Dr. Afsaruddin is Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Department of Classics at the University of Notre Dame. She is a member of the advisory boards of the Crescent University Foundation and Karamah, a women’s and human rights organization based in Washington DC, and is a fellow of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy. Her fields of specialization are the religious and political thought of Islam, Qur’an and hadith studies, and Islamic intellectual history.
Dr. Barlas is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Politics and former Director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity at Ithaca College, New York. Her most recent work has focused on how Muslims produce religious knowledge, especially patriarchal exegesis of the Qur�an.
Asghar Ali Engineer
Dr. Engineer is the Director of the Institute of Islamic Studies in Bombay, India. He represents a more open approach to the subject of the application of Shari’a in Muslim countries and has called for a re-consideration of the classical view that ijtihad is closed. Dr. Engineer’s research emphasizes the contextual nature of both Qur’anic teachings as well as the various hadiths which were compiled around 100 years after Muhammad’s death.
For more information, visit, http://www.dawoodi-bohras.com/aboutus/asghar.htm
Dr. Godlas is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Georgia. His award-winning website on Islam, Islamic studies, and religion is acclaimed for its comprehensive collection of links and resources documenting Islam’s history and scripture, information on Islam’s place in the modern world, its stance on women’s rights, Islamic art and architecture, and its history of mysticism. He has conducted extensive research in manuscript libraries in Egypt, Morocco, and Turkey. His areas of research include Qur’anic commentary (tafsir), hadith, Islamic mysticism (also known as Sufism) and consciousness transformation, and the relationship between Islam, modernism, and postmodernism.
Dr. Haddad is Professor of the History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Her fields of expertise include twentieth-century Islam; intellectual, social and political history in the Arab world; and Islam in North America and the West. Currently, Professor Haddad is conducting research on Muslims in the West and on Islamic revolutionary movements.
Email her at haddady [at] georgetown [dot] edu.
Dr. Muqtedar Khan is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Studies Program at Adrian College in Michigan and is currently on the executive board of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, Washington DC. Dr Khan has published numerous research articles on the subjects of international relations, globalization, American foreign policy and Islam. Dr. Khan is also the founder and editor of Ijtihad “an e-zine on Islam and global affairs that seeks to promote freedom of thought (hurriyah al-ra’y) and independent thinking (ijtihad) among Muslims everywhere.”
For more information, visit http://www.glocaleye.org/resume.htm
Dr. Mallat is a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law at Saint Joseph University in Beirut. He is also the Director of the Center for the Study of European Union and the Chair of European Law at Saint-Joseph University in Beirut. Formerly, he was the Director of the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law at SOAS, University of London, where he taught European and Islamic laws over the past decade. Dr. Mallat has held the platform that fiqh, qanun, and Shari`a are essential sources for studying the history and identity of the Mediterranean Muslim.
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 interfaith dialogue and in promoting a greater understanding of democracy and democratic values within Islam and within the Muslim World.
Ebrahim E.I. Moosa
Dr. Moosa is Associate Research Professor in the Department of Religion and Co-director of the Center for the Study of Muslim Networks at Duke University, North Carolina. His research interests include issues in ethics and law and cover topics such as human rights, women’s rights, Muslim family law, and historical studies that deal with questions of Qur’an exegesis and medieval Islamic law and philosophy.
Learn more about Dr. Moosa at http://www.duke.edu/religion/home/moosa/moosa.html
Contact him via email at: moosa [at] duke [dot] edu.
M. Fathi Osman
Dr. Osman is the Director of the Research Center at Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud University, Saudi Arabia and the Vice-President of the American Association of Muslim Social Scientists. He has published extensively in the areas of Islamic thought and human rights.
Email him at fathiosman [at] hotmail [dot] com.
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.
Abdol Karim Soroush
Dr. Soroush is the Director of the Research Institute for Human Sciences in Tehran, Iran. He is a renowned Iranian and Islamic political philosopher and theologian.
Visit the website that was created to cover his ideas and principles at http://www.seraj.org/
M. Hakan Yavuz
M. Hakan Yavuz is the Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame University. He is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah, and a frequent commentator in the Turkish media. His work focuses on Islamic conceptions of human rights, the politics of identity, and the impact of globalization on developing countries. Dr. Yavuz is particularly interested in its implications for the evolution of modernist thinking in the Islamic world as a whole and for future relations between Islam and the West.
Email him at hakan [dot] yavuz [at] poli-sci [dot] utah [dot] edu.