We are blessed with the opportunity to learn from Dr. Umar Abd-Allah, Shaykh Walead Mosaad and Ustadha Mariam Sheibani.
Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah
Dr. Umar Abd-Allah (Wymann-Landgraf) is an American Muslim who embraced Islam in 1970. He studied Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Chicago and received his doctorate there in 1978. He taught at the Universities of Windsor (Ontario), Temple, Michigan, and King Abdul-Aziz (Jeddah). During several years abroad, he was able to study with a number of traditional Islamic scholars. He returned to the United States in 2000 under the auspices of the Nawawi Foundation (Chicago), where he worked until 2011. He taught Islamic studies at Darul Qasim (Chicago) from 2012 until 2013. He is currently engaged in independent research, writing, and teaching activities with institutions across the United States, Europe, and Africa with a focus on Islamic theology. Among his written works are A Muslim in Victorian America: The Life of Alexander Russell Webb (Oxford University Press) and Malik and Medina: Islamic Legal Reasoning in the Formative Period (Brill).
Shaykh Walead Mosaad
Dr. Walead Mosaad, serving as the Director of Muslim Student Life at Lehigh, is a scholar of the Islamic tradition. He received his PhD from the University of Exeter in the UK in Arab and Islamic Studies, and was also classically trained at the Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. He is also a visiting professor at the Bayan Claremont College of Theology. He has traveled extensively throughout the Muslim world, as well as Europe and the Far East, delivering lectures on various topics of interest, including Muslims as minorities, interfaith understanding, and the importance of purification and spirituality in addressing the human condition.
Ustadha Mariam Sheibani
Mariam Sheibani is a PhD candidate in Islamic Thought at the University of Chicago. Her research examines post-formative developments in law, theology and Sufism in the Ayyubid and Mamluk periods. Prior to her doctoral studies, she earned a BA in Public Affairs and Policy Management, an MA in Legal Studies, and an MA in Islamic studies. She has studied and done research in Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and Morocco. Alongside her academic studies, she remains a dedicated student of the Islamic tradition, and her studies have focused on the Qur'anic sciences, Shāfiʿī law and legal theory, hadith, theology, and Sufism.
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