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“Among Muslims throughout the world, there are many sincere pious men and women; there are also criminals and hypocrites.”

~ Ingrid Mattson

Ingrid Mattson, the sixth of seven children, grew up as a good, middle-class Roman Catholic school girl in Kitchener, Canada, a suburban community about 60 miles southwest of Toronto. She attended a Catholic girls high school and took piano lessons at the convent. Ingrid stopped attending Mass at the age of 16 after inquiring about Catholicism and spirituality to which she was given unsatisfactory answers.

Then as a determined agnostic, Ingrid Mattson went to study philosophy and the fine arts at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. Her first encounter with Muslims was in 1986, while studying in Paris. The warmth, dignity and generosity of the Muslims she met must have produced an influence in her life. “What I recognized was that, among their other wonderful qualities, they were the most naturally generous people I had ever known.” She said about the Muslims she met. She then plunged into reading of books about Islam and took classes in Arabic. In her personal study of Islam she came across Fazlur Rahman’s Islam in a bookstore. “It was his book and his encouragement that inspired me to start on the path to scholarship that I have found so rewarding,” She recalls. When she read the Qur’an, Ingrid found herself wallowed in amazement. And in 1987, as a college senior, she embraced Islam. “This religious community was giving me the framework for my spiritual experience, and so I entered into it,” she said in an interview.

After she graduated from college, she volunteered to teach Afghan women in a refugee camp of about 100,000 people in Peshawar, Pakistan. It was there where she met and married Amer Aatek, an Egyptian engineer working to install a water system in the camp. In 1989, she enrolled in the University of Chicago as a Ph.D. student and in 1999, she received her doctorate in Islamic Studies from the University. Presently, she is a professor of Islamic studies and director of Islamic chaplaincy at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. She is the head of ISNA (Islamic Society of North America), one of the largest Muslim organizations in America.

In 1995, she was an adviser to the Afghan delegation to the United Nations Commission on the status of women. In 2001, she was elected Vice-President of ISNA and in 2006 she was elected President of the organization. Dr. Mattson is the first revert to Islam and the first female to lead the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Professor Mattson is a contributor to The Muslim World Journal. She is the author of The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life [Paperback: 272 pages]. Dr. Mattson lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.

Some articles, lectures, and reviews by Ingrid Matson include:

►Respecting the Qur’an

►A call for moral leadership: Imagining a new heroism

►Comments on cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad

►Stopping oppression: an Islamic Obligation

►Faith in the Face of Terror – Multi-Faith Reflections on Meaning

►Faith, Justice and Terrorism

Among the lectures she has delivered are:

►Gender Equity-The Islamic Perspective

►Sharia in the Modern World

►Changes Within Us

►Extremism And Moderation

►Impact of Sept.11th

►What is Islamic Law (Sharia)?

►Building The Faith

Contact Information:

Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian/Muslim Relations,

77 Sherman Street, Hartford, CT 06105 USA.

Telephone: 860/509-9531,

Fax: 860/509-9539,

Email: imattson@hartsem.edu; isnapresident@isna.net

Website: http://macdonald.hartsem.edu/mattson.htm

 

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[References:  Grossman, Cathy Lynn. “The Face of Islam in America.” USA Today 21 Aug. 2007; Macfarquhar, Neil. “Putting a Different Face on Islam in America.” New York Times 20 Sept.  2006; Mattson, Ingrid. “Finding the Prophet in his People.” whyislam.org. 31 Dec. 2004.] <http://www.whyislam.org/Forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=1662&gt;; “Faculty Profiles-Ingrid Mattson.” hartsem.edu <http://www.hartsem.edu/faculty/mattson.htm&gt;; “Ingrid Mattson: What is Islam?” cnn.com 18 Oct. 2001 <http://edition.cnn.com/2001/COMMUNITY/10/18/mattson.cnna/&gt; Mattson, Ingrid. “Finding the Prophet in his People.” pbs.org. <http://www.pbs.org/muhammad/essays/mattson.html&gt;; “A Conversation with Ingrid Mattson.” Penn State Public Broadcasting Lobby Talks Series. Produced by Pennsylvania State University 12 June 2006. <http://www.researchchannel.org/prog/displayevent.aspx?rID=10001&fID=345>%5D

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During the Santa Clara University School of Law Graduation ceremony on May 21, 2005, Nicole Aeschleman was among the many grinning new graduates. Nicole Aeschleman is (now) a 27-year-old lawyer who reverted to Islam in 2004 after emerging from a six-month partying spree–getting drunk and dating men. Admitting that such a life can’t bring happiness, she says, “It was not a good time.”

 Nicole baptized an Episcopalian adopted the Islamic Faith and married Nabil Michraf, a soft-spoken Moroccan studying in France. The two met during a summer law course in Strasbourg, France. They struck up a friendship, started to correspond through e-mails and Nicole began inquiring about Nabil’s religion. She reverted out of her own conviction without Nabil’s insistence. “He never tried to convert me—which was one of the reasons why I eventually did,” she says. Later, Aeschleman flew to Nice for a face-to-face meeting with her e-mail pal—and the two fell in love. “I just realized he was the most amazing man,” she says. The couple wed in March. Drafting her own marriage contract in consultation with Muslim legal scholars—she added provisions that she can divorce Michraf should he ever try to forbid her from working, going to school, studying Islam—or should he ever take additional wives, as permitted by the religion.

Her parents were in complete shock on hearing that she embraced Islam. Her father did not speak to her for a while, though they are now on good terms. Aeschleman has given up some of her previous lifestyles. She no longer celebrates Christmas, and she never leaves her hair uncovered.

Nicole Aeschleman has worked at her law firm, McManis, Faulkner & Morgan. She has also worked as an Attorney at Law Office of Nicole L. Aeschleman, Attorney at Law Offices of Stuart Fishman (Sole Proprietorship) and as a Research Assistant at Santa Clara University Law Review.

Contact Information:

Address

McManis Faulkner and Morgan

Fairmont Plaza – 10th Floor 50 West San Fernando Street

San Jose, California  95113

Phone: 408-279-8700

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[References: Marquez, Sandra. “Choosing Islam: My Life as a Convert.” People 4 Sept. 2006. Vol. 66. No. 10; www. statelawyers.com]