Dr. James E. Jones is former Chair of the Department of World Religions and Associate Professor in the World Religions and African Studies departments at Manhattanville College. An experienced trainer and consultant, he is also visiting Professor - Graduate School of Islamic & Social Sciences (Ashburn VA) where he has trained chaplains for the US armed forces and prisons. Dr. Jones has a BS from Hampton University, a MA from Yale Divinity School and a D.Min. from Hartford Seminary. In 1426/2005 he served as Academic Director of the first summer AL-Azhar U. Intensive Arabic Study Program.
Matiniah Yahya M.Ed. has been an educator for over two decades. Her work has included: teaching, training and consulting in public schools and private Islamic schools in the US and abroad as well as recruiting/assessing teachers for overseas Islamic schools. A certified teacher, she has a B.S. in Human Services from Southern New Hampshire University and a Masters in Elementary Education from Wheelock College. In 1426/2005 she served as Project Director of the first-ever summer AL-Azhar Intensive Arabic Study Program.