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

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

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

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

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

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

religion and gender. Ahmed speaks on wider equality issues. to the Chechens and Palestinians. Lord Ahmed was among the founders of The World Forum.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention legislation against religious discrimination. international terrorism and forced marriages. Senate campaign in 2004. to international bodies such as his board membership on the SAARC Foundation. meeting with heads of state to discuss their respective problems and how he may be able to assist them. the former states of the USSR and the Far East. Born in the region. an opposition Conservative. Her work history spans beyond US boundaries. Safir Ahmed  Safir Ahmed has been the Executive Director of Zaytuna since June. an organization set up to promote world peace in the after math of the 9/11 with an effort to build bridges of understanding between The Muslim World and the West by reviving a tradition of Dialogue between people. Ahmed helps with various charitable causes and is on the board of several organizations from local groups such as his position as President of South Yorkshire Victim Support. she utilized her conflict resolution skills to negotiate and mediate disputes between mission consultants and local project managers. Eastern Europe. The teacher. Safir is also an independent book editor and editorial consultant and has been a journalist for more than 20 years.[citation needed] At home. 2008 and since 2005 has overseen the Publications division at Zaytuna where he helped edit Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s writings. On international assignments. In November 2007 Ahmed was involved in a diplomatic effort to secure the release of Gillian Gibbons from custody in Sudan. George Lakoff of UC-Berkeley and Glenn Greenwald of Salon magazine   Saquiba Ahmed  Saquiba Ahmed is Connecting Cultures' Vice President for Business Development. including the The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi and Caesarean Moon Births as well as his articles for Seasons Journal and other publications. He is seen as one of the leaders of the Muslim community. Africa. and Baroness Warsi. Gillian Gibbons. Among the authors he has edited are Markos Moulitsas Zuniga of DailyKOs. working for the World Bank. allowed her class to name a teddy bear Muhammad. Lord Ahmed. Following this the President pardoned Ms Gibbons and she was allowed to return to the UK. and has spoken several times on issues of race. he has worked on the plight of Muslims around the world ranging from the collapse of former Yugoslavia. He has been on many delegations to the Arab world. visited Khartoum and had a meeting with the President of Sudan. the US. Ahmed has a personal interest in seeing a peaceful resolve to the ongoing bloody dispute in Kashmir and seeks international mediation to achieve this.S. 9 . cultures and civilizations based on tolerance. As well as being an active figure in the Indian Subcontinent. from Britain's ruling Labour Party. He has served on the boards of various nonprofits and was a Communications Director for a U.

Sufiya’s published novels include ‘Zahra’s First Term at the Khadija Academy’ and ‘Zahra’s Great Debate’. Saquiba’s research interests lie within Industrial and Organizational Psychology. corporate leaders and diversity professionals to speak and work openly on the most crucial issues. As an HR Generalist for Corporate Human Resources reporting to the Vice President of Human Resources. 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. the former of which was shortlisted in the Best Published Book Category at the 2008 Muslim Writers Awards in London. 10 . resulting in a benchmark of best practices for America's companies to examine and adopt. College Park. Her new book. and managing the vendor. Within Sodexo she was a member of all the network groups and is a founding members of the Pan Asian Network Group (PANG). and implementation of Sodexo’s nationwide Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Program. with a focus on cross cultural communications. Saquiba also served as the Sodexho Relationship Manager for Working Mother Media. A graduate of the University of Maryland. a four year relationship uniting corporate America to create a safe haven for executive women of color. BIBI Publishing. ‘Zahra’s Trip to Misr’ is scheduled for release in September 2009. 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. to bring the Zahra series to the market which follows the adventures of a young British Muslim girl. and delivers her own creative writing workshops in schools.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 40.000 people in eight villages. She is also part of Mosaic. Saquiba is a Certified Trainer for Diversity Awareness for Frontline Employees. 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. communications.   Sufiya Ahmed  Sufiya Ahmed set up her own company. a Muslim charity led by HRH Prince Charles.

al-Adawiya organizes and participates in conferences. respectively. He moved to USA in 1980 and has spend most of his time as and imam first at the Turkish Society of Rochester. 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. In 2005. NY. and then Islamic Cultural Center of Rochester. United American Muslim Association. Cross-Cultural Understanding. 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. symposia and other forums on Islam. Akhter  current President of the Congressional Muslim Staff Association (CMSA). She also coordinates Islamic 11 . He is married with three children and lives in Boston MA. He retired from active imam duties and periodically visits various masajid to give speeches. Ms.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention     Assad R. Conflict Resolution. Apart from his official legislative duties. Rochester. Assad serves as the     Aisha Al­Adawiya Aisha Al-Adawiya is the Founder and Executive Director of Women In Islam Inc. Turkey. Assad R. He provided material assistance to and campaigned with both Reps.. an organization of Muslim women which focuses on human rights and social justice. Kemal Aktas was born in Corum. 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.   Mehmet Aktas  Mehmet Atkas is President of Religious Counsel. Brooklyn NY. Gender Equity. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Andre Carson (D-IN) as they became the first and second Muslim Members of Congress in 2006 and 2008. and represents Muslim women in United Nations forums as a Non-Governmental Organization. He is also tasked with coordinating the Congressman’s position on the House Ways & Means Committee as well as staffing his assignment on the House Homeland Security Committee. He 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 has also spent a substantive amount of time working on political campaigns throughout America.

a Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). 12 . Aman Ali  Aman Ali is a reporter for USA Today and a board member of the Muslim American Journalists Association. Mohammad S. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA).   Abdalla Idris Ali  Mohammad S. She also serves as a consultant to numerous interfaith organizations and documentary projects on the Muslim American experience. WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York City. He has written various articles in Islamic Horizons and is a member of the ATP Editorial Board. interfaith initiatives. He is also a frequent guest on many talk shows in the New York City area offering his political insight. He serves as a member on the Board of Trustees for the Islamic Teaching Center (ITC) and North American Islamic Trust. crosscultural understanding. 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 Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET. a networking group for Muslim journalists. His expertise is in the area of Islamic education and Islamic Schools in North America. Alam is a Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of South Alabama. UK). UK). As an ISNA School principal. Sheikh Abdalla Idris co-organized the Canadian Islamic Banking conferences for 1996 and 1997.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention input for the Preservation of the Black Religious Heritage Documentation Project of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. al-Adawiya specializes in developing educational forums on human rights and social justice. a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IoP. Ms. Ms. Al-Adawiya serves on numerous boards related to the interests of the global Islamic community. Alam  Dr. Abdalla Idris Ali is a public speaker and fund-raiser. he developed and implemented Islamic and Arabic Studies curricula for elementary and junior high students. and peace-building. He covers the political scene in the New York City area and is a former Capitol Hill reporter that was on the campaign trail covering the 2008 Presidential Election. Ms. alAdawiya is a guest host and producer on Tahrir.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bukhari’s research interests focused on religion and politics in the United States and South Asia. He is also serving as Executive Director of the Center for Islam and Public Policy (CIPP). he also worked as Director Project MAPS: Muslims in American Public Square. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. he served as Professor Lawrence Lessig’s Constitutional Law Teaching Assistant and as Executive Editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal. Shahid Buttar  Shahid Buttar. From 1999-2004. As a musician. hip-hop. house. His debut CD. Dr. was released in 2008 and features music from the funk. DC. including Bumpin’ in My SUV and the Baghdad Blues. Get Outta Your Chair. Bukhari is currently working as Director. Dr. Zahid H. Muslim public opinion in the US and other related topics in national and international forums. DC. Georgetown University. he worked as executive director of the Pakistan Institute of Public Opinion (PIPO). Bukhari was elected President of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) for 20092010. Islamabad. Based in Washington. two organizations aimed at raising awareness about the impacts of national security policies on civil liberties and privacy interests.D. Dr. Hopes and Aspirations and Muslim in America: Engaging Polity and Society in Post 9/11 Era (forthcoming). He has published and presented papers on Islam and development. American Muslim Studies Program (AMSP) at the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. The Pew Charitable Trusts awarded a grant of $1. A 2003 graduate of Stanford Law School. which examined the role and contribution of the Muslim community to the American public life. blues. In January. Previously he served as Counsel to Muslim Advocates’ Program to Combat Racial & Religious Profiling. is Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) and the People’s Campaign for the Constitution (PCC). He has a vast experience in all aspects of survey research. Bukhari has a Masters in Economics from the 25 . Shahid has performed around the world for audiences as large as 50. From 1978-1983.25 million for this purpose. Buttar also served the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy as Associate Director for Communications & Outreach. He is also editor of two volumes of the Project MAPS: Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square: Fears.000. from 2003 to 2008. drum 'n bass.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Zahid Hussain Bukhari  University of Karachi and Ph. a member of Gallup International. Washington. and South Asian fusion traditions. Buttar has long advocated in defense of the Constitution. Dr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and proven coaching methods. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion. Interreligious Dialogue in Islamic Sources and History. Esposito is Editor-in-Chief of the 4 volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World. his family was one of the pioneers that helped establish the 33 . What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam. His more than 30 books include: Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam (a Washington Post and Boston Globe best seller). Islam and Democracy and Iman Faris  Mr.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Affairs to the NY Consulate General of Turkey. A consultant to the Department of State as well as corporations and the media worldwide. political Islam. and the impact of Islamic movements from North Africa to Southeast Asia. he brings his clients a global awareness of best practices. a leading non-profit formed to advance the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by ending malariarelated deaths by 2012. He is currently a member of the World Economic Forum's Council of 100 Leaders and a recipient of the American Academy of Religion's 2005 Martin E. Ottoman History and Christians under the Ottoman Empire. Faris is a senior management consultant. Esposito is Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. change management principles. Religious leadership. Islamic Cililizations. Through his decades of experience in a diversity of organizations and industries. Islam: The Straight Path. Esposito specializes in Islam. and Who Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think: With Dalia Mogahed. She also consults on a variety of interfaith projects and volunteerism efforts. She works with Malaria No More. Islam and Politics. John Esposito   John Esposito is a University Professor as well as Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. Iman grew up in the North American Muslim community. with a career spanning multiple industries from training and political advocacy to technology and construction. Erdem is expert in many areas such as Islamic History. Dr. Iman M. The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?.   Saleemah Abdul­Ghafur  Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur is an author and activist (faith-based initiatives and gender equality in Islam). Makers of Contemporary Islam (with John Voll). Dr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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

Sufism at Broome Community College. classes on World Religions and Biblical History at SUNY Binghamton. He moved to Binghamton as Imam in 1993 and joined Graduate Program at SUNY Binghamton. explores the spiritual and community lives of Black women who converted to Islam prior to 1975 and pioneered Brooklyn’s oldest Muslim communities. Istanbul. He is currently working on his PhD. specializing on the Islamic Scholars and Knowledge Production in Ottoman History. Egypt. Nsenga has experienced the transition. video and oral history. Kopuz has studied traditional Islamic sciences starting at a very early age. schools and clubs in and around our locality. which is renowned world famous oldest Islamic University. to continue his higher Islamic studies at Al-Azhar University. Turkey. in 1992. Turkey. expansion and diversity of the Muslim community in New York City. Brooklyn-based artist Nsenga Knight. He earned MA in Middle East History at Binghamton University in 1999. in Middle Eastern History.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Islamic Sciences in traditional Islamic School in Rize and then continued his traditional as well as modern education at Istanbul Imam Hatip Lisesi.   Nsenga Knight  Through Photography. He moved to Cairo. churches. Kasim Kopuz  Shayk Kasim Kopuz was born in Rize. a religious seminary in Istanbul. He has taught. New York. Istanbul Turkey. and earned his Law Degree at Istanbul University School of Law. Then studied towards MA in Islamic Law at Marmara University. with Professor and Rabbi Lance Sussman. and he has give lectures on Islam and Muslim Societies at various public forums. He is married and has three children. There he studied five years of Islamic Law as well as Modern European Law. and because "who these women are have a very direct effect on who I am. He is the Imam of Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier at Binghamton. He has been Imam of the Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier since 1993. named as Hafsa Nihal. Reared in the indigenous Muslim communities of Brooklyn. He has memorized the entire Qur'an. which earned him title of Hafiz and then he learned Arabic and traditional 51 . Knight chose women because their stories were seldom told. Zehra Betuland Hamidullah Eren Kopuz. He is member of Broome County Council of Churches Interfaith Committee.

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

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

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

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

he was one of nine scholars to present at the Nobel Peace Prize Centennial Symposium. Maryland with his son Shafin. tolerance and justice. Al-Marayati was born on September 2. He has been director of MPAC for the past ten years. Mr. a public service agency aimed at disseminating accurate information about Islam to the American public. 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. Mr. His book Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism won the 1998 Herskovits Award of the African Studies Association of the USA. churches. a commission formed to improve access to city government. He later changed careers and served as a liaison to the Muslim community for Los Angeles City Councilman Robert Farrel. In 2001. Al-Marayati is the director and one of the founders of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). Sakil has published his articles in international newsletters and journals. At his present position. Mr. Al-Marayati has had the opportunity to speak to congregations at community-sponsored events. Mr. reduce discrimination. Al-Marayati worked as a process chemical engineer in the semiconductor industry for two years. Iraq. temples. Al-Marayati served as a Board member of the American committee to Save Bosnia. and Arabic. politics and international relations has made him an important voice in contemporary debates about Africa. and promote respect. Hindi. Also. Al-Marayati earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Bio-Chemistry from the University of California (UCLA). Sakil is fluent in five languages. Mr. 1960 in Baghdad. Salam S.[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. Senegal. Mamdani's reputation as an expert in African history. His family left Iraq and immigrated to the United States in 1964. 56 .Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention economic and social issues in developing countries. a committee formed to lobby Congress and the Administration to end the genocide in Bosnia. synagogues. Sakil lives in Laurel. He is now an American citizen. Mr. Al­Marayati  Mahmood Mamdani    Mr. He is a former President of the Council for Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA) Dakar. He then received an executive master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California-Irvine (UCI). high schools. He is also the Director of Columbia's Institute of African Studies. and college campuses. English. Urdu. daughter Samreen   Salam S. Bengali.

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

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

Muslim Family Services offers support. KY and is also Co-Director Geisinger Cancer Institute. Mohammed Mohiuddin   Mohammed Mohiuddin is Chairman and Professor. Bonita served as Program Chair for ISNA’s Domestic Violence Awareness Activities and developed a website on domestic violence for ISNA. University of Kentucky A. Lexington.11 Remembrance. and Martin Luther King Day. Chandler Medical Center. Director Henry cancer Center. and cooperation between the African-American and Jewish communities. Other volunteer efforts include being a volunteer with SARNCO (Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio) as patient advocate for rape survivors. understanding. 59 . 9 . Days of Remembrance. of Radiation Medicine. 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. PA. Dept. Sr. Bonita began her efforts to stop violence against women and antioppression work in her years as an undergraduate at The Ohio State University. Wilkes Barre. and over the years. which encourages respect. Jack Moline has supported many city programs and activities that focus on education and the greater needs of the Alexandria community. referral. and he was instrumental in launching Operation Understanding.   Jack Moline  Jack Moline has been the rabbi of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria since 1987.a domestic violence shelter in Columbus. Sr. 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. a social service organization serving the Muslim community in Greater Columbus and surrounding areas.B. Jack Moline partners with other Alexandria clergy in their mission to increase tolerance and understanding of all faiths and peoples. including the Call to Community.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Bonita is also the Board member and Cofounder of the Muslim Family Services (formerly the Muslim Women’s Network and Community Services). and he has been a respected advocate for tolerance and understanding in the City of Alexandria for 20 years. he has been an effective member of the Interfaith Counci. She participated in the Rape Education and Prevention Program and later volunteered with Choices. a national organization addressing social issues and promoting social work and related fields in the Muslim Community. and training to both Muslim and Non-Muslim in an effort to bridge gaps to address the social issues in the community effectively.

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

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

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

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

  Sultan Muhammad is a native Chicagoan.MPH University of Pittsburgh . Marshall University . and an award winning author. 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 greatgrandson of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Sultan studied Arabic and Islamic sciences on scholarship abroad and is the son of the late Imam Sultan Muhammad. and social transformation. Karachi University . At an early age. Deen Muhammad. Karachi . cultural engagement. PA Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine. 64 . His early experiences abroad and family tradition of activism have contributed to his focus on building bridges between communities by promoting common understanding. He is also a board member of the Parliament of the World Religions. is a community organizer with a background in strategic communications and multimedia production. nephew of Imam W. 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 . He publishes educational resources and is co-founder of a Chicagobased multi-media production company. USA he successfully led efforts to declare rape as a war crime. University of Tennessee. is founder of Sound Vision. Pakistan . Dept of Medicine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. as there WZ rep. and among other achievements.   Monem Salam  Rashid Abdul­Salaam  Rashid Abdul-Salaam is owner and president of Rasheed & Associates. He worked as Chief Investment Officer for ITG & Associates (Dallas) until 1999.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention doctoral degree at the Florida International University (FIU) and serving on the Board of the Council of Islam Schools in North America (CISNA) as the secretary. who the magazine feels will change in the industry in a positive way in the next 10 years. was instrumental in locating the witness whose testimony led to Gucci Mane’s acquittal.   Monem Salam. was born in Pakistan in 1972. Abdul-Salaam was a Presidential Ceremonial Guard in the US Navy. Mr. The award is given to 20 leaders in the mutual fund industry. a non-profit organization which complete a documentary called “On A Wing and A Prayer”. Boardmember of the Muslim Public Service Network. 76 . Colorado. Boardmember of CAIR-WA and current Chairman of Peaceful Communications. a deputy sheriff in Littleton. Abdul-Salaam has provided investigatory services for the Law Office of Dennis R. He was also the investigator for NFL player Ray Lewis’ murder defense and was a consultant in the New York World Trade Center bombing case. Monem is also the coauthor of a new book called “A Muslim’s Guide to Investing And Personal Finance”. specializing in federal and state criminal defense investigations. Scheib for more than 5 years. under 40. Monem is active with the Muslim community in North America through ISNA. Mr. Saturna Capital’s Director of Islamic Investing and Deputy Portfolio Manager. Monem received the “20 Rising Stars” Award from Institutional Investor News. In 2008. and has been involved in criminal defense investigation for more than 20 years. Raised in Texas. Salam received his degrees from the University of Texas: BA (Austin) and MBA (Dallas). then as a representative with Morgan Stanley (suburban Dallas) until joining Saturna Capital in June 2003.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Name is Bilal. was published in 2009 and is the story of a Muslim –American girl who attends a classmate’s party during Ramadan while she is fasting so she has the challenge of participating in the fun while not being able to share in the food and desserts. The Best Eid Ever. Asma Mobin­Uddin  Mobin Tawakkul  Mobin Tawakkul created the Disability Needs & Awareness Working Group (DNAWG) for a non-profit organization called American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP). A Party in Ramadan. He is the author of a popular book. “A Guide to Reading Qur’an”. in engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University. won the 2008 Skipping Stones Honor Award. Hyderabad. Illinois. He is currently working on drug product quality issues for the Food & Drug Administration. His doctoral thesis is on.   Omar Uddin  Omar Uddin serves as President of Muslim Youth of North America Northwest 87 . community activist. Addison. Her third book. Currently serving her second term as President of CAIR-Ohio. Her second book. Her op ed columns have been published in newspapers locally. 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. India. Dr. 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. “Impact of using computer simulation on students learning in a Technology based course”. and internationally. He is a Senior Professor in the College of Engineering & Science at DeVry University. Her first book.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention the curriculum for grades Pre-school through 11. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Michigan. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. in Computer Science/Networking from Northeastern University. Chicago. across the United States. and was a 2009 Storytelling World Resource Awards Honor Book. the 2008 Middle East Outreach Council Book Award Honorable Mention.S. He has a background in chemical engineering with a Master’s focus on pharmaceutical operations. for the Weekend Islamic School. Asma frequently writes about topics related to Islam and Muslims. He received his B. and award-winning author of children’s books about the Muslim-American experience. and his M. He is profoundly deaf and relies on a cochlear implant device.S. Asma Mobin-Uddin is a pediatrician.

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

New York. Among other achievements. Volf is formerly a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary Imam Siraj Wahhaj is the current Imam of Masjid Al-Taqwa in Brooklyn. Imam Wahhaj was the first person to give an Islamic invocation to the United States Congress in 1991. He has been a member of ISNA's Planning Committee and served as a member of the Board of Advisors for North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) from 1989 to 1993. "Forgiveness. Zagreb (B. where he studied under Jürgen Moltmann. and peace-making. His book Exclusion and Embrace. Recently he contributed the essay. He received high praises from the media and NYPD for initiating his anti-drug patrols in Brooklyn in 1988. He has been a member in both the Episcopal Church (USA) and the Evangelical Church in Croatia. Imam Wahhaj has been on the ISNA Majlis AshShura since 1987 and has also previously served as ISNA Vice-President.A).Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Miroslav Volf    Siraj Wahhaj  Miroslav Volf is an influential Christian theologian and currently the Henry B. conflict resolution. Reconciliation and Justice" to a new text on the atonement.A) in Pasadena. Stricken by God? Nonviolent Identification and the Victory of Christ. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale University Divinity School and Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. He is widely known for his works on systematic theology. 89 . and University of Tübingen. Croatia. California. Volf was born in Osijek. Imam Siraj has appeared on several national television talk shows and interviews. and studied at Evangelical-Theological Faculty. was selected as among the 100 best religious books of the 20th Century by Christianity Today. ethics. He received his training from Ummul Quran University in Mecca and has become a world-renowned speaker on Islam. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the American Muslim Council (AMC). Fuller Theological Seminary (M. especially about his anti-drug campaigns in his native Bedford-Stuyvesant.

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

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

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

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