Omar Suleiman is an American Muslim scholar, civil rights leader, writer, and public speaker. He is the Founder and President of Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University. He is currently the Resident Scholar of the Valley Ranch Islamic Center and the Co-Chair Emeritus of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square, a multi-faith coalition of clergy for peace and justice. His opinion pieces have appeared in CNN, USA Today, The Guardian, HuffPost, and The Dallas Morning News among other outlets.
His studies of the Islamic tradition have taken Suleiman across the Muslim world to countries including Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and Malaysia. In addition to receiving traditional certifications in the Islamic sciences, he received a Bachelors in Islamic Law, Masters in Islamic Finance and Political History, and he completed doctoral studies in Islamic Thought and Civilization from the International Islamic University of Malaysia.