Samer Ali

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

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Kiran Ahluwalia & Rez Abbasi

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

Institute Faculty

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Taoufik Ben Amor

Visual Artist, storyteller

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Haifa Bint-Kadi

Visual Artist, storyteller

Dr. Sylviane Diouf

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

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Dr. Maryam

Ekhtiar

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

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Huda Fakhreddine

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

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Kewulay Kamara

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

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Faisal Mohyuddin

Educator, writer, and visual artist.

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Dr. Jawid

Mojaddedi

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

Dr. Frances Pritchett

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

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Potri Ranka Manis

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

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Bushra Rehman

Poet, novelist, and cultural activist

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Parul Shah

Acclaimed Kathak and contemporary dancer and choreographer

Faraz Khan

American Islamic calligrapher and artist

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Dr. Theodore Levin

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

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Dr. Shawkat Toorawa

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

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Farah Siraj

Virtuoso vocalist and Jordan's “Musical Ambassadress”

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Esraa Warda

Dancer and teaching artist of traditional Moroccan and Algerian dance forms

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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

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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

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Dr. Steve Zeitlin

Executive Director

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