Dr. Suheil Laher
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).
Ustadh Hisham Mahmoud
Ustadh Hisham Mahmoud has studied the Islamic sciences of theology, hadith, legal theory, jurisprudence, ethics, and Qur’anic recitation, with scholars in Mauritania, Morocco, and Spain, as well as Arabic and its ancillary sciences with scholars in Egypt, where he focused on the disciplines of grammar, morphology, and rhetoric, and he continues to read in the Islamic sciences with his teachers in the United States.He has edited several scholarly works on issues pertaining to theology, hadith, jurisprudence, and ethics. His first published work is entitled, “A Portrait of the Prophet,” which is a translation of one of the most important compilations of the Prophet Muhammad’s personal qualities. He has lectured internationally on the Islamic sciences and on world religions. He also serves as an Editorial Board member of Fons Vitae and as the Executive Editor for Sandala Publications
Dr. Katrin Jomaa
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
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
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
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.
Ustadh Omer Bajwa
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. Amr El-Fass
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
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. Basyouny Nehela
Qur’anic Contemporary Education, Spring 2017
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 Sira, 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 Ph.D. 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 to 2011. Dr. Nehela currently serves as Dean of Academic Affairs at the Boston Islamic Seminary.
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.
Ustadha Celene Ibrahim
Women of the Qur’an, Spring 2017
Ustadha 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. Ustadha Celene currently serves as Muslim chaplain for Tufts University. She holds a Master’s 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. She is currently completing a Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Civilizations at Brandeis.
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.