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Advisory Board

Abdullah Antepli (D. Min.) is Muslim chaplain at Duke University, where he is also a faculty in the Divinity School teaching courses of Islam. He completed his early training and education in his native Turkey, and from 1996 to 2003 worked on a variety of faith-based humanitarian and relief projects in Myanmar and Malaysia with the Association of Social and Economic Solidarity with Pacific Countries. He is founder and executive board member of the Muslim Chaplains Association and a member of the National Association of College and University Chaplains. From 2003 to 2005 he served as the first Muslim chaplain at Wesleyan University, then moved to Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, where he was the associate director of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program & Interfaith Relations. Imam Antepli is one of only a handful of full-time Muslim chaplains at U.S. colleges and universities.

(Chair) Saeed A. Bajwa (M.D., F.A.C.S) is a neurosurgeon with Southern New York NeuroSurgical Group, P.C. He received his medical training at Nihstar Medical College (Pakistan), where he graduated first. He completed residencies at the Combined Military Hospital, Lahore, and Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. Dr Bajwa has lectured in Forensic Medicine and Pathology, has received both the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Alpha Omega Alpha Award from the SUNY Health Science Center. He is past chairman of the Section of Neurosurgery at United Health Services Hospital, current Chairman at the Section of Neurosurgery at Lourdes Hospital, Binghamton, NY, a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, of the New York Medical Society, and a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr Bajwa is active in community philanthropy, and also in the Muslim community of Binghamton and the Southern Tier. 

Vincent J. Cornell (Ph.D.) is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Middle East and Islamic Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. From 1991 to 2000, he taught at Duke University, and from 2000 to 2006, he was Professor of History and Director of the King Fahd Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies at the University of Arkansas. His published works include The Way of Abu Madyan (Cambridge, 1996), Realm of the Saint: Power and Authority in Moroccan Sufism (Austin, 1998) and, as editor, the five-volume set, Voices of Islam (Westport and London, 2007). He has lived and worked in Morocco for six years, and has spent considerable time teaching and doing research in Egypt, Tunisia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. He is currently working on projects on Islamic ethics and moral theology. For the past five years, he has been a key participant in the Building Bridges Seminars hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Yvonne Haddad (Ph.D.), is Professor of the History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University. She completed her early education in Syria and Lebanon, before moving to the United States with her husband in the 1960s. Professor Haddad's fields of expertise include twentieth-century Islam, intellectual, social and political history in the Arab world, and Islam in North America and the West. Professor Haddad has authored and edited some thirty books, including Contemporary Islam and the Challenge of History (Albany, 1982), Islamic Values in the United States: a comparative study (Oxford, 1987), The Muslims of America (New York, 1991), Muslim Communities in North America (Albany, 1994), Muslims on the Americanization Path? (Atlanta, 1998), Muslims in the West: From Sojourners to Citizens (Oxford, 2002), and Educating the Muslims of America (Oxford, 2009).

Sherman A. Jackson (Ph.D.) holds the King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought and Culture at the University of Southern California, where he is a Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity. He was formerly the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Visiting Professor of Law, and Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Indiana University, and Wayne State University. His books include Islamic Law and the State: The Constitutional Jurisprudence of Shihâb al-Dîn al-Qarâfî (Brill, 1996), On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam: Abû Hâmid al-Ghazâlî’s Faysal al-Tafriqa (Oxford, 2002), Islam and the Blackamerican (Oxford, 2002), and Islam and the Problem of Black Suffering (Oxford, 2009). Professor Jackson is co-founder of the American Learning Institute for Muslims (ALIM), a former member of the Fiqh Council of North America, past president of the Sharî‘ah Scholars’ Association of North America (SSANA) and a past trustee of the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). 

Tariq al-Jamil (Ph.D.) is Assistant Professor of Religion and Coordinator of the Islamic Studies Program at Swarthmore College. Professor al-Jamil works on medieval Islamic social history and law, with a particular focus on Shi'ism. He has published on Islam and inter-communal violence, pre-modern religious identity, religious dissimulation, the transmission of knowledge in Islam, and women in Islamic jurisprudence. He is currently completing a manuscript on Shi¹i-Sunni relations in 13th- and 14th-century Baghdad. Professor al-Jamil lectures extensively in the U.S. and overseas.




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