Educating Leaders for a Pluralistic America

Bayan Islamic Graduate School, operating since 2011 in partnership with a leading Christian theological seminary, is the United States’ first […more…]

Bayan Islamic Graduate School

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Vice President of Operations and Academic Affairs: Munir Shaikh


Offer a world-class non-sectarian education and produce dynamic and ethical leaders and scholars grounded in the Islamic tradition.

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I work in a community that revitalizes a blighted neighborhood. Bayan’s hybrid model worked wonders for me, as an imam, a father and a full-time teacher. Bayan is one of the most flexible and accommodating programs out there. One of the biggest strengths at Bayan is its diversity, and the ability for you to retain your identity but broaden your horizons at the same time.
Imam Hamzah Abdul-Malik
Midtown Mosque, Memphis, TN

Support Muhammad Ali’s Legacy

Bayan Islamic Graduate School is doing its part to offer opportunities to promising and dedicated students who are working in underserved communities to obtain graduate education. With the blessing of the family of sports legend and hero Muhammad Ali, the donor-supported, full-tuition Muhammad Ali Scholarship for Spiritual Leadership provides up to $75,000 to qualified students to further their studies as chaplains, teachers, imams, and nonprofit leaders. Graduates receive an accredited Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree.

As a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, Bayan’s educational programs help in the formation of American Muslim leadership that is positioned to inspire positive action rooted in the Islamic faith tradition to benefit society at large. In recent years, Bayan received significant grants from the Henry Luce Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, and a $1,000,000 grant from the renowned Annenberg Foundation’s initiative to contribute to sustainability and growth. Your support will enable Bayan to continue on a trajectory of success as an American Muslim higher education institution. 

Friends of Bayan

Lonnie Ali – Philanthropist, advocate, wife of Muhammad Ali
Charles Annenberg Weingarten – Philanthropist, director
Hasan Minhaj – Comedian, actor
Rev. Ed Bacon – Author, Former rector
at All-Saints Episcopal Churchin Pasadena
Mario Van Peebles – Actor, director, activist
Lena Khan – Hollywood writer/director
Dr. Omar Ezzeldine – School district director, Bayan trustee
Matthew Mengerink – Silicon Valley tech industry leader, Bayan trustee
Dr. Asifa Quraishi-Landes – Constitutional law professor, Bayan trustee
Preacher Moss – Comedian
Dr. Sara Deen – Dentist, interfaith leader, Bayan trustee
Saafir Rabb – Business strategist, Obama transition team, Bayan trustee
Seyed Hadi Qazwini – Scholar, Bayan trustee
Mohannad Malas – Real estate investor/developer, Bayan advisor
Dr. Rami Nashashibi – MacArthur Genius award recipient, Bayan faculty