Dr. Abu-Nimer is Assistant Professor in the School of International Service at American University, Washington, DC. He conducts research on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the application of conflict resolution in non-western contexts, and holds dialogues for peace among Palestinians and Jews in Israel. As a practitioner, he has been conducting conflict resolution training workshops in Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Turkey, and the US.
Email him at abunimer [at] american [dot] edu
Dr. Ahmad is the President of the Minaret of Freedom institute, a Maryland-based institution founded to counter misconceptions about Islamic beliefs and practice and to expose both American and Islamic-world Muslims to free market thought. Dr. Ahmad�s research interests include Islam and human rights, inter-faith issues, Palestine, and the Islamist movement.
To learn more, send him an email to Dean [dot] Ahmad [at] iad [dot] blkcat [dot] com.
Akbar S. Ahmed
Dr. Ahmed is the Chair of Islamic Studies and Professor of International Relations at American University in Washington, DC. His research interests include the impact of global Islam on contemporary society and inter-faith dialogue.
Email him at ahmed [at] islam-democracy [dot] org.
Mucha-Shim Q. Arquiza
Ms. Arquiza is the Secretary General of the Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN), an Asia-wide network of Muslims working for human rights, peace and social justice through inter-cultural and inter-faith dialogue. She is also the Executive Director and senior researcher for an all-women, mostly-Moroland (an indigenous community in the Philipines) research collective. The aim of the organization (HAGS, Inc.) is to work towards indigenous women�s empowerment.
Contact her at: mucha-shim [at] eudoramail [dot] com
Nihad Awad is co-founder and the Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington DC-based grassroots membership organization which seeks to empower the North American Muslim community through political and social activism. Mr. Awad helped found CAIR in June 1994, which has grown rapidly in the United States and Canada. In 1997 he joined the Civil Rights Advisory Panel to the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security. Mr. Awad conducts training in public relations, lectures about American Muslims, and is frequently interviewed on national and international media such as CNN, BBC World Service, the New York Times and the Washington Post. Mr. Awad also frequently serves as a consultant for various Islamic organizations.
View the Council’s website on http://www.cair-net.org/
Dr. Badawi is a professor in the department of Religious Studies at Saint Mary�s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is the Founder-Chairman of the Islamic Information Foundation, a non-profit foundation seeking to promote better understanding of Islam by Muslims and non-Muslims. Presently, he is the Vice-Chairman of the Islamic American University in Missouri. He has written on topics such as the status of women in Islam and gender equity.
Email him at jamal [dot] badawi [at] stmarys [dot] ca.
Dr. Dzhibladze is a the President of the Centre for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights, Russia. His areas of expertise include political science, human rights, international law, and development of civil society. He created several Russian and international NGOs concerned with civil society development, non-violent social change, intercultural dialogue and conflict resolution. He acts as a consultant to a number of Russian and international NGOs as an expert in democratic institution building, development of civil society and rule of law, human rights and conflict resolution.
Email him at: dzhib [at] demokratia [dot] ru
John L. Esposito
Dr. John L. Esposito is University Professor and Professor of Religion and International Affairs and Professor of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding: History and International Affairs at Georgetown University. Professor Esposito’s more than 25 books focus on Islam and politics, society, democracy, and human rights. He is Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World and The Oxford History of Islam.
Radwan Masmoudi is the founder and President of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), a Washington-based non-profit think tank. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Center’s quarterly publication, Muslim Democrat. Dr. Masmoudi is very active with local Muslim organizations and was elected as Director of the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. He was also a Founding Member and President of the Tunisian Scientific Society (TSS). Dr. Masmoudi has published several papers on the topics of democracy, diversity, human rights, and tolerance in Islam. Dr. Masmoudi has a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and has been active in inter-faith dialogue and in promoting a greater understanding of democracy and democratic values within Islam and within the Muslim World.
Farish A. Noor
Dr. Noor is a Malaysian political scientist and human rights activist. He has taught at the Centre for Civilisational Dialogue, University of Malaya and the Institute for Islamic Studies, Frie University of Berlin. Dr. Noor is also an associate fellow at the Institute for Strategic and International Studies (ISIS), Malaysia and the Secretary General of the International Movement for a Just World.
Nissam H. Nasr
Nissam H. Nasr is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Islamic Institute for Human Rights (IIHR). IIHR was created to promote a cross-cultural human rights dialogue and to give a voice to activists from around the globe. Mr. Nasr�s most recent research proposes a comprehensive and exploratory analysis of the human right to life.
Professor Nyang teaches in the department of African Studies, Howard University in Washington, DC. He has been the Deputy Ambassador of the Gambian Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and is currently a member of the Academic Council of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Dr. Nyang also co-directs Muslims in the American Public Square (MAPS), a study that examines Muslim, Catholic, mainline Protestant, evangelical Christian, African American Christian, Hispanic Christian and Jewish communities. Dr. Nyang has written extensively on Islamic, African, and Middle Eastern affairs.
Visit the MAPS website at to learn more.
Contact Dr. Nyang via email. at snyang [at] fac [dot] howard [dot] edu
Dr. Safi is the Director of Research at the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Herndon, Virginia, and founding Board Member of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), Washington DC. He has written on different aspects of human rights with a prevailing focus being on the cultural foundation of human rights reform in the Muslim world.
Dr. Sanneh is James Professor of Missions and World Christianity and Professor of History at Yale Divinity School, Connecticut. He is an internationally recognized authority on Muslim-Christian relations, and has been actively involved in Yale’s Council on African Studies. For his academic work he was made Commandeur de l’Ordre National du Lion, Senegal’s highest national honor.
Contact him by email at lamin [dot] sanneh [at] yale [dot] edu.
Dr. Yoginder Sikand is currently a post-doctoral research scholar at the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World, Leiden, The Netherlands. His research project is ‘Islamic Perspectives on Inter-Faith Relations in Contemporary India’. He also edits a web-magazine, Qalandar, that is devoted to a discussion of issues related to Islam and Inter-Faith Relations in South Asia (www.islaminterfaith.org). He has taught Islamic history at the Henry Martyn Institute of Islamic Studies, Hyderabad, India, and has also worked with voluntary agencies in the areas of education and communal harmony. His extensive list of publications includes 4 books, over 30 journal articles and chapters in edited volumes, and over 250 articles in numerous South Asian periodicals and newspapers.