Since 2012 Dr. Ingrid Mattson (PhD, Chicago) has held the London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies at Huron University College at Western University in London, Canada. Previously she was Professor of Islamic Studies at Hartford Seminary (CT) where she developed and directed the first graduate program for Muslim chaplains in North America and served as Director of the Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. Her writings focus on Qur’anic Studies, theological ethics and interfaith engagement. Dr. Mattson is past president of the ISNA (USA) and is a Senior Fellow of the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought (Jordan). Some of her work can be found at: ingridmattson.org. Her current major research project, The Hurma Project, is committed to upholding the sacred inviolability (hurma) of each person who is present in Muslim spaces by elucidating the special responsibilities of those holding power and authority and by educating those who are vulnerable about their God-given dignity and rights. hurmaproject.com/
Dean of Academics, Respect Graduate School
Halim Calis graduated from Ankara University (Ankara, Turkey) and completed his MA on Islamic Theology at Marmara University (Istanbul, Turkey). He completed another MA on World Religions at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Divinity School. His doctoral dissertation is on Shams al-Dīn al-Fanārī (d. 1431), an Ottoman scholar who appropriated Akbarī hermeneutics in his Qur’an commentary. Besides the formal education Halim has received, he has been studying the classical sources of Islam since 1990’s. His research interests include the Qur’anic Studies, Sufism, Ottoman History and Islamic History. He conducts research in English, Turkish and Arabic. He can also read French and Persian. He has published encyclopedia entries, book chapters and articles for Turkish and English magazines.
Fajjr Khan is the Head of Communications and Student Relations at Respect Graduate School. She studied theater and the performing arts at New York University and Alvernia University. Along with working at Respect, she is a performer and musician who focuses on the arts in the American-Muslim community. She has experience with other educational and International institutions having done work for Zaytuna Institute and The World Affairs Council and has also collaborated with other organizations such as the American Red Cross and the ACLU. She is very passionate about Muslims getting involved with their local communities and organizations, and she hopes to continue that work with Respect Graduate School.
Yara is in her final year pursuing an Honors Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Minor in French at the University of Western Ontario. She was an active member of the Western Muslim Students Association and held several director, mentorship and outreach positions. She has worked in the area of mental health and is passionate about both mental and spiritual wellness. She is hoping to pursue a career in Law specializing in health, policy and ethics.
Maram recently received her MSc degree in Anatomy and Cell Biology and has a B.Sc. Honors Specialization in Biology with a Major in Medical Science from the University of Western Ontario. She’s the administrative assistant and designed the logo at the Hurma Project (hurmaproject.com), and has been a research assistant to Dr. Ingrid Mattson for the past 3 years. She’s interested in Islamic environmental ethics and would like to pursue Islamic studies at the graduate level in the near future.