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Celene Ibrahim
Islamic Studies Scholar-in-Residence and Co-Director of the Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education at Hebrew College & Andover Newton Theological School


(617) 702-2928


B.A., Princeton University (Near Eastern Studies, summa cum laude)
M.A., Brandeis University
M.Div., Harvard Divinity School
Ph.D. candidate, Brandeis University (Near Eastern and Judaic Studies)


Celene Ibrahim lectures and publishes widely on topics including the histories and theologies of interreligious relations, Islamic religious leadership and higher education, Islam and Muslims in North America, Islamic family law, Muslim feminist theology, and Qur’anic studies. Some of her recent publications include, “Interreligious Encounter in Women’s Words: Two Late Nineteenth Century American Accounts,” in Studies in Interreligious Dialogue, and “Religion, Gender, and Family Law: Critical Perspectives on Integration for European Muslims,” with Zainab Alwani, in Muslim Family Law in Western Societies, edited by M. S. Berger (Leiden University Press). Other recent essays appear in the award winning Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women; in Religious Leadership: A Reference Handbook, edited by S. H. Callahan (Sage); and in the anthology Muslima Theology: The Voices of Muslim Women Theologians, edited by Elif Mendeni, Ednan Aslan, and Marcia Hermansen (Peter Land Verlag). She contributes regularly to The Journal of Muslim World Affairs, among other publications.

Ms. Ibrahim also serves as an Associate at the Center for the Study of Jewish Christian Muslim Relations at Merrimack College and is completing a doctorate at Brandeis University in Arabic and Islamic Civilizations. She has been recognized as a Harvard Presidential Scholar and a Fellow in Religion, Diplomacy and International Relations at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, among other distinctions. Ms. Ibrahim earned a Master of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandies University, a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and a bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern Studies with highest honors from Princeton University. She is deeply committed to Islamic scholarship and fostering interreligious learning environments.

Primary course areas:
Islamic & Qur’anic Studies
Islamic Law
Muslim Family Law
Muslim Feminist Theology
Women’s Studies
Gender Studies
Hebrew Bible

See the Andover Newton course schedule for current course offerings.

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