Dr. Zakiyyah Muhammad, Chairperson
Dr. Zakiyyah Muhammad is the Founding Director of the Institute of Muslim American Studies – IMAS. She earned a Doctorate in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, and a Certificate for Arabic Language and Islamic Civilization from American Islamic College, Chicago.
She is credited with writing the first dissertation on Islamic Schools in America and was appointed Director of Education for Clara Muhammad Schools by Imam W. Deen Mohammed. Dr. Muhammad was a Research Associate to Dr. C. Eric Lincoln on Muslim Schools and an Affiliated Scholar at Howard University under the direction of Dr. Sulayman Nyang.
Dr. Muhammad has presented at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Georgetown University and published in Muslim Education Quarterly, Cambridge, UK; Journal of Negro Education, Journal on Religion and Education and Encyclopedia of African American Education. She has lectured at Stanford University, the University of Chicago, California State University-Sacramento, DePaul University, and the International Institute of Islamic Thought.
Jameelah Malik holds MA and BA degrees from Morgan State University and an AAS, Associate in Applied Science from Fashion Institute of Technology – FIT, State University of New York.
She has extensive knowledge of history, art and civilization specializing in Museum Studies and Historic Preservation at Morgan State University. Her skills also include exhibition design and photography. She has taught for several years in Muslim schools in New York and the public school system in Maryland.
Ms. Malik’s affiliations include American Alliance of Museums, Smithsonian, National Education Association and Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society of Educators).
Aaliyah Muhammad, Treasurer
Aaliyah Muhammad brings a long history of advocacy for justice in social issues affecting Muslim Americans, having more than ten years experience with grassroots civil rights organizations. She fights against discrimination people face every day because of arrest or conviction history on prison related issues.
A member of the Speaker’s Bureau at Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC), Aaliyah Muhammad is a frequent representative at conferences and panels discussing the conditions and struggles of women inside prison. She was a 2009-2010 Fellow of the Women’s Policy Institute, and worked on an anti-shackling bill for California’s pregnant prisoners.