Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research

Justin Parrott

Justin Parrott has BAs in Physics and English from Otterbein University, an MLIS from Kent State University, and an MRes in Islamic Studies from the University of Wales. He is currently Research Librarian for Middle East Studies at New York University in Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). Justin embraced Islam in 2004 at the age of 20. He studied Islam from a traditional perspective with local scholars and Imams. He served as a volunteer Imam for the Islamic Society of Greater Columbus until 2013. He is currently the faculty advisor and volunteer Imam for the Muslim Students Association at NYUAD.


Shabbir Akhtar

Dr. Shabbir Akhtar is a philosopher trained at Cambridge University. He has published widely on pluralism and race relations in Britain and on Islam’s and Christianity’s differing responses to modern secularism. His books include The Light in the Enlightenment (1990) and Be Careful with Muhammad! (1989), a classic critique of Salman Rushdie, as well as The Quran and the Secular Mind (2007) and Islam as Political Religion (2010). He has also published three volumes of poetry in English. In 2018, he published the first of a three-volume commentary on the Greek New Testament: The New Testament in Muslim Eyes: Paul's Letter to the Galatians (Routledge). He is currently a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religions at Oxford University.