Dr. Hassan’s Approach

During her 33-year career in A&S, Professor Emerita Riffat Hassan, an internationally acclaimed religious scholar and activist, taught generations of students about Islam and articulated a progressive understanding of the religion that influenced Muslims around the world.

Her work after September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks is credited with building bridges between the US and the Muslim world.


In Iran we believe that a wise teacher is one of God’s greatest gifts who leads us to our highest destiny. I believe that Professor Hassan has been such a gift for me for which I remain eternally grateful.

- Navid Hamdan