A native of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, Anse Kiashe Pugh converted from Christianity to Islam in 1990. Since then, she has lived abroad in a number of countries, studying the sciences of Islam and ultimately earning the high honor of accreditation in formal Quranic recitation from world renowned Quranic scholar, Shaykh Abu Hasan al Kurdi, in 2003.
Returning to the U.S. in 2013, after 19 year abroad, her passion for service has compelled her work for a multinational humanitarian organization. From her training Islamic Studies, she teaches and mentors youth and adults through an international women’s educational non-profit – Rabata, Inc. At Rabata, Anse Kiashe also teaches for the RabaTEENS and Dragonflies youth programs.
She most enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and hosting guests. She is a lifelong learner and teacher who encourages others to continually learn and reflect, especially on the Quran.