Dr. Nazir Khan

Director of Research

Dr. Nazir Khan MD FRCPC is a Director of Research at Yaqeen Institute. He is a medical doctor and clinical neuroscientist, as well as an Imam and consultant for the Manitoba Islamic Association’s Fiqh (Religious Affairs) Committee and the Islamic Society of Calgary. He is a specialist in the field of Diagnostic Radiology and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. He has memorized the Qur’an and received traditional certification (ijazah) in the study of the Qur’an, Hadith and Islamic theology (aqeedah). His expertise in both medical sciences and Islamic theology uniquely positions him to address challenging contemporary questions regarding faith, reason, and science.

As a volunteer Imam in Winnipeg for five years, Dr. Khan delivered the Eid sermons each year at the Winnipeg Convention Centre to over seven thousand attendees and regularly delivered Friday sermons with the Manitoba Islamic Association, as well as the Winnipeg Islamic Centre, and the Winnipeg Central Mosque. Dr. Khan’s work as an Imam has gone beyond conventional roles and expanded new frontiers for the Muslim community in Canada in many ways including hosting a Muslim Mental Health Fair bringing together thirteen mental health agencies to meet the Muslim community, presenting a seminar on Advance Care Planning and End-of-Life decision making at the Mosque in collaboration with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, and co-presenting a workshop on preventing Domestic Violence representing a collaboration between the Manitoba Islamic Association and the Winnipeg Police Services. He has also taught an introductory class on Islam to the Winnipeg Police Academy.

Dr. Khan has been active in multi-faith dialogue and creating open forums for fostering mutual respect and understanding. The Muslim-Catholic Dialogue series in Winnipeg co-presented by Dr. Nazir Khan and Father Peter Genger was featured in the Winnipeg Free Press. He has delivered classes and workshops addressing “Misconceptions about Jihad” in Winnipeg, Hamilton, Calgary, and Toronto. He is the founder and lead author of SpiritualPerception.org, a website dedicated to exploring exciting new avenues integrating classical insights on Islamic theology and epistemology with contemporary research in psychology.