Dr. Basyouny Nehela is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies, Foundations of Religion, and Islamic Culture at Qatar University, Islamic American University, and Al-Azhar University. He teaches courses ranging from Principles of Thematic Exegesis, Philosophy of Seerah, Islamic Creed, Methodology of Da’wa, Ethics, Comparative Religions, Islamic Jurisprudence, and Islamic History. He earned his Master’s degree in the Foundations of Religion from Al-Azhar University in Cairo where he proceeded to complete a PhD in Islamic Culture and Da’wa. Dr. Nehela has authored three books and over 40 articles during his academic career. He also tirelessly served the Boston Muslim community as Imam of the Islamic Society of Boston from 1997-2011. Dr. Nehela currently serves as Dean of Academic Affairs at Boston Islamic Seminary.

Celene Ibrahim


Celene Ibrahim teaches Islamic Studies and co-directs the Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education [CIRCLE], a premiere global hub for interreligious studies at Andover Newton Theological School and Hebrew College. She publishes widely on themes ranging from Muslim feminist theology to Islamic leadership in North America. Ms. Ibrahim is honored to serve as the Muslim Chaplain for Tufts University. She holds a Masters degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandies University, a Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and a bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern Studies with highest honors from Princeton University.

Suheil Laher


Shaykh Suheil Laher serves as Academic Dean at Fawakihan 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).

Martin Nguyen

Prof. Martin Nguyen teaches at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut where he is an Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and the Faculty Chair for Diversity. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, he began his academic career at that 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 Laṭāʾif 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.

While at Fairfield University, he has taught a number of Islam related courses including: “Exploring Religion: The Qur’an as Scripture”, “Islamic Theology”, “Islamic Ethical and Legal Thought”, “Islam in America”, and “Islam, Race, and Power”.

Prof. Nguyen has also taught at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, Brandeis University, and the Multifaith and Spiritual Leadership Program at New York University. During his time in Cambridge, MA, he served for many years as a graduate advisor to the Harvard Islamic Society. Presently he is the Faculty Advisor to the Muslim Students Association at Fairfield University and is a recurring instructor at the Mizaan Retreat sponsored by the Muslim Life Program at Princeton.