Muslim Leader to Host Religious Diversity Workshop

Tahera Ahmad

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 on PBS.

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.

By Vi Kakares ’20