We are pleased to announce that Ustadha Zaynab Ansari will be moving to Knoxville with her family in June 2014
, insha Allah. She will be coming as a scholar-in-residence with the Tayseer Foundation* and serving all of the Muslim Community of Knoxville. Knoxville knows Ustadha Zaynab from her previous visits to Knoxville and her annual participation in the Appalachian Retreat. We are very happy to have her and her family join our community. While her services will be for the greater Muslim community, she will also specifically provide programing to meet the spiritual, social, and educational needs of girls and women in the community. In addition, she will also be a member of the teaching staff at the Tayseer Seminary this fall. Welcome to Knoxville, Ustadha Zaynab!
*The position Ustadha Zaynab Ansari will fill was created for and will be funded completely by Tayseer Foundation. Tayseer Foundation is a local non-profit organization that provides programing and support to supplement the Muslim Community of Knoxville in order to build a holistic, Prophetic community.
About Ustadha Zaynab Ansari
Zaynab Ansari spent a decade studying Farsi, Arabic, and traditional Islam in the Middle East, graduating from Abu Nour Institute in Damascus, where she completed with distinction a three-year program of study in the Islamic sciences interspersed with Arabic studies at the University of Damascus and independent study in the art of Qur'anic recitation. Upon returning to the United States, she completed degrees in history and Middle Eastern Studies at Georgia State University, where she is currently working towards her Masters in World History.
From 2004-2009, she helped develop Sunni Path Academy and Answers Service (now Qibla for the Islamic Sciences). Since 2009, she has been a contributor to SeekersGuidance, a non-profit Islamic educational portal founded by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani. Since 2010, she has taught at the Appalachian Retreat, an annual gathering organized by the Muslim Community of Knoxville. She is a freelance writer for Azizah Magazine, president of the Parent-Teacher Organization at Al-Falah Academy, a volunteer with the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta, and coordinator of oral histories for the After Malcolm Digital Archive. She and her husband, Salah Abdul-Razacq, are long-time residents of the metro Atlanta area and are the parents of three very energetic children.