Muneer Fareed





Secretary General, ISNA (2006 to present)



·     Responsible for all administrative operations of ISNA

·     Responsible for the operation of appropriate projects and development activities.

Human Resources

·     Maintain an effective personnel system to support the hire, promotion, and professional development of all employees.

·     Develop and implement a formal personnel accountability structure

·     Establish and maintain personnel assessment programs.

·     Maintain a systematic wage and salary plan

·     Ensure that all policies and procedures are in accord with federal, state, and local government requirements


·     Ensure the financial integrity of the institution

·     Ensure that all financial transactions are conducted in accordance with generally accepted accounting standards (GAAP), prudent judgment and within the framework of the requirements of local, state and federal laws

·     Oversee an annual financial audit.

·     Formulate work plans and budget recommendations for annual approval by the Executive Council.

·      Strategic Planning

·     Periodically assess Secretariat activities, organizational structure and staffing

·     Review and update all short and long term strategic plans aimed at achieving the mission and goals of ISNA


·     Oversee all fundraising activities, identify resource requirements, research funding sources, and establish strategies for donor management.

Public Representation

·     Ensure that public relations are well organized, and conducted in a cost effective manner

·     Represent ISNA at public, civic and other organizational activities and meetings, as appropriate

·     Serve as representative of the Executive Council  in all matters, except where otherwise authorized by the Executive Council.



Associate Professor


Religious Director,



Senior Lecturer




1996: Legal Reform in the Muslim World: Ijtihad  and its Interpretation in the 19th  and Early 20th Centuries. (Bethesda, 1996)  


2005: >L-Suyuti, >l-Itqan fi `Ulum >l-Qur`an Brill Publishers (under review) 3 vols.

2001: Abu `Amr b. Al-Salah, Muqaddima Ibn al-Salah wa Mahasin al-Istilah fi `Ilm Usul al-Hadith trans. E Winkel ed. M. Fareed. London: Garnet Publishers. 2005

2001: Ibn Kathir, Ismail, Al-Sira Al-Nabawiyyah trans. T. Le Gassick. ed. M. Fareed. London: Garnet Publishers. 1996. vol. ii, iii, and iv.


Articles in Refereed Journals and Encyclopedias

2006 AHanbalite Hermeneutics: Beyond Reason and Between Texts@ in Muslim World 2006  (Hartford, 2006) (under review)

2006 AQuranic Studies in South Asia: The Jew in South Asian Tafsir Literature@ in International Journal of Middle East Studies  (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2006) 

2005 ALaw: Modern Family Law: 1800-Present, United States@ in Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Culture (Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2005)

2004 AAdhan@, AIjtihad@, AHalal@, ASalat@, and AWudu@.  In Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World. Ed. Richard Martin (New York: Macmillan, 2004).

2004 AIjtihad and the Islamists@ Journal of the United States Institute for Peace (2004)

2001 AIn Defense of Taqlid: The `Ulama=s Response to Islamic Legal Reform@ Journal of Islamic Studies. University of Cape Town 21 (2001)

2001 AAgainst Ijtihad@ in The Muslim World vol.91. No. 3, Fall 2001


Papers Presented: Invited/Refereed

2008  “The Interpretation of Koran: Transformation of the hermeneutical process” University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.

“Islamic Law in the Secular Public Space” University of Florida, Gainesville

“Sunnis and Shiites: Towards a New Ecumenism” NYU, New York

2005 AApostolic Emulation as a source of Social Reformation in Islam@ Brown University, Rhode Island

2004 AIjtihad in Modern Times@ United States Institute of Peace. D.C.

2004 AThe Afterlife in Modern Theology@ Georgetown University, D.C.

2004 AThe Concept of the Divine in Muslim History@ Georgetown University


Funded Research

2003 AMuslim Women in the Greater Detroit Area@ WSU Omnibus Grant for Departmental Project



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