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Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Zahid Hussain Bukhari ......................... 25 Shahid Buttar ........................................ 25 Sarah Cady ............................................ 26 Mas’ood Cajee ...................................... 26 André Carson ........................................ 26 Sami Catovic ......................................... 27 Robert Chase ......................................... 27 Owaiz M. Dadabhoy ............................. 28 Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo......................... 28 Mika’il DeVeaux .................................. 29 Susan Douglass ..................................... 29 Jean F. Duff ........................................... 30 A. J. Durrani.......................................... 30 Bob Edgar ............................................. 30 Maha ElGenaidi .................................... 31 Keith Ellison ......................................... 31 Mohamed Elsanousi .............................. 32 Gazi Erdem ........................................... 32 John Esposito ........................................ 33 Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur ....................... 33 Iman Faris ............................................. 33 Manzoor Ghori ...................................... 34 Ghulam Nabi Fai ................................... 34 Maryam Kabeer Faye ............................ 35 Fatemeh Fakhraie .................................. 36 Jess Ghannam........................................ 36 Safiya Ghori .......................................... 36 Linda Gustitus ....................................... 37 Steve Gutow .......................................... 37 Sara Hakeem ......................................... 37 Rabia Terri Harris ................................. 38 Mohamed Hagmagid Ali....................... 38 Asma Hanif ........................................... 39 Mark Hanson ......................................... 39 Waheedul Haque ................................... 40 Aziza Hasan .......................................... 40 Maher Hathout ...................................... 40 Abida K. Haque .................................... 41 Najiyah Diana Helwani ......................... 41 Leslie Hewitt ......................................... 42 Altaf Husain .......................................... 42 Lubna Ismail ......................................... 42 Ameena Jandali ..................................... 43 Rizwan Jaka .......................................... 43 Shaik Jeelani ......................................... 44 Jamillah Karim ...................................... 44 2
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Muhammad Nur Abdullah ...................... 5 Zerqa Abid .............................................. 5 Salma Elkadi Abugideiri ......................... 6 Swami Agnivesh ..................................... 6 Mansur Ahmad........................................ 7 Munjed Ahmad ....................................... 7 Sanjana Ahmad ....................................... 7 Akbar Ahmed .......................................... 8 Nazir Ahmed ........................................... 8 Safir Ahmed ............................................ 9 Saquiba Ahmed ....................................... 9 Sufiya Ahmed ....................................... 10 Assad R. Akhter .................................... 11 Mehmet Aktas ....................................... 11 Aisha Al-Adawiya ................................ 11 Mohammad S. Alam ............................. 12 Abdalla Idris Ali ................................... 12 Aman Ali ............................................... 12 Saqib Ali ............................................... 13 Shariq Ali .............................................. 13 Wajahat Ali ........................................... 13 Yasir Al Mahdawy ................................ 14 Salam Al-Marayati ................................ 14 Iyad Alnachef ........................................ 15 Zainab Alwani ....................................... 15 Shahed Amanullah ................................ 15 Dr. Mona Amer ..................................... 16 Patricia Anton ....................................... 16 Sadida Athaullah ................................... 17 Moutasem Atiya .................................... 17 Azhar Azeez .......................................... 17 Salman Azman ...................................... 18 Ihsan Bagby .......................................... 18 Mirza Yawar Baig ................................. 19 Owais Balti............................................ 19 Hazami Barmada ................................... 21 Jamal M. al-Barzinji.............................. 21 David Beckmann ................................... 22 Mirza AbuJafar Beg .............................. 22 Mohamed Rida Beshir .......................... 22 Isra Bhatty ............................................. 23 Yaser Birjas ........................................... 24 Kemal Bozkurt ...................................... 24
Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mohammad Karim ................................ 44 Merve Kavakci ...................................... 45 Yusuf Kavakci ...................................... 45 Asma Khalid ......................................... 46 Hena Khan ............................................ 46 M.J. Khan .............................................. 47 Muqtedar Khan ..................................... 47 Zeba Khan ............................................. 48 Suhail Khan ........................................... 48 Farhana Khera ....................................... 49 Riaz Khokher ........................................ 49 Richard L. Killmer ................................ 49 John Kiser ............................................. 50 Nsenga Knight ...................................... 51 Kasim Kopuz ........................................ 51 Radwan Kouatli .................................... 52 Murat Kose............................................ 52 Alexander Kronemer ............................. 53 Ola Lanke .............................................. 53 Bruce Lustig .......................................... 53 Edina Lekovic ....................................... 54 Mahmood A. Madani ............................ 54 Mokhtar Maghraoui .............................. 55 Johari Abdul Malik ............................... 55 Sakil Malik ............................................ 55 Mahmood Mamdani .............................. 56 Salam S. Al-Marayati............................ 56 Priscilla Martinez .................................. 57 Father James Massa .............................. 57 Ingrid Mattson. ...................................... 58 Ali Al’amin Mazrui............................... 58 Bonita McGee ....................................... 58 Mohammed Mohiuddin ........................ 59 Jack Moline ........................................... 59 Hadia Mubarak...................................... 60 Mikal N. Nash ....................................... 60 Ghulam N. Mir ...................................... 61 Uzma Mirza .......................................... 61 Asma Mirza........................................... 62 Yaqub Mirza ......................................... 62 Dalia Mogahed ...................................... 63 Haroon Moghul ..................................... 63 Marriyam Moten ................................... 64 Sultan Muhammad ................................ 64 Abdul Malik Mujahid ........................... 64 Nasreen C. Mustafa............................... 65 Rayyan Najeeb ...................................... 65 Husain Nagamia .................................... 65 Pervez Nasim ........................................ 66 Ayman Nassar ....................................... 66 Sayed A. Nassar .................................... 66 Daoud Nassimi ...................................... 67 Zarqa Nawaz ......................................... 67 Muhammad Ninowy ............................. 68 Ashraf Nubani ....................................... 68 Sulayman S. Nyang ............................... 68 Serban Popescu ..................................... 69 Yasir Qadhi ........................................... 69 Amjad Quadri........................................ 70 Ajmel Quereshi ..................................... 71 Saifur Rahman ...................................... 71 Zeyba Rahman ...................................... 71 Fatima Rahmatullah .............................. 72 Hussein Rashid...................................... 72 Hafiz Rehman ....................................... 73 Sabeeha Rehman ................................... 73 Nadia Roumani ..................................... 74 Walter Ruby .......................................... 74 Agha Saeed ........................................... 75 Louay Safi ............................................. 75 Patricia Z. Salahuddin ........................... 75 Rashid Abdul-Salaam ........................... 76 Monem Salam ....................................... 76 Jihad F. Saleh ........................................ 77 Achmat Salie ......................................... 77 Ako Abdul Samad ................................. 77 Corey Saylor ......................................... 78 Marc Schneier ....................................... 78 Beverly Schwartz .................................. 78 Chris Seiple ........................................... 79 George Selim ........................................ 79 Zakia Iman Shahbaz .............................. 80 Gerry Serotta ......................................... 80 Zulfiqar Ali Shah .................................. 81 Ahmed Shaikh ....................................... 81 Zaid Shakir ............................................ 81 Sidney Rahim Sharif ............................. 82 Zaki Sherif ............................................ 82 Osman A. Shinaishin ............................ 83 Muzammil Siddiqi ................................ 84 Shazia Siddiqi ....................................... 84 Abdulkader Sinno ................................. 84 3
................... 88 Iqbal Unus ...Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Tabassum Siraj ...................... 86 Mohammed T.................. 88 Burton L............................................................................................. 88 Miroslav Volf ........ 87 Omar Uddin ....... 90 Jim Winkler ............ 86 Sayyid M................ Visotzky............................ 89 Khurrum Wahid ............................................................................. 85 Samina F...................................... 90 Rick Warren .......... 90 Mohammed Yousuf .................................... Syeed ................... Sundas ................. 87 Asma Mobin-Uddin ...................... 91 Yusuf Islam................................................... 92 Safaa Zarzour ................. Taher ................................. 89 Siraj Wahhaj....................................................................... 85 Cathy Sultan ............................................... 91 HamzaYusuf ........ 86 Mobin Tawakkul .......................... 92 4 .... 87 Warith Deen Umar ......................................................
It drew 800. blogger.. where her major was Mass Communication. Abdullah is past chairman of the ISNA Fiqh Council and has been a member of the Fiqh Council of North America since 1982. in Sharia at the Islamic University. Louis. candidate. She has successfully organized international trade and consumer shows. NOW. Makkah. event manager/organizer and CEO of her business. writer. came to the United States from Sudan in 1978.A. TV producer/director. Her consumer show.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Muhammad Nur Abdullah Zerqa Abid Sheikh Mohammad Nur Abdullah. NBC News as News Editor.A. Medina and a M. campaign maker. Zerqa Abid is a social/political activist. He is the principal for the Al Salaam Day School and member of the Shari'a Scholars Association of North America. ZAPS Technocrats Inc. He received his B. in Sharia at the Ummal Qura University. Abid was also chosen as a young woman leader to represent College of Humanities of NCSU in the U. Prior to running her own business. in Islamic Studies and is now a Ph. speaker. and the concept of Shura in Islam.S. Karachi. Abid has worked at the American news giant. Zerqa Abid is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of North Carolina State University. Senate and the U. He also works as a marriage counselor. 5 . “Expo Juniors. based in the United States. Imam and director for the Islamic Foundation of Greater St.A. She received “Norma & Wally Ausley Merit Scholarship for being “The Outstanding Student of Mass Communications” in her junior year at the college. journalist.D.000 people in three days to the Expo Center.S. and her minor was Journalism. He completed further studies at the University of Chicago where he received an M. Congress in a conference organized by National Organization of Woman. marriage and divorce. Abdullah has authored several articles on family in Islam. marketing communication specialist. TV production. editor.” was recognized as the first mega event and legendary expo for children in Pakistan. She has also worked at ARY Digital Network of Pakistan as the General Manager of The City Channel.
” as well as “Domestic Violence among Muslims Seeking Mental Health Counseling. which continues to fight against bonded labour as a form of slavery 6 . trauma. a Hindu reform movement founded by Swami Dayanand Saraswati in 1875. including mood disorders. anxiety disorders. and completed a post-master’s certification program in marriage and family therapy at Virginia Tech. a national effort with a focus on guiding policy and legislation that supports domestic violence survivors. In addition. She is also a member of the Interfaith Coalition against Domestic Violence. He is the president of the World Council of Arya Samaj. while still a minister. abuse. 1979-1982. She has also co-authored a Swami Agnivesh Swami Agnivesh. 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.” which is in the edited volume Change from Within: Diverse Perspectives on Domestic Violence in Muslim Communities. an associate of the original "Arya Samaj".Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention She is also a member of Golden Key International Society. is a prominent Arya Samaj scholar. brief guide for helping professionals entitled What Islam Says About Domestic Violence. Since 2007. She received her master’s degree in counseling from George Mason University. she provides educational workshops and develops resources related to domestic violence among Muslims. She has worked extensively with Middle Eastern and Muslim families. and became the State's Minister for Education. Abid is proud to accomplish all of the above while strictly observing Islamic dress code including head scarf and face veil. harmony and interfaith dialogue. In 1981. providing training to clergy and faith communities on issues related to domestic violence. He is the Chairperson of 'United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary forms of Slavery' and also the Chairperson of Bonded Labour Liberation Front. an organization dedicated to educating Muslim community leaders and members about domestic violence. She provides individual and family therapy for a wide range of problems. VA. Salma Elkadi Abugideiri Salma Elkadi Abugideiri is a licensed professional counselor in private practice in Reston. he was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of the state of Haryana. social activist and a champion for peace. she has been part of Faith Trust Institute’s Leadership team. he founded the Bonded Labour Liberation Front. she is associate producer of the video Garments for One Another: Ending Domestic Violence in Muslim Families. and cultural adjustment issues. In 1977. As co-Director of the Peaceful Families Project.
Jewish etc. Christian. Mr. especially in the quarries in and around Delhi. is an Associate Professor and Director of Radiology at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He is also in the private pratice of law. Muslim. Human Rights Commission in Geneva. Ahmad is also the national Vice President of American Muslims for Palestine and one of the organizations cofounders. Buddhist. Sanjana works on environmental issues in both her personal and professional life. and suggestions to counter the bleeding of the society. and equal rights of women. He has been testifying before the Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery at the U. 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. Dr. a movement against alcoholism. DC area to explore the Islamic basis for environmental awareness and activism. 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 an author of 10 textbooks for weekend Islamic schools.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention in India.N. Munjed Ahmad Munjed Ahmad received his law degree at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington D. BDS. because of his efforts to build an atmosphere of peace and harmony in India. Ahmad's presentation will focus on the negative external and internal influences on the Muslim youths of India. 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. such as their right to education and reading Indian scriptures. Sanjana Ahmad Mansur Ahmad Mansur Ahmad. Agnivesh is accepted as peace and harmony pioneer by all religious communities such as Hindu. Among Swami Agnivesh's immense contributions is his championing of dialogue and peace activities. Bahai.C. Sanjana has been working with a group of "green Muslims" in the Washington. liberation of bonded labour activities. Jain. Over the past year and a half. the anti-caste movement. PhD.
” His books have been translated into many languages. and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. CBS.” is an unprecedented study based in fieldwork of Muslims in America. He has taught at Princeton. He has advised General David Petraeus. American University in Washington DC. As a Muslim peer. Lord Nazir Ahmed. much of his activities relate to the Muslim community. and Fox News and has appeared several times on the “Oprah Winfrey Show. Annapolis. He studied Public Administration at Sheffield Hallam University and joined the Labour Party when he was 18 years old. Pakistan) but soon after his birth his family migrated to the UK. both at home and internationally. Harvard. Ahmed was born in Mirpur (Azad Kashmir. he was also one of the youngest peers to achieve this position. having become the United Kingdom's first Muslim life peer in 1998. including Discovering Islam.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Akbar Ahmed Nazir Ahmed Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is currently the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies. the First Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the US Naval Academy. Baron Ahmed (born 1958) is a member of the House of Lords. He is regularly interviewed by CNN. Many of his political activities relate to the Islamic community both in the UK and abroad. including Chinese and Indonesian. then Thomas Rotherham Sixth Form College. At the age of 40. “Journey into America.” He is the author of over a dozen award-winning books. becoming the first Muslim life peer as Baron Ahmed. His most recent book is Journey into Islam and his current project. where he was brought up. In 1998 Ahmed was appointed to the House of Lords. of Rotherham in the County of South Yorkshire. and Secretary Michael Chertoff on Islam and foreign policy. to Saudi Arabia and has advocated 8 . He attended Spurley Hey Comprehensive School. and Cambridge Universities and is considered “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC. BBC. Lord Ahmed took his oath on the Qur'an. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. which was the basis of the BBC six-part TV series called “Living Islam. Ahmed led one of the first delegations on behalf of the British Government on the Muslim pilgrimage of the Hajj.
9 . from Britain's ruling Labour Party. He has served on the boards of various nonprofits and was a Communications Director for a U. visited Khartoum and had a meeting with the President of Sudan. Safir is also an independent book editor and editorial consultant and has been a journalist for more than 20 years. the US. Safir Ahmed Safir Ahmed has been the Executive Director of Zaytuna since June. Among the authors he has edited are Markos Moulitsas Zuniga of DailyKOs. George Lakoff of UC-Berkeley and Glenn Greenwald of Salon magazine Saquiba Ahmed Saquiba Ahmed is Connecting Cultures' Vice President for Business Development. working for the World Bank. and Baroness Warsi. allowed her class to name a teddy bear Muhammad. Gillian Gibbons. Lord Ahmed was among the founders of The World Forum.S. As well as being an active figure in the Indian Subcontinent. The teacher. to international bodies such as his board membership on the SAARC Foundation. to the Chechens and Palestinians. Ahmed has a personal interest in seeing a peaceful resolve to the ongoing bloody dispute in Kashmir and seeks international mediation to achieve this. At home.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention legislation against religious discrimination. Born in the region. 2008 and since 2005 has overseen the Publications division at Zaytuna where he helped edit Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s writings. Africa. an opposition Conservative. she utilized her conflict resolution skills to negotiate and mediate disputes between mission consultants and local project managers. Senate campaign in 2004. international terrorism and forced marriages. On international assignments. In November 2007 Ahmed was involved in a diplomatic effort to secure the release of Gillian Gibbons from custody in Sudan. 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. including the The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi and Caesarean Moon Births as well as his articles for Seasons Journal and other publications. and has spoken several times on issues of race. Ahmed speaks on wider equality issues. meeting with heads of state to discuss their respective problems and how he may be able to assist them. cultures and civilizations based on tolerance. 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. Following this the President pardoned Ms Gibbons and she was allowed to return to the UK. the former states of the USSR and the Far East. Eastern Europe. he has worked on the plight of Muslims around the world ranging from the collapse of former Yugoslavia. religion and gender. Lord Ahmed. He is seen as one of the leaders of the Muslim community. Her work history spans beyond US boundaries.
the former of which was shortlisted in the Best Published Book Category at the 2008 Muslim Writers Awards in London. a four year relationship uniting corporate America to create a safe haven for executive women of color. and implementation of Sodexo’s nationwide Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Program. she was primarily responsible for managing programs and events for diverse external partners. with a focus on cross cultural communications. ‘Zahra’s Trip to Misr’ is scheduled for release in September 2009. and delivers her own creative writing workshops in schools. 10 . a Muslim charity led by HRH Prince Charles. 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. communications. As an HR Generalist for Corporate Human Resources reporting to the Vice President of Human Resources. College Park. and managing the vendor. Saquiba also served as the Sodexho Relationship Manager for Working Mother Media.000 people in eight villages. resulting in a benchmark of best practices for America's companies to examine and adopt. to bring the Zahra series to the market which follows the adventures of a young British Muslim girl. corporate leaders and diversity professionals to speak and work openly on the most crucial issues. Within Sodexo she was a member of all the network groups and is a founding members of the Pan Asian Network Group (PANG).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. Her new book. BIBI Publishing. an event organised by the ruling Sheikh to encourage Arab children to the joys of reading. Sufiya Ahmed Sufiya Ahmed set up her own company. Saquiba’s research interests lie within Industrial and Organizational Psychology. A graduate of the University of Maryland. Saquiba is a Certified Trainer for Diversity Awareness for Frontline Employees. She is also part of Mosaic. Sufiya’s published novels include ‘Zahra’s First Term at the Khadija Academy’ and ‘Zahra’s Great Debate’. Sufiya set up the BIBI Foundation to encourage teenagers from deprived and diverse backgrounds to visit the Houses of Parliament and learn more about the democratic process.
Assad serves as the Aisha AlAdawiya Aisha Al-Adawiya is the Founder and Executive Director of Women In Islam Inc. Brooklyn NY. Conflict Resolution.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Assad R. He moved to USA in 1980 and has spend most of his time as and imam first at the Turkish Society of Rochester. Apart from his official legislative duties. 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. Rochester. NY. Gender Equity. Kemal Aktas was born in Corum. Turkey. symposia and other forums on Islam. He provided material assistance to and campaigned with both Reps. He previously worked for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (DTX) where he helped create the Congressional Pakistan Caucus and was the lead staffer for the House Science Committee. Mehmet Aktas Mehmet Atkas is President of Religious Counsel.. Ms. He is married with three children and lives in Boston MA. 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. an organization of Muslim women which focuses on human rights and social justice. Akhter current President of the Congressional Muslim Staff Association (CMSA). He has also spent a substantive amount of time working on political campaigns throughout America. and then Islamic Cultural Center of Rochester. Assad R. She also coordinates Islamic 11 . United American Muslim Association. In 2005. He retired from active imam duties and periodically visits various masajid to give speeches. respectively. al-Adawiya organizes and participates in conferences. and represents Muslim women in United Nations forums as a Non-Governmental Organization. He is also tasked with coordinating the Congressman’s position on the House Ways & Means Committee as well as staffing his assignment on the House Homeland Security Committee. Cross-Cultural Understanding. 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.
al-Adawiya specializes in developing educational forums on human rights and social justice. He has written various articles in Islamic Horizons and is a member of the ATP Editorial Board. and peace-building.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. 12 . UK). He is also a frequent guest on many talk shows in the New York City area offering his political insight. Ms. a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET. Ms. Abdalla Idris Ali Mohammad S. UK). Alam is a Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of South Alabama. WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York City. Sheikh Abdalla Idris co-organized the Canadian Islamic Banking conferences for 1996 and 1997. alAdawiya is a guest host and producer on Tahrir. a networking group for Muslim journalists. Mohammad S. His expertise is in the area of Islamic education and Islamic Schools in North America. he developed and implemented Islamic and Arabic Studies curricula for elementary and junior high students. As an ISNA School principal. a Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). She also serves as a consultant to numerous interfaith organizations and documentary projects on the Muslim American experience. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). 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. 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. crosscultural understanding. He serves as a member on the Board of Trustees for the Islamic Teaching Center (ITC) and North American Islamic Trust. a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IoP. Alam Dr. Al-Adawiya serves on numerous boards related to the interests of the global Islamic community. and has served as ISNA’s President from 1992-1997. Ms. Abdalla Idris Ali is a public speaker and fund-raiser. Aman Ali Aman Ali is a reporter for USA Today and a board member of the Muslim American Journalists Association. interfaith initiatives.
com]. Shariq Ali. and www. "The Domestic Crusaders [www. and assessing energy conservation measures on new and existing buildings. Mr. Ali is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a product of the Islamic community of greater Detroit. Ali is of Indian and Pakistani descent and having elected both Ali and Kumar P. This was seen as part of Asian Americans displaying “political clout beyond traditional strongholds in California and Hawaii. LEED AP.” 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. Wajahat Ali Wajahat Ali is a playwright.com. journalist. EIT is a Mechanical Engineer at URS Corporation.GotIslam. holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering.domesticcrusaders. Currently he is involved in designing health care. ventilation and air conditioning) and plumbing systems. Barve (for the 17th District). is the first 13 .Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Saqib Ali Shariq Ali Saqib Ali is a State Delegate in the Maryland House of Delegates. whose play. Ali has been involved on volunteer projects such as Masjid planning. humorist.” Ali’s election is also seen as evidence of another American minority moving towards civic empowerment by participating in the political process. blogger and Attorney at Law. transit. having been elected to represent the 39th District in the 2006 elections. where he contributes to the engineering and design of high performance HVAC (heating. He currently lives with his wife in Dearborn Heights. and retail facilities. financing for minor Masjid renovations. 11. and is pursuing post-graduate studies. 2001. “Maryland became the first state to send two South Asians to the state legislature”. as “He is the first Muslim in the Maryland State legislature. Recently Mr. MI.
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. After completing his engineering degree from Baghdad University College of Engineering. For the past 16 years. He is the recipient of Muslim Public Affairs Council's prestigious "Emerging Muslim American Artist" Award `of 2009. synagogues. Salam has had the opportunity to speak to congregations at community-sponsored events. the United Nations and a French NGO. In late 2007 he arrived in Albany. The San Francisco Chronicle and USA Today. which formed as a result of the Los Angeles uprising in the Summer of 1992. and college campuses. He was honored as an "An Influential Muslim American Artist" by the State Department and invited to their Annual Ramadan dinner. His articles and interviews have appeared on such prominent newspapers as The Wall Street Journal.com. The Christian Science Monitor. he worked for the Japanese Embassy. temples.wordpress. human rights. He values working at USCRI Albany because it allows him to provide services to new comers to the U. Salam has also been deeply involved in interfaith activities. He has written extensively on Islam. and has been featured on C-SPAN and NBC. Finally in May 2008 he started working as Reception and Placement Case Manager at the agency. and the Transcaucus conflict. His first short story. democracy. and Huffington Post. His first movie. He served as co-chair of the Interfaith Coalition to Heal Los Angeles. and a contributing editor to the award winning Illume Magazine He is a contributor to the Washington Post. He acted as a translator and liaison for the other Iraqi families that were being resettled in Albany. Salam also 14 . Middle East politics. "Ms. high schools." was a finalist for the LinkTV Muslim American Film Contest. He is an Associate Editor of Altmuslim. "Ramadan Blues. Salam AlMarayati Yasir Al Mahdawy Mr.com.com) is ranked in the top 7% of all political blogs and recently rated "Great" by blogged. and shortly thereafter he began volunteering with USCRI Albany. Judgments. the leading American Muslim online magazine." was published in the anthology "Pow Wow" published by Perseus/De Capo Press. The Los Angeles Times. Tonight with Deborah Norville. He was also recently honored as a "Muslim Leader of Tomorrow" for his journalism. he fled Iraq and lived in Jordan for more than one year before being approved for resettlement in the United States. The LA Daily News. After June 2006. He has appeared on radio and TV talk shows. the Balkan Crisis. "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. The Guardian. Politically Incorrect. The Chicago Tribune. including The Dennis Miller Show. His blog. Salam Al-Marayati serves as the Executive Director of MPAC. NY.S. churches.
an online newsmagazine covering issues related to Islam in the West. and the Voice of America. Iyad worked as an Islamic Studies/Arabic Teacher. events and programs in that area. Los Angeles Times. CNN Headline News. She is a Board Member on different academic. and youth program director in several Islamic Centers in Michigan and Ohio. She has developed Quranic models through various courses toward building "Quranic family structure". A few of her publications Shahed Amanullah is an award-winning journalist and editor-in-chief of altmuslim. Named by Islamica Magazine as one of “Ten Young Muslim Visionaries. Ms.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention works as an advisor to several political. 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. civic and academic institutions seeking to understand the role of Islam and Muslims in America and throughout the world. and social organizations. What Islam Says about Domestic Violence: A Guide for Helping Muslim Families.com. She has developed courses in Arabic Studies examining the link between Islamic Philosophy. Christian Science Monitor. For the period between October 2005 and August 2006. she teaches Islamic and Arabic Studies along with the Culture of Middle East at Northern Virginia Community College NOVA and the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. educational. National Public Radio. the 15 . BeliefNet. Shahed Amanullah Zainab Alwani Zainab Alwani is a PhD candidate in Islamic Studies. Iyad Alnachef Iyad Alnachef earned his Masters in Youth Development from Michigan State University. Washington Post. language and the culture at previous institutes. Iyad joined ISNA since August 2006 as the Director of the Youth Programming and Services Department. Currently. Aisha’s Commentaries and Their Methodological Premises in Hadith Sciences. and Family and Women's issues. Between January 1999 and September 2005. His television appearances include “Nightline with Ted Koppel”. he organized about several youth camps. BBC News. and others. His work and writings have been featured in Newsweek. San Jose Mercury News. New York Times. Alwani also teaches Women and Family in Quran at GSISS. include: Al Qazali and his Methodology in Fiqh legislation. youth leader. San Francisco Chronicle. Her research interests have focused on Islamic studies (Fiqh & Usul al fiqh).” he writes and speaks regularly about the challenges and opportunities facing Islam in the West. During that period.
Patricia Anton accepted Islam in 1997 as a student at Ohio State University.org. and halalapalooza. and Middle East. a network of Islamic-themed websites with over 6 million annual visitors. and the Muslim Youth Camp of California. Mona Amer Patricia Anton Dr.com.com. He is also a general partner in Zakat Community Ventures. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Toledo. Dr. a resource for civic engagement. Along with altmuslim. the first “venture philanthropy” fund dedicated to promoting Islamic charitable values. Ohio. Dr. followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Program Originally from Medina. Ohio. UK. an extensive list of reviewed mosques and schools in Muslim-minority countries.” Shahed is also the founder of Halalfire Media LLC. salatomatic. as well as a Yale Child Study Center study of Arab Muslim youth identity. Amer is Editorin-Chief for the scientific Journal of Muslim Mental Health and consults for state and federal agencies. Her research focuses on stress and mental health among Arab Americans in the post 9/11 era. Patricia was awarded a Graduate Fellowship in NonProfit Management and Governance through 16 . and “Hannity & Colmes. a comprehensive guide to Islamic ecommerce.com. unitedmuslims. She has gained widespread recognition for developing cultural competence training curriculums for social service providers working with Muslims and Arabs. for Recovery and Community Health as the sole recipient of the 2005-7 American Psychological Association’s (APA) Minority Fellowship Program SAMHSA postdoctorate award.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention “Today Show”. the world’s largest database of Halal restaurants and markets. Mona Amer is an Assistant Professor at The American University in Cairo and Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University School of Medicine. and a USA Today cover story.com. signature properties include zabihah. the Muslim Public Service Network. She has been invited to give keynote talks in the US. German National Radio. She was awarded the prestigious APA Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology for her work with Muslim and Arab Americans. Shahed has served as a board member of the United Muslims of America. and her research has been featured in international radio and print media including leading Arabic newspaper Asharq Alawsat. where she received her BA in International Studies.
the International Institute of Islamic Thought. where she has served as board member.G.H. She has also studied Arabic at Yarmouk University in Jordan. is the literary executor of the great 20th century Islamic scholar Dr. He has studied the Islamic Sciences from three of the luminaries of our time. Moutasem Atiya. Shaykh Mohsen An-Najjar. which opened its doors in 2008. She has also served on the board of Asia Relief. and the Institute for Defense Analysis. and has continued her graduate studies at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. INDIA and has been living in US since 1995. and Shaykh Muhammad bin Yahya AlNinowy.T. AlMadina Institute uses time tested methods to ensure appropriate transmission of knowledge and infuse its practical application in daily lives.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Indiana University. Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui. and the Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger. Br. Moutasem Atiya Sadida Athaullah Br. earned an MA in Islamic Studies from Cordoba University. She has also worked on contract with the United States Institute of Peace. Regularly involved in peace and justice issues. Muhammad Hamidullah and Director of the Muhammad Hamidullah Center. Anton is co-founder of Medina Center in Bethesda. (Learning Islamic Guidance on Human Tolerance). speaking engagements. Azhar Azeez Sadida Athaullah.” Project L. and Friday khutbahs on a regular basis for the past 10 years. He has bachelors in Finance from Osmania University and a 17 . Azhar Azeez was born in 1971 in HYDERABAD. MD with his wife and son. has been actively involved in the Maryland and Metropolitan DC communities through classes.I. Moutasem currently resides in Columbia. George Mason University. she is a founding member of the Muslim Peace Fellowship and sits on its board. As a mobile institution providing higher learning to Muslim Americans. an IT professional and Islamic activist. Moutasem established the AlMadina Institute. and Cordoba University. India. Br. Maryland. born and raised in Hyderabad. Athaullah holds an Master's degree in Education and works for the public school system of western Maryland. She has contributed to developing trainings and manuals for “Say Peace: An Islamic Model of Conflict Resolution. Islamic Relief. Anton has worked for several Muslim organizations including The Islamic Society of North America.
regional and national Islamic organizations. Mr. He coordinates the Corporate and Transactional 18 .Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and currently is pursuing his PhD in Islamic studies. TX. He obtained his PhD from the University of Michigan in Near Eastern Studies and his research for the last ten years has focused on Muslim in America. He is a regular speaker and a fundraiser for various local. He is married and has two kids and currently resides in Dallas. TX. For last 14 years he worked for major US corporations such as General Electric. Associated Press. ABC. especially those in the South Asian community. USA today. He has made several media appearances and was interviewed by many local and national T. Mr. groups within the firm. CNN. FOX. Ihsan Bagby Salman Azman Ihsan Bagby is currently the Associate Professor Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky.000 subscribers every week on issues related to Islam & Muslims.V. He speaks regularly on local & national radio programs and has written for various newspapers and magazines. Dallas Morning news etc. He is the founder & moderator of the weekly global e-mail newsletter which goes out to over 15. Texas one of the large mosques in the suburbs of Dallas. After graduating from DePaul University School of Law. 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. small and medium-sized businesses in the Chicago area and across the country. KDTN. PBS KERA. American General Life and Capital One. NBC. Today Lakeshore Law Group LLP represents many prominent physicians. He was also a founding member & past President of Council on American Islamic Relations – Dallas/ Fort Worth Chapter. Salman Azam is one of the founders of the Lakeshore Law Group LLP and is the Managing Partner of the firm. stations and newspapers such as affiliates of CBS. he worked as an associate at a prominent Chicago corporate law 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. Azam then set out to create a brand new firm focused on the needs of small businesses and professionals.
19 . Owais also participates in ADAMS outreach through interfaith and community service activities. Its experiential learning format enhances the application of inherent and learned knowledge and skills. enabling the critical transition from being ‘Person-driven to becoming Process-driven’ to create Enduring Leadership. are members of the ISNA Founder’s Committee and active leaders in the Islamic Society of Niagara Frontier. Trainer and Facilitator specializing in Leadership in Family Business. the Qurtuba Institute. Owais is a graduate of Georgetown University. Yawar has instilled leadership and management fundamentals within many local. International Speaker. He served a term as the President of the Muslim Students Association during his time at Georgetown. Mohamad Ashraf and Mubeena Balti. Drs. tea and rubber plantations. His parents. national and global organizations aimed at identifying and nurturing leadership potential. lectures. Owais works in the area of Financial Planning and Analysis. Yawar brings to bear his varied experience in bauxite mining. Thanks to his openness. and seminars to promote greater Islamic literacy and deeper respect for the traditional sciences of Islamic scholarship. Coach. Yawar also works as a life coach and mentor for prominent family businesses in India and South Africa. with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. Amnah Taufique. NY. Owais Balti was born in Buffalo. VA.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mirza Yawar Baig Owais Balti Founder and President of Yawar Baig and Associates. which provides classes. Owais is an active member of the ADAMS center and volunteers with the educational wing of ADAMS. Yawar’s Enduring Leadership program shows business families how to grow. He transcends cultural boundaries by blending Eastern values with Western systems. yet stay together. by applying case studies from both family businesses and multi-national corporations. competence. in Sterling. He currently lives with his wife. tourism marketing and teaching which gives him the advantage of speaking from the perspective of a practitioner and not merely as a theorist. valuebased professionalism and the ability to speak five languages.
BaYunus Hatem Bazian Asad M. Dr. After graduating in 1997. and Middle Eastern Studies. Bazian is a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies. Bar in 2002. He is a native of Cortland. the American Bar Association's official journal on administrative law. Bazian is known for being an organic intellectual. In Spring 2009. While earning his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from State University of New York at Binghamton. is a reflection of his desire to contribute to a better understanding of Muslim attachment and informed political attitudes toward the 20 . Bazian is a visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary's College of California and adviser to the Religion. Asad was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2001 and the Washington D. Jerusalem in Islamic Consciousness. Ba-Yunus is an Associate at the law firm of Lubell &Rosen.D. Asad was a defense attorney for Fertig & Gramling Law Partnership. New York. Berkeley. Bazian between 2002-2007. Prior to joining Lubell & Rosen. he was a Note & Comment Editor for the Administrative Law Review. a term used for academics directly connecting their research to the people. In addition to Berkeley. Islam in America: Communities and Institutions.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Asad M. DeConstructing Islamophobia and Othering of Islam.C. Dr. While at American University. received his Ph. Currently. practices in the area of medical malpractice defense litigation. Asad worked as a Level III Critical Care Paramedic. the Mager Law Group and worked as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County. Dr. Bazian's published book. Hatem Bazian. . also served as an adjunct professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California. rather than looking down from the ivory tower. He teaches courses on Islamic Law and Society. serving mainly rural and elderly patients through the Broome Volunteer Emergency Squad. Dr. Dr. he went on to earn his Juris Doctor from The American University's Washington College of Law in 2000. Dr. in Philosophy and Islamic Studies from the University of California. Asad has also been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. a research unit dedicated to the systematic study of Othering Islam and Muslims. Politics and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley as well as Academic Affairs Chair at Zaytuna College of California. Berkeley. Bazian founded at Berkeley the Center for the Study and Documentation of Islamophobia. Religious Studies. participated in interschool moot court competitions and served as a judge in many competitions.
She is currently the Administrator for the Institute of Quality of Life at Georgetown University. and North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). Amana Mutual Funds.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Sacred City and Palestine in general. DC . Currently. the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS). SAAR Foundation. Bazian is working on two books. 21 Hazami Barmada Hazami Barmada is Executive Director for the 2008 9/11 Unity Walk. He served as President of the Muslim Students Association of the United States & Canada. political and charitable). Majlis AlShura of The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Bazian has played a significant role almost in every human and civil rights movement in the Bay Area. nationally and internationally including the defense of Affirmative Action in California. charitable and professional organizations. a Trustee and Vice President for Research & Publications of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). Dean of School of Islamic Revealed Knowledge & Social Sciences of International Islamic University Malaysia. He has over forty years of progressive experience in development and leadership of diverse organizations (business. and Virtual Internment: Muslims and the War on Terrorism. Dr. international communications. Jamal al-Barzinji is a founding member. She is involved in many organizations in a volunteer capacity. The Silicon Rush: Documenting Muslim Communities in the the Silicon Valley. Safa Trust. Anti-Globalization Movement. As an activist. Banking. Chapter. Bank Islam Malaysia. such as Mar-Jac Poultry. and Central American Solidarity struggles. 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. “Islamophobie: dans le monde moderne” and an entry to Oxford's Human Rights Encyclopedia covering HR under the Palestinian Authority. Barzinji served as advisor and consultant to various educational. Bazian most recent publication is a chapter published in France. educational. 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. He delivered numerous lectures and wrote articles on various topics on Islamic Thought. Nada International. Jamal M. He is a founding member of International Charitable Foundation (KWT). in Anthropology and Sociology from Rhodes College.A. Barmada received a B. American With Disabilities Act. alBarzinji Dr. think-tanks. and the Association of Muslim Scientists & Engineers (AMSE). Dr. Anti-Apartheid. and organizational management. Member of (MSA). Dr.
S. Dr. Mohamed Rida Beshir is the co-author of four best-selling books on family issues and parenting: “Parenting in the West. including: Transforming the Politics of Hunger and Grace at the table: Ending Hunger in God’s World.A.S. with a minor in Management from Louisiana State University.Dowrah hadith from dawandinesab. Kumila. Before that. (1974). overseeing large projects and driving innovations to make the Bank more effective in reducing poverty.” “Blissful Marriage. Barzinji holds a Ph. He has written many books and articles. is a regular contributor to the family section of several Magazines and an adviser for the Islam online website’s family section. leading large-scale and successful campaigning to strengthen U.Sc.Sc. Beshir is the recipient of the 22 . Christ Seminary.” and “Parenting Skills” as well as other parenting books in Arabic. who is teaching two parenting courses with the Islamic American University. Mr. Beshir. tafseer and fekaguru from Aliyah madrasa. Education and Islamic Presence in the U. Mirza AbuJafar Beg David Beckmann Moulana Mirza AbuJafar BegImam is Imam and Khatib of the Jamaica. Beckmann earned degrees from Yale. Principal of Islamia Aliya Madrasa. Several of his parenting books have been translated to many other languages. in Chemical Engineering & Fuel Technology from the University of Sheffield.D. and the London School of Economics. He is a former Imam and Khatib of Masjidul Akbar Dhaka. England (1962). He is a clergyman as well as an economist. Mohamed Rida Beshir Dr. Quiraat from Muminbari.” “Muslim Teens. political commitment to overcoming hunger and poverty.S. Current Affairs. Dhaka. Barisal David Beckmann is one of the foremost U. Imam Beg’s Educational Background includes Kamil from hadith. he served at the World Bank for 15 years. NY Muslim Center and Principal of the center’s weekend school. Dr. and five universities have awarded him honorary doctorates. and M. U. and a B.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Islamic Movements. advocates for hungry people. and Europe. and Tafseer from Mukahtil Mukarama. Bangladesh.S. He has been president of Bread for the World for 15 years. in Chemical Engineering. and founder of Anitur Rahman complex. Dr.
He is an Engineer by profession. Catholic Relief Services. CARE-Egypt. GTZ and KFW. She has served as a multi-lingual translator for detainees at Guantánamo Bay and has worked closely . He is one of the founders of Human Concern International. In the U. including UNICEF. and co-founded and chaired The Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW). He is a regular speaker in ISNA. she works on government outreach to Muslim and Asian minority communities. Iman also joined the Georgetown University Arab Studies MA Program and was a Parvin Fellow at Princeton.K. England and raised in northern Chicagoland. criminal law. Dr. and a law student at Yale Law School. Iman has a BA and an MA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo (AUC). in Development Studies from Sussex University in the UK. Iman Bibars Isra Bhatty Based in Cairo. Iman Bibars is launching Ashoka's program in the ARAB WORLD. MAC and MAS conventions with the Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN).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. street vendors and garbage collectors.D. she is an MPhil candidate in Evidence Based Social Intervention at the University of Oxford. ISNA. Iman is a regional expert with more then 22 years experience in the social sector of the Arab World and the Africa region.. Egypt. Her research and work interests are in disability policy. She has worked with many international agencies and NGOs. MSA. Isra has pursued a range of interests. and service to the south-side community. with over 30 years of experience in Da’wa in North America. Currently. and counter-terrorism strategy. and a Ph. street children. Iman is herself a social entrepreneur. criminal justice policy. She has committed her life to work with marginalized and voiceless groups. where she is studying on a Rhodes Scholarship. and MAS. Outside of school. He has held various volunteer national/local elected positions with MSA. such as female heads of households in the poorest slums of Egypt. an NGO providing credit and legal aid for poor women who head their households. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a college junior and won several prizes for leadership. ICNA. She graduated from The University of Chicago in 2006 with majors in Economics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. 23 Isra Bhatty was born in Leeds. He is actively developing and delivering training programs to various Muslim communities all over the world. scholarship. social intervention for “at-risk” minority youth.
He is also the president of kemalpasha. he immigrated to the U.com. 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 started his career in Electronic Engineering in 1988 in the UAE. Southern Connecticut State University. MS in Banking and Insurance from Marmara University. MA and School Committee Candidate for City of Lawrance. after the war was over. MA. He was the Imam and religious leader at The Islamic Center in El Paso since his arrival until the end of 2007. In 1997. He has BS in Arabic Literature and Language from Selcuk University. New Haven CT. MA.com a world-class marriage training program for practical practicing Muslims in the West. Turkey. Boston. State Delegate for Democtatic Party. He is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of habername. MA. Texas. He He is a member of Zoning Board of City of Lawrance.com and mgreenpages. Yaser Birjas is presently residing in El Paso. 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. an organization that provides trademark double-weekend seminars in Islamic studies. Konya. He is married with three children and lives in Lawrance MA. he went to work as a relief program aide under the international umbrella of relief agencies to rebuild the war-torn Bosnia. Istanbul Turkey and currently pursuing MS degree in Information Library Science .com an online wholesale Turkish products business. 24 . and in the year 2000. a Turkish Daily Online Newspaper. And a co-founder of Practimate.com. reporter for AKRA FM radio station. Thereafter. He is also an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute.S. Mr Bozkurt is the founder and publisher of the Green Pages Muslim Business Directory and Editor-in-Chief of habername. Kemal Bozkurt is Reference Librarian at Lawrance Public Library in MA.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.
Georgetown University. Previously he served as Counsel to Muslim Advocates’ Program to Combat Racial & Religious Profiling. Muslim public opinion in the US and other related topics in national and international forums. His debut CD. he also worked as Director Project MAPS: Muslims in American Public Square. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. Get Outta Your Chair.000. DC. Dr. He has published and presented papers on Islam and development.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Zahid Hussain Bukhari University of Karachi and Ph. Dr. Buttar also served the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy as Associate Director for Communications & Outreach. Based in Washington. was released in 2008 and features music from the funk. From 1978-1983. Bukhari has a Masters in Economics from the 25 . He is also serving as Executive Director of the Center for Islam and Public Policy (CIPP). Washington. Hopes and Aspirations and Muslim in America: Engaging Polity and Society in Post 9/11 Era (forthcoming). including Bumpin’ in My SUV and the Baghdad Blues. Bukhari was elected President of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) for 20092010. Dr. Shahid Buttar Shahid Buttar. drum 'n bass. From 1999-2004. Zahid H. he worked as executive director of the Pakistan Institute of Public Opinion (PIPO). The Pew Charitable Trusts awarded a grant of $1. he served as Professor Lawrence Lessig’s Constitutional Law Teaching Assistant and as Executive Editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal. hip-hop. DC. and South Asian fusion traditions. Islamabad. Shahid has performed around the world for audiences as large as 50. house. a member of Gallup International. Buttar has long advocated in defense of the Constitution.D. As a musician. two organizations aimed at raising awareness about the impacts of national security policies on civil liberties and privacy interests. He is also editor of two volumes of the Project MAPS: Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square: Fears. from 2003 to 2008. A 2003 graduate of Stanford Law School. is Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) and the People’s Campaign for the Constitution (PCC). which examined the role and contribution of the Muslim community to the American public life. Bukhari’s research interests focused on religion and politics in the United States and South Asia.25 million for this purpose. blues. Dr. American Muslim Studies Program (AMSP) at the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. In January. Bukhari is currently working as Director. He has a vast experience in all aspects of survey research.
org. and philanthropic organizations in the United States and abroad. and has served on several other boards including the National Council of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. and Muslim thought leader. Cady received a dual B. Minaret. In 2003. Islamic-oriented site on the Internet. Cady supports partner agencies in the Reception and Placement Program.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Sarah Cady Ms. Mas’ood also serves as a senior member of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. 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. 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. Ms. Prior to working at USCRI HQ. Mas’ood created cybermuslim. Mas’ood now resides in northern California with his wife and two sons. Ms.com. Adbusters.com. A board member of the Muslim Peace Fellowship. André Carson Mas’ood Cajee Mas’ood Cajee is a California-based dentist. current events. Indiana. and Britain’s QNews. Beliefnet. Having visited 45 states and over 25 countries on four continents. and policy issues for various publications including the Buddhist journal Turning Wheel. Cady worked with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in New York City as a Program Associate supporting resettlement around the United States. Currently he is a contributing editor at Fellowship magazine and a columnist for altmuslim. he learned from a young age the values of compassion. Maryland. Fellowship. 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. Literature and Culture from Syracuse University in New York State. the first Congressman André Carson is a 34-year-old native of Indianapolis. media. counterpunch. He continues to advise various community. the nation’s oldest and largest interfaith peace and justice organization. France and is proficient in French. He has written on interfaith relations. integrity and determination.A. She studied in Strasbourg. journalist. Raised and mentored by his grandmother. As an undergraduate in 1993. Congresswoman Julia Carson. 26 . in International Relations and French Language.
His ambitious agenda includes working to create economic opportunity for Hoosiers. Chase has served congregations in New York and New Jersey and was founder and President of Creative Connections in Media. was responsible for the UCC's multiple web sites and served as publisher of United Church News with its circulation of more than 200.EZ Representative.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention For almost a full decade." identity campaign. Previously. he was responsible for the denomination's efforts in public relations. At the United Church of Christ. Robert Chase Sami Catovic Sami Catovic is a NewJersey attorney.Department of religion. 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.Temple University.2 million member United Church of Christ. Among other marketing efforts for the UCC. Congressman Carson currently serves on the prestigious Financial Services Committee. Inc. Adjunct Professor . Member of ISNA Executive Council . radio. marketing and education through print. video and emerging electronic technologies. Co-Chair of 2009 National Convention Program In September 2007. Phd Student at Temple University . insurance. a new justice-based global initiative of the Collegiate Church of New York. real estate. André devoted himself to law enforcement and the protection of Hoosiers across Indianapolis. pushing forward comprehensive affordable healthcare legislation. public and assisted housing. He also served as Executive Director of the UCC's Office of Communication.. which oversees all components of the nation's housing and financial services sectors including banking. he was a principle architect of the church's award winning "God is still speaking. Department of Religion. Robert Chase was called to be the Founding Director of Intersections. the church's historic media justice agency. The Rev. 27 . a full-service communications company. and securities. working to responsibly bring an end to the war in Iraq and to restore America’s role as a respected global leader. Chase served as Director of Communication for the 1.000. Board member of New Jersey Muslim Attorneys. 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.
home finance providers. banks. Dadabhoy Owaiz M. Dadabhoy is active with charitable and community activities. 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. real estate funds. leasing funds. Shaykh Yusuf wrote the introduction to “Islamic Bonds”. Shaykh Yusuf is the author of “A Compendium of Legal Opinions on the Operations of Islamic Banks”. co-founding the UPLIFT Charitable Corporation in 2006. capital markets and insurance. broadly defined to include banking. including index providers. Shaykh Yusuf is also a special consultant. the first English reference on the fatawa issued by Shariah boards. Raised in Southern California. Dadabhoy. the 2003 book that introduced Sukuk and transformed the world’s Islamic capital markets. Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo scholar whose career spans more than 30 years. appointed by the Asian Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah to the International Financial Services Board (“IFSB”) on the subject of Sukuk. His entries on the terminology of Islamic Finance appear in The Oxford Dictionary of Islam. Prior to that. DC area. He is married with two children and enjoys spending time with his family in various outdoor activities. His three-volume publication has become the standard reference for Islamic financial institutions. Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo is currently the Chief Shariah Officer and Board Member at Shariah Capital. Mr. Based in the Washington. His written work has appeared in journals and newsletters and as chapters in books. In addition. mutual funds. 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. “Islamic Retail Finance and Islamic Finance: Innovation & Growth”. including Euromoney’s “Islamic Asset Management”. Shaykh Yusuf is a well-known and respected Shariah advisor and Islamic 28 . Dadabhoy spent over 15 years at Wells Fargo and was most recently a District Manager in Long Beach. he earned a BA in Business Administration from California State University at Fullerton.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Owaiz M. joined Saturna Capital in August of 2008. Mr. institutional investors. he serves as a Shariah advisor to over 20 global financial entities. California. alternative asset managers and others.
The Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. She served as an Affiliated Scholar with the Council on Islamic Education for over a decade. He has presented papers and made presentations at a variety of venues including: the 45th and 46th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology.A.org. teaching resources for the Council on Islamic Education and the National Center for History in the Schools. DeVeaux has published papers in New Directions in Evaluation: a Publication of the American Evaluation Association. 2002). as well as co-authoring a paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association (1995). Other writings include You Are Almost There. and the online curriculum World History for Us All. For the past three years she has conducted the educational outreach program 29 . 622-1500 (Thompson/Gale. DeVeaux received a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Bernard M. in History from the University of Rochester. a B. During 2006. and designed The Indian Ocean in World History online resource. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. the Smithsonian Freer Gallery teaching guide Arts of Islam. Muslim Alliance in North America (1st and 2nd) Annual Conference. reviewing state standards. a children’s book Ramadan (Carolrhoda Books. a chapbook of poems and has had several other poems featured in various publications. 2000). 2002). NAACP Criminal Justice Conferences (Jamaica. and Crescent International. a small narrative that focuses on incarcerated Muslims. New York). and a Masters of Arts degree from The College at New Paltz (SUNY).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. and is currently in the doctoral program at George Mason University. she was Senior Researcher for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. Imagine This. and many articles and book chapters. a Masters of Professional Studies degree from the New York Theological Seminary.A. and others. reviewing over a dozen commercial textbooks in development. Susan Douglass has an M. and developing instructional resources. She contributed to online teaching resources such as the IslamProject. Teaching About Religion in National and State Social Studies Standards (Freedom Forum First Amendment Center and Council on Islamic Education. Major publications include World Eras: Rise and Spread of Islam. Baruch College (CUNY).
the election of three Muslims to the Texas SDEC. He served as a Democratic member of the United 30 . strategic planning and marketing. established to improve and increase political awareness in "new Americans". and was recently elected to the Texas State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC) as the male representative of the Asian American Democrats of Texas (AADT). has held leadership positions in mainstream civic and local community organizations like charitable institutions. One of his primary areas of focus has been full-time Islamic Education. For the past 17 years she has worked exclusively with organizations serving the poor and advocating for social justice. Duff Jean Duff is a seasoned management professional with broad experience in the start-up of non-profit social enterprises. and for-profit businesses. program development and evaluation. She brings experience developing all aspects of service and policy organizations.J. and recently culminated in a historic first -. effective May 2007. Italy and an MS from Penn State Univ. Durrani is a grassroots political activist in the greater Houston area. He has also led the efforts to establish Islamic Boy Scouts troops in the local communities. Coalition of New American Communities (CONAC). Robert William (Bob) Edgar is president and CEO of Common Cause. A.J. A.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention at the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding. Jean F. 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. A. over 70 Precincts Chairs in the Houston area. She is the Executive Director of CIFA (Center for Interfaith Action). Besides Islamic-related community activities. CONAC efforts have led to thousands of new registered voters. public and community relations. He has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Milan. He is presently Vice President of AADT and the Primary Coordinator/Spokesperson for the Rev. and in the management of their growth. and fundraising. including building cross sector collaborations. a nonpartisan government watchdog organization.J. Dr. and homeowner associations. which is a non-profit political action group. J. and he has been instrumental in the creation and establishment of five Islamic schools. Durrani Bob Edgar A. school district committees.
Ms. and to connect citizens with their democracy. 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.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. the leading U. police departments.S. Governor Cruz Bustamante's "Commission for One California". The Fifth District includes the City of Minneapolis and the surrounding suburbs. ElGenaidi is currently ING's CEO. organization in the movement for Christian unity. She is the recipient of numerous civil rights awards which include the “Civil Rights Leadership Award” from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations. churches. a national nonpartisan. The Fifth Congressional District is the most vibrant and ethnically diverse district in Minnesota with a rich history and traditions. House of Representatives since taking office on January 4. n May 2007. Commissioner on Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission.S. corporations and other public institutions. Ms. chair and Vice-chair of the Bay Area Hate Crimes Investigators Association (BAHCIA). Bob arrived at Common Cause with a long history of leadership and public service that included 12 years in Congress. he came from the post of general secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U. Prior to his position as president and CEO of Common Cause. Bob Edgar was named president and CEO of Common Cause. and Advisor to California's Commission on Police Officers Standards & Training (POST) for hate crimes and cultural diversity training. Representative 31 . and former Co- Keith Ellison has represented the Fifth Congressional District of Minnesota in the U. She is a former commissioner on Lt. has appeared on numerous television and radio programs.S. open and accountable. and the "Citizen of the Year" Award from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. Maha ElGenaidi Keith Ellison Maha ElGenaidi is the Founder and President of Islamic Networks Group (ING). representing the 7th district of Pennsylvania. as well as eight training modules for public institutions on "developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community". ElGenaidi has spoken to hundreds of schools. (NCC). 2007. the “Human Relations Award” from the Santa Clara County Human Relations office. non-profit "citizens" lobby working to make government at all levels more honest.
Elsanousi has appeared on Aljazeera. Mr. and submitted an article to the American Journal of Law and Society ." His roots as a community activist and his message of inclusivity through democratic participation resonates throughout the Fifth District. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Shariah and Law from the International Islamic University in Islamabad. and a graduate diploma in philanthropic studies from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy. His responsibilities with ISNA include fostering interfaith relations. UK where he studies Orthodox Church under Ottoman Empire in the Sixteenth Century. Mohamed has contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of Philanthropy in America and the American Journal of Islamic Social Science. He serves as a national liaison and representative for ISNA at numerous interreligious conventions and conferences. Gazi Erdem has a BS Degree in Religious Studies from the Divinity Faculty of Uludag University. Bursa. Elsanousi also serves on the board of directors and advisors for several interfaith organizations including the board of governors of the Religious Communicators Council (RCC). Turkey. and other media outlets.D degree in Islamic History from Ankara University. Turkey where he studied Christians under Ottoman Empire between 1856 and 1876. He completed his Ph. and has basic fluency in Urdu. Human Rights (EHR) and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). His priorities in Congress are: promoting peace. Mr. strengthening ISNA’s relationships with the Muslim community in North America. Al-hurah.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Ellison's philosophy is one of "generosity and inclusiveness. Elsanousi is the Director of Communications and Community Outreach for ISNA. the Evangelicals for Dr. IN. the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission (IBC). He has been the Attache for Religious 32 . He holds Two MA degrees. He is proficient in Arabic and English. he has hold for various managerial positions at the Religious Affairs of Turkey (Diyanet). 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. first one is Islamic History from Uludag University. Pakistan. prosperity for working families. a Master of Law from Indiana University in Bloomington. and supervising ISNA’s projects with interfaith organizations and the federal government. Ankara. Turkey for many years. Mohamed Elsanousi Gazi Erdem Mr. and promoting civil and human rights. CSpan. Alarabia. After serving as an imam and preacher (Vaiz) in Bursa.
political Islam. change management principles. Dr. John Esposito John Esposito is a University Professor as well as Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. She also consults on a variety of interfaith projects and volunteerism efforts. Islamic Cililizations. with a career spanning multiple industries from training and political advocacy to technology and construction. a leading non-profit formed to advance the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by ending malariarelated deaths by 2012. Faris is a senior management consultant. his family was one of the pioneers that helped establish the 33 . Islam: The Straight Path. Ottoman History and Christians under the Ottoman Empire. and proven coaching methods. Through his decades of experience in a diversity of organizations and industries. Saleemah AbdulGhafur Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur is an author and activist (faith-based initiatives and gender equality in Islam). His more than 30 books include: Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam (a Washington Post and Boston Globe best seller). Dr. and Who Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think: With Dalia Mogahed. Interreligious Dialogue in Islamic Sources and History. Esposito specializes in Islam.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Affairs to the NY Consulate General of Turkey. 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. She works with Malaria No More. and the impact of Islamic movements from North Africa to Southeast Asia. A consultant to the Department of State as well as corporations and the media worldwide. Islam and Politics. Esposito is Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Religious leadership. he brings his clients a global awareness of best practices. Esposito is Editor-in-Chief of the 4 volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World. Makers of Contemporary Islam (with John Voll). Erdem is expert in many areas such as Islamic History. Iman grew up in the North American Muslim community. Iman M. The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion. What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam. Islam and Democracy and Iman Faris Mr.
Iman is supported by his wife Zameela. conferences. including: annual festivals on the occasion of Eid. as board member of several local organizations. He is extensively involved in youth work. Santa Clara.in 2007. and coordinator and contributor to a variety of local. Iman continues his involvement as a leader and organizer. This organization provides an alternative for home buyers looking for ways to avoid interest-based bank loans. and the rest of his community-minded family. managing youth camps. humanitarian and health care services to the orphans and the needy in India. Dr. delivering lectures to high school students and training youth leaders. He is the founder and board member of North American Islamic Shelter for the Abused (NISA) that supports victims of domestic abuse. This trust launched Jahangirabad Media Institute in 2005 and is about to launch a university Jahangirabad Institute of Technology . Manzoor Ghori founded Ameen Housing Cooperative Inc. Fremont. Manzoor was also on the advisory board of Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR). He has been active in Muslim community in North America since the early 70’s. CA and Islamic Society of East Bay. There was always a community project to help with and to learn from whether it was a relief effort.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention community. a youth activity. and working groups. including Abraar School. IMRC has been working since 1982 to provide education. From his formative years. regional and national Muslim community lectures. host of the local Muslim radio show. in 1994. or mosque building. Ghulam Nabi Fai is the Executive Director of the Washington-based Kashmiri American Council /Kashmir Center. an advocacy group for justice and mutual understanding and Islamic Network Group (ING) which delivers educational programs relating to Islam and Muslims. India. Manzoor Ghori Ghulam Nabi Fai Manzoor Ghori is the founder and chairman of the Indian Muslim Relief & Charities (IMRC). Today. Iman’s parents drove home a sense of community and imparted to him and his siblings a rigorous sense of duty to give back to society. IMRC also provides medical and emergency aid during natural disasters and man made disasters such as riots. He is the founder & chairman of Jahangirabad Education Trust. He is the founding chairman of the San Francisco 34 . He was the founding member of Muslim Community Association. CA. daughter Ayesha. He has also been involved with local projects.
Malaysia respectively. 8th. is a revealing social commentary. On the contrary. He attended the 1st. He addressed the preliminary session at the Centennial Conference of Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in August 1993. in December 1997 in Tehran. which documents both the inner and outer journey. His articles appeared in The New York Times. 6th. Plain Dealer. Wall Street Journal. and also participated in the 41st thru 57th Sessions of the United Nations Sub . He participated in the 42nd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March 1998. ten minutes away from the burial place of the Prophet Ibrahim (a. it is by entering into the heart of Islam that the author was liberated. Her book. 3rd. He has been living in exile since August 1980 for his political beliefs. Since then. Qatar. He addressed the 46th thru 61st Sessions of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) at Geneva. Saudi Arabia. Dr.Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities at Geneva.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention based Global Peace Forum and the Chairman London-based Justice Foundation. Maryam Kabeer Faye Sheikha Maryam Kabeer Faye was guided from a young age to make the journey in search of Truth. she embraced Islam in El Khalil. The Washington Times. in December 1994 in Casablanca.s. Morocco. were the words: SEEK AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE. 9th and 10th Summit of the Head of the States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in January 1981 in Makkah. Chicago tribune. 35 . she was given a scroll with a painting of an ancient man walking through mountains. upon which. Financial Times. Petersburg. she has studied with Sufi Masters intensively around the world. 2nd. At twelve. Dr. Hawaii in June 2006. Baltimore Sun and many other foreign policy journals in the United States and around the world. 7th. 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. dispelling many stereotypes such as the proposition. on a journey of transformation culminating in West Africa. her life became a journey in search of the liberating Truth. and guided to realize the true purpose of her existence. and in October. The Alchemy of Transformation on the Sufi Path. Born Jewish. elevated. Iran. Senegal. He was invited to attend the 3rd. 4th and 5th sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva in 2006 & 2007. December 1992 in Dakar. Russia in May 2006. The Washington Post. in November 2000 in Doha. JOURNEY THROUGH TEN THOUSAND VEILS. He addressed the 14th International Conference on Conflict Resolution in St. Fai is also the Member of the Board of Director of Istanbul-based the Union of the NGOs of the Islamic World. 2003 in Putrajaya. that women are inevitably oppressed in Islam. He also addressed the Fourth International Conference on Global Good in Honolulu. From that moment on.) at the hands of an ancient Sufi Sheikh. He is married and has two children.
Dr. race. Jess Ghannam is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences at the University of California. He is a Psychoanalyst and practices in San Francisco and the East Bay. She earned a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in May 2006 from the University of Arkansas. including chronic pain and cancer. Morocco and Russia. She travels extensively throughout the world.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Sheikha Maryam Kabeer Faye is a teacher. including Racialicious. Safiya taught Introduction to Comparative Politics at the University of Arkansas for two years. She is also an associate editor of the new online magazine Altmuslimah. Safiya was also the student editor of the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture for two years. He also works and does research in the area of Global Health and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. San Francisco and . 36 Jess Ghannam Dr. While completing her M. VA where she researched and administered VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) and asylum cases for Muslim women who were victims of domestic violence. writer. Ghannam is also a Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) for the State of California.. building bridges of light. Safiya is fluent in Hindi and Urdu and was born in Little Rock. and blogger who writes about issues related to Muslims. ReligionDispatches. Safiya is currently the Muslim Public Affairs Council Program Director in the Washington DC office. and understanding. She has studied and worked in many countries including India. Safiya clerked for the Arkansas Attorney General in the Public Protection Division where she focused on fraud and discrimination cases. Arkansas. Adjunct Professor of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. knowledge. As an Equal Justice Works Fellow she worked at the Tahirih Justice Center in Falls Church. feminism. Ghannam specializes in working with chronic illness. a website dedicated to analyzing representations of Muslim women in global media. and Bitch magazine. Dr. She founded and currently serves as editor of Muslimah Media Watch.A. and politics in several print and online outlets. Fatemeh Fakhraie Safiya Ghori Fatemeh Fakhraie is an editor. speaker and writer on Islam and spirituality.
Louis Rabbinical Association representative to the Jewish Community Relations Council of St.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Republicans and Democrats. Gutow focused his career on his faith and community and attended the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. she will begin a PhD program in Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Gutow went on to become the founding executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council. where he forged alliances with Sara Hakeem has recently matriculated from Teach for America – Chicago’s 2007 corps. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2007. After working for nearly 30 years as an attorney and in Jewish and political activities. where he received his ordination in 2003. Following his ordination. Gutow. 37 . she has taught 7th grade Language Arts at Gary Elementary School in Chicago. Linda is the past board chair of the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation and lives in Washington. Linda Gustitus Linda Gustitus serves as President of the National Religious Campaign against torture. where he led national groups in formulating strategies to maintain First Amendment religious freedoms. Louis where he served as the St. Gutow became the first full-time rabbi at the Reconstructionist Minyan of St. For the past two years. She is the founder of the Washington Region Religious Campaign Against Torture and is an attorney. DC. 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. Sara Hakeem Steve Gutow Rabbi Steve Gutow is Executive Director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. Louis. who spent more than a decade practicing law in Texas. This fall. He also organized the pro-Israel lobby's efforts in six southwestern states and helped create chapters in nearly 40 cities.
He was born in Sudan. and aspiring servant of Allah. 38 . sometime translator. She founded the Muslim Peace Fellowship in 1994 and serves as its Executive Director. Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington Assembly. His other Islamic activities and responsibilities include: East Zone Representative on ISNA Executive Council from 2001 to present. NY. including Ghazali's Ihya-Uloom-al-Deen. Harris has spent the last fifteen years concentrating on the theory and practice of Islamic nonviolence. Imam Magid is also well known for his counseling and family counseling expertise. gaining ijaza in several disciplines. Imam Mohamed Hagmagid Ali is the Vice President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and also serves as the executive director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling. peace activist. Imam Magid is also well known as an effective communicator to our youth and for work with other organizations and interfaith dialogue. her Master’s from Columbia University in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures. Member. Member of the Arab. and holds a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Rabia Terri Harris Mohamed Hagmagid Ali Rabia Terri Harris is an essayist. public intellectual. Imam Magid studied at the hand of his father and other notable scholars. Fairfax (VA) Faith Communities in Action. Harris received her Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in the field of Religion. Muslim Sikh Advisory Committee to the FBI Washington Field Office. editor. the son of a leading Islamic Scholar and the Mufti of Sudan. Board. Virginia. freelance theologian. practicing chaplain. 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. Fairfax Youth Partnership. After two decades of general spiritual studies. Chair.
Clinical Herbologist and Natural Childbirth Instructor. and the Medical University of South Carolina. performing physicals to the mentally and physically challenged . as well as organizing community based outreach programs which include.allowing them to be able to participate in the Special Olympics. and current. Herbert W. Mark S.S. He serves on the executive council on the executive board of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U. In 1995. graduated from Howard University. “What A Woman Doesn’t Know Can Hurt Her”. she established Al-Nisaa. “Maintaining Vaginal Health Naturally”. adolescent health services/AIDS prevention program. She teaches workshops on “How To Prevent Breast Cancer Through Diet and Self-Breast Exams”. and to those in foster care. to those in group homes. providing health services to the homeless. Education and Social Services Center. “Fertility Awareness – How To Achieve or Avoid Pregnancy”. Naturopathic Physician. and organizing volunteer health services in public schools. as well as authored a rape prevention pamphlet entitled. She is a Certified Nurse Midwife. thus will become during this term the longest-serving Presiding Bishop in the ELCA's history. In 2003. Sister Asma Hanif is presently operating a holistic health center.) 39 . served two 4-year terms.A. (The ELCA's first Presiding Bishop. Mark Hanson She has been a practicing Muslim for over 25 years. Hanson is the third.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Asma Hanif providing free blood pressure screenings in community centers for the elderly. Hanson is author of Faithful Yet Changing: The Church in Challenging Times (Augsburg Fortress. Wholistic Health. In 2007 Hanson was reelected on the second ballot. Hanson was elected President of the Lutheran World Federation. providing. to women in shelters. teaching at Coppin State University. Chilstrom. Minneapolis: 2002). 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. a faith-based practice. Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
community education and outreach. and youth engagement. She has led numerous workshops for international scholar forums. local. from these grow camaraderie and genuine friendship. Karachi. Dialogue sessions are based on the premise that honest communication forges meaningful relationships. Dr. Maher Hathout Aziza Hasan Aziza Co-Directs NewGround: A MuslimJewish Partnership for Change. 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. at conferences. Pakistan . New Ground doesn t shy away from discussing the tough topics such as. He has approximately 25 publications and abstracts. national and global Maher Hathout is a leading spokesperson for the American Muslim community. 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. identity. Waheedul Haque Waheedul Haque. various presentations at national and international meetings. He has Postgraduate training at the St Louis University. MD is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston. and conflict resolution in Muslim communities.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention levels. Facilitated conversations. Aziza has given various speeches to audiences across the country that included introductions to Islam. pluralism and Israel/Palestine. He is also a Charter Member of the Pacific 40 . is a retired physician best known for his tireless commitment to public service. civic and religious groups on inter-faith dialogue. university/college campuses. gender. Hathout is MPAC's Senior Advisor. community organizing. TX. He graduated from Dow Medical College. and youth leadership training. forgiveness and peace in Islamic tradition. Aziza also coordinates inter-faith relations for MPAC by working with religious leadership in Southern California in the areas of social justice. explore issues at the personal. Among the numerous offices he holds. substantive dialogue.
She then moved with her family to USA in 1979. Haque. Haque emigrated to Canada. democracy. Najiyah invites readers to share their time travel wish lists on her website http://najiyahhelwani. Kuwait. She is actively involved with resident teaching and research. Dr. TX. Egypt. Dr. and then moved to The Methodist Hospital at Houston. The Wall Street Journal and The Christian Science Monitor. Pakistan. Houston. He appears frequently on national television and radio talk shows. 41 ." "Emerging Trends in Islamic Movements. India. MD is Professor of Pathology at Cornell Weill Medical School." "Islamic Democracy. and Attending Pathologist at the Methodist Hospital. New York. His articles and interviews have appeared in such prominent newspapers as The Los Angeles Times. poems and short stories will be delighted to see how well the two value systems compliment each other. and attained the rank of full Professor at The University of Texas Medical School at Galveston." He has traveled to Australia. Ottawa. Middle East politics. Haque Najiyah Diana Helwani Abida K. Dr.S.wordpress. Malaysia." and "the Future of the Middle East. the western partner of the Council on Foreign Relations. India. Hathout has been invited to Capitol Hill and the State Department several times to address a variety of topics such as "Islam and U. Readers of her novels.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Council on International Policy. Currently at work on Sophia’s second adventure. Haque has been a member of IMANA for the past 20 years. and had postgraduate training in Pathology at the Ottawa Medical College. Before that she has served as the Chair of IMANA Bylaws committee. Houston. She was Director of Anatomic Pathology for several years. and contributed approximately 50 book chapters on Pulmonary Pathology in these texts. TX She graduated from Osmania Medical College. Dr. and sits on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Alliance. She has been Treasurer and Secretary of IMANA from 2006-2008. and Bosnia. Najiyah Diana Helwani is a home-grown Kansas girl who feels blessed to be Muslim and of Midwestern heritage. Haque has more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and presentations. and underwent postgraduate training in Obstetrics & Gynecology in Hyderabad. The New York Times. Canada. Abida K. Co-Edited 5 books on Pulmonary Pathology. Currently she is Vice President of IMANA. Policy.com. Currently she is Professor and Attending Pathologist at The Methodist Hospital. TX. human rights. Hyderabad. and South Africa to lecture on Islam and Muslims. Hathout has written extensively on Islam. Dr.
Project Row Houses in Houston. LAXART in Los Angeles. Additionally Hewitt has received a 2008 Art Matters Grant and a 2009-2010 Radcliffe Fellowship Residency at Harvard University. She is the author of “Doing Business in the Middle East and North Africa” and “Finding Diversity. CT. Dr. and Arab Relations. and especially Muslim adolescents. The Contemporary Art Museum in Houston.S.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention integration of immigrant and refugee families. Studio Museum in Harlem. Inc. She was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Her six children remind her what is important in life. a faculty member of COMPASS .the state of the art management training program of MSA National. NY. England. The Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford. cultural competency. Switzerland and Thomas Dane in London. Husain is a former two-term national president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA). a current executive committee member of the Muslim Alliance in North America. Islamic awareness and religious diversity. chair of the Leadership Development Committee of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Peaceful Families Project . Arab and American cultures. in the United States. and she is also blessed to have a wonderful co-wife and three co-kids in Damascus. is a training specialist with over fifteen years of experience in the areas of cross-cultural communication. Ohio. Leslie Hewitt Leslie Hewitt was raised in New York City and studied at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (2000). TX.. Lubna Ismail Altaf Husain Altaf Husain is a native of Cleveland. 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.” She is frequently used as an expert by national media and major international news programs and recently received press in Associated Press.dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence. the Yale School of Art (2004) and at New York University as a Clark Fellow for Africana/Cultural Studies (2001-02). Artists Space in New York. Arndt & Partner in Zurich. She has been selected to 42 . Luby participated in a study visit to Saudi Arabia. D’Amelio Terras in New York. GA. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions also include The High Museum in Atlanta. New York. TX. Najiyah lives in Damascus. Syria. CA. founder and president of Connecting Cultures. and his research interests include the Lubna Ismail. NY. The Washington Post. Sculpture Center in New York. where she teaches English at Yarmouk University and is collaborating on writing the history of Kansas City’s Muslims and Arabs with her husband Bassam.
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. Citizens Affairs Committee Co-Chair. and other venues on Islam and related subjects. and B. Islamic Society of North America(ISNA)(2008-Current). Chair of DC Area Eid Committee(1997Current). ISNA National Convention 2002(Washington DC) Steering Committee Chair(2002).May 2009). Editorial Columnist. Mr. as well as author and editor of training modules for public institutions on developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community. Rizwan O. Through ING she has delivered hundreds of presentations in schools. Jaka graduated with Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from University of Texas at Austin in 1995. Texas Student Publications(1995). 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. Chair of the Board of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. ISNA East Zone Conference Steering Committee Chair(2006 and 2007). colleges. ISNA Election Committee(2005-2008). Jaka Mr. CCMO Election Committee Chair(2003-2007). She currently team teaches a class on Islam at San Francisco City College. 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. Past President of ADAMS(2002-2008). churches. Cub/Boy Scout Chartered Organizational Representative(2004-Current).Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention present at Iraqi Reconstruction conferences. Berkeley. She received her M.000 circulation -1994/1995). Ashburn Soccer Club Coach(2003-2005). Dulles little League Baseball Manager/Coach(20042008).A. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California. in History from the University of Illinois. ISNA Youth Strategic Planning Committee(2004). Member of Goose Creek District(Loudoun County) Boy Scouts of America Committee(200 A National Convention 2009(Washington 6current). Jaka's community involvement includes: Board Member of ADAMS(June 2008. Ameena is an editor of ING training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims. Board Member. of University of Texas. Past Vice President of ADAMS(2000-2002). ISN DC) Steering Committee Chair(2009). universities. Board Member. University of Texas Student Government(1993).A. and presently works as a 43 . University of Texas Student Government Representative(1992). University of Texas Daily Texan(50.
the Society of Photo-Instrumentation Engineers. She is author of the book American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race. GA where she was raised in an active Muslim community in association with Imam W. Class. women and Islam. In her spare time. the Institution of Engineering & Technology.D. Program in Materials Science and Engineering at Tuskegee University Jamillah Karim Jamillah Karim is Assistant Professor in religion at Spelman College. Islamic Council of Ohio. Mohammad Karim serves on the boards of North American Bangladeshi Islamic Community (NABIC) and Virginia Coalition for Community and Justice (VCCJ).D. an American Muslim women’s magazine. Shaik Jeelani Mohammad Karim Dr. and Director of Ph. Karim has Mohammad Karim is Vice President for Research of the Old Dominion University.D. which explores relations between African American and South Asian immigrant Muslims in the United States. He is North American Editor of Optics and Laser Technology. Karim is author of 15 text books and over 325 research papers.. and Muslim Understanding in New York. Inc. in Islamic Studies at Duke University.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Manager of Technology Sales Consulting in the Technology Industry. She obtained her Ph. Tuskegee. presented her research to several scholarly communities including Harvard and Princeton. Dayton Islamic School. Shaik Jeelani is professor of Mechanical Engineering. She lectures frequently within Muslim communities. the Institute of Physics. and Gender within the Ummah. and has served in the past on the boards of Center for Christian. a Member of the Editorial Board of Microwave and Optical Technology Letters and of World Journal of Modeling and Simulation. and Bangladesh Academy of Sciences. He has served as guest editor of 16 technical journal issues. in Ohio. She specializes in Islam in America. Director of Center for Advanced Materials at Tuskegee University. Islamic Education 44 . Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs. she contributes to Azizah. AL. He is an elected fellow of the Optical Society of America. Jewish. Jamillah is originally from Atlanta. an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions of Education. Mohammed. and race and immigration.
and Avicenna Academy in Bronx. Sakarya. Prior to her academic career she served as the head of foreign affairs of Welfare-Virtue Party’s Women’s Commission. However she was prevented from serving her term by the secular fundamentalists due to her headscarf. She is a consultant for US Congress Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe and a columnist for Turkish daily Vakit newspaper. Fiqh. He worked as Muadhdhin (Professional caller to prayer. Arabic (Sarf and Nahw). Istanbul University. Imam (Kara Ahmed Pasha Mosque in Topkapi). At an early age (8-9 years) he accomplished memorizing whole Qur'an (Hifz al-Qur'an). National Conference of Christians and Jews in Ohio. Mediterranean Quarterly. Tafsir. 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. She is hafiz-al Qur’an. Turkey. graduated from Hasircilar Qur'anic School (Adapazari) with a training in Tajwid. and Persian and forthcoming in English. 1938 in Hendek. She is the author of five books among which are Basortusuz Demokrasi (Turkish). 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. Qira'ah. Dr. Kavakci was elected to the Turkish Parliament. and Waiz in the governorships Fatih and Beyoglu in Istanbul. got his Ph. D in political science from Howard University. Kavakci received a bachelor's degrees in Law from The College of Law of Istanbul University and also in Islamic Studies from the Institute of Higher Islamic Studies. Kavakci holds a Ph. She took her case to European Court of Human Rights and won in 2007. Hirka-i Sharif Mosque). French and Italian. in Islamic History and Culture from Faculty of Arts. Hadih. Merve Kavakci is a Lecturer of International Affairs at George Washington University. Kavakci sits at the Editorial Board of academic journal. and allied Islamic Sciences. After working as Assistant Professor and as Associate Professor in the Institute of 45 .D. translated to Arabic Dr. the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in 1999. Merve Kavakci Yusuf Kavakci Dr. Yusuf Ziya Kavakci was born on June 22.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Foundation of Knoxville in Tennessee.
Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Islamic Research, Istanbul University, he helped to establish the first college of Islamic Studies in modern Turkey. The College of Islamic Studies is now a part of Ataturk University, Erzurum where Dr. Kavakci worked as senior faculty. He chaired Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh and other departments and got full professorship in Islamic Law and worked as Dean of the College. His professorship in Islamic Law was the first such position in Turkey after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. He was educated in the traditional Ottoman way of Islamic Studies as well as in modern methods of teaching in today's universities. He is a board certified attorney in Turkey and practiced Law in Libya, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and attended numerous International Conferences on Islam. He was involved in the activities of the Islamic Conference and was in charge of the Muslim Minority students sponsored by Islamic Development Bank in Turkey.
Asma Khalid is an aspiring international correspondent. She is a Reporter for the National Public Radio, National desk. She was born and raised around Chicago, but has spent the past few years studying in and exploring parts of Europe and Asia. Asma recently graduated from the University of Cambridge with an M.Phil (don't ask her to explain what that means) in Middle Easters/Islamic Studies. Though most of her journalism experience stems from print, she's increasingly fascinated with radio and its power to convey people's emotions in a way that's physically impossible in other types of media.
Hena Khan is a Pakistani-American writer who lives in Rockville, MD with her husband and two sons. She is the author of nine children’s books for Scholastic Book Clubs, including several titles from the popular Spy University series. Night of the Moon, published by Chronicle Books, is her first picture book, and her first book on a Muslim theme. Hena was moved to write the book by a desire for Muslim-American children, including her own, to identify with the story of Yasmeen and her family as they celebrate a very special time of the year— Ramadan. She also hoped to share some of the cultural traditions of Ramadan and Eid with people from other backgrounds, and to foster understanding of the MuslimAmerican community. Night of the Moon has received very positive reviews from the industry, including a starred review from Booklist, and it was selected to be a Parents’ Choice Approved Book.
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MJ Khan is a living example of the American Dream. Earning two Bachelor of Science Degrees in Physics, Mathematics and Engineering from the Universities of Sind and Karachi, Pakistan; he went on to earn two Masters Degrees, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, and a Masters of Business Administration from Rice University. Councilman Khan was elected to Houston City Council, District F in December 2003. He currently serves on several local boards as well as seven City of Houston committees including the International Liaison and Protocol Committee and the Flooding and Drainage Committee – both of which he chairs. Known for his leadership in the community, Council Member Khan has been honored by the City of Houston and other prestigious organizations. In April of 2007, USCIS-U.S. Department of State honored Council Member Khan with the Outstanding American by Choice Award in Washington, D.C. Secretary Condoleezza Rice, Department of State (DOS), gave the keynote address to the recipients. In 2008, Council member Khan received the Asian American Leadership Award from Asia Society Texas Center and the Leadership Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
Dr. Muqtedar Khan is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware. He is also the Director of the Islamic Studies Program. He earned his Ph.D. in International Relations, Political Philosophy, and Islamic Political Thought, from Georgetown University in May 2000. Dr. Khan is a Fellow with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He was a Senior Nonresident Fellow with the Brookings Institution [2003-2008] and a Fellow of the Alwaleed Center at Georgetown University [2006-2007]. He has been the President, Vice President and General Secretary of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists. He is the author of American Muslims: Bridging Faith and Freedom (Amana, 2002), Jihad for Jerusalem: Identity and Strategy in International Relations (Praeger, 2004), Islamic Democratic Discourse (Lexington Books, 2006) and Debating Moderate Islam: The Geopolitics of Islam and the West (University of Utah Press, 2007). Dr. Khan frequently comments on BBC, CNN International, FOX and VOA TV, Bridges TV, NPR and other radio and TV networks. His political commentaries appear regularly in newspapers in over 20 47
Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention countries. He has lectured in North America, East Asia, Middle East and Europe. Dr. Khan is from Hyderabad in India. He is married to Reshma and has a son Rumi, and a daughter Ruhi. encouraged her to explore and appreciate her own.
Suhail A. Khan is the Senior Fellow for Christian-Muslim Understanding at the Institute for Global Engagement. He is a Washington, DC based attorney and has previously held many government positions. Khan served as Policy Director and Press Secretary for U.S. Congressman Tom Campbell (R-CA) where he worked closely on a variety of legislative initiatives, including religious freedom. More recently, Khan served as a senior political appointee with the Bush administration. He served in the White House Office of Public Liaison assisting in the President's outreach to various faith communities. Khan also served as Assistant to the Secretary for Policy under U.S. Secretary Mary Peters at the U.S. Department of Transportation. While at the Department of Transportation, Khan was awarded the Secretary's Team Award in 2005 and the Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement in 2007. Khan serves on the boards of the American Conservative Union, the Islamic Free Market Institute, the Muslim Public Service Network, and the Indian American Republican Council. He has spoken at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the Council for National Policy (CNP), the Harbour League, and the National Press Club. He has written opinion pieces for various publications including the Washington Post/Newsweek Forum On Faith. He was born in Boulder, Colorado to parents who emigrated to the United States from southern India. Khan is the oldest of five children, grew up in California, earned his high school diploma from St. Lawrence Academy, a private Catholic college preparatory school in Santa Clara, in 1987. 48
Zeba Khan is Founder and Director of Muslims Americans For Obama, 2008. Born and raised in Ohio by civically minded Indian-Muslim immigrants, she learned early on that giving back to her community was her duty as an American and as a Muslim – whether that was going door-todoor with her father collecting money for the homeless in her city or pitching in with an interfaith Habitat-for-Humanity home with her mother. Her parents, as progressive as they were religious, sent her to a Jewish day school for nine years, where she learned about Judaism how to speak Hebrew. On the weekends, she attended Sunday school at her local mosque, learning Arabic and about Islam. Her parents made sure that she knew the differences between Islam and Judaism, explaining the Islamic perspective on every topic she was taught at school. At the same time, they were ever careful to explain the respect Muslims should have for their Abrahamic brothers and sisters in faith. She truly believes that her own adherence to Islam as an adult is in part credited to her religious Jewish friends from her youth who welcomed her into their homes and community and shared with her the joy and spiritual fulfillment they felt from practicing their faith. Their commitment to their faith,
A. in political science from University of California at Berkeley in 1991 and a J. she served as president of the student body and co-founded the first Muslim students organization.D. Feingold (D-WI). Ms. Senate Judiciary Committee. Killmer. Prior to her service with the Senate Judiciary Committee. al-Muslimat ("The Muslim Women"). and was an editor with the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy.A. In the Senate. is the Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign Against 49 .Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention He earned a B. Khera was an associate with Hogan & Hartson. from University of Iowa in 1995. Ambassador Khokher also served as Pakistan's ambassador to India. Prior to joining Muslim Advocates and NAML in 2005. 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. Ms. He was the former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan serving from June 2002 to February 2005. Khera received her B. the United States and China before taking the top post of foreign ministry. specializing in commercial and administrative litigation. Khera was Counsel to the U. from Cornell Law School in 1994. a Presbyterian minister. Killmer Reverend Richard L.S. She also worked with Ross.D. which resulted in the firm being honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. Dixon & Masback. At Wellesley. and was the Senator's lead staff member in developing anti-racial profiling legislation and organizing subcommittee hearings on racial profiling. 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). with honors in political science and economics from Wellesley College in 1991 and her J. and Property Rights. Civil Rights. At Cornell. Ms. she worked for six years directly for Senator Russell D. Subcommittee on the Constitution. Ambassador Riaz Khokher is considered one of the most seasoned and experienced diplomat of Pakistan.
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. wealthy. He was appointed to that position on May 2007. Commander of the Faithful is the third book of a trilogy that began with Stefan Zweig: Death of a Modern Man (1995).-sponsored torture. he founded the Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light and co-founded the Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger. He has also served as a Visiting Fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1985-1988. 1988) when the popular view of Russia was one of technological incompetence in the communist world. Zweigs’s works are being revived by NY Times Books. He received the Climate Protection award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency for his work while at the National Council of Churches. Killmer was the director of Environmental Justice and director of the Economic Justice and Domestic Hunger Program Ministry of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Kentucky after the merger of the Presbyterian Church US and the United Presbyterian Church. Underlying these books is an inquiry into what guides and sustains people in difficult times. He served there from June 2002 to May 2007. and now Commander of the Faithful: A Story of True Jihad. While in that position. world famous and with young new wife. 50 . 2002) when people were touting irreconcilable differences between Islam and the West. From 1996 to May 2002. living safely in Brazil. he had served as the program director of the Churches Center for Theology and Public Policy located at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington.S. John Kiser John Kiser’s books have a contrarian flavor: Profiles of entrepreneurial scientists (Communist Entrepreneurs: Unknown Innovators. Mr. Kiser was perplexed by Zweig’s suicide in 1942. Mr. Killmer worked for the National Council of Churches previously from 19701980. and codirected the Child and Family Justice Project. This led to a reflection on Zweig’s life built on faith in humanism and individualism. From 1980 to 1996. Abd elKader was a man of deep faith combined with chivalrous humanity. Popular in 1930s and 40s. Previously.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Torture – an interfaith organization of over 250 religious organizations committed to ending U. intellectual openness and warrior courage. DC. Mr. He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and has two degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. During that period he directed the Special Ministries/Vietnam Generation. Domestic Hunger and Poverty. Muslim-Christian harmony (Monks of Tibhirine: Faith Love and Terror in Algeria. Killmer has written many articles and resources for publication and co-authored two books. making him a hero in the Muslim and Christian worlds of the 19th century.
He is married and has three children. expansion and diversity of the Muslim community in New York City. Zehra Betuland Hamidullah Eren Kopuz. in 1992. He is the Imam of Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier at Binghamton. which earned him title of Hafiz and then he learned Arabic and traditional 51 . Kasim Kopuz Shayk Kasim Kopuz was born in Rize. Nsenga Knight Through Photography. New York. Istanbul. a religious seminary in Istanbul. He is member of Broome County Council of Churches Interfaith Committee. named as Hafsa Nihal. specializing on the Islamic Scholars and Knowledge Production in Ottoman History. Reared in the indigenous Muslim communities of Brooklyn. with Professor and Rabbi Lance Sussman. to continue his higher Islamic studies at Al-Azhar University. He moved to Binghamton as Imam in 1993 and joined Graduate Program at SUNY Binghamton. Knight chose women because their stories were seldom told. Brooklyn-based artist Nsenga Knight. video and oral history. which is renowned world famous oldest Islamic University. and earned his Law Degree at Istanbul University School of Law. churches. Egypt. explores the spiritual and community lives of Black women who converted to Islam prior to 1975 and pioneered Brooklyn’s oldest Muslim communities. He moved to Cairo. Turkey. classes on World Religions and Biblical History at SUNY Binghamton. Turkey. He earned MA in Middle East History at Binghamton University in 1999.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. and he has give lectures on Islam and Muslim Societies at various public forums. Istanbul Turkey. schools and clubs in and around our locality. He has memorized the entire Qur'an. There he studied five years of Islamic Law as well as Modern European Law. and because "who these women are have a very direct effect on who I am. Nsenga has experienced the transition. Kopuz has studied traditional Islamic sciences starting at a very early age. in Middle Eastern History. He is currently working on his PhD. Sufism at Broome Community College. Then studied towards MA in Islamic Law at Marmara University. He has taught. He has been Imam of the Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier since 1993.
Kose is married with five children and lives in New Castle DE. 52 .B. New Castle. Mr. graduated in 1991 with honors from the University of Central Florida with a B. universities and places of worship. Murat Kose is Founder and President. He along with his wife currently runs a volunteer tutoring program for elementary. with a major focus in marketing. Nurtel Telecom. Usual al-Tasfeer (Quranic Hermeneutic). He also completed all the requirements except dissertation for the PhD in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering in Syracuse University. He was the president of MSA both at the University of Rochester and Syracuse University. has BS in Chemical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University. He and his wife Hollie have four beautiful children. He is the founding imam of Love God Congregation at al-Wadood mosque in Norfolk. Istanbul Turkey and MS in Chemical Engineering and Microelectronics from University of Rochester. and became a US citizen in 1999. seeking knowledge is a lifelong journey. a non for profit educational ministry dedicated to share the mercy and love of God. middle and high school students at the Islamic Society of Delaware.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Radwan Kouatli Murat Kose Imam Radwan Kouatli is the founder of Love God institute. Syracuse NY. DE He has performed extensive multidisciplinary research and founded several successful start-up companies . He also coordinated settlement of Kosovo Refuges in the Syracuse Area. he served as imam with several congregations and delivered lectures and sermons in mosques. To Radwan. He moved to the USA in 1987. He has always being active at local community at various capacities as teacher/principle of Sunday School. The first (in the USA) Halal Meal Plan was implemented during his presidency at Syracuse University. Radwan acquired his early religious education in the old city of Damascus.A.S. Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) and Aqeedah (Theology). Imam Radwan is married. Usul-al Fiqh (Science of Exegesis). Since 1997. NE where he lives and serves as the teaching imam. Radwan is also the author of Live Your Life on Purpose. Some of the areas that were covered during his journey of seeking knowledge are: the Science of Hadeeth (Prophetic Narrations). Rochester NY. his birthplace. board member etc.
He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Sør-Trøndelag in 1993.. foreign policy and Islam. Talking through Walls: How the Struggle to Build a Mosque United a Community. Kronemer served a one-year appointment at the Bureau of Human Rights in the U. Mr. Bruce Lustig Rabbi Bruce Lustig. Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain. Harvard.-Arab Relations. co-founder of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) is a frequent writer and lecturer on religious diversity. Since 1997 he is a member of the national Christian Democratic Party board.S. A Prince Among Slaves: The True Story of an African Prince Enslaved in the American South. On the local level Lånke was a member of Trondheim city council from 1991 to 1993. M.S. from 1975 to 1976. Mr.000 member Congregation. Nike.A. He was the chairman of the Youth of the Christian People's Party. in 1977. State Department focusing on U. including the Christian Science Monitor and the Washington Post. Islamic awareness and cross-cultural communication.theol. the Executive Board of Israel Bonds of the Greater Washington 53 . Outside of politics he has worked as a priest.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Alexander Kronemer Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think. Senior Rabbi is senior rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation. and Who Ola Torgeir Lånke is a Norwegian politician for the Christian Democratic Party. He has a Master’s in Theological Studies from Harvard University. Kronemer has published essays in numerous newspapers and journals.H. On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly. and has been reelected on three occasions. Aetna. and Disney. Ola Lanke Alexander Kronemer. he has shown community involvement in the Jewish Council for the Aging.S. Along with the daily responsibilities of leading a 3. Mr. Kronemer is the Co-Executive Producer of the UPF films: Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet.L. In 2000. Allah Made Me Funny: The Official Muslim Comedy Tour. including during CNN’s historic live coverage of the Hajj in 1998. having graduated from the MF Norwegian School of Theology as cand. the youth wing of the Christian Democratic Party. He has lectured to the National Council on U. He has appeared as a CNN commentator on several occasions.
54 . Edina acts as a spokeswoman for the American Muslim community to media outlets. MSNBC. and flood affected areas in Assam. Edina Lekovic Mahmood A. December 2004.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Area. the National Liaison for National Day of Prayer. Associated Press. Edina's work has also been featured in several leading newspapers. Edina has also participated in numerous national and international conferences and interfaith dialogues speaking on a variety of issues related to American Muslims. the UAHC Rabbinic Network on Youth Suicide. Edina was invited by the Malaysian government to be one of two U. undertook several rehabilitation projects in earthquake affected areas in Gujarat and Kashmir Valley.S. Bihar and Orissa. contributing part of the American fabric. and the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society. In Maulana Mahmood A. Jews and Muslims for dialogue. He is also the author of Composite Nationalism. the Mayors Faith Advisory Board. government officials. He holds a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. representatives to the International Conference of Muslim Young Leaders. Washington Times. and Los Angeles Times. Since joining MPAC. including CNN. and the History Channel. He is a pro-active leader of Washington's Interfaith Community and organized the nation's first Abrahamic Summit bringing together Christians. and community groups. Madani is an Islamic scholar from a long line of Islamic scholars. including the Wall Street Journal. academic institutions. BBC. tsunami affected areas in Andhra Pradesh. Edina represented MPAC at a United Nations seminar on "Confronting Islamophobia. Rabbi Lustig received a Bachelor of Arts degree (with honors) from the University of Tennessee. He is a graduate from Deoband and is currently a member of the Parliament of India representing Uttar Pradesh. In all settings. Chicago Tribune." In 2003. he has a long track record of providing relief and rehabilitation to the victims of man-made or natural disasters. interfaith leaders. which served as a precursor to the annual conference of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). Edina works to enhance the political and social participation of the American Muslims by sharing tools and avenues for engagement that will lead to a future in which Muslims are a positive. Edina has appeared on national media outlets. District of Columbia Division. Madani As MPAC's Communications Director. An enthusiastic social worker.
President of the Muslim Society of Washington. He also worked for SITBRAC Global Partnership and TAF Democracy Partnership Program. Washington D. College Park. manager. He has recently started his PhD Coursework at University of Maryland.C. PRIP Trust (Former PACT/USAID Project) in Bangladesh.C. he has a thorough understanding of cultural. Bangladesh and an International Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies from the European Peace University in Austria. Johari Abdul Malik Johari Abdul Malik is the President of the Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations.C. Union College and St. D. International Development Division at the International Reading Association. Sakil Malik Sakil Malik is the Director.. He taught at Syracuse University. and facilitator with extensive experience in international and development management in the areas of NGO and socio-cultural development. organizational development. Sakil is a development worker. D. political. He manages multimillion dollar grant funded projects around the world. Previously he served at the Shari'a Scholars Association of North America and Fiqh Council of North America. gender. Inc.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mokhtar Maghraoui Washington. a native of Bangladesh. and a founding member of the Muslim Advocacy Commission of . policy advocacy. CARE International. Head of the National Association of Muslim Chaplains in Higher Education. cultural competence and workforce development. 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. holds a Master of Arts degree from the Aligarh University. Graduate School of Islamic & Social Sciences. 55 Originally from Algeria.C.. 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. Sheikh Maghraoui holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a master in Physics. He served as Muslim chaplain of Howard University in Washington. a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Dhaka University. As a development worker. project design and planning. Previously. and the Advocacy Institute. trainer. He is currently a resident Scholar at the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (Florida) and counselor to many National Islamic Organizations. Sakil. Dr. small-enterprise development and micro credit. he served as a Program Manager for Capacity Building and Advocacy at World Learning for International Development. India. Program Coordinator for Child Welfare League of America's International Office in Washington. D.
Mr. AlMarayati Mahmood Mamdani Mr. Iraq. Al-Marayati earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Bio-Chemistry from the University of California (UCLA). Salam S. Al-Marayati is the director and one of the founders of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). Urdu. Also. tolerance and justice. a public service agency aimed at disseminating accurate information about Islam to the American public. Sakil has published his articles in international newsletters and journals. a commission formed to improve access to city government. Sakil is fluent in five languages. He has been named as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by the US magazine Foreign Policy in May 2008. In 2001. English. and promote respect. Sakil lives in Laurel. Mr. Mamdani's reputation as an expert in African history. reduce discrimination. Al-Marayati served as a Board member of the American committee to Save Bosnia. Al-Marayati has had the opportunity to speak to congregations at community-sponsored events. Maryland with his son Shafin. Senegal. and college campuses. He is a former President of the Council for Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA) Dakar. He is also the Director of Columbia's Institute of African Studies. daughter Samreen Salam S. He has been director of MPAC for the past ten years. temples. Bengali. a committee formed to lobby Congress and the Administration to end the genocide in Bosnia. synagogues. Mahmood Mamdani is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government in the Departments of Anthropology and Political Science at Columbia University in the United States. he was one of nine scholars to present at the Nobel Peace Prize Centennial Symposium. He then received an executive master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California-Irvine (UCI). Mr. Mr. At his present position. He is now an American citizen. churches. and Arabic. Mr.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention economic and social issues in developing countries. Hindi. Mr. Al-Marayati serves as a commissioner of the Human Relations Commission in Los Angeles. 1960 in Baghdad. Al-Marayati was born on September 2. He later changed careers and served as a liaison to the Muslim community for Los Angeles City Councilman Robert Farrel. politics and international relations has made him an important voice in contemporary debates about Africa. Al-Marayati worked as a process chemical engineer in the semiconductor industry for two years. high schools. His family left Iraq and immigrated to the United States in 1964. 56 . 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.
In an interview given last year. Muslims and Catholics face a common adversary in the form of an aggressive secularism that denies transcendent moral principles that undergird the rule of law and respect for human dignity.D. and founder of the ADAMS chapter of Homeschoolers Educating Assisting and Reaching-out Through Service (HEARTS). the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington. His articles and interviews have appeared on such prominent newspapers as The Wall Street Journal. The San Francisco Chronicle and USA Today. democracy. the Society of Catholic Liturgy. He serves as executive director of the U. He has appeared on radio and TV talk shows including C-SPAN and NBC. and the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and and lectures around the country on topics related to ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. Middle East politics. The Christian Science Monitor. Yvonne Haddad and Dr. the Girl Scouts Council of the Nation's Capital. Martinez is the founder of the Ashburn-Sterling Homeschoolers group. designed to help parents new to home schooling. where he earned his Ph. She has written for Islamic Horizons and Educating the Muslims of America (ed. Dr. co-owner of the LIFE Homeschool group. The LA Daily News. The Los Angeles Times. human rights. Father James Massa Priscilla Martinez Father James Massa is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and a graduate of Fordham University. Martinez frequently delivers seminars and workshops 57 . Lououn Youth Soccer Association. Father Massa stated "Together. The Chicago Tribune. She volunteers for the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Father Massa has long been a proponent of interreligious dialogue. She was elected to the Board of Directors of The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers in 2004 and also served as the Chair of the Board’s Public Relations Committee." Father Massa is a member of the North American Academy of Ecumenists.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention He has written extensively on Islam. the National Association of Ecumenical Officers. the All Dulles Area Muslim Society. and the Transcaucus conflict. the Balkan Crisis.S episcopal conference's Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. Jane Smith). and Upper Loudoun Little League. Priscilla Martinez is a homeschooling mother of six children in metropolitan Washington DC. in systematic theology in 1997.
Andrew D. African Studies. Ingrid Mattson is the current President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and served as ISNA Vice-President from 2001 to 2006. Australia. National University of Singapore.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Ingrid Mattson. London. poverty. Baghdad. and at other institutions in Cairo. Ithaca. OH. Her publications include studies on slavery. Dr. McGee received a Masters in Islamic Sciences from the School of Islamic and Social Sciences in 2004. Dr. Harvard University. Guyana. Colgate University. He is an Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Bonita R. focusing on Islamic law and society. New York and Chancellor of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Canada. In 1999. Mattson obtained her B. Mazrui retired as the inaugural Walter Rodney Professor at the University of Guyana. 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.D.D. 58 . Prior to her Ph. White Professor-at-Large Emeritus and Senior Scholar in Africana Studies at Cornell University. Bonita worked at a full service Domestic Violence Shelter in Columbus. Denver. Bridgewater State College. in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago in 1999. Previously Sr. McGill University. Oxford University. Kenya. She earned her Ph. and Islamic legal theory. Leeds. Interpretation and Culture and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies (IGCS). in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo in Ontario. In addition to his appointments as the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities.A. Georgetown. Nairobi. Humanities and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton. amongst others. Mazrui has also been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. Professor in Political Science. Nairobi. Mattson also currently serves as Director of Islamic Chaplaincy and Professor at the Macdonald Center for Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. The University of Chicago. Mazrui 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. Sr. and Sussex. Philosophy. Teheran.. Ohio State University.
University of Kentucky A. Bonita began her efforts to stop violence against women and antioppression work in her years as an undergraduate at The Ohio State University. a national organization addressing social issues and promoting social work and related fields in the Muslim Community. and he was instrumental in launching Operation Understanding. and he has been a respected advocate for tolerance and understanding in the City of Alexandria for 20 years. Chandler Medical Center. and training to both Muslim and Non-Muslim in an effort to bridge gaps to address the social issues in the community effectively. Jack Moline partners with other Alexandria clergy in their mission to increase tolerance and understanding of all faiths and peoples. KY and is also Co-Director Geisinger Cancer Institute. Sr. Director Henry cancer Center. She participated in the Rape Education and Prevention Program and later volunteered with Choices.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Bonita is also the Board member and Cofounder of the Muslim Family Services (formerly the Muslim Women’s Network and Community Services). Days of Remembrance. referral. Muslim Family Services offers support. 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.11 Remembrance. Mohammed Mohiuddin Mohammed Mohiuddin is Chairman and Professor. and cooperation between the African-American and Jewish communities. PA. 9 . Other volunteer efforts include being a volunteer with SARNCO (Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio) as patient advocate for rape survivors. Lexington. Jack Moline Jack Moline has been the rabbi of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria since 1987. Dept. a social service organization serving the Muslim community in Greater Columbus and surrounding areas. of Radiation Medicine. She continues to provide trainings and assessments for communities in need to address the issue of domestic violence and serves on the board of the Islamic Social Service Association. which encourages respect.B. and Martin Luther King Day. he has been an effective member of the Interfaith Counci. 59 .a domestic violence shelter in Columbus. understanding. and over the years. Sr. including the Call to Community. Wilkes Barre. Jack Moline has supported many city programs and activities that focus on education and the greater needs of the Alexandria community. Bonita served as Program Chair for ISNA’s Domestic Violence Awareness Activities and developed a website on domestic violence for ISNA.
Nash (formerly Michael Nash) is a native Newarker and a pioneering researcher on the history of Islam in the Greater Newark.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Hadia Mubarak Mikal N. Her research interests include the development of Islamic family law. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and English from Florida State University. Islamic reform and gender issues in Islam. Mubarak previously worked as a Senior Researcher with the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. Nash Hadia Mubarak is a full-time doctoral student at Georgetown University's Islamic Studies department. Mubarak received her Master’s degree in Contemporary Arab Studies with a concentration in Women and Gender from Georgetown University. He is a full-time faculty member in the Division of Humanities/Department of History at Essex County College. 60 . In 2005-2006. 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. In 2004. Mubarak was the first female to be elected as president of the Muslim Students Association National (MSA) since its establishment in 1963. 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. NJ community. 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. Mikal N.
Dr. and Islamabad. Brussels. AYN Architect. pending publication the weave. LEED certified with the US Green Building Council. Her spiritual Art. NCARB and the US Green building Council. In addition she is an Artist and a writer. Washington D. Mir previously also served as the Chief of Gastroenterology. Her Art and Architecture are compliments. Dr. Presently.C. Dr. a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa. she is principal and founder of a Sustainable and green Architecture practice called. Mir is a Fellow of the American Gastroenterology Association and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine (NEOUCOM) in Rootstown. Originally hails from Canada. He also serves as the President of the World Kashmir Freedom Movement. South Sudan. Barberton. Ohio. and President of Summit Gastroenterology Associates in Norton. writing and Philanthropy celebrate. Mir has spoken widely regarding the options for peacefully resolving the Kashmir conflict. with offices in London.. of each other with the thread of philanthropy and her written work. She is also president and founder of The Pen and Inkpot Foundation. an independent advocacy organization working towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict over Kashmir. with three internationally distinct firms. Dr. people and spirituality. Professionally. in mind. as she phrases: ‘the stitching of a Sustainable human’. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Summa Barberton Hospital. and Akron. Mir is the President of World Kashmir Awareness. Dr. She has been practicing for 13 years in the USA. One of her visions is a Green Mosque for the 21st century. She is presently working on a Library for the Lost Boys of Panyijiar. Ohio. Mir practices as a Gastroenterologist in Northeastern Ohio. Medical Director of the Digestive Wellness Center in Norton. 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. Ohio. non-profit with the environment. Mir is the Medical Director of the Center for Digestive Diseases and Endoscopy at Summa Barberton Hospital.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Ghulam N. She is a Muslim woman business owner building a social entrepreneurship of profit. with woman in mind. Her Art is a spiritual Art called Pen and Inkpot. Uzma Mirza Uzma Mirza is a registered and licensed Architect. Ohio. Dr. Chief of the 61 . She is a member of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. including at conferences across the United States and in London. Architecture. the AIA. Ohio.
Asma was Vice President of the MBA Consulting Club and was nominated by her classmates to speak at the MBA Graduation Ceremony. In addition. Mirza also served as Vice President (1984-1994) and President (1995-2000. Treasurer (20062007) and founder and Director of the MSA Legacy Fund (2006-2007). Since 1984. and an active participant in the ADAMS Center Sisters Youth Group. a Virginia not-for-profit corporation. She was also a member of the ADAMS Center Girls Scouts for 12 years. Asma was a member of the ISNA Shura and MYC. VA. Asma Mirza served as President of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) National for two terms from 2007-2009. Dr. Previously she served as Georgetown MSA President (2004-2005). (“SMG”) since 1998. Mirza has been actively negotiating mergers. Malaysia. Sr. Dr. Inc. Asma holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and Bachelors in Management and Operations Information Management from Georgetown University. (“Mar-Jac”) since 1995.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Asma Mirza Yaqub Mirza Sr. the DC Eid Committee. Canada. Chile. acquisitions and sales of various sized companies and real estate projects located in different parts of the world. and foreign securities and provides international business management services. Sr. M. From 19871995. Inc. the MYNA Advisory Board. MarJac makes proprietary investments in U. She currently lives with her family in Herndon. At the University of Maryland. and President and CEO of MarJac Investments. Sr. Mirza has more than 20 years of experience in stock investments and portfolio management involving assets ranging from $1-$10 million. Yaqub Mirza has been President and CEO of Sterling Management Group. Previously. he served as Executive Vice President of MarJac. the year it was dissolved) of the Saar Foundation. Dr. Egypt. Dr. Dr. Mirza has served as a Trustee and Treasurer and later as Chairman (198762 .S. Inc. streamlining or expanding the same. since its inception. Turkey and Zimbabwe. After many of the acquisitions. MSA National East Zone Rep (2005-2006). Mirza is involved as director and officer in the development of the acquired company or real estate project by evaluating top management to maximize efficiency and profitability and then restructuring. Dr. Currently she serves on the MSA National Board as Exofficio while working as an Organizational Strategy Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. of Sterling Advisory Services. MarJac and its affiliates operated in the United States.
a NASDAQ listed. His first novel. and has led educational and interfaith workshops to advance understanding and dialogue. Mirza holds a M. Mogahed provides leadership. He also serves on the Board of numerous other companies. She is coauthor of the book Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think (Gallup Press. world leader of RAID technology and network management products from December 1988 until September 1999 when Mylex was acquired by IBM for $240 million. through which Gallup. He has been interviewed on Voice of America. She also . is disseminating the findings of the Gallup World Poll to key opinion leaders in the Muslim World and the West. 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. al-Hurra and The National (Abu Dhabi) among others. S. He served on the Board of Mylex Corporation. the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota. A French translation arrived in 2007. "The Order of Light. from University of Karachi (1969). Qatar (2009). Christian and Jewish institutions. The Friday Times and Tikkun. His speaking engagements include the University of Pennsylvania.D. candidate at Columbia University. which won several Brass Crescent Awards (in 2004 and 2005). In addition. Dr. Mirza currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jugos Concentrados. He is a Ph. His essays have been published in a variety of media. a Chilean producer of juice concentrates. Dr.D. including Dawn.com). in collaboration with the Coexist Foundation. Avari.A.muslimwestfacts. Haroon also maintains a popular blog. A contributing editor and end-page columnist for Islamica. as well as guest appearances on CNN and NPR. in Physics (1974) and M." was released by Penguin in 2006. (“Jucosa”). which are registered with the Securities & Exchange Commission as an open-end investment company and managed by Saturna Capital Corporation. traded on the Santiago Stock Exchange. and is now an Advisor to the Board of Trustees of the Amana Mutual Funds. in Teaching Science (1975) from University of Texas at Dallas. Haroon has spoken at numerous Muslim.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention February 2003). directs the Muslim-West Facts Initiative (www. Haroon Moghul Haroon Moghul is Director of Public Relations for the Islamic Center at New York University. including wins for Best Muslim Blog and Best Writing.A. a Ph. 63 Dalia Mogahed Dalia Mogahed is a Senior Analyst at Gallup and Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. March 2008).Sc. strategic direction.
USA he successfully led efforts to declare rape as a war crime. Pakistan . and an award winning author. and social transformation. and greatgrandson of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. He is also a board member of the Parliament of the World Religions. 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. 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. is founder of Sound Vision. Karachi University . Dept of Medicine. PA Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine. Sultan studied Arabic and Islamic sciences on scholarship abroad and is the son of the late Imam Sultan Muhammad. 64 . University of Tennessee. At an early age.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Haroon is married and lives in New York City. is a community organizer with a background in strategic communications and multimedia production. He publishes educational resources and is co-founder of a Chicagobased multi-media production company.MPH University of Pittsburgh . cultural engagement. Karachi . Marriyam Moten Abdul Malik Mujahid Marriyam Moten graduated Dow Medical College . Sultan Muhammad is a native Chicagoan. Deen Muhammad. As the national coordinator of Bosnia Task Force. nephew of Imam W. Marshall University . His early experiences abroad and family tradition of activism have contributed to his focus on building bridges between communities by promoting common understanding.
Fulbright Scholar and a research associate at the Economics Research Center of the University of the Philippines. He has been a past president of Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA). Nagamia has been actively involved in establishing and volunteering for a number of Islamic Organizations locally. During her grant. Virginia. Starting September 2009. she will be working as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He serves as Vice Chairman of International 65 Rayyan Najeeb Rayyan Najeeb will be attending Northwestern in the fall. she went on to live in the Philippines for nine months as a U. where she also served in the Americorps and on the board of the GW Muslim Students Association. Nasreen C. interest-free microcredit program for Metro Manila Muslims who have fled conflict in Mindanao. Dr. Rayyan continued to produce media for nonprofit organizations as a volunteer service. Between 20052008. insha Allah. He is a member of Founder’s Committee for Islamic Society of North American (ISNA). he was introduced to MYNA for the first time and became the Wisconsin/Illinois/Indiana regional representative. creating national webcasts and tv shows/specials. Husain Nagamia Dr. Nasreen currently resides with her loving family in her hometown of Arlington. Florida. FL. 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. she studied a community-based. Rayyan was a member of Strive . Mustafa Media Institute. nationally as well as Internationally. After establishing a MYNA chapter in Milwaukee. and is the founder/chairman of International Institute of Islamic Medicine (IIIM) a organization of IMANA dedicated to research in History of Islamic Medicine. In 2007. Husain Nagamia is Chief Emeritus of Department of Cardio Vascular and Thoracic Surgery and Cardiac Transplant Center at Tampa General Hospital Tampa. Rayyan concentrated his talents as PR chair producing media and promoting MYNA among the chapters. Tampa.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Nasreen C. After this period. He is currently Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of South Florida Medical School.S.
Finance & Insurance (Takaful) Conference held in Ottawa. Nassar is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).K. Br. Pervez Nasim was employed by the Ministry of Finance in Canada from where he retired in 2004 after twenty-seven years of service so that he can devote more time to the various Islamic Financing & Investment Projects. Toronto. Ayman Nassar Br.. and Ansar Cooperative Housing Corporation. Nassar Dr. Switzerland. Jordan. Nassar is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University and the director of the Fastening and Joining Research Institute (FAJRI). Trinidad. Monterrey Mexico. Nagamia has published and presented numerous articles and papers on the “History of Islamic Medicine”. Chittagong. Dr. Pakistan. Brunei Darussalam and at Harvard University. Pervez Nasim is a Bachelor of Commerce and a Certified Management Accountant. U. Qatar. and is authoring a book on this subject. Houston.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Society of History of Islamic Medicine (ISHIM) based in Doha. first Interest-Free Home Ownership and Investment projects in North America. He is also the Chair of the Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation (CITF) that is the Trust wing of ISNA Canada. UAE. Saudi Arabia. and is an author of several books in the area of project management and leadership. India. Japan. South Africa. Ansar Financial Group Companies are managing investments on Interest-free basis in various Projects and Joint Ventures in excess of $80 Million in Canada. Kuala Lumpur. Sayed A. Los Angles. Dr. 66 . Pervez Nasim Br. He has lectured all over the world on Islamic Medicine including: USA (many cities). Canada. Tehran. China. Riyadh. He also teaches project management and systems engineering courses. London School of Economics in England and at Crans Montana Forum in Geneva. Ayman Nassar works for IBM leading endto-end next generation BSS/OSS application development for a global service provider. Pervez Nasim is also Chairman & CEO of a number of Ansar Financial Group of Companies that organized the 3rd International Islamic Banking. Canada in May 2007. 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. He is a founding member and Chair of the Board of the Islamic Cooperative Housing Corporation Ltd. Sayed A. and he has been volunteering his time since its inception in 1980 in Toronto. Khartoum. Libya.
Zarqa Nawaz Dr. Besides his BS and MS in electrical engineering and working in the fields of telecommunications and satellite communications in the last 20 years. a co-production with the National 67 . 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. including as an Imam. and in various capacities with CBC Newsworld. 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. Daoud Nassimi lives in Northern Virginia and he is the vice-chairman of the Council of Muslim Organizations in Greater Washington. board member. CTV’s Canada AM. teacher. He has been volunteering to serve the community in various capacities. Nawaz worked as a freelance writer/broadcaster with CBC radio. born in Liverpool and raised in Toronto. which debuted to large audiences and tremendous acclaim in 2007. marriage celebrant. and CBC’s The National. Unfazed. DC (CCMO). In 2005. Other short film credits include Fred’s Burqa and Random Check. He is originally from Afghanistan. He is a frequent and passionate speaker in different Muslim Satellite TV shows on the subjects of Qur’an and Islamic Thought.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Daoud Nassimi studies and recently earned his Ph. he has also studied the Arabic language. Nawaz’s documentary entitled Me and the Mosque. Nassimi has a unique and combined educational background in engineering and Islamic studies. in Islamic studies. Nawaz. His PhD Thesis was on a comparative review of some English translations of the Qur’an. and chairman. she coolly switched career plans and received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism from Ryerson in 1992. and lectures on Islamic topics at various forums in the DC area. He gives Jum’a Khutbahs in various Masajid. 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.D. Dr. He has been an activist and a student of Islam in the last 22 years in the United States. counselor.
C.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Film Board and the CBC. P. “Imam Nasa’iy’s Khasaa’es”. and Ihsaan.  He has written extensively on Islamic. Nyang has served as consultant to several national and international agencies and on the boards of the African Studies Association. some of which are being translated into English and published.D. Usool. A former deputy ambassador and head of chancery of the Gambia Embassy in Jeddah. and many others. memorizing the Glorious Qur'an and acquiring knowledge in many of the Islamic disciplines. such as Tawheed. Shaykh Muhammad has authored many books. Nubani is licensed to practice Law in New York and Virginia. such as: “Hadithi commentary on the Shamaa’el of Imam Tirmithi”. Muhammad bin Yahya Al-Husayni AlNinowy began his study under his father. in government from the University of Virginia. IL. Mr. Dr. Muhammad Ninowy Sulayman S. He received his law degree (J. Nyang is professor and chairman of the African Studies Department at Howard University in Washington.D. and co-principal investigator of Project MAPS. Bloomington. Hanafi/Shafi’i Fiqh.) from Indiana University Law School - 68 . “Imam Muslim’s methodology in Hadith”. He delved further into the fields of Hadeeth and Ihsaan on the hands of various expert scholars of both fields worldwide. African and Middle Eastern affairs. “Explanation of the Bayquni Text in Hadith”. Muhammad is the director of the American Islamic Institute. was broadcast on CBC’s Rough Cuts. Virginia. He holds a master’s degree in public administration and a Ph. and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists. Dr. Georgia . Nubani also has a Masters degree in History from Southern Illinois University -Carbondale. Saudi Arabia. IN. Nyang Dr. Ashraf Nubani Ashraf Nubani is an attorney and Managing Partner of Busch & Nubani. and senior Imam of Al Madina Masjid in Atlanta.. Sulayman S. the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies. in Annandale. Mr. He received his bachelors in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. and specializes in immigration law. Sayyed Yahya. WI.C. D.
Popescu’s main duties include collection. He speaks French and Romanian. specializing in hadith studies. After working for Dow Chemical for a short stint. 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). Mr. he is also the Dean of Academic Affairs of AlMaghrib Institute. Texas. in Philosophy from the University of Bucharest.S. coordinating human resources for USCRI headquarters and field offices. Popescu began employment with USCRI as an Administrative Assistant. and B. Serban received his M. he worked as a Research Assistant at Streit Council for a Union of Democracies in Washington. where he lives with his wife and four children. liaising with the Refugee Processing Center. Overseas Processing Entities. and providing primary support to the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Connecticut. 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.A. he decided to pursue an education in Islamic studies. DC.A. review. Currently. Prior to joining USCRI. and left for the Islamic University of Madinah. There. he completed a second bachelor's degree. 69 . State Department Reception & Placement program.A. in 1975. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston. In addition to his studies.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Serban Popescu Yasir Qadhi Mr. and processing assurance forms. in Nationalism Studies from the Central European University. where he spent ten years. and then went on to complete an M. and submission of family reunification sponsorship documents from USCRI network agencies participating in the U. in Theology. Shaykh Yasir Qadhi was born in Houston.
and is the past chairman of Society of Automotive Engineers Rocky Mountain Area. and the past president of Colorado Engineering Society. He is a frequent speaker on Islamic & geo political issues on international circuit. He has also completed Executive Management program at UCLA. In his spare time. He then spent three years as a release engineer/project manager for Cyborg Systems. Khurshid Qureshi is the past the president of the Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers (AMSE). 70 . He also founded the first regularly scheduled Islamic youth camp in the USA. he helped to establish chapters in Texas. the latter which he currently supervises. and CNA. In addition. Before moving into his current role at University Islamic Financial Corp. now owned by Hewitt Associates.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. In the early days of the MSA. he worked in the information technology industry.. Arizona. Quadri helped form advisory councils of local imams and community leaders in three states and started two new offices. he has served as Vice President of one of the largest Mosques in the US. among other things. Oklahoma. Before entering the world of Islamic finance. including IBM. which recently observed its 27th anniversary. Al Hilal Youth Camp. Kansas and Arkansas. He worked on Y2K conversion projects for several large corporations. Mr. he served as the member the board of directors of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Dr. Amjad's first foray into Islamic finance was as a field sales consultant for Guidance Financial Group. Mr. Quadri graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree from the college of Business in Information Decision Sciences. He served as a member of board of Directors of Islamic Association of Greater Detroit. He is graduate of Oklahoma State University and Stuart School of Business (IIT Chicago). McKinsey & Company.
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Ajmel Quereshi is currently Skadden Fellowship Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland and Director of the affiliate's Immigrants' Rights Project. While there, he manages a variety of cases involving challenges to local antiimmigrant initiatives and frequently testifies before the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates. Before coming to the ACLU of MD, he clerked for Chief Judge James G. Carr of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Mr. Quereshi received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2007, magna cum laude, and his bachelor's degree from Marquette University in 2003, cum laude. He has had articles published in the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture and the Human Rights Brief on a variety of topics including Islam and the Iraqi Constitution and recommendations to the Obama administration for changes in immigration policy
Dr. Saifur Rahman professor of electrical and computer engineering and the director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a director of the IEEE Board of Governors, and Vice President of the IEEE Publications Board in 2006. Dr. Rahman is a member of the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE.
Zeyba Rahman has been a producer/artistic director of live performances, television, film and forums for dialogue for more than sixteen years. She brings project management experience, gained as an executive on Wall Street, to bear on projects with cultural and educational organizations both nationally and internationally. These have included Asia Society, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the World Bank’s World Faiths Development Dialogue at Canterbury Cathedral in England, The 71
Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention World Millennium Peace Summit for Spiritual and Religious Leaders at the United Nations, and the Moroccan world music festivals in Essaouira and Rabat among others. In film, as a producer and partner for Jungli Billi Productions, she has completed production of Sawt-e-Sarmad: The Sound that Intoxicates Man (2004) and is in production with the documentaries NYC (2003-04) and Early Cabbage (2002-04). Dramatic feature film projects in development for Jungli Billi include Noor and a 14-part television series titled The Wandering Minstrel, a travel series exploring world music. As Chairwoman of World Music Institute, Director-North America, Fès Festival of World Sacred Music and its Giving A Soul to Globalization Colloquium, a public speaker and a producing partner for Jungli Billi Productions, Zeyba is deeply committed to the advancement of human rights and respect for cultural diversity improving the images of Muslims in America. Fatima started her career, working for ABC 7 in Los Angeles, where she refined her communication skills and contacts. Her work as a writer, field reporter and producer has been featured on many websites and newspapers throughout Southern California. Fatima has also participated in conferences for journalists across the nation. She is excited about her new position and feels it is extremely important for MPAC to have a major role in how Hollywood shapes their messages about Muslim Americans.
Hussein Rashid is a PhD candidate in Harvard University's NELC focusing on South Asian immigrant communities in the US. He has an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and a BA from Columbia College. In 1996 he aided Estonia in trying to establish commercial relations between Estonia and India, Pakistan, and Iran. During 2003 he worked with the Harvard ILS’s to create position papers on the draft Afghan constitution. He also advised a 2004 Democratic Presidential candidate’s foreign policy team on the religious issues in Iraq before consulting for a South Asia PAC. He researched the impact of 9/11 on Muslim adolescents throughout the US and Muslim blogs. In 2006 he became one of the Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow. His current research interests include the representation of 72
Fatima Rahmatullah- As MPAC's Hollywood Liaison, Fatima facilitates connections between the American Muslim community and Hollywood's film industry, both on the artistic side and business end. She works with writers, directors, producers, movie studios, and media outlets on
Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Muslims in graphic novels. He is an occasional speaker for the Interfaith Alliance, Faith in Public Life, and a teacher at the Center for Religious Inquiry. He is currently a visiting faculty member at Hofstra University. His media appearances include Air America Radio and CBS Evening News. He writes for Religion Dispatches, AltMuslimah, Talk Islam, Change the Story, and at his own blog islamicate (islamicate.com). Trustee Suffolk County Coalition against Domestic Violence. He is part of the Trustee Foundation of the Faithful, NY. He is a member of the Anti-bias Task Force of Town of Islip, Long Island, NY.
Ms. Sabeeha Rehman is the Director of Interfaith Programs at the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA). As a professional, Ms. Rehman has had a 25-year career as a Healthcare Executive and has served as a hospital administrator in New York, New Jersey, and overseas. Ms. Rehman has dedicated many years to the teaching of Islam to the Muslim youth. As a Sunday School teacher for several years, she taught Level 1 through Senior Level, including Contemporary Issues in the Young Adults Forum. As a member of the Education Committee for the Sunday School, Ms. Rehman was involved in the design of the Islamic curriculum of the Sunday School, selection of faculty, establishment of Muslim Summer Camp, and planning special events for young Muslims. She developed the first newsletter for the mosque, served as its Editor, and chaired the Editorial Board.
Br. Hafiz Rehman was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a pediatrician by profession. He serves as the senior Pediatric attending in two Long Island Hospitals and Chairman of the Performance Improvement Committee. He has been the Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at New York Institute of Technology, NY College of Osteopathic Medicine -- 1966 He has served as the Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics New York College of Osteopathic Medicine --- 1999 He is the President of IMANA --- Islamic Medical Association of North America --2008-2009. He is a life Member of APPNA. He has been the past President of Masjid Darul Quran in Bay Shore. NY He has served as a past President of Council of Masajid and Islamic Organizations of Long Island. He is a member of Bay Shore Interfaith council. He is an Honorary
74 . and a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs. and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Nadia consults regularly for several international organizations. the Rothschild Foundation. Walter Ruby Walter Ruby has served as Muslim Jewish Relations Officer with the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding in New York since March 2008. a Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. the Carnegie Corporation. Between 2000 and 2004. A strong advocate of MuslimJewish communication and reconciliation. he organized The Foundation-sponsored First National summit of imams and rabbis in November 2007 in New York. UN Alliance of Civilizations. and the Principal of Roumani Consulting LLC. Nadia received her master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. and Moscow correspondent for The Jerusalem Post and The Forward. Nadia is the President of the Board of Directors of the Muslim Public Service Network. UNDP.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Nadia Roumani Nadia Roumani is the Director of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute. foundations. and a junior associate in Stiglitz’s office at the World Bank from 1999-2000. the Four Freedoms Fund. the Brookings Institution. a project directed by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz. Nadia was the interim director for the Women Leaders Intercultural Forum. she has consulted for the World Bank. where she co-founded the Global Policy Innovations Program. Among others. and her bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations from Stanford University. 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. and works in partnership with Georgetown’s Alwaleed bin Talal Center for MuslimChristian Understanding. and the New York Daily News. AMCLI is housed at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture. and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Nadia is the consultant program officer for the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program. and nonprofit organizations. Nadia was the Assistant Director of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue. Ruby covered President Anwar Sadat's historic trip to Jerusalem and the breakup of the Soviet Union. Today. In addition to her work with AMCLI. Ruby writes for many newspapers including the New York Jewish Week. He has served as New York and United Nations correspondent for the Jerusalem Post. As a career reporter.
She initiated the formation of the Muslim Teacher Association (MTA) along with other concerned Muslim Educators in 2003. Agha Saeed is the Founder and Chairman of American Muslim Alliance and a lecturer in the Program in Asian Studies at California State University. Plainfield. In 2000 and 2004. He also serves on the board of several leading Muslim organizations.D. Salahuddin Patricia Zahirah Salahuddin has been an educator for the past 23 years. Since Ms. East Bay. Dr. In 2000. She taught students of various grade levels and age groups. Since its establishment.A. Dr. Patricia Z. He is the currently chair of American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT). organizing community workshops and training opportunities for teachers in Muslim Schools.A. Salahuddin’s relocation to the South Florida area with her family. For the last four years of her teaching career she has been in an Islamic school. she has given many volunteer hours. and Ph. Pakistan and M. in Political Science from University of Punjab. the Islamic Horizons. and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS). 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. Indiana. MTA has sponsored five conferences for teachers. she earned the National Board Certification.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Agha Saeed Louay Safi Dr. including the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID). Saeed spearheaded the campaign against the USA Patriot Act that led to the California State Resolution SJR10 against the USA PATRIOT act. Current she is pursuing a 75 . Saeed was strategic force behind the creation of a first and second Muslim Bloc vote. Dr. which is the nationwide coalition of Muslim Organizations. 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 Rhetoric from University of California at Berkeley. Saeed earned his B.
was instrumental in locating the witness whose testimony led to Gucci Mane’s acquittal. Mr. Monem Salam. as there WZ rep. Abdul-Salaam was a Presidential Ceremonial Guard in the US Navy. Colorado. Salam received his degrees from the University of Texas: BA (Austin) and MBA (Dallas). In 2008. 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. The award is given to 20 leaders in the mutual fund industry.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention doctoral degree at the Florida International University (FIU) and serving on the Board of the Council of Islam Schools in North America (CISNA) as the secretary. and among other achievements. then as a representative with Morgan Stanley (suburban Dallas) until joining Saturna Capital in June 2003. was born in Pakistan in 1972. under 40. Abdul-Salaam has provided investigatory services for the Law Office of Dennis R. Scheib for more than 5 years. Monem received the “20 Rising Stars” Award from Institutional Investor News. a deputy sheriff in Littleton. who the magazine feels will change in the industry in a positive way in the next 10 years. Mr. Boardmember of CAIR-WA and current Chairman of Peaceful Communications. Saturna Capital’s Director of Islamic Investing and Deputy Portfolio Manager. and has been involved in criminal defense investigation for more than 20 years. Monem Salam Rashid AbdulSalaam Rashid Abdul-Salaam is owner and president of Rasheed & Associates. specializing in federal and state criminal defense investigations. He worked as Chief Investment Officer for ITG & Associates (Dallas) until 1999. Monem is active with the Muslim community in North America through ISNA. Boardmember of the Muslim Public Service Network. Mr. 76 . Monem is also the coauthor of a new book called “A Muslim’s Guide to Investing And Personal Finance”. Raised in Texas. a non-profit organization which complete a documentary called “On A Wing and A Prayer”.
Imam Salie has successfully Ako Abdul-Samad is the Iowa State Representative from the 66th District. and will join the weeklong Oxford Round Table panel at Oxford at the end of July. Arabic and Islamic Studies. Previously. Prior to moving to Washington. is an avid traveler and reader. South Africa.the Education committee. Spain. peace and eco-justice advocate. a non-profit organization in Des Moines. He has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2007. Achmat Salie is a counselor. he had been a member of the Des Moines school board. 77 . Jihad is originally from Los Angele organized an international conference on Religion. Salie will speak at Melbourne’s PWR on the intra-faith code of conduct in Michigan. Saleh Jihad F. the State Government committee. where he is vice chair. Jihad was an inner-city high school teacher for four years. 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. he is also the Programs Associate for the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association. interfaith and youth coordinator. Along with his legislative duties. He has degrees in Islamic jurisprudence (alim fadil). Meeks (D-NY). He also serves on the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee. Saleh is the Education and Judiciary Legislative Assistant for Congressman Gregory W. a native of Cape Town. Abdul-Samad is the founder and CEO of Creative Visions Human Development Institute. and the Human Resources committee. and a doctorate in business administration. and Conflict. the Labor committee. Abdul-Samad currently serves on several committees in the Iowa House .Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Jihad F. Abdul-Samad also serves on the Health and Human Services Committee of the Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments. Peace. He has earned graduate degrees from Stanford University's School of Education and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs. In addition to his title as Imam. and university professor. Since 2007. education. DC. and spoke at the Parliament of World Religions in Barcelona. Ako Abdul Samad Achmat Salie Imam Achmat Salie.
reconciliation and understanding. advocacy and media relations trainings across the United States. . Corey Saylor is legislative director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). In other lives. she helped design and manage the first U. Newsweek. CNN.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Corey Saylor African-American.” Saylor has conducted dozens of civic empowerment. Rabbi Schneier is President and Founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) and serves as Chairman of the World Jewish Congress American Section.S. at the U. Saylor has more than a decade of nonprofit political communications. education/prevention campaign for HIV/AIDS.S. "America Responds to AIDS" and simultaneously directed the Office on Smoking and Health's public information function. legislative advocacy. Muslim. News outlets such as the New York Times. Center for Disease Control. MSNBC and NPR have sought Saylor’s opinions. she built and helped manage their social issues portfolio. using her expertise in "social marketing" as the foundation for the portfolio. a “Web Winner. Saylor played a role in advocacy campaigns drawing concessions from corporate giants such as Burger King and Bell Helicopter-Boeing. Latino and AsianAmerican ethnic communities as well as promoting dialogue and cooperation among the Jewish. an international communications agency. Fox News. as well as its Commission on Intergroup Relations. Beverly Schwartz Beverly joined Ashoka as the Vice President of Global Marketing from Fleishman Hillard. Beverly's interest in social issues spans most of her career. 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. Subsequently. and Christian faith communities. Washington Post. 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. and media relations experience. The Philadelphia Inquirer named a Saylormaintained blog focused on the 2005-2006 reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT ACT. At Fleishman. As one of the leading voices in the field of intergroup and race relations. he is at the forefront of the strengthening ties among the Jewish.
International Religious Freedom Advocacy: A Guide to Organizations. George Selim Chris Seiple Chris Seiple. and Beijing. 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". Law. Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. and is Founder of IGE’s Council on Faith & International Affairs. Beverly has published articles and given numerous presentations around the world on social marketing and is dedicated to promoting the field. Ph. and religious freedom. and CNN. CN8. After graduating from Stanford. His many speaking engagements have led him around the world. She has worked globally on the problem of education reform. 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.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Academy of Ophthalmology. With a recognized expertise in national and homeland security U. He cofounded the National Security Internship (NSI). Oslo. Military/NGO Relationship in Humanitarian Interventions and co-author of a new book. sustainable environments for religious freedom worldwide.S.. the Naval Postgraduate School. with an emphasis on getting and retaining girls in school in developing countries. Peshawar. humanitarian intervention. including Doha. She is an Associate Editor of the Social Marketing Quarterly and a Steering Committee Member of the annual "Innovations in Social Marketing Conference". religion and international affairs. he the founded the The Review of Faith & International Affairs. and the Fletcher School for Law & Diplomacy. Moscow.D. Seiple has appeared on BBC. Central & East Asia. on civil society issues and changing health and environmental behaviors when at the Academy for Educational Development. He is a member at the Council on Foreign Relations (New York). the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London). He is the author of The U.S. Fox News. with the Reagan White House. is the president of the Institute for Global Engagement. MSNBC. a selfprofessed "think-tank with legs" promoting George Selim is a policy advisor at the U.S. foreign policy. Muslim-Christian relations. 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. and NGOs. an intensive nine-week summer 79 .
Palestine. and is looking forward to the release of her next book. He recently completed a Sabbatical assignment as Senior Rabbinic Scholar-inResidence at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. UAE. where he directed the Hillel Foundation Director for 20 years. Maryland and served as Campus Rabbi at The George Washington University. but instead by tapping into a group of Arabic-speaking college students who want a career in public service. He is also a Board Member of the Faith and Politics Institute. MWWWI is a networking. She realized that Muslims need to write their own stories. and present possible strategies for resolving them in a way that both Muslms and non-muslims alike can appreciate. homeland security and intelligence seminars. A Trophy for Bilal. Bahrain. UAE in 2005. Selim helping to build the next generation of Americans trained to combat terrorist activities. She has taught in public and private schools in USA. He has served on a numerous other Boards including those of Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal and Tikkun Magazine. beginning in 1973 when he co-founded Breira. and on-the-jobtraining at DHS or the FBI. Amman. newsletters. Damascus. 80 . Zakia founded the (Muslim Women Writers' Workshop )MWWWI. Through this internship. Gerry Serotta Zakia Iman Shahbaz Zakia Iman Shahbaz. A Medal for Nabila. He has a decades long record of activism in seeking solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Rabbi Serotta has been very active in community affairs throughout his career. meeting and befriending people of diverse backgrounds.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention program that combines language. an interfaith. bi-partisan effort to bring spiritual reflection to the work of the US Congress. and Sharjah. and has traveled to many countries in the Middle East. He currently serves as Co-Chair of Rabbis for Human Rights. He isn't doing it by training soldiers. Her dream of writing and illustrating stories for children was awakened with the birth of her grandsons. She wants to present stories that illustrate the everyday lives of Muslim children and families. in Sharjah. nurturing organization that conducts monthly writing workshops. Rabbi Serotta served as a university chaplain for 27 years. 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. is a retired elementary and art school teacher. and an annual folio. North America. and Israel) and the Interfaith Committee for Peace in the Middle East. Gerald Serotta is the Associate Rabbi at Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase. Beirut. Rabbi Gerald Serotta has been involved in interfaith work through the Fellowship of Reconciliation (beginning with a reconciliation mission in 1975 to Cairo. with a Masters degree in Education and a Major in Art. an American. She is realizing this goal with the publication of her first book. Middle Eastern studies. the problems they have to confront. in 1980 he was the Founding Co-Chair of New Jewish Agenda.
Imam Zaid Shakir is amongst the most respected and influential Islamic scholars in the West. and co-founded a local Islamic center. He has memorized the entire Arabic text of al-Qur’an since childhood. Thomas University and Florida Community College.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. the Tri-State Muslim Education Initiative. Islamabad. Shaikh speaks regularly throughout the country on the issue 81 . he has brought both sensitivity about race and poverty issues and scholarly discipline to his faith-based work. which serves as the highest Muslim jurisprudential body in North America. and also taught political science and Arabic at Southern Connecticut State University. Born in Berkeley. and the Connecticut Muslim Coordinating Committee. He then left for Syria to pursue Ahmed Shaikh Ahmed Shaikh is an attorney and principal at Ahmed Shaikh. He has taught as the full time faculty at the International Islamic University. D. Pakistan and. St. he led a successful campaign for disinvestment from South Africa. and from New York Theological Seminary in Pastoral Counseling. He has been an instructor in the International Conflict Resolution program at Eastern Mennonite University. where he was ordained Rabbi in New York in 1974. As an American Muslim who came of age during the civil rights struggles. He has been active in the Interfaith Council. Connecticut and continued his community activism.C. After a year of studying Arabic in Cairo. trust and probate matters in Southern California. NCCJ and many other ecumenical forums since 1992. University of North Florida. California. Mr. of Islamic inheritance and Sadqa Jaaria. He is the current Executive Director of the Fiqh Council of North America. He obtained a BA with honors in International Relations at American University in Washington D. in Theology and Religious Studies. adjunct faculty at the University of Wales. Masjid al-Huda. a professional law Corporation based in Southern California. While at Rutgers. He holds Masters degrees from Hebrew Union College in Hebrew Literature. he settled in New Haven. he accepted Islam in 1977 while serving in the United States Air Force. Zaid Shakir Zulfiqar Ali Shah Zulfiqar Ali Shah serves as the Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee. Egypt. He also did graduate work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. UK. As Imam of Masjid al-Islam from 1988 to 1994 he spear-headed a community renewal and grassroots anti-drug effort. and later earned his MA in Political Science at Rutgers University. co-founding Masjid al-Islam. Aside from his traditional practice focusing on estate planning. He has a Ph. from the University of Wales.
a translation from Arabic to English with commentary of Al Muhasibi's "Treatise For The Seekers of Guidance" was published by NID Publishers. He is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle Campus. In 1995. and the history and life of Prophet Muhammad. as a 82 . He is President and Founder of the Islamic Inmates Correctional Association of America. he has taught Islamic principles. Zaytuna Institute published “Scattered Pictures: Reflections of An American Muslim” an anthology of diverse essays penned by Zaid Shakir. and briefly in Morocco. He also currently conducts Islamic prison ministry at Wilmot Arizona State prison in Tucson. His professional career begins in the medical field as a renowned scientist specializing in cancer genetics and molecular medicine. For seven years in Syria. BA. and spirituality with some of the top Muslim scholars of our age. In addition. history. and recidivism. In 2003. he was concerned about crime and its costs in human suffering. where he now teaches courses on Arabic. and Chicago State University. he and his wife Esther established the South Shore Islamic Community Center Since 1975. Islamic law. he moved to Hayward. Sherif was born in Ethiopia and came to the USA as a young teen on a full academic university scholarship. In 2005. 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. prosecuted and imprisoned for crimes. The mission of this organization is to Reduce prison violence. Islamic law. M. he graduated from Syria’s prestigious Abu Noor University and returned to Connecticut. That same year. and writing and speaking frequently on a host of issues. In 2006. Throughout his career. Majored in Administration of Criminal Justice. he was concerned about the extremely disproportionate number of African Dr. serving again as the Imam of Masjid al-Islam. In 2001. he immersed himself in an intense study of Arabic. Quranic studies.S. Majored in Corrections and Criminal Justice. and Islamic spirituality. California to serve as a scholar-in-residence and lecturer at Zaytuna Institute. Zaki Sherif Sidney Rahim Sharif Sidney Sharif worked as a police officer in the City of Chicago for 28 years from 1959 through 1988.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention his studies in the traditional Islamic sciences. American men who were/are arrested. his translation from Arabic into English of “The Heirs of the Prophets” was published by Starlatch Press. He worked as a police officer in both African American and European communities.
He held positions at NSF since 1976 managing programs with India and South Asia and then with the North Africa. A. In his position as a leader in the Muslim community. Prior to that he was Program Manager. He has been awarded research grants from national funding agencies including the National Institutes of Health.D. Davis and Berkeley in 1965. and Thailand. 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. the American Cancer Society. Dr. Washington. He has also taught at Egyptian Schools before going to the U. Georgetown and John Hopkins Universities. NY. 83 . and a Ph. delivered countless Friday Qhutbas and conducted copious Da’awa activities. Sherif was president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at three different universities as an undergraduate and graduate student. Shinaishin is the Senior Program Manager. Dr. received a M. Research & Development Directorate. Albany. India. Earlier he worked as a Research Acoustics Engineer at the General Electric Company R&D Center in New York and at the Boeing Company in Seattle. he has given numerous speeches. acoustics. Acoustics Unit at Mechanical Technology Inc. the American Leukemia Society and numerous other agencies.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention medical doctor with a keen interest in oncology and cancer research. Osman A. in Agricultural Sciences from Cairo University in 1952. He was born in Egypt. He also sat on a number of committees that reviewed grant applications. the National Science Foundation. for North Africa. molecular biology and cancer biology to medical and graduate students at three top tier universities in the Washington DC area. Professor Sherif served as a medical and health consultant for the United Nations as a visiting scholar in Ethiopia. and since joining the NSF on the status of scientific research in the developing world.S. and as a professor. Near East and South Asia. He currently heads Badr International Ethiopian Muslim organization headquartered in Washington DC. graduated with a B. He is well published and served on the editorial board of many scientific journals. Sherif also received post-doctoral fellowships from Stanford.Sc. degree in Agricultural Engineering from Michigan State University in 1960. Environmental Protection Agency. Near East and South Asian the Office of International Science and Engineering at the US National Science Foundation. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California. the American Heart Association. Much of his publications is on dynamics.S. teaching biochemistry. and Program Coordinator. Shinaishin O.
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). Since 1982. Dr. She is a member of the ISNA Majlis Youth Committee. Dr. and Chair of the Islamic Association of Greater Detroit (IAGD)'s Community Affairs Committee. Abdulkader Sinno Abdulkader Sinno is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University. As a member and now Chairman of the Executive Board of Majlis al-Shura of Southern California. His is author of Organizations at War in 84 . Dr. Because of his devotion to the preservation of Islam in America.2000. Siddiqi has organized and participated in several national and international Islamic conferences on Sirah. Fiqh and Da'wah. Dr. He received his PhD from UCLA and was a CISAC Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. National Executive Director of the Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament (MIST). Siddiqi works as an Educator and Religious Director of the Islamic Society of Orange County where he has served since 1981. Siddiqi served as the President of ISNA from 1996 . he has provided Qur'an Shazia Siddiqi is an MA candidate in Art Therapy and Community Counseling at Wayne State University. he has organized numerous training programs for Muslim adults and youth.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Muzammil Siddiqi commentary in a weekly radio program. Bloomington. Siddiqi has authored books on Hajj & Umra. Currently. England and later went on to complete a degree in Comparative Religion at Harvard University. Saudi Arabia and MA in Theology from Birmingham University. He is the Vice President of the Academy of Judaic Christian and Islamic Studies at UCLA. as well as his weekly column in Pakistan Link. He also lectures on Islam and interfaith dialogue in North America and abroad. Siddiqi also serves as a member of the ISNA Majlis AshShura and Chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America. Shazia Siddiqi Muzammil Siddiqi received his BA in Islamic and Arabic Studies from the Islamic University of Medina. Ramadan and has published many academic papers and articles in encyclopedias and journals. and a 2009 Carnegie Scholar.
conflict processes and state building. raised and educated in Washington. immersed in Lebanese culture. She supervises USCRI’s volunteer and financial literacy programs.C. On behalf of NPF she co-leads trips to Israel/Palestine with Interfaith Peace Builders once a year. Bengali. In March 2002. Siraj provides support to USCRI as an officer in USCRI's Matching Grant Program. Ms. D. Siraj earned a double Master's in Public Policy and Arab Studies. Cathy Sultan was born. USA Book News awarded it Best Autobiography of 2006. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Middle Eastern politics. In May 2008 Scarletta Press published Cathy’s latest book Tragedy in South Lebanon: The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006. Cathy traveled to Jerusalem and the West Bank to better understand the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Ms. Cathy’s memoir of her 14 years in Beirut. She interviewed Palestinians in refugee camps. teenagers. Siraj has lived in India and Saudi Arabia and speaks. was published by Scarletta Press in November 2005. peace activists and Israeli soldiers. Ms. reads. Europe and North Africa. along with a certificate in Refugee Studies from Georgetown University. Hindi. Cathy Sultan Tabassum Siraj Ms. until civil war began in April 1975. She and her family spent the next 8 years under the bombs and only returned to the United States in 1983. Her collection of interviews was published in December 2003. and comparative politics. Lebanon with her Lebanese husband and two small children. Siraj taught collegelevel as well as Advanced Placement English in the United States and Saudi Arabia. and writes Arabic. research design. She led a tranquil life. A second edition of Israeli and Palestinian Voices: A Dialogue with Both Sides was published in April 2006. She began at USCRI as a refugee protection researcher and writer for the 2008 World Refugee Survey. As a former English instructor.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Afghanistan (2008) and Beyond and editor of Muslims in Western Politics (2009). politics of Muslims in the West. He has researched and traveled extensively in the Middle East. In 1969 she moved to Beirut. teachers. 85 . and Urdu. businessmen. Sultan sits on the Executive Board of the National Peace Foundation. He is a fluent speaker of Arabic and French and has knowledge of Hebrew. A Beirut Heart: One Woman’s War.
Presently. from March 2006. mutual respect and harmony. a national professional organization founded 31 years ago. is a resident of Palo Alto. Illinois.She is the proud mother of two young adults. Syeed Professor Taher is the President of North American Educational Foundation (a notfor-profit organization). and Europe. She is committed to fostering friendships among all Americans by bridging cultural and religious gaps. He has served as the Principal of the Weekend Islamic School.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Samina F. He is the chief architect of Babul-Ilm project . Syeed has been General Secretary of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS). DC. Syeed resumed responsibilities as National Director of ISNA’s Office of . civic engagement through volunteerism. Taher Sayyid M. he was Secretary General of the International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations (IIFSO) in which capacity he traveled widely through the former Soviet Union. in Washington. As President of the Muslim Students Association of USA & Canada (1980-1983). one of the founders of the quarterly American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS). Mohammed T. During 1984-1988. Sundas is the founder and Executive Director of the American Muslim Voice Foundation (www. Dr. at the Islamic Foundation. Africa.com). She believes through education and interaction we can build an inclusive and beloved nation where all of us feel safe and at home. Her focus is in youth leadership development. Sundas Samina F.A Web Resource for Weekend Islamic School. California . immigration reform. Villa Park.D. Sundas. he is the curriculum director and has successfully developed and implemented 86 Sayyid M. Her dream is to creating a culture of peace. Asia. Indiana. he pioneered its transformation into the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). for last 17 years.amuslimvoice. Dr. Interfaith and Community Alliances. and community and peace building. acceptance. Syeed obtained his Ph. in 1984. A naturalized American citizen. and South America. Dr. Syeed. in Sociolinguistics from the Indiana University at Bloomington. who has received over a dozen awards for community and peace building. served as its Editor-in-Chief (19841994). Misbah and Saqib. protecting civil liberties and constitutional rights for all. the Caribbean.
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. Her second book. Hyderabad. India. across the United States. The goal of DNA-WG is to empower the Muslim community to assist and serve the needs of individuals with disabilities within an ethical framework grounded in Islamic tradition. He is the author of a popular book. 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. “A Guide to Reading Qur’an”. in Computer Science/Networking from Northeastern University. Her first book. Chicago. and his M. in engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. He is currently working on drug product quality issues for the Food & Drug Administration.S. My Name is Bilal. He is profoundly deaf and relies on a cochlear implant device. Asma MobinUddin Mobin Tawakkul Mobin Tawakkul created the Disability Needs & Awareness Working Group (DNAWG) for a non-profit organization called American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP). He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Michigan. Dr. Illinois. Her op ed columns have been published in newspapers locally.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention the curriculum for grades Pre-school through 11. won the 2008 Skipping Stones Honor Award. Her third book. The Best Eid Ever. and was a 2009 Storytelling World Resource Awards Honor Book. “Impact of using computer simulation on students learning in a Technology based course”. for the Weekend Islamic School. Currently serving her second term as President of CAIR-Ohio. He has a background in chemical engineering with a Master’s focus on pharmaceutical operations. Asma frequently writes about topics related to Islam and Muslims. the 2008 Middle East Outreach Council Book Award Honorable Mention.S. He is a Senior Professor in the College of Engineering & Science at DeVry University. and internationally. community activist. A Party in Ramadan. He received his B. and award-winning author of children’s books about the Muslim-American experience. Addison. His doctoral thesis is on. Asma Mobin-Uddin is a pediatrician. Omar Uddin Omar Uddin serves as President of Muslim Youth of North America Northwest 87 .
and imams to improve the life of our time. President of the Muslim Students Association of Atlanta. and President (in 1975) of the Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada (MSA). He traveled to Mecca. Spain (where he was in the first group of Jews invited by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia). Rome.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention University medical school. Qatar (where he was in the first group of Jews invited to dialogue by the Emir). and Madrid. businessmen and professionals of various religious backgrounds. Turkey. Warith Deen Umar Burton L. "Prince of Egypt. 1996).S. Cyprus and Europe in his sojourn to study history. and built on Visotzky's experience leading seminars in Manhattan with a mixed group of students. Egypt. Later he served successively as Regional Representative. Visotzky Burton L. OH. is a Conservative Rabbi and professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary (NY). 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. ministers. Doha. He helped build New York's Imam council. founded the National Association of Muslim Chaplains. and spread the teaching of Islam. He is the former Dean of Students/Registrar at the School of Islamic and Social Sciences (SISS) in Leesburg." He is engaged in Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue internationally. ranking Chaplain for New York's prison system for 25 years. Imam Umar. Georgia in 1970. In 1975 he became one of the first two Muslims hired as full time Imams in prisons in America. Senegal. in capitals such as Washington. and Director of IIFTIHAR-USA. Umar advocated the hiring and assignment of Muslim religious workers throughout the U. Visotzky. He worked with rabbis. Warsaw. Director of Child Development Fund (CDF). Cairo. Virginia. "Genesis: A Living Conversation" (PBS. Vice President. He also served as a principal consultant for DreamWorks 1998 film. Iqbal Unus Iqbal Unus is the Headquarters Director of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). South Africa. priests. investigate world events first hand. His volunteer involvement in Islamic work began in North America as the 88 . who also studied moral development at Harvard University under Lawrence Kohlberg. Visotzky served as collaborator and onscreen participant in Bill Moyers' ten-hour series. originally from Columbus. This explored a modern incarnation of the Jewish theological traditions of midrash. 1997.
Imam Wahhaj was the first person to give an Islamic invocation to the United States Congress in 1991. He is widely known for his works on systematic theology. Stricken by God? Nonviolent Identification and the Victory of Christ. Fuller Theological Seminary (M. Among other achievements. was selected as among the 100 best religious books of the 20th Century by Christianity Today.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Miroslav Volf Siraj Wahhaj Miroslav Volf is an influential Christian theologian and currently the Henry B. His book Exclusion and Embrace.A) in Pasadena. He has been a member in both the Episcopal Church (USA) and the Evangelical Church in Croatia. especially about his anti-drug campaigns in his native Bedford-Stuyvesant. He received his training from Ummul Quran University in Mecca and has become a world-renowned speaker on Islam. 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. conflict resolution. New York. Reconciliation and Justice" to a new text on the atonement. Croatia. and studied at Evangelical-Theological Faculty. Imam Siraj has appeared on several national television talk shows and interviews. "Forgiveness. Recently he contributed the essay. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale University Divinity School and Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture.A). California. and peace-making. Imam Wahhaj has been on the ISNA Majlis AshShura since 1987 and has also previously served as ISNA Vice-President. ethics. Volf was born in Osijek. He received high praises from the media and NYPD for initiating his anti-drug patrols in Brooklyn in 1988. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the American Muslim Council (AMC). and University of Tübingen. Volf is formerly a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary Imam Siraj Wahhaj is the current Imam of Masjid Al-Taqwa in Brooklyn. 89 . Zagreb (B. where he studied under Jürgen Moltmann.
Iraq and Germany and traveled throughout the world with United Methodist’s efforts at justice work in Africa.E. California. Winkler’s dedication to peace and justice is paramount." Rick and Kay Warren give away 90 percent of the profits from their books to charitable causes. Warren gave the invocation at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in January 2009. Asia and Europe.C. Khurrum has testified on civil rights issues several times before various government organizations.A. a network of tens of thousands of churches from all denominations in 160 countries. Jim Winkler Rick Warren As the General Secretary. which is now one of the largest and best-known churches in the world. including their global P. Google. including successfully defending three innocent Muslim medical students falsely accused of terrorism in Florida on the anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11. Jim has taken his passion for peaceful resolutions abroad as well. Jim is the top executive at the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society. He also founded the Purpose Driven Movement. Khurrum Wahid is an attorney and founding partner in the law firm of Wahid. Rick Warren is often called "America's most influential spiritual leader. which services those infected with and affected by AIDS. a campaign that called for a prompt timetable for the withdrawal of U. plan and Acts of Mercy. as proven by his willingness to be arrested in front of the White House during a peaceful protest for the Declaration of Peace. He has trained over 350. In 2006 he was heavily involved in the “Declaration of Peace” movement. having led delegations to the Middle East. troops from Iraq." He founded Saddleback Church in Orange County. Vizcaino & Maher LLP. Calling him a "spiritual entrepreneur. a civil and criminal litigation firm based in Florida. "If Warren's ministry was a business it would be compared with Dell. or Starbucks in impact. He has defended individuals and organizations. Mr.E. including twice before the United States Commission on Civil Rights.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Khurrum Wahid Forbes magazine said." 90 .S.000 pastors worldwide.
He walks with the help of leg braces and crutches. He is the President and Founder of HelpHandicap Foundation. He has traveled all over the world giving talks on Islam. USA. USA in 1992. He came to USA in 1990 and associated himself with a number of disability related initiatives. Fair Housing & ADA/ABA Guidelines from Harvard University in 2007 and Assistive Technology Applications from California State University in 2008. 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. Mohammed has published several articles on disability related topics. he offers weekly commentary on social issues through the board's weekly enewsletter Faith in Action. Universal Design.. universal design and assistive technology solutions for people with various disabilities. a nonprofit organization that is working to empower people with disabilities in India. Shaykh Hamza is the first American lecturer to teach in Morocco's 91 . He received his bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Osmania University. USA. He is also an Accessibility Specialist and Founder of AccessAgain LLC. which provides accessibility. board member of the Faith and Politics Institute. as well as North and West Africa. Saudi Arabia. he has also contributed a book chapter for a book on disability and is currently working on his own book on disability. he became Muslim and subsequently traveled to the Muslim world and studied for ten years in the U. board member of the Churches for the Middle East Peace and a board member of Africa Action. India in 1988. he returned to the USA and took degrees in Religious Studies and Health Care. a member of the steering committee of the Campaign for a National Health Plan. Mohammed Yousuf HamzaYusuf Mohammed acquired polio at the age of 2 and could not go to school until he was almost 12 years old. After ten years of studies abroad. Certified Shaykh HamzaYusuf was born in Washington State and raised in Northern California. He tried to find solutions from many challenges and did not let obstacles get in the way of progressive thinking and attaining independence. In 1977. Winkler is a member of the Justice and Advocacy Commission of the National Council of Churches of the United States of America. a master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Wayne State University. A. Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) certification from Housing University in 2006.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention Mr. In addition. E. He received teaching licenses in various Islamic subjects from several wellknown scholars in various countries.
In addition. Moonshadow. Yusuf Islam grew up in the heart of London’s theatre district. His quest for answers was fulfilled and he embraced Islam in 1977. Shaykh Hamza currently resides in Northern California with his wife and five children. Wild World and Father & Son and selling over 50 million LPs.N affiliated NGO which Yusuf Islam founded in 2000. is the Program Chair for the ISNA Education Forum. Roadsinger.Speakers Accumulated Bios 46th Annual ISNA Convention prestigious and oldest University. Small Kindness. He is also the Vice-Chairman of the Universal School Board of Directors. the son of a Greek Cypriot father and Swedish mother. 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. was released earlier this year to widespread critical acclaim. including being honoured with the 'Man for Peace' award in 2004 by a committee of Nobel peace laureates. His pioneering work in education and tireless support for humanitarian causes has received international recognition. Yusuf Islam Safaa Zarzour Born Steven Demetre Georgiou. David. and more recently in January 2007. is in pre-production and set to open in London’s West End in early 2010. A well-known Muslim activist. He is a Member of the Village of Bridgeview Zoning Board and was elected as a member of the Bridgeview Public Library Board of Trustees. He is active with the Catholic-Muslim Education Project and Play for Peace. After almost drowning in the Pacific Ocean at Malibu he received a translation of the Qur'an from his elder brother. He changed his name to Yusuf Islam and walked away from the music business to start a new life and raise a family. Following a bout of tuberculosis early on in his career. a well respected charity actively operating in some of the poorest parts of the world. A stage musical based on his repertoire of songs. the U. he has served as the Principal of Universal School in Chicago for over 10 years. penning such classics as Matthew & Son. Yusuf’s latest album. serves as the Chairman for CAIR-Chicago and has spoken at a number of national and regional conferences. he performed as Cat Stevens and was one of the biggest solo artists of his generation. he has translated into modern English several classical Arabic traditional texts and poems. the Mediterranean Prize for Peace. he undertook an ongoing search for peace and spiritual truth. 92 . 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. Moonshadow. the Karaouine in Fes. From 1968-1979.
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