liberties and privacy interests. Get Outta Your Chair. Muslim public opinion in the US and other related topics in national and international forums. DC. Buttar also served the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy as Associate Director for Communications & Outreach. He has a vast experience in all aspects of survey research. Shahid Buttar  Shahid Buttar. Bukhari was elected President of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) for 20092010. Buttar has long advocated in defense of the Constitution. 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. The Pew Charitable Trusts awarded a grant of $1. and South Asian fusion traditions. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Dr. Georgetown University. American Muslim Studies Program (AMSP) at the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. From 1999-2004.25 million for this purpose. a member of Gallup International. he worked as executive director of the Pakistan Institute of Public Opinion (PIPO). drum 'n bass. Based in Washington. Dr. Hopes and Aspirations and Muslim in America: Engaging Polity and Society in Post 9/11 Era (forthcoming). A 2003 graduate of Stanford Law School. house. Bukhari is currently working as Director. Previously he served as Counsel to Muslim Advocates’ Program to Combat Racial & Religious Profiling. which examined the role and contribution of the Muslim community to the American public life. He is also editor of two volumes of the Project MAPS: Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square: Fears. He has published and presented papers on Islam and development. His debut CD. Bukhari’s research interests focused on religion and politics in the United States and South Asia. Washington. hip-hop. As a musician. In January. including Bumpin’ in My SUV and the Baghdad Blues. blues. Shahid has performed around the world for audiences as large as 50.D. was released in 2008 and features music from the funk. DC. Islamabad. Bukhari has a Masters in Economics from the 25 . From 1978-1983. He is also serving as Executive Director of the Center for Islam and Public Policy (CIPP). Dr. he served as Professor Lawrence Lessig’s Constitutional Law Teaching Assistant and as Executive Editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal.000.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Zahid Hussain Bukhari  University of Karachi and Ph. from 2003 to 2008.

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

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

real estate funds. institutional investors. In addition. banks. Mr. mutual funds. the first English reference on the fatawa issued by Shariah boards. Dadabhoy spent over 15 years at Wells Fargo and was most recently a District Manager in Long Beach. Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo is currently the Chief Shariah Officer and Board Member at Shariah Capital. the 2003 book that introduced Sukuk and transformed the world’s Islamic capital markets. including Euromoney’s “Islamic Asset Management”. Based in the Washington. DC area. Shaykh Yusuf is also a special consultant. leasing funds. 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. Prior to that. His written work has appeared in journals and newsletters and as chapters in books. Shaykh Yusuf is a well-known and respected Shariah advisor and Islamic 28 . Shaykh Yusuf wrote the introduction to “Islamic Bonds”. alternative asset managers and others. including index providers. co-founding the UPLIFT Charitable Corporation in 2006. broadly defined to include banking. Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo  scholar whose career spans more than 30 years.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Owaiz M. Mr. he was Senior Sales Director for Wells Fargo’s Wealth Management group in Los Angeles where he managed six Sales Directors and led a team of over 200 licensed bankers. His entries on the terminology of Islamic Finance appear in The Oxford Dictionary of Islam. California. he earned a BA in Business Administration from California State University at Fullerton. Investment Manager. Dadabhoy. His three-volume publication has become the standard reference for Islamic financial institutions. joined Saturna Capital in August of 2008. Dadabhoy  Owaiz M. Dadabhoy is active with charitable and community activities. capital markets and insurance. home finance providers. he serves as a Shariah advisor to over 20 global financial entities. He is married with two children and enjoys spending time with his family in various outdoor activities. Shaykh Yusuf is the author of “A Compendium of Legal Opinions on the Operations of Islamic Banks”. 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. Raised in Southern California. “Islamic Retail Finance and Islamic Finance: Innovation & Growth”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jess Ghannam is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences at the University of California. and understanding. ReligionDispatches. Safiya clerked for the Arkansas Attorney General in the Public Protection Division where she focused on fraud and discrimination cases.   Fatemeh Fakhraie   Safiya Ghori  Fatemeh Fakhraie is an editor. Safiya is currently the Muslim Public Affairs Council Program Director in the Washington DC office. Dr. She earned a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in May 2006 from the University of Arkansas. writer. 36 Jess Ghannam  Dr. knowledge. Arkansas. VA where she researched and administered VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) and asylum cases for Muslim women who were victims of domestic violence. San Francisco and . Morocco and Russia.. Safiya is fluent in Hindi and Urdu and was born in Little Rock. feminism. She founded and currently serves as editor of Muslimah Media Watch. a website dedicated to analyzing representations of Muslim women in global media. As an Equal Justice Works Fellow she worked at the Tahirih Justice Center in Falls Church. including Racialicious. and blogger who writes about issues related to Muslims. including chronic pain and cancer. and Bitch magazine. 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. and politics in several print and online outlets. Safiya taught Introduction to Comparative Politics at the University of Arkansas for two years. Ghannam specializes in working with chronic illness. speaker and writer on Islam and spirituality. Dr. Ghannam is also a Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) for the State of California. race.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Sheikha Maryam Kabeer Faye is a teacher. She travels extensively throughout the world. Adjunct Professor of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. building bridges of light. She has studied and worked in many countries including India. While completing her M.A. He also works and does research in the area of Global Health and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She is also an associate editor of the new online magazine Altmuslimah.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Hena Khan 

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

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

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  M.J. Khan  

    Muqtedar Khan 

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

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

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

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

Zeba Khan 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

nephew of Imam W. and greatgrandson of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Pakistan . Dept of Medicine.   Sultan Muhammad is a native Chicagoan. Karachi . and an award winning author. cultural engagement. is a community organizer with a background in strategic communications and multimedia production. Sultan studied Arabic and Islamic sciences on scholarship abroad and is the son of the late Imam Sultan Muhammad. PA Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine. Marshall University . 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. 64 .MPH University of Pittsburgh . 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. 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. As the national coordinator of Bosnia Task Force. and social transformation. He publishes educational resources and is co-founder of a Chicagobased multi-media production company. Certified Diplomat in the Subspecialty of Nuclear Cardiology Sultan Muhammad  Abdul Malik Mujahid is the Chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. Marriyam Moten    Abdul Malik Mujahid   Marriyam Moten graduated Dow Medical College . At an early age. is founder of Sound Vision. University of Tennessee. Karachi University .

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

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

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. His PhD Thesis was on a comparative review of some English translations of the Qur’an. Zarqa Nawaz  Dr.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention     Daoud Nassimi  studies and recently earned his Ph. and CBC’s The National. marriage celebrant. He is originally from Afghanistan. He has been volunteering to serve the community in various capacities. had a Bachelor of Science degree from U of T in her hands when she realized that staying out of the medical school would be her greatest contribution to Canada’s health care system. CTV’s Canada AM. in Islamic studies. Nawaz’s documentary entitled Me and the Mosque. 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. and chairman. Unfazed. Other short film credits include Fred’s Burqa and Random Check. He gives Jum’a Khutbahs in various Masajid. Dr. which debuted to large audiences and tremendous acclaim in 2007. He is a frequent and passionate speaker in different Muslim Satellite TV shows on the subjects of Qur’an and Islamic Thought. born in Liverpool and raised in Toronto. Nassimi has a unique and combined educational background in engineering and Islamic studies. Daoud Nassimi lives in Northern Virginia and he is the vice-chairman of the Council of Muslim Organizations in Greater Washington. he has also studied the Arabic language. she coolly switched career plans and received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism from Ryerson in 1992. counselor. He has been an activist and a student of Islam in the last 22 years in the United States. a co-production with the National 67 . including as an Imam.D. Besides his BS and MS in electrical engineering and working in the fields of telecommunications and satellite communications in the last 20 years. DC (CCMO). In 2005. Nawaz worked as a freelance writer/broadcaster with CBC radio. teacher. Nawaz. board member. and in various capacities with CBC Newsworld. and lectures on Islamic topics at various forums in the DC area.

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

in Theology. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston. and left for the Islamic University of Madinah. State Department Reception & Placement program. to parents who were of the first emigrants to Houston from Pakistan (his father came to America in 1963 and is an Islamic activist and author as well). he worked as a Research Assistant at Streit Council for a Union of Democracies in Washington. In addition to his studies. Prior to joining USCRI. one of the largest advanced Institutes of Islamic Studies in North America. review. and then went on to complete an M. in 1975. in Philosophy from the University of Bucharest. and submission of family reunification sponsorship documents from USCRI network agencies participating in the U.   Shaykh Yasir Qadhi was born in Houston. DC.A.S. liaising with the Refugee Processing Center. coordinating human resources for USCRI headquarters and field offices. There.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Serban Popescu    Yasir Qadhi  Mr. where he spent ten years. After working for Dow Chemical for a short stint. 69 . he decided to pursue an education in Islamic studies. Serban received his M. where he lives with his wife and four children. and B. and affiliates. and providing primary support to the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. he is completing his PhD in Islamic studies at Yale University in New Haven.A. Currently. He speaks French and Romanian. and processing assurance forms.A. Popescu’s main duties include collection. he completed a second bachelor's degree. in Nationalism Studies from the Central European University. specializing in hadith studies. Texas. Overseas Processing Entities. Connecticut. Popescu began employment with USCRI as an Administrative Assistant. he is also the Dean of Academic Affairs of AlMaghrib Institute. Mr.

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

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    Ajmel Quereshi 

  Saifur Rahman 

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

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

Zeyba Rahman 

   

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

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

  Hussein Rashid 

  Fatima Rahmatullah 

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

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

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

Sabeeha Rehman 

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

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

   

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

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

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

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

Saylor played a role in advocacy campaigns drawing concessions from corporate giants such as Burger King and Bell Helicopter-Boeing. advocacy and media relations trainings across the United States. Center for Disease Control. as well as its Commission on Intergroup Relations. legislative advocacy. Rabbi Schneier is President and Founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) and serves as Chairman of the World Jewish Congress American Section. Muslim. and Christian faith communities.S. The Philadelphia Inquirer named a Saylormaintained blog focused on the 2005-2006 reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT ACT. she built and helped manage their social issues portfolio. CNN. At Fleishman. reconciliation and understanding. she helped design and manage the first U. an international communications agency. 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. Latino and AsianAmerican ethnic communities as well as promoting dialogue and cooperation among the Jewish.” Saylor has conducted dozens of civic empowerment. Beverly Schwartz  Beverly joined Ashoka as the Vice President of Global Marketing from Fleishman Hillard. a “Web Winner. education/prevention campaign for HIV/AIDS. Beverly's interest in social issues spans most of her career. Corey Saylor is legislative director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Saylor has more than a decade of nonprofit political communications. News outlets such as the New York Times. Fox News. he is at the forefront of the strengthening ties among the Jewish. using her expertise in "social marketing" as the foundation for the portfolio. Washington Post. and media relations experience. In other lives. MSNBC and NPR have sought Saylor’s opinions. Bev developed an eye care project while at the American 78 Marc Schneier  Rabbi Marc Schneier is a leading personality and spokesperson for the Jewish community. Subsequently. at the U. Newsweek. .Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Corey Saylor  African-American. "America Responds to AIDS" and simultaneously directed the Office on Smoking and Health's public information function.S. As one of the leading voices in the field of intergroup and race relations.

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

beginning in 1973 when he co-founded Breira. Zakia founded the (Muslim Women Writers' Workshop )MWWWI. A Medal for Nabila. and an annual folio. homeland security and intelligence seminars. 80 . Beirut. He has served on a numerous other Boards including those of Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal and Tikkun Magazine. He is a past chair of the Board of Chaplains at The George Washington University and a pastpresident of the Association of Jewish Campus Professionals. and Sharjah. and is looking forward to the release of her next book. and has traveled to many countries in the Middle East. the problems they have to confront. Damascus. meeting and befriending people of diverse backgrounds. Selim helping to build the next generation of Americans trained to combat terrorist activities. and Israel) and the Interfaith Committee for Peace in the Middle East. Through this internship. He is also a Board Member of the Faith and Politics Institute. in Sharjah. UAE in 2005. She has taught in public and private schools in USA. He isn't doing it by training soldiers. Rabbi Serotta served as a university chaplain for 27 years. Gerry Serotta  Zakia Iman Shahbaz  Zakia Iman Shahbaz. but instead by tapping into a group of Arabic-speaking college students who want a career in public service. She realized that Muslims need to write their own stories. He has a decades long record of activism in seeking solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. an interfaith. Maryland and served as Campus Rabbi at The George Washington University. Rabbi Gerald Serotta has been involved in interfaith work through the Fellowship of Reconciliation (beginning with a reconciliation mission in 1975 to Cairo. where he directed the Hillel Foundation Director for 20 years. UAE. Middle Eastern studies. an American. He recently completed a Sabbatical assignment as Senior Rabbinic Scholar-inResidence at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention program that combines language. is a retired elementary and art school teacher. North America. He currently serves as Co-Chair of Rabbis for Human Rights. She is realizing this goal with the publication of her first book. nurturing organization that conducts monthly writing workshops. with a Masters degree in Education and a Major in Art. Palestine. newsletters. Bahrain. MWWWI is a networking. Her dream of writing and illustrating stories for children was awakened with the birth of her grandsons. Amman. in 1980 he was the Founding Co-Chair of New Jewish Agenda. bi-partisan effort to bring spiritual reflection to the work of the US Congress. and present possible strategies for resolving them in a way that both Muslms and non-muslims alike can appreciate. A Trophy for Bilal. She wants to present stories that illustrate the everyday lives of Muslim children and families. and on-the-jobtraining at DHS or the FBI. Gerald Serotta is the Associate Rabbi at Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase. Rabbi Serotta has been very active in community affairs throughout his career.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

was released earlier this year to widespread critical acclaim.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention prestigious and oldest University. is the Program Chair for the ISNA Education Forum. Moonshadow. and more recently in January 2007. He changed his name to Yusuf Islam and walked away from the music business to start a new life and raise a family. Roadsinger. the Mediterranean Prize for Peace. After almost drowning in the Pacific Ocean at Malibu he received a translation of the Qur'an from his elder brother. is in pre-production and set to open in London’s West End in early 2010. the son of a Greek Cypriot father and Swedish mother. Following a bout of tuberculosis early on in his career. He is also the Vice-Chairman of the Universal School Board of Directors. he performed as Cat Stevens and was one of the biggest solo artists of his generation. Yusuf Islam grew up in the heart of London’s theatre district. 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. serves as the Chairman for CAIR-Chicago and has spoken at a number of national and regional conferences. including being honoured with the 'Man for Peace' award in 2004 by a committee of Nobel peace laureates. the U. 92 . A stage musical based on his repertoire of songs. 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. Small Kindness. Shaykh Hamza currently resides in Northern California with his wife and five children.N affiliated NGO which Yusuf Islam founded in 2000. he has translated into modern English several classical Arabic traditional texts and poems. He is active with the Catholic-Muslim Education Project and Play for Peace. he undertook an ongoing search for peace and spiritual truth. He is a Member of the Village of Bridgeview Zoning Board and was elected as a member of the Bridgeview Public Library Board of Trustees. Yusuf Islam Safaa Zarzour  Born Steven Demetre Georgiou. a well respected charity actively operating in some of the poorest parts of the world. Moonshadow. His quest for answers was fulfilled and he embraced Islam in 1977. From 1968-1979. Wild World and Father & Son and selling over 50 million LPs. In addition. penning such classics as Matthew & Son. Yusuf’s latest album. the Karaouine in Fes. David. A well-known Muslim activist. he has served as the Principal of Universal School in Chicago for over 10 years. His pioneering work in education and tireless support for humanitarian causes has received international recognition.