Freeha Riaz

Freeha RiazFreeha obtained her B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego. After which she pursued a career in corporate America, in business development in the pharmaceutical industry for over 12 years.

She then went on to pursue a Masters in Liberal Arts from Harvard University Extension School in the field of Middle Eastern Studies.

During her time at Harvard Freeha pursued a multitude of areas of study while focusing on her graduate thesis on African-American Muslim Women and their ever-evolving relationship with the mosque and its affiliated communities. Her yearlong ethnographic research focused on the African-American Muslim communities of Southern California and New England. Freeha’s thesis, “From Erasure to Emergence: African-American Muslim Women and the Changing Face of the American Mosque,” was awarded the Dean’s prize for outstanding ALM Thesis, in the field of Government.

Freeha’s area of interest lie in: Islam in the West, race relations within the American ummah, women’s reform movements in American mosques and African-American Islamic identity and its evolution.

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