Sajida Jalalzai

Sajida Jalalzai (BAH Queen’s University, ‘03; MA McGill University, ‘05) is a Ph.D. candidate in the North American Religions subfield in Columbia University’s Department of Religion, focusing on Islam and Muslims in North America.

Her dissertation research focuses on Muslim leadership education in North America, based on ethnographic work conducted at several Protestant-affiliated theological schools in the United States and Canada that offer various types of Muslim leadership training programs: Hartford Seminary (Hartford, CT), Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto (Toronto, ON), and Claremont-Lincoln University (Claremont, CA). Her dissertation analyzes the formation of North American Islamic authority in intellectual and educational milieus characterized by a dominant Protestant Christian culture.

Sajida was honored by the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences as a Summer Teaching Scholar (2011), giving her the opportunity to teach a course of her own design on Islam in North America. She was also a Teaching Fellow for various courses in the Department of Religion, including Islam, Religion in American Culture, Religion in Black America, and Religion and the Civil Rights Movement.

She has published several encyclopedia entries in the Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History (2010) and the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (2005).