Dr. Basyouny Nehela

Introduction to Islamic Systems, Spring 2019
Qur’anic Immersion: Recitation, Reflection, and Application, Fall 2019
Qur’anic Methodology Towards Effective Communication, Spring 2018
Qur’anic Contemporary Education, Spring 2017

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.

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 Holly 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 Holly 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 Holly 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.

Dr. Aaron 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.

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.

Carl 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 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. 1328) 10-volume work, “Refutation of Contradiction Between Reason and Revelation” (forthcoming, E.J. Brill, 2019). 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.

Dr. Eman Elserafy is a physician with masters degree in Public health and health education from Wayne University, MI.  She taught various classes in public health and delivery of health services  programs for more than a decade, and she is also a certified Health educator. Dr. Eman Elserafy has been focused on women’s issues and health disparities,  and its ethical implications in the USA.  Dr. Elserafy will be a co-Instructor in the Islamic Bioethics certificate Program-Level 1,  to deliver the Islamic perspective of various Bio-ethical issues related to women’s health, Heath care systems and health policy.

Dr. Celene Ibrahim

Women Around the Prophet: An Analysis of Surah Al-Ahzab, Spring 2018
Women of the Qur’an, Spring 2017

Dr. Celene Ibrahim teaches Islamic Studies and has co-directed 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 has published widely on themes ranging from Muslim feminist theology to Islamic leadership in North America. Dr. Ibrahim currently serves as Muslim chaplain for Tufts University. She holds a  Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Civilizations from Brandeis University and a Master’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, also from Brandies University, as well as a Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and a Bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern Studies with highest honors from Princeton University.

Ustadh Hisham Mahmoud

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

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.

Dr. Suheil Laher

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

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).

Dr. Ayman Ibrahim

Islamic Bioethics, Spring 2018

Dr. Ibrahim is a research physician interested in development of novel therapeutic modalities and its ethical implications, bioethics and intersection between science and religion.   Dr. Ibrahim holds a degree in medicine, a postgraduate degree from high institute of Islamic studies, Egypt, and completed various studies in management and Law.  He held various leadership positions in research in academia and industry with extensive exposure to various Bioethical applications in real life. He was an instructor and dissertation advisor for online graduate school programs, lectured in Islam and science and has numerous scholarly publications in those fields.

Ustadh Omer Bajwa

Islam & Global Media, Spring 2018

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.

Dr. Katrin Jomaa

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

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.

Dr. Yahia Abdul-Rahman

Introduction to Islamic Finance, Fall 2017

Dr. Yahia Abdulrahman holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cairo University, and an M.S. & Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison as well as an M.A. in International Finance from the University of Texas, Dallas. He has authored two books, numerous papers and many patents including The Art of Islamic Banking and Finance which was on Amazon.com’s best sellers list in its category. The book presents pioneering research results about many topics including Prohibition of Riba/Ribit in all Abrahamic Faiths, the Early warning Discipline of Detecting Price Bubbles and much other hands-on practical operating experience while operating Bank of Whittier Riba Free since 2003. The Turkish Language edition was launched in 2016.He was a member of the team that started the Industrial Bank of Kuwait and also banks in Houston, Texas and LARIBA Bank of Kazakhstan.Dr. Abdulrahman served 18 years in the Investment Banking industry with CitiGroup / Smith Barney where he started and co-managed the first ever Shari’aa compliant stock portfolio that achieved superior performance and was a prelude to the Dow Jones Islamic Index.Dr. Abdulrahman is known as the Father of Islamic banking in North America. He started “American Finance House –  LARIBA” in 1987. In addition, the shareholders of LARIBA also own the first full service RF (Riba-Free) National Bank in America: LARIBA Bank of Whittier, NALARIBA, under Dr. Abdulrahman’s leadership, was the first company ever in the US to operate RF (Riba Free) a Riba Free Bank and to issue RF (Islamic finance) asset-based mortgage bonds (Sukuk) in the US with Fannie Mae and in Singapore with MUIS.Dr. Abdulrahman has served several times as a member of a prestigious jury to elect the best Islamic Banker in the world to receive the King of Malaysia “Malaysian Global Royal Award in Islamic Finance”.

Ustadh Mohamed Wadeed

Introduction to Counseling Psychology, 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.

Ustadh Adnan Rehman

Muslim Nationalism: A Survey of Muslim Encounter with Modern Politics in South Asian, 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.

Dr. Amr El-Fass

Navigating Change: Lessons on Leadership from the Seerah, Fall 2017

Dr. Amr El-Fass is an innovative learning and development executive with 23 years of experience in building trusted partnerships with peers, leaders, and stakeholders across industries to drive business performance through human capital training initiatives. 12 years have been focused in the pharmaceutical industry. Since joining Janssen in 1994, Amr held various leadership roles in sales, regulatory, marketing and commercial functions. He was VP Learning & Development for Innovara leading the design, development, and implementation of innovative learning solutions and curricula that build commercial capabilities to achieve strategic priorities and maximize performance across commercial roles including marketing, sales managers, account managers and marketing managers to able to effectively manage direct reports and lead virtual teams. Key strengths include fun, resilient, networking, obstacles solving and achieving through difficult people.  He currently leads a home care company and serve as the executive director for the ISB in Cambridge.

Dr. Walid Fitaihi

Managing Wellness, Fall 2017

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.

Dr. Martin Nguyen

Islam, Race, and Power, Spring 2017
Islam in America, Fall 2016

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.

Ustadh Rushain Abbasi

Islam in Modernity, Fall 2016

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.