Spotlight: Muslim Women Leaders (ISNU Islamic Awareness M...

Ballroom, Curry Student Center, Northeastern University
February 07.
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Join the Islamic Society of Northeastern University on the evening of February 7th for an inspirational and enlightening panel discussion featuring bright and brilliant Muslim Women Leaders in America moderated by Sister Celene Ibrahim-Lizzio, Muslim chaplain of Tufts University. Come see Dalia Mogahed, Fatimah Fanusie and Jamillah Karim discuss their careers, beliefs and misconceptions of women in Islam. Please RSVP and get your free ticket at the eventbrite link on the page below if you wish to attend!! This event is open to the public, however you NEED an eventbrite ticket to get in and seats are limited. Hope to see you there InShaaAllah.

Speaker descriptions:

Dalia Mogahed

Dalia Mogahed is the Director of Research at ISPU where she develops, leads and executes ISPU’s research strategy. Mogahed works with scholars on major research projects related to American Muslims. Mogahed is former Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, where she led the analysis of surveys of Muslim communities worldwide. With John L. Esposito, she coauthored the book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think. President Barack Obama appointed Mogahed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009. She was invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations about U.S. engagement with Muslim communities, and she provided significant contributions to the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group recommendations. She is a frequent expert commentator in global media outlets and international forums. She is also the CEO of Mogahed Consulting. Mogahed earned her BS in chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin and was a Dean Scholar earning her MBA at the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.

See Dalia on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah here:

Fatimah Fanusie

Fatimah Fanusie is a Twentieth-Century U.S. historian and lecturer whose work is at the heart of an evolving reappraisal of the study of African American Islam, the modern Civil Rights Movement and African Diaspora culture. Dr. Fanusie received her BA in History and Arabic from Lincoln University in 1997, her MA in American History from Tufts University in 2001 and PhD in American History from Howard University in 2008. Her research and teaching interests span a wide range of topics in American history, and draws upon transoceanic and global studies to illuminate American religious, intellectual and cultural history.
Dr. Fanusie’s research interests include the history of American religious development from the seventeenth through twentieth centuries, twentieth-century Islamic development in America and comparative historical Islamic development. Her doctoral dissertation, “Fard Muhammad in Historical Context: An Islamic Thread in the American Religious and Cultural Quilt” explores the Indian Ahmadiyya background of Fard Muhammad and the early history of the Nation of Islam through a comparative Islamic framework. Her publications include the article “Ahmadi, Beboppers, Veterans and Migrants: African-American Islam in Boston, 1948-1963”, (ed., Ted Trost and Wilson J. Moses, The African Diaspora and the Study of Religion, Macmillan-Palgrave press, January 2008). Fanusie’s current study focuses upon the use of syncretism as a tool to introduce normative Islam to unlettered populations.
As a student of the history of global Islamic development, Fanusie has studied and conducted research in Egypt and India. She remains committed to developing a career as a scholar and educator and in working to establish a more balanced understanding of Islam in America today. A wife and a mother of one, Fanusie is dedicated to building institutions conducive to the pursuit of human excellence.

Jamillah Karim

Jamillah Karim is an author and former Professor of Religion at Spelman College. She specializes in Islam and Muslims in the United States (African American, South Asian and Arab), Islamic Feminism, Race and Ethnicity, and Immigration and Transnational Identity. She is currently completing a manuscript on relations between African American and immigrant Muslims. She investigates what it means to negotiate Islamic ideals of community (ummah) against America’s race and class hierarchies. Jamillah also researches and writes on how American Muslim women navigate gendered mosque space. Her most recent research project investigates civic engagement among second-generation American Muslims. She is the author of several published articles including “To Be Black, Female, and Muslim: A Candid Conversation about Race in the American Ummah” and “Islam for the People: Muslim Men’s Voices on Race and Ethnicity in the American Ummah.” Jamillah has presented her research to several scholarly communities including Princeton, Vanderbilt, Harvard, and Brandeis. She lectures frequently within Muslim communities. In her spare time, she contributes to Azizah, an American Muslim women’s magazine. She occasionally appears on local cable shows in Atlanta to discuss various topics on Islam. Jamillah obtained her Ph.D. in Islamic Studies at Duke University where she also did her undergraduate work in electrical engineering. Jamillah is originally from Atlanta, GA where she was raised in an active African American Muslim community.

Sister Celene, moderator

Celene Ibrahim-Lizzio, MDiv, is a chaplain, scholar, and educator. She teaches and lectures on local and national platforms on themes including Muslim feminist theology, critical social theory, theologies of religious pluralism, and the history of Islamic intellectual thought. Celene is published widely and holds a joint faculty appointment as Islamic Studies Scholar-in-Residence at Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School, where she co-directs the Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education. She has published over fifty articles that explore the histories and theologies of interreligious relations, Islamic religious leadership and higher education, Islam and Muslims in North America, Islamic family law, Muslim feminist theology, and Qur’anic studies. Her contributions to increasing religious and interreligious literacy have been featured on diverse forums including BBC Persian, Public Radio International, and the Religion Initiative of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ibrahim-Lizzio has been recognized as a Harvard Presidential Scholar and a Fellow in Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She holds a Master’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandies University, a Master’s of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and a bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern Studies with highest honors from Princeton University. She is honored to serve as the Muslim Chaplain for Tufts University.
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Ballroom, Curry Student Center, Northeastern University


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