Major: Islamic Intellectual History and Political Philosophy Degree: M.A. School: Harvard University
Bio: Ibrahim Kamal was born in India and grew up in Chicago. After receiving his BA from the University of Chicago, where he studied political philosophy and Islamic history, Ibrahim spent several years immersed in language study in India, Jordan, and Egypt. His research interests are at the intersection of Islamic thought and political theory in relation to the modern state, empire, and colonialism. He enjoys traveling, teaching, and creative writing, and has taught English literature at international schools in the Middle East.
Major: Law Degree: J.D. School: Columbia Law School Sponsor: ISF
Bio: Danial is currently a law student at Columbia Law School and is interested in policy, economics, and business. He graduated in 2014 with a degree in Economics from Northwestern University. While at Northwestern, he authored an undergraduate research paper on democracy & the military in Pakistan and started a scholarship for Muslim students at the high school he attended. After graduating, he worked as a management consultant before attending law school.
Major: Communications and Arabic Degree: B.A. School: University of Massachusetts Amherst Sponsor: International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)
Marina is Founder at Eco Goddess.
Message to Supporters:Since the scholarship, I have finished my studies abroad in the Middle East. I pursued an independent research project there on “Creativity as a Vehicle for Societal Change: Can the Arts and Music Drive Positive Societal Change in the Middle East?”. I filmed a documentary on this topic as well with the funds I was supplied and worked with a translator to make my first ever foreign film in Arabic. I can’t thank you enough for the opportunity. Without you I wouldn’t have been able to afford the equipment to make my documentary. Your funds also helped me afford studying abroad — and the memories, connections I made, and growth I experienced was priceless. Thank you, thank you, shukraan.
Bio: Double majoring in Communications and Arabic, alongside the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Marina Qutab will soon begin her senior year this Fall. By fusing her passions for communication, media and culture, and film, she strives to creatively promote and build a conscious, sustainable world.
She has conducted meaningful research at her university to delve into consumer culture and unearthed specific tactics to drive more conscious, ecological choices that benefit human and environmental health. She will continue to drive positive change abroad in the Fall Semester of her senior year through the School of International Training (SIT) program, “Jordan: Modernization and Social Change.” Here she will take a journalist approach to answering her Independent Study Project research question of, “As Modernization in Jordan Poses Social and Environmental Issues, How Can Jordanians Adapt to Promote a Just and Thriving Planet?” As her research question denotes, she is not only dedicated to protecting the planet for future generations, she is committed to addressing issues in public policy including gender inequality, migrant and refugee crises, islamophobia, and more pressing societal issues.
Areas of Interest: Communications, Media, Non-Profit
Major: Government Degree: B.A. School: Harvard University Sponsor: Safia Noor Scholarship
Bio: Salman Habib is a rising senior at Harvard, where he is concentrating in Government with a secondary in Economics. Born and raised in Pakistan, he moved to Virginia where he completed his high school education.
At Harvard, Salman serves as Co-President of Harvard College Peace Action, a student organization that advocates a more peaceful and diplomacy-oriented United States foreign policy. He also serves as Co-Chair of Harvard Pakistan Forum and is involved with the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School.
Outside Harvard, Salman was a member of Global Consultation for World Humanitarian Summit where he helped in the development of a comprehensive humanitarian action plan. He has previously served as the Project Team Member for the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Forum and has also worked with the Office of Senator Mark Warner at the United States Senate.
Salman is particularly interested in issues related to foreign policy and nuclear security. Currently, he is conducting policy research on the future of nuclear weapons, proliferation, and terrorism at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
Major: Film and Television Degree: B.A. School: New York University Sponsor: Haggag Family Scholarship
Bio: Originally from Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Ibrahim Bey now lives in New York City and attends the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at New York University’s, Tisch School of the Arts. In his time at Tisch, Ibrahim has produced two student films and this year, will be shooting his first short film. At NYU Ibrahim is involved with a group known as Radical Artists Aiming for Diversity (RAAD), which started as a response to concerns about the lack of diversity in both the local and larger artistic community. Since it’s conception, RAAD has grown into a social and political vanguard within Tisch. In addition, Ibrahim is also a leader within NYU’s International Cinema club, which was created not only as a way for students to enjoy great films, but also as a means of promotion diversity within filmmaking. An aspiring, writer and director, Ibrahim views filmmaking, just as with most art forms, as a means to explore ourselves both as individuals, and as members of a greater society.
Major: Anthropology Degree: Ph.D. School: University of California, Berkeley Sponsor: ISF
Bio: Mohamad M. Jarada will be starting his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley’s anthropology department. His research concerns the confluence of ethics and violence among religious minority communities in the American south. His broader research interests are political and social theory, ethics, psychoanalysis, and early and late modern intellectual history. He recently received a M.T.S. in philosophy and theology at Harvard Divinity School after completing his undergraduate studies at U.C. Berkeley.
Major: Education and Social Policy Degree: M.A. School: New York University Sponsor: Aziz Emara Memorial Fund
Bio: Ayisha Irfan is the Education, Justice and Policing Policy Analyst at the Office of the Manhattan Borough President. Having studied biology at CUNY Brooklyn College during undergrad, her life took an unexpected turn in 2011 when she was moved to action following the revelation of the New York Police Department’s broad Muslim surveillance program. Recognizing that the Muslim community badly needed to build power, and having never heard the words “community organizer” before, she hit the ground running at the Arab American Association of New York, where she was tasked with organizing youth people in Brooklyn around a legislative campaign to curtail the NYPD’s unconstitutional practices, while teaching herself how to organize.
It was from there that her interest in narratives, youth empowerment, and legislative change took hold. Over the past 5 years, Ayisha has helped develop leaders, train advocates, and build and lead successful legislative advocacy campaigns, both inside and outside government addressing issues at the intersection of discriminatory policing practice and education inequity.
Ayisha is committed to both creating social change on both the individual and systemic level, and in addition to her policy work, she is the co-founder of the Muslim Writers Collective, a grassroots national initiative dedicated to reclaiming the Muslim narrative through story telling. MWC has active chapters in eight cities across the country, and has been credited with providing “a space for young Muslims to honor their humanity” by Vice.
Major: Political Science Degree: Ph.D. School: University of Chicago Sponsor: ISF
Bio: Fahad Sajid is a Political Science PhD student at the University of Chicago. His research interests include colonial governance, the politics of decolonization, post-colonial state-building, bureaucratic autonomy and capacity, and core-periphery relations, among other topics in Comparative Politics. At the end of summer 2016, after his final set of qualifying exams, he will spend five weeks in Lahore, Pakistan carrying out pre-dissertation research.
Before starting graduate school in 2014, Fahad received his BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and went on to teach middle school math in Houston, TX through Teach For America. In his spare time, he enjoys playing squash and browsing through independent bookstores.
Major: Sociology Degree: Ph.D. School: University of Chicago Sponsor: ISF
Bio: Laila H. Noureldin is a Sociology Ph.D. student the University of Chicago. Her current research is a quantitative study that analyzes the impact of levels of religiosity and immigration status on American Muslim perceptions of assimilation and alienation using regression analyses. She received a Masters of Education in Literacy Curriculum and Instruction from American University, where she foregrounded the importance of culturally race-related research through her thesis, advocating for the use of African American English (AAE) as an instructional tool for language and literacy acquisition among emergent African American readers. Her research was inspired by her time as a literacy teacher in a D.C., inner-city, elementary, public-charter school. She received a B.A. in Sociology and Arabic Language and Culture from Georgetown University. Her undergraduate senior thesis, which earned the 2011 Hoggson Award for Excellence in Sociology, is a historical-comparative piece that explains the sociological transformations and symbolic representation of the Islamic ‘veil’ in Egypt and Turkey during two distinct time periods, 1920 to 1939 and 1970 to 2011. Laila has grown up between the United States, primarily Los Angeles and Washington D.C., and the Middle East.
Areas of Interest:
Identity, Religion, Demography, Immigrant & Citizenship
Major: Islamic Studies Degree: M.A. School: Harvard University Sponsor: ISF
Bio: Zain Alam is an artist and aspiring academic seeking to explore transnational intellectual exchange between anti-colonial movements in the Islamic world. He grew up in Kennesaw, GA and graduated from Wesleyan University where he wrote a thesis on the makings of an Indian Muslim and muhajir diaspora after Partition. He returned to India on the AIF Clinton fellowship collecting oral histories as a story scholar for the 1947 Partition Archive. During this time he wrote the songs that grew into my NYC-based band and recording project, Humeysha. He hopes to continue his intellectual work in Muslim South Asian history and to enrich the aesthetic, conceptual processes that inform both his creative and intellectual projects while at Harvard.