We are blessed with the opportunity to learn from Dr. Umar Abd-Allah, Dr. Karim Lahham and Dr. Mariam Sheibani.

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Credit: mimi anis photography

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). 

Dr. Karim Lahham

Dr. Karim Lahham is a Barrister-at-Law of the Inner Temple, London. Karim has a Masters from the Royal College of Art, studied law at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and completed a doctorate in Islamic Studies at Pembroke College, Cambridge. 

He was called to the London Bar in 1999 as an Inner Temple Major Scholar and continues to practice in the field of commercial law. Dr. Karim is also Senior Research Fellow at Tabah Foundation, UAE.

His recent publications include: Metaphysics and Sociology; Gandhi, Islam, and the Principles of Non-Violence and Attachment to Truth. 

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Dr. Mariam Sheibani

Dr. Mariam Sheibani is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Law School's Islamic Legal Studies Program. She received her PhD in Islamic Thought in 2018 from the University of Chicago’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization. Her research interests are in Islamic intellectual and social history, with a focus on Islamic law, ethics, and contemporary thought. 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 conducted research in Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Spain, the UK and West Africa. Alongside her academic studies, she remains a dedicated student of the Islamic sciences, and her studies have focused on the Qur'anic sciences, Shāfiʿī law and jurisprudence, hadith, theology, and sufism.


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