Convention Speakers

Imam Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini

Imam Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini is a charismatic leader who has achieved recognition as a religious educator, leader and author. Born in the city of Karbala, Iraq, in 1961. Imam Al-Qazwini traces his lineage forty-two generations back to the holy prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). His teachings cover many aspects of Islam including family, human rights, religious freedom, non-violence, tolerance and forgiveness, debate and discussion, and democracy. (Read more)

Juan Cole

Juan R. I. Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. His most recent book is Engaging the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan, March, 2009) and he also recently authored Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and many other works. He has translated works of Lebanese-American author Kahlil Gibran. (Read more)

Hind Makki

Hind Makki is an interfaith educator who focuses on interfaith action, anti-racism education and youth empowerment. A writer for the Muslim Channel at the national religion news site Patheos, Hind often dissects the challenges facing Western Muslims. She has offered workshops on interfaith cooperation and civic integration in the United States, Western Europe and the Middle East and was a Fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute. (Read more)

Rami Nashashibi

Rami Nashashibi has served as the Executive Director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) since its incorporation in 1997. The Center for American Progress profiled Rami as one of the “14 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2014” and Chicago Public Radio selected him as one of the city’s Top Ten Chicago Global Visionaries. Rami was named one of the “500 Most Influential Muslims in the World.” He was named a White House “Champion of Change” and was also invited by the governor of Illinois to serve as a member of the Governor’s Muslim Advisory Council. (Read more)

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