Kiran Ahluwalia & Rez Abbasi

Acclaimed genre-bending musical duo of jazz guitarist/composer & singer-songwriter

Samer Ali

Physician, violinist, music director of Takht al-Nagham, president of the Syrian Music Preservation Initiative

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Institute Faculty


Dr. Sylviane Diouf

Award-winning historian specializing in the history of the African Diaspora and West African Muslims

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Saddiq Dzukogi

Muslim Poets panelist

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Kazim Ali

Muslim Poets panelist


Taoufik Ben Amor

Musician and Music Scholar

Haifa Bint-Kadi

Visual Artist, storyteller


Ferdous Dehqan

Performer and writer of Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity

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Dr. Maryam


Curator in the MET’s Department of Islamic Art, specialist in later Persian art and calligraphy


Huda Fakhreddine

Associate professor of Arabic literature at the University of Pennsylvania, author, and translator

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Faraz Khan

American Islamic calligrapher and artist

Dr. Theodore Levin

Ethnomusicologist and professor of music at Dartmouth College, student of music, culture, and spirituality in Central Asia and Siberia


Dr. Jawid


Professor of Religion at Rutgers University, scholar of early and medieval Sufism, verse translator of Rumi’s complete Masnavi

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Karl Orozco

Visual Artist and Educator

Beyza Ozer

Muslim Poets panelist

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Dr. Frances Pritchett

Scholar of modern South Asian literature with a focus on Urdu poetry


Bushra Rehman

Poet, novelist, and cultural activist

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Parul Shah

Acclaimed Kathak and contemporary dancer and choreographer

Potri Ranka Manis

Founder of the dance company Kinding Sindaw, award-winning poet and playwright

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Faisal Mohyuddin

Educator, writer, and visual artist.

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Maha Syed

Performer and writer of Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity


Dr. Shawkat Toorawa

Professor of Arabic at Yale University, Executive Editor of the Library of Arabic Literature, poetry translator

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Kadin Herring

Performer and writer of Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity


Tiffany Hosein

Performer and writer of Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity

Kewulay Kamara

Finah poet, storyteller, multimedia artist, and lecturer originally from Sierra Leone


Amir Khafagy

Performer and writer of Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity

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Lena Khalaf 

Muslim Poets panelist

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Esraa Warda

Dancer and teaching artist of traditional Moroccan and Algerian dance forms

City Lore Staff

Raquel Almazan

Manager of After School Programs

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Dr. Amanda Dargan

Director of Education Special Projects and Institute Co-Director


Sahar Muradi

Director of Education Programs and Institute Co-Director

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Madeleine Roodberg

Education Program Coordinator

Malini Srinivasan

Manager of School Partnership Programs


Dr. Steve Zeitlin

Executive Director


Sara Zatz

Cowriter of Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity

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