Join us this year to hear from our many guest speakers – university professors, teachers and community activists. The following list of guest speakers have confirmed their attendance to our 2017 conference.
Stay tuned for updates on invited scholars and guest speakers!
Before coming to Los Angeles, California in 2007, professor Hejazi spent two years in New York, at the Islamic Institute of New York (IINY), and 8 years in Washington D.C. at I.E.C., as the Imam and director, teaching and searching in Islamic Moral and Philosophical manuscripts. He is now teaching Qur'anic Interpretation, Theoretical Mysticism and Moral Philosophy at the Islamic Studies and Research Academy (ISRA) in Los Angeles, California. He is also the Imam and religious leader of the Masjid al-Nabi and City of Knowledge (al-Sadiq Institution), located in Greater Los Angeles area, California, USA.
B.A. in Islamic Jurisprudence, Elmiyeh Seminary of Qum, Iran
M.A. in Islamic Philosophy, Baqir al-Uloom Cultural Foundation, Qum, Iran
Equitant to Ph.D. (Ijtihad) in Islamic Jurisprudence, Elmiyeh Seminary of Qum, Iran
M.A. in Philosophy of Mysticism, McGill University, Canada
Ph.D. in Philosophy of Ethics, Catholic University of America, USA
Rasoul Naghavi is a PhD candidate in Shiite Jurisprudence (Fiqh) at the “Islamic Seminary of Qom” Iran and a visiting researcher at ACMCU since August 2013. His areas of interest include Islamic Jurisprudence (fiqh), Principles of Fiqh, Exegesis of the Holy Qur’an, Shiite Theology, Islamic history, Shiite Political Theory, Faith-based peacebuilding, theological formation of peace, restorative justice and Conflict analysis.
Seyed Abbas Ayleya, a well-respected Islamic Scholar, received his degree in Religious Studies and his Masters in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Pakistan. He was invited to the United States in 1997 and has since traveled throughout the United States as a notable lecturer of Shia Islam. Syed Abbas Ayleya regularly hosts workshops and lectures on numerous topics in Islam, including Beliefs, Ethics & Moral Values, The Quran, Jurisprudence, Historical Events, Spirituality, and Issues facing the Youth.
Imam Muhammad Al-Asi was born in Grand Rapids, MI in the year 1951, but moved to Lebanon at age 11. After studying in the Arab University of Beirut, Imam al-Asi returned to the united states ins 1973, and graduated with a degree in Government and Politics in 1979. Imam al-Asi currently spends much of his time attending conferences, speaking to a variety of student groups, and lecturing in several countries around the world. His primary work in progress is the first tafsir of the Qur’an written in the English language.
Shaykh Mahdi Mohammadpour Shahkolahi is a graduate student at Al-Mustafa International University in Qom. Raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Br. Mohammadpour graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) with a B.S. in Information Systems. His desire to learn and serve Islam led him to Qom, where his primary areas of concentration are currently Theology, Philosophy, and Quranic Studies. Upon completing his studies in Qom, he plans to return to the US while acting to serve the needs of the Muslim community, inshallah.
Raised in Europe and Southern California, Sister Soheyla has a Masters of Science in Midwifery from USC Medical school. Mrs. Aryan worked as a volunteer in Iran assisting low-income mothers with their pregnancies. Inspired later in life to study Islam, she has received the honorary title of Hafiza of the Holy Quran while studying at Jamiatul Quran’s research institute in Tehran.
Dr. Johanna Movassat graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, with a BA in Art History, and the University of California, Berkeley, with a MA and a PhD in Near Eastern Studies: Art and Archaeology. She attended the Goethe Institute in Berlin; studying German and lived in Iran for five years, where she studied Farsi, and taught English at the Iran America Society, Iranzamin College and Language House International. She has traveled throughout Europe and the Middle East photographing works of art and has taught at UC Berkeley, City College of San Francisco and Santa Clara University. For the past 26 years she has been teaching at San Jose State University in the Department of Art and Art History and for the Humanities Honors program for the Department of Humanities. She has taught courses in art history ranging from Western Art, Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, East Meets West: The Silk Road, Islamic Art and Architecture, Writing in the Arts, to Arts in a Global Context. She has written and lectured on numerous topics on the arts of the Middle East and published The Large Vault at Taq-i Bustan: A Study in Late Sasanian Royal Art (Mellen Press, 2005).
Ms. Sabour considers herself a Muslim Activist, and co-founder of M.A.N.A. (Muslim Ambassadors of North America), an outreach organization aimed to serving humanity by bridging gaps and promoting understanding within and between faiths, cultures, communities, as well as marginalized and underserved groups. She frequently delivers lectures at local schools, churches and various Islamic centers throughout the country. Desiring to give back to her own community, in hopes of making a positive influence in tomorrow's generation, Sr. Sabour continues to foster children from both Hispanic and African American backgrounds.
Imam Abdul Alim Musa (born 1945 as Clarence Reams) is a Muslim American activist and director of Masjid Al-Islam in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) and a well-known speaker around the world. He is founder and director of As-Sabiqunand the Islamic Institute of Counter-Zionist American Psychological Warfare.
Safiyyah Abdullah - DC-based Muslim American activist and spoken-word artist.