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Public Talks


Conference Papers

​Recent conference papers include: 

  • “How Khadijah shaped Muhammad’s prophetic ministry,” INEKAS Summer School on “Muhammad: Life, Society and Later Receptions,” Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran /Online, September 1, 2023.

  • “Diversity and divergence between the ancient Qur’an and contemporary reality,” Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, March 4, 2019

  • “مسائل الكنائس السريانية واجابة الرسالة القرآنية / The crises of the Syriac churches and the response of the Qur’anic epistle” (in Arabic), International Qur’anic Studies Association, Bayt al-Hikmah / Académie Tunisienne des Sciences, des Lettres et des Arts, Carthage, Tunisia, July 4-6 2017.

  • “Creed, council and canon: The journey from Christianity to the Qur’an.” British Academy/University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, October 16, 2016

  • “Between Qur’an & Church Canon Near Eastern Law in the Long Seventh Century (570-705 CE),” International Qur’anic Studies Association, UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta, Indonesia, August 3-8, 2015

  • “The Religious Problem of Environmental Ethics,” Annual Osher International Theology Conference, Jerusalem & the West Bank, January 19-23, 2014.

Invited Talks

​Recent talks include:

  • Keynote address, “Transformation through Education,” Aligarh Alumni Association of Texas, October 22, 2023

  • “Building a Leadership Cohort: How Philanthropy can Promote Religious Literacy?” Global Donors Forum, London, September 10-12, 2018

  • “Confessions of a liberal Arab: A literary survey,” School of Modern Languages, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, January 19, 2017.

  • A political survey of the Middle East, India Arab Cultural Center,  New Delhi, India, May 19, 2016

  • Discussion member, “Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement,” Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Georgetown University, Washington DC, December 4-6, 2015

  • “Religious violence and the problem of ISIS in the Middle East,” Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, March 9, 2015

Community Talks

Recent talks include:

  • ​"Building bridges with the MENA region,” Houston Tech Rodeo, Houston, Texas, May 20, 2021

  • “The Middle East,” Young Leaders Institute, Asia Society of Texas, Houston, July 15, 2019

  • “Arabs in America – Challenges and Triumphs,” US Customs and Border Protection, Petroleum, Natural Gas and Minerals Center of Excellence and Expertise, Houston, Texas, May 1, 2019

  • “Where are the Arab moderates?,” Dinner and Dialogue, intellectual saloon, Houston, Texas, May 22, 2015

  • “Sectarianism in the Middle East,” Great Decisions program, Foreign Policy Association of New York, Clear Lake Islamic Center & Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church, Clear Lake, Texas, March 3, 2015

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