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Omar Suleiman

Influential Scholar, Civil Rights Advocate

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Date of Birth:



New Orleans, USA

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Why Featured?

Omar Suleiman is recognized for his significant contributions as an Islamic scholar, civil rights leader, public speaker, and author. He is well-regarded for his deep engagement with Islamic theology and spirituality and for addressing contemporary issues. His advocacy work in civil rights and his efforts to foster interfaith dialogue and community service have made a profound impact.

Brief bio

Omar Suleiman, an American Muslim scholar born to a Palestinian family, is a prominent figure in Islamic studies and civil rights advocacy. He is the founder and president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University. His scholarly pursuits are complemented by active participation in social justice initiatives and interfaith collaborations.

Major Milestones


  • 2005: Directed the "Muslims for Humanity" Hurricane Katrina relief effort.

  • 2010: Recognized for outstanding civic achievement by New Orleans' Mayor and City Council.

  • 2016: Founded the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research.

  • 2016: Established MUHSEN, focusing on inclusivity for individuals with special needs in Muslim communities.

  • 2019: Held the position of Professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University.

  • Advocacy in Civil Rights: Actively involved in civil rights, particularly in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

  • Founding Yaqeen Institute: Created a think-tank for advancing the understanding of Islam through research and education...See More

  • Interfaith Dialogue: Engaged in numerous interfaith activities, promoting peace and understanding among different religious communities.

  • Educational Contributions: Developed and delivered numerous lectures and courses on Islamic theology, spirituality, and contemporary issues.

  • Public Speaking and Media Appearances: Featured in various media outlets for his expert insights on Islam and contemporary social issues.

Date of Last Update: 
February 4, 2024

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