Our Researchers

Our researchers have a diverse background and bring together a wealth of experience across many sectors. Their invaluable contribution forms the bedrock of our work as a research institute.

Research Fellowships are intended to provide a platform for scholars and researchers to further their work on the many facets of Muslims experience in Canada. If you are interested in an appointment as either a Research Fellow or Assistant, please contact us.

Research Fellows

Abdulla Al-Shami

Working Paper: Islamic Perspectives on Basic Income, forthcoming, August 2017.

TTI is honoured to welcome Abdullah Al-Shami, Ph.D as the research fellow for the Islamic Perspectives on Basic Income research. Dr. Al-Shami obtained his I.L.B. in Islamic Law (Shari’ah), I.L.M Degree in Comparative Islamic Jurisprudence from Saudi Arabia, and PhD in Comparative Islamic Jurisprudence from the University of Manchester, UK.  He is internationally recognized for his research in the field of comparative Islamic jurisprudence and Islamic Studies with additional expertise in Islamic banking and finance. His research interests focus on Comparative Islamic Jurisprudence and Islamic Studies including: the Judicial Authority System in Islamic Law; Islamic Family Law; Islamic Law of Transactions and Finance; Islamic Ethics and Values.  His appointments have included Professor of Comparative Islamic Jurisprudence and Islamic Studies at the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, Islamic Law Professor and Chancellor of Saba University (Yemen). He has published five books and more than 60 articles.


Roshan A. Jahangeer

Policy Paper: Towards an Inclusive Secularism and a Transformative Model of Community Engagement in Quebec, October 2014.

Roshan is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at York University. Her dissertation research compares the laws that regulate veiling in France with similar laws that have been proposed in Canada, including a critical examination of the Quebec Charter of Values. Her dissertation is tentatively titled: The Politics of (Un)Veiling: Feminism, Secularism, and Colonialism in France and Canada. Her academic publications include a co-written introduction in the anthology entitled, At the Limits of Justice: Women of Colour on Terror (2014).


M. Anum Syed

Working Paper: On Dominant Discourses about Canadian Muslim Women: The Need to Promote Peacebuilding, January 2015.

M. Anum Syed is a young Muslim woman currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Toronto. She is also a social worker by profession and has worked in promoting the career development and employability of newcomer women and youth in Toronto. Her research focus is related to anti-oppressive education, community development with multicultural Muslim women and youth and culturally competent social work practice with diverse populations. Her growing interest is exploring the field of international social work and community-based peacebuilding initiatives led by Muslim women.

Research Assistants


Research Project: Annotated Bibliography, 2015

Yuliya Barannik is a Ukranian-Canadian writer and visual artist. Originally from Crimea, she lived in Montreal for a decade before moving to Toronto. She holds a D.E.C. in Fine Arts from Dawson College, an Honours B.A. in English literature with a Minor in Print Media from Concordia University, and a M.A. in the Field of Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She won the Hart House Review Fiction Prize in 2014. Yuliya is part of the Muslim Writers’ Collective and is currently working on a series of short stories. 



Research Project: Effects of Television Images of Muslims on Audiences, 2015

Steven is a journalist and writer with a strong interest in Western Muslim communities in a post 9/11 context. He has worked for the CBC, Ottawa Citizen, and was an Editor at The Mark News, an op-ed syndication company. He is a regular contributor to Al Jazeera English, The American Conservative, The Islamic Monthly, among other outlets. He has a Master of Journalism from Carlton University. Follow him on Twitter: @stevenzzhou

Steven is currently a Board Member at The Tessellate Institute.


Research Project: Media and Hate Crimes, 2015

Sanaa Ali-Mohammed obtained her HBA in Political Science and Economics from the University of Toronto and is currently a Master’s student in International Development at York University. Her research examines discourses mobilized by university educated women in Saudi Arabia to improve gender justice and features ethnographic interviews with female students and graduates in the country.


Research Project: Curriculum Pack, 2015

Aisha’s focus has been largely on education, from her work as a college instructor to policy development initiatives at the university level. She currently works as an Advisor for the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs. She holds an M.A. in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her interests include the experience of minority groups in Canada, youth activism, spirituality, and education.


Publication: Working Paper: The Right to Testify in Niqab in a Sexual Assault Case, 2012

Lina has been developing policy recommendations and research for the last five years in various organizations including government, academic, and not-for-profit. She has a Master’s in Public Administration from Queen’s University. Her areas of interest are in immigration, education, and poverty reduction. 

Lina is currently a Board Member at The Tessellate Institute.


Working Paper: On Dominant Discourses about Canadian Muslim Women: The Need to Promote Peacebuilding, 2015

Saeeda N. Noor has a Master of Education in Adult Education and Community Development from the University of Toronto. She is passionate about women’s development causes and her research interests are in holistic curriculum and education and the importance of Islamic spirituality in the lives of racialized immigrant women. She also holds a Master of Political Science from Pakistan and has worked in a number of Canadian and international non-profit and social development projects.

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