Board of Directors and Associates

Rabia Terri Harris

Rabia Terri Harris is an essayist, editor, peace activist, public intellectual, practicing chaplain, and freelance theologian. Born to a Christian mother and Jewish father, Ms. Harris embraced Islam in 1978. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, her graduate degree in Middle Eastern languages and cultures from Columbia University, and Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary. She studies at Suleymaniya Library in Istanbul, Turkey, on a Fulbright grant to investigate unpublished manuscripts attributed to the controversial mystical philospher Muhyiddin Ibn’Arabi. She has published translations of several key medieval Arabic spiritual text. Ms. Harris has served for over 15 years as a contributor and editor of Fellowship Magazine, the bimonthly publication on the Fellowship of Reconciliation, an international, interfaith peace and justice group founded at the outbreak of World War I. She is the founder and director of the Muslim Peace Fellowship, an influential forum for progressive Muslim thought and the first organization specifically devoted to the theory and practice of authentically Islamic active nonviolence. In this latter role she edits an international newsletter and regularly addresses church, school, and organizational groups on a variety of Islamic issues. She is the Resident Elder at Dar Anwar as-Salam, the Muslim component of the Community of Living Traditions, a tripartite Abrahamic residential peace community located in Stony Point, New York. Ms. Harris is a senior member of the Jerrahi Order, a 300-year-old Muslim Religious sodality headquartered in Istanbul. She is also among the organizers of a new venture in Islamic pastoral care; the Muslim Chaplains Association.

Mubarak Awad

Dr. Mubarak Awad is the founder of Nonviolence International, which works to promote nonviolent social change and peace education with various organizations and movements across the globe; the National Youth Advocacy Program, which provides alternative foster care and counseling to at-risk youth and their families; and the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence in Jerusalem where he was born. He was deported by the Israeli Supreme Court in 1988 after being jailed for organizing activities involving nonviolent civil disobedience. Dr. Awad earned his Doctorate in psychology from the International Graduate School, a Masters in education from St. Francis University, and a Bachelors in social work and sociology from Bluffton University. He serves as an adjunct professor at the American University since 1989 teaching on methods and theory of nonviolence.

Soleman H. Abu-Bader, Howard University

Dr. Abu-Bader is a Professor of Social Work at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He is also the chairperson of the Research Sequence. Dr. Abu-Bader received his Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 1998 and his Masters in Social Work from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN in 1994. In 2015-16 he served as a Visiting Professor of Social Work at Qatar University Department of Social Sciences.
Dr. Abu-Bader has published and presented a number of research papers on job satisfaction and burnout among social workers and on mental health and well-being among frail elderly, former welfare recipients, and among Arab and Muslim Americans.

Dr. Abu-Bader is the sole author of two well-utilized statistical textbooks titled “Using Statistical Methods in Social Science Research, 2011”, 2nd edition and “Advanced & Multivariate Statistical Methods for Social Science Research”, 2010, published by Lyceum Books (now Oxford University Press).
Furthermore, Dr. Abu-Bader is serving on the Editorial Board of several scientific peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, Best Practices in Mental Health: An International Journal, and the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research. He is also serving on the board of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Publication and the Editorial Advisory Board of the CSWE Journal of Social Work Education.
Selected Publications:
Abu-Bader, S.H. (2011). Using Statistical Methods in Social Science Research with a Complete SPSS Guide (2nd Ed.). Chicago: Lyceum Books, Inc. (
Abu-Bader, S. H. (2010). Advanced and Multivariate Statistical Methods in Social Science Research with a Complete SPSS Guide. Chicago: Lyceum Books, Inc. (
Aitcheson, R., Abu-Bader, S.H., Howell, M. K., Khalil, D., & Elbedour, S. (2016, May 30). Resilience in Palestinian adolescents living in Gaza. Journal of Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 9(1), 36-43.

Nawar Shara, N., Yassin, S.A., Abu Bader, S.H., Getaneh, A., Browning, S., Barbara V. Howard B.V., & Umans, J. (Winter 2016). Overcoming Recruitment Challenges: A Pilot Study in Arab Americans. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 9(4), 30-40 (
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Abu-Bader, S.H. (January 2015). Abu-Bader Sample Size, Version 1.0. Downloadable from Apple Store at (Free download for Apple iPhone).


S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana

Dr. S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgetown University’s MA Program in Conflict Resolution. She has also served as Assistant Professor in the field of Peace and Conflict Resolution at the School of International Service at American University, Washington D.C. Dr. Kadayifci-Orellana has also worked at United States Institute of Peace on projects related to Iraq. She received her PhD from American University’s School of International Service in Washington DC in 2002 with a Master’s degree in Conflict Analysis from University of Kent in Canterbury, England. In addition to teaching, lecturing and publishing extensively in the fields of “gender and peace”, ‘theories of peace,’ ‘religion and peace building,’ ‘cross-cultural conflict resolution and mediation’, ‘interfaith and intra-faith dialogues’ ‘peacebuilding and development’, ‘Islamic sources of conflict resolution’, and ‘Muslim peace building actors in Africa and the Balkans’, among others, Dr. Kadayifci-Orellana has facilitated dialogues and conflict resolution workshops between Israelis and Palestinians, worked with indigenous community leaders from North and Latin America, conducted Islamic conflict resolution training workshops to imams and Muslim youth leaders in the United States, organized and participated in interfaith and intra-Muslim dialogues, and organized and participated in the first American-Muslim Delegation to Iran in November 2007.



Dr. Alma Abdul Hadi Jadallah – George Mason University
Dr. Karim Douglas Crow – Senior Researcher in Islam and Peace Building
Dr. Meena Sharify-Funk – University of Waterloo, Canada
Mohammed Mahuruf – Independent Consultant, Sri Lanka
Dr. Muhammed Shafiq – Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, Nazareth College
Dr. Nathan Funk – University of Waterloo, Canada
Dr. Omar Abdul Rashid – Notre Dame University
Dr. Ilham Nasser – George Mason University
Aurangzeb Haneef – Lahore University of Management Sciences
Tarek Maassarani – Consultant