Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Woman To Lead Islamic Society of North America

The first woman president of the largest Muslim group in North America says that she's proud of her community for electing her.
Ingrid Mattson, a Canadian convert to Islam and an Islamic law scholar at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, was chosen to lead the Islamic Society of North America just ahead of its annual convention, which starts Friday in Rosemont, Ill.
I'm not sure what the arch-conservative Muslims think about this, but the progressives and the "we are the world" types are probably happy to have an attractive, educated, white convert to Islam as the face of the North America's largest Muslim association.

Have they appointed Dr. Mattson for political optics? We shall see how she performs. But considering the negative perception of Muslims around the world, I doubt the organization was looking for a swarthy-complexioned, fully-bearded, one-eyed, hook-handed, periplegic sheikh to take the reins. Just a guess...


Muslim Apple said...

I'm pleased to see Dr. Mattson has been elected as president of ISNA.

poor_khalid said...

Any particular reason why?

Muslim Apple said...

She's educated, articulate, was actually born and raised in North America, and smashes the perpetual stereotypes of Muslims in America and Muslim women in general.

And in sha Allah, heralds the movement away from foreign born immigrant Muslim leaders who have largely been unable to communicate with or engage the American public effectively.