Plainfield, IN 08/23/2006 – The Islamic Society of North America (www.isna.net) the largest religious organization representing Muslims in North America — has elected Dr. Ingrid Mattson as its President. She is the first woman to head the organization.

Dr. Mattson, who earlier served as the first female ISNA Vice President, is Professor of Islamic Studies and Director of Islamic Chaplaincy at the Macdonald Center for Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, CT. Dr. Mattson, who was born in Canada, studied Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, Ontario (B.A. ’87) and earned a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago in 1999.

Dr. Mattson has written articles exploring the relationship between Islamic law and society, as well as gender and leadership issues in Muslim communities. Her forthcoming book, The Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Societies, is being published by Blackwell Press. Dr. Mattson lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.

ISNA members also elected Imam Mohammed ibn Hagmagid – popularly known as Imam Magid — as the organization’s Vice-President. Imam Magid is Executive Director and Imam of The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS; www.adamscenter.org). He is Chair of Fairfax Faith Communities in Action, a member of The Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington Assembly, and Board Member of the Fairfax Youth Partnership. Imam Magid lives in Nothern Virginia with his wife and five children.

Since its establishment in 1963, The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) has been active in bringing people and communities together. Its goal has consistently been one of bridge-building between the Muslim community and the American society at large. ISNA is an association of Muslim organizations and individuals that provides a common platform for presenting Islam, supporting Muslim communities, developing educational, social and outreach programs and fostering good relations with other religious communities and civic and service organizations. ISNA organizes dozens of annual national and regional conferences. The ISNA National Convention held annually over Labor Day weekend attracts 40,000 attendees.

CONTACT: Mohamed Elsanousi, Director of Communication and Community Outreach, Phone: 317-839-8103, Email: melsanousi@isna.net


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