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”.

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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 

Heard on Weekend Edition Sunday: Deep In The Heart Of Texas, Muslim Music Blossoms

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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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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Margaret Zanger

University of Arizona professor of practice Maggy Zanger focuses on Middle East journalism and is an affiliated faculty member of the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies. She is the project director of the School of Journalism’s partnership with Nangarhar University in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, a three-year effort to develop a journalism department at the Afghan university.

She was the Iraq country director of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in Iraq for nearly two years, starting centers in Baghdad and Sulaimani to train Iraqi journalists to work for independent news media. Zanger was a faculty member at the American University in Cairo for nearly four years and the coordinator of the publications program of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.

Zanger has developed several new global journalism classes at UA, including Media Coverage of International Crises, International Opinion Writing and Reporting the Middle East. She led students on an eight-week study abroad program in Egypt, funded by Fulbright, and has worked on developing other study abroad programs in the Middle East. She has also conducted research on the work attitudes of Iraqi journalists.

Zanger was also the faculty adviser to El Independiente, a student-produced publication that serves the city of South Tucson and is the only bilingual newspaper in the country produced by students in a real community on a regular basis. She also spearheaded the School’s border safety efforts which developed workshops for students on how to report safely along the border, and was a founder of the Border Journalism Network, which functions as a hub through which professionals, educators and their students can gather, develop and share knowledge to improve the quality of border reporting.

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Professor of Practice at the University of Arizona

Areas of Expertise: Middle East & the Muslim World, Egypt, Iraq, Kurds, Kurdish and Iraqi Media Development, Conflict & Media

Location: Tucson, AZ

Contact Info:

Mobile: 520-661-2742

Email: zanger@email.arizona.edumaggyzanger@gmail.commaggyzanger@hotmail.com

Featured on Arizona Public Media: Iran, Iraq and U.S.

Sherine Hafez

Sherine Hafez is an associate professor of women’s studies at the University of California, Riverside. She is the president of the Association for Middle East Anthropologists (AMEA) and is a member of the board of the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS).

Hafez received her master’s degree in anthropology from the American University in Cairo and her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Davis. Her work focuses primarily on women in Muslim societies and gender and sexuality in Islam.

She has written two books, An Islam of Her Own: Reconsidering Religion and Secularism in Women’s Islamic Movements and The Terms of Empowerment: Islamic Women Activists in Egypt, and she is the co-editor of The Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa: Into the New Millennium.

Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of California, Riverside

Areas of Expertise: Islam, Women in Muslim Societies and Cultures, Islamic Movements, Gender, Religion and Secularism in the Middle East, Egypt & Egyptian Culture, Anthropology

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Info:

Phone: (951) 827-6427
Email: sherine.hafez@ucr.edu

Hafez discusses female demonstrators in the Arab Spring: