Zainab Alwani

Zainab Alwani is an Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at the Howard University School ofDivinity. She received her Ph.D. in Islamic Sciences from the International Islamic University inMalaysia. She was the Program Director and an Adjunct Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studiesat Northern Virginia Community College as well as Adjunct Professor of Arabic Studies at theSchool of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She developed coursesin Arabic Studies that focus on the link between Islamic philosophy, language and culture. Shealso taught Islamic history, law and comparative religion at Wesley Theological Seminary and theWashington National Cathedral.


She is an Islamic scholar, researcher, social and community activist. She is the first female jurist to serve on the board of the Fiqh council of North America. Her research focuses on therelationship between religion, law, and culture. She has lectured widely on topics relating to theQuranic Studies, Islamic jurisprudence, Gender and family in Islam, the relationship betweencivil and religious laws in the area of family, inter-religious dialogue. She teaches in the field ofIslamic Sciences including Quran, Hadith, women and Gender, Family issues, Islamic law andhistory, Islam and International Affairs. Dr. Alwani has authored and co-authored number of scholarly articles and chapter books such as:The Qur’anic Model to Harmony in Family Relations; What Islam Says about DomesticViolence; and Perspectives: Arabic Language and Culture in Films. Maqasid Al shariah, PeaceJihad and Conflict Resolution in America, Al ghazali and his Methodology, Aisha’s “Istidrakat”Commentaries and the Methodological Premises: Reclaiming a Lost Legacy.


Her forthcoming publications include scholarly books, chapter books, and articles: Two bookson Islamic Jurisprudence: Implementation of Maqasid al Shariah: American Muslim Family,Publication by The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT); Chapter book “The IslamicModel on Conflict Resolution” in Interfaith JustPeacemaking: Jewish, Christian, and MuslimPerspectives on the New Paradigm of Peace and War, Publication by Palgrave Macmillan (adivision of St. Martin's Press, LLC); Chapter book “Women’s Religious Scholarship: Historicaltrends and their contemporary implications, in Control, Consent and Choice: New Voicesof Muslim Women Theologians, edited by E. Mendeni, E. Aslan, and M. Hermansen (Brill); ); “Muslim Minorities and the Registration of Civil Marriages,” with Celene Ayat Lizzio, inFacts, Fears, and Future: Muslim Family Law in Western Societies, edited by M. S. Berger(Leiden University Press); “The Quranic Model on Social change: Family structure as a methodof social reform” in Islam and Civilisational Renewal (ICR) Journal vol. 3 no. 1 (November2011) an international peer-reviewed journal; “Domestic Violence” in Oxford University Press:The [Oxford] Encyclopedia of Islam and Women, to be published in 2012.


In addition to her academic and social activities Dr. Alwani is also an active member of theAmerican Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), The American Academyof Religion (AAR), The Abrahamic Roundtable at the Washington National Cathedral, theWoman’s Faith and Development Alliance (WFDA), and The African Studies Association(ASA). She has been awarded Who’s Who among America’s Teachers for three consecutive years from2003 to 2006. She was also awarded the “Who’s Who in America” for 2011.