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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Hena Khan 

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

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

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  M.J. Khan  

    Muqtedar Khan 

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

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

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

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

Zeba Khan 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Previously. Inc. She was also a member of the ADAMS Center Girls Scouts for 12 years.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention   Asma Mirza    Yaqub Mirza  Sr. MSA National East Zone Rep (2005-2006). Dr. From 19871995. Inc. Mirza has more than 20 years of experience in stock investments and portfolio management involving assets ranging from $1-$10 million. Dr. Dr. MarJac and its affiliates operated in the United States. Egypt. of Sterling Advisory Services. (“SMG”) since 1998. acquisitions and sales of various sized companies and real estate projects located in different parts of the world. Mirza also served as Vice President (1984-1994) and President (1995-2000. Mirza has been actively negotiating mergers. 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. Canada. Treasurer (20062007) and founder and Director of the MSA Legacy Fund (2006-2007). and foreign securities and provides international business management services. since its inception. M. Asma holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and Bachelors in Management and Operations Information Management from Georgetown University. MarJac makes proprietary investments in U. the year it was dissolved) of the Saar Foundation. Mirza has served as a Trustee and Treasurer and later as Chairman (198762 . Chile. Asma was a member of the ISNA Shura and MYC. Previously she served as Georgetown MSA President (2004-2005). Dr. Sr. She currently lives with her family in Herndon. the DC Eid Committee. and an active participant in the ADAMS Center Sisters Youth Group. At the University of Maryland. Turkey and Zimbabwe. Dr. Sr. Yaqub Mirza has been President and CEO of Sterling Management Group. 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. Inc.S. VA. In addition. After many of the acquisitions. Malaysia. Since 1984. the MYNA Advisory Board. Asma was Vice President of the MBA Consulting Club and was nominated by her classmates to speak at the MBA Graduation Ceremony. he served as Executive Vice President of MarJac. (“Mar-Jac”) since 1995. streamlining or expanding the same. Asma Mirza served as President of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) National for two terms from 2007-2009. Sr. and President and CEO of MarJac Investments.

the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota. and has led educational and interfaith workshops to advance understanding and dialogue. Haroon Moghul  Haroon Moghul is Director of Public Relations for the Islamic Center at New York University. a NASDAQ listed. Avari. a Ph. as well as guest appearances on CNN and NPR. in Physics (1974) and M. Dr. and consultation on the collection and analysis of Gallup's unprecedented survey representing the opinions of more than 1 billion Muslims worldwide. Haroon has been selected as one of 300 Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow and participated in the Third Annual Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow Conference in Doha. He served on the Board of Mylex Corporation. Mirza currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jugos Concentrados.D. candidate at Columbia University. which are registered with the Securities & Exchange Commission as an open-end investment company and managed by Saturna Capital Corporation." was released by Penguin in 2006. strategic direction. Christian and Jewish institutions. is disseminating the findings of the Gallup World Poll to key opinion leaders in the Muslim World and the West. directs the Muslim-West Facts Initiative (www. His essays have been published in a variety of media. which won several Brass Crescent Awards (in 2004 and 2005). traded on the Santiago Stock Exchange. Haroon has spoken at numerous Muslim. including wins for Best Muslim Blog and Best Writing. 63 Dalia Mogahed  Dalia Mogahed is a Senior Analyst at Gallup and Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. Dr. Haroon also maintains a popular blog.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention February 2003). A contributing editor and end-page columnist for Islamica.D. A French translation arrived in 2007.Sc. "The Order of Light. S. He has been interviewed on Voice of America. His speaking engagements include the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves on the Board of numerous other companies. in collaboration with the Coexist Foundation. from University of Karachi (1969). through which Gallup. in Teaching Science (1975) from University of Texas at Dallas. March 2008). al-Hurra and The National (Abu Dhabi) among others. world leader of RAID technology and network management products from December 1988 until September 1999 when Mylex was acquired by IBM for $240 million.muslimwestfacts.com). His first novel. including Dawn. a Chilean producer of juice concentrates. Qatar (2009). Mogahed provides leadership. In addition. She is coauthor of the book Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think (Gallup Press. (“Jucosa”).A. and is now an Advisor to the Board of Trustees of the Amana Mutual Funds. She also . He is a Ph. Mirza holds a M.A. The Friday Times and Tikkun.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Ajmel Quereshi 

  Saifur Rahman 

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

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

Zeyba Rahman 

   

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

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

  Hussein Rashid 

  Fatima Rahmatullah 

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

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

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

Sabeeha Rehman 

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

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

   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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