Bayan Islamic Graduate School is pleased to announce that as of January 1, 2020, our Director of Academic Affairs and Planning, Munir Shaikh, has been appointed as Vice President of Operations and Academic Affairs. This appointment reflects Munir’s leadership and management of numerous areas of Bayan’s administration, including, but not limited to, academic planning and curriculum management.

Regarding this promotion, Bayan’s founding president, Jihad Turk, says “The future of Bayan is looking bright due in large part to the high-level administrative talent that Munir Shaikh brings to the table. I have known Munir for over 40 years. He is a person of integrity, dedication, humility and vision. His brilliant intellect is matched in size only by his heart and passion for the community. I cannot think of a better partner in the project of building an institution of higher learning for the American Muslim community than Munir.” Mr. Shaikh has been teaching as a Bayan faculty member and serving as the director of academic affairs since the founding of Bayan in 2011.

Munir shares that “it has been truly gratifying to apply my background in the contexts of non-profit administration and academia to assist in the further development of Bayan as a premier higher education institution. I am grateful to President Turk and the Bayan board for their confidence and support, and for creating an environment where team members can thrive and develop their talents, and I look forward to exciting developments ahead for the school, and seeing the fruits produced by our graduates out in the world.”


MUNIR SHAIKH is Vice-President of Operations and Academic Affairs at Bayan Islamic Graduate School. He has nearly 30 years of experience as a non-profit executive, and has contributed to the efforts of numerous Muslim American organizations, including the Institute on Religion and Civic Values (formerly known as the Council on Islamic Education), Human Assistance and Development International (HADI), Unity Productions Foundation, and the Muslim Youth Camp of California. Additionally, he was recently elected to serve on the board of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California (ISCSC). He holds an M.A. in Islamic Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has taught courses on Middle Eastern history, Islam, and world history at several Southern California higher education institutions. He is sought as a public educator, content author and reviewer, consultant, grant-writer and technical advisor for projects addressing Islam’s place in world history, inter-religious and religious literacy issues, and Muslim American community developments.


Bayan Islamic Graduate School is pleased to announce that with the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year, Shaykh Jihad Brown has been appointed as Resident Scholar and Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies. Brown will play a key leadership role in designing and executing an advanced curriculum in systematic theology and Islamic thought for students who wish to specialize in the rational sciences. This endeavor reflects Bayan commitment to bringing classical Islamic tradition into robust conversation with a variety of contemporary philosophical discourses, and offering new avenues of education for seekers of knowledge.

With Brown’s guidance, students in Bayan’s M.A. in Islamic Studies degree program will be able to engage more deeply in the area of theology by completing a specific set of courses taught by him in Islamic Theology (kalam), Legal Theory, and Ethics. This “directed study” track within the degree program is designed for aspiring academics and scholars who wish to excel in top level graduate and post-graduate work in Islamic Thought. Additionally, Brown’s appointment will enable Bayan to offer a seminary-style traditional Islamic sciences curriculum in conjunction with the M.A. programs offered, for those interested. Brown will also help convene major scholarly conferences, and offer seminars and workshops to the broader community.


SHAYKH JIHAD HASHIM BROWN is Resident Scholar and Assistant Professor at Bayan Islamic Graduate School. He is a classically trained Muslim scholar of the traditional Islamic disciplines, with a focus on theology, philosophy, jurisprudence, and legal theory. He is an American scholar who has lived, studied, and worked throughout Europe and the Arab world. Shaykh Jihad completed his degree in Psychology at Rutgers, and attained post-graduate degrees in Philosophical Theology and Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. He would further pursue a rigorous, classical curriculum with prominent Sharīʿah authorities in Syria and Morocco; at whose hands he became authorized—with advanced licenses (ijāzāt khāṣṣah)—to teach and pass on these sacred disciplines. As a critical public intellectual, Shaykh Jihad has appeared on various media outlets, such as BBC and CNN, and continues his work today as an academic consultant and writer on issues pertaining to Islam, Muslim American communities, and the interplay between normative Islamic thought and the modern world.