Zareena Grewal

Zareena Grewal is an Associate professor of American, Religious, Middle East, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Ethnicity, Race, & Migration at Yale University. Her research and teaching interests include political and cultural developments in the Middle East and South Asia, the refugee crisis and the reform of Islam.

Grewal is also a senior fellow with the Center for Global Policy, where she formerly worked as the research director. A published author and filmmaker, her upcoming book, “Is the Quran a Good Book?” examines U.S. citizens’ views of the Quran and how it factors into ideas of islamophobia and tolerance in America. In 2005, her film “By the Dawn’s Early Light: Chris Jackson’s Journey to Islam” was nationally broadcast in the United States and again more recently on ESPN’s Outside the Lines. She is the recipient of a number of writing awards, including, most recently, the Society for Humanistic Anthropology’s Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing.

Grewal

Associate professor of American, Religious, Middle East, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Ethnicity, Race, & Migration, Yale University

Areas of Expertise: Islam, gender studies, race and ethnicity, religious studies, international film, anthropology, ethnographic writing

Location: New Haven, CT
Contact Information:
E-mail: zareena.grewal@yale.edu
Phone: (917) 974-6142
Twitter: @ZareenaGrewal

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Hussein Rashid

Hussein Rashid is the founder of islamicate, L3C- a consultancy focused on religious liberty and cultural competency.  He is an expert on Shi’i justice theology, South and Central Asian studies and Muslim and American popular culture. Rashid has taught at several universities including Fordham University and Virginia Theological Seminary. He is currently a fellow with the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute. Rashid is also working with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan as a content expert on the exhibit “America to Zanzibar”. He has contributed his expertise to many news outlets including NPR and can be heard in this Weekend Edition Sunday story “Deep In the Heart of Texas, Muslim Music Blossom”.

rashid

Founder of islamicate, L3C 

Areas of expertise: Shi’i Justice Theology, South and Central Asian Studies, Muslim and American Popular Culture

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information: 

Email:  hr@husseinrashid.com

Phone: +1-917-720-5531

Twitter: @islamoyankee 

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Dalia Fahmy

Dalia Fahmy is an associate professor of political science at Long Island University where she teaches courses on U.S. foreign policy, international relations, and politics of the Middle East. She is also a senior fellow at the Washington, DC-based Center for Global Policy, a nonpartisan think-tank that provides analysis and insight into foreign policy issues facing the nation.

Fahmy has won several academic awards and fellowships for her research. She has also published several articles in academic journals focusing on democratization and most recently on the effects of Islamophobia on U.S. foreign policy. She has published two books and her upcoming book is entitled, “The Rise and Fall of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Future of Political Islam.”

Associate Professor of Political Science at Long Island University

Location: New York, NY

Areas of Expertise: Politics of the Middle East, U.S. Foreign Policy, Political Islam, Democratization

Contact Information:
E-mail: dalia.fahmy@liu.edu
Twitter: @DaliaFFahmy

Yasmeen Hassan

Yasmeen Hassan is the global executive director of Equality Now, an NGO dedicated to protecting and promoting the human rights of women and girls around the world. She has served the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women, where she worked on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Secretary-General’s study on violence against women.

Hassan attended Harvard Law School. She clerked on the D.C. Court of Appeals from 1994 to 1995, served on the Council on Foreign Relations’ Advisory Board on Child Marriage, and has been featured on various outlets including CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

Global Executive Director of Equality Now

Location: New York, NY

Areas of Expertise: Women’s Rights, Law, Islamic Law, Political Science

Contact Information:

E-mail: Contact Tara Carey, Media Relations Manager tcarey@equalitynow.org
Phone: (212) 586-0905 x25
Twitter: @YasmeenHassan7

Shirin Sinnar

Shirin Sinnar is an Associate Professor at Stanford University Law School. Her research focuses on civil procedure, terrorism, and the intersection of race and identity with national security. Ron Elving described her as “one of the best voices for both the legal perspective and the Muslim-American perspective.” Shirin Sinnar is the John A. Wilson Distinguished Scholar at Stanford University. She works in Stanford, California.

Her research has been funded by Stanford University Law School.

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Associate Professor at Stanford University Law School

Location: Stanford, California

Contact Information:

Email: sinnar@law.stanford.edu

Phone: 650-725-0613

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Aziz Abu Sarah

Azi Abu Sarah is the co-founder of  Middle East Justice Development Initiative Tours, a tour operator which “rejects the model of traditional consumer tourism … instead employing a new model of tourism based on clients, communities, and financial and environmental sustainability.”

He is also the co-founder of the education and development nonprofit InterAct. Abu Sarah formerly served as the co-executive director at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.

Abu Sarah is a National Geographic Explorer, a position which bestows grants from National Geographic for environmentally-conscious projects. He is also a TED Fellow

He is the author of Strangers, Neighbors, Friends, which aims to bridge divisions between religions, and Crossing Boundaries: Traveler’s Guide to World Peace, a manual on travelling responsibly in times of polarization.

Aziz Abu Sarah
Aziz Abu Sarah. TED 2014, The Next Chapter, March 17 – 21, 2014, Vancouver Conference Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo by: Bret Hartman

Areas of Expertise: Middle East, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Afghanistan, Arab Spring, interfaith dialogue, world religions, Iran, peacebuilding/conflict resolution, responsible tourism, Syrian refugees

Location: Washington, DC (with frequent travel to Jerusalem)

Contact Information:
Email:
 azizabusarah@gmail.com
Phone: (301) 466-6259 (c), 703-349-1554 (office) 
Middle East Mobile: +972-52-427-1058
Twitter: @AzizAbuSarah

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Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami is a Moroccan-American novelist and essayist. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, the Guardian, The New York Times, and in many anthologies. Lalami’s 2014 book, The Moor’s Account, was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Her work has been translated into ten languages.

Lalami is currently an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside.

Laila Lalami
Author and Associate Professor of Creative Writing, University of California, Riverside

Areas of Expertise: Morocco and North Africa, Women and Islam, Migration, Historical Fiction

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:
Email:
llalami@yahoo.com | laila@lailalalami.com

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Faiza Patel

Faiza Patel is the co-director of the non-partisan public policy institute the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program, which seeks to ensure U.S. counterterrorism laws and policies respect human rights norms and fundamental freedoms.

She has testified before Congress opposing police surveillance of Muslims and developed legislation creating an independent Inspector General for the NYPD.

Patel has been a guest on number of television programs, including ABC’s Up Close, Bloomberg TV and Current TV.

Co-Director, Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice

Areas of Expertise: Civil Liberties, Islam in America, Counterterrorism Laws, Law, National Security

Location: New York, NY

Contact Info:

Please contact the Brennan Center’s communications manager, Seth Hoy

Email: seth.hoy@nyu.edu

Phone: (646) 292-8310

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Hisham Aidi

Hisham Aidi is a lecturer at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is also currently a resident scholar at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

His research focuses on the politics of globalization, North-South relations and social movements. He previously worked as a consultant on UNDP’s Human Development Report and as a Global Fellow at the Open Society Foundation.

As a journalist, Aidi’s work has appeared in The Atlantic, Foreigh Affairs, The Nation and The New Yorker. He is the recipient of the Carnegie Scholar Award and the American Book Award of 201.

Aidi has written extensively about African and Afro-diasporan affairs for magazines including Africana, The New African, ColorLines.com and Al Jazeera. He has been a guest on WNYC’s Soundcheck and NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday.

Hisham Aidi

Areas of Expertise: Politics of Globalization, North-South Relations, Social Movements, Immigration, Youth Movements in Europe, African and Afro-Diasporan Affairs

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:

Email: ha26@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-2584
Twitter: @UptownBerber

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Samer Shehata

Samer S. Shehata is an Associate Professor of Middle East Studies and the Middle East Studies Coordinator in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He has taught at Columbia, New York University, Georgetown University and the American University in Cairo.

Shehata has received fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Ford Foundation’s Middle East Research Competition, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Carnegie Foundation. He received a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D. (Politics) from Princeton University, where his dissertation won the Malcolm H. Kerr Award from the Middle East Studies Association.

Dr. Shehata is the author of Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt (2009) and the editor of Islamist Politics in the Middle East: Movements and Change (2012). His analysis has been published in the New York Times, Boston Globe/International Herald Tribune, Salon, Slate, Arab Reform Bulletin, Al Hayat, Al Ahram Weekly and other publications. He has been interviewed by a wide range of media including CNN, BBC, PBS News Hour, NPR, Al Jazeera, New York Times, and many other outlets.


Associate Professor of Middle East Studies and the Middle East Studies Coordinator in the Department of International and Area Studies, the University of Oklahoma

Areas of Expertise: Middle East Politics, Islamist Movements, US-Middle East Relations, Egyptian Politics

Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Contact Information:
Email: shehata@ou.edu
Phone: 405-325-1341

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