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

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

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

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

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

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

Sufiya’s published novels include ‘Zahra’s First Term at the Khadija Academy’ and ‘Zahra’s Great Debate’. communications. and implementation of Sodexo’s nationwide Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Program. Her new book. to bring the Zahra series to the market which follows the adventures of a young British Muslim girl. Saquiba also served as the Sodexho Relationship Manager for Working Mother Media. and delivers her own creative writing workshops in schools. and managing the vendor.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Some of her mediation efforts resulted in opening up lines of communications to facilitate the implementation of an irrigation system that provided irrigation to over 40. corporate leaders and diversity professionals to speak and work openly on the most crucial issues. resulting in a benchmark of best practices for America's companies to examine and adopt. A graduate of the University of Maryland. She is also part of Mosaic. As an HR Generalist for Corporate Human Resources reporting to the Vice President of Human Resources. Saquiba is a Certified Trainer for Diversity Awareness for Frontline Employees.000 people in eight villages. 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. the former of which was shortlisted in the Best Published Book Category at the 2008 Muslim Writers Awards in London. College Park. she was primarily responsible for managing programs and events for diverse external partners. 10 . a four year relationship uniting corporate America to create a safe haven for executive women of color. 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. an event organised by the ruling Sheikh to encourage Arab children to the joys of reading. BIBI Publishing.   Sufiya Ahmed  Sufiya Ahmed set up her own company. a Muslim charity led by HRH Prince Charles. ‘Zahra’s Trip to Misr’ is scheduled for release in September 2009. Within Sodexo she was a member of all the network groups and is a founding members of the Pan Asian Network Group (PANG). with a focus on cross cultural communications. Saquiba’s research interests lie within Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He is also serving as Executive Director of the Center for Islam and Public Policy (CIPP). Get Outta Your Chair. Buttar has long advocated in defense of the Constitution. including Bumpin’ in My SUV and the Baghdad Blues. In January. The Pew Charitable Trusts awarded a grant of $1.25 million for this purpose. and South Asian fusion traditions. blues. Dr. He has published and presented papers on Islam and development. was released in 2008 and features music from the funk. He is also editor of two volumes of the Project MAPS: Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square: Fears. Shahid Buttar  Shahid Buttar. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. As a musician. he served as Professor Lawrence Lessig’s Constitutional Law Teaching Assistant and as Executive Editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal.D. DC. Based in Washington. From 1999-2004. he also worked as Director Project MAPS: Muslims in American Public Square. a member of Gallup International. Buttar also served the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy as Associate Director for Communications & Outreach. Shahid has performed around the world for audiences as large as 50. Bukhari has a Masters in Economics from the 25 . His debut CD. is Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) and the People’s Campaign for the Constitution (PCC).000. American Muslim Studies Program (AMSP) at the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Previously he served as Counsel to Muslim Advocates’ Program to Combat Racial & Religious Profiling. house. Muslim public opinion in the US and other related topics in national and international forums. two organizations aimed at raising awareness about the impacts of national security policies on civil liberties and privacy interests. Bukhari was elected President of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) for 20092010. He has a vast experience in all aspects of survey research. drum 'n bass. Hopes and Aspirations and Muslim in America: Engaging Polity and Society in Post 9/11 Era (forthcoming). Islamabad. Bukhari is currently working as Director. which examined the role and contribution of the Muslim community to the American public life. he worked as executive director of the Pakistan Institute of Public Opinion (PIPO). A 2003 graduate of Stanford Law School. from 2003 to 2008. Washington. From 1978-1983.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Zahid Hussain Bukhari  University of Karachi and Ph. hip-hop. Georgetown University. Bukhari’s research interests focused on religion and politics in the United States and South Asia. Dr. Dr. DC. Dr. Zahid H.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,

in political science from University of California at Berkeley in 1991 and a J. and Property Rights. is the Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign Against 49 . Khera was an associate with Hogan & Hartson. serving as the lead associate on several pro bono employment discrimination cases. Ambassador Riaz Khokher is considered one of the most seasoned and experienced diplomat of Pakistan. and was the Senator's lead staff member in developing anti-racial profiling legislation and organizing subcommittee hearings on racial profiling. Feingold (D-WI). Ms. Ms. al-Muslimat ("The Muslim Women"). from University of Iowa in 1995. He was the former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan serving from June 2002 to February 2005. Killmer. Civil Rights. a Presbyterian minister.S. Riaz Khoker and the Indian ambassador to the United States were both interviewed by Michael Moore to highlight the fact that both countries have levels of extreme poverty yet spend 60% or more of their budgets on defense related assets and program which in turn will become obsolete anyway Richard L. At Cornell. specializing in commercial and administrative litigation. she worked for six years directly for Senator Russell D. and was an editor with the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. Khera was Counsel to the U.A. with honors in political science and economics from Wellesley College in 1991 and her J. Senate Judiciary Committee. She also worked with Ross. from Cornell Law School in 1994.D. she served as president of the student body and co-founded the first Muslim students organization.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention He earned a B. At Wellesley. Dixon & Masback. Ms. Prior to joining Muslim Advocates and NAML in 2005. In the Senate.D. the United States and China before taking the top post of foreign ministry.A. Prior to her service with the Senate Judiciary Committee. Khera received her B. Farhana Khera  Riaz Khokher  Farhana Khera is the first Executive Director of Muslim Advocates and the National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML). Ambassador Khokher also served as Pakistan's ambassador to India. Subcommittee on the Constitution. Killmer  Reverend Richard L. which resulted in the firm being honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        60 . Nash  Hadia Mubarak is a full-time doctoral student at Georgetown University's Islamic Studies department. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and English from Florida State University. NJ community. 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. Mubarak received her Master’s degree in Contemporary Arab Studies with a concentration in Women and Gender from Georgetown University. In 2004. 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.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention     Hadia Mubarak      Mikal N. he was a participant in the American Cities and Public Spaces Project. In 2005-2006. 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. Nash (formerly Michael Nash) is a native Newarker and a pioneering researcher on the history of Islam in the Greater Newark. 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. Islamic reform and gender issues in Islam. 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.

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

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

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

MPH University of Pittsburgh . nephew of Imam W. As the national coordinator of Bosnia Task Force. cultural engagement. USA he successfully led efforts to declare rape as a war crime. He is also a board member of the Parliament of the World Religions. He publishes educational resources and is co-founder of a Chicagobased multi-media production company. and social transformation.   Sultan Muhammad is a native Chicagoan. is founder of Sound Vision. PA Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine. and an award winning author. Sultan studied Arabic and Islamic sciences on scholarship abroad and is the son of the late Imam Sultan Muhammad. Marshall University . His early experiences abroad and family tradition of activism have contributed to his focus on building bridges between communities by promoting common understanding. Deen Muhammad. is a community organizer with a background in strategic communications and multimedia production. Dept of Medicine. Karachi . and greatgrandson of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Haroon is married and lives in New York City. Pakistan . Marriyam Moten    Abdul Malik Mujahid   Marriyam Moten graduated Dow Medical College . Karachi University . 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. University of Tennessee. At an early age. 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. 64 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Ajmel Quereshi 

  Saifur Rahman 

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

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

Zeyba Rahman 

   

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

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

  Hussein Rashid 

  Fatima Rahmatullah 

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

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

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

Sabeeha Rehman 

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

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

   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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