Meet Our Team

Traversing Tradition hosts a unique cast of contributors who come from diverse academic, ethnic, and national backgrounds. Check out their bios down below for more information!

Board of Trustees

Zain Siddiqi
A political science graduate and coffee shop owner. His interests include Islamic sciences, mental health, politics, and history. You can follow him on Twitter here.

Mariam Ehab
A pharmacy and biotech student living in Egypt. Her interests include literature, ethics and social theory. You can follow her on Twitter here.

Syed Abdurrahman Warsi
An engineer and a student of the Islamic sciences. His interests include poetry, history, and philosophy. You can follow him on Twitter here.

Eeman Abbasi
A graduate in physiology & neurobiology and human rights, working in international development. Her interests include refugee advocacy, health and human rights, and the food industry. You can follow her on Twitter here.

A biochemistry and neuroscience graduate. He has recently completed his PGCE in Science. His interests are in the intersection between science, religion, philosophy, and sociology. You can follow him on Twitter here.

Sami Omais
A graduate in political science and European history. His interests include traditional Islamic sciences, geopolitics, Middle Eastern history, and Islam in America.

Heraa Hashmi
Best known for her project, Muslims Condemn. She is a law student based in the US with a background in Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology and Linguistics. Her interests include the Islamic sciences, cognitive linguistics, and bioethics. You can follow her on Twitter here.


Operations Directors

Wassim Hassan
Executive Director
A graduate in Biology & Chemistry. He is currently a medical student as well as a student of traditional Islamic disciplines. His interests include the rational sciences, Western philosophy, and the Arabic language.

Syraat Al Mustaqeem
A graduate in English. Her interests include linguistics, magical realist literature, environmental advocacy, and Islamic spirituality.

Ustadha Raissa Khalil
Marketing Director
An ‘Ālimah based in the US. Her fields of interest include Islamic Theology (‘Aqidah/Kalam) and Hanafi Jurisprudence (Fiqh). You can follow her on Twitter here


Fariha Ahmed
A graduate in cognitive science. Her interests include medicine, philosophy, Islamic spirituality and poetry.

Ibraheem Ali
A graduate of English from the UK. His interests include literature, film, and Islamic history.

Sabrina Amrane
A Master’s student at the University of Chicago in Middle East Studies. Her interests include Maghribi history, literature and politics. You can follow her on Twitter here.

Maulana Asim Ayub
Graduated from an Islamic Seminary in 2016 and went on to complete a BSc in Economics from Brunel University, followed by Masters in Economic History from the LSE. He is currently in training to become a maths teacher.

Hana Farrukh
A graduate in Computer Science and Cybersecurity with an emphasis in Management. Her interests include technology, especially data science and user-centered design, current events, epistemology, theology, and Islamic tradition.

Waqas Haque
A medical student with graduate education in public health and business. His interests include tafsir, exploring the Islamic intellectual tradition, and the pharmaceutical industry. You can follow him on Twitter here.

Muhammad Jalal
Host of The Thinking Muslim podcast. He teaches Politics & International Relations in the UK and writes for a number of publications. He is currently delivering a course looking at Islam and Liberalism and writing a book on the same subject.

Khansa Khalisha
A graduate in political science, working in a policy advocacy organization in Indonesia. Her interests center around metaphysics, martial arts, Japanese culture, and poetry.

Aynoor Ahmed Khan
Graduate student at Columbia University’s CSER. Her research interests include US immigration law, Japanese American history, and Muslim American self-representations in film & media.

Mahnoor Nadeem
A graduate in Anthropology/Sociology from Lahore University of Management Sciences and is currently pursuing her A’limiyyah degree. Her interests include Muslim intellectual history, Islamic Sciences as well as Western philosophical thought.

Abubakr Nanabawa
A graduate of Politics and International Relations from the UK. His interest include foreign policy, history and local politics.

Maryam Siddiqui
A political science graduate with an interest in philosophy, theology and culture.

Zaynub Siddiqui
A student of cognitive psychology. Her interests include holistic psychotherapy, mental health disparities among minority populations, civic engagement, human rights advocacy, Korean, painting, and Arabic calligraphy. You can follow her on Twitter here.

Bharath Syal
A graduate in Law, currently completing a Masters in Law in criminal litigation. He is a junior lawyer, a boxer, and a traveler. His interests include Hanafi jurisprudence, legal and South Asian history, constitutional & human rights law, business, and politics.

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