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Rami Nashashibi
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Rami has served as the Executive Director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) since its incorporation as a nonprofit in January 1997. He has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago and has been an adjunct professor at various colleges and universities across the Chicagoland area, where he has taught a range of Sociology, Anthropology, and other Social Science courses. He has worked with several leading scholars in the area of globalization, African American studies and urban sociology and has contributed chapters to edited volumes by Manning Marabel and Saskia Sassen.

Rami has lectured across the United States and Europe on a range of topics related to American Muslim identity, community activism and social justice issues and is a recipient of several prestigious community service and organizing honors including the Norman R. Bobbins Fellowship presented at the most recent Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards. Rami and his work with IMAN have been featured in many national and international media outlets including the BBC, PBS and a front-page story in the Chicago Tribune. In 2007 Islamica Magazine profiled Rami as being among the “10 Young Muslim Visionaries Shaping Islam in America,” and most recently Chicago Public Radio has selected Rami Nashashibi as one of the city's "Top Ten Chicago Global Visionaries." Rami was named one of the “500 Most Influential Muslims in the World” by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in concert with Georgetown's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. He was also invited by the governor of Illinois to serve on the Commission for the Elimination of Poverty.

Rami lives with his wife and two daughters on Chicago's Southwest Side.

Entries by Rami Nashashibi

Iftar at the White House- Navigating Power, Privilege & Justice in Ramadan

(13) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 3:33 PM

Last week, I was among several dozen Muslims who attended an iftar at the White House with President Obama. This has now become an annual tradition where the President extends greetings to the Muslim community and occasionally chooses to speak to other relevant issues. Two years ago, for example, President...

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Victims Or Villains: Moving Beyond Post-9/11 Narratives

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 6:42 PM

I was in the midst of a grueling eight hour written exam at the University of Chicago when the department chair came into the room and, alongside standard announcements, suggested we stay away from any television or radios. "Things are not good in America," he said as he walked out....

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Ramadan and the Riots: A Spiritual Agitation

(8) Comments | Posted August 17, 2011 | 9:19 PM

"London neighborhoods on fire!" I was beginning to process the story as I turned into my block a little past midnight, when I was abruptly interrupted by a young man who jumped off his stoop and ran up to my car window. It was the first weekend of Ramadan, a...

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Moving Beyond Ritual This Ramadan: The Importance of Righteous Actions

(32) Comments | Posted August 17, 2010 | 5:01 AM

Editor's Note: Huffington Post Religion has launched a scripture commentary/reflection series, which will bring together leading voices from different religious traditions to offer their wisdom on selected religious texts. We are pleased to announce a series of reflections for the Holy Month of Ramadan featuring posts by HM...

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