A California girl, born of a Pakistani father and White Caucasian mother, Amira grew up inquisitive of Islamic values that transcend cultures. She considers her experiences as a young person at the Muslim Youth Camp of California to have shaped her love for a deeply spiritual and intellectual expression of Islam. She gave back to this camp by serving on the Board as Head Counselor and brings to her chaplaincy twenty years of counseling Muslim youth. She also brings to her chaplaincy her research interests in Islamic law, Sufism, and understanding Islam for Muslim women in the 21st century.
Before coming to Wellesley College, Amira earned an MA in Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, where she focused on the intersection of Islamic jurisprudence and Sufism. She also holds an MA in Middle East Studies from New York University, where her thesis was “An Analysis of the Legal Methodology for Hijab (Modest Dress.)” She has taught courses on Islam at the University of Pennsylvania and Swarthmore College and served as the Advisor to the Johns Hopkins University Muslim Association and on the Johns Hopkins University Interfaith board of chaplains from 2005-2007.