Dr. Celene Ibrahim is the author of Women and Gender in the Qur'an from Oxford University Press (2020), Islam and Monotheism from Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2022), and dozens of academic articles. She is the editor of One Nation, Indivisible: Seeking Liberty and Justice from the Pulpit to the Streets from Wipf & Stock Publishers (2019). 

Ibrahim holds a doctorate in Arabic and Islamic Civilizations and a master's degree in Women's and Gender Studies and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, a Masters of Divinity from Harvard University, and a bachelor's degree with the highest honors from Princeton University.

She offers lectures, workshops, and seminars around the world as a trusted voice on issues of religion and civic engagement, spiritual care and chaplaincy, Islamic intellectual history, and women's studies. 

Special Honors:

Andrew W. Mellon Fellow

President and Fellows of Harvard College Presidential Scholar

Office of the President of the United States, Community Service Award

Current Affiliations:

Groton School, Faculty in Religious Studies and Philosophy and Muslim Chaplain

Boston Islamic Seminary, Faculty Affiliate

The New York Times Teaching Project

American Academy of Religion's Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Unit Steering Committee

Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership at Hebrew College, Advisory Council

Journal of Interreligious Studies™, Board of Advisors

United States Selection Committee of the United World College

Previous Affiliations:

Tufts University, Muslim Chaplain

Harvard Divinity School Alumni/Alumnae Council

Islamic Studies Scholar-in-Residence and Co-Director of the Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education at Andover Newton Theological School and Hebrew College

Faculty Associate, Center for the Study of Jewish–Christian–Muslim Relations and Lecturer in Religious Studies and Theology at Merrimack College

The Klingenstein Center’s Justice, Conflict, and Dialogue Working Group, Columbia University Teachers College


Exploring Community-Engaged Models of Teaching and Learning in the Islamic Studies Classroom at the Center for Social Concern at Johns Hopkins University

Innovations in Chaplaincy Education working group at Boston University School of Theology


Educating Effective Chaplaincy working group, Boston University School of Theology and Brandeis University


Campus Chaplaincy in a Multifaith World, working group convened by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College


The Islamic Seminary of America, Academic Policy Committee


Feminist Studies in Religion Forum, Board Member


Convergence on Campus, Board Member


Boston Interfaith Leadership Initiative Steering Committee


Islamic Scholarship Fund, Selection Committee


Jury Member, Goldziher Prize for Jewish–Muslim Relations

Project Coordinator, Islam in the West Program, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University


Princeton University, Alumni Schools Committee


Read more about Dr. Celene Ibrahim's life and work in the autobiographical introduction to One Nation, Indivisible: Seeking Liberty and Justice from the Pulpit to the Streets   
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