Meet the Author

To raise the level of intellectual dialogue and cultural awareness in our community the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) invites all published authors to attend special panel sessions entitled Meet the Author at the ISNA Annual Convention.  Meet the Author sessions provide Convention attendees with opportunities to interact with the literary movers-and-shakers of our time.

Sessions consist of panel discussions in which authors are given an opportunity to speak about their book and follow-up with audience Q&A.  Panelists for these sessions include authors, writers, artists, and others who have made significant contributions in various fields of interest.  These sessions also provide opportunities for book signing and sales by the authors.

This year’s authors and books

  • Positive Parenting in the Muslim Home by Noha Alshugairi and Munira Lekovic Ezzeldine
    • “Positive Parenting in the Muslim Home addresses real challenges faced by real families. This comprehensive book is essential for parents, caregivers, and educators seeking to nurture a grounded parent-child relationship built on connection. It is a book of hope.” 
  • A Closer Look at Halal Meat from Farm to Fork by Mohammad Abdullah 
    • “The halal meat certification needs a tune-up. There are issues related to halal meat labeling that deserve the attention of Islamic scholars, the halal meat industry, and the halal certification programs.” 
  • Al-Ghazali – The Book of Knowledge for Children (and Workbook) and Al-Ghazali – The Book of Belief for Children (and Workbook) by Virginia Gray Henry
    • “Two Book Sets will be presented: The Book of Knowledge by al-Ghazali and its accompanying workbook, as well as the Book of Belief by al-Ghazali and its accompanying workbooks for children. These are adaptations from Books 1 and 2 of Imam al-Ghazali’s Revival of the Religious Sciences.” 
  • We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape our Multiracial Future by Deepa Iyer
    • We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape our Multiracial Future integrates community stories and policy recommendations to convey the impact of the domestic War on Terror. The book won the American Book Award (2016) and is used in college classes and community conversations on race, Islamophobia, and Xenophobia.” 
  • Bosnian Immigrants: Opportunities and Challenges in the Greater Rochester Area by Aisa Purak
    • “The book is a first attempt to analytically study and discuss the Bosnian Muslim community of Rochester, NY:their personal stories about Bosnian Muslim Refugees in America; their struggles in Bosnia, and their journey of making a life in America.” 
  • The Clear Quran by Dr. Mustafa Khattab
    • “Although countless English translations of the Qur’an have been produced over the last few decades, many translators did not have the necessary qualifications to undertake this mighty task, rendering the Qur’an inaccessible to some and misunderstood by others. The Clear Quran — which is noted for clarity accuracy, eloquence, and flow — is indeed a scholarly and timely work that reflects the beauty and relevance of Islam.” 
  • Visle War by Abdussalam Ray Lacina
    • “Visle War is a fantasy novel set in the time of the Crusades. It explores the complexities of Christian/Muslim relations and reflects on the dangers of unmitigated power.”

Additional questions can be addressed to or (317) 839-8157