Shaykha Dr. Tamara Gray

Shaykha

Shaykha Dr. Tamara Gray

Founder

Anse Dr. Tamara Gray is the founder of Rabata, an organization dedicated to promoting positive cultural change through creative educational experiences. She holds a doctorate in leadership from the University of St. Thomas, a master’s degree in Curriculum Theory and Instruction from Temple University, and spent twenty years studying traditional and classical Islamic sciences, Quran, and Arabic in Damascus, Syria.

Dr. Gray worked in the field of education for twenty-five years before moving into the non-profit world. She is now both the Executive Director of Rabata and its Chief Spirituality Officer. Her work includes the daily nitty gritty of project design as well as the support and mentorship of hundreds of women around the world.

Dr. Gray is also an author, translator, and public speaker. Her publications range from several culturally appropriate English language curriculum programs to translations of sacred texts. Dr. Tamara’s most recent work is the translation of Mukhtasir al-Jami’ fi al-Sīra al-Nabawiyya by Dr. Samīra Zayid [Compendium of the Collection of Sources on al-Sīra al-Nabawiyya] (Co-translator). Her book, Joy Jots: Exercises for a Happy Heart, is in its second print. Dr. Gray is often engaged to speak about issues of gender, leadership, Islam, and spirituality; locally, nationally and globally. Some of her platforms have included, the International Leadership Association, the World Parliament of Religions, the Islamic Society of North America and several universities, including Princeton, Virginia Tech and Oxford University. 

She sits on the board of the Collegeville Institute’s Inter-religious Fellows Program, working to develop educational programming for faith leaders around social justice issues and on the academic council of The Islamic Seminary of America where she is also a faculty member. She serves as a council member at the Fiqh Council of North America and Senior Fellow at the Yaqeen Institute.

Dr. Gray lives in Minnesota where she enjoys coffee, the seasons, and her grandchildren.

Recorded Speaking Engagements

UK Ramadan Radio: Ramadan Reading Retreat
Haute Hijab: Fatimah al-Zahraa’
Celebrate Mercy: Remembering Badr
Lamppost Education Initiative: Women around the Prophet Musa
Ramadan Tent Project: Leadership & Creativity
Launchgood: Zakat
Celebrate Mercy: Reflections on the Israa & Miraaj
ISNA: The Prophet (S) as Teacher and Guide
Celebrate Mercy: Rabi’ul awwal nightly series – First revelation and Early Muslims
Celebrate Mercy: Friday Reflections Surah Kahf Commentary and Khutba
Muslim Community Center Chicago: Our Mother Sarah
CAIR-MN: Condemning Islamophobia, racism and bigotry
ISNA and FCNA: Fiqh of Hajj and Eidul Adha
Celebrate Mercy: Battle of Badr
Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU): Creating a More Welcoming Mosque for Converts
Yaqeen Institute: Qur’an Reflections on Fortitude, Gratitude and the Sweetness of Sujood
Manitoba Islamic Association: Battle of Badr
Islamic Center of Johnson County: Ramadan as a University
ISNA: Making the Most of Ramadan and this Unique Eid
Columbia University MSA: Building resilience and Istiqama
Yaqeen Institute: Nightly Qur’an Reflections series – Juz 4
Celebrate Mercy: Ramadan Resolutions
ADAMS center Qurtuba Institute: Qur’an & Qiyam
Celebrate Mercy: Ramadan Resolutions
CAIR National: Pre-Ramadan and navigating uncertainty
Philandure Malaysia: Motivation and self-help

Articles by Anse Tamara Gray

Standing in the Chaos: Cross – cultural Competency in Curriculum Materials
The Journal of Islamic Faith and Practice // Volume 3, issue 1
Tahajjud: Fuel for the Self and Society
Teaching from the Tent: Muslim Women’s Leadership in Digital Religion
Courage and Commitment: The Femininity of Muslim Women
Anse’s blogs
Can We Deliver on Behalf of the Prophet? Six Ways to Spread the Message of Islam
Off to University! Ramadan Has Begun
Hamra’ al-Asad: Three Ways to Face Defeat
Muslim Women in Leadership: Nana Asma’u, Daughter of the Shehu
Sifting Through Mixed Messages: Gender Bias in Islamic Studies Curriculum Materials
Unmosqued, film review
Ribaat Blog
Prayer and Labor and Delivery
Pregnancy and Prayer
Are you on Vacation?

Interviews & Podcasts

The Aida Azlin Show
Feel Good Muslim with Sister Lauren Booth – Anse Tamara Gray
Leaving Christianity for Islam, Women in Mosques, Making Prayer a Must
By Fatima Barkatulla
Changing Views on Female Islamic Scholarship: Talking with Anse Tamara Gray
By Nargis Hakim Rahman
Living and Learning with Tamara Gray
By Baraka Blue
Empowering Women’s Voices & Scholarship
By Imanwire
Don’t Be a Victim
By Imanwire
Changing religions, changing names
Greed for Ilm Podcast
By Walid
Anse Dr Tamara Gray: Esteemed Teacher, Compassionate Mentor, And The Life Long Student The Aida Azlin Show
Does Praying Tahajjud Make a Difference?
DoubleTake with Yaqeen Institute
Islamic Mahr Contracts: Why Mahr is a Muslim Woman’s Right w/ Dr. Tamara Gra‪y‬
Philosophy of Islamic Education in the West
The Almanac Show – Twin Cities PBS

Anse Tamara and Rabata in the Media

Beyond Stereotypes: Daybreak Press Aims to Broaden Depiction of Muslims in Minneapolis School Books
Muslim Women Renew Calls for More Inclusive Programs as Mosques Reopen
By Rowaida Abdelaziz
Breast Cancer in the Muslim Community: Challenges and Opportunity
By Samana Siddiqui
The Arabic Community and RI Public Schools
By Melanie Magidow
A Woman’s Place at the Mosque
By Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil
Conference Report on Spiritual Abuse: Education and Prevention for our Communities
By Afshan M. Malik
What does it mean to be a Convert
By Claudia Seise
International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development: “Faith, Feminism and Human Rights” and “Unlocking the Power of Faith-Based Partnerships”
Exercises for a Happy Heart: Anse Tamara Gray
By khidmat
Changes within us – Ibadah as training for the body and the soul
By Leila A.
When your child is called a terrorist
By Tayyaba Syed
Women’s History Month with Author and Educator
By Umm Juwayriyah
Why I believe its a critical time for the rise of both muslim and female writers
By Nahela Morales
Stories in the Attic: Unleashing the Treasures Within: Third Annual Daybreak Press Muslim Women’s Literary Conference
By Suzana Nabil Saad
50 over 50
American Muslim Networks and Neotraditionalism
By Brendan Peter Newlon
Parliament of World Religions
Jewish-Catholic Relations- Learning How to Talk to Each Other
Saving Superwoman and I’ll Add Superman too
By wbabdullah
This is what the day of Arafa means for Muslim women
By Hasnaa Mokhtar
Do we really need more creative spaces for Muslim women writers
By Shireen Hakim
Anse Tamara Gray: Building Brave New Spaces
“Strength in Islam Comes from Knowledge” – Bringing Back the Esteem of Muslim Women
Scholars Endorse Statement on the Full Inclusion of Women in Mosques
In its 10th year, the game ‘Pilgrims at Home’ takes on new meaning for Muslim women
By Aysha Khan

Recorded Speaking Engagements

 

 

UK Ramadan Radio: Ramadan Reading Retreat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwgIOUobUtk

 

Haute Hijab: Fatimah al-Zahraa’

https://www.instagram.com/p/COV-63EFVTA/

 

Celebrate Mercy: Remembering Badr 

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=118396923599083

 

Lamppost Education Initiative: Women around the Prophet Musa 

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=482815959577259

 

Ramadan Tent Project: Leadership & Creativity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dA-3OkXSEyg

 

Launchgood: Zakat

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=508296313538605

 

Celebrate Mercy: Reflections on the Israa & Miraaj

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=537668293879535

 

ISNA: The Prophet (S) as Teacher and Guide

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0cYfuQCl7Q

 

Celebrate Mercy: Rabi’ul awwal nightly series – First revelation and Early Muslims

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=360296508741213

 

Celebrate Mercy: Friday Reflections Surah Kahf Commentary and Khutba

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=335558091146611

 

Muslim Community Center Chicago: Our Mother Sarah

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=764387591001696

 

CAIR-MN: Condemning Islamophobia, racism and bigotry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuNcdlYUxoM&t=1s

 

ISNA and FCNA: Fiqh of Hajj and Eidul Adha 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk2HMtAQJ_c

 

Yaqeen Institute: Qur’an Reflections on Fortitude, Gratitude and the Sweetness of Sujood

https://yaqeeninstitute.org/omar-suleiman/fortitude-gratitude-and-the-sweetness-of-sujood-quranic-reflections-episode-4

 

Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU): Creating a More Welcoming Mosque for Converts

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=250641293021799

 

Celebrate Mercy: Battle of Badr

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=255255338931885

 

Manitoba Islamic Association: Battle of Badr

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=256167662247567

 

Islamic Center of Johnson County: Ramadan as a University

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=891741377956504

 

ISNA: Making the Most of Ramadan and this Unique Eid

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQHaScLaBcA

 

Columbia University MSA: Building resilience and Istiqama

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2838374779612409

 

Yaqeen Institute: Nightly Qur’an Reflections series – Juz 4

https://yaqeeninstitute.org/omar-suleiman/juz-4-with-dr-tamara-gray-quran-30-for-30

 

Celebrate Mercy: Ramadan Resolutions

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=538240080416795

 

ADAMS center Qurtuba Institute: Qur’an & Qiyam

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=2328529647250163

 

Celebrate Mercy: Ramadan Resolutions

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=538240080416795

 

CAIR National: Pre-Ramadan and navigating uncertainty

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3075361162503797

 

Philandure Malaysia: Motivation and self-help

https://m.facebook.com/UmmahSummit/videos/372977827367622

 

 

Articles by Anse Tamara Gray

 

 

Standing in the Chaos: Cross – cultural Competency in Curriculum Materials

The Journal of Islamic Faith and Practice // Volume 3, issue 1

http://journals.iupui.edu/index.php/JIFP/article/view/24672/23364

 

Tahajjud: Fuel for the Self and Society

https://yaqeeninstitute.org/tamara-gray/tahajjud-fuel-for-the-self-and-society/

 

Teaching from the Tent: Muslim Women’s Leadership in Digital Religion

https://ir.stthomas.edu/caps_ed_lead_docdiss/128/

 

Courage and Commitment: The Femininity of Muslim Women

https://yaqeeninstitute.org/tamara-gray/courage-commitment-the-femininity-of-muslim-women/

 

Anse’s blogs

https://www.rabata.org/category/anses-blogs/

 

Can We Deliver on Behalf of the Prophet? Six Ways to Spread the Message of Islam

https://almadinainstitute.org/blog/can-we-deliver-on-behalf-of-the-prophet-six-ways-to-spread-the-message-of-i/

 

Off to University! Ramadan Has Begun

https://almadinainstitute.org/blog/off-to-university-ramadan-has-begun/

 

Hamra’ al-Asad: Three Ways to Face Defeat

https://almadinainstitute.org/blog/hamraa-al-asad-three-ways-to-face-defeat/

 

Muslim Women in Leadership: Nana Asma’u, Daughter of the Shehu

https://almadinainstitute.org/blog/muslim-women-in-leadership-nana-asmau-daughter-of-the-shehu/

 

Sifting Through Mixed Messages: Gender Bias in Islamic Studies Curriculum Materials

https://isna.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/final_presentation_ef_2016.pdf

 

Unmosqued, film review

http://www.unmosquedfilm.com/stories/film-review-and-reflection-by-anse-tamara-gray

 

Ribaat Blog

https://ribaat.rabata.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=263

 

Prayer and Labor and Delivery

https://www.muslimobgyn.com/prayer-and-labor-and-delivery/

 

Pregnancy and Prayer

https://www.muslimobgyn.com/pregnancy-and-prayer/

 

Are you on Vacation?

https://www.muslimobgyn.com/are-you-on-vacation/

 

 

Interviews & Podcasts

 

 

The Aida Azlin Show

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4XnKR1BODfyBEHJXDlTvLP?si=GTXJjaBCTmK3z7Cw4dqkmA

 

Feel Good Muslim with Sister Lauren Booth – Anse Tamara Gray

https://aboutislam.net/multimedia/podcasts/feel-good-muslim-sister-lauren-booth-tamara-grey/

 

Leaving Christianity for Islam, Women in Mosques, Making Prayer a Must

By Fatima Barkatulla

https://podtail.se/podcast/ilmfeed-podcast/ep-034-leaving-christianity-for-islam-women-in-mos/

 

Changing Views on Female Islamic Scholarship: Talking with Anse Tamara Gray

By Nargis Hakim Rahman

https://www.hautehijab.com/blogs/hijab-fashion/changing-views-on-female-islamic-scholarship-talking-with-anse-tamara-gray

 

Living and Learning with Tamara Gray 

By Baraka Blue

https://podtail.se/podcast/path-present-w-baraka-blue/-020-living-learning-w-tamara-gray/

 

Empowering Women’s Voices & Scholarship 

By Imanwire

https://almadinainstitute.org/blog/empowering-womens-voices-scholarship-anse-tamara-gray-zaynab-ansari/

 

Don’t Be a Victim 

By Imanwire

https://almadinainstitute.org/blog/dont-be-a-victim/

 

Changing religions, changing names

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/18/tamara-gray

 

Greed for Ilm Podcast 

By Walid

http://greedforilm.com/anse-tamara-gray-rabata/

 

Anse Dr Tamara Gray: Esteemed Teacher, Compassionate Mentor, And The Life Long Student The Aida Azlin Show

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4XnKR1BODfyBEHJXDlTvLP?si=GTXJjaBCTmK3z7Cw4dqkmA

 

Does Praying Tahajjud Make a Difference?

DoubleTake with Yaqeen Institute

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/doubletake-with-yaqeen-institute/id1554596221?i=1000514221980

 

Islamic Mahr Contracts: Why Mahr is a Muslim Woman’s Right w/ Dr. Tamara Gra‪y‬

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/islamic-mahr-contracts-why-mahr-is-muslim-womans-right/id1454968544?i=1000515175406 

 

Philosophy of Islamic Education in the West

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/e18-islamic-education-in-america-with-dr-tamara-gray-rabata/id1463223629?i=1000513707624 

 

The Almanac Show – Twin Cities PBS

https://www.tpt.org/almanac/video/new-approach-to-mental-health-body-cameras-38913/ 

 

 

Anse Tamara and Rabata in the Media

 

 

Beyond Stereotypes: Daybreak Press Aims to Broaden Depiction of Muslims in Minneapolis School Books

https://sahanjournal.com/arts/minneapolis-public-schools-muslim-students-books/

 

Muslim Women Renew Calls for More Inclusive Programs as Mosques Reopen

By Rowaida Abdelaziz

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/muslim-women-renew-calls-inclusive-programming-mosques-reopening_n_5ee28ff3c5b6eacb7291535f

 

Breast Cancer in the Muslim Community: Challenges and Opportunity 

By Samana Siddiqui

https://www.soundvision.com/article/breast-cancer-in-the-muslim-community-challenges-and-opportunities

 

The Arabic Community and RI Public Schools

By Melanie Magidow

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QQRmTMKy2qG1Xi87vPc3wd93ZIRywZx2/view

 

A Woman’s Place at the Mosque 

By Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil

https://www.christiancentury.org/article/features/woman-s-place-mosque

 

Conference Report on Spiritual Abuse: Education and Prevention for our Communities

By Afshan M. Malik

http://journals.iupui.edu/index.php/JIFP/article/view/23282

 

What does it mean to be a Convert 

By Claudia Seise 

https://www.islamicity.org/19337/what-does-it-mean-to-be-a-convert/

 

International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development: “Faith, Feminism and Human Rights” and “Unlocking the Power of Faith-Based Partnerships”

https://www.partner-religion-development.org/service/news-archive/article/faith-feminism-and-human-rights-and-unlocking-the-power-of-faith-based-partnerships/

 

Exercises for a Happy Heart: Anse Tamara Gray

By khidmat 

https://tawfiq.my/exercises-for-a-happy-heart-anse-tamara-gray/

 

Changes within us – Ibadah as training for the body and the soul 

By Leila A.

http://divithana.com/english/changes-within-us-ibadah-as-a-training-for-the-body-and-the-soul/

 

When your child is called a terrorist 

By Tayyaba Syed

https://www.tayyabasyed.com/single-post/2018/10/21/When-Your-Child-is-Called-a-Terrorist

 

Women’s History Month with Author and Educator 

By Umm Juwayriyah

http://ummjuwayriyah.blogspot.com/2018/03/womens-history-month-with-author.html?m=1

 

Why I believe its a critical time for the rise of both muslim and female writers 

By Nahela Morales

https://nahelamorales.com/2017/11/02/why-i-believe-its-a-critical-time-for-the-rise-of-both-muslim-and-female-writers/

 

Stories in the Attic: Unleashing the Treasures Within: Third Annual Daybreak Press Muslim Women’s Literary Conference

By Suzana Nabil Saad

https://aboutislam.net/family-life/culture/stories-in-the-attic-unleashing-the-treasures-within/

 

50 over 50

https://www.pollenmidwest.org/stories/2017-50-over-50/

 

American Muslim Networks and Neotraditionalism 

By Brendan Peter Newlon

https://escholarship.org/content/qt14x6214v/qt14x6214v.pdf

 

Parliament of World Religions

https://parliamentofreligions.org/speaker/anse-tamara-gray

 

Jewish-Catholic Relations- Learning How to Talk to Each Other

https://www.kaltura.com/index.php/extwidget/preview/partner_id/763372/uiconf_id/6308181/entry_id/1_4zxkt1b2/embed/dynamic?

 

Saving Superwoman and I’ll Add Superman too 

By wbabdullah

https://wbabdullah.wordpress.com/2012/07/21/saving-superwoman-and-ill-add-superman-too/

 

This is what the day of Arafa means for Muslim women 

By Hasnaa Mokhtar

https://muslimgirl.com/day-arafa-means-muslim-women/

 

Do we really need more creative spaces for Muslim women writers

By Shireen Hakim

https://muslimgirl.com/do-we-really-need-more-creative-spaces-for-muslim-women-writers/

 

Anse Tamara Gray: Building Brave New Spaces 

https://www.revivingsisterhood.org/anse-tamara-gray-builds-brave-spaces

 

“Strength in Islam Comes from Knowledge” – Bringing Back the Esteem of Muslim Women 

https://nikram786.wordpress.com

 

Scholars Endorse Statement on the Full Inclusion of Women in Mosques 

https://imamsonline.com/scholars-endorse-statement-on-the-full-inclusion-of-women-in-mosques/

 

In its 10th year, the game ‘Pilgrims at Home’ takes on new meaning for Muslim women

By Aysha Khan

https://religionnews.com/2020/07/30/in-its-10th-year-pilgrims-at-home-game-takes-on-new-meaning-for-muslim-women/



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