Faculty and Staff of the Macdonald Center

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Dr. David D. Grafton
Dr. David D. Grafton
Academic Dean & Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations

The Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton is the Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations on the faculty of the Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary. The Duncan Black Macdonald Center is the oldest center of its kind in the United States. Dr. Grafton holds a PhD in Islamic Studies, from the Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, University of Birmingham, England, an MDiv from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, and a BA from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio.

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Timur Yuskaev
Associate Professor of Contemporary Islam Chief Editor of The Muslim World journal Core Faculty - Graduate Programs

Dr. Timur R. Yuskaev is Associate Professor of Contemporary Islam, Co-Editor of The Muslim World journal, and Co-Director of the Islamic Chaplaincy program at Hartford Seminary. 

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Hossein Kamaly
Associate Professor of Islamic Studies Holder of the Imam Ali Chair for Shi’i Studies and Dialogue among Islamic Legal Schools Core Faculty - Graduate Programs

Hossein Kamaly holds the Imam Ali Chair in Shia Studies and Dialog Among Islamic Schools of Thought at the Hartford Seminary, as of 2019. Before obtaining his PhD (2004) and MA (2001), both in history from Columbia University, he had earned an MSc degree in Mathematics, Statistics, and Operations Research from New York University.

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Yahya Michot
Emeritus Professor of Islamic Thought and Christian-Muslim Relations Co-Editor of The Muslim World journal

Yahya M. Michot (Belgium, 1952) joined Hartford Seminary in 2008 as Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations. He is also the current editor of the journal “The Muslim World” edited by the Seminary. From 1983 to 1997, he taught Arabic philosophy, language, history, and literature in Louvain (Belgium) and, from 1998 to 2008, Islamic theology and Arabic in Oxford (UK).

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Bilal W. Ansari
Faculty Associate in Muslim Pastoral Theology Co-Director, Islamic Chaplaincy Program

Areas of Study
Arts of Ministry
Contemporary Islamic Ethics
Institutional Leadership
Islamic Law
Muslim Pastoral Theology
Spirituality

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Suheil Laher
Faculty Associate in Qur'anic Studies Associate Faculty - Graduate Programs

Suheil Laher serves as Faculty Associate in Qur’anic Studies. Born and raised in sunny Zimbabwe, he memorized the Qur’an by the age of fourteen. He came to the US as a college student, to study engineering, but the horrific events of 9/11 led him to realize the need to better analyze his own religion, and the need for dialogue with others.

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Lucinda Mosher
Faculty Associate in Interfaith Studies Co-Director, MA in Chaplaincy Senior Scholar, Executive and Professional Education Senior Editor, Journal of Interreligious Studies Associate Faculty - Graduate Programs

Lucinda Allen Mosher, Th.D., is Faculty Associate in Chaplaincy and Interreligious Studies, working remotely form her office in northeast Florida. She teaching courses in chaplaincy, interreligious studies, comparative theology, leadership, and Christian-Muslim concerns. She is the co-director of the Master of Arts in Chaplaincy program, the senior scholar for Executive and Professional Education, the senior editor of the Journal of Interreligious Studies (published collaboratively by Hebrew College, Boston University School of Theology, and Hartford Seminary), and an affiliate of the Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations.

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Hans A. Harmakaputra
Visiting Assistant Professor in Comparative Theology and Muslim-Christian Relations Louisville Postdoctoral Fellow

Hans A. Harmakaputra, Ph.D., is Visiting Assistant Professor in Comparative Theology and Muslim-Christian Relations and Louisville Postdoctoral Fellow. He was born and raised in Indonesia, the country with the biggest Muslim population in the world. As a Chinese-Indonesian Christian from Indonesia, he experienced both religious and cultural diversity that shaped his understanding of the intersection between faith, religion, and politics.

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Aida Mansoor
Director of Field Education

Aida Mansoor is the Director of Field Education at Hartford Seminary.  She also serves in the community and works with the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut and the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford. As a community chaplain in the Greater Hartford area, she is working on various service projects including one on sustaining a Halal Food Pantry in Hartford and another on burial and funeral preparations.

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