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Dr. Celene Ibrahim is an internationally recognized scholar in religious studies with a focus on Islamic intellectual history. She is the author of the monograph Women and Gender in the Qur'an  published by Oxford University Press (2020). The book won the Association of Middle East Women's Studies Book Award (2021) and was a featured title for Women's History Month by the American Academy of Religion (2022). She also specializes in chaplaincy, spiritual care, and interreligious engagement and is the editor of the book One Nation, Indivisible: Seeking Liberty and Justice from the Pulpit to the Streets (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2019). Ibrahim's latest book, Islam and Monotheism (2022), is published in Cambridge University Press's Elements series.


Ibrahim's articles on Islamic theology, Islamic family law, women's spiritual care, and pedagogies for interreligious studies have appeared in dozens of academic publications and she regularly serves as a reviewer for leading presses and journals. Her current research interests include moral psychology and virtue ethics in early Islamic sources, depictions of men and boys in Qur'anic narratives, portrayals of women figures in early Islamic biographical sources, and themes in comparative theology. 

Ibrahim has offered courses and lectures at institutions around the world, leads global study trips, and is regularly invited to international conferences as a trusted voice on Islamic intellectual history and religion in public life. She serves on a number of non-profit boards and regularly participates in scholarly working groups, including the International Association for Qur'anic Studies and the Society for Biblical Literature.


Ibrahim is also a passionate educator and has a decade of experience teaching religious studies, currently as a faculty member in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Groton School. ​She serves as the Denominational Counselor for Muslim Students at Harvard Divinity School and previously as the Muslim Chaplain at Tufts University (2014–2019). She offers courses at Boston Islamic Seminary, Hartford International University, and was a Co-Director of the Center for Inter-religious and Communal Leadership Education at Hebrew College and Andover Newton (2014–2017). She began her teaching career at Merrimack College (2011–2014). 

Ibrahim earned a doctorate in Arabic and Islamic Civilizations (2018) and a master's degree in Women's and Gender Studies (2014) from the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. During this time, she received a Mellon Fellowship, several writing prizes, and was named a commencement speaker. Prior to her doctorate studies, she was a Presidential Scholar and received a degree in divinity studies from Harvard University (2011) and was a Davis Scholar at Princeton University where she received a bachelor's degree with highest honors in Near Eastern Studies (2008). She is a proud graduate of the United World College of the American West (2002) where the passion for religious studies and international collaboration were first nurtured.

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Read more about Celene in the autobiographical introduction to One Nation, Indivisible: Seeking Liberty and Justice from the Pulpit to the Streets by clicking the image.

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