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Dr. Celene Ibrahim is a multidisciplinary scholar specializing in Islamic intellectual history, gender studies, and ethics. She is best known for her monograph Women and Gender in the Qur'an (Oxford University Press, 2020). The work won the Association of Middle East Women's Studies Book Award and was featured by the American Academy of Religion for Women's History Month. Ibrahim is also the author of Islam and Monotheism (Cambridge University Press, 2022), an accessible primer on core Islamic beliefs. She is the editor of the anthology One Nation, Indivisible: Seeking Liberty and Justice from the Pulpit to the Streets (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2019), excerpts of which are featured in the Harvard Divinity Bulletin. Ibrahim also writes on spiritual care, chaplaincy, religious leadership, and related themes.


Ibrahim offers courses and lectures at educational and civic institutions around the world and is a trusted voice for media outlets, including NPR, PBS, and Netflix. She is a faculty member at Groton School in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy where she also holds an appointment as the Muslim Chaplain. Ibrahim previously served as a Denominational Counselor with the Office of Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School and as the Muslim Chaplain at Tufts University. She has held multiple teaching fellowships, including through the New York Times Learning Network and Teachers College at Columbia University.


Ibrahim is a graduate of the United World College and has served for many years on the United World College US National Committee. She serves on multiple non-profit boards and international scholarly working groups and is a consultant and collaborator on initiatives for equity, inclusion, and conflict transformation, including at the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning and Leadership at Hebrew College.

Ibrahim earned her bachelor's degree with highest honors at Princeton University, where she was a Davis Scholar majoring in Near Eastern Studies. She received a degree in divinity from Harvard University as a Presidential Scholar focusing on religious and civic leadership in Muslim communities. She was named a Mellon Fellow and earned a doctorate in Arabic and Islamic Civilizations in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University and earned a dual master's degree in Women's and Gender Studies and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. She is a life-long student of traditional Islamic sciences. 


Contact her here

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Click the image to read more about Celene Ibrahim in the autobiographical introduction to One Nation, Indivisible: Seeking Liberty and Justice from the Pulpit to the Streets.

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