Dr. Basyouny Nehela holds an M.A. in Fundamentals of Religion, and a Ph.D. with Honors in Da’wa and Islamic Culture, both from Al-Azhar University. He is currently the Dean of Academic Affairs and professor at Boston Islamic Seminary. Dr. Basyouny was previously an Associate professor at Qatar University’s Faculty of Sharia and Islamic Studies, Department of Islamic Creed and Da’wa, a faculty member at Al-Azhar University and Islamic American University, and Imam of the Islamic Society of Boston.

He has also served as head, and coordinator of many academic committees covering Curriculum Enhancement, Core Curriculum, Strategic Plan, Academic Activities and Events, & Professional Development. He has taught many academic courses including Fundamentals of Dawa, Ethics, Comparative Religion, Islamic Creed, Islamic Culture, Quranic Studies,…etc.


He participated and presented in many academic and Islamic conferences in America, Egypt, Qatar, Malaysia, Canada, India, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Jordan…etc .He has designed and developed some academic curricula and courses for academic organizations and schools in America, Africa and some Arab countries.

Dr. Basyouny has published over 200 articles in newspapers and magazines on topics such as the methodologies and means of Quranic Education and Da’wa, contemporary youth issues and Islamic thought as well as presented in various television and radio shows at Al Jazeera network .He also offers regular workshops and lectures on family issues and contemporary marital and educational problems.

He received Qatar University’s yearly award for the best academic online course at the university, and another award from the College of Sharia for the best chair of the academic activities committee.

Qur’anic Methodology Towards Effective Communication, Spring 2018
Introduction to Islamic Systems, Spring 2019
Qur’anic Contemporary Education, Spring 2017
Educators Workshop, Fall 2019
Qur’anic Immersion: Recitation, Reflection, and Application, Fall 2019
Qur’anic Immersion: Surah AlKahf – Read, Reflect & Act, Community Crisis Response 2020
Qur’anic and Prophetic Communication During Challenging Times, Islamic Foundation Virtual Courses (Ramadan 2020)
Qur’anic Immersion: Recitation, Reflection & Application (Level 2), Islamic Foundation Virtual Courses (Ramadan 2020)

Dr. Suheil Laher serves as Academic Dean at Fawakih, an Arabic language institute. He has been a tafsir and tajwid instructor at Fawakih since 2010 and has made significant contributions to the content and development of these courses. After studying electrical engineering at MIT, he earned an M.A. in Religious Studies from Boston University and recently completed his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies at Harvard University. He has previously taught Arabic at Harvard, Brandeis, and Boston Universities. He has benefited from a number of teachers of traditional Islamic disciplines, in the US and abroad, and has ijazahs in Islamic theology (‘aqidah), Islamic law (fiqh), hadith and other subjects. He has taught ‘aqidah courses at the Ella Collins Institute and the Bukhari Institute. He also has extensive experience working with youth while serving as Muslim Chaplain at MIT (part-time, 1998-2014).


Sciences of the Qur’an, Fall 2016
Sciences of Hadith, Spring 2017
Madhhabs: Development and Differences, Fall 2017
Foundations and Objectives of Sacred Law (Qawa’id and Maqasid), Spring 2018
Sciences of Qur’an and Hadith, Spring 2019
Qur’anic Immersion: Recitation, Reflection and Application, Fall 2019

Dr. Sharif El-Tobgui holds a B.S. in Arabic Language from Georgetown University and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from McGill University and currently serves as Associate Professor of Arabic & Islamic Studies, and Director of the Arabic Language Program at Brandeis. He previously taught for five years at Harvard University as Preceptor of Arabic, and has also taught at the Middlebury College Summer Arabic Language School. Prof. El-Tobgui’s scholarly expertise lies in the field of Islamic thought, with a special concentration on theology, law, and jurisprudence. He is particularly interested in questions concerning the relationship between reason and revelation in the Islamic tradition, and has published on the manifestations of this tension in the fields of classical Islamic jurisprudence and Qur’anic exegesis. He has just completed his first monograph, a study of Ibn Taymiyya’s (d.728/1328)


10-volume work, “Refutation of Contradiction Between Reason and Revelation” (forthcoming, (E.J. Brill, 2020). In addition to his expertise in Islamic thought, Prof. El-Tobgui has a deep love of language in general and of Classical Arabic in particular and has enjoyed for many years exploring the intricacies of Arabic grammar as well as classical literature and poetry with his students.

Imam Zaid Shakir is one of three co-founders of Zaytuna College, serves on its Board of Trustees and has taught courses in Arabic, Islamic Spirituality, contemporary Muslim thought and Shafi’i fiqh. He speaks and writes on a wide range of topics and has become a voice of conscience for American Muslims as well as people of other faiths. He is regularly included as one of the Western world’s most influential Muslim scholars in The Muslim 500, an annual ranking edited by John Esposito and Ibrahim Kalin. He is also one of the signatories of “A Common Word Between Us and You,” an open letter by Islamic scholars to Christian leaders that calls for peace and mutual understanding. He holds an M.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University.


TazkiyyaTun-Nafs, Spring 2020

Dr. Mohamed Lazzouni served as the chairperson of the advisory board at the center for the study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College in MA, and as a Director at the Interreligious Center on Public Life a joint venture of Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School in MA.

As a national interfaith leader speaking for the US Muslim Community, he appeared at the National Press Club, he presented testimony in Congress, and spoke at Chatham House in the United Kingdom. He lectures frequently on many campuses in the United States and Europe.


Dr. Lazzouni trained in Classical Islam in traditional schools in North Africa with some of the most prominent and enlightened Scholars of Islam, he was affiliated with the Oxford Center

of Islamic Studies at its founding stage. The focus of his training was on Islamic Jurisprudence, Islamic Philosophy, and the History of Spiritual Islam.

Dr. Lazzouni holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Oxford University, a Master’s in Physics from London University, and several degrees and certificates in leadership, organizational development, and management from Harvard, Case Western, Duke, Rice, and Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Lazzouni is the Chief Executive Officer at Epochal Technologies a high technology company focused on providing ethically sourced demographic data to solve complex problem to better serve society. 

Reinventing Leadership for the 21st Century, Fall 2019

Dr. Shaykh Hassan Lachheb is the president and founder of the Tayseer Seminary. He earned his Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the University of Indiana, Bloomington. His academic research focused on the intellectual history and religiosity of the Muslims of Maghrib and Andalus. Dr. Shaykh Hassan Lachheb completed his M.A. in Islamic Theology, Islamic Legal Theory, and Maliki Jurisprudence at Dar al-Hadith al-Hassaniyyah for Higher Islamic Studies in Rabat, Morocco with honors in 2000. In addition, he completed his B.A. with distinction in Arabic Language and Literature at Mohamed V University in Rabat. Dr. Shaykh Hassan Lachheb has extensively studied several disciplines including Principles of Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh), Arabic Grammar, Philology, and Literature. He has also received many ijazaat (licenses to teach) from prominent scholars in Hadith, Comparative Jurisprudence (fiqh), and the


Sciences of Quran. He has studied under several of the foremost Islamic scholars in Morocco. Dr. Dr. Shaykh Hassan Lachheb is the resident scholar of the Muslim Community of Knoxville and the spearheading faculty member of the Tayseer Seminary. He currently resides in Knoxville with his wife and three children.

Islamic Family Systems, Spring 2020
Introduction to Islamic Systems, Islamic Foundation Virtual Courses (Ramadan 2020)

Dr. Mohamed Abu-Taleb serves as the Imam of the Islamic Association of Raleigh. He is a lifelong student of the Quran and Islamic studies, has studied with a number of credentialed scholars and teachers and has been blessed to memorize the Holy Quran.

Mohamed has pursued seminary training through the Cambridge Islamic College and Al-Salam Institute in the United Kingdom, and studied under teachers trained at Islamic universities in India, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt.

Mohamed also shares a love of science and reason and completed his Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in electrical engineering from MIT along with degrees in physics and mathematics from the University of Maryland.


Dr. AbuTaleb has traveled the United States extensively as a lecturer, trainer, and educator. He serves as an instructor for the OakTree Institute and has collaborated with a myriad of organizations and institutions.

He shares his love of learning with audiences at an array of universities, community centers, and places of worship. His style enables audiences to couple transformative understanding with relevance to daily life, and to cut across labels and divisions through scholarship and dialogue.

Confident Answers: Facing Tough Questions about Islam, Fall 2018

Dr. Celene Ibrahim specializes in Islamic studies and women’s studies. Her most recent book, Women and Gender in the Qur’an, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. She is also the editor of One Nation, Indivisible: Seeking Liberty and Justice from the Pulpit to the Streets (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2019). Dr. Ibrahim holds a PhD in Arabic and Islamic civilizations from Brandeis University, a master’s degree from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. She is a frequent public speaker and consultant for educational and civic institutions, serves on the board of multiple institutions, and is the recipient of many academic awards and honors, including being named a Harvard Presidential Scholar. She has taught at many theological schools, has served as a Muslim chaplain at Tufts University, and is currently on the faculty of Groton School in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy.


Women of the Qur’an, Spring 2017
Women Around the Prophet: An Analysis of Surah Al-Ahzab, Spring 2018
Introduction to Islamic Systems, Islamic Foundation Virtual Courses (Ramadan 2020)

Dr. Harun Spevack is a professor of Islamic Studies. His teaching specialties include topics in Islamic studies—law, theology, Sufism, history, and culture. His research interests include Islamic intellectual history (law, theology, Sufism, logic) especially with regard to the 13th to 19th century legal and theological commentary traditions, as well as contemporary issues in Islam. He has taught at Harvard University’s Summer School (2010-present), Colgate University (2012-present), Loyola University New Orleans (2010-2012), and was a post-doctoral teaching and research fellow in the Humanities at Hamilton College (2008-2010). Prior to that he taught Music Theory at Ai New England Institute of Art, Arabic at Boston University, and private musical instrumental and ensemble lessons at Music Maker Studios (Brighton, MA) and Buckingham, Brown, and Nichols high school (Cambridge, MA.) He is


also a founder and director of Boston’s Bukhari Institute, which offers educational programs on the arts and sciences of the Islamic world. He has taught courses in Islamic Theology and Middle Eastern Hand-drumming.

Introduction to the Sciences of ʿAqīda, Fiqh, and Tazkiya, Fall 2019
Sciences of Fiqh, ‘Aqidah and Tazkiyya, Islamic Foundation Virtual Courses (Ramadan 2020)

Dr. Martin Nguyen is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and the Faculty Chair for Diversity at Fairfield University in Connecticut. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, he began his academic career at the University of Virginia, where he obtained his B.A. in history and religious studies. He went on to pursue a Masters of Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School and then obtained his Ph.D. in 2009 from Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. In addition to his book, Sufi Master and Qur’an Scholar: Abū’l-Qāsim al-Qushayrī and the Latā’if al-Ishārāt (Oxford University Press, 2012), he has published a number of articles and book chapters on the Qur’an and its interpretation, Muslim theology, and Islamic spirituality.


Islam in America, Fall 2016

Islam, Race, and Power, Spring 2017

Sheikh Abdelmeneim Mukassabi holds a master’s degree in Telecommunication System Management from Northeastern University; beyond his major, he has a passion and a mission to serve the Holy Quran.

Sheikh Mukassabi memorized the Holly Quran in several modes of recital (several Riwayah) and is certified by a number of scholars with Ejazah / Isnad (continuous chains of scholars linked to Prophet Mohammed PBUH); he also studied the fundamentals of the Science of Qira’at (all Quran recital modes / Riwayah). He is an expert in the Art and Science of Writing the Holy Quran and other related Quranic sciences: Tajweed, Rasm, Dhabt, Waqf and Ebtidaa, and more.  His knowledge and expertise in Quranic sciences gave him the honor of being a


member in committees of reviewing Mus’haf copies and committees of Quran Competitions, as well as a lecturer and a supervisor of Quran teachers and Quran memorization centers.

Sheikh Mukassabi has a number of certificates in Islamic law – Fiqh Maliki, as well as his mastery and license in Islamic Inheritance Law.

Sheikh Mukassabi has been working for 30 years teaching memorization of the Holy Quran in several modes of recital (Riwayah) and related Quranic sciences to all levels from first time Quran pupils to Hafiz. Sheikh Mukassabi also leads Taraweeh prayers  in his home country, the USA, and other places he visits.

Introduction to the Sciences of ʿAqīda, Fiqh, and Tazkiya, Fall 2019
Qur’anic Immersion: Recitation, Reflection & Application (Level 2), Islamic Foundation Virtual Courses (Ramadan 2020)

Dr. Asif Hirani completed his Bachelors of Business Administration in Fashion designing before switching gears to the pursuit of Islamic Studies. He has completed his Masters in Islamic Studies (Usul-ud-din) from Karachi University and attained his PhD from Al-Madina International University in Tafsir & Uloom-ul-Quran. He is currently serving as a Resident Scholar of Worcester Islamic Center in Massachusetts.

Ustadh Hisham Mahmoud has studied theology, hadith, legal theory, jurisprudence, ethics, Qur’anic recitation, and Arabic with scholars in Morocco, Mauritania, and Egypt. His first forthcoming work will be entitled, “A Portrait of the Prophet,” which is a translation of one of the most important compilations of the personal qualities of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم. He has lectured internationally on the Islamic sciences and on world religions, and continues to read with scholars and students in the United States. Hisham Mahmoud taught for more than a decade at Yale, Princeton, and Harvard Universities. More recently, he founded Lanturna, a national, non-profit educational institution that intends to establish learning collectives across the country to enhance personal lifestyle and enrich community living. Currently, he resides in Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.


The Prophet & I: Heeding the Voice Within, Fall 2017
A Prophetic Portrait: A Study of the Shama’il of the Prophet Muhammad, Spring 2018

Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Zaynab Ansari spent a decade studying Farsi, Arabic, and traditional Islam in the Middle East, graduating from a seminary in Damascus, and spending time in the land of her ancestors. She also took degrees in history and Middle Eastern Studies at Georgia State University, where she collected oral histories from Atlanta’s historic African-American Muslim community for her research. Zaynab Ansari serves as an instructor, board member, and scholar-in-residence at Tayseer Seminary, where she teaches classes on Islamic law, Qur’anic studies, Prophetic biography, American Muslim history, and women in Islam. She is a contributor to various Islamic educational portals, including Seekers Guidance and Rabata, the latter a pioneering online resource for women’s theological training.


Introduction to the Sciences of Qur’an and Hadith, Islamic Foundation Virtual Courses (Ramadan 2020)

Dr. Ayman Ibrahim is a research physician interested in Bioethics, personal/spiritual development, and intersection between science and religion. Dr. Ibrahim holds a degree in medicine, a postgraduate degree from Higher Institute of Islamic Studies, Egypt, and completed various studies in Management and Law. He will lead the practical aspects of the workshop, small group discussions, activities and exercises.

Islamic Bioethics, Spring 2018
Islamic Bioethics Certificate – level 1, Fall 2019
TazkiyyaTun-Nafs, Spring 2020

Ustadh Omer Bajwa is the Director of Muslim Life in the Chaplain’s Office at Yale.  He earned his Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary, and he has been engaged in religious service, social activism, and educational outreach since 2000. He received his MA in Near Eastern Studies, with a specialization in Islamic Studies, from Cornell University’s Department of Near Eastern Studies.  He also earned an MS in Communication from Cornell, and a BA in English Literature and Rhetoric from Binghamton University. His interests include Islam in the United States, inter-religious engagement, and Islam and the global media.  He regularly lectures about these topics and others at campuses, congregations, and in communities across the country. Omer and his family are Residential Fellows in Yale’s Timothy Dwight College. When not working, he and his family can often be found sampling local desserts.


Islam & Global Media, Spring 2018
Parenting with Love and Logic, Spring 2018

Dr. Katrin Jomaa is an Assistant Professor of Islam and Politics of the Middle East at the University of Rhode Island. She completed her PhD degree (2012) at Indiana University Bloomington in Middle Eastern Studies. Her research interests include Islamic thought and philosophy, Qur’anic exegesis, as well as classical and modern political philosophy. She also taught Arabic Language at Emory University, Indiana University, American University of Beirut and Beloit College. In addition to her interest in the field of humanities, Dr. Jomaa has a dual passion for science and technology. She had a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the American University in Cairo and a Masters degree in Applied Materials Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her scientific background has informed her study of religion and politics as she employs structural analysis to the understanding of


religious texts and political events.Dr. Jomaa teaching interest include Politics of the Middle East, Islamic Political Thought, Political Philosophy, Islam and Democracy, Religion & State, as well as Introduction to Islam, Islam & Modernity, and the Quranic Studies and Exegesis.

The “Ummah”: Qur’anic Meanings, Prophetic Practices, and Modern Relevance, Fall 2017

Ustadh Mohamed Wadeed graduated with a BA degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies and MA degree in Islamic Philosophy from Cairo University. For five years, he served as the Imam of the Muslim Community of Rhode Island. While in the US, Ustadh Mohamed also completed a Master’s degree in Psychology from Rhode Island University and taught Arabic and Middle-Eastern studies at several universities in Rhode Island. In 2009, Ustadh Mohamed returned to Egypt to start his own Counseling and Psychology practice where he offers workshops, retreats and one-on-one sessions to clients and where he is pursuing his PhD candidate in Counseling at Cairo University (expected March 2018).  Ustadh Mohamed writes articles on parenting and marital counseling for several magazines and has spoken on TV and Radio about the humanistic element of counseling and management. Ustadh Mohamed is a


member of the American Psychological Association.

Introduction to Counseling Psychology, Fall 2017

Ustadh Adnan has B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, New York, M.A. in Islamic Thought from Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization, a graduate school of International Islamic University Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia, M.A. in Theology and Philosophy from the Theology School at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey.  He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion at the Graduate Division of Religious Studies of Boston University, with interests in American Philosophy, Semiotics, and Islam in South Asia.

Muslim Nationalism: A Survey of Muslim Encounter with Modern Politics in South Asian, Fall 2017
Arabic 1, Spring 2019

Abdur-Rahman Syed is an international business advisor and communication expert with a special interest in the Islamic economy and in prophetic approaches to the human sciences. Abdur-Rahman is the founder and executive director of Algebra, a UAE- based advisory firm that helps business and non-profit leaders identify and communicate their vision and strategy. He has more than fifteen years of experience in branding, communication strategy, marketing and corporate strategy in financial services, hospitality, education and philanthropy. He has advised clients in the US, UK, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Brunei and Malaysia, in addition to serving in strategy and marketing positions in the international Islamic finance and investment industry. He is also a visiting faculty member at the Karachi School of Business & Leadership, where he teaches MBA students and facilitates


corporate workshops on management communication. He is also working on a book on prophetic communication. Abdur-Rahman holds a bachelors degree in politics and religion from Harvard University, with post-graduate study in political philosophy at the University of Chicago and Boston University. He was an active member of the Boston and Cambridge Muslim communities from 1995 to 2000 and 2005 to 2011 before moving to the United Arab Emirates.

Prophetic Communication, Spring 2020
Qur’anic and Prophetic Communication During Challenging Times, Islamic Foundation Virtual Courses (Ramadan 2020)

Dr. Walid Fitaihi is the founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer of the International Medical Center (IMC) based in Jeddah,

Dr. Fitaihi completed his B.S. in Systems Engineering and received his medical degree (M.D.) from The George Washington University, U.S.A. Dr. Fitaihi also has a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health, U.S.A.


Dr. Fitaihi is an American Board Certified physician, specialized in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. He completed his internship and residency requirements and joined a

Fellowship in Endocrinology at Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals in the Boston area.  Dr. Fitaihi, who was also an instructor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School, is a strong advocate of patient education and considers continuous education a key element in improving the quality of healthcare in today’s world of medicine.

Dr. Fitaihi had many assignments during his life; he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Saudi Council of Health Specialties, the highest healthcare council in Saudi Arabia, until 2011, and member of the Joint Commission International’s (JCI) standards committee, responsible for reviewing international accreditation quality standards for hospitals. In addition to his medical practice, he is committed to community service and voluntary activities. Over the years he has delivered a number of lectures on topics related to medical, social, and cultural issues and has published hundreds of articles in various magazines and newspapers focusing on both health-related and non-health related topics. In March 2010, Dr. Fitaihi was chosen as the CEO of the year in healthcare in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the year 2009 by the ITP group.

Managing Wellness, Fall 2017

Ustadh Rushain Abbasi is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations at Harvard University. His research interests include the development of Islamic thought in the post-classical and modern periods, the politics of the Muslim world, and contemporary issues in the philosophy of religion more broadly. He has studied Arabic and classical Islamic texts in Jordan and Turkey and continues his traditional studies with various teachers across the United States.

Islam in Modernity, Fall 2016

Dr. Safia Zaghloul received her PHD from, American Open University, Washington DC, USA, PHD Degree in Islamic Studies 2014, Cambridge College, Cambridge, USA. She recieved her Masters Degree in General Education (Interdisciplinary Studies Program), May 2009. Alexandria University, College of Arts, Alexandria, Egypt. Bachelor Degree in Arabic Literature and Eastern Languages, Alexandria University Egypt, May, 1992. She Was a USA-trained teacher and academic with over 20 years of teaching experience, specializing in teaching the Arabic Language to non-native speakers since 1992 to 2016  of all leaves beginners , intermate and advance . Dr. El-Namla, Safia also served as the director of the Islamic institute in Doha, Qatar. She was also a supervisor and mentor for trainee Arabic


teachers and Quran at Islamic society of Boston weekend Quran and Arabic Program. She Was presented many workshops on how to teach the Arabic language for native and non-native speakers and on how to utilize effective educational tools in class. She taught Arabic for non-native speakers at QF. In the Hamad Bin Kaleifah University of Qatar. Also I taught Arabic for non -native speakers at IOU.

( lessons from Quran Kareem).She presented a workshop  in Qatar :“Preparing Preachers of God” in Qatar Guest Centre to introduce Islam”. She is an author of a published book called, “The Sweetness of Hijab” which has been read by over 6000 Americans.

Arabic 2, Spring 2019


Dr. Amr Abdalla is a visiting professor of peace and conflict studies at the University for Peace and the Wesley Theological Seminary.  He serves as the Senior Advisor on Conflict Resolution at the Washington-based organization KARAMAH (Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights in the Washington, D.C. area.)

He obtained a law degree in Egypt in 1977 where he practiced law as a prosecuting attorney from 1978 to 1986. He then emigrated to the U.S. where he obtained a Master’s degree in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.


He has been an active figure in promoting effective cross-cultural messages within the Islamic and Arabic-speaking communities in America through workshops, T.V. and radio presentations.  He has also been actively involved in inter-faith dialogues in the United States.  He pioneered the development of the first conflict resolution training manual for the Muslim communities in the United States titled (“…Say Peace”).

Conflict Analysis and Resolution: Islamic Perspectives

Dr. Ermin Sinanović is currently the Director of Research and Academic Programs at the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), where he is also the Director of the Fairfax Institute, IIIT’s instructional division. Before joining the IIIT, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He was also a Faculty Associate in Research, Southeast Asian Program at Cornell University, and a faculty affiliate with the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies at the US Naval Academy.

Contemporary Islamic Thought, Spring 2019

Dr. Nadjette Lazzouni is an accomplished education leader and professional with more than 20 years of management experience in pre-K to 12 accredited private schools. Proven ability to transform organizations, build capabilities, and oversee daily operations. Expertise in managing multilingual and multicultural classroom with emphasis on excellence. Committed to fostering learning environments compatible with the most current trends in the field of education.

Educators Workshop, Fall 2019

Dr. Noor Hashem is a lecturer with the CAS Writing Center at Boston University. She holds an MFA in Fiction and PhD in English Literature from Cornell University. She was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University from 2014-2016. Her research examines the intersection of Muslim literature, North American ethnic literature, and world literature through the lenses of critical theory, cultural studies, and gender studies. She is completing a book manuscript, Creative Ritual: Embodied Faith and Secular Reason in Contemporary Muslim Fiction, which studies the portrayal of Muslim characters that assert dissident social agency through their practice of cultivated, embodied rituals in secular spaces. She has fiction and nonfiction published in New Letters, Mizna, and Consequence Magazine. She is a 2018 recipient of the Mass Cultural Council Art Fellowship for her novel-in-


progress about a Muslim community in Southern California. Her teaching experience includes courses on Muslim literature, Muslim science fiction, art from the Arab Spring, World Literature, and creative writing. She has also taught creative writing and pedagogy to Syrian refugees and educators in the south of Turkey, and has given talks at the Huntington Theatre in Boston.

The Deen Imagined: Studying American Islam Through Literature, Fall 2018

Dr. Muhammad Habib was born in Egypt he was an Assistant Teaching Professor of Arabic at Georgetown and previously taught at Duke University. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Arabic language and linguistics from Al-Azhar University in Egypt. His research interests include Arabic linguistics, syntax, morphology as well as Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL), Arabic Literature, Islamic Studies, and Qur’anic Studies. He has published a monograph in Arabic entitled Usul al-nahw wa masa’ilahi al-khilafiya (Principles of Arabic Grammar and Scholarly Debates Among Medieval Grammarians) as well as several academic articles on historical Arabic grammar and contemporary Arabic language pedagogy. He studied the art of Arabic calligraphy at the Calligraphy Institute in Cairo and has given workshops on Arabic calligraphy at universities around the US.


Vocabulary of Islamic Sciences, Islamic Foundation Virtual Courses (Ramadan 2020)

Ahmed Lotfy Rashed

Br. Ahmed Lotfy Rashed was born in Egypt and raised in Maryland. He studied physics at the University of Maryland. He has been the head instructor for the local Islam 101 class since 2006 and WhyIslam.org since 2009. He has presented Islam at schools and churches, and he has hosted visits to several mosques in the area. He is the author of the book series: “What Would a Muslim Say.”

Kashif Syed

Br. Kashif Syed was born in Pakistan and immigrated to the United States in 2000. He has consulted as a software engineer in the Silicon Valley, Texas, Michigan, and Illinois. He finally moved to the Boston area over 17 years ago. He is an active member of the Outreach team of the Islamic Society of Boston. He has been an interfaith speaker and Islam 101 instructor for the last 10 years.

Dr. Dorra Djebbi

Dr. Dorra Djebbi was born and raised in Tunisia, North Africa. She holds a bachelors and a Master of Science in Food Engineering from the National Engineering School of Sfax, Tunisia, and a Ph.D. in Food Science from Louisiana State University. Along with the Muslim Student Association at LSU, she represented and introduced Islam to the LSU students in several events such as hijab day and international women day. She also taught Quran classes to kids and weekly lessons for young women at the Baton Rouge Islamic center. She has recently joined Islam 101 as an instructor.