Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research

Financing Kindness | 2019 MAS-ICNA Convention

“To understand the waqf is to understand Islamic philanthropy.” Dr. Zara Khan presents a paper on the the history, the present, and the future of Islamic charitable endowments.

Stay tuned for the release of publications by Dr. Zara Khan, Dr. Khalil Abdur-Rashid, and Dr. Altaf Husain.

Zara Khan

Research Coordinator | Zara Khan studied Political Science and social justice at the City University of New York, specializing in comparative political theory. Her main hope is to contribute to the Islamicization of profane knowledge, particularly in education, politics, culture and economics insha’Allah. Areas of interest include Islamic teaching philosophy; materialist epistemology; secularization; critical race; capitalism, neoliberalism, and neocolonialism; human rights; ethical agriculture; cosmopolitan aesthetics; and the metaphysics of technology. She is an educator and researcher, currently leading Yaqeen’s Task Force on Liberalism and Philosophy.

Khalil Abdurrashid

Has a Masters degree in Islamic Law from Marmara University, Turkey, and a Master of Arts in Middle East Studies and Masters of Philosophy in Islamic Law, both from Columbia University. He is a professor of Islamic Law at Southern Methodist University and a dean of the Islamic Seminary of America.

Altaf Husain

VICE PRESIDENT | Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Howard University. Specialization includes community organizing, non-profit management, and social welfare policy; development of social services to serve immigrant and refugee families.