Speakers at Window to Islam 2014

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Dr. Yasir Qadhi

Dr.. Yasir Qadhi was born in Houston, Texas and completed his primary and secondary education in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, after which he was accepted as a student at the Islamic University of Madinah. Yasir Qadhi has doctorate, in Religious Studies, from Yale University in New Haven, CT.

 

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Sh. Omar Suleiman

Imam Omar Suleiman is the Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at SMU (Southern Methodist University). He is also the Resident Scholar at Valley Ranch Islamic Center and Co-Chair of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square. He holds a Bachelors in Accounting, a Bachelors in Islamic Law, a Masters in Islamic Finance, a Masters in Political History, and is currently pursuing a Phd. in Islamic Thought and Civilization from the International Islamic University of Malaysia.

 

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Sh. Abdul Nasir Jangda

Abdul Nasir Jangda is the founder and director of Qalam Institute. He was born and raised in the Dallas area. At the age of 10 he went to Karachi, Pakistan to memorize the Quran. He excelled in his memorization and committed the entire Quran to memory in less than 1 year. He has taught Arabic at the University of Texas at Arlington from 2005 to 2007. He has served as an instructor and curriculum advisor to various Islamic schools and Islamic studies programs.

 

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Dr. Dalia Fahmy

Dalia F. Fahmy is assistant professor of political science at LIU Brooklyn. She received her B.A. from New York University in politics and Middle Eastern studies, with a minor in peace and global policy studies. Dr. Fahmy then completed an M.A. from New York University in international relations. While pursuing her Ph.D. in political science at Rutgers University, she earned a second M.A. in comparative politics. Dr. Fahmy’s current research examines the intellectual and political development of modern Islamist movements.

 

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Hamza Tzortzis

Hamza Andreas Tzortzis is an international public speaker on Islam. He is a writer, having authored articles, essays and commentaries on political philosophy, the philosophy of religion and society. Ustadh Hamza is an intellectual activist actively engaging on issues pertaining to religion,social cohesion and politics. He is also a researcher with a recent publication on non-Muslim perceptions on Islam and Muslims.

 

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Sheikh Yassir Fazaga

Yassir Fazaga is an inspiring, multi-lingual speaker sought-after from USA through Canada to the Middle and Far East. He was born in Eritrea in Northeast Africa and moved to the United States at the age of 15; has a Bachelors Degree in Islamic Studies from the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in Virginia; and received a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from the California State University of Long Beach.  He is an author of “Live ethically”, “Cultivate emotional wisdom”, “Awaken spiritual vision” and many more.

 

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Shaykh Saad Tasleem

In his past life, Shaykh Saad was the lead singer of a punk rock band, and used to snowboard and skateboard, but he’s still rocking his Converse sneakers like a boss! There’s probably nobody better than him to understand the plight of Muslim youth in the face of today’s pop culture pressures. He studied Art History, Modern Art, Graphic Design, and Psychology at the University of Maryland. He started his Islamic education at IIASA in Fairfax, VA. He then went on to study in the Islamic University of Madinah where he dedicated himself to the study of Islamic Sciences.

 

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Dr. Mohamed AbuTaleb

Accomplished, driven Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from MIT with a minor in Biomedical Signal and Image Processing. Experienced in rapid prototyping and systems engineering across diverse technological domains. Broad technical skill set with supporting coursework.  He currently served as an Imam in North Carolina.

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