Anse Nawar Taleb-Agha was born and raised in the Bay Area, California. On one of her first visits to Syria, she was introduced to a tajwid teacher and worked swiftly to receive an ijazah in the Hafs recitation from the late Shaykh Abu Al-Hassan Al-Kurdi (may Allah have Mercy on him.) While studying tajwid, she fell in love with Damascus and began to visit more frequently until she moved there for three years to study Arabic, Tafsir, Fiqh, Hadith Sciences, and more. During that time, she also memorized the Qur’an and received an ijazah from Shaykh Muhammad Nizar al-Kurdi. Anse Nawar has been teaching tajwid since her first ijazah in 2003 and began teaching with Ribaat in 2015. She also serves as the Ribaat Tajwid Coordinator.
Anse Nawar holds a BA in Linguistics from UC Berkeley and an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) from San Francisco State University and has been teaching ESL at local language centers and community colleges since 2013.
She lives in California with her husband and enjoys indoor gardening and crochet.