Muslim Leader to Host Religious Diversity Workshop
April 13, 2017
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— On Tuesday, April 18, Northwestern University’s Director of Interfaith
Engagement Tahera Ahmad will host a workshop entitled “Resisting Religious Intolerance and Celebrating Religious
Diversity” at 4 p.m. in the Davidson Room.
Open to all students, faculty, and staff, the workshop is designed to sharpen skills
in both recognizing religious intolerance, especially anti-Semitism and Islamophobia,
and supporting a religiously diverse campus where all worldviews are welcome. A dinner
and keynote address will begin at 6 p.m. April 18 in the Joslin Atrium, to which all
students, faculty and staff are also invited.
As the first woman to recite the Qu’ran at the 2013 Islamic Society of North America
convention, Ahmad is a female leader in the Muslim community. She is currently Associate
Chaplain and Director of Interfaith Engagement at Northwestern, where she regularly
hosts young Muslim art stages and open mic nights, and counsels young Muslims through
study circles. Ahmad has also been featured in several documentary films about Islam
including The Calling, a four-hour documentary series focusing on young religious leaders, which aired
A native of Morton Grove, Ill., Ahmad received graduate certification in Arabic from
Al-Diwan Center in Cairo, Egypt and certification in tajweed, the set of rules for
proper recitation of the Qu’ran. She has studied traditional Islamic sciences at various
institutions in the U.S. and abroad.
Ahmad’s visit is sponsored by the Chaplain’s Office, the Muslim Student Association,
and IWU Interfaith, with funding support from Student Senate.