Amira QuraishiMuslim Chaplain
Amira Quraishi is Wellesley College’s Interim Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life as well as Muslim Chaplain and Advisor to the Muslim student organization (“ALM” Al-Muslimat.) 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 a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Davis. Amira 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. Amira is active in developing the field of college chaplaincy. She is a Co-Founder and Co-President (2015 - present) of the Association of Campus Muslim Chaplains, a professional membership organization for Muslim Chaplains at academic institutions. Amira attributes her love for a deeply spiritual and intellectual expression of Islam to her experiences growing up at the Muslim Youth Camp of California (MYC.) She served on the MYC Board as Head Counselor and brings to her chaplaincy twenty years of counseling experience.