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Hartford Seminary

Feryal Salem

Assistant Professor of Islamic Scriptures and Law
Co-Director, Islamic Chaplaincy Program


  • Ph.D. (The University of Chicago)
  • M.A. (The University of Chicago)
  • B.A. (Wayne State University)


Dr. Feryal Salem is Assistant Professor of Islamic Scriptures and Law and co-director of the Islamic Chaplaincy program with Dr. Timur Yuskaev. She is also director of the Imam and Muslim Community Leadership Program. Dr. Salem has extensive experience in both Islamic Scriptures and Islamic law acquired through her studies and research at the University of Chicago, from which she received her Ph.D., as well as from her study of Islam traditionally.  She has studied abroad in Syria where she received certification to teach Qur’anic recitation and subjects relating to Islamic law, according to a number of schools of practice, and has completed a degree in hadith sciences at the Nuriyya Hadith Institute of Damascus.  Furthermore, she has been an instructor at various academic institutions in the Chicago area for the past three years.

Dr. Salem was born in Canada raised in the United States and holds a B.A. in anthropology from Wayne State University.  Her academic career includes a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, from which she also received a master’s degree.  Her research focuses on the formative period of Sunni Islamic thought as embodied in the foundational role of Ibn al-Mubarak, as well as related topics such as the development of Islamic theology, law, prophetic traditions (hadith) and Sufism as part of the Islamic scholarly tradition.

Committed to furthering Islamic scholarship, since 2010 Dr. Salem has been actively working within the Muslim American community to establish the Nur Foundation for Sacred Sciences, which focuses on providing opportunities for education in the Islamic sciences for Muslims living in the West.

Commenting on her desire to join Hartford Seminary’s faculty, Dr. Salem says, “Hartford Seminary is a unique place where academic studies and traditional religious training combine to prepare scholars and future religious leaders. For the Chaplaincy Program, solid training in the Islamic tradition and a strong foundation of personal worship are necessary alongside the development of practical skills to deal with contemporary issues in Muslim American society.”


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