Professor Abdullahi An-Na’im - Chair
Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im (from Sudan) is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory Law School, Associated Professor in Emory College of Arts and Sciences and Faculty Affiliate at the Emory University Center for Ethics. An internationally recognized scholar of Islam and human rights and human rights in cross-cultural perspectives, Professor An-Na'im teaches courses in international law, comparative law, human rights and Islamic law. His research interests include constitutionalism in Islamic and African countries, secularism, and Islam and politics. Professor An-Na'im directed the following research projects which focus on advocacy strategies for reform through internal cultural transformation:
- Women and Land in Africa
- Islamic Family Law
- Fellowship Program in Islam and Human Rights.
More about Professor An-Na’im at: http://els449.law.emory.edu/aannaim
Professor Amir Hussain
Dr. Amir Hussain is a Professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he teaches courses on world religions. His own particular specialty is the study of Islam, focusing on contemporary Muslim societies in North America. Although born in Pakistan, Amir immigrated to Canada with his family when he was four. His academic degrees (BSc, MA, PhD) are all from the University of Toronto where he received a number of awards, including the university’s highest award for alumni service. Amir’s PhD dissertation was on Muslim communities in Toronto.
More about Professor Hussain at: http://bellarmine.lmu.edu/theologicalstudies/Graduate_Programs/About_Our_Faculty/Amir_Hussain.htm
Professor Kathleen Moore:
Kathleen M. Moore is a Professor of Religious Studies at UC Santa Barbara. She is also affiliated with the UCSB Law and Society Program and the Center for Middle East Studies. With postgraduate degrees in political science and law, Professor Moore has written about the political and jurisprudential thought of Muslims living in the United States and the United Kingdom; U.S. law as it affects Muslims (anti-discrimination laws, constitutional law); popular attitudes about Islam and Muslims in the United States; and Muslim women in America.
More about Professor Moore at: http://www.religion.ucsb.edu/Faculty/moore.htm
Professor Megan Reid:
Megan Reid is the Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California. Prof. Reid received her Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University in 2005. She was a Carnegie scholar from 9/1/2007-9/1/2009. She investigated concepts of punishment in Sunni Islam within the context of their sacred beginnings. Professor Reid also received a grant from the Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences Initiative for her “Abu Ghraib Seminar Project: Critical Perspectives on Violence and Visual Culture.
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Mr. Shabbir Mansuri:
Shabbir Mansuri has maintained a lifelong interest in studying the American institutional apparatus and policymaking system that has helped position the United States as a beacon of freedom, democracy and opportunity. In 1990, after decades of private analysis, and in light of new developments in K-12 education related to history-social studies curricula, Shabbir founded the Council on Islamic Education (CIE). Through this non-advocacy vehicle, a scholar-based research institute dedicated to improving coverage of world history and world religions in the American education system, Shabbir was able to leverage his accumulated insights and knowledge and test his understanding of American institutional mechanisms for advancing the public good.
More about Mr. Mansuri at: http://www.ircv.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5&Itemid=32&limit=1&limitstart=2