Dr. Ingrid Mattson Elected First Female President of ISNA
Posted Aug 25, 2006


Muslim organization elects Imam Mohamed Magid as Vice-President.

Plainfield, IN 08/23/2006 -The Islamic Society of North America (http://www.isna.net), the largest religious organization representing Muslims in North America, has elected Dr. Ingrid Mattson as its President. She is the first woman to head the organization.

Dr. Mattson, who earlier served as the first female ISNA Vice President, is Professor of Islamic Studies and Director of Islamic Chaplaincy at the Macdonald Center for Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, CT. Dr. Mattson, born in Canada, studied Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, Ontario (B.A. ‘87) and earned her Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago in 1999.

Dr. Mattson has numerous publications exploring the relationship between Islamic law and society, as well as gender and leadership issues in Muslim communities. Her forthcoming book, The Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Societies, is being published by Blackwell Press. Dr. Mattson lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.

ISNA members also elected Imam Mohammed ibn Hagmagid – popularly known as Imam Magid—as the organization’s Vice-President. Imam Magid is the Executive Director and Imam of The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS; http://www.adamscenter.org). He is also Chair of Fairfax Faith Communities in Action, member of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington Assembly, and Board Member of the Fairfax Youth Partnership. Imam Magid lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and five children.

Since its establishment in 1963, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) has been active in bringing people and communities together. Its goal has consistently been one of bridge-building between the Muslim community and the American society at large. ISNA is an association composed of Muslim organizations and individuals who aim to provide a common platform for presenting Islam by supporting Muslim communities, developing educational, social and outreach programs as well as fostering good relations with not only other religious communities but also numerous civic and service organizations. ISNA organizes dozens of annual national and regional conferences including the ISNA Annual Convention held over Labor Day weekend which attracts nearly 40,000 attendees.