Abdul Kabir Helminski

Abdul Kabir Helminski was the publisher of Threshold Books for twenty years, a company which specialized in quality translations of sacred literature, especially those from the Islamic tradition. He is the author of two books, Living Presence and The Knowing Heart, as well as eight translated collections, especially focusing on the work of Jalaluddin Rumi. His books have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Dutch, German, and Turkish. He has an M.A. in psychology and a Ph.D. (honorary) in literature from Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey. For more than twenty years, Kabir's focus has been developing and sharing a contemporary approach to Islamic concepts and practice, both within the Islamic community and outside of it. To this end he and his wife Camille also founded the Threshold Society, a non-profit educational corporation, which has offered seminars, retreats, and cultural events to tens of thousands of people. In 2001 Kabir was the first Muslim to deliver the prestigious Wit Lectures on spirituality at Harvard Divinity School, which will be published as a book by The Paulist Press.

Aisha Gray Henry

Aisha Gray Henry has continuous teaching experience from 1966 up to the present time, having taught elementary school through university courses, as well as adult education and various community lectures. She holds an M.A. in Education with a speciality in curriculum development. Her M.A. thesis, a four-part video on Islam for high school and university students, is used by American universities, U.S. Embassies and corporations in the Middle East for staff orientation. Since 1979, she has made a significant contribution to publishing in the area of Islamic Studies and Comparative Religion. She is co-founder and trustee of the Islamic Texts Society. The Society's translations of Al-Ghazali received awards for the Best Produced and Designed Book in Great Britain in 1991 and 1993. She has served as the US Director of Dar Nun, which publishes high quality children's books intended to preserve the culture and faith of Muslim students, as well as introducing Islamic culture in English editions to Western youth. Her second publishing company, Al Kauthar/Fons Vitae, publishes books mostly concerned with Islamic spirituality (an example is a book and video on Islam in Tibet) but other traditions are also included. Aisha has herself co-authored with Layla Azzama a classic book for students, The Life of the Prophet Muhammad, which is part of the curriculum at Al Azhar. She wrote and produced the booklet Understanding Islam and the Muslims (also in Spanish, Bosnian and Arabic) for the Saudi government. On her return from Bosnia after working in refugee camps, she raised the funds for Bosnia and published Islamic books in Bosnian for their war-torn school system.

Aisha has established a wealth of contacts through over thirty years of living, travelling and involvement in the Muslim World and ten years of study at Al Azhar. She has a lifelong dedication to the spiritual dimension of life and imparting this through teaching and publishing.

Jeremy Henzell-Thomas

Jeremy Henzell-Thomas, the co-ordinator of the Curriculum Project, is a curriculum development specialist, formerly Director of Studies at a leading independent school in England. He holds degrees in English and Applied Linguistics, and a Ph.D. in the psychology of learning, and has extensive experience as a teacher at all levels of education in the United Kingdom and overseas. Formerly a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, and a supervisor of Ph.D. students in the field of curriculum development and course design, he also has extensive experience in school management and is a registered inspector of independent schools in the UK. Since 1996, he has collaborated with Dr. Ahmed Moustafa in the field of Islamic art, writing catalogue texts and other essays about Dr. Moustafa's work for the artist's international exhibitions. In 1998, he founded the charity Bosnia Music Aid that involved 7,000 British school students in raising a large sum of money for the reconstruction of the war-damaged Primary Music School in Sarajevo and the replacement of their musical instruments. He has served as an executive committee member of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (UK) and the Chairman of the Board of FAIR, the UK Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism.

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