Matthew Davis, PhD

Matthew Davis, PhD creates lessons about the inner journey of living in the natural world.  His home as a child moved around the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf with his parents who were teachers.  He has spent the last twelve years writing, and teaching composition, literature and critical (creative) thinking at many levels, from colleges, […]

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Saleh Arthur Kane Scott

Arthur Kane Scott: Retired Assistant Professor, History/Social Cultures Studies, Dominican University of California. Professor Scott is Program leader of Cultural Studies and teacher of history for seventeen years at DUOC. Specialty areas include Islam, Native American Studies and World History. He has authored five online courses for University of California, Berkeley Extension, on Islam, US […]

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Amineh Amelia Pryor, Ph.D., LMFT

Amineh Amelia Pryor, Ph.D., LMFT is a student of Uwaiysi Sufism under the guidance of Dr. Nahid Angha and Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar. She is a clinical supervisor and psychotherapist at the Community Healing Centers in San Francisco. She presents at local and international conferences and is a published author who has written […]

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Glenn Pascall

Glenn Pascall  has held numerous positions as a public official, university teacher, writer and journalist in California and Washington State. He has been a student of Dr. Kianfar and Dr. Angha since the year 2000. Pascall was moderator for the “Mysticism in the Modern World” series in Seattle and has moderated panels at numerous Sufism […]

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Safa Ali Michael Newman

Safa Ali Michael Newman is President of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Sufism and Chairperson of IAS’ Executive Committee of the Institute for Sufi Studies. He leads a bi-weekly gathering of Sufis in Marin County, California. He has given lectures on Sufism, Islam, and interfaith issues both locally and nationally including […]

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Emily Hedges, M.Ed.

Emily Hedges, M.Ed, is a student of Uwaiysi Sufism under the guidance of Sufi Masters Dr. Nahid Angha and Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar. She is a member of the International Association, Sufi Women Organization, and Voices for Justice Program. She works as an Educational Therapist in the East Bay serving children and young […]

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Arife Ellen Hammerle, JD, Ph.D., LMFT

Arife Ellen Hammerle, JD, Ph.D., LMFT, is a student of the Uwaiysi School of Sufism, as guided by Sufi Teachers Dr. Nahid Angha and Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali. Kianfar. Dr. Hammerle is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT #32398) who holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and is a psychotherapist with the Community […]

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Jamal Lawrence Granick, Ph.D., LMFT

Jamal Lawrence Granick, Ph.D., LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Transpersonal Psychology at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.  He is a student of Uwaiysi Sufism under the guidance of the Sufi Masters Seyyedeh Nahid Angha, Ph.D. and Shah Nazar Ali Ali Kianfar, Ph.D. […]

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Leili First, Ph.D.

Leili First, Ph.D., is a student of Uwaisyi Sufism, and a long-time member of the IAS and SWO. She has given lectures on Sufism at colleges and universities and presented at the Annual Sufism Symposium and Parliament of the World’s Religions. Leili is a member of the program committee of the Building Bridges of Understanding […]

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Hamaseh Kianfar, Ed.D.

Hamaseh Kianfar, Ed. D., currently works as the Director of Senior Services at Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center.  Prior to this position, she had been working as a medical case manager for HIV positive women and children.  Her passion for the area of HIV/AIDS let her to complete a doctoral dissertation that focused on the role […]

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