Dr. Michael Dann

Spiritual Leader

Dr. Michael Abdullah Dann joined the faculty of Tayseer Seminary in 2020. He earned his B.A. in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2006, and his Ph.D. in Religion at Princeton University in 2015. Dr. Dann studied the traditional Islamic sciences in Egypt with scholars from Al-Azhar University and in Morocco at Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University. He has served as an Instructor of Arabic at Fawakih Institute and of the Islamic sciences at Nakhla Institute in Trenton, NJ.

Prior to joining the faculty at Tayseer, he served as an Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Dann currently serves as a chaplain in local prisons. He has translated and edited several works of Imam Abdessalam Yassine and portions of the tafsÄ«r of Shaykh al-Sha’rawi. His academic research and publications are focused on hadith and the early history of the Sunni-Shi’i divide.

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