Imam Daayiee Abdullah is founder and Executive Director of MECCA Institute (Muslim Education Center for Creative Academics), a Muslim think tank and online school (opening Fall 2015). Based in Washington, D.C., he is a scholar in Shari’ah Sciences and Quranic Interpretation. A former public interest lawyer, he lectures nationally and internationally on progressive Muslim concepts, intra-faith and interfaith networking, and the development of inclusive and progressive revisions of Islamic theological thought and Islamic law. He has long been involved in actively promoting understanding and awareness of issues of racial, gender and sexual equality as understood in the UN Declaration of Human Rights within and beyond Muslim communities. As Imam and Education Director at Light of Reform Mosque, Imam Daayiee provides pastoral counseling for Muslim youth and adults, their families and friends. He performs same sex, opposite sex and interfaith marriages for Muslims and non-Muslims of diverse backgrounds.
Pamela Taylor holds an MTS from Harvard Divinity School, and serves as a visiting imam for the Columbus Unity Mosque. She is an outspoken advocate for human rights both within the Muslim Community and globally. She has been a particularly strong proponent of women’s and glbt rights within the Muslim community. Her writing has been published in dozens of newspapers, magazines and online publications including the Washington Post’s On Faith forum, the Dallas Morning News, the St Paul Pioneer Press, The Charlotte Observer, the Fort Worth Sentinel, and many others. She also has a delivered lectures on dozens of college campuses and taught Islam at Bunker Hill Community College.
Abdulmalik D. Freeman lives in the San Bernardino Mountains near Los Angeles. He is an Immigration attorney concentrating primarily on removal defense. He has served in both the U.S. Army as an enlisted medic with an overseas deployment in Korea during the Vietnam conflict and later as an Air Force Officer in Los Angeles, CA. Currently, he is a Major in the U.S. Air Force Reserve (Inactive). An active community organizer since age 14, Mr. Freeman has been a student organizational leader throughout his education, serving President of the Black Student Union at the University of Washington and becoming a leader in the Muslim community when he joined the board of the Muslim Students Association at the time of the Iranian revolution and “hostage crisis”. He later graduated ROTC at the University of Washington and went on to graduate Law School and attend the School of Public Administration before being called to active Air Force service. Abdulmalik Freeman has studied comparative law, including various schools of Islamic law. He has been appointed by the consulate of Kuwait to represent its citizens in immigration matters.
Therisa Shams el-Din Rogers, was a Rotary International Scholar during her undergraduate studies in Islamic Near East Studies at University of Pennsylvania. She has a Master’s degree in Islamic History from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and did further graduate work in Islamic Studies. She has studied in Spain, Morocco, and advanced Arabic coursework at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. As an educator for more than 20 years in university and secondary schools in the US, Romania, Abu Dhabi, and South Korea, she has been the recipient of a Fulbright award for Teacher Exchange, and four National Endowment for the Humanities Teacher Fellowships.
Farouk A. Peru is an academic and Ph.D. candidate in Islam and Postmodernism and teaches Islamic Studies at King’s College, London. Farouk is an academic whose interests include the study of Quran according to its author. He is an Islamicist who focuses on Islam as a world study, Islamofascism and Quranist Islam. He is also interested in Philosophy where he hopes to build on Heidegger’s philosophy of being. His concentration in Quran involves resurrecting the Quranic voice to discover the authentic philosophy of Quran without cultural interjections; study of Islam as a civilization and a people as a cultural stream which permeates a wide variety of human endeavors and experiences. His study of Quranist Islam and the rejection the authority of Tradition and deriving diverse ways of understanding Islam, as well as the study of Islamofascism and how Islam a cultural stream became the source of oppressive systems and the counterbalance to these ideas.