Chapter on Ihsan in Pillars Fund Khayal

I’m honored to have contributed a chapter on “Ihsan: Aesthetic Ethics,” in the digital book Khayal, sponsored by the Pillars Fund. From their description:

In January 2020, we assembled a group of brilliant Muslim poets, writers, activists, scholars, historians, and artists to develop a roadmap for telling authentic Muslim stories. And for more than three years, these MNC Fellows were vital thought partners, helping us build our Culture Change program from the ground up. 

To honor their contributions to Pillars, we’ve assembled “Khayál: A Multimedia Collection by Muslim Creatives,” a publication co-authored by the brilliant minds of the MNC Fellows.

Visit the link below to page through this digital, multimedia collection and learn about the creative inhale with Zaheer Ali, examine Malcolm X’s letters with Maytha Alhassen, dive into philosophy with Hussein Rashid, explore Su’ad Abdul Khabeer‘s memories of ’90s Brooklyn, go behind the scenes of Omar Offendum’s hip-hopera Little Syria, and experience Asad Ali Jafri’s comic from the future.

We hope this collection inspires you as much as it inspired us.

Cover by Alaa Musa

The full archive can be downloaded from here.

Advisor on Alhamdu

Please to announce I'm an advisor on Alhamdu, which:

is an experiential arts project created by MIPSTERZ that explores Muslim Futurism—a cultural and artistic aesthetic that builds on Afrofuturist works to reimagine an American Muslim future free from the confines of the majority culture.

Excited to see this project develop.

AAR 2014 Schedule

My appearances at the American Academy of Religion 2014.


Organizing Committee

Social Science Research Council

Theme: New Media, New Audiences: Making the Study of Religion Online



Contingent Faculty Task Force

Theme: Contingency in Religious Studies: A Roundtable


Contemporary Islam Group

Theme: Making Muslim American Musics 

Consuming Qawwali: Hollywood and Muslim Devotionals


Moral Injury and Recovery in Religion, Society, and Culture Group

Theme: Extending Moral Injury: Examining Moral Injury as an Interdisciplinary Resource for Scholars and Practitioners 

Where Am I From?: Bullying, The Immigrant Muslim Experience, and Moral Injury

Council on Foreign Relations

Theme: Sectarian Conflict in the Middle East


Everplans Advisory Board

I recently joined the Advisory Board of startup called Everplans. From the website:

Given how important this topic is, we think end-of-life deserves the attention that people give to other important life events like marriage, birth, and career change. Even though there are resources available for many of the bits and pieces of this process, there’s nothing out there that knits it all together into a single, clear end-to-end view of what needs to get done.

Our mission is twofold: 

1. To empower you to make confident decisions about how you want to be treated at the end of your life
2. To encourage more advance planning to help you and your family avoid having to make stressful, expensive decisions under pressure

I am honored to have been asked. You can find out more about Everplans on the website, or in this interview with the founders on the Wall Street Journal. 

2012-2013 AMCLI Fellow

Proud to announce that I am part of Cohort V of American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute. 

Current Fellows | Center for Religion & Civic Culture.

The American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI) develops and trains American Muslim leaders who are committed to civic engagement. AMCLI strives to empower these pioneering leaders to realize their full potential, and in doing so, have a more effective and sustained impact on the issues affecting their communities, and America at large. Our nation is stronger when all citizens participate in shaping our democracy.

What’s So Threatening About All-American Muslim?

My latest blog for Our Shared Future.

What’s So Threatening About All-American Muslim?.

What the show really is is a threat to the FFA. Here is a popular show that anyone can watch at any time, and it shows that Americans are Americans, regardless of their faith. It’s not very scary. The other option that makes the FFA’s case is to believe that hundreds, if not thousands, of people involved in the production of the show for TLC are complicit in a cover-up that millions of Americans who recognize their stories in the episodes are going along with.